What’s 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. In 2017 about 4.2 million people are thought to have attended! This year the Christmas markets will begin on Nov. 13 in Hakata, and Nov. 29 in Tenjin. And this year there’s a new third area inside Elgala Passage, next door to the Tenjin venue. Both venues will be seasonally decorated and feature high-spirited stage performances. Stalls will sell delicious mulled wine, hot chocolate, festive foods, and traditional Christmas decorations. And it’s not only eating, drinking and shopping – there’s lots of live entertainment too. Every night is different. And don’t forget to get one of this year’s three official festival mugs. For ¥1,000 you get a mug filled with hot mulled wine – or rich hot chocolate!
Enjoy a romantic Christmas amidst a beautiful arrangement of sparkling illuminations at Hakata, the city of light!
See our photos from this year’s Christmas Market in Hakata – Click here!
• 11/13 (Tue.) ~ 12/25 (Tue.)
• Weekdays 17:00~23:00, Sun. and hol. 12:00~23:00, Fri. and day before hol. 17:00~23:30, Sat. 12:00~23:30
• JR Hakata Ekimae Hiroba
• 1-1 Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Experience Europe without leaving Japan amongst 100 life-sized Santa figurines and wooden huts.
See our photos from this year’s Tenjin Christmas Market – Click here!
Original Mulled Wine
Get your very own official Fukuoka Christmas Market mug, filled with mulled wine made with cinnamon and other spices. There will be non-alcoholic grape juice too. Both go great with German stollen bread and other sweets and pastries! There’s a different mug design for each venue – so try to get them all. They’re collectibles!
Enjoy a wide assortment of beverages from European bottled beers, ten kinds of draft beer, sparkling wine, and hot chocolate with marshmallows!
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.
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?
Grill House will be serving seasonal and traditional Christmas roast chicken coated in an original umami-filled sauce and cooked on-site.
Gifts from Afar
Matryoshka, the Russian folk craft of an unending sequence of wooden dolls inside wooden dolls. Hand painted in the Ukraine.
Butcher of the World
A Christmas Market classic! Enjoy iconic spiral sausages from the German butcher “Stephan”.
New! Steamed potatoes and a savory steak covered in a 4-cheese sauce. Goes great with wine or European beers!
Melt a cube of raw chocolate into your hot cocoa for an extra-rich chocolatey flavor. Served in a festival mug!
Art of Glass
Adorable Christmas ornaments, such as a mini Santa Claus, reindeer, pine tree and more, from the famous Otaru glass workshop (Hokkaido).
Turkey & Cheese Dog
It’s not Christmas without turkey! Bite into a juicy smoked turkey leg roasted on the bone.
The Bread Bowl
Steaming stew served in a hollowed out bun, covered in cheese and baked in the oven. The lid is toasted with garlic butter!
A freshly baked rolled pastry from Hungary now popular on street corners across Europe. Eat it while it’s hot!
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!
Discover an array of classic European confectionery! These warm handcrafted sweets are ideal souvenirs too.
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.