Nagoya, Aichi's most bustling area, celebrates Christmas on a grand scale. From mood-making illuminations to gorgeous cruises, here are 5 different recommended Christmas events to check out in Nagoya.
1. Nagoya Christmas Market
The Christmas Market held in Hisaya Odori Park in Sakae, Nagoya's biggest business district, is the first recommendation. It was modeled after the Christmas markets held in many parts of Europe like Germany during the Advent season. The plaza is lit up with warm lanterns, and booths selling Christmas ornaments, goods, sweets, and more are lined up, and visitors can enjoy shopping and food. You can also take photos with Santa Claus, there's a merry-go-round, a Christmas stage featuring gospel and acapella singers, and other fun events throughout the period.
Will be held between December 9th (Friday) to December 25th (Sunday), 2016
2. Nagoya Port Sea Train Land
This popular leisure spot was built on the site of the former JR Cargo Nagoya Port Station. During the Christmas season, the entire park is decorated with about 50,000 lights, including the biggest Ferris wheel in the Tokai area standing at 85m. The gorgeous lights create a wonderful mood. There's also a dome made in the image of a starry sky, an 8m tall tree, and a heart shaped illumination! Couples will definitely enjoy the romantic atmosphere. There's no entrance fee, which is great (each attraction has its own charge).
Will be held from November 19th (Saturday) to December 25th (Sunday), 2016
3. Nippon maru Santa Cruise Nagoya
For people that want to enjoy a slightly luxurious holiday, why not try a Christmas cruise? The popular ship Nippon maru offers a plan where you can enjoy a one night, two day cruise. There's also a Christmas dinner scheduled where you can enjoy turkey hors d'oeuvre,marinated beef filet, and wine, and you can spend a special night there. Every year they have a popular concert, and this year is the Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri. Their gentle voices will envelope the ship.
Will be held on December 19th (Monday). Will leave Nagoya Port at 5:00 pm and return December 20th (Sunday), 2016 at 9:00 am.
Cost: Standard suite starts at 44,000 JPY per person *Price changes depending on room
4. Nagoya City Science Museum
Nagoya City Science Museum is one of the foremost science museums in Japan. It holds the world's largest planetarium dome with a diameter of 35m called Brother Earth, and every year they hold a projection mapping event during the Christmas season. The projection mapping is centered around the environment and Christmas with the desire for the children to gain more interest and understanding of space and science and make their dreams for the future bigger. In former years, it was held over 2 days around December 20th (4 times a day).
*Plans for 2016 are not yet available. This information is from 2015.
5. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
This popular aquarium holds a Christmas event in which it's open until 8:00 pm on December 24th even though usually it closes at 5:00 pm in the winter. You can enjoy a mystical night aquarium. Also, during the Christmas season, the aquarium is decorated with trees and wreaths, and the trainers wear Santa costumes during the dolphin shows. The aquarium becomes painted in Christmas. This event can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Will be held between November 29th (Tuesday) and December 25th (Sunday), 2016 The dolphin performance will be held on December 24th (Saturday).
Since Nagoya is directly between Kanto and Kansai, one of its biggest charms is being able to stop by during your trip. Definitely enjoy a Christmas event in Nagoya this year if you can!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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