Event List in Osaka This Weekend (December 16 and 17, 2023)

The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this weekend in Osaka

Event List in Osaka This Weekend2

Osaka is one of Japan’s major cities known for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere with so many things to do and events such as cultural events, art exhibitions, musical concerts, sporting events, and seasonal food events. And if you are looking for things to do this weekend in Osaka, this article is for you.

A weekend in Osaka offers a range of activities with exciting trips to different aspects of the city from historical sites to modern entertainment and crowded shopping districts. That’s why here we share some events in Osaka that may interest you.

In this article, we share some events in Osaka this weekend we want to be part of your search for the events, and here you will not spend a long time searching anymore whether you are looking for unique entertainment, cultural engagement, or food highlights in Osaka. This article also contains information about the events, I hope this article helps you find great events, many exciting events can be read below.


The culture surrounding winter in Japan

Before we go to the list of events this weekend, let me share with you a little trivia regarding winter in Japan.

In Japan, it is essential to finish up the year and welcome the new year in a correct manner. This involves many different events such as cleaning up and decorating your house properly before the new year and eating traditional new year-dishes before and after the new year.

One thing that you will see a lot in restaurants and Izakaya across Japan during this season are campaigns for Bonenkai (忘年会) and Shinnenkai (新年会). Bonenkai refers to “End of year celebration” while Shinnenkai refers to “Beginning of year celebration”. These are usually held by companies to show their appreciation towards their employees as well as to finish the year and start the new year with a positive attitude. These celebrations can also be held with a small group of job colleagues or friends.

Ok, now that you know a little bit about winter-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Osaka this weekend (December 16 and 17, 2023).

1. Solaniwa Onsen Illumination Garden of Light

Solaniwa Onsen Illumination Garden of Light-min
© SOLANIWA ONSEN OSAKA BAY TOWER

Event Period: December 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Location: Osaka Bay Tower

Official Website: https://solaniwa.com/news/illumi2023/

2. Osaka Christmas Market in Ten-Shiba

Osaka Christmas Market in Ten-Shiba-min
Copyright© 主催:大阪クリスマスマーケット実行委員会
COPYRIGHT©Osaka Christmasmarket.

Event Period: December 1 to 25, 2023

Location: Tennoji park

Official Website: https://osaka-christmasmarket.com/

3. Ramen Expo 2023

Ramen Expo 2023-min
©2023 西日本最大級のラーメンイベント「ラーメンEXPO2023」

Event Period: December 1 to 30, 2023

Location: Expo 70 Commemorative Park

Official Website: https://ramen-expo.com/

4. Hankyu Christmas Market 2023

Hankyu Christmas Market 2023 -min
Copyright © HANKYU HANSHIN DEPARTMENT STORES, INC.

Event Period: November 22 to December 25, 2023

Location: Hankyu Umeda Main Store

Official Website: https://website.hankyu-dept.co.jp/honten/h/c_market/

5. Buffet Christmas Fair 2023

Buffet Christmas Fair 2023-min
Copyright (c) Universal Port Orix Hotel and Resorts

Event Period: November 6 to December 25, 2023

Location: Hotel Universal Port / Hotel Universal Port Vita

Official Website: https://universalport.orixhotelsandresorts.com/xmas2023/

6. WINTER FANTASIA 2023 Nakanoshima Lively Forest × DREAMS COME TRUE

WINTER FANTASIA 2023-min
© Copyright 2003-2023 Osaka Prefecture,

Event Period: December 1 to 25, 2023

Location: Nakanoshima Park

Official Website: https://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/toshimiryoku/nakanosima/nigiwai2023.html

7. White Christmas in the Mysterious Forest

White Christmas in the Mysterious Forest-min
Copyright©Sekisui House Umeda Operation Co.,Ltd.

Event Period: November 23 to December 25, 2023

Location: Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien Observatory

Official Website: https://www.skybldg.co.jp/event/xmas/02.html

8. Wonder Night Hill 2023

Wonder Night Hill 2023-min
Copyright © harvestnooka.

Event Period: October 28, 2023 to January 28, 2024

Location: Harvest Hill

Official Website: https://farm.or.jp/illumination_2023

9. Two Geniuses -Hokusai Katsushika and Yoshitoshi Tsukioka-

Copyright© 大阪浮世絵美術館.

Event Period: August 22, 2023 to February 18, 2024

Location: Osaka Ukiyo-e Museum

Official Website: https://osaka-ukiyoe-museum.com/

10. Abeno Harukas Sky Illumination 2023

Abeno Harukas Sky Illuminati
ABENO HARUKAS人と街の可能性を拓く 近鉄不動産COPYRIGHT © KINTETSU REAL ESTATE CO.,Ltd

Event Period: November 3, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Location: Abeno Harukas 300

Official Website: https://www.abenoharukas-300.jp/observatory/index.html

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

▶Osaka Winter Illumination Guide 2023-2024


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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Osaka this weekend. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition, and other event happening in Osaka, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Osaka.

There’s also an article about events in Osaka during the week. Check out the link below!

▶Event List in Osaka This Week (December 11 to 17, 2023)

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