Artelligent Christmas


Illuminations and markets at Roppongi Hills get us in the Christmas Spirit

Whether or not you’re a Roppongi regular, it’s worth stopping by Roppongi Hills in December to soak up some Christmas vibes and sample some German food and drink.

In the month leading up to Christmas, Roppongi Hills transforms into a magical land complete with three different kinds of illuminations and a German Christmas market, following its annual tradition with what it calls”Artelligent Christmas”

For one, the Keyakizaka illumination is a 400-meter long river of blue and white lights, alongside the street of the same name next to Roppongi Hills, and you can catch the best views from atop Roppongi Hills.

The 66 Plaza illumination, which marks the gateway to the complex, is an art sculpture that emanates a soft, warm glow and you can easily spot it next to Louise Bourgeois’ big spider “Maman” (which appears quite dark amidst the lights!). The best illumination is probably the one in the traditional Japanese style Mori Garden, down the steps on the east side,  where crystallized sculptures seem to be floating on the pond.

If all that walking around works up an appetite, stop by the German Christmas market, which starts on December 1, and sample some German beer, hot chestnuts, grilled sausages, gingerbread biscuits, marzipan figures and other tasty snacks. Keep warm with some mulled wine or hot cocoa, and admire (or buy!) the handmade crafts.

The Roppongi Hills Artelligent Christmas seems like us a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s also a great date spot, as the combination of illuminations and hot, spicy beverages makes it all quite romantic.

Roppongi Hills Artelligent Christmas (Japanese)

When: until December 25th, daily from 17:00-23:00

**The Christmas market starts on Dec. 1, from 11:00-21:00 daily

Where: Roppongi Hills (see map)

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Main Image: kylehase on Flickr.



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