Ring in the New Year in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Year’s Countdown Begins

While some of the world is already in 2022, there is still a full day of festivity ahead of many for us to celebrate the end of 2021. One such way to celebrate will be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, during its annual New Year’s Countdown event.

Beginning at 5:00 this morning, players will find a large timer counting down to the New Year on the outside of the Residential Services building in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Tom Nook and Isabelle will be waiting for players there all day, with the official countdown event starting at the final hour before midnight.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Once the clock strikes midnight, the villagers will celebrate with fireworks to commemorate the calendar changing. While this is a cool in-game moment for players, there are also a ton of items players can collect.

Firstly, players in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can collect a light stick from Isabelle. They can hold and wave it around during the celebrations. On the not-so-free side, the entrepreneurial Tom Nook has some items for sale. This includes a New Year’s hat for 500 bells and a five party poppers for 300 bells. But he will throw in a free pack or party poppers when you first talk to him.

There are also a variety of New Year’s items in Tom Nook’s seasonal section available for a limited time. This includes fizzy apple juice, Olivier salad and New Year’s noodles avialable until December 31. There is also a 2022 celebratory arch, Kadomatsu, Zodiac figurine and New Year’s shimekazari available until January 5.

All villagers should fire up their copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons if they can’t see a real life fireworks show. Or if they want to deck out themselves in a festive outfit, now’s the time to collect!