The Winter Holiday Event Has Begun in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

by Jason Venter

Do you still play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that enormously popular Nintendo Switch game that has been keeping some of us sane during the pandemic? If so, you might have noticed today that a new season is upon us, and with it those most wonderful of inventions: toys!

The winter holidays are about different things for various people around the world, but toys are often part of the package. “Toy Day,” a holiday-specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, happens to fall on December 24 this year. Nintendo’s developers knew better than to let such a season pass without commentary, so you can look forward to your island neighbors celebrating joyously in the days leading up to the big event. Here’s the official rundown of what to expect, taken from a press release Nintendo issued a while back:

“It’s the time of the year when island residents rejoice… The month of Toy Day is nearly at hand! You might notice your island and plaza gradually becoming more festive with holiday-themed decorations over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for decorated trees, too. Shaking these may drop ornaments which will allow you to craft holiday furniture recipes. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, you’ll be able to purchase toys from Nook’s Cranny and find holiday-themed clothing at the Able Sisters shop. When it’s officially Toy Day on Dec. 24, Jingle will pay a special visit to your island to spread holiday cheer. If you help him deliver presents, you’ll also receive a gift!”

Truly, it sounds like a most excellent time, and the good news is that it has already begun. If you’ve grown a little less faithful when it comes to checking in on your island, there’s no time like the present to resume the habit. You will need to have a functioning Resident Services building on your island to participate in some of the festivities, but that’s the sort of thing that happens after just a brief time on the island. A few days of faithful activity is plenty.

The winter celebration was made possible by a recent update, which also added features including a variety of new reactions and hairstyles and a storage upgrade for your in-game home, on top of what was already available. Have you been enjoying Nintendo’s continued support for Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Are there any special features or events you would especially like to see added in the New Year?

Provided you have updated your game to the latest version, you should see the following toys appear at the store:

Dinosaur Toy 2,400 Bells
Dollhouse 4,000 Bells
Kids’ Tent 4,500 Bells
Mini Circuit 3,800 Bells
Pop-Up Book 2,000 Bells
Puppy Plushie 2,400 Bells
RC Helicopter 3,600 Bells
Tin Robot 3,500 Bells
Set of Stockings 2,000 Bells

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