Sapporo White Illumination 2019–2020

Best Winter Illumination in Hokkaido: Sapporo White Illumination 2019–2020

Sapporo White Illumination is a classical winter illumination event held in Sapporo City in Hokkaido annually. The 39th Sapporo White Illumination will kick off in 22 November 2019, and it can be enjoyed with the authentic German Christmas Market and the famous Sapporo Snow Festival!

Winter Illuminations are one of the top winter attractions in Japan, and numbers of spectacular illumination events are held across the country during winter. Sapporo White Illumination (さっぽろホワイトイルミネーション) is one of the most popular and long-running illumination events in Japan, which is held in the capital city of Hokkaido, Sapporo annually. The 39th Sapporo White Illumination will be held from 22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020. The colourful and romantic illuminations will take place at several locations in Sapporo City including Odori Park which is the venue for the German Christmas Market followed by Sapporo Snow Festival. The spectacular illuminations can be enjoyed with both winter events during the season!

Celebrating for a being sister city of Munich for 30 years, Sapporo first started hosting a German style Christmas Market during Christmas season back in 2002, and this year, the 17th German Christmas Market in Sapporo will be held for 34 days from 22 November to 25 December 2019. Over 30 stalls will be on the market, offering authentic Christmas food, drinks and craft items as well as Christmas tree objects. Visitors can enjoy festive winter illumination along with classic Christmas ornaments, lights and objects.

Following the German Christmas Market, Sapporo White Illumination can be enjoyed with another spectacular and very anticipating winter event in the city. The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from 4 to 11 February 2020 (from 31 January at Tsu dome). The snow and ice artworks are collaborated with special light effects and can be enjoyed after dark.

Check more information about Sapporo Snow Festival 2020:

Sapporo White Illumination 2019–2020 will be held from 22 November 2019 and run until 25 December 2019 to 15 March 2020 depending on locations. If you are planning to visit Hokkaido this winter, don’t miss a chance to see the spectacular collaboration of snow and lights, and get lost in a dreamy winter wonderland!

-Sapporo White Illumination 2019–2020

Odori Site (22 November to 25 December 2019)
German Christmas Market in Sapporo (22 November to 25 December 2019)
Ekimae Street Site (22 November 2019 to 11 February 2020)
Minami Ichijo Site (22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020)
Sapporo Kita Sanjo Plaza (22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020)
JR Sapporo Station South Exit Plaza (22 November 2019 to 15 March 2020)

-German Christmas Market in Sapporo 2019

Venue: Odori Park 2-chome

Date: 22 November to 25 December 2019

Hours: 11:00~21:00

Entrance: Free

-Sapporo Snow Festival 2020

Thanks for reading! Winter in Japan might be cold, but there are many exciting seasonal events and attractions only available this time of year! For more information about travelling in Japan in winter, please check out these articles, too!

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