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Gai gets Luka interested in Christmas just as Bibaboo of the Imperial Guard is sent to Earth, using his powers to turn those he attacks into dolls. A young girl, Sayo Kinoshita is put in the position of being a Gokaiger in order to save her little brother.
On the Gigant Horse, Ackdos Gill decides to hold the invasion back until the problem with the pirates is solved, as Dyrandoh decides to bring Action Commander Bibaboo to Earth. After Damaras' demise, Doc's bounty is increased and Navi also gets a small bounty on his head as well, but the rest of the team is still wondering about the true intentions of Basco who was put back on the wanted list for helping them against the Zangyack. Then, Gai chimes in with a tiny Christmas tree to remind them that Christmas is coming and he takes Luka to help him with the preparations. Gai and Luka stumble on a Santa Claus, accompanied by a panda. Luka gets excited at the thought of getting a present and approaches Santa. However he refuses, saying that he only gives presents to good kids, which angers Luka. Later, as Gai tries to calm her down, they find sister and brother Sayo and Seiji Kinoshita who are decorating a Christmas tree in the park with for group of children. Luka and Gai help out until Dyrandoh and Bibaboo appear. Bibaboo uses his magic wand to turn their targets into dolls. During the fight, both Seiji and Gai are turned into dolls, just as the other Gokaigers appear to fight Bibaboo. While as the Kakurangers, they attempt to take Bibaboo's wand and use a spell to turn everyone back to normal, but Dyrandoh joining the fray foils their plans. Later, as Sayo is worried about her little brother and feeling guilty because they have been bickering a lot, Luka comforts her and promises that she will save him as she comes up with her own plan.
She goes after Bibaboo on her own, but her attempt appears to fail when Bibaboo turns her into a doll. However, this is revealed to only be a distraction to allow Sayo to use Luka's Mobilate and Ranger Key to transform into Gokai Yellow, retrieve the wand (which is later broken by Gai) and turn everyone back to normal. With the team gathered, and Luka given her Mobilate back, the Gokaigers transform into an all Yellow team, consisting of TigerRanger, KirinRanger, GaoYellow, HurricaneYellow, Bouken Yellow, and Gosei Yellow to fight Dyrandoh and Bibaboo's Dogormin before the main team transforms into the Battle Fever J team, and Gokai Silver manages to combine Gokai Red and Gokai Green's Ranger Keys to transform into Gokai Christmas, to take on Dyrandoh and Bibaboo, ultimately destroying Bibaboo and leading to Dyrandoh's retreat. Insarn makes Bibaboo and the two Dogormin grow to giant size, leading the Gokaigers to form GokaiOh and GoZyuRex to fight them. After using MagiDragon, GaoLion, and Fūraimaru against Bibaboo, the group forms Kanzen GokaiOh to defeat Bibaboo once and for all.
Later, the Gokai Galleon crew joins in the park's Christmas celebration with Luka using the powers of MagiMother to make it snow. Unbeknownst to them, the Santa Claus from earlier was actually the former Battle Kenya, Shiro Akebono, and he states that the Gokaigers have been 'good kids' so they deserve a present. When the Gokaigers return to the Gokai Galleon after the Christmas party, Navi tells them that the Treanger Box suddenly started glowing. Opening it, they find that the Battle Fever keys are shining, having been granted their Greater Power. The Gokaigers are confused as they are unsure of how and when they earned it, when Luka guesses it was a present from Santa. Marvelous then states that Santa is 'awesome', when Gai notices that it has started snowing in the city and the other Gokaigers rush to look through the window, ready to enjoy Christmas.
- Captain Marvelous (キャプテン・マーベラス Kyaputen Māberasu): Ryota Ozawa (小澤 亮太 Ozawa Ryōta)
- Joe Gibken (ジョー・ギブケン Jō Gibuken): Yuki Yamada (山田 裕貴 Yamada Yūki)
- Luka Millfy (ルカ・ミルフィ Ruka Mirufi): Mao Ichimichi (市道 真央 Ichimichi Mao)
- Don Dogoier (ドン･ドッゴイヤー Don Doggoiyā): Kazuki Shimizu (清水 一希 Shimizu Kazuki)
- Ahim de Famille (アイム・ド・ファミーユ Aimu do Famīyu): Yui Koike (小池 唯 Koike Yui)
- Gai Ikari (伊狩 鎧 Ikari Gai): Junya Ikeda (池田 純矢 Ikeda Jun'ya)
- Navi (ナビィ Nabyi, Voice): Yukari Tamura (田村 ゆかり Tamura Yukari)
- Fuuraimaru (風雷丸 Fūraimaru, Voice): Hironori Miyata (宮田 浩徳 Miyata Hironori)
- Engine Machalcon (炎神マッハルコン Enjin Mahharukon, Voice): Hiroaki Hirata (平田 広明 Hirata Hiroaki)
- Emperor Akudos Gill (皇帝アクドス・ギル Kōtei Akudosu Giru, Voice): Shinji Ogawa (小川 真司 Ogawa Shinji)
- Development Technical Officer Insarn (開発技官インサーン Kaihatsu Gikan Insān, Voice): Kikuko Inoue (井上 喜久子 Inoue Kikuko)
- Dyrandoh (ダイランドー Dairandō, Voice): Masashi Ebara (江原 正士 Ebara Masashi)
- Bibaboo (ビバブー Bibabū, Voice): Mitsuo Iwata (岩田 光央 Iwata Mitsuo)
- Shirou Akebono (曙四郎 Akebono Shirō): Kenji Ohba (大葉 健二 Ōba Kenji)
- Sayo Kinoshita (木下小夜 Kinoshita Sayo): Yuno Fuse (布施柚乃 Fuse Yuno)
- Seiji Kinoshita (木下聖二 Kinoshita Seiji): Daishō Honda (本田大翔 Honda Daishō)
- Girl: Anna Fujii (藤井杏奈 Fujii Anna)
- Gokai Changes in A Lovely Christmas Eve:
- Gokai Red - NinjaRed, GaoYellow, Battle Japan
- Gokai Blue - NinjaBlue, TigerRanger, Battle France
- Gokai Yellow - NinjaYellow, Bouken Yellow, Battle Cossack, MagiMother
- Gokai Green - NinjaBlack, HurricaneYellow, Battle Kenya
- Gokai Pink - NinjaWhite, Gosei Yellow, Miss America
- Gokai Silver - KirinRanger, Gokai Christmas
- Sayo Kinoshita - Gokai Yellow
- With this episode, all 10 Extra Hero Keys have been used in a Gokai Change at least once.
- This also means that all 192 of the Ranger Keys that originated from the Great Legend War have now been used in a Gokai Change at least once.
- This is the first time Gai transforms into a Ranger that is part of a core team rather than a Sixth Ranger or an Extra Hero.
- In the all-Yellow Gokai Change, the Yellow Rangers the Gokaigers change into are the same gender as themselves (Luka and Ahim change into Yellow Rangers that were originally female and Marvelous, Joe, Don, and Gai change into Yellow Rangers that were originally male).
- Also, like the all-Green Change in the previous episode, the all-Yellow Change is used to take out the Dogormin.
- The Ranger Marvelous becomes in this change is GaoYellow, who was the leader of the Gaorangers before GaoRed joined.
- Marvelous also has a similarity with the Yellow Ranger he becomes in this Gokai Change is that both were the first of their teams to be recruited before the others of their team were added on.
- This episode marks the second time that a Gokaiger directly changes into a past hero (with Luka changing into MagiMother).
- The team Gokai Changes done by the Core Gokaiger are of teams where the actor of one of the Rangers would play another hero in a later season who would also be the representative of their team to grant the Gokaiger their teams Greater Power.
- Battle Fever J - Shirou Akebono's actor Kenji Ohba would play Daigoro Oume/Denzi Blue the Blue Ranger of Battle Fever J's successor season Denshi Sentai Denziman and both Shirou and Daigoro would be the ones to grant the Gokaigers the Greater Powers of Battle Fever and Denziman.
- Kakuranger - Sasuke's actor Teruaki Ogawa would eventually play Hyuuga/Black Knight from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman and Hyuuga would be the one to grant the Gokaiger the Greater Power of Gingaman.
Elements/Homages to Battle Fever J
- Akebono disguising himself as Santa Claus is similar to various disguises for undercover work that Battle Kenya performed, being the disguise expert of the group.
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Fourze episode 16, Right and Wrong Conflict.
- Viewership: 4.5%
- Total Greater Powers Collected:
- Gokaigers: 29
- Basco: 5
- Shirou Akebono will later appear with Panko-chan the panda in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie, along with Kenji Ohba's other two major roles, Daigoro Oume (DenziBlue) and Retsu Ichijouji (Space Sheriff Gavan).
- The leading guest actress in this episode goes unnamed for the entire episode. Magazine articles, and the episode's opening credits, refer to her character as Sayo Kinoshita.
- This is the only tribute episode to center around a Sentai team with no Yellow Ranger. Ironically, this episode centers around Luka.
- When the Gokaigers transform into Battle Fever J, that team's theme does not play. That is probably because the Battle Fever J theme was already used in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger The Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship.
- This is the last one-episode story of the series. The remaining episodes are all tied to multi-part stories.
- This episode aired at exactly the same episode number where the first ever Christmas episode had occurred during Dairanger.
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Volume 11 features episodes 42-46: Ep. 42: The Strongest Man in the Universe, Ep. 43: To the Legendary Hero, Ep. 44: A Lovely Christmas Eve, Ep. 45: The Confused Ninja, and Ep. 46: Hero Eligibility. It was released on May 21, 2012.