'Pokemon GO' Holidays Event: End Time, Featured Pokemon and Avatar Items

Pokemon GO's holiday celebration is now in full swing, bringing winter-themed cosmetics for your avatar, time-limited challenges and new pocket monsters dressed in adorable festive costumes.

Niantic's augmented reality game is going through an incredibly busy patch right now in terms of events. This past month alone has seen the Dragonspiral extravaganza, a promotional tie-in for Brilliant Diamond and Shinning Pearl, and the usual community days (with a special one lined up for the end of the year).

If you are a dedicated trainer, then the last few weeks have likely been very fruitful for you. After all, these kinds of events give you the opportunity to capture rare (often shiny) Pokemon, get extra candy, and hatch eggs at an accelerated rate.

The holiday celebrations will continue in this vein, with plenty of unique rewards up for grabs. Here is everything you need to know.

'Pokemon GO' Holidays 2021 Key Dates

The Pokemon GO holiday season has already begun, but there are a couple of things you should know about how it's structured. The event has been split into two, with different content being available in each half.

Part 1 of the celebration is underway right now and will conclude at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, December 23. Part 2 will immediately commence at this point (meaning there is no gap in the holiday period) and run up until 8 p.m. on December 31.

To clarify, these are all the key dates for the holidays event.

EventStart TimeEnd Time
Holidays 2021: Part 110 a.m. on Thursday, December 1610 a.m. on Thursday, December 23
Holidays 2021: Part 210 a.m. on Thursday, December 238 p.m. on Friday, December 31

New Postcard Feature

Pokemon GO Postcard Book
Image shows the new "Pokemon GO" postcard book feature. With this, you will be able to keep mementos of everywhere you have been given a gift. Niantic

A new "postcard book" has been added for the holidays event.

Whenever you are sent a gift by another trainer, you will now receive a postcard memento to commemorate the occasion, which you can store in your own private records. Think of it a bit like a scrapbook that documents everywhere you have visited in your Pokemon GO adventure and the people that you have met along the way.

To access the postcard book and experiment with how it works, just rummage through your item bag or take a look at your individual trainer profile.

New Avatar Items and Shop Bundles

Pokemon GO Festive Outfits
Image shows the festive outfits that are available to unlock as part of the "Pokemon GO" holidays event. Niantic

In addition to the new postcard book, there are extra cosmetics that you can pick up for your avatar.

You can get a festive hat, a festive jacket and a festive pair of shorts from the item shop. This green ensemble makes you resemble a Christmas elf.

Meanwhile, there are also holiday-themed stickers (that are collected by spinning PokéStops and opening gifts) and some other festive bundles that will be added to the in-game storefront throughout the event. The latter will include things like PokeCoins, Poke Balls, battle passes, incubators, incense and start pieces.

Featured Pokemon

Of course, the main reason to get excited about any event in Pokemon GO is that special characters will be more readily available.

In this instance, the ice-type Pokemon Bergmite will make its grand debut in the second part of the holiday season, alongside its evolution form, Avalugg. In general, winter-themed monsters will be a lot more prolific in the game for the rest of December, as will festive variants of old favorites.

Here is a comprehensive breakdown of every Pokemon that is somehow featured in the event and how to get them.

Pokemon GO Holidays Event Part 1 (December 16 - 23)

PokemonUnlock Criteria
Holiday Hat PikachuWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
SwinubWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
Holiday StantlerWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
Holiday DelibirdWild Encounter, One-Star Raids
SnoruntWild Encounter
Holiday SphealWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
SnoverWild Encounter
VanilliteWild Encounter
Holiday CubchooWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
Alolan SandshrewWild Encounter, One-Star Raids
CryogonalWild Encounter
CloysterOne-Star Raids
Holiday GlaceonOne-Star Raids
KyuremFive-Star Raids
Mega SteelixMega Raids
Alolan VulpixField Research Encounters
CryogonalField Research Encounters

Pokemon GO Holidays Event Part 2 (December 23 - 31)

PokemonUnlock Criteria
Holiday Hat PikachuWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
SwinubWild Encounter, Hatching 7K Eggs, Field Research Encounters
Holiday DelibirdWild Encounter, Three-Star Raids
Holiday StantlerWild Encounter, Three-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
Holiday SphealWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
SnoruntWild Encounter
SnoverWild Encounter
Holiday CubchooWild Encounter, One-Star Raids, Hatching 7K Eggs, Field Research Encounters
VanilliteWild Encounter
Alolan VulpixWild Encounter, One-Star Raids
CryogonalWild Encounter, Hatching 7K Eggs
BergmiteWild Encounter, Hatching 7K Eggs
Galarian DarumakaOne-Star Raids, Field Research Encounters
LaprasThree-Star Raids
Holiday GlaceonThree-Star Raids
KyuremFive-Star Raids
Mega AbomasnowMega Raids
SmoochumHatching 7K Eggs
Galarian DarumakaHatching 7K Eggs
Alolan SandshrewField Research Encounters
Pokemon GO Holidays Keyart
Image shows the promotional keyart for the "Pokemon GO" holidays 2021 event. Among other things, you will be able to unlock new cosmetics for your avatar and capture festive variants of certain Pokemon. Niantic