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Tokyo December 2018 Events – Illuminations, Markets and Festivities

Here are our recommended Tokyo December 2018 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! – Best Living Japan Moms

1. The Jingugaien Icho Festival (Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)  – As mentioned in the eight best locations for autumn foliage article Icho Namiki (Ginko Avenue in Aoyama) is a magnificent location for viewing the brilliant yellow colors. At the end the main road there is an Icho Festival that is running now through Sunday, Dec 2nd. Over 40 food, beverage and lifestyle stores will participate serving all types of Autumn matsuri (festival) delicacies. While you`re there visit Niko Niko Park and stop in Shake Shack for all-natural 100% hormone-free Angus Beef Burgers.

Date & Time: Now until Sunday, December 2nd 10:00 – 17:30
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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2. Swedish Christmas Bazaar Sunday, December 3rd
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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3. Run for the Cure / Walk for Life 2018 – December 8th, 2018 –  5K/10K Run and 3K 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! Registration deadline: Nov. 30 (Fri)

All proceeds raised will go towards the Foundation’s community outreach programs including The Lemon Project seminars and publication of PiNK, our quarterly bilingual magazine for women’s health.our programs are all developed and carried out free-of-charge to improve the QOL of breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as to raise greater awareness in Japan – both in the Japanese speaking and international communities.

Run for the Cure / Walk for Life 2018
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. *Time may change*
Place: Hibiya Park / around the Park and nearby areas
Participation fee:5,000JPY (adults) / 2,500JPY (children 6-12 year-old) / Free (children 5 and below)
To volunteer to work: https://runforthecure.org/en/volunteer/

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4. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – A huge three-day inside antique fair.  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. Great show just in time for holiday shopping.

Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 7th – 9th,  2018
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 sellersParking: 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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5. Setagaya Boroichi (Setagaya-ku) – 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 December and January.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16th, 2018
Time: 9am-9pm
Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)*** Tokyo December 2017 Events – Illuminations, Christmas Markets and Festivities ***

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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.

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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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.

Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

9. 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!

2017 Tokyo area meet Santa Claus locations10.  Roppongi Hills (Minato-ku) – Santa will visit Roppongi Hills for three days right before Christmas. Get your camera ready and search for him at the times and locations listed below. 

① 13: 00-15: 00 Hillside B2F Grand Food Hall front
② 16: 00 ~ 17: 00 West Walk 2F
③ 18: 15 ~ 20: 00 West Walk 2F

Also, while in the area check out the beautiful illuminations in Roppongi Hills and Mid-Town area. You should also pop into the Grand Hyatt Hotel Lobby to take some photos of the beautiful illumination on display. Happy Holidays!

Event: December 22 (Saturday) – December 24th (Monday)
Cost: Free
Location:  Roppongi Hills Complex (google map)
Official site: http://www.roppongihills.com/sp/christmas/2018/event/santa.php

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