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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: Every challenge and reward for Winter (Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2022)

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Forza Horizon 5 launched as one of the greatest racing games available to play, but Playground Games refuses to rest on its laurels and consider its masterpiece "finished." The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist brings new challenges, events, and rewards to the game every single week, with larger Series updates introducing even greater changes and additions over time. With the Festival Playlist, FH5 promises years of constant post-launch support and new content for players to explore.

Forza Horizon 5 has solidified its place as one of the best Xbox racing games, and it's only getting better. Here's what you need to know about the FH5 Festival Playlist, and all the challenges and rewards this season.

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Forza Horizon 5

Playground Games has delivered its latest masterpiece with Forza Horizon 5, which features the series' most diverse map and largest car list yet. The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist constantly adds content to this ever-growing racing gem.

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Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: Winter, Series 12 (Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2022)

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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.

We'll also cover how to complete specific Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist challenges if any particularly difficult missions pop up throughout the Festival Playlist.

Series 12 “Horizon Road Trip” (Sept. 15-Oct. 12, 2022)

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Forza Horizon 5 Series 12 celebrates all the different kinds of racing at Horizon Mexico, and brings five brand-new cars, two new body kits, hearing aid player customization, and much more. Each Season is themed after a different kind of racing.

  • Series 12 rewards. Series 12 of Forza Horizon 5's Festival Playlist has a total of 260 Playlist Points across all Seasons. The Series rewards include:
    • 2021 Audi RS e-tron GT for 80 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is exclusive to the Festival Playlist
    • 2021 McLaren 765LT for 160 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is hard to find
  • Monthly Events. There are two monthly events.
    • Bola Ocho Circuit: Post a clean lap in the Rivals Event. Rewards 4 Playlist Points
    • Emerald Circuit: Post a clean lap in the Rivals EV Event. Rewards 4 Playlist Points

Winter “Dry Season” (Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2022)

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This is the Winter Season of Forza Horizon 5's Series 12 Festival Playlist, which is available from Sept. 29 until Oct. 5, 2022.

  • Season rewards. The Winter Season of Series 12 has a total of 65 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2021 Lynk & Co 03+ for 20 Playlist Points. This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to this Festival Playlist
    • 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO for 40 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is hard to find
  • Weekly Challenge. "Total Eclipse" — The Weekly Challenge has four Chapters. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and 80 Forzathon Points.
    • Tuna, No Crust: Own and drive a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    • Buster: Earn 3 Luck Escape Skills with a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    • Winning's Winning: Win a Drag Race Event with a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    • Warning!!! Danger to Manifold: Earn 100,000 Skill Score with a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
  • Daily Challenges. There are seven Daily Challenges. Each reward 1 Playlist Point and 10 Forzathon Points.
    • Making a Scene: Visit the Horizon Street Scene Festival Outpost
    • Bandit: Win a Street Race Event with a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
    • Overnight Parts: Spend 75,000 Credits on vehicle upgrades
    • A Quarter Mile at a Time: Win a Drag Race Event
    • Undergrounder: Win the Tunnel Run Street Race Event with any S1-Class car
    • Festival of Speed: Complete Round 3 of a Speed-themed Horizon Arcade Event
    • Takedown: Win a Head-to-Head in The Eliminator
  • Season Events. There are eight Season Events.
    • Street Safari: Win The Trial Championship with a C-Class Vans and Utility vehicle. Rewards 10 Playlist Points and a 2010 Mosler MT900S
    • Survival: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games with an A-Class Super Saloons vehicle. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and a 2014 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5023
    • Los Árboles: Complete the Speed Trap PR Stunt challenge with any S2-Class vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Colina: Complete the Danger Sign PR Stunt challenge with any S2-Class vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Street Endurance: Win the Seasonal Championship with an A-Class Modern Sports Cars vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    • Retro Street: Win the Seasonal Championship with a C-Class Retro Hot Hatch vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2008 Renault Mégane R26.R
    • The Marathon: Win the Seasonal Championship with an S1-Class Modern Supercars vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2010 Audi TT RS Coupé
    • On the Move: Win the Seasonal Championship with an A-Class Trucks vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2014 HSV GEN-F GTS Maloo Limited Edition
  • Challenges. There are three Challenges.
    • Super Street: Complete the Treasure Hunt Challenge (Clue: Open the hatch and turn up the heat to top the podium of these super streets). Hint: Win a Street Race Event with any Hot Hatch vehicle. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and 100 Forzathon Points
    • #StreetScene: Photograph a 2008 Renault Mégane R26.R at the Horizon Street Scene Festival Outpost. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and the Watermelon Ankle Socks Vanity Item
    • Critical Success: Earn 5 Ultimate Drift Skills in Horizon Open Drifting. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and the "It's Morbin' Time" Forza LINK message
  • Hot Wheels Events. There are two Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels Events.
    • Frozen Rush: Complete the Speed Zone PR Stunt challenge with any S2-Class vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Paint the Streets Orange: Win the Seasonal Championship with an S2-Class Hypercars vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2014 Volkswagen Golf R
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:
    • 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion for 600 Forzathon Points
    • 2015 McLaren 650S Coupé for 400 Forzathon Points
    • Doodle Pattern Joggers Vanity Item for 75 Forzathon Points
    • Breaking Shatter Car Horn for 75 Forzathon Points
    • Horizon Wheelspin for 60 Forzathon Points
    • Horizon Super Wheelspin for 150 Forzathon Points

What is the Festival Playlist in Forza Horizon 5?

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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.

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Forza Horizon 5

Playground Games has delivered its latest masterpiece with Forza Horizon 5, which features the series' most diverse map and largest car list yet. The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist constantly adds content to this ever-growing racing gem.

Buy from: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Green Man Gaming (opens in new tab) | Xbox (opens in new tab)

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Forza Horizon 5, and its entire Festival Playlist, is included in every tier of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, including on Xbox, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. You can even secure sweet discounts on various FH5 DLC and expansions.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.