Things to do in Tokyo this weekend

Time Out Tokyo's editors pick the top parties, festivals, concerts, food events and more this weekend in the big city

By Time Out Tokyo Editors
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With so many things to do in Tokyo, it's hard to get a free weekend in the city. But just in case you need more recommendations, here are the top events and festivals taking place over city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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Our top picks this weekend

Things to do

Rainbow Bridge Special Light-Up & Fireworks

Odaiba Seaside Park, Odaiba

Living up to its name, Tokyo's most recognisable bridge will once again be lit up in all the colours of the rainbow for the Christmas and New Year's season (Dec 7-Jan 5). Sure adds a nice touch to the bay view, no? Five-minute firework shows are scheduled for every Saturday between December 7 and 28 (from 7pm)...

Art

Furoshiki Hyakka Exhibition

Multiple venues

Every furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) here are original designs and they are hand-dyed by 167 creators including a highly respected Kyoto craftsman. The designs range from big and bold prints to intricate patterns, featuring both modern and traditional options of all colours, costing just ¥1,600 each. There will also be a special exhibition of furoshiki made by children...

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Dance, Ballet

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

New National Theatre, Tokyo, Hatsudai

Be whisked away to a winter wonderland in this iconic Christmas ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. This highly acclaimed classic masterpiece was taken to new frontiers when the production was revamped in 2017. Wayne Eagling's fast paced choreography adds a sense of humour to the ballet, while a richly coloured set and costumes embellish the worlds of dream and reality...    

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Christmas Light Garden

Yokohama Bay Quarter, Yokohama Station area

Shopping mall Bay Quarter in Yokohama boasts a massive 8m-tall fir tree that's decorated with 15,000 lights. At every hour on the dot, you can watch a sparkling light show called ‘Champagne Spark’. Make sure to move a bit closer towards the base of the tree to check out the many miniature houses laid out to resemble Santa Claus’ hometown...

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MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS
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Things to do

Midtown Christmas

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

The Tokyo Midtown illumination is particularly famous for the 'Starlight Garden' lights that are put up around the spacious Midtown Garden area, creating a magical, wintery atmosphere with over 100,000 blue LEDs. This year, the event will include a good 100 lit-up balloons, plus thousands of soap bubbles a day...

Things to do, Exhibitions

Marunouchi Bright Christmas

Marunouchi Naka-dori, Marunouchi

May the force be with you this Christmas as Star Wars takes over the Marunouchi district with an array of festive events and holiday displays. There are six holiday displays inspired after the film saga, as well as a pop-up Rise Crystal Cafe serving up Star Wars-themed food and drinks...

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Things to do

Tokyo Midtown Christmas Market

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown gets into the seasonal mood with this annual market, held on the first basement floor of the Galleria shopping zone, where sellers tout wares ranging from ornaments and tableware to seasonal sweets and gift items. The selection is slightly more varied here than at some of the other Tokyo markets, so those who haven't decided on presents yet might want to check this one out...

Shopping

Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Marche

Yebisu Garden Place, Ebisu

Taking over from the farmer's markets that happen year round at Ebisu Garden Place's Clock Plaza, this European-style Christmas market offers all the usual knickknacks and goodies, from snow globes to mulled wine and continental grub, in addition to French specialities such as galettes and handmade candles...

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Saitama New Urban Centre Christmas Market

Saitama Super Arena, Omiya

This year’s Christmas Market is inspired by the traditional Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin and features many handmade goods from Germany. Look forward to mulled wine and German stews to keep you warm as well as a selection of desserts and sausages for snacking...

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai

The fir trees lining the entrance to this annual German-style Christmas market have been dressed for the occasion with white and silver lights, and the main plaza features a massive Christmas tree complete with flashy decorations. Inspired by the ancient German city of Nuremberg, the actual market area is occupied by a range of stalls selling various ornaments and other holiday paraphernalia...

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Puro White Christmas

Sanrio Puroland, Tama-Center

This family-friendly Christmas event at Sanrio Puroland in Tama city features the two characters Kiki and Lala, who are also known as the Little Twin Stars. The new show ‘Kiki & Lala Illumination: Twinkle Sparkle!’ uses 500,000 lights and laser effects to create a dazzling set...

Christmas with Anpanman
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Christmas with Anpanman

Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum, Minato Mirai

Spend Christmas at the Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum, where you can sing and dance to Christmas tunes along with the mascots, and participate in an Anpanman paperdoll- or paperbag-making workshop. Kids can wear Christmas costumes while roaming around the playground and take photos with Anpanman in a santa outfit...

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Daikanyama T-Site Classical Holiday

Daikanyama T-Site Tsutaya, Daikanyama

Get ready for the holiday season at Daikanyama T-Site. Come shop for Christmas-themed illustrations and prints by local artist Juanida while surrounded by Christmas decorations. There will be Christmas corals too, taking place throughout the store.  On the candle-lit first-floor of the massive Tsutaya bookstore you’ll find a Christmas tree designed by Natale, a shop that specialises in modern Christmas decorations...

Art

Artist Buyers

Shibuya-san, Shibuya

Contemporary art group L Pack are hosting an exhibition at Shibuya-san, the city’s newest tourist information centre inside Shibuya Fukuras, co-produced by yours truly, Time Out Tokyo. This exhibition is the group’s first installation in the ‘Artist Buyers’ series, which focuses on the two cities of Shibuya and Nagaoka. They’ve hand-picked a selection of local artists from each city who explore the topic of ‘tourism’ through their work...

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Snow Rose Garden Yokohama directed by Naked

Yamashita Koen, Yokohama

Yokohama's Yamashita Park is popular for its beautiful rose garden, and now you can see this floral patch lit up beautifully for Christmas until December 27. About 1,900 roses of 160 varieties are illuminated with LED lights, creating an awe-inspiring and romantic atmosphere...

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Night Sync Yokohama

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai

A light exhibition directed by Seiichi Saito of Rhizomatiks, an expert of media art and expression through technology. This sparkling display can be seen at Shinko Central Plaza, which is just beside the city’s iconic ferris wheel, Cosmo Clock 21. The lights go on from 6pm to 9pm, and displays are interactive, with digital content...

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Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks
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Things to do

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

Odaiba Seaside Park, Odaiba

Fireworks are not just for summer; explosions of colours can be seen in the night sky at Odaiba in December. The pyrotechnic display can be viewed from anywhere in the Seaside Park area as the fireworks will be shot from around the 'Statue of Liberty' towards the sea...

Art

New Year Cards Exhibition

Design Festa Gallery Harajuku, Harajuku

Despite the rise of digital communication, the New Year greeting card tradition still lives on in Japan. So why not get a special, one-of-a-kind postcard to send to your loved ones back home to wish them a Happy New Year, instead of sending the usual plain old and impersonal text? Visit the Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku...

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Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu
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Things to do

Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu

Multiple venues

Dubbed Ao no Dokutsu ('Blue Cavern'), this illumination show was a huge hit when it first took place along the Meguro River back in 2014. Brought back to Shibuya a couple of years ago, it will again engulf the backstreets of Shibuya in a mysterious glow until New Year's Eve...

Things to do

Meguro River Illumination

Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square, Gotanda

The Meguro area's annual Minna no Illumi has found a novel solution to the issue of massive energy consumption during the illumination season. The over 400,000 pink LED lights used in the display – which will light up a stretch of the Meguro River near Gotanda Station until January 5...

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