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See all the things to do in December in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), for the Nintendo Switch. These include all December events, bugs, fish & sea creatures that are coming and leaving in December, December-exclusive recipes & items, and all December birthdays!

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List of All Events

List of Events in December

December Event Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
12/1
Sprocket's Birthday
Rooney's Birthday
12/2
Annalise's Birthday
12/3
Claude's Birthday
12/4
Robin's Birthday
12/5
Hans' Birthday
Carrie's Birthday
12/6
Kyle's Birthday
12/7
Buzz's Birthday
Monty's Birthday
12/8
Eloise's Birthday
12/9
Becky's Birthday
12/10
Tom's Birthday
12/11
Sterling's Birthday
12/12
Lucha's Birthday
12/13
Bianca's Birthday
12/14
Freya's Birthday
12/15
Chadder's Birthday
12/16
Gabi's Birthday
12/17
Cousteau's Birthday
12/18
Fang's Birthday
12/19
Bug-Off (Southern Hemisphere)
Chief's Birthday
12/20
Rudy's Birthday
12/21
Winter Solstice
Blanche's Birthday
12/22
Quillson's Birthday
12/23
Ken's Birthday
12/24
Christmas Eve
12/25
Ruby's Birthday
12/26
Pashmina's Birthday
12/27
Goldie's Birthday
12/28
Bella's Birthday
12/29
Vic's Birthday
Murphy's Birthday
12/30
Hugh's Birthday
12/31
Countdown
Marcel's Birthday

Note: In the Southern Hemisphere seasonal events (excluding birthdays) take place in June.

December 19: Flick's Bug-Off Event (Southern Hemisphere)

Flick

Bug-Off Date September 26
4th Saturday of September

On Saturday, December 19, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Flick will hold another Bug-off event. You can participate by talking to Flick, in front of Resident Services. Catch as many bugs as you can within 3 minutes!

Northern Hemisphere residents may visit players in the Southern Hemisphere to participate in this event.

Learn more about Flick's Bug-Off and the list of prizes you can get through our guide below!

Bug-Off Rules and Prizes

December 21: Winter Solstice

Event Duration December 21

In previous Animal Crossing games, it will be night all day during the Winter Solstice and the Northern Lights will be visible in the sky.

It's not yet known if the event will be the same in New Horizons, but we'll update you when more information comes to light.
Christmas Eve Event Info and Rewards

December 24: Christmas Eve

Event Duration December 24

In previous Animal Crossing games, Christmas Eve has you handing out presents to all your villagers in a Santa Suit. Jingle the Reindeer will give you a magical sack of presents to help you with this event.

It's not yet known if the event will be the same in New Horizons, but we'll update you when more information comes to light.
Christmas Eve Event Info and Rewards

December 31: Countdown

Event Duration December 31 - January 1

Countdown is the first part of the New Year's event. Resident Services will be closed the whole day. Instead, an electronic billboard will appear in the plaza which will count down to the New Year.

Isabelle and Tom Nook will camp out on the plaza and will give you a light stick item and a bag of party poppers respectively. Additionally, Tom Nook will be selling Countdown-related gifts all day.

Once the day comes to an end, your villagers will all gather on the plaza to watch the fireworks at midnight and celebrate the New Year.
Countdown Event Info and Rewards

Bugs and Fish Available in December

All Bugs and Fish Available in December

To see the complete list of bugs and fish available in December, check out the following pages.

Northern Hemisphere
December Bugs December Fish
Southern Hemisphere
June Bugs June Fish

New Bugs and Fish Available in December

Check out the critters that have started appearing this December (Northern Hemisphere).

New Bugs Available in December

No. Name Location Months Time of Day
9 Emperor Butterfly ImageEmperor Butterfly Flying December to March|June to September 5 PM to 8 AM (Next Day)
11 Rajah BrookeRajah Brooke's Birdwing Flying December to February | April to September 8 AM to 5 PM
50 Dung Beetle ImageDung Beetle Near snowballs December to February Any time

New Fish Available in December

Name Shadow Size Area Times Sell Price

Bugs and Fish Leaving in December

These critters will not be available until their next seasonal month so be sure not to miss them!

Bugs Leaving in December

No. Name Location Months Time of Day

Fish Leaving in December

Name Shadow Size Area Times Sell Price
24 Pike IconPike Large ShadowLarge River Any time 1800

Note: These lists are based on Northern Hemisphere dates. In the Southern Hemisphere, these bugs and fish appear in June. We will continue to update this page. If you can provide any kind of verifiable info about bugs not shown in the list, be sure and send us a picture in the comments.

Sea Creatures Available in December

All Sea Creatures Available in December

To see the complete list of sea creatures available in December, check out the following pages.

Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere
December Sea Creatures June Sea Creatures

New Sea Creatures Available in December

Check out the sea creatures that have started appearing this December (Northern Hemisphere).

Name Shadow Size Time of Day Sell Price

Sea Creatures Leaving in December

These sea creatures will not be available until their next seasonal month so be sure not to miss them!

Name Shadow Size Time of Day Sell Price
5 Sea Star ImageSea Star Medium Shadow SizeMedium Anytime 500
8 Sea Anemone ImageSea Anemone Large Shadow SizeLarge Anytime 500
10 Sea Slug ImageSea Slug Small Shadow SizeSmall Anytime 600
11 Pearl Oyster ImagePearl Oyster Medium Shadow SizeMedium Anytime 2800
12 Mussel ImageMussel Medium Shadow SizeMedium Anytime 1500
14 Scallop ImageScallop Large Shadow SizeLarge Anytime 1200
15 Whelk ImageWhelk Medium Shadow SizeMedium Anytime 1000
20 Octopus ImageOctopus Large Shadow SizeLarge Anytime 1200
28 Acorn Barnacle ImageAcorn Barnacle Small Shadow SizeSmall Anytime 600
32 Mantis Shrimp ImageMantis Shrimp Medium Shadow SizeMedium 4 PM to 9 AM 2500
33 Spiny Lobster ImageSpiny Lobster Large Shadow SizeLarge 9 PM to 4 AM 3000

December Exclusive DIY Recipes

Tree's Bounty Little Tree DIY Recipe

Receive Tree

Recipe Availability September 1 - December 10
(Northern Hemisphere)
March 1 - June 10
(Southern Hemisphere)

December 10 will be the last day to receive the Tree's Bounty Little Tree DIY recipe from Tom Nook. You can only get this item once, from September 1 to December 10 in the Northern Hemisphere (March 1 to June 10 in the Southern Hemisphere), so don't miss it! Collect all the Tree's Bounty-themed DIY recipes to complete the Tree's Bounty Series Furniture collection!

List of Tree's Bounty Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Get the Snowflake Wreath Recipe During the Daily Broadcast

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Recipe Snowflake Wreath
Available Period December 11 to February 24 (Northern Hemisphere)
June 11 to August 24 (Southern Hemisphere)

Once winter has settled in, Isabelle will make an announcement on snowflakes falling on the island. The Snowflake Wreath recipe will also be given to you during the daily broadcast.

Ornament Wreath DIY Recipe

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Recipe Availability December 15 - January 6
(Both Hemispheres)

Starting December 15, you will be able to receive the Ornament Wreath DIY Recipe from Isabelle. Collect all the Festive-themed DIY recipes to complete the Festive Series Furniture collection!

List of Festive Series Furniture & Item Recipes

December Exclusive Items

Get Acorns and Pine Cones by Shaking Trees

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Item Availability September 1 - December 10
(Northern Hemisphere)
March 1 - June 10
(Southern Hemisphere)

December 10 is the last day you will be able to get acorns and pine cones by shaking trees, until next September. You'll need them to complete the Tree's Bounty Series Furniture collection, so shake those trees!

Snowflakes and Large Snowflakes

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Catch the snowflakes falling on your island to craft exclusive Snowflake items!

Snowballs will also start appearing, which you can roll to form Snowboys. Creating a perfect Snowboy awards you with Large Snowflakes that you can use to craft Ice (Frozen) items.

Snowflakes and Large Snowflakes
Northern Hemisphere November 26 to February 24
Southern Hemisphere May 26 to August 24

List of Seasons and Seasonal DIY Items

Get Ornaments from Cedar Pines

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Once the Festive Season starts, Isabelle will make an announcement on how she decorated the cedar (pine) trees with ornaments. You can shake these trees to get Ornaments, with the Gold Ornament being the rarest of the three.

How to Get Ornaments and How to Use Them

List of Villager Birthdays in December

Sprocket Image
Sprocket

(December 1)
Rooney Image
Rooney

(December 1)
Annalise Image
Annalise

(December 2)
Claude Image
Claude

(December 3)
Robin Image
Robin

(December 4)
Hans Image
Hans

(December 5)
Carrie Image
Carrie

(December 5)
Kyle Image
Kyle

(December 6)
Buzz Image
Buzz

(December 7)
Monty Image
Monty

(December 7)
Eloise Image
Eloise

(December 8)
Becky Image
Becky

(December 9)
Tom Image
Tom

(December 10)
Sterling Image
Sterling

(December 11)
Lucha Image
Lucha

(December 12)
Bianca Image
Bianca

(December 13)
Freya Image
Freya

(December 14)
Chadder Image
Chadder

(December 15)
Gabi Image
Gabi

(December 16)
Cousteau Image
Cousteau

(December 17)
Fang Image
Fang

(December 18)
Chief Image
Chief

(December 19)
Rudy Image
Rudy

(December 20)
Blanche Image
Blanche

(December 21)
Quillson Image
Quillson

(December 22)
Ken Image
Ken

(December 23)
Ruby Image
Ruby

(December 25)
Pashmina Image
Pashmina

(December 26)
Goldie Image
Goldie

(December 27)
Bella Image
Bella

(December 28)
Vic Image
Vic

(December 29)
Murphy Image
Murphy

(December 29)
Hugh Image
Hugh

(December 30)
Marcel Image
Marcel

(December 31)

Daily To-Do List

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To learn more about activities you could do every day or every week, check out our guide on Things to Do Every Day!
Things to Do Every Day

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