Dec 242017
 

December 24, 2017

It is Christmas in Japan, and Sapporo does it big.  Today we spent the day walking the German Christmas Fair, and yes, all the gifts and food are German.  You go for the lights and the people watching unless of course, you want to take home German gifts from Japan.

Snowman Building

Snowman Building during the day in front of lights that decorate the night.

The market has been held in Sapporo since 2002, when the city celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with its sister city, Munich, Germany. The stalls sell Christmas items, hot wine and cold beer, and German food.  The market is up for one month in Odori Park and ends on Christmas Eve.  Sapporo White Illumination, also in Odori Park, a tradition that began in 1981, is a  Christmas light show that stays up until Christmas day.

There are so many photo opportunities throughout the German Christmas Fair

There are so many photo opportunities throughout the German Christmas Market

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Saint Nick can even be found here and there

Saint Nick can even be found here and there.

There are lots of places to do “selfies” and posed shots, but the best vantage point is the 30th floor of the Sapporo TV Tower.

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower

While Illumination Sapporo Japan

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Looking down on Odori Park from the observation level of the Sapporo TV Tower

Looking down on Odori Park from the observation level of the Sapporo TV Tower

the Noria Ferris wheel at the Norbesa Center in the Susukino Entertainment district, and ski resorts in the distance from the observation tower

the Noria Ferris wheel at the Norbesa Center in the Susukino Entertainment district, and ski resorts in the distance from the observation tower

To make your visit complete you must go back at night to see all the lights.  Start at the TV Tower Observation deck, this time with a long line of people, and end at Odori W8.

Odori Park at night from the Sapporo TV Tower Observation Deck

Odori Park at night from the Sapporo TV Tower Observation Deck

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The Ferris wheel not only changes colors but also changes patterns making for a wonderful light show from the observation deck.

Christmas in Sapporo Japan

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Christmas Eve in Sapporo Japan

There are decorations of light displays for 8 blocks, all different

There are decorations of light displays for 8 blocks, all different

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Tunnel of Lights

Tunnel of Lights

Sapporo christmas lights

Frozen bananas and marshmallow treats

Frozen bananas and marshmallow treats

There is all sorts of fun shopping both day and night

There is all sorts of fun shopping both day and night

German Christmas Market Sapporo Japan

Hot chocolate, hot wine, cold beer and lots of German food

Hot chocolate, hot wine, cold beer and lots of German food

Only in Japan would there be an entire building to take your dishes after eating.

Only in Japan would there be an entire building to take your dishes after eating.

The kids finished the snow man they were building this afternoon

The kids finished the snowman they were building this afternoon

Children in their Christmas costumes enjoying the Christmas lights

Children in their Christmas costumes enjoying the Christmas lights

The people watching continues throughout the evening

The people watching continues throughout the evening

Ekimae dori is a street off of Odori Park that is lined with trees that are lit up so beautifully.  These are up until February 12th.

Ekimae dori is a street off of Odori Park that is lined with trees that are lit up so beautifully. These are up until February 12th.

Minami 1-jo dori, in front of the JR Tower shopping mall also has a lovely light display as well, and it is up until March 14th

Minami 1-jo dori, in front of the JR Tower shopping mall also has a lovely light display as well, and it is up until March 14th

Walk and you will find spontaneous caroling, what more can you ask at Christmas?

Merry Christmas!

  2 Responses to “Christmas Eve in Sapporo, Japan”

  1. […] Six U.S. dollars will get you a very, very slow ride on the Noria on the 7th floor of the Norbesa Mall in the Susukino entertainment district of Sapporo.  It is worth it if you love Ferris Wheels, and not for the faint of heart if you have issues with heights.  If you wanted your feet planted firmly, but still want the view, read my post on the TV Tower here. […]

  2. […] enjoying the Sapporo TV Tower and the lights in Odori Park, or the Snow Festival if you are here in February, there are several interesting historic places to […]