What is a Christmas Market?
These market-style events originated in Germany and are usually held in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The first Fukuoka Christmas Market was held in 2013, and it has continued to grow ever since. Last year 2016 about 4 million people are thought to have attended! This year the Christmas markets will be held in both Hakata and Tenjin for five weeks. Both venues will be seasonally decorated and feature high-spirited stage performances. Specially set up stalls will sell delicious mulled wine, hot chocolate, Christmas goods, and traditional German items. The markets are sure to attract big crowds every day, so be sure to attend and experience the festive atmosphere!
A taste of Europe just seconds from Hakata Station! Enjoy mulled wine and German-style spiral sausages amidst a beautiful arrangement of sparkling illuminations outside JR Hakata Station.
See our photos from this year’s Christmas Market in Hakata – Click here!
• 11/14 (Tue.) ~ 12/25 (Mon.)
* Special illumination light-up ceremony: 11/14 (Tue.) 18:30~
• Weekdays 17:00~23:00, Fri. and day before hol. 17:00~23:30, Sat. 12:00~23:30, Sun. and hol. 12:00~23:00
• JR Hakata Station Ekimae Hiroba
• Approx. 33 stalls
Experience Europe without leaving the Japan amongst 100 life-sized Santa figurines and one giant Santa! Enjoy christmas favorites such as roast chicken or chill-out in the BBQ zone.
See our photos from this year’s Tenjin Christmas Market – Click here!
• 11/30 (Thu.) ~ 12/25 (Mon.)
• Weekdays 16:00~22:00, Sat., Sun., and hol. 12:00 ~ 22:00
• Fukuoka City Hall West Side Hiroba
• Approx. 25 stalls
Original Mulled Wine
Purchase a cup of hot mulled wine for just ¥1,000 and take the mug back home! The mug design changes every year and by venue. They are fast becoming collectables, so be sure to get yours!
This year’s special Christmas Market ornament, “Fuku no Tenshi” (Angel of Good Fortune) is made by Hakata Ningyo (doll) maker Nakamura Shinkyo. Only 300 limited edition pieces go on sale in Hakata and Tenjin on Dec. 6 (Wed.).
Beautiful candle holders made from traditional German clay craft. Place a candle inside and get in the Christmas mood.
Pokka & Wolly
Special limited sale of reindeer hide rugs from Finland, German-made sheep hide rugs and more.
Butcher of the World
Enjoy affordable, authentic spiral sausages from German meat suppliers “Stephan”
Light a candle inside these miniature ceramic houses and watch them come to life! In Europe it’s a custom to give one to married couples. Why not gift one to someone special?
What’s Christmas without turkey legs (¥1,000 ea.)? Or warm up with an order of spiced lamb meatballs.
Enjoy a wide assortment of beverages from European bottled beers, ten kinds of draft beer, sparkling wine, and hot chocolate with marshmallows!
Tasty French galette crepes made with buckwheat, a Christmas market favorite!
Fukuoka Bordeaux Wine Festival
Uncommon wines from Bordeaux will be available at this booth between 11/14 ~ 11/30.
Enjoy a warm, tasty Italian panini sandwich. Choose your favorite filling from a range of scrumptious ingredients.
Savor the Christmas Market atmosphere with some European sweets such as apple-packed apple strudels or cookies.
Charming handmade goods featuring intricate embroidery and original designs will be on sale. A special Christmas wrapping service also available.
The BBQ Market will offer a fantastic range of international barbecue-style meats, including Australian beef, Spanish lamb, and Iberian pork. Enjoy these tasty meat dishes in a festive atmosphere
Grill House will be serving seasonal and traditional Christmas roast chicken coated in an original umami-filled sauce and cooked on-site.
Discover an array of classic European confectionery! These warm handcrafted sweets are ideal souvenirs too.
Check out these bite-sized popcorn shrimp that is perfect for snacking! Choose from four dipping sauces (chili-mayo, BBQ, takoyaki sauce with mayo, and basil mayo) to accompany these tasty treats!
There will be a wonderful assortment of items on sale at this year’s markets that have been brought over from Europe, including handmade candles and snow-globes. The Christmas-themed pieces don’t stop there: visitors will also be able to find pieces that are much harder to come by, such as reindeer rugs. With such an exciting array of attractions, you’re sure to have a great time at the Christmas markets in Hakata and Tenjin!