With the holiday season in full swing, you can now collect Christmas Ornaments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons starting today, with brand new recipes added in 2021!
For some new players, this will be their first time experiencing Christmas in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Meanwhile, veteran players can enjoy five brand new DIY Recipes introduced in November 2021’s Version 2.0 Update! This article will cover everything new for both audiences.
Collect & Craft Christmas Ornaments
Beginning today, look out for Pine or Cedar Trees on your island to be decorated with beautiful Christmas lights for the first time. Not every single one will be fitted with lights though, but any decorated trees can be shaken to drop new Ornament seasonal materials!
Unlike most of the other seasonal content introduced in December for Winter, the Southern Hemisphere can enjoy this content even on their sun covered islands.
Christmas Ornaments come in three different colors of Red Ornaments, Blue Ornaments, and Gold Ornaments. You can use them to craft a festive new set of 19 different festive holiday themed items, including the Big Festive Tree, Festive Rug, Illuminated Present, and Illuminated Tree.
As per usual, one of these new recipes can be obtained from Isabelle during the morning announcements too. This time around, you can look forward to learning the Ornament Wreath from her! The rest of these items can be unlocked through Balloon Presents (use our new guide!) — and one from Jingle on Toy Day.
Check out a preview of a few of our favorite Festive Ornament recipes below, and read our complete recipe list guide here to see them all:
Big Festive Tree
- 6 Red Ornament
- 6 Blue Ornament
- 4 Gold Ornament
- 5 Wood
- 5 Clay
Craft the Illuminated Present using the following materials and items:
- 3 Red Ornament
- 4 Gold Ornament
- 3 Iron Nugget
New Version 2.0 Festive Recipes
For long-time players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons who have already experienced the Festive Season during last year, no need to be disappointed — there’s new content for you too this holiday season!
Five more brand new Festive Ornament DIY recipes were recently introduced in the Version 2.0 Update of the game released during November 2021 and now be enjoyed for the first time without time travelling.
These new recipes include the Giant Ornament, Ornament Crown, Ornament Garland, Ornament Table Lamp, and Ornament Tree — collect them all! Additionally, three new Snowflake DIY recipes became available earlier this month.
Be sure to spend some time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons during the Festive Season this year to get your hands on these new items, even if you collected the rest of the sets last year.
Get The Festive Wreath
In addition to the new recipes crafted using Ornaments, be ready for a villager to approach you beginning on December 15th delivering another special item — the Festive Wreath!
Added in the Winter Update last month, the Festive Wreath can be obtained in conversation with a villager and works as an elusive door decoration item for hanging on your house door! You can also use it a wall inside your home too.
Toy Day Christmas Eve Event
All of the exciting new festive holiday additions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons today is part of the leadup to this year’s Toy Day event for Christmas Eve held on December 24th!
As you’d expect for such a holiday, both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres can enjoy Toy Day — and Southern islands will even get a unique sunny version of the event music.
During this fun event, you’ll find returning special character Jingle the Reindeer roaming your island looking for some help with delivering gifts to your villagers.
However, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons version of Toy Day doesn’t feature any kind of hinting feature for delivering villager gifts. You’ll still need to hand them out, but there aren’t any specific hints or unique rewards for doing so ‘correctly’.
For those unfamiliar, the previous major title Animal Crossing: New Leaf had an interesting feature for Toy Day where villagers would drop specific hints about the type of Christmas present they wanted before the big day. That feature is oddly absent from New Horizons, and it’s a shame.
More Festive Decorations
The first set of holiday decorations on your island went up on December 1st, but Isabelle and Tom Nook have stepped up their game today with a large Christmas Tree installed outside of Resident Services now too!
As for the rest of your island… that’s your job to complete using the Festive Christmas Ornaments items and recipes.
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