Animal Crossing: New Horizons - New Year's Eve Event Guide 2021

The New Year's Eve event is the final event of the year in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and you can spend all day celebrating it with your villagers. There are a few things that you can do during this event but none of them are laborious tasks. This event is all about having fun. We're here going to answer a few questions about the event - when is New Year's Eve 2021? What is the New Year's Eve event? Plus, we show you how to get all of the items for it.

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When Is New Year's Eve 2021?

New Year's Eve 2021 falls on December 31st which is a Friday. Items surrounding the event can be bought from Nook's Cranny and Nook Shopping a week before the event.

What Is the New Year's Eve Event?

The New Year's Eve event in the game is an event that spans the entire day before the beginning of the new year. It's when your Island is celebrating the end of the year and the start of a brand new one. The celebrations start from early in the morning and go on until the following day.

Isabelle and Tom Nook will have closed Resident Services for the day (if you need to do anything there then you will need to wait until the next day or time travel). They will have set up a big countdown clock in the center of the Plaza and both of them will be wearing themed items.

There are no specific tasks that you have to accomplish on the day, this event is more about you taking time out to relax and have fun with your friends or villagers. Make sure you are in the Plaza outside Resident Services at midnight to celebrate the end of the countdown with your villagers and bring in the New Year together.

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How To Get New Year’s Eve Items

There are a few items that you can get surrounding the event but you will need to have plenty of Bells at your disposal. Some items will only be available on the day and you will need to get these by speaking to Tom Nook or Isabelle.

Items From Nook’s Cranny

Party Popper - Can be bought from the cabinet in Nook's Cranny. You can get this by speaking to Tom Nook in the Plaza outside Resident Services before the countdown ends.

Light Stick - Can be bought from the cabinet in Nook's Cranny. You can also get this by speaking to Isabelle in the Plaza outside Resident Services before the countdown ends.

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Items From Isabelle and Tom Nook

These items can be obtained on December 31st before midnight by talking to either Tom Nook or Isabelle.

Party Popper - Talk to Tom Nook at any point before midnight.

Light Stick - Talk to Isabelle at any point before midnight.

New Year's Silk Hat - Talk to Tom Nook and choose the "One New Year's Hat" option when talking to him. You will then be given the option of buying one of the following colours:

  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Blue
  • Aqua
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It will cost you 500 Bells. If you are feeling generous, you can buy some more and hand them out to your villagers. They may put it on and keep it on for the rest of the event.

Animal Crossing New Horizons New Year's Countdown Event Player and Villager Margie wearing New Year's Silk Hats
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Items From Nook Shopping

These items can be obtained a few days before and on December 31st. You need to go to Resident Services and use the Nook Stop. Click on "Nook Shopping" then click on the "special goods" option. When this opens up, you should see that there are 4 icons near the top of your screen. You need to go to the last one on the right. This should be the "seasonal" tab. This is where you will find all of the items surrounding New Year's from across the world.

Here are all of the items that will be available and their prices:

  • Fizzy Apple Juice - 1,000 Bells (If you press A at midnight, you can toast with this item to bring in the New Year)
  • Twelve-Grape Dish - 1,200 Bells
  • Berliner - 1,200 Bells
  • Olivier Salad - 1,000 Bells
  • New Year's noodles - 1,000 Bells
  • 2022 Celebratory arch - 2,022 Bells
  • Yut Nori - 1,300 Bells
  • Kadomatsu - 2,580 Bells
  • Otoshidama Envelope - 500 Bells
  • Kagamimochi - 1,800 Bells
  • New Year's shimekazari -1,800 Bells
  • Osechi - 5,000 Bells
  • Zodiac Tiger Figurine - 1,600 Bells
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We will update this guide as we learn more about the 2021 event.

There are many events for you to attend in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and New Year's is the final one of the year. Each event will bring with it its own set of tasks for you to do or unique items for you to collect. We have a guide for Lunar New Year 2022 and if events aren't your thing, we have a guide that shows you how to grow money trees.

Updated November 19th, 2021 by Marie Pritchard. Contributions from Nick Farrell.