The Pokémon GO Holidays event returns for 2021, bringing Bergmite’s Pokémon GO debut, costumed Pokémon, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a bonanza of bonuses.

Pokémon GO Holidays 2021 last from December 16, 2021 to December 31, 2021, and the event is split into two parts. Bonuses are available during the entire Event unless stated otherwise.

Bergmite and Avalugg will make their Pokémon GO debuts during Part 2, alongside shiny Galarian Darumaka. There’s a ton of information in this article so take your time to go over it carefully.

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Pokémon GO Holidays 2021 Event Overview

Date and Time 📅

Pokémon GO Holidays 2021 runs during the following dates:

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

Part 1 runs from Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Part 2 runs from Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Event Bonuses 

  • Open up to 45 Gifts per day, and hold up to 40 Gifts in your Item Bag
  • Mega Abomasnow CP boost
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts will have more Water– and Ice-type Pokémon
  • You’ll be able to encounter costumed Pokémon: Holiday Delibird, Holiday Stantler, Holiday Spheal, Holiday Cubchoo and Holiday Glaceon
  • Festive Hat, Festive Jacket and Festive Shorts will be available in the in-game Shop
  • You’ll be able to get holiday-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Holiday Cup 🏆

The Holiday Cup will be available in the GO Battle League. Check out GO Battle League Season 10 for more Trainer Battles content.

Here are the rules for Holiday Cup:

  • Pokémon must be at or below 1,500 CP to enter.
  • Only Normal, Grass, Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ghost-type Pokémon are permitted.

Festive Bundles 🎁

The following bundles will be available during 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

New in-game feature: Postcard Book 📫

Postcard Book is a new Pokémon GO feature that allows players to save memories from locations they or their friends visited. Postcard Book is a non-competitive, collector-oriented feature that you’ll love it.

Whenever a Trainer sends a gift, a postcard from that location is also attached based on the Pokéstop location that gift was from.  Or you can pin postcards from your own Gifts, by finding them in the Item Bag.

The Postcard Book feature will be released at the start of the Pokémon GO Holidays event.

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Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 1

Date and Time  📅

  • Starts: Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ends: Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Available during the time indicated above unless otherwise stated.

Wild Encounters ⭐

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

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

Raids 🏰

One-Star Raids

Three-Star Raids

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids

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

Field Research Task Encounters 🔍

Task Text Reward
Take 3 snapshots of wild Ice-type Pokémon 25 Mega Abomasnow energy
Sent 3 Gifts to friends
  • 3 Pinap Berries,
  • 3 Razz Berries,
  • 3 Pokeballs
Open 5 gifts
Spin 3 PokeStops or Gyms
Catch 5 Ice-type Pokémon
Catch 7 different species of Pokemon
Win a level 3 or higher raid

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

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


Pokémon GO Holidays: Part 2

Date and Time 📅

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

Pokémon GO Debuts

Bergmite and Avalugg will make their Pokémon GO debuts!

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!

Regular Egg Incubator

Even 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!

Catch Challenge Timed Research

  • Catch 10 Pokémon – 10x PokéBall
  • Catch 25 Pokémon – 25x PokéBall
  • Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon – 10x Great Ball
  • Catch 40 Ice-type Pokémon – 25x Great Ball
  • Catch 9 different species of Ice-type Pokémon – 25x Ultra Ball
  • Reward – Galar Mr. Mime encounter

Friendship Challenge Timed Research

  • Send 5 gifts to friends – Holiday Pikachu Encounter
  • Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend – Vanillite Encounter
  • Send 25 gifts to friends – Holiday Delibird Encounter
  • Send gifts 3 days in a row – ??? encounter
  • Make a new friend- 3x Silver Pinap
  • Reward – Galar Mr. Mime encounter

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.

Winter Wonderland Bonus

You’ll be able to trade with Trainers up to 40 km away. The Winter Wonderland bonus of extending trade distance to 40km will now be active from 12/24 at 10:00 a.m. PST (GMT-8) to 12/27 10:00 a.m. PST (GMT-8).

Field Research Task Encounters

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

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.

Spheal and Cubchoo don’t need to be costumed. Complete the challenge to encounter Galarian Mr. Mime.

Wild Encounters ⭐

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

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

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

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

Raids 🏰

One-Star Raids

Three-Star Raids

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids

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

Eggs 🥚

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

7 Km Eggs

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

Field Research Task Encounters 🔍

Task Text Reward
Catch 7 different species of Pokemon Alolan Vulpix (s)
Spin 3 PokeStops or Gyms Swinub
Open 5 Gifts Holiday Stantler (s),
Holiday Cubchoo (s),
Holiday Pikachu (s)
Catch 5 Ice-type Pokemon Holiday Spheal (s)
Hatch an egg Galarian Darumaka (s)
Hatch 5 eggs Glacial Lure module
Take 3 snapshots of wild Ice-type Pokemon 25 Abomasnow mega energy
Sent 3 Gifts to friends 3 Razz Berry,
3 Pinap Berry,
3 Pokeballs

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

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

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