‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: A Complete Guide to the 2021 Turkey Day Event

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players should prepare for a virtual feast because the second annual Turkey Day has arrived. The Nintendo game’s celebration falls on the same day as American Thanksgiving — that’s Nov. 25 in 2021 — and finishes off Animal Crossing’s November event schedule. Players meet a special turkey NPC named Franklin, whom Tom Nook invited to cook food for the island. Franklin has quite the menu planned, but he needs players’ help to put it all together. Here’s everything to know about Turkey Day, including recipes, rewards, and more.

A villager hands Franklin a green pumpkin during the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Turkey Day event
‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Turkey Day event | Nintendo

What happens on Turkey Day in ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’?

As Animal Crossing World notes, the main activity on Turkey Day involves a scavenger hunt. You must talk to Franklin to get started. He’ll read off recipes for various dishes and send you to find the ingredients, which include items like pumpkins, clams, and fish. His recipes for 2021 will likely be similar to last year’s. However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 2.0 added a cooking feature for players and the ability to grow tomatoes, wheat, and more, so those ingredients may be included as well.

In addition to Franklin’s ingredient list, you can bring one secret ingredient to complete the recipe. However, he doesn’t tell you the ingredient, so you must figure it out (or find them below). Once you’ve collected all the components, bring them back to Franklin, and he’ll whip up the dishes.

Franklin won’t be the only one cooking on Turkey Day. Villagers in their homes will also set up cooking stations where you can trade ingredients. This is an option to keep in mind if you don’t have enough vegetables growing on your island. Villagers will also drop hints about Franklin’s secret ingredients, so pay attention to the dialogue.

Where to find Franklin and what time the event begins

Franklin will set up his cooking station outside the Resident Services building at 9 a.m. local time on Nov. 25. If you’re playing Animal Crossing before that time, the screen should reload, and Resident Services should announce that the Turkey Day event has begun. You’ll hear special music playing on the island for the duration of the event. Additionally, animal villagers will walk around wearing hats and carrying plates or drinks.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of time to gather ingredients and complete Franklin’s requests. The festivities will run until midnight.

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Turkey Day recipes and secret ingredients

If the 2021 event follows last year’s pattern, Franklin will ask for help with four recipes. However, some ingredients depend on which hemisphere you’re in, as only certain fish will be in season. Here are the recipes and their components, including the secrets:

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 orange pumpkin
  • 1 white, yellow, or green pumpkin
  • Secret: 1 pumpkin in a color you did not provide already

Clam Chowder

  • 3 manilla clams
  • Secret: 1 scallop

Gratin (Northern Hemisphere)

  • 1 mussel
  • A flat, round, or skinny mushroom
  • 1 oyster
  • Secret: 1 Dungeness crab

Gratin (Southern Hemisphere)

  • 1 squid
  • 1 sea urchin
  • Secret: 1 Dungeness crab

Fish Meuniere (Northern Hemisphere)

  • 1 sea bass
  • 1 olive flounder, dab, or red snapper
  • Secret: 1 Barred knifejaw

Fish Meuniere (Southern Hemisphere)

  • 1 sea bass
  • 1 olive flounder or red snapper
  • Secret: 1 Barred knifejaw

Additional ingredients you might need: 1 Flour, 1 Carrot, 1 Potato

Every Turkey Day reward for helping Franklin


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Finally, those who participate in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Turkey Day event will receive exclusive rewards. Franklin will provide a Turkey Day item for every completed, plus exclusive DIYs for secret ingredients. The final four DIYs will be provided if you get all the secret ingredients right. However, Franklin won’t hand them to you. The recipes will automatically appear on your NookPhone. Here’s the full rewards list:


  • Turkey Day Wall
  • Cornucopia
  • Turkey Day Rug
  • Turkey Day Flooring


  • Turkey Day Chair
  • Table
  • Decorations
  • Casserole
  • Garden Stand
  • Table Setting
  • Hearth
  • Wheat Decor

If you miss the Turkey Day event, don’t worry; you can time travel back to it. Alternatively, you can grab the items and DIY collection from Nook’s Cranny for a few days after the event.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch, as well as the Happy Home Paradise DLC.