It’s New Year’s Eve, but it’s still in 2020, so we think many people will celebrate the coming of the new year from their home. For players who have played Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there is still a way to go out on the town, however. Right now and until midnight tonight, Tom Nook and Isabelle are hosting New Year’s Eve with free gifts, fun seasonal items and a countdown to the new year.
We start with free stuff. Turn on the Nintendo switch and walk on to the town square in front of Resident Services (which is closed for the holidays) where Isabelle and Tom Nook are quickly preparing for the countdown to midnight for 2021
The place is decorated with balloons, a carriage with New Year’s party supplies and a huge countdown hours that work towards the big moment where 2020 will mercifully come to an end. Walk around the city and check in with the residents, who also make their own preparations for the evening. We met more than one resident who needed some help counting down to 2021.
When night darkness comes and the timer approaches midnight, be sure to jump into the game, where everyone will gather in the space near the timer. According to the YouTuber Crossing Channel, as time traveled to see what came, everyone will have their Light Sticks out and counting down to midnight together. It is a very nice touch for the game, which celebrates many holidays, to have a way for players to celebrate together. Players can even fly to other islands via Dodo Codes, so they can share the moment with their loved ones.
To go along with the New Year, Animal transitionThe Nook Shopping tool in ABD – the automated clock dispenser – or on the smartphone in the game, if you have come far enough, has some special holiday products for today and tomorrow. These items are available until the end of today:
- Sparkling Cider
- New Year’s noodles
- Twelve grape dishes
Starting tomorrow, players can order other items through Nook Shopping until January 15, including some regular Japanese New Year decorations.
- 2021 Feirbue
- New Year’s Shimekazari
- Oliver Salat
- Zodiac Ox Figurine
- Yut Nori