Tis the season! when Fukuoka City comes alive with Christmas and New Year’s illuminations. Fukuoka Now’s recommendations for the best festive lights in town…
“Hakata, City of Lights”
This year’s illumination takes inspiration from nature’s own light display, the aurora. Enjoy 700,000 lights, plus the mini train “Bun Bun Go” decorated for the Christmas season.
-Hakata Station Ekimae Hiroba
“Christmas of the Sun 2012”
Original Christmas illuminations can be found all over the Canal City shopping complex. Christmas events include workshops, quizzes and a roaming Santa Claus. Ho, ho, ho!
-Canal City Hakata
“Let’s Go Tenjin Christmas 2012 – Tenjin Hikari Square”
Recently reopened, the newly named “Tenjin Hikari Square” boasts an ice-skating rink, merry-go-round and 300,000 lights for the Xmas season.
-17:00~24:00 (not fixed schedule)
Special! Hilton’s Christmas Model Train
For the first time in Fukuoka, the Hilton’s decorations include an 84m² model of a wintery European town with a 40-car model train whizzing through it. The kids will love it!
– Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk 4F
Have a safe and happy holiday period!
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn168, Dec. 2012)