10 Best Events in Tokyo in December 2023

List of Seasonal Events in Tokyo in December

Tokyo in December

Tokyo has countless things to do for both residents and tourists from overseas throughout the year. There are especially some of the most exciting events in Japan’s capital in December, which are held for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. You may have some snowy days during your stay in December while January and February are colder than that.

Some popular amusement parks host Christmas events from November to late December. Christmas markets open to offer hot dishes and drinks and lovely items in urban areas. Winter is famous for fresh seafood and Japanese unique dishes such as Oden and hot pots, and Tokyo is one of the few places where you can taste almost everything from across the country.

Viewing spectacular illuminations around the city has been one of the most popular attractions in winter recently. Some tourists take a short trip to well-known Onsen towns near Tokyo.

For every tourist who wants to add some more plans to your itinerary, here is the list of the best events in Tokyo in December including popular theme park events and exclusive art and pop culture exhibitions.

Don’t miss the highlight in Tokyo in December!

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1. Illuminations

The colorful city of Tokyo shines even more during December, the city is surrounded by various colorful illuminations on the roads, buildings, and even establishments symbolizing the approaching holiday season. Most of the illuminations in Tokyo start to open in mid-November.
Come and take a walk in the city of Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful and colorful illumination.

Genre: Illuminations
Dates: Lots of places are lit up from November

For more information about the Illumination event in Tokyo, check out the following article!

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2. Christmas Markets

Christmas Market

December is one of the most exciting months of the year when the holiday season is celebrated with many Christmas-related events taking place. One of them is the Christmas markets that take place in various places in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Here, you can feel the spirit of the holiday season where various things can be seen such as Christmas decorations, and characters related to the holiday season.

Genre: Market
Dates: From November to December 25, 2023

For more information about the Christmas Markets and events, Check out the following articles.

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3. Disney Christmas

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Disney Christmas is an annual event at Tokyo Disney Resort in celebration of the holiday season. Every year there are unique activities and events prepared by Disney friends and characters and colorful Christmas decorations around the theme parks that make the place shine even more. One of the best places to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Don’t miss out on this exciting event book your Disney Resort tickets here.

Genre: Theme Park
Location: Tokyo Disney Resort
Dates: November 8 to December 25, 2023
Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/treasure/christmas2023/tdl/

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4. Puroland Christmas

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Sanrio Puroland will bring joy this holiday season with a concert as a celebration of Christmas in Puroland. The “Puro Music Band” Hello Kitty and her friends sing fun and romantic songs to give a smile and feel the spirit of Christmas.

Genre: Theme Park
Location: Sanrio Puroland
Dates: November 10 to December 25, 2023
Website: https://www.puroland.jp/2023_christmas/

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5. Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2023

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To wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Marunouchi this year held special events to celebrate the holiday season with the theme of Disney Dreams and Wishes. A bright and colorful illumination around the area.

Genre: Illumination Christmas Event
Location: Marunouchi Area
Dates: November 16 to December 25, 2023
Website: https://www.marunouchi.com/lp/brightchristmas2023/

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6. Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

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This month of the holiday season, Odaiba will celebrate rainbow fireworks which will brighten up the area and give a unique view at night, it will be held every Saturday throughout the month of December.

Genre: Festival
Location: Odaiba Seaside Park
Dates: December 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2023
Website: https://www.tokyo-odaiba.net/en/rainbow2023/

7. SHIBUYA SKY Sparkling View

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Shibuya Sky offers a unique experience this winter, a special sight that sparkles this holiday season. From the rooftop, a beautiful view full of colorful lights from the city view at night. Enjoy a unique experience this winter book your Shibuya Sky tickets here.

Genre: Winter Scenery
Location: Shibuya Sky
Dates: November 16 to December 25, 2023
Website: https://www.shibuya-scramble-square.com/sky/sparkling_view/

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8. 2024 Countdown Lounge at Park Hyatt Tokyo

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Join in the year-end celebration at Park Hyatt Tokyo will hold a 2024 countdown lounge. Have a dinner party with your family and friends and welcome the prosperous New Year.

Genre: Countdown Party
Location: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Dates: December 31, 2023
Website: https://restaurants.tokyo.park.hyatt.co.jp/news/4901.html

9. New Year Countdown Cruise at Tokyo Bay Symphony

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Celebrate the welcoming of the New Year with joy, here and experience the unique and exciting New Year Countdown on the Tokyo Bay Symphony Cruise.

Genre: Dinner Cruise
Location: Tokyo Bay Symphony Cruise
Dates: December 31, 2023
Website: https://www.symphony-cruise.co.jp/newyear2024/

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10. Manga Dive “Kingdom” 100 Million Lights

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Is a unique exhibition event commemorating the popular “Manga” in Japan. And 100 million lights make up five individual spaces that provide a unique experience using modern technology.

Genre: Exhibition
Location: Omotesando Hill Main building B3F Space O
Dates: November 21 to December 9, 2023
Website: https://mangadive.jp/

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