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Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 19-20, 2015

Christmas markets, Santa visits, arts, animals and ballet are Best Living Japan’s recommended weekend Tokyo area family events and activities for  December 12-13, 2015.   The weather is forecasted to be cool but clear this weekend so it is a great time to head outside. Have a great weekend, and Happy Holidays! Lauren and Sandra

Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 19-20, 2015

Tokyo Christmas Market, Roppongi Hills1. Get in the Christmas Mood by Visiting a Christmas Market (Various Locations) – It is always fun to attend a Christmas Market for an hour or so to get in the holiday mood. Here are four markets that offer holiday decorations and foods and drink.

  •  Roppongi Hills Christmas Market (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo) –  Now until December 25, 11:00 am-21:00 daily. This market is small but has a lively food and drink area that seems to be very popular in the afternoon and evening. Great add on if you are heading to Roppongi Hills to catch a movie or shop the next week. Baby and I had a fun time looking at the big Santa and reindeer display.  We also purchased a cute little glass Santa from one of the booths!
  •  World Christmas Festival (Yoyogi Park, Tokyo) –  Saturday, Dec 19 & Sunday, Dec 20, 2015; 10:00 am-19:00).  Food booths, a flea market, and Christmas Market. There will also be various music performances since the event is sponsored by BMI Entertainment. Enjoy a walk through the World Christmas Festival as you complete your last minute shopping in Omotesando, Harajuku or Shibuya.
  • Marunouchi Christmas Market (Marunouchi, Tokyo) – Now until December 27th; 11:30 – 20:30 daily. Marunouchi has really changed the last few years. It is not longer just a business centre but a beautiful place to shop, eat and during the holiday season see the beautiful illuminations and Christmas Market. Spend an evening dissevering all that Marunouchi offers.
  • Christmas Market (Hibiya Park, Hibiya, Tokyo) –  Now until December 25th; 12:00 – 22:00 daily. A new market this year where you can enjoy European food and drink and also shop at the booths selling decor. There are also workshops to learn how to make Christmas ornaments. This Christmas Market is sponsored by German Tourism Association and the German Embassy.
  • Soramachi (Sky Town) Christmas Market (Sky Tree, Tokyo) – Now until December 25th; 10:00 – 23:00 daily.  If you are heading to the Sky Tree to see the illuminations don’t miss the Christmas Market.  The Christmas Market is on the 4th floor of the Soramachi. You can shop, eat and drink. Enjoy!


Ritz-carlton-Santa, Tokyo Area Family Events2. Meet Santa at the Ritz (Midtown, Roppongi, Tokyo) – From December 18th to the 25th you and your little ones can meet Santa at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo.  Santa is a busy guy so each day he only can accept visitors and photos from 17:30-18:00. Santa will be sitting in the Ritz’s 45th-floor lobby in front of the big Christmas tree. In exchange for a photo, the Ritz is asking all the tag the photo taken with #RCTokyo and/or #RCMemories. We will be going today to see Santa. Very creative and fun Tokyo area family event.

3.Zoorasia Sumatran Tigers, Tokyo Area Family Events Zoorasia (Asahi-ku, Yokohama) – Zooasia is more like a walking safari than a zoo. It`s spacious and beautifully maintained with a variety of animals from around the world. For 800 yen per adult, less than 500 yen for kids aged 18 yrs and under; and free for 6 yrs and under you can get near the animals in close to their natural habitats; pet pygmy goats, guinea pigs, mice and other small animals; watch animal feedings and a bird show; and for a small fee ride a camel; or take an animal learning class (Sundays only).  They have several play areas for kids, restaurants, cafes, nature trails, and plenty of benches and tables to rest and have lunch. If you`re tired of walking they have an animal themed bus to take you around the entire zoo. Here is our recent review of Zooasia for more details.

Zoorasia African SavannaZoorasia Yokohama Details

Address: 1175-1 Kamishirane-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama-shi (〒241-0001 横浜市旭区上白根町1175-10)
Phone: 04-5959-1000
Hours: 9:30-16:30
Closed: Tuesdays (unless Tuesday is a national holiday) and December 29 to January 1
Access: Take a train from Yokohama to Tsurugamine or Mitsukyo Station on the Sotetsu Line or to Nakayama Station on the JR Yohohama Line. Then take a bus bound for the Yokohama Dobutsuen (Yokohama Zoo)/Zoorasia (15min).
It`s about an hour from Tokyo by car. We put the Zoorasia phone number in our car navigation and it took us to the main parking lot.
Website: http://www2.zoorasia.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yokohama-Zoological-Gardens-Zoorasia-229816240437658/timeline/

4. Connect with Art at Frank Gehry Exhibit at 21-21 Design Site (Roppongi, Tokyo)
–  If you have not had a21-21 Design, Tokyo Area Family Events chance head over to the 21-21 Design to see the Frank Gehry exhibit titled “I Have an Idea”.  The show is running until February 7th, 2015.  If you love architecture or just like to build, then you will enjoy this exhibit. I will be taking my third son since he loves to build unique houses out of wood and cardboard. The exhibit shows how Gehry takes an idea and step by step transforms the idea into a building. A
very visual and inspiring view of Gehry’s thought process.


5. The Nutcracker Ballet (Shibuya, Tokyo)Tokyo Nutcracker, Tokyo Area Family Events – December 19 and 20th, 14:00 show. When I was little, it was an annual holiday ritual to see The Nutcracker Ballet. The New National Theatre in Shibuya will present The Nutcracker, which is based not the old time story line with some modern additions. Enjoy the ballet with your children this Holiday Season. Tickets are available for 1,620 to 12,960 yen online or by calling  03-5352-9999 in English. This is a great Tokyo area family event, however, the only negative is that children under 4 years can not attend. There are also additional shows on Dec 22, 23, 26 and 27th.


Extra Info

If you are staying in Japan, you can review our fun five recommendations for the end of year activities.  Also, you can always access our kids “Things and Places to Go” lists by ages  – Baby & Toddlers, Kindy & Elementary, Tweens & Teens.

Weekend Tokyo Area Family Events and Activities for December 19-20, 2015


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