Here’s the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist for Summer (Jan. 6-12)

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After months of waiting, Forza Horizon 5 is here and it’s wonderful. The base game already includes mountains of content and dozens of hours of playtime for players to explore, but Playground Games isn’t stopping there. The Festival Playlist returns from Forza Horizon 4, and it’s better than ever, with an all-new design, improved features, and the promise of years of continued support for Forza Horizon 5.

Here’s what you need to know about the Festival Playlist in Forza Horizon 5, and the current challenges and rewards this season.

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Playground Games has delivered their latest masterpiece with Forza Horizon 5, which features the series’ most diverse map and largest car list yet. Forza Horizon 5 somehow fulfills its ambitious promises to be the best open-world racer right now, and one of the best racing games in general.

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: Summer, Series 3 (Jan. 6-12, 2022)

Forza Horizon 5 Release Screenshot

Source: Xbox Game Studios

The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist updates every week as the in-game season changes, with larger updates slated for every month as a new Series begins. It can be difficult to keep track of everything there is to do in Forza Horizon 5’s Festival Playlist and decide whether it’s worth it to tackle the challenges. Fortunately, that’s what we’re here for.

Series 3 “Happy New Year” (Jan. 6-Feb. 2, 2022)

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Series 3 Image

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  • Series rewards. Series 3 of Forza Horizon 5’s Festival Playlist has a total of 266 Playlist Points across all Seasons. The Series rewards include:
    • 2016 Zenvo TS1 for 120 Playlist Points: This is a Legendary rarity car, and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
    • 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 for 200 Playlist Points: This is an Epic rarity car, and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
  • Monthly Events. There is one monthly event.
    • Plaza Circuit: Post a clean lap at the Rivals challenge. Rewards 4 Playlist Points

Summer “Wet Season” (Jan. 6-12, 2022)

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Series 3 Summer Image

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This is the Summer Season of Forza Horizon 5’s Series 3 Festival Playlist, which is available from Jan. 6 until Jan. 12, 2022.

  • Season rewards. The Summer Season of Series 3 has a total of 68 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2015 Ferrari 488 GTB for 25 Playlist Points: This is an Epic rarity car and is valuable
    • 2003 Toyota Celica SS-I for 45 Playlist Points: This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
  • Weekly Challenge. “No Expense Spared” — The Weekly Challenge has 4 Chapters. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and 80 Forzathon Points.
    • One of 500: Own and drive the 2010 Lexus LFA
    • Best Speedometer Ever: Reach 200mph in the 2010 Lexus LFA
    • Apex is in the Name: Win two Road Circuit Race Events in the 2010 Lexus LFA
    • Ring Wraith: Drive 20 miles in the 2010 Lexus LFA
  • Daily Challenges. There are 7 Daily Challenges. Each rewards 1 Playlist Point and 10 Forzathon Points.
    • Check This Out!: Create and publish an Event Blueprint with EventLab
    • Short Story: Reach 140mph in any Horizon Story chapter
    • Seeing Double: Beat any ghost in Rivals
    • Audi Here: Complete Round 3 of any Horizon Arcade event in an Audi car
    • Next Level: Unlock a Car Mastery
    • Off to the Races: Win a Dirt Scramble Race Event in any S1-Class car
    • Open Road: Smash five traffic cones
  • Season Events. There are 11 Season Events.
    • Mini Games: Complete any Horizon Arcade event. Rewards 3 Playlist Points
    • Winner Winner: Complete The Trial challenge in a B-Class Rare Classics car. Rewards 10 Playlist Points and the 1961 Jaguar E-Type
    • Stunters’ Paradise: Complete the Event Blueprint challenge in a B-Class Unlimited Offroad car. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and a Wheelspin
    • Soaked: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games event in an A-Class UTV car. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and the “I’m the best at games” Forza LINK phrase
    • Ringroad: Complete the Speed Zone challenge in a B-Class 1998 Toyota Supra RZ. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Wheelspin
    • Come Rain or Shine: Complete the Seasonal Championship in an A-Class Unlimited Offroad car. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and the 2017 Ford Bronco #25 Ultra4 Racing “Brocky”
    • A Mini Adventure: Complete the Seasonal Championship in a B-Class Mini car. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and the 2018 Mini X-Raid John Cooper Works Buggy
    • Colina: Complete the Danger Sign challenge in a C-Class Rods and Customs car. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Wheelspin
    • Desert Descent: Complete the Trail Blazer challenge in an A-Class 2017 Ford Bronco #25 Ultra4 Racing “Brocky.” Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Super Wheelspin
    • Grand Gesture: Complete the Seasonal Championship in an S1-Class GT Car. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S
    • Co-op Championships: Complete a Horizon Tour. Rewards 3 Playlist Points
  • Challenges. There are 5 Challenges.
    • #HeardingCats: Photograph any Jaguar car at Farid Rueda’s mural in Playa Azul. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and the “Cat Meow” Forza LINK phrase
    • I’m Gonna Get Ya!: Infect another player in Infected or Survival Playground Games. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and the Mexican Traffic Light Car Horn
    • Battle Royale: Finish 30th or better in The Eliminator. Rewards 2 Playlist Points
    • Lights Out: Smash 25 solar panels. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and 25,000 Credits
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:
    • 2019 McLaren Speedtail for 700 Forzathon Points
    • Star27 Face Mask cosmetic item for 75 Forzathon Points
    • 2015 Alumi Craft Class 10 for 400 Forzathon Points
    • Jump On It Emote for 75 Forzathon Points
    • Wheelspin for 80 Forzathon Points
    • Super Wheelspin for 300 Forzathon Points

Autumn “Storm Season” (Jan. 13-19, 2022)

This is the Autumn Season of Forza Horizon 5’s Series 3 Festival Playlist, which is available from Jan. 13 until Jan. 19.

  • Season rewards. The Autumn Season of Series 3 has a total of 65 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO for 25 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
    • 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Arctic Trucks AT37 for 45 Playlist Points. This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
  • Weekly Challenge. “Blower Bentley” — The Weekly Challenge has 4 Chapters. Rewards unknown Playlist Points and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • Boys Own: Own and drive the 1930 Bentley 1-1/2 Litre Supercharged
    • Break the Record: Earn a total of 9 Stars at Speed Zones in the 1930 Bentley 1-1/2 Litre Supercharged
    • Sweet Taste: Win three Road Racing Events in the 1930 Bentley 1-1/2 Litre Supercharged
    • Secret Agent: Drive 100 miles in the 1930 Bentley 1-1/2 Litre Supercharged
  • Daily Challenges. There are 7 Daily Challenges. Each rewards unknown Playlist Point and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • Getting Started: Drive 10 miles in Horizon Tour events
    • Playception: Complete any Festival Playlist activity
    • Rawrsome: Win two Road Racing Events in any Jaguar car
    • Ultimate Talent: Earn and bank an Ultimate Skill Chain
    • Waterways: Take a picture at Sierra Water Dam
    • Taking Stock: Spend 50,000 Credits on car upgrades
    • Lightning Speeds: Reach 100mph in any Expedition
  • Season Events. There are 10 Season Events.
    • Mini Games: Complete any Horizon Arcade event
    • Baja California: Complete The Trial challenge. Rewards a Super Wheelspin
    • Temple Runner: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games event. Rewards the 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR
    • Swamplands: Complete the Speed Trap challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Welcome to the Jungle: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the Tiger Roar Car Horn
    • Underground, Overground: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R
    • Eagle’s Perch: Complete the Danger Sign challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Watersplash: Complete the Speed Zone challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Calm Before the Storm: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 2013 Ariel Atom 500 V8
    • Co-op Championships: Complete a Horizon Tour event
  • Challenges. There are 4 Challenges.
    • Lucky Skills: Complete the Treasure Hunt. Rewards 50,000 Credits
    • #Purfect: Take a photograph of the 1999 Ford Racing Puma in La Selva. Rewards the “I’m in the zone!” Forza LINK phrase
    • Clean Up Nicely: Complete the Horizon Open challenge. Rewards the White Skinny Jeans cosmetic item
    • Battle Royale: Complete The Eliminator challenge. Rewards the Gong Car Horn
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:

Winter “Dry Season” (Jan. 20-26, 2022)

This is the Winter Season of Forza Horizon 5’s Series 3 Festival Playlist, which is available from Jan. 20 until Jan. 26, 2022.

  • Season rewards. The Winter Season of Series 3 has a total of 65 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2003 Porsche Carrera GT for 25 Playlist Points: This is an Epic rarity car and is valuable
    • 2014 Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks AT38: This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
  • Weekly Challenge. “Ultimate Offroader” — The Weekly Challenge has 4 Chapters. Rewards unknown Playlist Points and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • Safari Concept: Own and drive the 2016 Jeep Trailcat
    • Hellcat Power: Win three Dirt Trail Race Events in the 2016 Jeep Trailcat
    • Natural Instincts: Earn 15 Air Skills in the 2016 Jeep Trailcat
    • Treacherous Terrain: Win three Cross-Country Race Events in the 2016 Jeep Trailcat
  • Daily Challenges. There are 7 Daily Challenges. Each rewards unknown Playlist Point and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • Dry Run: Reach 140mph in any Dirt Racing Event
    • Plot Twist: Earn five Drift Skills in any Horizon Story chapter
    • Taco This: Smash a taco cart
    • In Reverse: Complete a Drift Theme Horizon Arcade event in any Drift car
    • Hyper Equipment: Win a Road Race Event in a Hypercar
    • Play by the Rules: Play an Event Blueprint created by another player
    • A Little Something: Send a Gift Drop to another player
  • Season Events. There are 10 Season Events.
    • Mini Games: Complete any Horizon Arcade event
    • Grand Finale: Complete The Trial challenge. Rewards a Super Wheelspin
    • Cat and Mouse: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games event. Rewards the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500
    • Bypass: Complete the Speed Trap challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Cross-Country Skiing: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 2016 Ariel Nomad
    • Athletes: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the Classic Running Man Emote
    • La Cruz: Complete the Danger Sign challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Over the Dune: Complete the Trail Blazer challenge. Rewards a Super Wheelspin
    • Speed Skating: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 2012 BMW M5
    • Co-op Championships: Complete a Horizon Tour event
  • Challenges. There are 4 Challenges.
    • #BigCityLights: Photograph Guanajuato at night. Rewards the “Action!!!” Forza LINK phrase
    • Third Time Lucky: Complete the Horizon Open challenge. Rewards the “Kinda sus” Forza LINK phrase
    • Battle Royale: Complete The Eliminator challenge. Rewards the “I have the high ground” Forza LINK phrase
    • Light the Beacons!: Complete the collectibles challenge. Rewards the “Eat my dust!” Forza LINK phrase
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:

Spring “Hot Season” (Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2022)

This is the Spring Season of Forza Horizon 5’s Series 3 Festival Playlist, which is available from Jan. 27 until Feb. 2, 2022.

  • Season rewards. The Spring Season of Series 3 has a total of 68 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2015 Jaguar XKR-S for 25 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
    • 1989 Lotus Carlton for 45 Playlist Points. This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
  • Weekly Challenge. “Mid-Engine Madness” — The Weekly Challenge has 4 Chapters. Rewards unknown Playlist Points and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • Garden Gate: Own and drive the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Coupé
    • Racing Heritage: Win two Road Racing Events in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Coupé
    • Jet Fighter Inspo: Earn 10 Ultimate Air Skills in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Coupé
    • Sting in the Tail: Reach 194mph in the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Coupé
  • Daily Challenges. There are 7 Daily Challenges. Each rewards unknown Playlist Point and unknown Forzathon Points.
    • On Board: Earn a Skillboard Skill by smashing any billboard
    • Made for This: Win any Cross-Country Race Event in a Rally Monster car
    • Challenge Accepted: Complete a Challenge Card in free roam
    • Rock Out: Take a picture at Valle De Las Ranas
    • Sandwich: Smash three picnic tables
    • Fresh Air: Earn three Air Skills during Cross-Country Race Events
    • Organized Chaos: Complete a Chaos Theme Horizon Arcade event
  • Season Events. There are 11 Season Events.
    • Mini Games: Complete any Horizon Arcade event
    • Eye of the Tiger: Complete The Trial challenge. Rewards Horizon Exclusive Pencil Dress cosmetic item
    • Airfield UTV Cup: Complete the Event Blueprint challenge. Rewards the Halo Shield Recharge Car Horn
    • Spring Festival Gala: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games event. Rewards the 2004 Nissan Pickup #23 Rally Raid
    • Escarpment: Complete the Speed Trap challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Hear Me Roar: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 1987 Buick Regal GNX
    • Battle of the Big Cats: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the 2015 Jaguar XE-S
    • Hotel: Complete the Danger Sign challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • La Subida: Complete the Speed Zone challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Earn Your Stripes: Complete the Seasonal Championship. Rewards the Purple Stripe Knee High Socks cosmetic item
    • Co-op Championships: Complete a Horizon Tour event
  • Challenges. There are 4 Challenges.
    • High Five: Complete the Treasure Hunt. Rewards 50,000 Credits
    • #PartyTillDawn: Photograph any car at Horizon Mexico
    • Spoilt for Choice: Complete the Horizon Open challenge. Rewards a Wheelspin
    • Battle Royale: Complete The Eliminator challenge. Rewards the Raúl Urias Cap cosmetic item
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:

What is the Festival Playlist in Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 Release Screenshot

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The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is an ever-changing list of challenges and missions that players can complete as they play the game. Players can complete races, events, PR Stunts, and online activities as Festival Playlist challenges, sometimes with specific requirements, to earn rewards such as cars, Wheelspins, cosmetic items, and Forzathon Points, which can be redeemed at the Forzathon Shop.

The Festival Playlist has Series, with each Series lasting four weeks, and each week lasting about one week. Each week has its own unique challenges and rewards, giving players incentive to return week after week to complete the Festival Playlist and collect new cars and prizes. The Festival Playlist consistently adds new content to Forza Horizon 5, and is how Playground Games will seamlessly inject new ways to play into FH5 over time, including brand-new cars.

New cars, events, and much more can be added to Forza Horizon 5 through the Festival Playlist, and Series updates can even be themed and evolve Forza Horizon 5’s world. Series 1, for example, welcomes players to Horizon Mexico, while Series 2 will apparently be Holidays themed and add new seasonal decorations to the FH5 world. EventLab creations from the community that gain popularity can also be surfaced through the Festival Playlist, adding even more variety to this constantly moving in-game feature.

Forza Horizon 5’s Festival Playlist should provide years of support and content to the game, even after DLC expansions have been released and finished. Thanks to new creation features like EventLab, the Festival Playlist has practically endless content to pull from.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

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Forza Horizon 5 is an open-world simul-arcade racing game from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios. It’s the latest in a long line of increasingly ambitious and successful Forza Horizon games, and it accumulates everything the studio has learned into one incredible package. FH5 is one of the best Xbox racing games of all time, and is even one of the best Xbox games of 2021.

Forza Horizon 5 accomplishes this feat with its largest and most diverse map yet, set in Mexico, that is freely explored behind the wheel of hundreds of cars and vehicles. Fan favorites like Barn Finds have returned, but every aspect of FH5 proves that it’s not just another racing game.

Our Forza Horizon 5 review concluded that Playground has delivered the unchallenged champion of open-world racers, which is now available for Xbox, PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Game Pass. If you want to learn more about what makes this expansive game so special, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5.

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