Nook Shopping seasonal event
Nook Shopping seasonal events are minor events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that offer one or more unique items to purchase via Nook Shopping. Unlike standard events, 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 one to four unique items, a description of that event or the items in the real-world, and the countries or regions it is celebrated in. Seasonal items from Nook Shopping do not appear in the catalog.
Note that 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
|Mother's Day||May 1 – May 31||Intl.||1.2.0||"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?"|
|International Children's Day||June 1 – June 30||Intl.||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 – June 30||Intl.||1.2.0||"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?"|
|Summer Solstice||June 7 – July 6 (Northern Hemisphere)
December 1 – December 31 (Southern Hemisphere)[nb 1]
|1.2.0[nb 2]||"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 3] (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)
|Winter Solstice||December 1 – December 31 (Northern Hemisphere)
June 7 – July 6 (Southern Hemisphere)[nb 1]
|1.2.0[nb 4]||"The winter solstice is the day with the least daylight all year. Put on this sweater to send chilly Old Man Winter running!"[nb 5] (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)
|Tanabata||July 1 – July 31||Japan||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||August 1 – August 31||Brazil||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||August 1 – August 31||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 – September 30||Spain, France, Germany, Italy||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||September 7 – October 8||Intl.||1.4.0||"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."|
|Ōmisoka||December 26 – December 31||Japan||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 26 – December 31||Germany||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 26 – December 31||Spain||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 26 – December 31||World||1.6.0||"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!"|
|Shōgatsu||January 1 – January 15||Japan||1.6.0||"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)
|New Year's Day||January 1 – January 15||Russia (Olivier Salad)
World (2021 Celebratory Arch)
Korea (Yut Nori)
Asia (Zodiac Ox Figurine)
|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)|
"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)
"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)
"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!" (Zodiac Ox Figurine)
- 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.
- 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!"
- The Aurora Wall was added in version 1.6.0.
- 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!"