After a subtle hint from the Winter update trailer, Festivale and Pave are officially announced to be coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, along with other hints at future seasonal content.
Nintendo officially dropped the trailer for the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons free update, set to launch on January 28. As implied by the free Winter update in 2020, the dancing peacock villager Pave will be arriving to celebrate the Festivale event.
The Festivale event, inspired by Mardi Gras and Carnival, is set to occur on February 15. This takes place a day before the real Mardi Gras holiday, and around the time Carnival festivities are celebrated before the season of Lent for Christians. The event will function similarly to its rendition in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, in which players must gather feathers of different colors and give them to Pave. Moreover, there will be rare colored feathers that players are encouraged to collect when possible.
In New Leaf, players would receive Pave-themed furniture, aptly known as the Pave Series, in exchange for the feathers. It is currently unknown whether Pave will give items or DIY recipes in exchange for feathers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The Festivale event will also introduce a slew of new items, including themed furniture available for purchase at Nook’s Cranny, and costumes and accessories from Able Sisters. In addition, the “Viva Festival Reaction Set” will introduce a new series of party-themed player reactions known as “Feelin’ It”, “Let’s Go”, “Confetti”, and “Viva,” of which players can pick up from Nook’s Cranny. These special items will be available to purchase from February 1 to February 15.
Along with the Festivale event, new seasonal items in recognition of other holidays and events around the world will be available for purchase on Nook Shopping on February 10. These items will observe holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, Seollal (Or Korean New Year), Lunar New Year, the Super Bowl, and the Japanese event Setsubun. Nintendo has stated that the Bean-Tossing Kit for Setsubun will be available to purchase until February 3, and the Ogre costume will be available to purchase from Able Sisters beginning February 1.
In addition to the Festivale update and new holiday content, Nintendo also announced another free Super Mario-themed update slated for March. This update will observe Mario Day, which officially falls on March 10. With the series’ long history of celebrating Super Mario via crossover, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is expected to see new Mario-themed items and content available to players.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ new free Festivale and Pave update, along with the additional holiday-themed items, are set to launch on January 28. Festivale will run on February 15.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since published, as Nintendo has released more updates