Ash, Dawn, and Brock getting ready for Christmas

Christmas (Japanese: クリスマス Christmas) is a winter holiday celebrated throughout the Pokémon world. Much like the secular aspects of the Western holiday in the real world, people wait for Santa Claus to come down their chimneys and deliver gifts and goodwill to them.

In the games

Happy Calendar card
Happy Calendar card back

In Generation II, many Pokémon were given away at the New York Pokémon Center as part of the Gotta Catch 'Em All campaign. Each week, a different set of Pokémon were distributed. From December 21 to 27, 2001, the week was Christmas week, and a Delibird with Pay Day (as an Egg) and a Celebi were distributed.

In Generation III, many Pokémon were given away at the New York Pokémon Center. On Christmas Day 2003, a Kingdra, Zangoose, Seviper, and Milotic were distributed as part of this campaign.

In 2011, to celebrate Christmas, fans could greet staff members in a certain area of Japanese Pokémon Center stores, and if they did they would receive a small calendar card called the "Happy Calendar" with a unique password included on the back. This password could be input into the Pokémon Global Link to receive a Blissey. This Blissey could then be sent to a Generation V game using Game Sync. The password could be redeemed from November 19 to December 25, 2011.

In 2012, the Pokémon Center Tohoku Victini was distributed to all Generation V games at Pokémon Center stores to Celebrate Christmas. This Victini was available from November 25, 2012 to January 3, 2013.

In 2013, a Scyther holding a Metal Coat and a Haunter without a held item were distributed via trade to players with Pokémon X or Y at Pokémon Center stores and select Toys "R" Us stores across Japan. These Pokémon both had the original Trainer "Christmas" (in Japanese). Since they were both distributed via trade, they would undergo evolution as soon as the player received them. Furthermore, a serial code to obtain a Lucky Egg was also given out at Pokémon Center stores to any players who brought a copy of Pokémon Black or White, Pokémon Black 2 or White 2, or Pokémon X or Y; the serial code could only be redeemed in Pokémon X and Y.

In the anime

In the dub of Island of the Giant Pokémon, James's Koffing was revealed to be a Christmas gift. In the Japanese version, it was a year-end gift.

In Suffering the Flings and Arrows!, a box of Christmas decorations appeared at the Celadon Gym. Ash used some Christmas lights from the box to decorate Pikachu during a flower arranging class.

The following are episodes featuring Christmas:

In the manga

These are manga chapters featuring Christmas:

Magical Pokémon Journey

Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire

Pocket Monsters DP

Pocket Monsters BW

Pokémon Newspaper Strip

In Strip 15, Ash mentioned that he didn't want to spend Christmas trapped under his Snorlax.

In Strip 16, Ash and Pikachu were sleeping in his room at Christmas Eve when they heard Santa Claus making noise and commanding his reindeer: "Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now—" Ash did not recognize the voice, and commanded Pikachu to "shut up" the person making the noise. Pikachu zapped Santa and caused the noise to stop.

In the books

These are books featuring Christmas:

In the TCG

The Flaaffy from the Expedition Base Set features Flaaffy sitting underneath a Christmas tree next to a collection of presents.

In other media

Pokémon Christmas Bash is a CD album with a collection of Christmas-themed Pokémon songs.

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