New Year's Eve Countdown© Nintendo

While saying that 2020 was a disappointment is a massive understatement, one of the saving graces of this year's tribulations has been the timely release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch.

This game not only helped us all pass the time in quarantine, but it also allowed many of us to spend time together with friends and family from afar.

To celebrate how pivotal this game has been in our lives this year, here's a guide to getting the most out of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: New Year's Eve Guide

New Year's Eve Event Times

Beginning at 5am on December 31st, Resident Services will be closed on your island, with Tom Nook and Isabelle dressed for the occasion, and setting up a giant countdown clock in front of the building. There are also decorations and a prize cart in the plaza.

During the entire day on December 31st, the whole island will be celebrating the coming of the new year with a giant party in the plaza. The festivities will last all day on the 31st in your game - culminating, of course, in the ringing in of the new year at midnight.

New Year's Items© Nintendo

New Year's Items from Tom Nook and Nook Shopping - How to Get the New Year's Silk Hat

Leading up to New Year's Eve, players can purchase special items from Nook Shopping on their app, or at Resident Services; one of these items, the Sparkling Cider, can be held and used to make a toast when you press "A" - a festive addition to the celebrations.

Another note on the hats available: only one type of hat, in four different colors, will be available for purchase from Tom Nook each year. Therefore, you may only have the New Year's Hat in four different colors available this year, and next year the New Year's Silk Hat may be available in other colors (there are eight colors total). Be sure to visit your friends' islands to collect other variations!

The other items available for the holiday, and tips on how to acquire them, can be found below. You'll have to speak to Tom Nook on your main plaza to get some of them!

Item Image Item Name How to Obtain
Sparkling Cider
Sparkling Cider Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st
New Year's Noodles
New Year's Noodles Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st
Berliner
Berliner Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st
Twelve Grape Dish
Twelve-Grape Dish Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st
Light Stick
Light Stick Speak to Isabelle in the plaza before midnight
Party Popper
Party Poppers Speak to Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight
New Year's Hat
New Year's Hat Purchase from Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight
New Year's Silk Hat
New Year's Silk Hat Purchase from Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight
2021 Celebratory Arch
2021 Celebratory Arch Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
Kadomatsu
Kadomatsu Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
Kagamimochi
Kagamimochi Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
New Year's Shimekazari
New Year's Shimekazari Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
Olivier Salad
Olivier Salad Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
Yut Nori
Yut Nori Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th
Zodiac Ox Figurine
Zodiac Ox Figurine Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th

This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you're looking for specific fish or bug, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of Critters leaving at the end of the month. We've also compiled a Complete Villager List and a Complete List of K.K. Slider Songs, as well as the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we've found so far, and the best islands to visit using Dream Address Codes.

We can also help with How to Spot Redd's Fake Paintings and Statues, How to Make Bells Fast, How to Breed Flowers, How to Get more DIY Recipes, How to Upgrade Nook's Cranny, where and when to find special characters like Gulliver, Sable, Label, Wisp, Celeste, Pirate Gulliver and Jack, plus tips on using the Star Wand, Tool Ring, Rock Trick, Cutting Down and Moving Trees, using amiibo on Harv's Island, How to Back Up Your Island Data, How to Time Travel, How to Get a 5-Star Island Rating and a whole lot more.

And finally Where to Buy Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game.