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Grand Theft Auto V Update & Festive Surprise Festival Content

GTA V Online Festive Surprise Includes Snowball Fights, Christmas Day Gifts

Rockstar Games has posted full patch notes for update 1.19 on PS3/Xbox 360 and update 1.05 on PS4/Xbox One, which includes new features, lots of new content, all the limited time Festive content, and much more:

New Features/Updates

  • Players are now able to own a third property, allowing potential ownership of up to 30 cars and 9 bicycles.
  • Deadzone and Acceleration sliders have been added to control Settings.
  • First Person Mode Auto Level Camera on/off setting has been added to Settings.

New Content

  • 30 new tattoos have been added to all Tattoo Parlours in GTA Online.

Five new Kit items have been added in GTA Online:

  • Black Combat Chute Bag
  • Charcoal Combat Chute Bag
  • Forest Combat Chute Bag
  • Gray Combat Chute Bag
  • Tan Combat Chute Ba

Four new vehicles have been added to Southern San Andreas Super Autos:

  • Bravado Rat-Truck
  • Vapid Slamvan
  • Dinka Jester (Racecar Livery)
  • Dewbauchee Massacro (Racecar Livery)

To obtain these vehicles in Story Mode:

  • PS3/Xbox 360: These vehicles can be obtained from the Special Vehicle List when in a player-owned garage.
  • PS4/Xbox One: These vehicles can be purchased online from San Andreas Super Autos.

Two new weapons have been added to Ammu-Nation in GTA Online (Not supported in the Shooting Range):

  • Homing Launcher (‘Fire and Forget’)
  • Proximity Mine

To obtain these weapons in Story Mode:

  • PS3/Xbox 360: Weapons are deposited direct to the character’s weapon wheel with a full clip of ammo.
  • PS4/Xbox One: Weapons will unlock and be available for purchase from Ammu-Nation after passing certain missions in Story Mode.


  • Players who log in on either the 24th December, 31st December, or the 1st January will be gifted a Firework Launcher with five rounds. The launcher will be permanently added to the player’s inventory. Players who already own the launcher will receive 5 rounds when logging in on each of the above days.
  • The Christmas Day Gift will be available only to players who log in to play GTA Online on 25th Please note that this is only available from the Christmas Day Gift and cannot be purchased.

Second Chance Event Items

  • Players who missed out on getting T-Shirts and Beer Hats in Events this year will be given a second chance to try and get them, as well as a few new items with a new special crate dropping each day over the holiday period.

Festive Period (Time-limited content)

  • Christmas Tree added to Legion Square.
  • Christmas Trees added to all Apartments.
  • Please note that the weather option will be removed from Job lobbies during Snowy Weather.
  • Snowballs added whilst Snowy weather is active. These can be gathered and stored by pressing D-pad Left when a player is unarmed. Nine Snowballs can be stored at a time and will melt and disappear when swapping sessions or starting Jobs.
  • The Firework Launcher has been added back to Ammu-Nation for the festive season. This item will be available to purchase from the 24th December until the 5th Fireworks will now be more festive than previous fireworks.
  • 90+ new Festive Surprise themed items of clothing have been added for male and female characters to all clothes stores. All of last year’s Holiday Gifts clothing will also be available during the Festive Surprise. All time-limited clothing added for the Festive Surprise period is free to purchase.

Five new Festive Surprise themed masks have been added to Vespucci Movie Masks for male and female characters:

  • Elf (3 variants)
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Penguin

Generic/Miscellaneous Fixes – Story Mode (PS4/Xbox One)

  • Fixed an issue where one of the Peyote plants is resetting after being picked up.
  • Fixed an issue where Lester’s first assassination mission does not affect the Stock Market correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where Michael’s drinking animation could be seen occurring incorrectly if he answered his phone mid-drink.

Generic / Miscellaneous Fixes – GTA Online (PS4 / Xbox One)

  • Fixed multiple issues to allow improved matchmaking and connectivity speeds.
  • Fixed an issue where players who left their character wearing masks when migrating were unable to remove them when attempting to update their character’s features.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to make their vehicle appear to hover after exiting a Mod Shop.
  • Fixed an issue where character faces would flicker on the D-pad down player list.
  • Fixed a number of map holes / escapes.
  • Fixed an issue where players were seeing large amounts of ‘Timed Out’ errors after migrating their accounts.
  • Fixed an issue where some Collector’s Edition items were not transferring properly / available for free after migration.
  • Fixed an issue where BMX physics had changed, creating issues with Races and stunting.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to lose player control for a period of time when selecting to host a Race from the pause menu while On Call.
  • Fixed an issue where player character faces could age rapidly after several hours of playing.
  • Fixed an issue where it was possible to become stuck on ‘Launching Session’ when starting a LTS match.
  • Fixed an issue where players could hang when transitioning to a game corona.
  • Fixed an issue where the Flight Suit mask could obscure the player character’s face in the Character Creator after transferring to PS4 / Xbox One from PS3 / Xbox 360.
  • Fixed an issue where Leaderboards could flicker when being viewed.
  • Fixed issue where players could hang when a lobby Host attempted to launch ‘Meth’d Up’.
  • Fixed an issue where adding Turbo upgrades to a vehicle could make it slower.
  • Fixed an issue where player characters could be seen putting on Top Hats instead of a Helmet when on a Motorbike.
  • Fixed an issue where some hairstyles could become unavailable after transferring a character.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to use the ‘Online Event’ button during the initial boot screen.
  • Fixed a small issue where a player’s character could pop slightly after completing a Parachuting Race.

Grand Theft Auto Online Festive Surprise

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.

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