Here’s What Happens When You Evolve Santa Pikachu In ‘Pokémon GO’

While we all sit around and wait for Niantic to announce some sort of real holiday/Christmas event for Pokémon GO, all we can really do is take advantage of the one truly “festive” thing they’ve added to the game so far, Santa Hat Pikachu.


In Niantic’s December update, they added seven new Gen 2 baby Pokémon, but also sprinkled a bunch of Santa Hat-wearing Pikachus around the map to mark the season.

It isn’t just that existing Pikachus have been transformed, there really are a ton more of them out there, so if you haven’t caught a Pikachu to date, now is your chance, and also to stock up on Pikachu candy for upgrades and evolutions.

Interestingly, Niantic has embedded one more holiday badge of honor in this concept. Normally, when you evolve Pikachu, it just turns into Raichu:


But this time around, Niantic has made sure that if you decide to evolve your Santa Hat Pikachu, you won’t be disappointed. As you can see, your new Raichu will actually get to keep his hat, and Niantic has promised that both Pikachu and Raichu will still have their hats long after this event is over.

Paw Patrol toys ideal for kids this Christmas on Mirror Reader Offers

Paw Patrol are the two words on everyone’s lips this Christmas, but if you’re still struggling to decide which of the themed toys to buy, here’s our round up of all the best from our favorite characters on TV


Christmas is almost here and it’s time to fill up those stockings for the little ones.

In 2016 the hot toy of the year is anything Paw Patrol themed, so there’s no doubt most children’s letters to Santa include a few gifts from the animal rescue team.

Our round-up of the best Paw Patrol themed toys on the market is sure to put a smile on kid’s faces come Christmas morning.

Including offerings for all price ranges and interests, if you’re shopping for a Paw Patrol fanatic, this is the only gift guide you’ll need.


If you’re after other presents for your friends and family, also feel free to check out our other gift ideas, including presents for him, her, kids, foodies and even personalised gift ideas.

This fire truck means they can act out all their favourite Paw Patrol scenes
Kids can play out pup inspired rescue missions with this toy truck fire engine from Paw Patrol.

They’ll want to collect all the characters from the team including Chase, Rubble and Skye so they can save the world one adventure at a time!

Christmas Pikachu and second-gen babies show up in Pokémon Go

If you needed an excuse to go for a walk, then get your coat on because Pokémon Go just received a big update. New Pokémon from the second generation can now be hatched from eggs and there’s a limited edition, Christmas-hat-wearing Pikachu to be found.


The much desired, hotly anticipated and regularly rumored new Pokémon for the mobile app Pokémon Go are finally here. Players around the world can now get their tapping fingers on the likes of Pichu, Togepi, Igglybuff, Elekid, and Cleffa, among others, as well as a special Christmas version of Pikachu.

To date, Pokémon Go has been limited to first-generation Pokémon — the pocket monsters found in the original Pokémon Red and Blue/Green. However, with many more generations of Pokémon to potentially add, fans began eagerly awaiting some of their favorites from later game releases and now they’re finally here.

This isn’t a full generational release, however, and most of the newly available Pokémon do only seem to be appearing from random egg hatches, but they are there. Announced Pokémon include Pichu, Togepi, Cleffa, Magby, Igglybuff, Tyrogue, Elekid, and Smoochum. These are all classed as “baby” Pokémon from the second-generation games: pre-evolutionary forms of other Pokémon.

A number of these have been confirmed in-game by fans over at the Pokémon Go subreddit, though some are still proving elusive.


One Pokémon that many are hoping to find is the special Christmas Pikachu. Only available until December 29, the little electric rat comes complete with a Christmas hat. There are even some claiming that the hat carries over to its evolved form, Raichu, making it a real limited edition Pokémon that long-time fans of the game will want to find before it’s gone for good.

As nice as these additions to the game are though, there are some who are a little disappointed. There have been rumors and speculation about the second-generation Pokémon release in Pokémon Go for the past few weeks, with many suggesting we could see the entire additional 100-plus Pokémon from the original Silver and Gold games.

That still hasn’t happened as of yet, but considering this initial release is starting to introduce Pokémon from that generation, the rest may well follow in short order.

Rob Letterman To Direct Pokemon Film ‘Detective Pikachu’ For Legendary

Legendary made the movie deal in July at the height of the Pokemon Go craze, in which followers accumulated pocket monsters through their phones by passing by locations. The movie covers a different aspect in the Pokémon universe. Letterman’s credits include Goosebumps and Monsters Vs. Aliens, which he directed, and Shark Tale, which he wrote and directed. He is represented by WME.


Universal Pictures, Legendary’s distribution partner, will release the live-action film outside Japan. The Pokémon Company’s longtime movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had done in its partnership with Legendary on its iconic monster reboot for Godzilla.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokémon video games have sold more than 279 million units worldwide across its various incarnations, 21.5 billion TCG cards have been shipped to 74 countries, and the animated series spanned 20 seasons.


Where Is Black Santa 2016? Mall Of America In Minnesota Is Latest Location To Add Saint Nicholas Diversity For Christmas

The annual holiday ritual of waiting in long lines so your children can appeal to Santa Claus for gifts is officially upon us. But as America’s population becomes increasingly diverse, a growing number of cities and establishments around the country have begun accommodating the demand from families of color who want their children to see a Santa Claus they can ethnically identify with.



The Mall of America in Minnesota in suburban Minneapolis has become one of those places, as it introduced its first black Santa Claus to meet families during the Christmas season this week, the Star Tribune reported Thursday.

“This is a long time coming,” said Landon Luther, who is part owner of a company that oversees the photos taken of Santa and families at the Mall of America.

But black Santa Claus sightings are for the most part scarce. The flagship Macy’s department store in New York City has long featured a black Santa, but it’s not openly advertised and families are only able to see and take pictures with black Santa there by special request, CNN reported.

The world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem has traditionally featured a black Santa, and there is one location on Long Island, but those appear to be the only official events offering people a chance to see and take pictures with a black Santa Claus in the metro New York City area.

Conversely, there are also at least three different locations in Indianapolis where visitors can see and take pictures with a black Santa.

Multiple locations in Atlanta were featuring a black Santa this year, as well. Other places that have offered or are offering locations for where to see black Santa Claus include Florida and various sites in California,

There is one freelance black Santa who travels throughout Georgia for “numerous functions” that people can book through his website. But by and large, most of the people who dress up as Santa Claus professionally are not people of color, as the traditional image of Saint Nicholas has always been one of a white man.


Aside from the limited number of black Santas compared to their white counterparts, their dates of availability seem to be limited, as well, instead of being featured at a particular place all season long, as is the case with the Mall of America. For instance, families have been invited to bring their children to the 2nd annual Black Santa Photo Experience in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. But registration is required, and the black Santa will only be there for two day this month.

“We are so bombarded by Caucasian images of things that are considered good, that I want [my children] to have the experience, too,” Crystal Mozell, an African-American living in Los Angeles, told International Business Times last year.

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You’re a Creepy One, Elf on the Shelf

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You may have heard of the Elf on the Shelf, or you may not have. A lot depends on whether or not you have kids, and how old they are (the Elf’s target consumers are families with very little kids) and where you live (the Elf hails from Marietta, Georgia, and an informal poll of my Facebook friends indicates that his biggest fan base is suburban—more on that later).


If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon, this is what you need to know: It’s a doll that parents place around the house during run-up to Christmas. Parents warn their kids that the Elf is watching them to be sure they’re being good. It’s massively popular, with annual sales of $10 million and an expanding product line that now includes several versions of the Elf doll, plus book and DVD. And I detest it. How do I hate the Elf on the Shelf? Let me count the ways.

It’s a marketing juggernaut dressed up as a “tradition.” Yes, all traditions are ultimately man-made and therefore artificial, but there’s something uniquely fake about the Elf. Sisters Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts grew up with an elf, Fisbee, who arrived at their house on Thanksgiving, took up a new position each day in their house, and departed at Christmas. Chanda and her mother, Carol Aebersold, wrote up their elf’s story and Christa took a leave of absence from her job with QVC to help them self-publish the book in 2005 (after several publishers had turned them down). By the end of 2010, they had sold 1.5 million copies. In November 2011, an Elf on the Shelf movie aired on CBS. All this for a book and doll that cobbles together elements from the pop-cultural junkheap in a not-very-original way. The doll is a bit of Disney’s Pinocchio mixed with Peter Pan, the book a plodding rhyming thing slightly less well-written than your average greeting card. And the whole certificate of-adoption thing? Straight out of the Cabbage Patch.

Other relatively newfangled holiday traditions have often started slowly and gained traction—watching Will Ferrel’s Elf, for instance (no relation, by the way), or Love, Actually (whose reviews were tepid, actually, before it gradually won us all over). They worm their way into our hearts, becoming holiday traditions, rather than bowling us over with strident demands. Instant popularity and cult-like fans (thousands of whom complained after a Good Morning America segment in which host Lara Spencer was apparently inappropriately friendly with the Elf—they aren’t supposed to be touched, lest their magical powers drain away—leading to this mortifying on-air apology) do not a classic make. If they did, Justin Bieber would be an American institution.

Furthermore, by insisting that the Elf’s job begins on Thanksgiving, the Elf on the Shelf contributes to holiday creep, intruding on the one holiday that hasn’t been sullied by product tie-ins or faux legends—unless you count the myths and stories about that fabled first Thanksgiving. The creep is commercial, too. Unlike holiday favorites that cost little or no money—reciting ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, decorating the tree together with hand-me-down and homemade ornaments, singing carols—the Elf is an endless opportunity to purchase things. There’s the Elf itself, packaged with the book; the plush Elf (for cuddling, as the “real” Elf can’t be touched); the Elf accessories (a skirt to make your Elf a girl is new this year); and the DVD. A woman in the Atlanta suburbs—epicenter of Elf mania – reports that she knows families in which the Elf not only starts work on Thanksgiving, he begins dispensing gifts then, too. “They bring presents—actual wrapped gifts—EVERY day until Christmas,” she told me. “Also, some elves we know of have done things like bake cookies or a cake for their children after they are asleep.” All of which leads me to my next objection:

The Elf drives mothers crazy. In places where nearly every family boasts an Elf, an arms race occurs, egged on by kids bringing home stories of what their classmates’ elves are up to. Part of the Elf Legend is that the Elf returns each night to the North Pole, to tell Santa what’s going on in the household where he lives. Each morning he returns, landing in a different spot. But it’s not enough in some neighborhoods just to move the Elf each night while the kids sleep; mothers buy and wrap gifts for the Elf to distribute, bake cookies, write little notes.