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"A Very Digi Christmas"
ホーリーナイト デジモン大集合!
(Holy Night Digimon Ōshūgō!)
"Holy Night, Large Assembly of Digimon!"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) December 24, 2000
(En:) March 24, 2001
Written by (Ja:) Genki Yoshimura
(En:) Charlotte Fullerton, Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
Directed by (Ja:) Noriyo Sasaki
Chief Anim.
Masahiro Naoi
Art Yukiko Iijima
Toei Animation
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Things take on a festive mood as Christmas approaches, and the DigiDestined are no exception. Though, their holiday cheer is soon put on hold as a new dilemma presents itself.


DA02 ep38 recap

Episode recap for A Very Digi Christmas


The DigiDestined continue in their work to clean up the Digital World. As another day comes to an end and the group celebrate a job well done, Ken seems nervous about something. As ever, Davis is quick to notice, and after he attracts the attention of the group, Ken is forced to reveal the festive envelopes in his hand. T.K. quickly works it out and saves Ken the trouble of making a stuttered announcement, that he would like to invite the group to a Christmas party. The reaction is generally positive, and the Digimon quickly make sure that they're not left out of the fun. However, Cody, whose relationship with Ken is still somewhat icy, remains distant from the group, and so Ken approaches Cody himself and hands him his invitation. Cody seems surprised, though he thanks Ken, and the two finally seem to make amends.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the holidays have already begun. Matt rehearses for a Christmas concert with his band, Arukenimon tries to come up with another fiendish plan, and T.K.'s mother meets with Davis' father at the shopping mall. After finishing their meeting, she heads off along the promenade, only to be halted by a shady figure in a purple trenchcoat. She identifies him as "Mr. Oikawa", a man who investigated the mysterious happenings at Highton View Terrace eight years ago. Oikawa warns her that a new monster problem is beginning, and that she should be careful who she lets her children hang around with. T.K.'s mother is clearly taken aback by these words, and inquires as to why he's saying all this. Oikawa leaves her with a hazy response before wandering off and disappearing altogether.

Back in the Digital World, Davis and the others meet up with the rest of the Chosen Digimon as they prepare to give the older DigiDestined a Christmas present they'll never forget. And they certainly aren't disappointed when their Digimon greet them in the real world. As Matt gets back to rehearsing for his concert, Sora makes her way to the practice room with a gift for him, and runs into Tai just outside. Tai asks her if she's going to the concert with anyone, and she nervously tells him that she'd like to be available for Matt. Tai is quick to understand the situation, and reassures Sora that he's okay with it, giving her a gentle shove towards the nearby doorway, where Gabumon is now waiting. Agumon comments afterward on how Tai has really grown up, before Davis' sister Jun charges past them and into Matt's practice room.

Later on, the younger DigiDestined arrive at Ken's home, and he shows them into his room. Yolei comments on a picture of his brother Sam, making a slight faux pas by mistaking Ken's brother for him. At the same time, Matt's concert is finally getting under way. At least, until a DarkTyrannomon crashes through the stage's backdrop, accompanied by a horde of Bakemon. Agumon and the other Digimon attempt to digivolve, but fail, forcing the group to retreat from the concert tent. Outside, the DigiDestined discover a whole host of other Digimon running amok, and a Control Spire, explaining why the Digimon are unable to digivolve.

While all this is happening, the other DigiDestined at Ken's home are playing a card game, and Yolei becomes infuriated after losing. This causes everyone to chuckle, and Ken laughs out loud, surprising everyone in the room. Ken becomes sheepish, causing the group to laugh even more. In the kitchen, Ken's mother is over the moon at how well Ken is doing with his new friends, though the phone goes off before she can get any more misty-eyed, and it turns out to be Tai, who's calling Kari and the others for help. They react swiftly, and soon meet with the older DigiDestined. Their first move is to destroy the newly erected control spire, allowing the rest of the Digimon to digivolve and fight. Rather than destroy the rampant Digimon, the DigiDestined decide to go about rounding up the Digimon and sending them back to the Digital World via Izzy's laptop. The last few Digimon turn out to be tougher opponents than the previous, and so the Digimon DNA digivolve, giving them the extra strength they need.

Once the chaos is over, the group come to the conclusion that Arukenimon must be behind this, and prepare themselves for more trouble ahead. Though in the meantime, the kids wish each other a Merry Christmas, and head home to enjoy the festive season, while it lasts. When Davis is awoken the next morning by a terrified Jun, both siblings see on the news that Control Spires have appeared all over the world! Worse still, Izzy discovers that Digi-Ports have opened all over the world as well, meaning that Arukenimon and Mummymon have unleashed Digimon all over the planet, and there's no way for the Japanese Digi-Destined to stop them!

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans Fresh In-Training Rookie Champion Ultimate Armor

Digimon Analyser

No Digimon are analysed in this episode.


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

ExVeemon 1 Veemon 6 DemiVeemon 10 Raidramon 22 Veemon 27 ExVeemon 31 Paildramon 37 Chibomon
ExVeemon b.jpg Veemon b.jpg DemiVeemon b.jpg Raidramon b.jpg Veemon b.jpg ExVeemon b.jpg Paildramon b.jpg Chibomon b.jpg
DigiEgg of Friendship b.png
(w/ Stingmon) + Leafmon

Stingmon 1 Wormmon 9 Minomon 10 Wormmon 16 Stingmon 31 Paildramon 37 Leafmon
Stingmon b.jpg Wormmon b.jpg Minomon b.jpg Wormmon b.jpg Stingmon b.jpg Paildramon b.jpg Leafmon b.jpg
(w/ ExVeemon) + Chibomon

Aquilamon 1 Hawkmon 6 Poromon 10 Halsemon 24 Hawkmon 28 Aquilamon 33 Silphymon 37 Pururumon
Aquilamon b.jpg Hawkmon b.jpg Poromon b.jpg Halsemon b.jpg Hawkmon b.jpg Aquilamon b.jpg Silphymon b.jpg Pururumon b.jpg
DigiEgg of Love b.png
(w/ Gatomon) + Salamon

Pegasusmon 1 Patamon 10 Pegasusmon 26 Patamon 30 Angemon 35 Shakkoumon 37 Tokomon
Pegasusmon b.jpg Patamon b.jpg Pegasusmon b.jpg Patamon b.jpg Angemon b.jpg Shakkoumon b.jpg Tokomon b.jpg
DigiEgg of Hope b.png
(w/ Ankylomon) + Tsubumon

Nefertimon 1 Gatomon 10 Nefertimon 25 Gatomon 33 Silphymon 37 Salamon
Nefertimon b.jpg Gatomon (Ringless) t.gif Nefertimon b.jpg Gatomon (Ringless) t.gif Silphymon b.jpg Salamon b.jpg
DigiEgg of Light b.png
(w/ Aquilamon) + Pururumon

Armadillomon 6 Upamon 10 Digmon 22 Armadillomon 29 Ankylomon 35 Shakkoumon 37 Tsubumon
Armadillomon b.jpg Upamon b.jpg Digmon b.jpg Armadillomon b.jpg Ankylomon b.jpg Shakkoumon b.jpg Tsubumon b.jpg
DigiEgg of Knowledge b.png
(w/ Angemon) + Tokomon

Agumon 17 Greymon 43 Agumon
Agumon b.jpg Greymon b.jpg Agumon b.jpg

Gabumon 18 Garurumon 43 Gabumon
Gabumon b.jpg Garurumon b.jpg Gabumon b.jpg

Biyomon 18 Birdramon 43 Biyomon
Biyomon b.jpg Birdramon b.jpg Biyomon b.jpg

Tentomon 18 Kabuterimon 43 Tentomon
Tentomon b.jpg Kabuterimon b.jpg Tentomon b.jpg

Gomamon 18 Ikkakumon 43 Gomamon
Gomamon b.jpg Ikkakumon b.jpg Gomamon b.jpg


Ken: "It looks like Cody still hates me. Well, here goes..."
Cody: "It looks like Ken still hates me. Well, here he comes..."

—Ken and Cody need to just make up already.

Davis: "Oh no! I forgot to kiss Kari under the mistletoe!"
Tai: "He never quits. Davis, take it from me, you'll never learn about women!"

—Davis never learns, as if Tai knows any better...

"How about strip pok-"

Davis knows that he who never asks never receives.

Sora: "What's wrong? Something's happening."
Tai: "I hope this is part of the show."
Izzy: "You never know with rock concerts."

—The concert experiences some technical difficulties.

Tai: "What are they doing here?!"
Joe: "Maybe they're just music lovers."

—Joe takes an optimistic view as Digimon crash Matt's concert.

Matt: "Hey! You ruined my concert!"
Tai: "Matt, glad to see you're focused."

—Yeah, Matt, so not the point.

Ken: "Come on, Davis! Can't we move any faster?"
Davis: "Don't be a backseat driver, Ken!"

—Ken wants to get to the disaster site ASAP but Davis doesn't do backseat driving.

Davis: "Well, that wasn't so hard."
Tai: "Easy as pie."
Kari: "Oh, boy. We should make it a rule that Tai and Davis aren't allowed to be together in the same room."

—Kari gets annoyed with the goggle boys' antics.

"See you around!...Not!"

Greymon finally figures out sarcasm!

Cody: "Don't forget your teddy bear!"
Yolei: "And to all a good night."
Davis: "Yeah! We did it. All the Digidestined together -- the ultimate teamwork."

—The Digidestined celebrate their victory.

"'Twas a Digimon Christmas, and everyone was busy
Especially the likes of Tentomon and Izzy
Joe played with Gomamon, Matt and Gabumon ate
Palmon saw Mimi, isn't that great?
Cody and Upamon shared a little sushi
While Pururumon sat on Yolei's tushy
Tokomon went caroling, Ken's thankful for friends
While in Davis' dreams, the fun never ends.
Goodnight, now. Merry Christmas."

Kari tells her own Christmas bedtime story to Agumon.

Other notes

Continuity errors

  • Kari refers to Tsubumon as Upamon.
  • When Matt stops playing during the concert, the bassline can still be heard in the instrumental.

Animation errors

Dubbing changes

  • In the original version, Matt sings one of his image songs, The Key to Granting Wishes.
  • In the Arabic dub, Matt sings the Arabic opening theme.
  • In the original ending to the episode, when images are shown of the DigiDestined relaxing with their Digimon, the song Tenshi no Inori is played. In the English dub, this is replaced by Kari telling a modified version of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" to Agumon.
  • In the Chinese dub, after Davis makes his comment about kissing Kari and Tai says that Davis will never learn, Sora says "Hey Davis, you know a girl can't be kissed twice under the mistletoe?", to which Davis responds with "What does that have to do with anything?", earning a laugh from the rest of the DigiDestined, especially Kari, Yolei and T.K.

Real-world references

Miscellaneous trivia

  • All the main DigiDestined and their partner Digimon announce the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • Yukio Oikawa, who would later turn out to be a key character in the series, first appears in this episode.
  • Romantic feelings among the older DigiDestined are shown for the first time in this episode. Sora has made cookies for Matt and gets embarrassed when Tai approaches. Tai asks Sora to be his date to Matt's concert, but she tells him that she wants to be available for Matt, further indicating her feelings for Matt. However, due to Tai being understanding and accepting Sora's decision willingly, she tells Tai that she'll make "special cookies" for Tai later.
  • This is the first episode since Now Apocalymon where the recap is narrated by one of the original DigiDestined.
  • When Yolei asks what they should play next at Ken's Christmas party, Davis says "strip poker", but is interrupted by Mrs. Ichijouji.