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Mark your calendar for all of the ACNH holidays and seasonal events

Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe make a daisy chain? You’ll be able to do it as long as it’s the right season.

One of the things that make Animal Crossing: New Horizons unique is that the activities and events within the game correspond to the real-life time of year. That means that when it’s springtime, cherry blossoms and vibrant flowers will be plentiful on your New Horizons island. And when it’s Winter, snow will furnish every tree and building.

What makes Animal Crossing one of the best Nintendo Switch games is that there are several season-specific activities for you to engage in, whether that be building a snowman in Winter or gathering flowers for a daisy chain in Spring. Here are all of the seasonal activities in the Animal Crossing calendar that we know of so far. We’ll be sure to update as we learn more.

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Enjoy seasons and activities

As you build your life on a deserted island, the in-game seasons will change to match your real-life seasons. Enjoy holiday events and yearly activities with your favorite villagers.

Seasons decided by your hemisphere

When you start your New Horizons game, you’ll be asked whether you live in the Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere. This will affect what order the seasons appear in your game. For instance, let’s say you’re starting a game in April. Those who select Nothern Hemisphere find a lush Spring island filled with cherry blossoms and greenery, whereas those who choose the Southern Hemisphere will find a Fall island filled with yellow and red leaves.

The seasons will cycle through in-game just the way they do in real life. This adds variety to gameplay and changes what activities, holidays, and events you can participate in.

Animal Crossing Holidays and Events Calendar of seasonal activities

Here are all of the events, holidays, and seasonal activities players experience throughout the year. To make things easier to read, we’ve abbreviated Northern Hemisphere as NH and Southern Hemisphere as SH.

Event Date Regions
New Year’s Day Jan 1st All
Fishing Tourney (Winter) Third Saturday of Jan All
Mole Day (Groundhog Day) Feb 2nd North America
Festivale Feb or Mar All
Shamrock Day (St. Patrick’s Day) Mar 17th Europe and North America
Bunny Day (Easter) April 1st – April 12th All
Cherry Blossoms April 1st – April 10th All
Fishing Tourney (Spring) Second Saturday in April All
Nature Day April 23rd – May 4th North America
May Day May 1st – May 7th All
International Museum Day May 18th – May 31st All
Wedding Season Jun 1st – 30th All
Bug Off 1 • NH: Fourth Saturday in Jun
• SH: Third Saturday in Nov
All
Bug Off 2 • NH: Fourth Saturday in July
• SH: Third Saturday in Dec
All
Summer July – Aug All
Fishing Tourney (Summer) Second Saturday in July All
Bug Off 3 • NH: Fourth Saturday in Aug
• SH: Third Saturday in Jan
All
Bug Off 4 • NH: Fourth Saturday in Sep
• SH: Third Saturday in Feb
All
Fishing Tourney (Fall) Second Saturday in Oct All
Fall Oct – Nov All
Halloween Oct 31st All
Mushroom Season Nov All
Maple Leaves • NH: Nov 16th – Nov 26th
• SH: May 16th – May 26th
All
Winter Nov – Dec All
Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) Fourth Thursday in Nov All
Snow Season • NH: Dec 11th – Feb 24th
• SH: Jun 11th – Aug 24th
All
Toy Day (Christmas) Dec 24th All
New Year’s Eve Dec 31st All

Animal Crossing Holidays and Events

Animal Crossing is unique because it’s one of the few games that changes seasons, and it brings about events to match real-life holidays. As you go about your year, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in several different in-game activities or to experience things that you weren’t able to do at a different time of the year.

In due season

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

$60 at Amazon

Enjoy seasons and activities

As you build your life on a deserted island, the in-game seasons will change to match your real-life seasons. Enjoy holiday events and yearly activities with your favorite villagers.

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