From dazzling light displays to festive markets, Japan has many ways for you to celebrate the Christmas season this year. Here are 9 of the best Christmas events happening around the country.
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market
|Nov 24 – Dec 25
|German Christmas market with food, decorations, 10m tall tree, light garden
Get into the Christmas spirit at this traditional German-style market held inside the iconic Red Brick Warehouse complex in Yokohama. Featuring nearly 50 stalls selling food, drinks and artisanal Christmas goods, it also has a massive 10 meter tall Christmas tree as the centerpiece.
Tokyo Christmas Market at Meiji Jingu Gaien
|Nov 23 – Dec 25
|Large market with 28 restaurants, 18 grocery stalls, 14m tall Christmas pyramid
This large Christmas market located at Meiji Jingu Gaien has a variety of European food, Christmas decorations and more for sale across 53 stalls. Highlights include a huge 14 meter tall Christmas pyramid structure, along with performances on site.
Sapporo “Munich Christmas Market”
|Nov 22 – Dec 25
|Outdoor German style huts selling food and gifts, concerts and Santa meet-and-greets
Held at Odori Park, this Christmas market emulates the famous ones held annually in Munich, Germany. In addition to German food and Christmas goods, there’s also live music performances on the concert stage and opportunities for photos with Santa Claus.
Roppongi Christmas Market
|Nov 25 – Dec 25
|10 Christmas stalls set against the Tokyo Tower night view
The iconic Roppongi Christmas illuminations transform this district into a magical area, with a Christmas market located in the plaza below featuring mulled wine, Bratwurst sausages and more to enjoy with the nighttime view.
Marunouchi Christmas Market & Events
|Nov 28 – Dec 25
|Glass house with winter food stalls, antique market, ice skating and more
Marunouchi’s annual Christmas event features over 1.2 million LED lights covering the business district. The glass house set up in the plaza acts as a cozy Christmas market selling seasonal eats and goods. Other attractions include an ice rink and antique market.
Tokyo Skytree Christmas Market
|Nov 9 – Dec 25
|460,000 light display on the tower, Christmas huts below with food and gifts
The tallest tower in Japan dresses up with a colorful 460,000 bulb light display for Christmas. Down below in the attached shopping center, there’s a Christmas market with European-style huts as well, making it a very festive scene.
Blue Cave Christmas Market in Yoyogi Park
|Dec 1 – 25
|770,000 blue LED light display lining pathway, ~20 food & gift stalls
Popular winter illuminations event “Blue Cave” returns to Shibuya’s Yoyogi Park, creating a magical lit-up path lined with 770,000 blue LED bulbs. New this year is the addition of Christmas market along the path too, with numerous stalls selling festive treats and gifts.
Huis Ten Bosch Christmas Market & Fireworks
|Dec 16, 23-25
|Traditional European style Christmas market, 13 million light display, fireworks performances
This Dutch-themed amusement park located in Kyushu puts on lavish Christmas decorations and events including one of Japan’s largest Christmas markets. With 13 million lights around the park, festive music and nightly fireworks on select dates, it makes for a magical setting.
Tokyo German Village Christmas Market
|Nov 22 – Jan 8
|Traditional European-style huts and market, Gulliver’s Travels themed fantasy light show
The Tokyo German Village theme park is putting on a magical winter illumination event inspired by the story of Gulliver’s Travels. Lanterns and lights recreate scenes from the book across the 50,000 sqm park. There’s also a Christmas market with charming European-style huts and goods for sale, along with a dazzling fantasy light show.
Additional Christmas Recommendations
Be sure to also check out other top Christmas illumination spots like Midtown Tokyo, Roppongi Hills and Laforet Harajuku for amazing light displays synchronized to music. Department stores like Takashimaya and Mitsukoshi also have beautiful Christmas trees and decorations.