- "Happy holidays! I'm Jingle, the black-nosed reindeer!"
- — Jingle, all games
Name in other languages
Jingle is a reindeer in the Animal Crossing series who is the host of Toy Day. He delivers presents on December 24 dressed as Santa Claus, and he is the only source of items from the Jingle Series, a series of holiday-themed items for which he is the namesake of, in games prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In New Leaf, he is the only source of the Festive Wreath and Jingle's Pic. Jingle is analogous to Santa Claus, a character associated with Christmas, the real-world holiday Toy Day is based on. His name is likely derived from a jingle bell, a percussion instrument commonly associated with the holiday season.
In Animal Crossing
Jingle first appears in Doubutsu no Mori, as well as its GameCube port Animal Crossing. Jingle can be found wandering around town starting at 8 PM on December 24, on an unnamed event (referred to as "Jingle Comes to Town" in the official guide) which doesn't appear in a diary's calendar. He needs to be approached five times to receive an item of his series, also asking questions to determine what item the player receives such as flooring, wallpaper and furniture all from the Jingle Series. He only gives out one present per player; however, if the player changes their clothing, he will not recognize them and will give them another item. However, doing this for long enough makes him realize they are the same character, though he simply laughs and does not ask for the furniture back.
In City Folk
After being absent in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Jingle makes a return in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Similar to Animal Crossing, Jingle can be found wandering around town starting at 8 PM on Toy Day (December 24th) to Midnight. During this time, he may also be found inside other villagers' houses, but only in the ones with their lights off (meaning they are outside). This is the only time in the game the player can visit a villager's house without the animal having to be inside. In one of the homes, Jingle will be inside dropping off presents. Upon talking to him, he will offer players a present, either one they can "lean on" or one they can "walk on," with further options of "huge things." These simply mean wallpaper "(lean on)," carpet "(walk on)," and furniture "(huge things)," specifically furniture from the Jingle Series. As in Animal Crossing, he will give only one present per person, but there is a way to obtain more furniture, as mentioned below:
To receive more presents from Jingle, players need to change only their face accessory (hats, helmets and flowers also work) instead of a shirt to obtain more items of the Jingle Series. But, Jingle will hand out duplicate items, so this will have to be repeated many times before the full set is obtained. Jingle's will only remember the last 8 disguises, after which the player can receive new presents by wearing ones they wore earlier in the night.
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Jingle can be found wandering around town starting at 6 PM on Toy Day (December 24). From December 1 to December 24, the Able Sisters and Kicks sell Santa clothes and accessories. To get a gift from Jingle, the player must dress as him and give presents to the residents. The required outfit consists of the Santa Hat, Beard, Coat, Pants, and Boots.
If players are wearing a full set of Santa clothes, they can help Jingle deliver presents to the residents. Before Toy Day, the villagers might randomly tell them what they want for Toy Day. This can be furniture, fruit, a shirt, an umbrella, wallpaper, or carpet. Each villager will give the player a maximum of two clues: one describing the type of item, and the other describing the color.
When the player finishes, they receive a Festive Wreath from Jingle. If all presents are delivered correctly, Jingle sends them Jingle's Pic in the mail the following day.
In New Horizons
In Pocket Camp
Jingle appears for a seasonal Garden Safari around Toy Day. Rather than Jingle directly giving a present, a Stuffed Stocking is found in the player's mailbox and is assumed to have been sent by Jingle.
In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Jingle appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
In Happy Home Designer
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RV in Welcome amiibo
Animal Crossing e-Reader card
Names in other languages
- YouTube (November 17, 2020). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Free Winter Update – Nintendo Switch". YouTube. Retrieved November 17, 2020.