The air grows colder, the leaves are changing color, and are friendly animal neighbors being donning scarves and sweaters. On Nov. 19, the free Winter Update adds holiday events and goodies to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The Winter Update adds nine new reactions and six new hairstyles, both of which can be redeemed using Nook Miles. An additional home upgrade will be available from Tom Nook that expands your home storage to 2400 slots. When dreaming to visit other islands, you’ll be able to choose random islands.
The Winter Update will support transferring save data from one Switch to another. You’ll be able to transfer your entire island to a different Switch, or transfer your resident, their home, and items to a new island on a new Switch – effectively make you that island’s Resident Representative. More details on transferring save data can be found here.
“We’d like to invite everyone to experience the holidays together with family and friends in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, along with your island residents bringing their unique seasonal cheer,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP. “We’re eager for everyone to discover all the changes arriving to your islands during this holiday season.”
In addition to new content from the update, certain holidays will feature special events. November 26 is Turkey Day. Chef Franklin will appear in the island plaza to ask for ingredients. If you turn in ingredients, Franklin will display the dishes and bestow a gift.
Starting December 1, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will celebrate Toy Day all month long. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 you can purchase toys from Nook’s Cranny and holiday clothes at Able Sisters. On Dec. 24, Jingle will visit the island, and you can help him deliver presents to receive a special gift.
On Dec. 26, festive items for New Year’s Eve will be added to the shops, leading to a countdown event starting at 7 pm on Dec. 31. The next Animal Crossing: New Horizons update will arrive in January 2021.