Tokyo Christmas Market – another Hibiya Park triumph

Tokyo Christmas Market – another Hibiya Park triumph

Tokyo Christmas Market – another Hibiya Park triumph

TOKYO —

You can feel it in the air, even in Tokyo. Christmas is coming.

Tokyo gets itself into the Christmas spirit with festive lighting displays on major thoroughfares, shopping centers and tower complexes as well as seasonal decorations in department stores and other public venues. Currently, Hibiya Park is host to the Tokyo Christmas Market 2016 until Dec 25.

Inspired by the traditional Christmas markets that have been a staple of German towns for centuries, this is a festival of food, drink, lights, music, and gift-shopping. Hibiya Park, one of the oldest public parks in Tokyo, is host to various special events throughout the year, but this is one of its best. Unfortunately, this means it’s pretty crowded. But if you take the approach that the crowds just add to the holiday atmosphere, you can really have fun.

The market is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., centered around the park’s large fountain. Perhaps the symbol of the market is its 14-meter “Christmas pyramid”, 6 levels of traditional Christmas themed wooden figures spinning as if powered by candle smoke. Custom-made and imported from Dresden, Germany, this is a striking work of art that is mesmerizing to watch.

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