Winter Update | November 19 Ver 1.6 Update | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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The free update has been announced for Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). It will be released in late November. Celebrate Thanksgiving with Frankie, enjoy the season of giving on Christmas, and more new features in the newest update!

Ver. 1.6 - Winter Update Links
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All Winter Update Information

Official Winter Update Video

This is the promotional video released on November 17, by Nintendo's official account on YouTube.

Update Available on November 19 at 10 AM

The Winter Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released on November 19, 2020 (Thursday) at 8:00 PM EDT. However, the new events won't be playable ahead of time, so there is not a lot to do until November 26 where Turkey Day is on!

Update Summary List

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Check markSave Data Transfer
Check markTurkey Day Event
Check markToy Day Event
Check markNew Hairstyles
Check markNew Reactions
Check markNew Items
Check markNew DIY Items
Check markNew Seasonal Items
Check markPocket Camp Phone Case
Check markVisit Random Dreams
Check markMaximum Storage Increased from 1,600 to 2,400

Official Patch Notes

The following patch notes are from Nintendo's official site.

General Updates
  • Two seasonal events, Turkey Day and Toy Day, have been added.
  • Residents can visit Resident Services to put in a request to increase the capacity of their home storage.
  • Luna can now offer random dream destinations by selecting the “Surprise me” option.
  • A new feature for transferring save data between different systems has been added.
New Content
  • Additional Nook Miles redemption items.
  • Additional limited-time seasonal items from Nook Shopping.
  • Additional DIY recipes that use seasonal materials.
  • Additional Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp collaboration item.
Fixed Issues
  • Other adjustments and corrections were made to improve the game play experience.

New Events

As of version 1.6.0, new events are time locked, meaning you can't time travel to access the events before the specified event date. Once officially released, you can time travel to them at any time, even after the event has ended.

List of New Winter Events

Turkey Day

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Event Date: November 26

First class chef, Franklin, will visit the island to host a bountiful gathering at the plaza. Join the festivities as you celebrate the season of thanksgiving!
Turkey Day Event Guide

Christmas Event (Toy Day)

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Event Date: December 24

The Christmas event is held every 24th of December. Jingle, the reindeer, will make an appearance on your island. Rejoice as you celebrate the season of holiday cheer!
Toy Day Event Guide

New Visitors


Franklin Amiibo Card
Appearance Date 4th Thursday of November (Harvest Festival)
Appearance Location Near the Plaza
Appearance Time >6 AM to 10 PM

Franklin was first teased at the end of the Fall announcement trailer, and will visit your island to host a gathering! Help Franklin complete his dishes and earn exclusive rewards!

How to Find Franklin


Jingle Amiibo Card
Appearance Date December 24 (Toy Day)
Appearance Location Roaming the Plaza
Appearance Time 5 AM until the next morning

Like Franklin, Jingle was teased at the Fall announcement trailer. Help him deliver gifts to your villagers and receive neat goodies!

How to Find Jingle

New Features

New Hairstyles

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Six new hairstyle options will be available in this update. They can be purchased from the Nook Stop in Resident Services.
Hairstyle and Face Guide

New Reactions

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Nine new reactions will be available in this update. They can be purchased from the Nook Stop in Resident Services.
Full Reactions List

Home Storage Upgrade

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Talk to Tom Nook after reaching maximum amount of house upgrades and you'll be able to increase your storage from 1600 slots to 2400 slots.
How to Upgrade Your Storage

Visit Random Dream Islands

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You are now able to visit random islands while dreaming. This will open up new inspirations for your island, and surprises for you to seek!
Dream Suite Guide

Save Data Transfer

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This new feature will allow you to transfer your Island and Resident data to another Nintendo Switch. A new app, Island Transfer Tool, will be available on the Nintendo eShop to facilitate the transfer.
How to Delete and Transfer Save Data

NookLink Catalog

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This new feature allows you to browse your catalog via the NookLink app. You can now check all your items without going to the Nook Stop!

New Items

New DIY Items

Festive Rug ImageFestive Rug Summer-Shell Rug ImageSummer-Shell Rug

A couple of new DIY items have been added to some of the different series already available in the game, like the Summer-Shell Rug for the Shell Series and the Festive Rug for the Festive Series. We'll continue to update if we confirm more!

New Toy Day Items

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Toy Day gifts will be available at Nook's Cranny from December 1 to December 25. They can be given as gifts to your villagers on Toy Day or you can purchase one for your own house!

RC Helicopter ImageRC Helicopter Dollhouse ImageDollhouse Puppy Plushie ImagePuppy Plushie Mini Circuit ImageMini Circuit
Dinosaur Toy ImageDinosaur Toy Pop-up Book ImagePop-up Book Tin Robot ImageTin Robot KidsKids' Tent

New Seasonal Items

Sunflower Rug ImageSunflower Rug
Available: 12/1~12/31 (Northern Hemisphere)
Aurora Wall ImageAurora Wall
Available: 12/1~12/31 (Southern Hemisphere)

We were able to confirm the two seasonal items above having been added with the Winter Update. The period you can order then in is from December 1 to December 31, so make sure you get them while you can!

Note: We found the items by going back to June between 6/21 to 7/6, where the Aurora Wall was available for Southern Hemisphere and the Sunflower Rug was available in the Northern Hemisphere. This might not be intentional and might get fixed!
List of Nook Shopping Seasonal Items

Renamed Items

Two items have been renamed in this patch. Refer to the table below for the name changes.

New Name Previous Name
ACNH - Summer-Solstice CrownEnlarge Sunflower Crown Summer-Solstice Crown
ACNH - Winter-Solstice SweaterEnlarge Midwinter Sweater Winter-Solstice Sweater

New Year's Seasonal Items

New Year's Noodles

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Item Availability December 26 to December 31

A tradition in Japan, the New Year's Noodles symbolizes a long life free from misfortunes.

This tasty treat is only available from December 26 to December 31 so make sure to place an order as soon as you can!


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Item Availability December 26 to December 31

Similar to a jelly donut, the Berliner is a traditional German pastry that's commonly eaten during the New Year.

This tasty treat is only available from December 26 to December 31 so make sure to place an order as soon as you can!

Twelve-Grape Dish

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Item Availability December 26 to December 31

The Twelve-Grape Dish is a common dish in Spain that symbolizes good luck as the New Year approaches.

This tasty treat is only available from December 26 to December 31 so make sure to place an order as soon as you can!

Sparkling Cider

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Item Availability December 26 to December 31

Raise a glass to the dawn of a new year with the Sparkling Cider! This special tool allows you to make a toast, great for any occasion!

This tasty treat is only available from December 26 to December 31 so make sure to place an order as soon as you can!

Free Yule Log From Updating

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With each new update comes freebies, and this time it's a yummy Yule Log!
List of New Horizons DLC

Pocket Camp Phone Case

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A small but important item for fans of Pocket Camp was also added in the form of a Pocket Camp Phone Case.

Next Update Announced

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The next update, which seems to include Pavé and the Festivale event, will be available in late January.

How to Update Animal Crossing

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Press the + Button on the Home Screen

With the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game selected on the Home screen, press the + button on your Switch to view the game data.

Select Software Update

Select Software Update from the left tab.

You can update your game Via the Internet or you can Match Version with Local Users.

Issues with Updating

If you have trouble updating your game, you can refer to the following solutions.

Check the Game's Official Twitter

You may not be able to update your game due to server failure. You can check the game's official Twitter account for information.

Check Nintendo's Server Maintenance Status

Depending on Nintendo's server maintenance status, you may not be able to update your game. You can check their official website for more information.

Maintenance Updates

We will also keep you posted with the latest server maintenance status here at Game8! Click the link below to view past and upcoming server maintenance with Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Maintenance | How to Fix an Error

Check Your Internet Connection

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Check if your Switch is connected to the internet.

You can check your internet status by going to the System Settings from the Home screen, and selecting Internet on the left tab.

If the problem persists, you can try restarting your Switch or your router.

How to Check if Update is Complete

Press the + Button on the Home Screen

With the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game selected on the Home screen, press the + button on your Switch to view the game data.

Select Software Information

Select Software Information from the left tab. You can go to the Nintendo eShop to see if your game is up-to-date.

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2 Anonymous21 days

Sunflower rug is Southern Hemisphere and Aurora Wall is Northern Hemisphere in December 2020

1 Anonymous2 months

my system updated, but none of the events seem to be there. Or, you just can't time travel to Turkey Day?

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