Animal Crossing New Horizons Winter Update Adds Holidays, Save Transfers, More

Animal Crossing's winter update brings three holidays and plenty of festivity to the game Thursday.
Animal Crossing's winter update brings three holidays and plenty of festivity to the game Thursday. / Photo by Nintendo

The Animal Crossing New Horizons winter update arrives Thursday, Nov. 19, bringing three new holidays, new Reactions and hairstyles to the game.

Animal Crossing's Turkey Day Holiday Brings Thanksgiving Vibes

First up is Turkey Day, a Thanksgiving-style holiday scheduled for Nov. 26. First-class chef and turkey Franklin will host a gathering in the plaza, and players can collect ingredients for him to put in the food he feeds to the village. Helping out in the kitchen will net players a thank-you gift.

Animal Crossing's Christmas Event is Called Toy Day

Toy Day draws on Christmas, decking out islands in festive lights and decorated trees that, when shaken, can drop ornaments used for holiday furniture recipes. The Able Sisters shop will sell holiday-themed clothing, and toys will be available to purchase from Nook's Cranny starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 24. Jingle the Black-Nosed Reindeer will arrive Dec. 24, and players will be able to help him deliver presents in exchange for a present of your own.

Animal Crossing New Year's Eve Items Drop Dec. 26

The third and final holiday for the year is New Year's Eve. Seasonal items will become available starting on Dec. 1 at Nook Stop, but several additional items will appear between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31 to celebrate the beginning of a new year. A countdown event will kick off Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

Animal Crossing Winter Update Reactions & Hairstyles

The update brings nine new Reactions that can be unlocked by redeeming Nook Miles. They include:

  • Sit Down
  • Take a Picture
  • Work Out
  • Wave Goodbye
  • Sniff Sniff
  • Yoga
  • Here You Go
  • Excited
  • Ta-da

Six new hairstyles will also be available in exchange for Nook Miles.

Animal Crossing Storage Expansion Added in Winter Update

Players who have already built their houses out to their largest possible size will be able to apply for a home storage expansion from Tom Nook at Resident Services, expanding their home storage to 2,400 slots.

Animal Crossing Save Transfers Arrive in Winter Update

Players will be able to transfer islands and user save data to other systems using the Island Transfer Tool app in the Nintendo eShop. Players who aren't the Resident Representative on their console will be able to transfer their data to another system, including their name, appearance and equipment, inventory, home and storage.