Christmas is coming! And in Japan, this means that Europe-inspired Christmas markets are popping up all around Tokyo.

Where to go to get the ultimate Christmas feeling? Complete with hot cups of mulled wine, warming foods, twinkling lights and traditional crafts. Here’s our guide to the best Christmas markets in Tokyo, for the 2019 holiday season.

Ebisu Garden Place 

Starting in early November, the French inspired Christmas marché in Ebisu offers French specialities such as galettes and hand made candles. The classic mulled wine and traditional holiday decorations will, of course, also be found here.

The winter illumination at Ebisu Garden Place, held during Christmas time, is famous for the massive Baccarat Chandelier in the centre of the plaza. There’s also a sizeable Christmas tree, lights surrounding the “garden place chateau” and other beautiful illuminations.

Ebisu Christmas marché is open between 12.00 and 8pm, from November 2nd to Christmas day (December 25th).

Tokyo Sky Tree 

At Tokyo Sky Tree Town (Soramachi) you can shop for your Christmas gifts with a backdrop of spectacular illuminations. Traditional German-inspired food, crafts and traditional goods can be found at the Sky Arena’s German huts.

A few different Christmas concerts will be held during the holiday season, see Soramachi’s Christmas website for information on exact dates.

The illuminations starts at around 4pm and the market at Tokyo Sky Tree will be open from November 7th until Christmas day. 

German food at Christmas markets in Tokyo

Roppongi Hills

The Christmas market at Roppongi Hills will be held for the 13th time this year. Roppongi Christmas market might not be the biggest, but it gives you a taste of an authentic German Christmas market.

11 stores offers over 2000 original German Christmas goods- including hand made decorations for your Christmas tree. Advent calendars, Christmas themed table decorations and a lot of great Christmas gifts will also be available. As for food and drinks, you’ll get that German Christmas feeling by drinking steaming glühwine and trying out traditional german dishes.

There will also be several illuminations around Roppongi Hills during this time, including the famous Keyakizaka Illuminations. Keep a look out for the Christmas events such as a fir tree shop, Christmas concerts and visits from Santa Claus.

The Roppongi Hills Christmas market will be open 11am – 9pm from november 30th until Christmas day.

Saitama Shintoshin 

A bit further from central Tokyo, at Saitama Super Arena (Saitama New Urban Centre), this Christmas market is modelled after Berlin’s famous Christmas market the Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt.

You’ll be able to enjoy German glühwine, warming stews, sausages and traditional german snacks. The Christmas shop stalls offer genuine hand crafted goods from Germany and a lot of Christmas decorations, ornaments and trinkets.

Opening hours Weekdays 3pm – 8pm Weekends and holidays 11am – 8pm. From November 22nd to Christmas day.

Christmas markets

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses 

German-style Christmas market held for the 10th year, at the Akarenga- Red brick warehouses of Yokohama. This year the inspiration comes from the Christmas market in Nuremberg (Nürnberg).

A grand Christmas tree in the middle of the market sets the tone. The red brick warehouse area features stalls selling the classic ornaments, traditional toys and of course glühwein. The market offers German food as well as the traditional “stollen” fruit and nut cake. There will also be a second food market which focuses on seafood and champagne. Very luxurious!

There’s a skating rink where you can skate and enjoy art at the same time. 700 yen for adults, and an additional 500 yen for renting skates.

The market runs between 11am – 9pm from November 23d to Christmas day. (opening ceremony on the 22nd from 4.50pm) From December 15th it’s open until 10pm.

Shiba koen 

The Tokyo Christmas market will be held in Shiba park this year (previously it’s been held in Hibiya park). The market is also German-inspired and is regarded as one of the best Christmas markets in Tokyo. As well as shops selling holiday goods, Christmas decorations and international crafts you’ll find a wide variety of stalls offering german food, glühwine, hot chocolate and beer.

The main attraction is the 14 meter tall “Christmas pyramid”, a traditional Christmas decoration imported from Germany. Enjoy Christmas music performed by German and Japanese groups and handicraft workshops. A great place to visit during the holiday season.

Tokyo Christmas market is open from 11am to 10pm, December 6th-25th.

DisneySea at Christmas

Disneyland and DisneySea  

Enjoy the holiday season at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea! The Disney theme parks never disappoints when it comes to seasonal themes. Just as Halloween is over Disneyland and DisneySea transforms into a Christmas holiday wonderland. Special decorations feature 15 meters Christmas trees (one in each park) and several illuminations and Christmas displays.

Different Christmas themed performances will be held during the day and evening. Fireworks will light up the nighttime skies, displaying colourful shapes to the sounds of Christmas music.

The parks will offer special Christmas menus (from November 1st) and snacks. A vide array of special holiday themed merchandise will be sold, some available at both parks and some exclusively at either Disneyland or DisneySea. At Disneyland the special attractions Haunted Mansion “Holiday Nightmare” and Country Bear Theater “Jingle Bell Jamboree” will be open.

Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort is held between November 8th and Christmas day, from 8am to 10pm.

No matter where you decide to go during the 2019 holiday, you’ll certainly have a special time browsing for gifts and drinking spiced beverages. What makes Tokyo Christmas, and all the above mentioned markets, special is all the beautiful winter illuminations and decorations. So be sure to wander around to look at all the twinkling lights during this Christmas season.

Learn more about traditions and seasons in Japan at the Go! Go! Nihon blog.