FESTIVALE! comes to ‘ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS’ in new January update!

Experience the carnival spirit with new ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS January update, which will be available to download for free from 28th January 2021.

Whether it’s players who recently picked up ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS for Nintendo Switch over the holidays, or long-time island residents, this new update is set to fire up islands by introducing carnival spirit, new seasonal items and more.



The new update will add the following features to the game:

  • Festivale Event – Nothing beats the cold weather more than a colourful Festivale event filled with dancing and flying feathers. On 15th February, Dancer Pavé will arrive to the island’s plaza to usher in some confetti and carnival spirit.  Only on this day, players can capture colourful feathers floating on the island with their net and trade them to Pavé to receive a passionate dance number in return. Rainbow feathers seem to be an especially rare sight, so it’s best to catch them and trade them with Pavé. Players can invite friends over to their island or go visit to partake in the festivities together.
  • New Reactions – To express excitement for the Festivale, the Viva Festivale Reaction Set can be purchased for in-game bells from the shelf at Nook’s Cranny for a limited time and includes the reactions Feelin’ It, Let’s Go, Viva and Confetti.
  • New costumes – Starting 1st February, Festivale costumes will be available at Able Sisters for a limited time, so that players can get their groove on in style.
  • Seasonal items – New seasonal items will be available at Nook Shopping. Players can celebrate the sentimental season with chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets, which will be available for purchase beginning 1st February and running through 14th February. There will also be other items related to Lunar New Year and Big Game Celebration for certain periods during January and February.


Also, starting 26th March 2021, the Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack will be available for purchase at select retailers and online across Europe.

The Animal Crossing Sanrio Collaboration Pack contains all six amiibo cards from this unique Sanrio Collaboration Series. These vibrantly designed amiibo cards can be used in compatible games. Further details will be revealed in future.

Additionally, another update for ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS is planned for March 2021.

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