All Winter Festivals in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
All Winter Festivals in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

In this guide we will cover all festivals that happen during winter in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.

Dog Race

Date: Winter 10

Location: Town Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:50 PM

The dog race commences | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The dog race commences

You can compete in the races with your dog or just watch with the villagers. A well-trained dog has a higher chance of winning the dog race. Play with your dog every day before winter comes to prepare him for the race.

You can find a detailed guide on how to win the race here: How to Win the Dog Race in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Winter Thanksgiving Festival

Date: Winter 14

Location: The Farm

Time: 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The player receives a chocolate cake from Ann | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The player receives a chocolate cake from Ann

Girls who have at least a purple heart will visit your farm and give you chocolate type gifts. The gifts vary depending on their affection level. If you are married, your wife will put a gift in your rucksack while you are sleeping.

Schedule and Gifts

GirlTime
Popuri6:00 AM
Ann8:00 AM
Elli10:00 AM
Karen1:00 PM
Mary3:00 PM
GiftAffection Level
NoneBlack Heart
ChocolatePurple Heart
ChocolateBlue Heart
Chocolate CookieGreen Heart
Chocolate CookieYellow Heart
Chocolate CakeOrange Heart
Chocolate CakeRed Heart

Important Note: This is the only way to get chocolate in the game. Speak to the girl before they leave so you won’t miss out on chocolates and other gifts.

Star Night Festival

Date: Winter 24

Location: Depends on the girl

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

Visiting Mary's family for the Star Night Festival | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Visiting Mary’s family for the Star Night Festival

Talk to a girl a day before the Star Night Festival. If her affection is high, she will invite you to come over for dinner with her family. Go to their house on the day of the event to celebrate the Star Night Festival.

Celebrating the Star Night Festival with Popuri at the player's home | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Celebrating the Star Night Festival with Popuri at the player’s home

If you are married, your wife will prepare food for the festival at your home. Afterwards, both of you will view the stars on the summit of Mother’s Hill. The game will progress to the next day after the festival.

New Year’s Eve

Date: Winter 30

Location: Summit of Mother’s Hill

Time: 12:00 AM to 4:50 AM

The villagers wait for the sunrise and at the summit of Mother's Hill | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The villagers wait for the sunrise and at the summit of Mother’s Hill

Head on to the summit of Mother’s Hill to watch the sunrise and celebrate the New Year with the other villagers. The girls gain +500 affection after talking to them, while the other villagers gain a small amount.

Talk to Saibara to progress the event. You’ll begin the next day inside your house after the festival ends.