Unveiled in December’s Forza Monthly stream, the Christmas-themed Series brings new reward cars, a new and improved Horizon Secret Santa event, and the return of a fan-favourite location.
Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Holidays Series update
Starting next week on 8 December, the Horizon Holidays Series brings back the fan-favourite Ice Rink Stadium introduced in Forza Horizon 5 last December. Like last year, snowmen will also be scattered around the map to find and collect.
Mexico is also transformed for the holiday season, decorated with Christmas trees, lights and candy canes, as well as Snowman collectibles.
In response to fan feedback, Photo Challenges will be more difficult than usual as you’ll need to find and photograph hidden snowmen at Player Houses in each location to complete them.
Secret Santa is also back, allowing you to send players gifts via the Forzathon Shop or Gift Drop. Only one car from the Forzathon Shop can be gifted per week, but you can gift as many cars as you like through Gift Drops.
When enough gifts are sent globally, all players will receive free rewards including a Holiday Tree Outfit for player avatars and the 2020 Lamborghini Sian Roadster.
Since Forza Horizon 5 launched one year ago in October 2021, Playground Games have added 137 cars in post-release updates. But they aren’t done yet.
New to Forza is the radical-looking Cupra UrbanRebel concept racer coming next month.
Previewing the design language of Cupra’s future urban electric car launching in 2025, you can get the Cupra UrbanRebel concept as a free gift car in the Message Centre on 8 December.
As for the Horizon Holidays Series Progress cars, you can unlock the #22 Extreme E at 80 points and the Ferrari California T at 160 points.
Summer’s Series Progress cars are the AMC Javelin (20 points) and the BMW M3 GTS E92 (40 points).
You can also get the Jaguar F-Type, Audi RS5 ’13, TVR Griffith, and Porsche 944.
Autumn's Series Progress cars are the Plymouth Fury made famous in Christine for 20 points and the Dodge Super Bee for 40 points.
Other reward cars this season include the BMW 1M, Lotus Elise '99 Mercedes-Benz SLK, Lamborghini LM 002, and Porsche 718 GTS.
Winter's Series Progress reward cars are the Caddilac XTS Limousine (20 points) and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (40 points) - one of the most expensive cars in Forza.
You can also unlock the Holden Monaro, BMW Z4 ’19, Volkswagen Class 5 Bug, and Porsche 718 Cayman by completing Festival Playlist challenges.
Spring’s Series Progress cars are the AMC Rebel (20 points) and Porsche 911C2 GW (40 points).
You can also win the Audi TTS, BMW Z4 ’08, Jaguar F-Pace S, Chevrolet Corvette ’02, Cadillac ATS-V, and Mercedes-Benz X-Class in Series challenges.
FORDzathon Series update
As well as showcasing Horizon Holidays, Playground Games also previewed January’s Festival Playlist.
As the name suggests, the FORDzathon Series celebrates all things Ford, with cars and challenges themed around the Blue Oval automaker along with two new-to Forza MG cars and three returning Renault cars.
The Series Progress cars are the MG6 XPower (80 points and new to Forza) and Ford Mustang Hoonicorn v2 (160 points).
Summer's Series Progress reward cars include the Renault Megane RS 250 (20 points) and Ford Dually HW (40 points).
You can also get the Hoonigan RS200, Ford Mustang S5, Ford Falcon ’15, #5 Ford Escort ’77, Ford Capri MK1, and Ford Mustang ’00.
Autumn’s Series Progress reward cars are the #20 MG MG6 (20 points) and the return of the Ford Ranger Raptor (40 points).
Other reward cars for completing events include the Hoonigan F-150, Ford Coupe ’40, Ford Ute #14, Ford Focus ’03, Ford Mustang ’18, and Ford Bronco.
Winter’s Series Progress reward cars are the Renault Clio ’16 (20 points) and Ford GT ’05 (40 points).
Your remaining reward cars in the Winter season are the Ford Mustang ’16, Ford Supervan 3, Ford Escort ’77, Ford Mustang ’93, Ford Fiesta RS, and Ford F-150 Raptor ’17.
Finally, Spring’s Series Progress reward cars are the Renault Clio ’10 (20 points) and #14 Ford Fiesta (40 points).
You can also win the Ford Escort ’92, Ford RS200, Ford Mustang GT500 ’20, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor ’11, Ford Mustang ’65, and Ford Transit SSV.