Christmas is just one of the many annual events celebrated in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, appropriately branded in-game as 'Toy Day'.
In this guide we'll take you through everything you need to know about the Toy Day event and returning character Jingle.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Toy Day Christmas Event Guide
Toy Day Christmas Event Times
Toy Day festivities will occur on December 24th — Christmas eve — beginning at 5am, and run for a full 24 hours. Special Toy Day-themed music will also be heard playing on your island — another clue the holiday is underway.
How to Find Jingle
At the time of the event, Jingle the reindeer can be found outside Resident Services, along with his bag of toys and goodies. There, he'll be awaiting your assistance in crafting festive wrapping paper and handing out gifts from Santa to the other villagers.
Everything You Can Do On Christmas and Toy Day
Below is a complete list of all of the activities you can take part in on Toy Day. Scroll down in the article for more specific details on each activity:
- Find Jingle in front of Resident Services on December 24th
- Unlock the Festive Wrapping Paper DIY recipe from Jingle
- Craft 3 of the Festive Wrapping Paper items and give them to Jingle
- Obtain Toy Day Stockings to hang in your home
- Obtain Jingle's Magic Bag of presents
- Visit each of your neighbors, both inside and outside of their homes, to give them their presents from the Magic Bag
- Obtain a reward (Gift Pile) from Jingle after delivering a majority of the presents
- Obtain a second reward from Jingle (Santa's Sleigh) after handing out all of the presents
- Exchange wrapped personal gifts with your neighbors afterwards to receive more color variations of the Christmas Toy Day items from Nook's Cranny
- Hang up your Toy Day stockings in your home that evening on 24th December, and check them the morning of the 25th to receive Jingle's Photo
How to Craft Festive Wrapping Paper for Jingle
On Toy Day, Jingle first requests your assistance in crafting some festive wrapping paper for Santa's presents. He will present you with the DIY recipe for the Festive Wrapping Paper, and request that you craft 3 pieces for him.
To craft each piece of festive wrapping paper, you'll need one of each of the different colors of ornaments, which can be shaken down from the decorated cedar trees.
After you craft the wrapping paper and present it to Jingle, he'll give you a set of Toy Day Stockings, which can be hung on the wall in your house. Be sure to do so that evening, so that you can check them on the morning of the 25th and receive Jingle's Photo!
In addition, Jingle will request your assistance in handing out Santa's presents to the island residents, after which he'll bestow upon you a Magic Bag, containing presents for each of your neighbors.
Giving Christmas Gifts to Villagers from Santa With Magic Bag
Unlike in previous games, on Toy Day in New Horizons, a present will be given to your neighbors from the Magic Bag automatically when you speak to them — no need to keep a list of hints or track down the items they'd like.
If the villager has a high friendship level with you, they'll sometimes give you a gift in return! It will often be a different color variation of the toys you can obtain in Nook's Cranny (see "Festive Toys for Sale at Nook's Cranny" list below).
Although it isn't a requirement to wear a Santa outfit from the Able Sisters — as it was in previous games — by doing so, you'll get some cute reactions from your neighbors.
Additionally, you can check how many presents you have left to hand out by clicking on the Magic Bag in your inventory. Don't forget to speak to Jingle both when you've handed out a majority of your gifts, and after handing them all out, for some special rewards!
Giving Personal Gifts to Villagers After Handing Out Presents
After handing out all of the gifts from Santa, you'll be able to exchange personal gifts with villagers. Be sure to wrap each item in wrapping paper (they'll give you some if you don't have any).
In exchange, they'll give you different color variations of the toys that have been obtainable in Nook's Cranny throughout December (see "Festive Toys for Sale at Nook's Cranny" list below).
Christmas Toy Day Set Items
Below are all of the items you can obtain while participating in Toy Day activities:
|Item Image||Item Name||How to Obtain|
|Gift Pile||Delivering a majority of gifts and speaking to Jingle|
|Toy Day Sleigh||Delivering all gifts and speaking to Jingle|
|Red Wrapping Paper||Speaking to villagers and trying to exchange personal gifts with them without any wrapped presents in your inventory|
|Jingle's Photo||Hanging your Toy Day Stockings on the wall in your house on Christmas Eve, and checking them on the morning of the 25th|
Festive Toys for Sale at Nook's Cranny
In addition to the Toy Day items you can receive, below is a complete list of all festive toy items available for purchase at Nook's Cranny throughout December. Note that while there are many color variants of all of the toys, your island's Nook's Cranny will only carry one set of variants — be sure to exchange with your friends to collect them all!
|Item Image||Item Name||Color Variants|
|Dinosaur Toy||Gray, Brown, Green, Blue, Red|
|Dollhouse||Red, Brown, Blue, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple|
|Kids' Tent||White, Pink, Black, Stripes, Floral, Blue, Brown, Colorful|
|Mini Circuit||Red & White, Blue & Yellow, Black & Silver, Pink & Purple|
|Pop-Up Book||The Ocean Blue, The Mesozoic World, Savannah, Flowers|
|Puppy Plushie||Beige, Red, Lemon & White, Spotted, Black, Tricolored, Gray & White, Pink|
|RC Helicopter||Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Pink, Light Blue, Purple|
|Tin Robot||Silver, Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Pink, Black|
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I wonder if that pile of presents in the picture with Rolf is an actual item or just window dressing for Toy Day? I definitely don't see it any list of the festival DIYs.
I've been farming balloons for hours and haven't gotten a single festive diy. Are they really that rare?
@LeafySloth I really wish Nintendo went about this a whole different way. I was fortunate enough to have obtained about 7 of them in one evening farming balloons. I think overall, I am missing one or two.
However, the Set of Stockings item supposedly is sold at some point in Nook's Cranny throughout the month. I check this game daily and check Nook's Cranny. Not once has that item appeared on my island. I don't understand why that one isn't a DIY as well
Not the end of the word fella, I bet if you give enough of the Christmas items they will give you the stockings.
Jingle hasn't appeared on my island, and the Christmas tree in front of Resident Services has also been taken down. I've never adjusted my Switch's clock either, apart from when the clocks change in real life.
man i'm a little bummed that the gift giving thing is automatic now, back in new leaf you had to find out what residents wanted then give it to them based on what they said
They really dropped the ball with the DIY recipes. I only got like two in the whole month -_- is annoying
@johnvboy Well, I'm not too strung out about it. But at the same time, it's frustrating when something is advertised, yet it doesn't seem to be the case. Especially when these events are limited time. Overall, the whole approach to this could have been handled a bit better
I don't think I got a single recipe from a balloon, just from the perfect snowman, I've made 5 or 6.
I came to this article b/c of 1 item I'm missing - red wrapping paper to make the gift pile - and while it is sort of addressed here I wish they would have specifically spelled it out. My understanding from tweets is you need to give UNWRAPPED gifts to villagers on your island and hope they give you paper in return. I'm assuming the gifts need to be from the list of 8 festive toys but I haven't tried it yet. I did everything else though, stockings hanging on the wall.
I hope future events will be more challenging. Turkey day, May day and the wedding month has been the only three so far. This was waaay too easy.
They put so little effort into the holiday stuff it has kind of sucked out the enjoyment for me.
With my two New Leaf towns, all my houses were decorated with trees and stuff weeks before Toy Day. With New Horizons, the Toy Day items only became available at the last minute.
Today was a little more eventful than it should have been.
For some reason (beyond my recollection), I had no cedar trees on my island and therefore no ornaments could be spawned. I spent some time visiting numerous Nook islands until I nicked enough trees to replace some of my fruitless trees with.
I had to reset the game for the trees to become festive too.
Can 2 players help Jingle? I mean, if I do all tasks in my save file, will it also be available for someone else in the island?
Good! It actually worked in my game this year.
I didn't and won't even boot the game for this event. It's terrible. My animal crossing days are over.
My toy day may be bugged. I've handed out all but 1 gift from magic bag. The problem is, the One gift I have left to give out is for "Renee" and I don't have a Renee living on my island. The only resident I can't give a gift to is "nibbles" because nibbles is in his moving in phase (boxes stacked and talking about unpacking.)
Is toy day bugged for me?
There's no need for a tutorial - Toy Day (& Halloween) just plain suck in New Horizons. Like everything else in the game, they're made for people who want to play a Life Sim as little as possible. Where as for previous Toy Days you had to talk to your Villagers during the month of December to know what they'd want, now you can just log in on the 24th, craft a DIY, talk to each of them once, and the Event that runs all day and is talked about for a month is over in less than 10 minutes.
@UmbreonsPapa I mean you have people here in the comments wishing that Nintendo would make all this process even more complicated and difficult to achieve. Because they find it too easy.
So I guess it all depends on the skills of each gamer. And the time that they have to carry it out.
Anyway, these guides can only make things easier, no?
noooooooooooooooo I had no idea about the photo
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