'GTA Online' Gets Festive With 'GTA V' Update, Bad Santa And More

Scott Grill

Rockstar Games is celebrating the holiday by bringing Bad Santa and other gifts to Grand Theft Auto Online. The free Festive Surprise 2015 update landed for GTA V on Monday and will roll through the New Year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners.

The GTA Online Festive Surprise 2015 update is available now on consoles and the PC version of GTA V through January 5, 2016. According to Rockstar Games, the update includes the following items.

There's no word on snow showing up around Los Santos yet, but Rockstar does promise that it is in the forecast. This means snowball fights will return once again along with "special additions to the growing collection of fun Adversary Modes on PS4, Xbox One and PC."

Los Santos residents who enjoy the large Christmas tree in the middle of downtown Los Santos can celebrate as it returns once again.

Prepare yourself Los Santos! pic.twitter.com/apVo1CRnbz

— TezFunz (@TezFunz2) December 21, 2015

Special items from previous Festive Surprise events will also be available for all platforms. This includes the masks and clothes from the update in 2014 along with the holiday gifts that were released in 2013.

Meanwhile, a Twitter post from GTA V leaker TezFunz indicates that more surprises will be rolling out over the course of the Festive Surprise 2015 event period. Gifts will be available for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Additionally, the Firework launcher and a selection of five fireworks will also return.

Another surprise might just be the return of the Tampa muscle car from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Ballad of Gay Tony. Members of the Grand Theft Auto Reddit community quickly spotted its appearance in the background of the following image for the Festive Surprise update posted by Rockstar. How and if the two-door sports car will arrive are still very much in question.

In addition to all the free content in the Festive Surprise update, Rockstar Games is also hosting a Snapmatic Photo Challenge. The developer is asking for players to post their best holiday-themed Snapmatic to the Rockstar Social Club through January 5, 2016. The five best photos will be featured on the Newswire and the creators of those images will receive a GTA$1m award. Official rules for the challenge can be found on the Rockstar Social Club.

Those interested in catching Rockstar partying via a live stream event should tune into Twitch or YouTube on Tuesday, December 22 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT. The second annual Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream will take off then with guests from the community and in-game shenanigans from the hosts.

This caps off a busy year of free updates to Grand Theft Auto V along with releases to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. There's been no word of new single-player story content, as both Rockstar and publisher Take-Two Interactive have seemingly been content with the microtransaction revenue and sales of the game thus far.

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[Image via Rockstar Games]