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Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Year’s event — Items, new events and more

When is the New Year’s Countdown in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

If you log into Animal Crossing: New Horizons later this month, you might notice something. If you’re getting back into the game after the Christmas season, you will see a new event is about to trigger. You will notice that your villagers and hanging around the central plaza on your island, and having a good time. Nintendo is giving Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans a special event to round out 2020.

A large countdown timer appears in front of Resident Services when this happens.  You and any friends you bring to the island can take part in the special event and schmooze with each other. With many people stuck inside thanks to the ongoing pandemic, this might be the best way for gamers to bring in the new year. Here are all the details about the Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Year’s event.

The event will begin on December 31 at 5 AM in your local time. Speak to Isabelle during that time to get a pack of Party Poppers and a Light Stick to use for the event. At 11 PM, the actual event will begin.

The announcement of the event will cause a giant countdown clock to be lit up outside Resident Services. After the countdown is over, players will witness a special firework show that takes place from midnight until 2 AM. Just stand in the town center to watch it.

When does the Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Year’s event start?

On December 31st at 5AM your local time, Tom Nook and Isabelle will be running around Resident Services preparing for something, and that’s the cue that the event is on. When it triggers, you’re given a pack of a few items to help celebrate. You get some Poppers and a glow stick to help celebrate while the countdown ticks down. You can also buy these special hats for 500 Bells or 5-packs of poppers for 300 Bells. These can be bought from Tom Nook. Tom Nook will offer you several colors of these items as well.

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You can also buy some special items that can be bought via the Nook Terminal. These items are some interesting decorative items, all themed after various internationally-themed foods that can help you ring in the new year. Check out the list below for details:

  • Sparkling Cider — 1,000 Bells
  • Twelve Grape Dish — 1,200 Bells
  • Berliner — 1,200 Bells
  • New Years Noodles — 1,300 Bells

After the event ends, you won’t be able to get the items again. You can still buy the special items though, as long as you order them before the Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Year’s event begins on December 31. Although you will only be able to witness the fireworks during the proper window in your time zone.

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