Tokyo in December : Best Things to Do

What to Do in Tokyo in December

Travelling to Tokyo in December? Check out the hottest events and attractions in Tokyo only available in December! There are a number of special events held at many locations such as winter illuminations and jolly Christmas markets, and the whole city will be covered with colourful lights and the festive atmosphere! Also we can’t miss New Year’s countdown celebrations available only this time of the year!

Let’s check out the list of the best things to do in Tokyo in December, and don’t miss the hottest events and tourist attractions!

Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in December 2020 are closed or cancelled due to coronavirus

1. Winter Illuminations

Winter illuminations are definitely the top attraction in Japan in winter. Numbers of illumination events are held in Tokyo in December, and also many spectacular ones in Kanto area, which you can access easily from Tokyo. How many illuminations can you visit this winter??

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2. Christmas Market

What a better way to celebrate the holiday season?? There are several authentic Christmas Markets in Tokyo open during Christmas season with lots Christmas goodies including delicious German food, hot wine, Christmas tree and decorations.

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3. Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of most wintery and festive activities this season, and Tokyo has several outdoor ice skating rinks in a central area. Enjoy the winter fun with hot snacks, drinks and illuminations.

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4. Disney Christmas <<Cancelled>>


Tokyo Disney Resort (Disneyland and DisneySea) hosts a variety of seasonal events through the year, and the annual Christmas event “Disney Christmas” is the perfect one for the grand finale of the year. The entire park will be decorated with festive Christmas decoration, and there will be a number of special themed events including attraction, shows, parades, food and drinks, and merchandise collection available only this time of the year 🙂

Date: early November to late December

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5. Christmas Dessert Buffets

Christmas/winter theme all-you-can-eat dessert buffets will be available at numbers of venues in Tokyo this winter. From delightful chocolate desserts to traditional Christmas treats, pick your favourite dessert buffets and indulge yourself as the sweetest Christmas present!

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The world’s leading pop culture event, COMIC CON is held in Tokyo (Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall) for 3 days in early Dcember. TOKYO COMIC CON is a sister event to the Silicon Valley Comic Con founded by the legendary creator, Stan Lee, and will be celebrating both Japanese and American pop culture. Visitors can enjoy a large range of elements; comics, animation, games, and movies, as well as meeting special guests from Hollywood. Last year, the special guests to COMIC CON TOKYO 2019 included Sebastian Stan from Avengers series, Ron Weasley from Harry Potter series, Orlando Bloom from The Lord or the Rings and Zachary Levi Pugh from Shazam!.


Access: 5 mins walk from Kaihim Makuhari Station

Date: 4, 5, 6 December 2020



© Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

The Winnie the Pooh themed cafe opens inside Odakyu Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo for a limited time from mid October to end of January 2021. Winnie the Pooh HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS offers a limited menu with super cute and photo-worthy food and drinks as well as original merchandise sold at the cafe store.

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8.Afternoon Tea Boost at THE STEAKHOUSE

The colourful, tasty and satisfying afternoon tea box is served for a limited time at the fine American style steak restaurant, THE STEAKHOUSE on 3F of ANA InterContinental Tokyo. The Afternoon Tea Boost consists of 11 delightful petit sweets as well as finger-licking savory bites such as burger and hotdog. Free-flow tea, coffee and original non-alcohol cocktails are also included. The unique afternoon tea set comes in one of two wooden boxes designed specially for this menu. Boost your day with the delicious and picture-perfect afternoon tea in the heart of Tokyo!

Please make a reservation in advance by the day before at the latest. (Reservation)

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9. Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks (TBA)

A fireworks show will be held at Odaiba area every Saturday this December. The show starts at 7 pm and display dramatic fireworks collaborating with music, illuminations and the magnificent Rainbow Bridge on background for 5 mins.


Date: 7,14,21,28 December 2019

Hours: 19:00~(about 5 mins)

Admission: Free


There will be also a winter event, “Illumination Island Odaiba” held every evening until Christmas day. The event features spectacular winter illuminations and Christmas decorations at 10 different locations in Odaiba. It’s one of the most beautiful winter illuminations in Tokyo. Click the link below for more details about the illumination!

10. Tokyo Michi Terrace (TBA)

One of the most popular events in Tokyo in December, Tokyo Michi Terrace is an annual light-up event held at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit. This year, the theme of the event is ”Anthem of Lights”, and the beautiful light-up and art will be displayed around the station.


Date: 21–25 December 2019

Admission: Free


11. Comic Market 99 <<Postponed>>

The Comic Market (Comiket), one of Japan’s biggest comic related events, is held twice a year in August and December at Tokyo Big Sight. The event features thousands of manga published by professional and amateur artists, and also invites a large numbers of cosplayers.


Date: Postponed to 2021 Golden Week

Hours: 10:00~16:00

Admission: Free


12. Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe

Pikachu Sweets by Pokemon Cafe is a new style Pokemon Cafe specialised in takeaway desserts and drinks, opened at Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro in late last year. Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo had a massive expansion recently and there are also two other new zones along with the cafe (Pokemon GO Lab. and Pokemon Card Game Station), making it the biggest Pokemon Center in Tokyo.

13. Countdown Events 2020-2021

What a better way to say goodbye to 202o and welcome 2021? There are numbers of special countdown events held in Tokyo on New Years Eve such as fireworks, cruise party and more. Check out the link below with the list of countdown events and best places to spend New Years Eve in Tokyo 2020–2021.

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