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GTA Online Christmas 2022 Event: Festive Surprise Release Date, Rewards and More

GTA Online is known for its seasonal events, so will the GTA Festive Surprise be back in 2022?
GTA Online Christmas 2022 Event: Festive Surprise Release Date, Rewards and More

Holiday seasons mean holiday events are coming to GTA Online. One of the holidays that people in the game look forward to the most is Christmas.

With Christmas coming in a few weeks, what will Rockstar bring to GTA Online during this holiday? Will it be more guns or new cosmetics? Keep reading for absolutely everything you need to know about the festive celebrations taking place in Los Santos in 2022.

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December 22 - The GTA Online Christmas Event Is Now Live

The GTA Online Christmas Event, Festive Surprise, has returned following the release of the new Weekly Update.

You can read everything that's changed in the latest event week on the above link, but the gist is that ALL Christmas Content is now live.

That includes:


December 19 - Is Christmas coming to GTA Online this week?

We're hoping to see the launch of GTA Online's Christmas event later this week, most likely when the next Event week begins on Thursday 22.

December 16 - New GTA Online In-Game Event Leaked

There's a new in-game event coming to GTA Online when the 2022 Festive Surprise event starts later this month.

Dataminers have uncovered a new event for 'The Gooch'

Essentially it looks like a random event where you'll get mugged, and if you chase after 'The Gooch' you can earn a reward.

Once you have taken him out, you will receive all the loot that he stole from you. On top of that, he will leave a present from The Gooch's body as well. If you pick it up, you will receive The Gooch Mask for the first time you take him out.

December 15 - New GTA Online Snowman collectible & Rewards Leaked

It looks like fans can look forward to a new collectible to hunt down when the 2022 Festive Surprise event starts in GTA Online.

First off, there's a new snowman collectible coming. Players will need to track down and destroy 25 Snowman Collectibles across Los Santos. Players will earn 1000 RP and $5000 for each Snowmen that are destroyed.

Find and destroy all 25 Snowmen and you'll earn a $125,000 Bonus and the Snowman outfit added to your wardrobe (seen below)

December 14 - Christmas Leaks Galore!

So we know what holiday gifts Rockstar will be gifting players when the next Festive Surprise event begins.

Players will be given the following items:

  • Candy Cane Weapon
  • Green Reindeer Beer Hat
  • Firework Launcher
  • 20 x Firework Rockets
  • Full Snacks
  • Full Armor
  • 25 x Sticky Bombs
  • 25 x Grenades
  • 5 x Proximity Mines
  • 10 x Molotovs

You can see some of the new hats, just below on the tweets from @Fluuffball.

December 13 - Los Santos Drug Wars DLC Is Live!

The GTA Online Los Santos Drug Wars DLC has gone live today and it looks like there's plenty of leaked content coming from dataminers too. Stand by for updates on any content which could be coming as part of the Christmas celebrations in GTA Online for 2022. 

December 12 - Festive Surprise Teasers This Week?

The new GTA Online Winter Update drops this week, titled Los Santos Drug Wars, but we could also get a few hints and teasers of what to expect from the Christmas event for 2022.

We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any leaks relating to the next Festive Surprise event, likely coming later this month.

November 24 - Christmas is just around the corner.

There's still no word from Rockstar Games on when we can expect to see the Christmas event for GTA Online in 2022, but who knows maybe they'll bring it forward slightly as we've seen with the Halloween event this year.

Don't worry though, it won't be long before it's snowing once again in the state of San Andreas.

What Is The GTA Online Christmas Event?

GTA Online Christmas Event
Christmas themed cosmetics commonly make their way to GTA Online during the Christmas events. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

Usually, GTA Online will have a Christmas event called the Festive Suprise. During this event, Rockstar fills GTA Online with tons of holiday-themed content.

This ranged from new vehicles that had some Christmas themes, new weapons, and even winter missions for you to complete. Weapon and car discounts are a common occurrence during this time frame as well. On top of all of that, it is usually snowing in the game as well during these events.

In recent Festive Surprises, Rockstar has released all previous Christmas content for the current year as well as releasing new content. So that means if you had missed a few years of GTA Online Christmas goodies, logging on this year could catch you up on previous years.

When Will GTA Online Festive Surprise Start In 2022?

GTA Online Festive Surprise 2022
There is a chance that Rockstar will bring on new guns for the Festive Surprise in 2022. (Picture: Rockstar Games)

Update - December 22 - The GTA Online Christmas Event Is Now Live!

At the time of this writing, there is no confirmed date when the next Christmas event will happen in GTA Online. Normally, the event will start happening a week or so before Christmas and carry on into the first week of the new year. Naturally, it will start on a Thursday following the release of a new event week.

So for now, we'll have to look at when the event started previously to help inform our guesses. We predict it could start on December 22, 2022.

GTA Online Festive Surprise Start Date End Date
2014 December 18, 2014 January 5, 2015
2015 December 18, 2015 January 5, 2016
2016 December 20, 2016 January 5, 2017
2017 December 19, 2017 January 1, 2018
2018 December 18, 2018 January 7, 2019
2019 December 19, 2019 January 5, 2020
2020 December 22, 2020 December 30, 2020
2021 December 23, 2021 December 29, 2021
2022 December 22, 2022 ???

Once we know when the Christmas event will launch in GTA Online, we will update this page accordingly.

But players have a lot to look forward to this season. With GTA 6 being confirmed by Rockstar Games, there is a possibility that this upcoming Christmas event will be filled with more content than ever. So it is worth keeping an eye on this page to find out what Rockstar has cooked up.

For more GTA Online news be sure to check out our dedicated section, or some of our Guides & Tutorials on the drop downs below:


GTA Online Daily, Weekly & Monthly Guides
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