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2021 is preparing for its final curtain call, but first it's time for its grand finale! The Holiday Season is in full-force, and Pokemon Go is in no way going to miss the festivities that this season will bring. So sit back, enjoy some time with family, and get ready for one of our last events of the year!

Pokemon Go Holidays 2021

Event Part Event Start Event End
Part 1 December 16, 2021 December 23, 2021
Part 2 December 23, 2021 December 31, 2021
Time Until Start
  • Players will be able to open a maximum of 40 gifts per day, and hold a maximum of 40 gifts at a time.
  • Team Rocket grunts will be more likely to have Ice and/or Water Type Pokemon
  • Mega Abomasnow will enjoy a CP boost for the duration of the event
  • The following Pokemon will appear in festive costumes:
  • A special set of Pokemon will be available in the wild and in raids, with the set changing for each part of the event.
  • Bergmite and its evolution, Avalugg, will be making their debut during Part 2 of this event
  • Timed Research lines will be available during Part 2
  • On and after Christmas Day (the 25th and 26th), players will be able to enjoy a 40km trade distance and special research to obtain Costumed Delibird. Starting on the 25th and until the 31st, players will also be able to take part in a special Collection Challenge for a chance to obtain Galarian Mr.Mime for the first time since its initial release!

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Trainers,

The Pokémon GO Holidays event returns for 2021! We hope Trainers worldwide enjoy the festivities we have planned.

Look forward to Bergmite’s Pokémon GO debut, costumed Pokémon, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a bonanza of bonuses.

Pokémon GO Winter Holiday

Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 31, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time

Available during the entire Event unless otherwise stated.

The Season of Heritage Story Continues!

After the first door mechanism activated and Pokémon like Druddigon emerged, Blanche and Professor Willow decide to take a break and celebrate with a gift exchange with the other team leaders!

Catch up on the story so far on the Season of Heritage web page.

New game features launching!

Being together is the best gift of all, and you’ll be able to save a little bit of this feeling of togetherness with Gifts from your friends.

This holiday season, we’re excited to launch the Postcard Book! Ever wanted to save memories from locations that you or your friends visited? You’ll soon be able to by pinning Postcards to your Postcard Book.

For more details about the Postcard Book feature, click here.

Image of the Holiday Cup IconHoliday Cup

The Holiday Cup will be available in the GO Battle League!

Check out the Season 10 GO Battle League blog for details on the cup’s rules.

Event Bonuses

Image of Gift Icon

Open up to 45 Gifts per day, and hold up to 40 Gifts in your Item Bag

Boost Icon

Mega Abomasnow CP boost

Team Rocket Icon

Team GO Rocket Grunts will have more Water- and Ice-type Pokémon

Costumed Pokémon

You’ll be able to encounter costumed Pokémon!

Image of Pikachu wearing a holiday hat - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu wearing a holiday hat

Image of Holiday Delibird - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Delibird

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Spheal - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Spheal

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

Image of Holiday Glaceon - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Glaceon

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

New Avatar Items, Stickers, and Bundles

The following new avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop starting on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Festive Hat
  • Festive Jacket
  • Festive Shorts

You’ll be able to get holiday-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Some festive bundles will also be available for purchase in the shop throughout the event.

  • Special Box (480 PokéCoins): 50 Poké Balls, two Premium Battle Passes, two Super Incubators, three Star Pieces
  • Ultra Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 25 Ultra Balls, 18 Raid Passes, five Super Incubators, five Incense
  • Adventure Box (1,480 PokéCoins): 18 Super Incubators, two Incubators, two Incense, four Star Pieces

Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 1

Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Available during the time indicated above unless otherwise stated.

Image of a Wild Encounter IconWild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild.

Image of Pikachu wearing a holiday hat - shiny icon on

Pikachu wearing a holiday hat

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon on

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Delibird - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Delibird

Image of Snorunt - Shiny Icon On

Snorunt

Image of Holiday Spheal - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Spheal

Image of Snover - Shiny Icon On

Snover

Image of Vanillite - Shiny Icon Off

Vanillite

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Alolan Sandshrew - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Sandshrew

Image of Cryogonal - Shiny Icon Off

Cryogonal

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Raid IconRaid

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

Icon of a One-Star RaidOne-Star Raids

Image of Pikachu wearing a holiday hat - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu wearing a holiday hat

Image of Alolan Sandshrew - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Sandshrew

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Holiday Spheal

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

Image of Three-Star EggThree-Star Raids

Image of Cloyster - Shiny Icon Off

Cloyster

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Delibird - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Delibird

Image of Holiday Glaceon - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Glaceon

Image of Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

Image of Kyurem - Shiny Icon On

Kyurem

Image of Mega RaidMega Raids

Image of Mega Steelix - Shiny Icon On

Mega Steelix

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Image of Field Research IconField Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks!

Image of Pikachu with a holiday hat - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu with a holiday hat

Image of Alolan Vulpix - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Vulpix

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Spheal - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Spheal

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Image of Cryogonal - Shiny Icon Off

Cryogonal

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Play together during December Community Day!

Our final Community Day event for 2021 will be held on both Saturday, December 18, 2021, and Sunday, December 19, 2021. During the event, Pokémon featured throughout 2021’s Community Day events will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Additionally, Pokémon featured in 2020’s Community Day events will be hatching from Eggs and appearing in raids. December Community Day will be an awesome opportunity to catch any featured Pokémon you may have missed!

For more details, check out the December Community Day blog.

Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 2

Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Available during the time indicated above unless otherwise stated.

Pokémon GO Debuts

Bergmite and Avalugg will make their Pokémon GO debuts!

Image of Bergmite - Shiny Icon Off

Bergmite

Image of Avalugg - Shiny Icon Off

Avalugg

A Gift from Your First PokéStop Spin Each Day!

During part 2 of the event, you’ll get an Egg Incubator for spinning your first PokéStop each day!

Image of a Research IconEven More Timed Research!

Two Timed Research lines focused on friendship and catching Pokémon will be available during part 2 of the event!

Complete them for fun surprises and rewards! Each of these research lines will lead to an encounter with Galarian Mr. Mime!

A Winter Wonderland Mini-Event

A special mini-event will take place from Saturday, December 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 26, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Available during the time indicated above unless otherwise stated.

Image of the Trading IconWinter Wonderland Bonus

You’ll be able to trade with Trainers up to 40 km away.

Image of a Research IconField Research Task Encounters

Additional Field Research tasks will be available for the duration of the mini-event that reward the following.

Image of Holiday Delibird - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Delibird

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Collection Challenge

A Collection Challenge focused on trading with your friends will be available from Saturday, December 25, 2021, to Friday, December 31, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

You will need to trade for the following Pokémon to complete this challenge.

  • Swinub
  • Snorunt
  • Spheal (Doesn’t need to be costumed)
  • Snover
  • Vanillite
  • Cubchoo (Doesn’t need to be costumed)

Complete the challenge to encounter Galarian Mr. Mime!

Image of a Wild Encounter IconWild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild.

Image of Pikachu with a holiday hat - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu with a holiday hat

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Holiday Delibird

Holiday Stantler

Holiday Spheal

Image of Snorunt - Shiny Icon On

Snorunt

Image of Snover - Shiny Icon On

Snover

Holiday Cubchoo*

Image of Vanillite - Shiny Icon Off

Vanillite

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Alolan Vulpix

Cryogonal

Image of Bergmite - Shiny Icon Off

Bergmite

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

* The Cubchoo appearing in the wild during the Spotlight Hour on December 28 will be costumed.

Image of of a Raid IconRaids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter a Shiny Galarian Darumaka, if you’re lucky!

Image of one-star raid eggOne-Star Raids

Image of Pikachu with a holiday hat - Shiny Icon On

Pikachu with a holiday hat

Image of Alolan Vulpix - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Vulpix

Image of Holiday Spheal - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Spheal

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

Galarian Darumaka

Image of three-star raid eggThree-Star Raids

Image of Lapras - Shiny Icon On

Lapras

Image of Holiday Delibird - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Delibird

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Glaceon - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Glaceon

Image of five-star raid eggFive-Star Raids

Image of Kyurem - Shiny Icon On

Kyurem

Image of mega raid eggMega Raids

Image of Mega Abomasnow - Shiny Icon On

Mega Abomasnow

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Image of the Egg IconEggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs obtained during the event.

Image of 7km Eggs7 Km Eggs

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

Image of Smoochum - Shiny Icon On

Smoochum

Galarian Darumaka

Image of Bergmite - Shiny Icon Off

Bergmite

Image of Cryogonal - Shiny Icon Off

Cryogonal

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

Image of Field Research Task EncountersField Research Task Encounters

Pikachu wearing a holiday hat

Image of Alolan Sandshrew - Shiny Icon On

Alolan Sandshrew

Image of Swinub - Shiny Icon On

Swinub

Image of Holiday Stantler - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Stantler

Image of Holiday Spheal - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Spheal

Image of Holiday Cubchoo - Shiny Icon On

Holiday Cubchoo

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Galarian Darumaka

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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