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For all Festive Surprise DLCs and events, see Festive Surprise (disambiguation).

Festive Surprise is a content update for Grand Theft Auto Online and Grand Theft Auto V, initially released on December 18th, 2014. It was the first update released for the Enhanced Edition of the game.


Festive Surprise marks the second celebration of Christmas. It continues every year under the same name, succeeded by Festive Surprise 2015, another DLC with additional content, and Festive Surprise 2016 and 2017, events which re-released existing content from all previous years and released new content hidden in the game files of previous updates.

The update features all of the content from the Holiday Gifts update, along with new Christmas-themed content. Four new vehicles have been added, including the Vapid Slamvan, Rat-Truck, Massacro (Racecar), and Jester (Racecar). Over ninety new festive clothing options and two new weapons, the Homing Launcher and Proximity Mines, are available. These are free, but available for a limited time while vehicles and the new weapons remain permanently available for purchase. Christmas trees have been added to all apartments. Also, thirty new tattoos are purchasable at all Tattoo Parlors. Snow also returned the game for a limited time.

Special Crate Drops[]

Special crate drops will also be dropping unlimited copies of the past events each day. Each day a new unique item and after that 24 hour they will be unobtainable. This includes, beer hats and many limited edition T-Shirts. The GTA: Online servers run on a GMT timezone so it is important to know when the servers update to the next special item.

Crate Items[]

Special Crate Drop Content by Date:[]

Rockstar's Extended Special Crate Drops:[]

(Due to the PSN and Xbox LIVE being hacked by the Lizard Squad, many players were left unable to obtain special crate drops. Rockstar extended crate drops for the days in which connection issues were numerous.)

Update Contents[]


Image Name Description
Homing Rocket Launcher GTAV
Homing Launcher A Rocket launcher based on the SA-7 Grail and the FIM-92 Stinger.
Proximity Mine GTAV
Proximity Mines Thrown weapon that explodes when a person/vehicle approaches.
Snowballs Special weapon available only during the season holiday. No longer available as of January 1, 2015.
Fireworks Launcher
Firework Launcher Initially released with the Independence Day Special. Temporarily available again. Free on December 25, 2014 and January 1, 2015.


Image Name Description
Vapid Slamvan Pick-up version of the Slamvan from The Lost and Damned.
Bravado Rat-Truck Clean variant of the Rat-Loader.
Dewbauchee Massacro (Racecar) Racecar variant of the Massacro.
Dinka Jester (Racecar) Racecar variant of the Jester.

Character Customization[]

  • 70 clothing items, 7 outfits, and 10 masks have been added.

Christmas Gifts[]

The patch notes indicated that logging in on Christmas Day will reward the player with an unspecified gift, while logging in on Christmas eve, New Years eve and New Years day will gift Firework Launchers and free ammo.

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.
— Rockstar patch notes

The Christmas Gift comprised of:

Additional Features[]

  • Players can now purchase a 3rd property.
  • Firework Launcher was available from 24th December until the 5th January.
  • Deadzone and Acceleration sliders have been added to control settings.
  • Five new parachute bags were added.
  • A Christmas tree is added to all apartments and Legion Square.
  • 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 disappear when swapping sessions or starting Jobs.
  • Issues with trees and foliage not moving with the wind on PS4 and Xbox One renditions are fixed.
  • The issue where adding Turbo upgrades to a vehicle made it slower is now fixed, along with many other bugs.



Clothing Gallery[]



  • The two newly added vehicles, the Vapid Slamvan and the Bravado Rat-Truck, which are vehicles from the 1930's-1950's, are a reference to Christmas specials It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, which take place in that era.
  • It is the first update to add a thrown weapon into the game.
  • There was an unfortunate bug introduced in this patch where sometimes when the player held the button down to activate the Interaction Menu, instead of getting the interaction menu, the game would lag severely until the player died or left the session. This made usual tasks such as ordering a personal vehicle, switching to passive mode and starting an impromptu race, difficult and even impossible. This bug was not fixed in the subsequent 1.20/1.06/1.22 patch released a week later.

See Also[]


[ ve ]Content Updates in Grand Theft Auto Online
Original version updates
(PS3 and Xbox 360)
Beach Bum Update | Holiday Gifts | The Valentine's Day Massacre Special | The Business Update | The High Life Update | The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update | The Independence Day Special | The San Andreas Flight School Update | The Last Team Standing Update
Mutual updates
(PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC)
Festive Surprise | Heists | Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 | Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2
Enhanced version updates
(PS4, Xbox One and PC)
Freemode Events Update | Lowriders | Halloween Surprise | Executives and Other Criminals | Festive Surprise 2015 | January 2016 Update | Be My Valentine | Lowriders: Custom Classics | Further Adventures in Finance and Felony | Cunning Stunts | Bikers | Import/Export | Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit | Gunrunning | Smuggler's Run | The Doomsday Heist | Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series | After Hours | Arena War | The Diamond Casino & Resort | The Diamond Casino Heist | Los Santos Summer Special | The Cayo Perico Heist | Los Santos Tuners | The Contract
Mutual updates
(PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X)
The Criminal Enterprises | Los Santos Drug Wars | San Andreas Mercenaries | The Chop Shop | Bottom Dollar Bounties
Additional content updates
(Already included on game disc)
Special/Collector's Edition | Enhanced Edition | Expanded & Enhanced Version
Updates marked * are future updates