Animal Crossing Festive Guide: How To Get All Festive DIY Recipes

Get your tree-shaking hands ready to collect resources.

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The holiday season has officially begun in Northern Hemisphere islands in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Special holiday decorations and holiday lights start popping up around town on December 15. That means new seasonal items, too.

Outside snowflake and snowboy recipes, players can also get festive recipes. Things like ornament wreaths, reindeer lights, and trees can make your town into a little festive village. This guide will show you the best way to collect and craft them.

How Do I Get Festive Recipes?

Festive recipes are collected the same way as some snowflake recipes and other seasonal DIYs: by shooting down present balloons. Balloons are predictable, but the items they dole out are not. You'll need to spend some time farming them if you want all the festive items.

Position yourself at whichever beach the balloons spawn at and wait. Balloons will spawn at either the fourth or ninth minute within every ten minute period. They'll take a minute to reach land but you'll be able to hear or see them by running up and down your beach. Shoot them down until you get your desired recipe. It's a frustrating process but it's the best way to collect these recipes.

What Do I Need For Festive Recipes?

Ornaments can be found in trees that are decorated with lights.
Ornaments can be found in trees that are decorated with lights.

You'll need to collect gold, red, and blue ornaments in order to craft various festive recipes. These can be found in trees, just like acorns, after shaking them relentlessly. Make sure to shake as many trees as possible as ornaments come out randomly. Sometimes one tree will give you five different ornaments.

What Are The Festive Recipes?

Ornament wreath
Ornament wreath

The ornament wreath will be given to players by Isabelle.

Illuminated reindeer
Illuminated reindeer
Holiday candle
Holiday candle
Jingle wall
Jingle wall
Ornament Mobile
Ornament Mobile

Other festive DIYs include:

  • Big festive tree
  • Festive tree
  • Festive top set
  • Illuminated tree
  • Tabletop festive tree
  • Illuminated snowflakes
  • Illuminated present

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