Animal Crossing New Horizons Seasons

Animal Crossing New Horizons Seasons

You'll have access to different activities depending what season it is. Here's what you need to know.

Animal Crossing New Horizons' deserted island changes over time. Just like in our world, there are distinct seasons which each determine what activities you can get up to, and what wildlife you'll see. Here's how seasons work in Animal Crossing New Horizons..

Seasons and Dates

Animal Crossing follows a conventional model of four seasons per year. Each brings out a specific kind of fauna and flora, so you'll want to make sure you're making the most of your time. The seasons are as follows, falling on these dates:

  • Spring (April for northern, October for southern)
  • Summer (July for Northern, January for Southern)
  • Autumn (October for northern ,April for southern
  • Winter (January for northern, July for southern)


Spring | Nintendo

Those who start in the northern hemisphere at launch will start in Spring. It's a time alive with plant life, where you'll be able to witness blooming flowers and new insects. Here's what Spring will feature:

  • Cherry blossoms
  • Flowers
  • Apples


Summer | Nintendo

Summer brings with it a whole host of new activities to do and things to see. The weather will be perfect for hanging out at the beach, or having picnics with friends. Here's what to expect:

  • Fruit
  • Clear skies
  • Rainbows at the beach
  • New bugs native to the island


Autumn | Nintendo

As the year progresses the leaves on the trees will start to turn golden and orange. It's time to make the most of the local greenery before the cold rolls in. Here's what you can do in Autumn:

  • Color changing leaves
  • Can collect leaves
  • Collect seeds
  • Collect mushrooms


Winter | Nintendo

Finally we have winter. The cold has well and truly set in and the snow has begun to fall. Look forward to the following:

  • Snow
  • Building Snowmen
  • Snowballs
  • Aurora lights in the sky at night

Can You Change Seasons?

Animal Crossing's seasons will change over time on their own accord. They are loosely tied to the seasons in the real world, so there is no way to change or skip seasons.

That's how seasons work. For more on Animal Crossing be sure to check out our guide on Nook Miles. Elsewhere there's also our guide on getting your first house.

Jake Green

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Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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