When is the GTA Online 2021 winter update? Festive Surprise start date, free rewards & snow

Hamza Khalid
GTA Online festive surprise poster

Rockstar Games will help get GTA Online fans into the seasonal spirit with a winter update and here’s everything you need to know about Festive Surprise 2021, including the start date and rewards.

GTA Online has a ton of fun activities that players can try out, and Rockstar help fans celebrate real-world holidays with in-game events that bring new content like missions, cosmetics, and rewards.

This year is no exception, as the winter update is on its way and will bring a plethora of exciting new activities for players to enjoy leading up to the Christmas season. The biggest question is when exactly will the fun begin?

Here’s everything we know so far about GTA Online’s Festive Surprise 2021 winter update.

GTA Online Festive Surprise 2021 start date & time

GTA Online Christmas outfits

Rockstar have yet to confirm an official start date for the Festive Surprise event in GTA Online, and they don’t stick to a set date each year. The update normally arrives in the second or third week of December.

This means that we might see it arrive somewhere around December 16 – 23. However, this might change if the GTA Online developers have more content planned that will take time to implement.

GTA Online Festive Surprise 2021 rewards

Santa Clause gnome in GAT Online

Winter updates often bring a mix of log-in rewards and event-long discounts that last for the whole duration of the event. These often include new shirts, cars, and Christmas-themed weapons.

At the time of writing, we don’t know any specific items that will be arriving in the game as part of the Festive Surprise update in 2021, but Rockstar may announce some of the content soon.

One thing that we do expect to return is the snow-covered winter look for Los Santos. This happens every year and has some fun effects like making the roads slippery and allowing you to have snowball fights with friends.

That covers everything we know so far about the Festive Surprise 2021 event in GTA Online. We’ll be sure to update this article with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].