Christmas is just around the corner, so whether you’re doing a bit of last minute shopping, spending time with friends and family, or just soaking up the festive spirit of the holidays in Tokyo, there’s plenty going on around town to keep you busy! As always, click on the header for more details about each event. And a very merry Christmas!

Andaz Tokyo Tavern Christmas

Andaz Tavern European Christmas Dinner

This year, Andaz Tavern presents its own take on a European Christmas as the chef takes guests on a journey through Europe with each traditional dish presented with creative flair, and finished off with a spectacular holiday-themed dessert.


Akasaka Sacas Ice Skating

Now in its 10th year, this is Tokyo’s biggest outdoor skating rink and boasts plenty of magical illuminations at night, making it a favorite spot for dating couples (who aren’t afraid to look awkward on ice). If you’re looking to do some skating down in Yokohama, check out the Art Rink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.


Japan Through the Lens of an English-Language Newspaper – 120 Years of the Japan Times

Last weekend to catch this intriguing exhibition that explores the 120-year history of The Japan Times.


Broadway Christmas Wonderland

Broadway Christmas Wonderland is filled with everything festive about the holidays, including music performed by talented singers, delightful dancing, magnificent scenery, exquisite costumes, figure skating, and the catchiest of chorus lines.

Tokyo Christmas Market

Get into the Christmas swing of things at this German festive market that’s set up at the center of Hibiya Park for the countdown to Christmas! Enjoy the plentiful food and drink on offer, and do a bit of last-minute shopping at the craft stalls.

Yokohama Red Brick Christmas Market

Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Another Christmas market, this one down in Yokohama. All the essentials are in place for a perfect festive date or family outing: shopping, ice skating, hot wine and plenty of delicious German food. There are also daily workshops and activities for Christmas crafts!

Opera City - handmade market

Tokyo Opera City Art & Handmade Market

This small semi-regular market held inside Opera City’s second floor lobby offers the chance to browse and buy a wide selection of original artisan goods. Handmade creators of any discipline are invited to come and sell their wares, while shoppers have the opportunity to meet the artists themselves. A great spot for very last minute Christmas gifts or just a little something for yourself…

The Stylistics

Nothing comes close to the powerful harmonies of original Philly soul, so why not spend a smooth soulful Christmas with The Stylistics?


Live From The Kitchen Disco Volume 43: Bumper Christmas Special!

Christmas comes but once a year, but when it does the Kitchen Disco ensures that your musical Christmas stocking is filled to bursting point! This year, their elves have been working overtime in the workshop to put together a tinsel-festooned line-up guaranteed to get your Christmas swinging!

Tokyo’s Winter Illuminations

If there was ever a time to take in Tokyo’s winter illuminations, the weekend before Christmas is just the time! Check out our compilation of the city’s most spectacular light shows.