Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Part 1: Date and Time, Pokemon Debuts, Timed Research, and More.

It's the most wonderful time of year.
Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Part 1
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It’s the most wonderful time of year! What better way to celebrate the festive season than with Pokemon GO! Grab a warm beverage, your warmest winter jacket, and discover everything that the Winter Holiday Part 1 event in Pokemon GO has to offer.

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Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Part 1 All Event Details

It’s always exciting when there’s a new Pokemon debuting in Pokemon GO, and the Winter Holiday Part 1 event boasts exactly that! And yet, that’s not the only aspect of the event to get excited about.

Event Date and Time

The Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Part 1 event will begin on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 10:00 AM and end on Monday, December 25, 2023, at 10:00 AM local time. Giving you a week to participate in the event.

Debut Pokemon

The following four Pokemon will debut during the Winter Holiday Part 1 event in Pokemon GO.

Debut PokemonShiny
Cetoddle
Cetitan (evolves from Cetoddle with 50 Cetoddle Candy)
Pikachu wearing holiday attire
Raichu wearing holiday attire
Information via Pokemon GO Live

Wild Encounters

The following Pokemon can be encountered via Wild Encounters for the duration of the Pokemon GO Winter Holiday Part 1 event.

PokemonShiny
Pikachu wearing holiday attire
Alolan Sandshrew
Seel
Eevee wearing a holiday hat
Swinub
Stantler wearing a holiday outfit
Spheal wearing a holiday scarf
Galarian Darumaka
Cryogonal
Bergmite
Cetoddle
Sneasel
Piloswine
Amaura
Information via Pokemon GO Live

Raid Pokemon

The following Pokemon can be found in Raids for the duration of the Winter Holiday Part 1 event.

PokemonRaid TypeShiny
Pikachu wearing holiday attireOne Star Raid Pokemon GO One-Star Raid
Alolan SandshrewOne Star Raid Pokemon GO One-Star Raid
Spheal wearing a holiday scarfOne Star Raid Pokemon GO One-Star Raid
CrabrawlerOne Star Raid Pokemon GO One-Star Raid
CetoddleOne Star Raid Pokemon GO One-Star Raid
DewgongThree Star Raid Pokemon GO Three-Star Raid
LaprasThree Star Raid Pokemon GO Three-Star Raid
Stantler wearing a holiday outfitThree Star Raid Pokemon GO Three-Star Raid
Glaceon wearing an Undersea Holiday outfitThree Star Raid Pokemon GO Three-Star Raid
Information via Pokemon GO Live
Tip:

Pikachu wearing holiday attire will have a boosted chance of being shiny when encountered during a Raid as opposed to a wild encounter.

Field Research Task Pokemon Encounters

The following Pokemon can be received as rewards for completing event-specific Field Research Tasks.

PokemonShiny
Pikachu wearing holiday attire
Alolan Sandshrew
Shellder
Jynx
Lapras
Delibird wearing a holiday ribbon
Spheal wearing a holiday scarf
Snover
Glaceon wearing an Undersea holiday outfit
Vanillite
Cubchoo wearing a holiday ribbon
Crabrawler
Information via Pokemon GO Live

Trainers will also have the opportunity to collect Mega Energy for specific Mega Evolutions by completing Field Research Tasks.

  • Mega Abomasnow
  • Mega Glalie

Event Egg Pool

The following Pokemon can potentially be hatched from Eggs that are obtained during the event period.

PokemonEgg TypeShiny
Eevee wearing a holiday hat2KM
Smoochum2KM
Galarian Darumaka2KM
Amaura2KM
Information via Pokemon GO Live
Tip:

Eevee wearing a holiday hat has a greater chance of being shiny when hatched out of an Egg obtained during the event period, as opposed to during a wild encounter.

Paid Timed Research

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Trainers will be able to purchase Paid Timed Research at any time during the event period. Of course, the earlier that one purchases it, the more likely it will be that it can be completed in time. Two different Paid Time Research tickets are available for purchase, and you can see what each includes below.

Ticket One

Ticket One will be $2 USD or the equivalent pricing in your local currency.
This ticket includes two separate Timed Research to complete. The first for Winter Holiday Part 1, and the second for Winter Holiday Part 2.

Winter Holiday Part 1 Timed Research includes the following:

  • Event-themed costumed Pokemon encounters.
  • The debut of the new holiday costumed Pokemon – Psyduck wearing holiday attire.
  • Two Premium Battle Passes.

Winter Holiday Part 2 Timed Research includes the following:

  • Event-themed costumed Pokemon encounters.
  • Two Premium Battle Passes.
Tip:

If you do not purchase this ticket until Winter Holiday Part 2, you will still be able to retroactively complete Winter Holiday Part 1.

Ticket Two

Ticket Two will be $5 USD or the equivalent pricing in your local currency.
The best thing about Ticket Two is the new avatar pose, which really makes me want to prepare myself a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows just looking at it.

Winter Holiday Part 2 Timed Research includes the following:

  • New event avatar pose.
  • 2X Candy when catching Pokemon.
  • Event-themed costumed Pokemon encounters, including the Psyduck wearing holiday attire.

Both of the above will need to be completed by Sunday, December 31, 2023, at 8:00 PM local time. to make sure that you obtain all of the rewards.

Timed Research: Winter Wishes

The Timed Research: Winter Wishes will extend from Winter Holiday Part 1 into Winter Holiday Part 2. Winter Wishes has a branching pathway and trainers will have to choose between the following.

  • 2X XP when catching Pokemon.
  • 2X Stardust when catching Pokemon.

The bonuses and rewards you get for completing the Timed Research will differ depending on which path you choose. But they will be similar in the sense that both paths will reward trainers with things such as event-costumed Pokemon, and items.

Event Bonuses

The following Event Bonuses will be active for the duration of the Winter Holiday Part 1 event.

  • Trainers will receive double XP or double Stardust depending on which you chose from the Winter Wishes Timed Research.
  • Trainers will receive extra Stardust and XP when opening Gifts.

Event Stickers

You’ll be able to find event-specific Stickers from the following methods.

  • Opening Gifts.
  • Spinning PokeStops.
  • Purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Prime Gaming Avatar Item and Research

Pokemon GO has collaborated with Prime Gaming for quite some time now, and to celebrate they are offering a gift to everyone who participates.

Trainers have the opportunity to receive the Holiday Sweater with Scarf avatar item before it can be purchased in the in-game shop.

You will have until January 19, 2024, at 10:00 AM PST to claim it, and make sure that you do! In-game fashion is incredibly important.

To obtain your Holiday Sweater with Scarf avatar item, simply visit the Pokemon GO Prime Game page.

New Avatar Items

The following new festive items will be able to be purchased from the in-game store during the event period. However, don’t worry if you don’t have enough coins to purchase them right now, as they will continue to be available once the event period is over.

  • Delibird Onesie
  • Cetoddle Hat
  • Holiday Boots
  • Holiday Gloves
  • Holiday Sweater with Scarf

PokeStop Showcases

For the duration of the event, you will be able to enter your event-themed Pokemon at various PokeStop Showcases which are held at surrounding PokeStops.

There’s a lot to do during the Winter Holiday Part 1 event! So, make sure that you brave the cold, or the heat if you are on the opposite side of the world, and don’t miss out. There’s also the Wyrdeer Raid Day to look forward to, so prepare yourself to catch the coolest reindeer that there ever was. Sorry Rudolph.

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