GTA 5 Christmas Update Adds Snowball Fights, Ugly Sweaters, More

Rockstar releases Festive Surprise update for GTA Online; here's a roundup of all the new, Christmas-themed content.

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Rockstar Games on Thursday announced that Christmas is coming to Grand Theft Auto V. The game's multiplayer mode, GTA Online, will see a number of holiday-themed additions, including snowball fights, ugly Christmas sweaters, cookie-face masks, and lots more.

Below is a roundup of what to expect in GTA Online, beginning today after you apply the latest title update, which Rockstar is calling "Festive Surprise."

Weapons - Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines are now available. What do these have to do with Christmas? Rockstar says they arrive just in time "to make spirits bright."

Snow Days - An extremely rare weather system is moving through Los Santos, and players will be able to take part in snowball fights. "But be forewarned, those icy little suckers can pack a wallop," Rockstar says.

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Free Christmas Gear and Masks -- You'll be able to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, a gingerbread man mask, and lots of other holiday-themed items. They're all available now for free in your inventory.

Four New Vehicles - Drive the new Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader and Slam Van, or deck out your Massacro and Jester sports cars with new Race liveries.

Holiday Special Crate Drops - Special crate drops will fall frequently now through January 5, featuring all manner of rare collectibles.

Christmas Day Gifts - On December 25, head to your GTA Online apartment to find some special items in your inventory.

New Year's Eve - From December 24 through January 5 you'll have access to the Firework Launcher and Firework Rocket Ammo that lets you shoot fireworks into the sky.

For more on GTA Online's holiday plans, check out the Rockstar Newswire and the image gallery below.

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