Christmas Events and Winter Illuminations in Yokohama 2018
In Japan, the streets are beautifully illuminated around Christmastime, starting from November and lasting through the New Year, ushering in a sparkling season. In Yokohama, too, tall Christmas trees are erected in popular tourist spots, and the glittering lights are accompanied by Christmas songs, spreading a Christmas mood. Some of these winter illuminations can be seen until Valentine’s Day or the Lunar New Year; so come to Yokohama this winter with your date, your family, or your friends, and experience the scintillating scenery unique to this time of year.
Minato Mirai 21
This year under the theme of "Luminous Town, shed light on the future", we present one of the largest displays of lights in the Yokohama area, connecting a total length of 1.5 kilometers long, starting from the Yokohama Landmark Tower’s Dockyard Garden to the Yokohama Station-East exit. About 500,000 LED lights of blue, golden champagne and white illuminate vividly the rows of zelkova trees of the Grand Mall Park towards the Yokohama Station-East exit, enveloping the city of Yokohama and the Minato Mirai area with bright lights.
In Sakata Seed Garden Square, located on the first floor of the Landmark Plaza, a Christmas tree of about 8 meters stands giving the illusion of snow falling down on it. Also, this year commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Landmark Tower’s opening, the "Merry Snow Christmas", a staged “snowfall” event that was held until 2012 and was the favorite of many for 15 years, returns for a limited-time-only. We invite you to visit the fantastic world of white Christmas, with “snow” falling from the top of the 30-meter-high atrium.
At the 9th Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market, German-style Hutte (huts), just like the real thing, will be set up in the cobble-stoned plaza area. This is a market where families and couples can enjoy shopping while waiting for Christmas to arrive.
This year we recreate the worldview of the Christmas market in Aachen, the former capital of Germany! A 3-meter-tall doll made in the image of the famous local cookies "Aachener Printen" will welcome you. Here, a real-fir Christmas tree standing 12 meters tall and aligned Huttes (wooden cabins) fill the premises. In addition to miscellaneous German products and Christmas ornaments, you can also enjoy the delicious German cuisine and warm up with a glass of the classic Christmas "Glühwein" (mulled wine).
Dates: Nov.23 (Fri.) to Dec. 25(Tue.), 2018
Nov.24 - Dec.14: 11 am to 9 pm
Dec.15 - 25: 11 am to 10 pm
* In the event of storms or strong wind, the event may be suspended.
Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Admission: Free (food & drink at extra cost)
"Bright Blue" is the theme for this year’s Christmas. The "Brilliant Blue Tree" is featured as the main attraction, evoking the Minato Mirai area. Variations in light, sound and color blue, color image of the MARK IS minatomirai, represent the hope for "future growth".
For this year as the last of the Heisei period, the "Mirai Station Tree" stands as "the station that connects time and space", where the thoughts of people meet, and the old times intersect with the present and the future. Have a wonderful time with your loved one, friends, family, or that special person, wrapped in the harmony of the "special station clock ticking to the passage of time" and the bright lights of the tree.
Event dates: Nov. 7 (Wed.) to Dec. 25 (Wed.), 2018
*Outdoor light displays: until Feb. 28 (Thu.), 2019
Illumination times: Tree 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Show times: 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.
(for about seven minutes each time)
Illuminations: 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight
Location:Queen’s Square Yokohama, Queen Mall 2F
A new Christmas story: "SCRAP WOOD (Waste)". A tree that combines waste materials that were destined to be thrown away, gives a subtle color to Christmas season with a fantastic beauty and warmth. Every weekend there is a "Christmas market" in which shops that have as theme the words "SCRAP WOOD", "GREEN" and "NATURAL" meet. In addition, this year we’re holding the "Baked Market" for the first time, providing guests with sweets and breads that adhere to the natural and organic theme! In this way, we deliver a warm Christmas full of small samples of kindness.
In this event, which lasts for just one day, all the office buildings in the Minato Mirai 21 area come together to turn the entire district into a single illuminated display. This year’s event will be held right before Christmas, on December 21 (Fri.). Each year, this illumination of every building, which has become a Christmas season tradition, draws a large crowd of photography enthusiasts and visitors to the area. Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to enjoy the glittering night scenery.
Chinatown / Yamashita Park / Yamate / Motomachi
In the 8 Yokohama Yamate Western-style buildings, we present the Christmas traditions from 8 different countries. Here you will experience the Christmas world through different kinds of Christmas decorations and workshops characteristics of each country. You can enjoy until December 31 the illuminations that color the buildings since dusk, and also the Yamate Italia-yama Garden will be enveloped by the dreamy light of 2,000 candles during the "Garden of Candles" event that will take place only for one day, December 22 (Sat.).
Dec. 1 (Sat.) to Dec. 25 (Tues.), 2018
Illumination times: Sunset - 11:00 p.m.
* Visits to the interiors: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays)
Venues: Bluff No. 111, British House Yokohama, Bluff No. 234, Ehrismann Residence, Berrick Hall, Home of a Diplomat, Bluff No. 18, Bluff No. 68 (Yamate 68 Ban-Kan)
Christmas lights are on display again this year in Yamate’s America Yama Park. Besides the main Christmas tree, decorated in pink light, and a light tunnel and staircase, the rows of trees are also illuminated, enveloping the entire park in a gentle glow. You can enjoy the night scenery from the park, which includes views of the Marine Tower and Bay Bridge, at the same time as the lights.
The classic and modern illuminated decorations featuring the soft tones of light bulbs bathe this 600-meter street in light. As well as the Twinkle Christmas Live Event, held each weekend in December, a London bus and green Santa will make their appearance between December 21 to 25! You can continue to enjoy the Winter Illuminations between December 26 to the end of February.
◆Motomachi Christmas "Harley" Parade
Green Santa will appear riding on Harley Davidson.
Dates: Dec. 15(Sat.) 2:15pm to 4pm
◆Motomachi Christmas Street Performance
Collaboratin of Street the Musical and Motomachi Shopping Street!
Dates: Dec. 22(Sat.), 23(Sun.), 24(Mon.)
◆Charity Green Santa
The traditional Charity Santa will appear this year too as a Green Santa Claus who wears green clothes. Motomachi has a history of adopting the real thing from Europe so this Christmas, Santa will wear green clothes as an eye-catcher. He will be appearing on shopping streets to pose for photos with shoppers. All donations will be used for making forests and helping educate children about forest environments.
Dates: Dec. 15(Sat.), 16(Sun.), 22(Sat.), 23(Sun.), 24(Mon.), 25(Tue.)
◆London Bus Exhibit and Ride
Double decker London bus will appear in Motomachi!
Dates: Dec.21(Fri,), 22(Sat.), 23(Sun.), 24(Mon.), 25(Tue.), 2018
The Lantern event, that celebrates the “Spring Festival” better known as the Chinese New Year, has as its theme for this year the Chinese saying "NenNen-Yuyo: for a prosperous life" and is represented by a magnificent display of lights in red colors. 150 paper lanterns give form to the main attraction, a great dragon that rises in the Chinatown Main Street, and another small and cute dragon also dances on the night sky of Kanteibyo Street. What’s more, in each street red paper lanterns and other kind of lighting typical of the Spring Festival shine too, giving the urban landscape of Yokohama Chinatown a tone even brighter than the usual.
At Yokohama Marine Tower,a fantastic space, “HIKARI GARDEN,” has been created in Marine Tower Square, based on three different types of light, “sunlight,” “light from lighthouses,” and “light reflected on the surface of the sea.” Capture one of this winter’s memories by taking a photo together with these illuminations!
An illuminated display has come to Yokohama Station East Exit’s Hama Terrace! Experience for yourself a world in which it seems that myriad stars have been scattered everywhere. “Shooting stars,” which appear in the night sky at irregular intervals, make the mood even more dramatic. In addition, illuminated objects of the Moon have been installed around the venue, allowing you to take the fantastic and photogenic pictures you would expect of Christmas light displays.
The illuminations that are displayed for the 35th consecutive year, are based this time on the theme of "hearts shining with winter joy", lighting the symbols that reflect the feelings for the beloved ones and those that reflect the love for the city of Yokohama since old times. Illuminations that move every hour to the rhythm of sounds, brighten the Yokohama Station-West exit area during Christmas season and New Year holidays.
This year a genuine-fir Christmas tree stands in the mall’s square, which has a great scenic night view of the bay area.
This tree will perplex you with its approximately 8 meters high, shining with 15,000 golden champagne lights, and adorned with blue and silver ornaments that will give you the feeling of a Christmas spent by the sea. Even during the daytime, you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere through the photogenic urban landscape of "Santa Claus Town", with houses made in miniature extending under the tree.
Shin-Yokohama / northern area
From November 14 to December 24, you can enjoy spectacular illuminations and Christmas trees typical of a zoo. In addition, during the three days from December 22 to 24, we will have a Christmas concert at the Koroko Lodge and a workshop on body painting with the theme of Christmas. And as if that were not enough, the extra special Christmas guide, Santa Claus will feed the animals with a particular food! Can you guess what it is?
Kanazawa / Southern Area
In Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, there is a renewed night show called "LIGHTIA", which not only features a projection mapping but also deploys at an overwhelming scale the latest technology with new electric decorating lasers and LED lights, all these displayed along to a dolphin show of high level of difficulty.
There is also Sea Paradise’s original fireworks show schedules for the three day Christmas event. The show synchronizes fireworks and music by using a computer. Fireworks will dance, illuminate, and jump to the tempo and rhythm to encompass the night skies of the Sea Paradise with excitement.Be prepared to experience the magical atmosphere of illuminations that surrounds "Sea Paradise".
[Dates] Nov. 9 (Fri.) 2018 to Feb. 28 (Thu.), 2019
[Christmas Fireworks] Dec. 22(Sat.) to 24(Mon.), 2018, 8:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.
18.Kanazawa Zoological Gardens "Shining Kanazawa Christmas – enjoy projection mapping even in the daytime"
The projection mapping inside the tunnels of Kanazawa Zoological Gardens can be enjoyed whenever the zoo is open, even in the daytime. In addition, Christmas-themed decorations will be put up around the zoo during this period. Enjoy Christmas at Kanazawa Zoological Gardens.
At "Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise" there is a countdown all-night event on new year's eve with fireworks show and count down live performance! Variety of events to celebrate the coming year at Happy Island Countdown 2019. 3,000 bursts of fireworks will illuminate the sky synchronized with music! The aquarium and the attractions within the Island will be open all night.
[Countdown All Night Pass]
3:00 p.m. Entrance
11:30 p.m. Countdown Live
0:00 a.m. New Year Fireworks Symphonia
0:10 a.m. New Year Live
6:50 a.m. Sunrise
8:00 a.m. End of All-night Service
3,500 yen (without Dolphin show)