Well lookie lookie, here comes Christmas once again. If you’ll be spending it in Tokyo, there are plenty of spots to see lights sparkling and bells ring ting tingling too.

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 | Photo by David Ishikawa

The popular Tokyo Michi Terrace Light-up is back this year from Dec 24-27 and features lights shone on the facade of the Tokyo Station building. The theme is “Memorial Light-up” as a nod to the station’s 100th-year anniversary. Take the station’s North Exit for the event.

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Not far from there is Roppongi holding illumination events at Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills. The illuminations there will come to an end on Christmas day, so make sure you go by Friday. Both events are near each other, but if for some reason you could only choose one, go to Tokyo Midtown, it’s more impressive. (More on other illuminations here).

Consider pairing your light-up gazing with a nearby Christmas market as well. German-style favorites like mulled wine, sausages and soft pretzels will be on offer, not to mention stalls of oh-so-yuletide ornaments.



And if you’re just looking for some holiday eats, we’ve got you covered on where to get a Christmas dinner (traditional or otherwise) in Tokyo.

Top off your Christmas weekend with a bit of ice skating and voila, Christmas time is magical once again.

Have a holly jolly one!

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