It's a well-known fact that New Year's Eve parties are usually a bit rubbish. Aside from the occasional rockin' house party or swish 'n' swinging shindig, they often turn out to be expensive and disappointing evenings that lead to you starting the new year not refreshed and optimistic, but with a thick head and a lot of dry cleaning to attend to.
So why not stay at home with your Switch and see in the new year with Animal Crossing: New Horizons instead? Get your friends over and make a night of it! Or settle down solo — we ain't judging.
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 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||Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st|
|New Year's Noodles||Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st|
|Berliner||Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st|
|Twelve-Grape Dish||Purchase through Nook Shopping between December 27th - 31st|
|Light Stick||Speak to Isabelle in the plaza before midnight|
|Party Poppers||Speak to Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight|
|New Year's Hat||Purchase from Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight|
|New Year's Silk Hat||Purchase from Tom Nook in the plaza before midnight|
|2021 Celebratory Arch||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|Kadomatsu||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|Kagamimochi||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|New Year's Shimekazari||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|Olivier Salad||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|Yut Nori||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
|Zodiac Ox Figurine||Purchase through Nook Shopping from January 1st - 15th|
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