New Year's Countdown Event Guide, Items and Activities | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Three, two, one... happy new year! Celebrate the end of one year and the start of another with your faithful friends and villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch!

Learn about when the New Year's Eve Countdown event begins, what items you can get from Tom Nook and Isabelle, and more by reading our guide below!

New Year's Eve Dates and Times

December 31 from 11PM

ACNH - Isabelle announces the Countdown Event

Event Times December 31
(5 AM) 11 PM to 2 AM

The New Year's Eve Countdown event happens on December 31. All throughout the day there will be a huge countdown timer on your plaza.

Isabelle and Tom Nook will be at the plaza from 5 AM, but the festivities will begin at 11 PM, which is when your villagers will start to gather at the plaza.

What to Do During New Year's Eve?

Talk to Tom Nook and Isabelle

Obtain Light Sticks from Isabelle Obtain Party Poopers from Tom Nook

The Resident Services building will be closed on New Year's Eve. Instead, Tom Nook and Isabelle will have a countdown timer at the plaza. Talk to Isabelle to get a Light Stick, and to Tom Nook to get 5 Party Poppers.

Buy New Year's Hats

ACNH - Tom Nook states the price for New Year

Tom Nook also sells New Year's Hats in different colors for 500 Bells. There are two types of New Year's hat that you can buy: The New Year's Hat and the New Year's Silk Hat. Note that the type of hat you obtain upon buying is random, so you will need to buy the other type of hat in the next year to collect them all!

You can only get 4 colors every year

ACNH - Tom Nook asks what color the resident would like

Both the New Year's Hat and New Year's Silk Hat has 8 color variations, although only 4 color variations can be bought per year. You can acquire the other color variations and the other hat type in the following years.

Buy Party Poppers

ACNH - A resident tries to buy party poppers from Tom Nook

On top of the hats, Tom Nook will offer sets of 5 Party Poppers for 500 Bells, which is the same price as Nook's Cranny.

Wait for the Countdown at the Plaza

ACNH - Residents shake their light sticks as the new year begins

As the countdown nears its end, Villagers will gather around the plaza to celebrate. The countdown will start beeping every second at the final minute.

Villagers will start waving their light sticks in time with the beeping in the final 10 seconds. Join in the festivities as you wave your light stick with your villagers!

Talk to your villagers after the countdown

ACNH - A resident talks to to villagers after Countdown

You can talk to your villagers when they are at the plaza during the countdown to learn what they think of the upcoming year. They might also tell you their New Year's Resolutions!

You can also talk to them until the event ends to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year!

Watch the Fireworks Show

ACNH - Villagers marvel at the Fireworks Show after countdown

The Fireworks Shows lasts from 12AM to 2AM. Take some pictures with your villagers to capture an unforgettable moment! Make sure to use your Light Stick and Party Poppers for an added flair.

Receive 500 Nook Miles the Day After

ACNH - A resident receives 500 Nook Miles after the countdown event

You won't be able to access the Resident Services during the Countdown. To compensate, you'll receive 500 Nook Miles the next day. Not only that, you'll also receive the 7 day log-in bonus the day after! How's that for welcoming the new year!

What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First?

New Year's Items

Here's all the items avaliable during the New Years event!

Item How to Get
New YearNew Year's Hat Buy from Tom Nook for 500 Bells
New Year New Year's Silk Hat Buy from Tom Nook for 500 Bells
Light Stick.JPG Light Stick Talk to Isabelle

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