Santa needs your help delivering presents to your villagers.
During the month of December, our Animal Crossing islands look more festive. Trees are strung with colorful lights, villagers decorate their homes with festive decorations, snow blankets the ground, and players are visited by a special someone on Christmas Day. Looking forward to the fun holiday festivities? Here’s everything you need to know about Toy Day, Jingle the Black-Nosed Reindeer, Festive DIY recipes, gift giving, and more in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
What to do on Toy Day — December 24th
The majority of holiday fun actually takes place on Dec 24th, or Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day. Here’s exactly what you need to do on your Animal Crossing island on both Dec 24th and Dec 25th for the Toy Day festivities.
Run errands for Jingle the Black-Nosed Reindeer
Jingle arrives on your island after 5AM your local time on December 24th and stays until 5AM December 25th. He’ll set about giving you two tasks to complete and will reward you for doing each one:
Step 1: Craft Festive Wrapping Paper
Talk to Jingle and he’ll tell you that he forgot to wrap your villagers’ presents and will give you a recipe for DIY Festive Wrapping Paper before asking you to craft three of them. To craft all three items you will need a total of 3 Blue Ornaments, 3 Yellow Ornaments, and 3 Red Ornaments.
- How to get Ornaments for DIY Recipes: From Mid-December through early January, if you shake one of the festive Christmas trees on your island, it might just drop an ornament. You’ll be able to use these ornaments to craft Toy Day decorations. It’s hard to get these things to drop, so you might have to shake your trees several times before one falls to the ground.
- Reward: Once you have the three Festive Wrapping Paper pieces in hand, return to Jingle and give it to him. As a reward, he’ll give you a set of Toy Day stockings. Make sure to hang these in your house right away (more on that to come).
Step 2: Deliver toys to your villagers
Now Jingle will give you the Magic Bag, a.k.a. Santa’s toy sack, and will ask you to deliver gifts to your villagers. You must deliver all of the gifts before 5AM your local time in the early morning hours of Dec 25th as both Jingle and the Magic Bag will disappear at that point. Run around and talk to your villagers. They can be anywhere on the island including in their homes, in shops, or walking around outside.
- Your villagers aren’t picky: Unlike previous Animal Crossing games, you don’t need to choose which gift to give them, the Magic Bag makes it so you automatigically pull the right gift for each of your neighbors.
- Reward: Return to Jingle when you’re done delivering the presents and he’ll give you the Toy Day Sleigh DIY recipe.
Exchange gifts with your villagers
In addition to giving out presents from Santa Claus on Dec 24th, you can also exchange gifts with your villagers, if you’d like. To do this, simply purchase some wrapping paper from the green cabinet at Nook’s Cranny or craft some and then wrap up just about anything that’s currently in your inventory, even a rock will do. Once the presents are wrapped, give them to your villagers.
You’ll recall that fun toys have been available to purchase every day at Nook’s Cranny. Now is the perfect time to wrap up any of those gifts you might have acquired before now and hand them out. Your villagers aren’t picky, they’ll like anything you give them.
All Toy Day gifts you can buy at Nook’s Cranny
From December 1st – 25th, Nook’s Cranny sells fun toys, which you can purchase and then give to your favorite Animal Crossing characters on December 24th. Make sure to check in daily to see what new finds there are in-store as they change daily. These toys come in different colors, but you’ll need to trade with friends in order to get all variations.
|Set of Stockings|
What to do on Christmas Day — December 25th
Remember how I mentioned before that you need to hang up the Toy Day Stockings somewhere in your house on December 24th? That’s because if you go and check those stockings on December 25th, you’ll find that there’s a special item waiting for you inside: Jingle’s Framed Photo.
When will snow be on my Animal Crossing island?
Unfortunately, snow won’t immediately blanket your trees and island starting the first day of December. You’ll need to wait about a week and a half later for that to happen. On December 10th, the music on your island will change to include jingle bells and snowflakes will fall in earnest. All you have to do is get on Animal Crossing the next day and you’ll see plenty of snow and you’ll also be able to start collecting Snowflakes with your net, similarly to catching a falling Maple Leaf in Autumn.
- Northern Hemisphere: December 11th – February 24th
- Southern Hemisphere: June 11 – August 24th
Snowflake DIY Recipes
These are the recipes you can craft with your captured Snowflakes. They are all acquired by popping balloons with the exception of the Snowflake Wreath recipe which is given to you by Isabelle.
|Snowflake Wreath||• 4 Snowflakes|
|Snowflake Wall||• 12 Snowflakes|
|Snowflake Pochette||• 6 Snowflakes|
|Ski-Slope Wall||• 8 Snowflakes|
|Ski-Slope Flooring||• 8 Snowflakes|
|Iceberg Wall||• 10 Snowflakes|
|Iceberg Flooring||• 10 Snowflakes|
Do you want to build a Snowman?
While wandering around on your island, you might find two snow balls on the ground. Run up to one and you’ll kick it, making it ever so slightly larger. Continue to kick it until it becomes large enough to roll around. Now continue to roll the snow ball around and have it get larger. When it’s at a decent size, do the same to the other snow ball.
Now when the two snowballs are a good size, roll one onto the other to form a Snowboy. The first time you do this, the Snowboy will come to life and will give you both a Large Snowflake and a Snowboy DIY recipe. But from now on, you’ll have to make the perfect Snowboy if you want to earn prizes. You can only make one Snowboy a day, so you need to make them count.
How to make the perfect Snowboy
Step 1: Roll the first snowball until it’s as large as it can possible get.
Step 2: Roll the second ball until it measures up to the bottom of your ear when you’re standing next to it. Use the camera app on your NookPhone to see just how tall the snowball is next to you.
Step 3: Push the second snowball on top of the large one.
Perfect Snowboy rewards & winter furniture
These are the rewards Snowboy will give you if you build the perfect Snowman.
How to get Festive DIY recipes
You’ll need to shoot down balloons floating over your island throughout the month of December in order to earn Festive DIY recipes. Curious to know what these look like? Check out the section below.
All Festive DIY recipes
There are 13 Festive DIY recipes to help you celebrate Toy Day. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order and included the materials needed to craft them.
Wear holiday clothes
Able Sisters also gets into the holiday spirit by providing festive clothing for you to purchase. Keep an eye out throughout the month of December to see what cute Christmas sweaters, dresses, or Santa Clause hats you can find. Once you have nice selection of clothing, you can take pictures and make some cute Animal Crossing Christmas Cards.
Jingle’s amiibo card
That’s right, there is a Jingle amiibo card. Just like the Jack amiibo card, when you scan it while visiting Harvey’s Island you’ll be able to bring this reindeer into Photopia. Then you can decorate the area, make him emote a certain way and take fun holiday pictures.
Animal Crossing Christmas
Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to prove just why it is one of the best Nintendo Switch games ever made. New updates and experiences can be had depending on the time of the year to keep us entertained.
I’m really looking forward to meeting Jingle and picking out the perfect presents for my favorite villager, Sprinkle. Until then, we’ll just have to count down the days to Christmas.
Get More Switch