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Christmas Colors: 5 Popular Winter Yokohama Illumination in the Minato Mirai District (2021)

Christmas Colors: 5 Popular Winter Yokohama Illumination in the Minato Mirai District (2021)

Date published: 17 December 2019
Last updated: 30 November 2021

Yokohama's Minato Mirai area is a popular date spot. Cherry blossoms in spring, Pokemon events in summer, and autumn colors in fall are the hot spots. But in winter, Minato Mirai is home to a glittering variety of light festivals taking place from Christmas to New Year's Eve.

Here we will introduce you to five popular Yokohama illumination spots you should not miss this year!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Yokohama Miraito: 1.5km-long Area of Illuminated Wonder
  2. 2. SKY CHRISTMAS 2020: Fantastic illumination decoration of Yokohama's Sky Building
  3. 3. The Landmark Christmas 2021: In collaboration with Chibi Maruko-chan
  4. 4. YOKOHAMA CROSS NIGHT ILLUMINATION: Where beautiful light fills the city
  5. 5. Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2021: Beautiful light competition with Yokohama Port as a backdrop!

1. Yokohama Miraito: 1.5km-long Area of Illuminated Wonder

November 11, 2021 - February 13, 2022

This Yokohama illumination event takes place from the east exit of Yokohama Station to Sakura-dori, with approximately 500,000 blue, champagne gold, white LED bulbs and 60 LED lights used for stage lighting.

In the main area of Art Plaza, which connects the Yokohama Museum of Art and Queen's Square in Minato Mirai, in Grand Mall Park, an experiential illumination system is created. Here, when you touch the snowflakes projected on the ground, the "Stardust of Hope" diffuses around you as the illumination glows in time with sound.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Sakura-dori is open until 10:00 p.m.)
・Closed: Open daily

  • Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
    • Address Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, Nishi-ku, 220-0012
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    • Nearest Station Yokohama Station (JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Negishi Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Line 3 (Yokohama Blue Line) / Tokyu Toyoko Line / Minatomirai Line / Keikyu Main Line / Sagami Railway Main Line)

2. SKY CHRISTMAS 2020: Fantastic illumination decoration of Yokohama's Sky Building

2. SKY CHRISTMAS 2020: Fantastic illumination decoration of Yokohama's Sky Building

November 11 - Saturday, December 25, 2021

This year at the Sky Building, a shopping and dining complex connected to Yokohama Station's east exit, you can enjoy Christmas decorations in a magically festive space!

The pièce de résistance is a 6-meter tall Christmas tree appearing in the atrium on the 10th floor. With gold flowers in full bloom as its key motif, the tree expresses the "radiance that connects us to the future."

If you scan the QR code on the leaflet placed in the museum, a Christmas motif will appear. It's an experience you're sure to love!

・Admission: Free
・Hours: Christmas tree: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (*For other illuminations, please refer to the opening hours of each floor)
・Closed: No regular holidays

  • Yokohama Sky Building
    スカイビル
    • Address 2-19-12 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • Nearest Station 3-minute walk from Yokohama Station on the JR and Keihin Electric Express Railway lines, 5-minute walk from Yokohama Station on the Toyoko and Minatomirai lines.
    • Phone Number 045-441-2424
    • ・Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (*Depends on each floor)
      ・Closed: No regular holidays

3. The Landmark Christmas 2021: In collaboration with Chibi Maruko-chan

3. The Landmark Christmas 2021: In collaboration with Chibi Maruko-chan
©さくらプロダクション/日本アニメーション

November 11 - Saturday, December 25, 2021

Yokohama Landmark Tower will hold "The Landmark Christmas 2021 Happiness Holidays - Enjoying Landmark's Grown-Up Christmas with Maruko" in collaboration with Chibi Maruko-chan, a popular character that celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2010.

A digital stamp rally will be held at Landmark Plaza and MARK IS Minato Mirai, and Maruko-chan and her friends will appear at various places around the museum. Also, if you scan the QR code on the leaflet installed in the museum with your smartphone, a Christmas wreath with Chibi Maruko-chan will appear.

The first floor of Yokohama's Landmark Tower, in Landmark Plaza, will be home to a gorgeous 8-meter tall Christmas tree, decked out in a seasonal theme. Romantic illuminations are set up as well.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: Tree lighting 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
・Closed: No regular holidays

4. YOKOHAMA CROSS NIGHT ILLUMINATION: Where beautiful light fills the city

4. YOKOHAMA CROSS NIGHT ILLUMINATION: Where beautiful light fills the city

November 18 - December 26, 2021

You'll love the romantic YOKOHAMA CROSS NIGHT ILLUMINATION, held near the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in Minato Mirai!

At Shinko Central Square, a brilliant Yokohama illumination complete with the spacious and gorgeously colored "CROSS DOME" will be installed. You can enjoy the change of light that reacts when a person enters the dome or pathways.

"PORTAL"

You can also enjoy NIGHT VIEWING, a city-wide light and music performance that will be held eight times a day, an event in which you can run through the streets of Yokohama while enjoying the illumination, and PORTAL, a new type of light object in which participants become part of the artwork.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 9:05 p.m.
・Closed: Open daily

  • Shinko Central Square
    新港中央広場
    • Address 1-5 Shinminato, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • Nearest Station 7-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line, 17-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Line.
    • Phone: 045-323-9952 (Secretariat of Creative Light Yokohama Executive Committee)

5. Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2021: Beautiful light competition with Yokohama Port as a backdrop!

5. Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2021: Beautiful light competition with Yokohama Port as a backdrop!
(Photo from a past event is shown)

November 19, 2021 - February 27, 2022

The 15th annual Pacifico Yokohama Winter Illuminations 2021 will be held at two locations, Queen Mall Bridge and Pukarisanbashi Pier, the gateway to Pacifico Yokohama.

・Admission: Free
・Hours: 5:00 p.m. - midnight.
・Closed: Open daily (subject to change)

  • Pacifico Yokohama
    パシフィコ横浜
    • Address 1-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • Nearest Station ・5-minute walk from Minatomirai Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line and Fukutoshin Line direct access)
      ・12 minutes on foot, 11 minutes by bus, or 5 minutes by cab from JR Sakuragicho Station
      ・10 minutes from JR Yokohama Station by cab or 10 minutes by Sea Bass (boat)
    • ・Phone: 045-221-2155 (Pacifico Yokohama General Information)

* Please note that there may be changes in the period and time of the event, cancellation, or changes in the contents depending on the situation. Please check the official website for the latest information before you go.
* Photos are for reference only. They may differ from those of the actual event.

Written by:

Mae Kakizaki

Mae Kakizaki

Active as a freelance writer and editor since 2019. Utilizing her background as a monthly magazine and portal site editor, she currently contributes walk-around-town articles to websites.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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