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Winter in the Animal Crossing series starts in late November and lasts until the 24th of February. Like the other seasons, winter has many unique events and characters, as explained below. Winter follows autumn, and precedes spring.


A perfectly proportioned snowman. Note the characteristic snowy clouds of winter in the sky.

There are many events that occur in the winter, such as Naughty-or-Nice Day, Toy Day and the New Year's Countdown. Here is a list of the events, what happens in each, in what game and when.

Date: All Season
Throughout the season, one of the villagers from the player's town may decide to live in an igloo for a day. Players that visit them can chat or play winter games, or in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, convince them to move in. If the player spends enough time in the igloo, they may receive one of several exclusive snowy gifts. This event is the winter equivalent to the Summer Tent.
Date: January / February
The mayor may ask the player to turn on the lighthouse every night for seven nights (one week) as he leaves for vacation in January or February. If the player turns the light on for seven consecutive days, Tortimer will reward the player with either a lighthouse model or a box of chocolates.

Date: Second Saturday of December, January, and February
Chip the fishing ace will set up a stall by the Town Hall (Animal Crossing: City Folk) or Town Tree (Animal Crossing: New Leaf), and challenges the villagers of the town to catch the biggest fish, either of any type or a specific type. The competition ends at 6:00 PM, whereupon the winner (top three in Animal Crossing: New Leaf) will receive a trophy. A notice will also be put up on the bulletin board announcing the winner.
Date: Third Sunday of December, January and February
The Animal Crossing: Wild World version of the Fishing Tourney is much the same as the event previously mentioned, but there are a few notable differences. This event takes place from 12:00 AM till 6:00 PM, and Tortimer is the head of the competition in place of Chip.
Date: 21 December
Tortimer waits by the Town Hall and gives the player a snowglobe. This event comes with no warning on the bulletin board until the day itself. The 21st is a celebration because it is the day with the shortest sunlight hours in the year. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf is it renamed the Winter Solstice and the sky is dark all day.
Date: December 23
The player can visit the Wishing Well during the day to find and talk to Tortimer, who will then give the player a toy: a dolly if the player is a girl, and a miniature car if the player is a boy.
Date: December 24 (Christmas Eve)
After 8:00 PM, Jingle the reindeer will distribute presents to players, but only if he fails to recognize them after the initial prize-giving. To do this, the player must change into different outfits.
In City Folk, the player may have to search for him inside empty neighbor houses.
In New Leaf, he'll ask the player to distribute presents to villagers instead.
Date: December 31st - January 1st
Starting at 6:00 AM on December 31st, Tortimer will stand outside in the plaza with a large countdown clock, handing out party poppers when talked to. The clock counts down the seconds till midnight and is adorned with the town's flag and flashing lights. In the final hour before the new year, villagers will talk about their past year, and the music will change several times, building in tension in the last minute with a beep for every second. After midnight, fireworks will go off in the sky and residents will wish the player a happy New Year.
Date: Second Saturday of January
On this day, the player can hear villagers' suggestions for a new town tune. After the tune is sung to the player, they can decide whether or not they want it saved as the town's new melody.
Date: Fourth Sunday of January
Players can visit villagers' homes and buy selected items of furniture. Likewise, villagers can visit the player's house and buy items from them, at a price set by the player.
Date: Fourth Sunday of January
Villagers swap compliments with the player, and may refer to them infrequently after the event.
Date: Second Week of February
Villagers decorate their houses with lights, and the player may go to Tortimer to vote each day on the house they like best. The winning villager will be given the title of Bright Star at the end of the week.
Date: February 14th
In Animal Crossing, the player will receive letters from various villagers. The more the villager likes the player, the better the gift they are given will be.
In City Folk and New Leaf, the player will receive a letter from the villager that they are friendliest with. This villager is always of the opposite gender. The letter contains a box of chocolates, which can be eaten. Brewster will prepare a cup of hot chocolate for the player if they visit The Roost.


  • Snowmen- Snowmen can be made out of snowballs in the winter. If a snowman is made to the correct proportions, he will reward the Player with a piece of Snowman furniture. Snowmen can be spoken to, and stay around the town for three (four in Animal Crossing: New Leaf) days, melting a bit more every day. There are four kinds of snowman in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and each gives different furniture out.
  • Jingle- A reindeer who appears on the 24th of December to distribute presents.
  • Chip- A beaver who holds the Fishing Tourney.
  • Tortimer- The Mayor of the Player's town. He hosts some events.

Fish and Insects[edit]

These are the fish and bugs that appear during winter.




The following items are exclusive to the winter season.


In Animal Crossing all clothing items have a season and probability group (A, B, or C) associated with them. Each town favors a certain probability group for clothing and this can be manipulated using feng shui. There are 165 clothing items available in winter, of which 29 are exclusive to the season.

List of winter clothing in Animal Crossing

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Group Available From Season
Folk Shirt SpringLeaf.png 380 95 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Dark Polka Shirt SpringLeaf.png 350 87 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Crewel Shirt SpringLeaf.png 380 95 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Jingle Shirt SpringLeaf.png - 0 - Jingle Winter
Dark Polka Shirt SpringLeaf.png 350 87 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Kaffe's Shirt SpringLeaf.png 460 115 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Neo-Classic Knit SpringLeaf.png 380 95 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Desert Shirt SpringLeaf.png 390 97 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Aurora Knit SpringLeaf.png 380 95 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Winter Sweater SpringLeaf.png 290 72 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Sharp Outfit SpringLeaf.png 290 72 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Earthy Knit SpringLeaf.png 390 97 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Spunky Knit SpringLeaf.png 360 90 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Deer Shirt SpringLeaf.png 380 95 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Monkey Shirt SpringLeaf.png 380 95 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Ancient Knit SpringLeaf.png 390 97 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Yellow Pinstripe SpringLeaf.png 360 90 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Cafe Shirt SpringLeaf.png 420 105 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Striking Outfit SpringLeaf.png 460 115 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Leather Jerkin SpringLeaf.png 390 97 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Exotic Shirt SpringLeaf.png 380 95 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Houndstooth Knit SpringLeaf.png 370 92 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Uncommon Shirt SpringLeaf.png 360 90 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Dapper Shirt SpringLeaf.png 350 87 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Cozy Sweater SpringLeaf.png 350 87 A Tom Nook's shop Winter
Comfy Sweater SpringLeaf.png 360 90 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Laced Shirt SpringLeaf.png 370 92 C Tom Nook's shop Winter
Shortcake Shirt SpringLeaf.png 330 82 B Tom Nook's shop Winter
Toad Print SpringLeaf.png 340 85 C Tom Nook's shop Winter


A bulletin announcing the arrival of a cold front. This notice means that snow will soon settle in the player's town.

The weather of winter is consists mainly of snowy, cloudy days. Snow may fall as soon as late November, but will not settle until early December. With the settling of the snow, snowballs can be found dotted around the town. These can be rolled up and joined together to make snowmen, as described above. After December, there is less snowy weather.

Other Information[edit]

During December, all existing cedar trees will be decorated with flashing lights, which alternate between blue, green and red. Any new cedars planted will lack the lights, and after the first week of the year, all lights will disappear.