Nov 19
Feb 28 2021

Midtown Winter Lights 2020

5:00pm – 11:00pm

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Midtown illumination is a bit different. Usually it is a big, multimedia production that finishes around Christmas. For this year, it will be more subdued—some lights in trees, with an interactive installation—and it will run until February 28th.

Snow Globe Midtown winter lights
A giant snow globe at Tokyo Midtown | Photo by Gregory Lane

In normal years, the illumination is incredibly popular in the days leading up to Christmas (especially the 24th) with couples bringing a compulsory bottle of champers with them. It’s unclear what will happen this year, but if you want to avoid potential crowds, you should go early.

Interactive Lights at Tokyo Midtown
“Stepping stone” interactive lights at Tokyo Midtown | Photo by Gregory Lane

Each year, Midtown also erects a Christmas Tree.

The highlight of previous years has been the “Starlight Garden”.  The 2,000m² midtown park square (behind the complex) is covered with 190,000 digitally controlled LEDs and balloons to create a space-like view. Instead, for 2020/21, Midtown has erected the ice skating rink early.

winter illuminations tokyo
This is what it looks like when we don’t have COVID-19 | Photo by David Ishikawa

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