Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice
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The Winter Solstice photo standee in New Leaf
December 21st
Time All day
Host Tortimer[nb 1]
Isabelle[nb 2]
Main appearances

The Winter Solstice (or Midwinter's Day) is an event in the Animal Crossing series, coinciding with the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere – December 21st.


Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

The Winter Solstice appears as Midwinter's Day in European copies of Animal Crossing: City Folk. Tortimer will stand outside the Town Hall. If the player speaks to him, they will obtain a Snow Globe.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

This event is celebrated by Isabelle standing out in the Event Plaza, and she will give the player a Blue Glow Stick, which cannot be obtained anywhere else. At Winter Solstice, it will be night all day, and many villagers, especially snooty ones and Isabelle, will talk about the cold. A four-person cutout board will be stood out in the Event Plaza as well.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

The Winter-Solstice Sweater

While the Winter Solstice does not appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a standard event, it appears as a Nook Shopping seasonal event from June 7 to July 6, in which the player can purchase the Winter-Solstice Sweater from Nook Shopping for 1,200 Bells.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

Like other minor events, the villagers will notify about this event.


Real-world information[edit]

The winter solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined away from the star (sun) that it orbits. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its lowest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole. However, what is seen in New Leaf is actually known in the real world as a "polar night", in which the sun is not visible for more than 24 hours, which occurs in the arctic or antarctic circle, during the days near the winter solstice.


  1. In City Folk only
  2. In New Leaf only


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