Grand Theft Auto Online Festive Surprise Includes Snowball Fights, Christmas Day Gifts

Expanding upon the information contained within the patch notes for the latest update to Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games fully detailed the Festive Surprise they have for Grand Theft Auto Online players this holiday.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Explosive Stocking Stuffers

  • Heat up your season’s greetings with brand new items stocked at Ammu-Nation: a new Homing Missile Launcher and Proximity Mines are here just in time to make spirits bright. These items will be permanently available to acquire and keep.

Snow Days

  • Those dreaming of a white Christmas are in luck as the forecast calls for the extremely rare phenomenon of San Andreas snowfall to hit on a few special days this holiday season. Be on the lookout and ready to round up your Crew for a friendly snowball fight, but be forewarned, those icy little suckers can pack a wallop.

Free Seasonal Christmas Gear and Masks

  • Add some merriment to your mayhem with a slew of holiday pajamas, ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters, new scarves, hats, masks and more are now all available absolutely free to add to your inventory and wear now through Monday January 5.

New Vehicles

  • Treat yourself to some new toys this holiday season and fill your garage with four all-new vehicles to purchase – including a tricked out Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, the sturdy Slam Van, and the fast and flashy Massacro and Jester sports cars with all new Race liveries. These vehicles will be permanently available to acquire and keep.

Holiday Special Crate Drops

  • Keep your eyes on the sky as Holiday Special Crate Drops will be dropping frequently now through January 5, stuffed with goodies to collect for your inventory – including a few of the rare vintage GTA tees that you may have missed in some of our Social Club Event Weekends over the past year as well as some brand new ones never before available.

Christmas Day Gifts

  • On Christmas Day, December 25, as you’re relaxing in your Los Santos apartment beside your Christmas tree, make sure to check your inventory for a few extra gifts.


  • Ring in the New Year with a bang – the Firework Launcher and Firework rocket ammo are coming back and will be available to acquire and use from Christmas Eve until Monday, January 5. You can score one for free on four special days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Snapmatic Contest

  • For a chance to win a GTA$1M prize, tag your entries with #FestiveSurprise now through January 5 to be eligible. Rockstar’s five favorite images will be chosen as winners. Full rules can be seen here.

Holiday Party Livestream

  • Tune in tomorrow December 19 at 1pm PT/4pm ET at for the Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream with special invited guests from the community.

For everyone who downloaded the GTAV update today, Rockstar says they’re aware of some problems people have been experiencing:

We have received a small number of reports regarding issues with frame-rate and the Interaction Menu when equipping items from the GTA Online Festive Surprise. As a first troubleshooting step, try rebooting the console.

If that doesn’t work, they suggest unlinking your PSN ID from your Social Club account, setting your spawn location to Last Known Location, then re-linking your account. If that still doesn’t fix anything, they say to keep an eye on their Support website.

Are you going to be entering any snowball fights this holiday?

[Source: Rockstar Games]