December 2019 events in Tokyo

Plan your December in Tokyo with our events calendar of the best things to do, including illuminations, Christmas markets, concerts and art exhibits

Illumination shows in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
By Time Out Tokyo Editors

December is when Tokyo turns all sparkly – thanks to the illumination shows, of course – while Christmas markets, ice skating rinks and other seasonal favourites also open up across the city. And the holiday cheer only gets louder as we get closer to New Year's, with a mouth-watering menu of parties, markets and other events taking place over those well-earned vacation days.

Our December highlights

Tokyo Christmas Market | Time Out Tokyo

Christmas markets in Tokyo

Christmas in Tokyo is a mind-boggling mashup of traditions, with strawberry shortcakes, KFC chicken buckets (yes, really) and romantic dinners on Christmas Eve, which is considered the Japanese Valentine's Day. Continental-style markets, however, still play a prominent role in the lead-up to the big day...

Illumination shows in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo
Things to do

Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020

The days may be getting shorter and colder, but even so, Tokyo doesn't turn into a dark and desolate place at this less than cheery time of year. In fact, as the city transitions from autumn into winter, millions of colourful LED lights are displayed in trees as well as on and around buildings, turning Tokyo into a sparkling wonderland...

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