Nook Shopping seasonal event
Nook Shopping seasonal events (conjectural name[nb 1]) are minor events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that offer one or more unique items to purchase via Nook Shopping. This mechanic was introduced in the 1.2.0 April Free Update. Unlike standard events, most seasonal events are not celebrated in-game aside from the items and are not unlocked until the day of the event; this is done by checking via the internet to verify if the date is accurate, meaning they cannot be accessed prior to the event date by manipulating the Nintendo Switch system clock. Each seasonal event lasts around a month and features various unique items, a description of that event or the items in the real-world, and the countries or regions it is celebrated in. Unlike previous games, an event's region does not affect the items' availability; all items are available worldwide. Seasonal items from Nook Shopping did not appear in the catalog until version 2.0.0, after which out-of-season items would be listed under price as "Seasonal".
All items are available in all regions at the same time, with the exception of the Summer and Winter Solstices, which have different dates in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres beginning in version 1.6.0.
List of events
The following is a list of Nook Shopping seasonal events, sorted by version added.
|Mother's Day||May 1 – 31||1.2.0[nb 2]||Mother's Day is a day for saying "thank you" to that warm, loving person who always watches over you. What should go into a gift mug? How about all your love, for starters? (Thank-You Mom Mug)|
|Mother's Day is a day for saying "thank you" to that warm, loving person who always watches over you. Why not send these lovely red carnations with a message card? (Carnations)|
|International Children's Day||June 1 – 15[nb 3]||1.2.0||This event is for celebrating children growing up in good health, while thanking those who raised them. If you've ever been a good kid or raised one, flip your cape in a superhero way! (Handmade Cape)|
|This event is for celebrating children growing up in good health, while thanking those who raised them. Those who behold your new crown will be compelled to kneel before your royal...royalness. (Handmade Crown)|
|Father's Day||June 1 – 30||1.2.0[nb 4]||Father's Day is when we say, "Thanks for watching out for me, Dad!" But what should go into a gift mug for fathers? How about all your love, for starters? (Thank-You Dad Mug)|
|Father's Day is when we say, "Thanks for watching out for me, Dad!" Although the holiday is celebrated at different times around the world, the gratitude and respect for dads is the same everywhere. (Thank-You Dad Apron)|
|Summer Solstice||Northern Hemisphere:
June 15 – June 21[nb 5]
December 15 – 22[nb 6][nb 7]
|1.2.0[nb 8][nb 9]||The summer solstice is the day with the most daylight all year. Wear this sunflower crown under the never-setting sun and maybe your crush will notice you![nb 10] (Sunflower Crown)|
|The summer solstice is the day with the most daylight all year. But every day is sure to feel sunny and bright with this sunflower-motif rug around! (Sunflower Rug)|
|The summer solstice is the day with the most daylight all year. Wear these sunflower sunglasses to get a jump on that summer feeling! (Sunflower Sunglasses)|
|The summer solstice is the day with the most daylight all year. In Europe, some people might celebrate by joining hands and dancing around a maypole, a wooden pole decorated with garlands and seasonal flowers. (Maypole)|
|Winter Solstice||Northern Hemisphere:
December 15 – 22[nb 11]
June 15 – June 21[nb 12][nb 7]
|1.2.0[nb 13][nb 14]||The winter solstice is the day with the least daylight all year. Put on this sweater to send chilly Old Man Winter running!"[nb 15] (Midwinter Sweater)|
|The winter solstice is the day with the least daylight all year. This wallpaper depicts that mystical shining light of clear winter skies, the aurora borealis. It's so magical that you'll forget how cold it is outside! (Aurora Wall)|
|The winter solstice is the day with the least daylight all year. In Japan, one might take a bath with yuzu on this day to avoid catching a cold. Yuzu is an aromatic citrus fruit with a strong but relaxing scent. (Bathtub with Yuzu)|
|The winter solstice is the day with the least daylight all year. In China, people often enjoy tangyuan, a clear, sweet soup mode of rice-flour dumplings, to celebrate this day. (Tangyuan)|
|Tanabata||July 1 – 7[nb 16]||1.3.0||Celebrated on July 7th, this is the one day that the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi—represented by the stars Vega and Altair—can meet. Write a wish on tanzaku paper, hang it from bamboo, and wish on the stars!|
|Cowboy Festival||July 15 – August 15[nb 17]||1.4.0||Many countries have their own cowboy-themed celebrations, but this one is inspired by Brazilian traditions. We hope this springy ride-on toy will help you get into the spirit!|
|Cowherd & Weaver Girl Day||Varies[nb 18][nb 19]||Asia||1.4.0||Based on the star-crossed story of two lovers who were only allowed to meet once per year. Perhaps you'll think of reuniting with someone dear to you when you wear this special outfit.|
|Grape Harvest Festival||September 1 – 30||1.4.0||Inspired by festivities in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany, this fun festival sees participants don traditional garb for dancing and a large parade to celebrate the grape harvest. Please enjoy your ceremonial basket!|
|Moon-Viewing Day||Varies[nb 18][nb 20]||1.4.0[nb 21]||Admiring the moon is a long-held tradition, but our celestial neighbor is especially beautiful as it hangs in the sky at this time of year. Please accept this commemorative moon rug as an event souvenir. (Moon Rug&)|
|Admiring the moon is a long-held tradition, but our celestial neighbor is especially beautiful as it hangs in the sky at this time of year. Please consider these commemorative dango an event souvenir. (Dango)|
|Celebrated in parts of Asia, the 15th night on the 8th month—according to the lunisolar calendar—has a harvest moon. This is when the full moon is perfectly situated for observation. How about some moon cakes? (Moon Cakes)|
|Ōmisoka||December 22 – 31[nb 22]||1.6.0||In Japan, many celebrate the new year with toshikoshi-soba ("year-passing soba") for good luck. The noodles' length is a symbol of long life, and the ease of cutting them represents cutting away misfortunes.|
|Silvester||December 22 – 31[nb 22]||1.6.0||A Berliner Pfannkuchen is a type of German pastry filled with jam and topped with sugar—not unlike a jelly donut. They're available year-round, but are a traditional treat in Germany for New Year's celebrations.|
|Nochevieja||December 22 – 31[nb 22]||1.6.0||You eat las doce uvas de la suerte ("the 12 grapes of luck") at midnight on New Year's Eve for good fortune. As the bell tolls 12, you eat one grape for each ring. That's not a lot of time to eat 12 grapes!|
|New Year's Eve||December 22 – 31[nb 22]||1.6.0||This salad, a staple of New Year's celebrations in Russia, came about at the end of the 19th century. It was invented by Lucien Olivier, but since his recipe wasn't publicized, nobody knows the "official" way to make it. (Olivier Salad)[nb 23]|
|No party to celebrate the new year is complete without everybody raising a glass of sparkling cider together. Reflect on the past year and wish everyone a good year to come… Cheers! (Sparkling Cider)|
|Shōgatsu||December 22 – January 5[nb 24]||1.6.0[nb 25]||Japanese tradition has it that Toshigami-sama, a god of the new year, visits each house on the first of the year to bless it. The kadomatsu is like a signpost to welcome him in. (Kadomatsu)|
|In Japan, kagami-mochi ("mirror mochi") is set out as an offering to Toshigami-sama. On January 11th, you break the mochi apart and eat it, sharing out the spirit contained within for good health. (Kagamimochi)|
|Shime-kazari are Japanese rope decorations said to purify the home. They welcome Toshigami-sama in and keep impurities out. Place one on your door to protect yourself from misfortune! (New Year's Shimekazari)|
|Otoshidama is a gift of money given to children by adults at Shōgatsu. Long ago, people gifted mochi rather than money. It's said the name comes from Toshigami-sama's "tamashii," or spirit, which lived within that mochi. (Otoshidama Envelope)|
|The boxes, filled with various foods and stacked atop one another, represent your good luck piling high. Many different foods are eaten as osechi, but all share the symbolic meaning of good fortune. (Osechi)|
|New Year's Day||December 22 – January 5[nb 24]||1.6.0[nb 26][nb 27]||An arch bearing the Gregorian calendar's number for the new year. If you pass beneath this arch while carrying your hopes and dreams in your heart, you're certain to have a good year! (2021 Celebratory Arch & 2022 Celebratory Arch)[nb 28]|
|Yut Nori is a traditional Korean board game. Instead of dice, it is played with wooden sticks called "yuts." Play it with family on New Year's, but don't get so into it that you have the first fight of the year! (Yut Nori)|
|Asia||Some folks put out zodiac figurines or statuettes to protect their houses and invite good luck throughout the year. Leave out this decoration for good fortune! [nb 29]|
|Big Game Celebration||January 15 – February 15||1.7.0||Whether a championship is on the line or it's a showdown with a rival team, folks love to get into the spirit of the competition with all kinds of football-themed decor and game-day accessories. Go, team!|
|Setsubun||January 25 – February 3||1.7.0||Mainly celebrated in Japan. People throw beans outside as they shout, "Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi!" This is said to ward off "demons," such as sickness and disaster, and invite a year of good health and peace.|
|Groundhog Day||January 25 – February 2||1.7.0||Every year, a special groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd. Legend says if it sees its own shadow, winter will continue for another six weeks. If it doesn't see its shadow, spring will arrive early!|
|Valentine's Day||February 1 – 14||1.7.0||February 14th is Valentine's Day. Celebrated worldwide, people give cards, chocolates, flowers, and other gifts to sweethearts and to others who may be dear to them.|
|Lunar New Year||Varies[nb 18]||Asia||1.7.0||The beginning of the lunisolar new year is celebrated in many parts of Asia. Hanging certain red and gold decorations is said to bring peace, happiness, or good fortune! (Lunar New Year Decoration)|
|The start of the lunisolar new year is celebrated in many parts of Asia. In some areas, such as China, children are given red envelopes filled with money to wish for their good health. Don't spend it all in one place! (Lucky Red Envelope)|
|Seollal||Varies[nb 18]||1.7.0||The start of the lunisolar new year is celebrated in many parts of Asia. In South Korea, children are given small bags filled with money to wish for their good health. Don't spend it all in one place!|
|Hinamatsuri||February 22 – March 3||1.8.0||On this day celebrated across Japan, families wish for their girls to grow up healthy and happy. Many will decorate their homes with dolls representing the wedding of an emperor and empress, seated between bonbori lanterns.|
|π Day||March 1 – 14||1.8.0||On March 14th, or 3/14, we honor the mathematical constant π (pi), whose first digits are 3.14. In honor of π and its critical importance to the math of circles, many choose to enjoy a circle of their own: a pie!|
|Shamrock Day||March 10 – 17||1.8.0||No matter where you live, this holiday is a great chance for everyone to show off their shamrock spirit! On this day, folks across the world will decorate buildings, food, and themselves with all the emerald green they can!|
|April Fools' Day||March 26 – April 1||1.9.0||Beloved by some, reviled by others, April 1st—April Fools' Day—is often full of practical jokes and funny fibs. Just remember: the best pranks are ones where both the prankster AND the pranked are laughing!|
|Singmogil||April 1 – 10||1.9.0||Celebrated in South Korea, this is a day for planting trees and caring for our forests. Traditionally, people plant forsythia shrubs, and their eventual flowering is said to herald the arrival of spring.|
|Prom||April 1 – 30||1.9.0||Mainly celebrated in the USA, prom marks the end of the high-school year with a formal dance. Students wear fancy dresses and tuxedos, and at the finale, they'll often elect a Prom King and a Prom Queen.|
|Nature Day||April 15 – 22||1.9.0||Use this day to think about and take action for the Earth's environment. Pick up trash, plant trees, recycle... No matter where you live, there are many ways to do your part to make the world a healthier, happier place.|
|Children's Day||April 28 – May 5||1.10.0||Mainly celebrated in Japan, May 5th is when folks give good wishes for young boys to grow up healthy. Also called "Tango no Sekku," it's a day featuring decorative flags and kabuto helmets made from newspaper.|
|Cheese Rolling||Varies[nb 18]||1.10.0||Do you love cheese enough to chase a wheel of Double Gloucester down a hill at 60 miles per hour? Many folks in Europe do! It's all fun and games until someone gets curd.|
|Wedding Season||June 1 – 30||1.10.0||There's a saying that June brides will be happy forever, which is perhaps linked to the month of June being named after Juno, the goddess of marriage and birth. Also, June is just a nice month to have a wedding!|
|Dragon Boat Festival||Varies[nb 18]||1.10.0||Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year according to the lunar calendar in parts of East Asia, this holiday is meant to ward off disease. Steamed sticky-rice dumplings are typically served.|
|Dano Festival||Varies[nb 18]||1.10.0||Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year according to the lunar calendar, in South Korea this holiday is for praying for a bountiful harvest and warding off bad luck.|
|Marine Day||Varies[nb 18]||1.10.0||This Japanese holiday celebrates the many blessings that the sea provides. It is a day to acknowledge the role of the ocean in cultural exchange, trade, and prosperity for a country surrounded on all sides by water.|
|Le 14 juillet||July 10 – 20||1.10.0||The city of Paris celebrates this holiday with a large military parade followed by a spectacular fireworks show at night. This cap is a symbol of freedom in the style of those worn during the French Revolution.|
|Obon||August 10 – 16||1.11.0||Celebrated mainly in Japan, it is said that ancestral spirits will visit the living beginning on August 13th, arriving on creatures made from cucumber and eggplant before departing once more on the 16th.|
|Chuseok||Varies[nb 18]||1.11.0||In Korea, families gather in their hometowns and visit the graves of their ancestors to pay respect. Songpyeon, filled rice cakes that are steamed on a bed of pine needles, are a traditional Chuseok delicacy.|
|Day of the Dead||October 25 – November 3||1.11.0||Celebrated mainly in Mexico, this festive event honors the deceased with parades, decorated graves, and skeleton costumes. Marigolds are thought to help the deceased find their way back from the afterlife.|
|Lantern Festival||November 1 – 11||1.11.0||Celebrated throughout Europe, this traditional event features a night of children carrying lanterns and singing songs to usher in the start of winter.|
|Shichi-Go-San||November 11 – 20||1.11.0||Mainly celebrated in Japan, this holiday honors children ages three, five, and seven. Long candy sticks called chitose ame are given to the children, along with the hope that they all live long lives.|
|Nanakusa Gayu||January 5 – January 7||2.0||This dish is a porridge of rice made with seven herbs, eaten on the morning of January 7th to celebrate Jinjitsu. It's easy on the stomach, which can be helpful after all the holiday treats.|
|Carnival of Venice||Varies||2.0||This carnival started in 12th-century Italy, after people danced in the city square to celebrate their victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia. Masks let people enjoy the carnival without the rigid social burdens of class.|
|Tomato Festival||August 20 – August 31||2.0||This festival, inspired by one that originated in Spain, has participants tossing squished tomatoes at one another for a splat-filled hour between 11 AM and noon. Better put on a Tomato Festival tee quick!|
Mother's Day (2020)
Father's Day (2020)
Summer Solstice (2020) – Northern Hemisphere
Winter Solstice (2020) – Southern Hemisphere
New Year's Eve (Ōmisoka/Silvester/Nochevieja)
Shōgatsu (including Zodiac Ox Figurine)
New Year's Day (2021)
Lunar New Year (2021)
New Year's Day and Shōgatsu (2022)
- The title of this article is conjectural as an official name for this subject is unknown. The name for this article has instead been taken from one that is commonly used within the community.
- The Carnations were added in version 1.10.0.
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occured from June 1 to June 30.
- The Thank-You Dad Apron was added in version 1.10.0.
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from June 7 to July 6 in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from December 1 to 31 in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Prior to version 1.6.0, this event occured from June 7 to July 6 in both hemispheres.
- The Sunflower Rug was added in version 1.6.0.
- The Sunflower Sunglasses and Maypole were added in version 2.0.
- Prior to version 1.6.0, this read This fun festival celebrates the arrival of summer. It's said that folks wear flower crowns and dance for good health and new love in the coming year. Maybe your crush will notice you in your sunflower crown!
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from December 1 to 31 in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from June 7 to July 6 in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The Aurora Wall was added in version 1.6.0.
- The Bathtub with Yuzu and Tangyuan were added in version 2.0.
- Prior to version 1.6.0, this read "The day of the winter solstice has the shortest period of daylight. In the Southern Hemisphere, folks prepare for the cold weather with sweaters like this to send Mr. Winter running!
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from July 1 to July 31.
- Prior to version 1.10.0, this event occurred from August 1 to August 31.
- Prior to version 2.0, this event was tied to only one date for a single year.
- Prior to version 1.11.0, this event occurred from August 1 to August 31.
- Prior to version 1.11.0, this event occurred from September 7 to October 8.
- The Dango and Moon Cakes were added in version 1.11.0.
- Prior to version 2.0, this event occurred from December 26 to 31.
- Prior to version 2.0, this item was in the New Year's Day Nook Shopping event
- Prior to version 2.0, this event occurred from January 1 to 15.
- The Otoshidama and Osechi were added in version 2.0.
- The 2022 Celebratory Arch and Zodiac Tiger Figurine were added in version 2.0.
- The Zodiac Rabbit Figurine, Zodiac Dragon Figurine, Zodiac Snake Figurine, Zodiac Horse Figurine, Zodiac Sheep Figurine, Zodiac Monkey Figurine, Zodiac Rooster Figurine, Zodiac Dog Figurine, Zodiac Boar Figurine, and Zodiac Pig Figurine were added in version 2.0.4.
- The 2021 Celebratory Arch is only available from December 22, 2020 to January 5, 2021, while the 2022 Celebratory Arch is only available from December 22, 2021 to January 5, 2022.
- The zodiac figurine items available depend on the year that said zodiac is in place.