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Tokyo December 2017 Events – Illuminations, Markets and Festivities

Here are our recommended Top Tokyo December 2017 Events – Illuminations, Markets and Festivities. The Christmas markets and city illuminations are in full swing so take a walk or bike around to enjoy the glow of the holidays, shop for gifts and seasonal produce this month.

For those traveling overseas this holiday season visit our information on Parking at Narita, Traveling with Kids, or Dog hoteling options. If you are staying in Japan, you can always access our kids “Things and Places to Go” lists by ages  – Baby & Toddlers, Kindy & Elementary, Tweens & Teens. Happy Holidays! – Sandra and Lauren

Tokyo Run for a Cure

1. Run for the Cure  – December 2nd, 2017 –  5K/10K Run and 2K Walk  – It’s a great fun time outdoors, so come join us with family, friends, and co-workers to help raise awareness about breast cancer in Japan. We can make a difference together! Special note for this year: Registration has closed, but you can still come cheer on the participants. Also Please note that this fun event will also include street crossings along the course. In this light, we will not be able to monitor race times, so are unable to reward anyone based on the faster times to cross the finish line as in years past. Our staff will be making sure that guards and volunteers are monitoring the course for the safety of all participants.

Run for the Cure Tokyo 2017
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 13:30
Place: Hibiya Park / around the Park and nearby areas

To volunteer to work: https://runforthecure.org/en/volunteer/

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2. Swedish Christmas Bazaar (Roppongi, Tokyo) – 
Come and join us for our annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar at the Swedish Embassy in Roppongi on Sunday, December 3 between 12:00 – 16:00!
Enjoy Swedish traditional food, drinks, and handicrafts! You can try glögg (mulled wine) our favourite Swedish Christmas drink, eat traditional safron buns and enjoy Swedish folk music. To get you in the Christmas spirit there’s also a special performance by Lucia and her procession who will sing traditional Swedish Christmas songs. Included in the ticket price is the Grand Raffle with amazing prices!
All proceeds go to the rebuilding of the Tohuko area. Please visit the Embassy auditorium to find out about the projects that we have been able to support thanks to the generous support from previous Christmas bazaars!

Please Note: For the safety and enjoyment of all, there will be a limited number of tickets sold and prams will not be permitted on the premises. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Preliminary schedule of the day:

12.00 Doors open – Swedish Folk music
13.00 Mr Magnus Robach, Ambassador, Welcome speech
13.15 Lucia, children’s choir performance
14.00 Swedish Folkdance show
15.00 The Grand raffle draw
16.00 Bazaar closes

Address: Swedish Embassy, 1-10-3-100 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Entrance fee: ¥1000 including raffle ticket (free for children under 6 years of age)
Closest stations: Kamiyacho and Roppongi Itchome.

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November 25 & 26, 2017 Tokyo Weekend Family Events and Activities

3. The Jingugaien Icho Festival (Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  – Enjoy the first weekend of December at Ginko Avenue in Aoyama – a magnificent location for viewing the brilliant yellow colors. At the end the main road there is an Icho Festival that will run through Sunday, Dec 3rd. Over 80 food, beverage and lifestyle stores will participate serving all types of Autumn matsuri (festival) delicacies. While you`re there visit Niko Niko Park Playground and stop in Shake Shack for all-natural 100% hormone-free Angus Beef Burgers.

Date & Time: Now until Sunday, December 3rd 10:00 – 20:00
Address: 2 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Cost: free admission
Access: 3 mins walk from Aoyama- Itchome station on the Ginza or Hanzomon Lines.
Website: http://www.jingugaien-ichomatsuri.jp/ (in Japanese)

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4. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – This huge three-day inside antique fair is just in time for holiday shopping.  Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and Western antiques. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly.  My kids love attending to find treasures!

Heiwajima Antique Show
• Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 8-10th,  2017
• Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on last day; last time to enter each day is 15:00)
• What is for sale: 280 antique sellers
• Parking: no
• Access:  Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
• Address:6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
• Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

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Tokyo Antique Shrine and Flea Markets

5. Setagaya Boroichi – Flea Market (Setagaya) – Over 700 stalls selling everything and the kitchen sink.  Get off at Setagaya station and walk Boroichi Dori to Kamimachi Station. Plan for 2-3 hours to see the entire street. Very crowded so not recommend for children. This event only happens twice a year in December and January.
Date: Friday & Saturday, December 15-16th, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 20:00
Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

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Year End Fun 2015: holiday illuminations

6. Illumination Bike Ride – Japanese love their illuminations – cherry trees in the spring, foliage in the fall and holiday lights for Christmas. Tokyo is already aglow with so much light, so get out and enjoy over the next few weeks. A great 2-3 hour family bike ride is from Omotesando to Roppongi Hills to Marunouchi. Illuminations in Roppongi and Omotesando run until December 25th.  Start at 5:00 p.m. and enjoy dinner along the way. Remember to wear your helmets and reflective clothing for protection.

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Tokyo Christmas Markets Best Living Japan

7. Tokyo Christmas Markets – Christmas markets are already in full swing! Get into the holiday spirit and stop in one of the Best Tokyo Christmas markets! Bundle up and shop for food and gifts under the illumination.


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Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter

8. Tokyo Ice Skating – Embrace the season and enjoy the seasonal outdoor rinks during the winter months, and if the love of skating hits you can continue in one of the year-round rinks located in Tokyo.

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December 24 & 25, 2016 Tokyo Weekend Family Activities


9. Roppongi Hills Santa – From December 22nd to the 24th you and your little ones can meet Santa and take a commemorative photo at the Roppongi Hills Mominoki Shop and West Walk 2F.
Santa Meet & Greet Date & Time: December 22nd to the 24th; 13: 00 – 15: 00 at the Mominoki Shop and 16: 30 – 18: 00 and 19: 00 – 20: 00 at West Walk 2F.
Roppongi Hills Christmas Market Event Date & Time: Open now until December 25th; 11:00-21:00 daily (open till 22:00 on Friday, Saturday and in rain)
Address: 6-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Website:  www.roppongihills.com/

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Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

10. Tokyo English Christmas Church Services – If you are in Tokyo for the holidays, consider attending one of the many beautiful Tokyo English Christmas Church Services. We have listed seven churches in Tokyo, and a handful in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of my best memories of a child are attending services. Even if you are unable to frequent church during the year make your Christmas even more special with family and friends and visit this Christmas to remember and worship!


Tokyo December 2017 Events – Illuminations, Christmas Markets and Festivities


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