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Can we all agree that shopping for Christmas can be quite tiring and fun at the same time? The amount of money we have to splurge during this festive season is quite agonizing, but it is all worth it as long as we get to make our Christmas more memorable.

In Tokyo alone, you can go to many Christmas markets to stock up your Christmas decorations, seasonal food and drinks and gifts for your loved ones. Most of the Christmas markets end on 25th December which means you can still do last minute shopping. Let’s visit some of the famous Christmas markets in Tokyo to find what you can do and buy here.


Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Even if it’s not Christmas month, the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse has already seemed European enough to most visitors and locals. With their brick-walled structures, this place is the right spot to organize a Christmas market which has been going for nearly nine consecutive years now. This year, the Christmas market is held from 23rd November to 25th December 2018 until late at night. The stalls are built similar to German’s style huts to the market more appealing to people.

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The market sells all sorts of German-themed food and beverages where you can try as it is imported from Germany. Some of the dishes you should try are the Goulash in Bread Bowl, Linseneintopf (lentil soup), and Gluhweins (mulled wine). Other than that, purchase Christmas ornaments, snow globes, and wreathes here with good price.

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The Yokohama Christmas Markets lit up very festively at night with the appearance of their 10 meters Christmas tree which can be noticed from afar. Besides shopping, you can go ice-skating at Art Rink. The ice skating rink is open to the public from 1st December 2018 until 17th February 2019. Overall, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse will give you the chance to celebrate Christmas at both Germany and Japan.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Address: 1 Chome-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0001, Japan

Event Period: 23rd November to 25th December 2018

Operating Hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Admission Fees: Free

Closest Train Station: Nihon Odori Stations

Website: https://www.yokohama-akarenga.jp/en/

 

Art Rink

Event Period: 1st December 2018 to 17th February 2019.

Admission Fees: ¥500


Roppongi Hills Christmas Market

If travelling to Yokohama Christmas Market seems to trouble you, just head to Roppongi Hills Christmas Market located in O-yane Plaza. One of the oldest Christmas markets in Tokyo, Roppongi also applies German influence as their Christmas theme. Roppongi Hills is known for their well-lit up trees along Keyaki-zaka Street which displays a very beautiful view of Tokyo at night.

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You can shop for several items for Christmas decorations, German traditional foods and snacks and more which is a little bit overpriced. Apart from that, the market also sells Christmas trees and poinsettia flowers. Every year, they will hold a Christmas carol concert three days before Christmas Day.

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In addition, here you can send a letter to your future self or to your loved ones by writing wish-a-wish Christmas message. Then, they will send the letter to you next year.

Roppongi Hills Christmas Market

Address: O-yane Plaza Roppongi Hills, 6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Event Period: 23rd November – 25th December 2018

Opening Hours: 11:00AM-9:00PM

Admission Fees: Free

Closest Train Station: Roppongi Station

Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/en/sp/christmas/2018/event/market.php


Hibiya Park Christmas Market

Instead of flaunting tall Christmas trees in most Christmas markets, Hibiya Park imported a 14 meters tall Christmas pyramid all the way from Dresden, Germany. The magnificent structure boasts six tiers of spinning wooden figurines that create a pleasing view in Hibiya Park. The Christmas market will open its business for only ten days starting 14th until 25th December 2018.

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There will be special daily performances by both German and Japanese gospel groups, followed by other solo acts. Besides that, some of the foods you should try are an Austrian dish called the apple cinnamon flammkuchen (tart flambée), fried Baumkuchen (log cake) and other unique meals. If you would like to make your own crafts, you can partake in snow globes making class and handicrafts workshop which is available for both kids and adults. Shop for traditional wooden figurines, nesting dolls, and tapestries to decorate your house.

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Hibiya Park Christmas Market

Address: 1-2 Hibiyakōen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0012, Japan

Event Period: 14th to 25th December 2018

Operating Hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Closest Train Station: Hibiya Station

Website: https://tokyochristmas.net/


Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Marche

If you want to see one of the biggest chandeliers in Japan, you can do so by visiting Yebisu Garden Place. The chandelier is called Baccarat Eternal Lights and it sits in a huge glass box to display its beauty to the public. Baccarat is made using high quality of crystal and glass with over 250 lights fixture installed.

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As you make your way towards the Christmas market, keep your eyes out for a Yebisu Garden Place’s Christmas tree illuminated with 100,000 colour-changing lights. The Christmas market is inspired by European style streets and you can find delicious German pastries and wines. You can head to The Editorial stall to purchase Christmas related items which are perfect for gifts changing session.

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Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Marche

Address: 4-20-20 Ebisu, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Event Period: 3rd November – 25th December 2018

Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Admission Fees: Free

Closest Train Station: Ebisu Station

Website: https://gardenplace.jp/special/2018christmas/events/


Tokyo Skytree Solamachi Christmas Market

Tokyo’s top spot attraction has their very own Christmas market set at the foot of the Tokyo Skytree. The market is also influenced by the German theme and this year, be sure to try their waffles shaped like the Tokyo Skytree sells at for only 500 yen. Other than waffles, their significant dish is German Stollen, a fruit bread stuffed with dried fruits and candies.

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Other than the market, you should head to Tokyo Skytree Town Dream Christmas where they will put on 520,000 colourful lights wrapped around the Christmas tree. Search for the huge Christmas wreath near Solamachi Square and winter illumination at Light Garden to experience the festive season in Tokyo.

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While shopping for Christmas decorations and gifts, your eyes will be captivated by the wonderful view of Tokyo Skytree illuminate at night. Have a Merry Christmas!

Tokyo Skytree Solamachi Christmas Market

Address: Tokyo Skytree Solamachi, Sky Arena 4F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Event Period: 8th November – 25th December 2018

Operating Hours: 11:00AM–10:00PM

Admission Fee: Free

Closest Train Station: Tokyo Skytree Station

Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp

 

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
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