Festive Family-Friendly Events in Tokyo: December 2023-January 2024 A Guide to Making the Most of the Holiday Season with Your Little Ones
The holiday season is a magical time to visit Tokyo, with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and a host of special events. And if you’re traveling with kids, there’s no shortage of fun and affordable activities to keep everyone entertained. Here are a few of our top picks for free family-friendly events in Tokyo, taking place from December 23rd to January 2nd:
Tokyo Christmas Market Roppongi Hills
The annual Tokyo Christmas Market is a must-visit for families, with its charming stalls selling traditional German Christmas treats, handcrafted ornaments, and unique gifts. There’s also a live music stage, a carousel, and a Santa’s grotto where kids can meet the big man himself. The market is open from December 15th to December 25th, from 11 am to 9 pm daily.
Tokyo Midtown Christmas Midtown Tokyo
Another great option for Christmas shopping and festivities is Tokyo Midtown Christmas, which transforms the Midtown complex into a winter wonderland. There’s a giant Christmas tree, an ice rink, and a variety of seasonal food and drink stalls. Midtown Christmas is open from November 22nd to December 25th.
Tokyo Mega Illumination Marunouchi Nakadori
The Tokyo Mega Illumination is a spectacular display of lights and decorations that stretches over 2 kilometers along Marunouchi Nakadori, one of Tokyo’s most prestigious streets. The lights are on from late November to early February, and make for a stunning backdrop for holiday photos.
Tokyo Skytree New Year’s Eve Countdown Tokyo Skytree
Ring in the New Year with a bang at the Tokyo Skytree New Year’s Eve Countdown. There will be live music, food stalls, and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Tickets are required for entry to the event, but there are a number of free viewing areas around the Skytree.
New Year’s Day Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu Shrine Meiji Jingu Shrine
Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the New Year, is a popular tradition in Japan. Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most popular spots for Hatsumode, and expect large crowds. The shrine is open 24 hours on New Year’s Day, so you can choose to go early or late to avoid the crowds.
New Year’s Day at Tokyo Tower Tokyo Tower
Enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo and a traditional Japanese New Year’s celebration at Tokyo Tower. There will be taiko drumming performances, traditional food stalls, and a chance to try your hand at calligraphy. The event is free to attend.
These are just a few of the many free family-friendly events happening in Tokyo this holiday season. With so much to see and do, you’re sure to have a memorable time exploring the city with your little ones.