Winter Illuminations and Events in Nagoya

Nagoya, and in fact Japan, really embrace the Christmas season with illuminations and other winter events going on in December each year.

One highlight of winter in Nagoya is the amazing winter illuminations that go up each year around the middle of November and mostly stay up until January or even February of the new year.

Fun Christmas and New Year events also take place at different locations around Nagoya.

So if you happen to be in Nagoya this year and you are wondering how to really get into the Christmas spirit and to enjoy the cold season, here is a list of winter illuminations and events in Nagoya.

Meieki Illumination

Meieki Illumination
Nagoya Station illumination

The Meieki Illumination lights up each year around the Nagoya Station area. This is a collection not only of outside spots but also multiple small displays and events going on in buildings all around the Nagoya Station area

The outside illumination along the main street in front of Nagoya Station with the lit-up spiral monument is an exceptionally beautiful sight.

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The following buildings around Nagoya Station have illuminations going on on the inside and/or outside:

JR Central Towers/JR Gate Tower Illumination

JR Central Towers
JR Central Towers rainbow Christmas tree

The JR Central Towers and JR Gate Tower are the skyscrapers directly connected to Nagoya Station. They feature an outside illumination in front of the station as well as a beautiful 12 meter tall Christmas tree. The tree is lit with the 7 colors of the rainbow bringing hope to the hearts of all beholders. Smaller trees can be found on the 12th floor of both towers.

JR Central Towers/ JR Gate Tower Illumination
Event Period:
Outside Nov 11. 2020 – Jan 1. 2021, 17:00 – 24:00
Inside Nov 11. – Dec 25. 2020, 17:00 – 24:00
Address:
3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-6490
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

JP Tower Nagoya/KITTE Nagoya Illumination

Kitte Nagoya
KITTE Nagoya Christmas tree

JP Tower Nagoya and KITTE Nagoya has an outside illumination as well as a beautiful inside illumination with a gigantic handmade sparkling white Christmas tree called the Heartfelt Tree. 8 times during the day the Heartfelt Tree changes its colors in tune to the music.

JP Tower Nagoya/KITTE Nagoya Illumination
Event Period:
Outside Nov 11. 2020 – Feb 28. 2021, 17:00 – 23:00
Inside Nov 11. – Dec 25. 2020, 17:00 – 23:00
Address:
1-1-1 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 452-0002
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

Dai Nagoya Building Illumination

Dai Nagoya Building
Dai Nagoya Building winter illumination “LOVE”

Dai Nagoya Building not only holds a beautiful outside illumination event in front of the building but also on the outside terrace on the 5th floor. Under the topic of “LOVE”, the illumination features roses, gift boxes, and 100,000 LED lights. The underground level as well as the 3rd floor also have beautiful Christmas objects on display.

Dai Nagoya Building Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 11. 2020 – Feb 28. 2021, 17:00 – 23:00
Address:
3-28-12 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-6490
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

Nagoya Lucent Tower Illumination – An ocean of blue light

Lucent Tower blue winter illumination

The outside of Nagoya Lucent Tower becomes an ocean of blue light that changes in tune with the music. There is ample space to sit down and enjoy the show for a couple of minutes.

Nagoya Lucent Tower Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 11. 2020 – Jan 1. 2021, 17:00 – 23:00
Address:
6-1 Ushijimacho, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-6090
Google Map

Midland Square Illumination

Midland Square
Midland Square main tree illumination

The stylish Midland Square has a yearly outside illumination with 90.000 campaign colored LEDs and the main tree in front of the office building all wrapped in light blue lights. The inside this year is decorated with beautiful glass art.

Midland Square Illumination
Event Period:
Outside Nov 11. 2020 – Feb 14. 2021, 17:00 – 23:00
Inside Nov 11. – Dec 25. 2020
Address:
4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

Meitetsu Department Store Christmas Event

Nana chan
Nana Chan doll dressed for Christmas

The gigantic mannequin Nana Chan is dressed up for Christmas in a floral red dress decorated with real flowers. One of the windows of the Meitetsu Department Store has also been beautifully decorated with a handmade patchwork quilt made from recycled fabrics.

Meitetsu Department Store Christmas Event
Event Period:
Nana Chan Dec 9. – Dec 25. 2020
Window Nov 11. – Dec 25. 2020
Address:
1-2-1 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-8505
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

For more information about the Meieki Illumination in general visit the official website (Japanese only).

Marriott Healing Christmas

Marriott
Lantern Christmas tree at Marriott Associa Hotel

At the Marriott Associa Hotel lobby, you will find a Japan-inspired Christmas ornament. A 3-meter tall Japanese lantern in the shape of a white and red Christmas tree. Handmade by the local lantern manufacturer Fushitani Shoten.

Marriott Healing Christmas
Event Period:
Nov 11. – Dec 25. 2020
Address:
1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-6002
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Market

Kaethe Wohlfahrt Christmas Market
Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Market at Midland Square

If you were looking for real German Christmas decorations you should check out the Christmas Market inside Midland Square. Käthe Wohlfahrt is the most popular brand of German Christmas decorations worldwide and at this small market, you can buy adorable objects for your home or as gifts for friends and family.

Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Market
Event Period:
Nov 20. – Dec 24. 2020 11:00-20:00
Address:
4-7-1 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

Sasashima Live Illumination

Sasashima Live Illumination, image via WalkerPlus

Officially the illumination event around the Sasashima Live area is part of the bigger Meieki Illumination. But because it is technically a different area we are going to mention it separately here.

The event here features an outside illumination in the station area as well as illuminations and other events at Strings Hotel Nagoya, Global Gate, and Market Square.

Sasashima Live Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 11. 2020 – Feb 14. 2021 17:00-23:00
Address:
4 Hiraikecho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 453-0872
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Map

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Comado Marche

Comado Marche at Global Gate Sasashima Live, image via WalkerPlus

The Comado Marche is a small event held inside Global Gate at Sasashima Live. Here you can find handmade decorations and accessories perfect to decorate your home or as small Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Comado Marche
Event Period:
Dec 17. – Dec. 20. 2020 11:00-18:00
Address:
4-60-12 Hiraikecho, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 453-6190
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Maps

Noritake Garden Christmas Garden

Christmas illumination at Noritake Garden

Noritake Garden, the spacious grounds of the Noritake porcelain manufacturer not far from Nagoya Station are decorated beautifully each year for Christmas.

Santa and a gigantic Christmas tree welcome you to the lif-up garden with its old red-brick buildings as a scenic backdrop.

Noritake Garden Christmas Garden
Event Period:
Nov 7. – Dec 25. 2020 sunset -19:00, Dec 22.-25. 2020 sunset – 21:00
Address:
3-1-36 Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 451-8501
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Maps

Noritake Garden also has a very interesting museum you could visit. Check out this post for more info:
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Hirokoji Avenue Illumination

Ornament at Hirokoji Avenue Illumination

The Hirokoji Avenue Illumination is also part of the Meieki Illumination. The 4-kilometer long Hirokoji Avenue from the crossing of Hirokoji Avenue and Meieki Avenue all the way to Shin Sakae is lit up with illuminated artwork at 4 crossings.

Hirokoji Avenue Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 11. 2020 – Jan 17. 2021 17:15 -01:00
Address:
4-27 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002
Google Maps

Winter Illumination at Sea Train Land

Sea Train Land Winter Illumination

The Sea Train Land is a cute little amusement park at the port of Nagoya. It has a couple of aged attractions including a ferries wheel.

A small but beautiful winter illumination is held each year at the sea train land that you can enjoy with your family.

Winter Illumination at Sea Train Land
Event Period:
Nov 21. 2020 – Feb 28. 2021, weekdays 17:00-19:00, weekends Dec 17:00-21:30, weekends Jan/Feb 17:00-20:00
Address:
1-51 Nishikuracho, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0034
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Nagoya Port Winter Illumination

Nagoya Port Illumination 2020 promotion video

The Nagoya Port area where the Port of Nagoya Aquarium is located boasts a beautiful and impressive winter illumination each year. This year the topic is Over the Rainbow, with lights in the 7 colors of the rainbow. You can also borrow a shining umbrella to keep social distance and for an even more colorful experience.

Nagoya Port Winter Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 27. – Dec 25. 2020 16:30-21:00, except Dec 19. 2020
Address:
1 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Isogai Xmas Hanabi Fireworks

Nagoya Art Fireworks Festival
Isogai Fireworks display

The yearly Isogai Fireworks around Christmas are an amazing opportunity to enjoy Japanese fireworks in winter. The fireworks display has a different story each year (in Japanese only) but even if you cannot understand the story it is an amazing and beautiful spectacle.

*This year the event is reservation only.

Isogai Xmas Hanabi Fireworks
Event Date:
Dec 19. 2020 
Address:
1 Minatomachi, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0033
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Sakae Minami Osu Winter Illumination

Sakae Minami Osu Winter Illumination

The trees along the central street leading from Osu to Sakae light up in a beautiful blue light each year using around 300.000 lights.

Sakae Minami Osu Winter Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 12. 2020 – Feb 21. 2021 16:30-21:00, except Dec 19. 2020
Address:
Otsu-dori Street, Nagoya, Aichi
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Otsu Dori, Sakae, and Osu are great places for shopping in Nagoya, check out this post for more infos:
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Blossa Winter Illumination

Blossa Winter Illumination, image via Rurubu

The Blossa Building sparkles this year in pink, yellow, and blue. With the Nagoya TV Tower in the background, the small illumination at Blossa is a nice photo spot this winter.

Blossa Winter Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 13. 2020 – Feb 14. 2021 16:30-24:00
Address:
1-1-10 Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0005
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Specialties of Nagoya food tour

Nagoya Christmas Market

Christmas tree at Nagoya Christmas Market

The Nagoya Christmas Market at Hisaya Odori Park in Sakae District is the best biggest and best known Christmas Market in Nagoya. 

This Christmas market like so many others in Japan is inspired by European Christmas markets serving German sausages, beer, and mulled wine.

Live performances are held throughout the day and you can even buy some handcrafted items as Christmas presents or to decorate your home.

*Due to COVID-19 the Nagoya Christmas Market has been canceled in 2020.

Nagoya Christmas Market
Event Period:
canceled in 2020
Address:
3-65 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0008
Website
(Japanese only)| Google Maps

Toyota Gosei Iceless Skating Rink 

Toyota Gosei Iceless Skating Rink

An iceless skate rink pops up every year at Oasis 21 in Sakae district. It is fun for the whole family and especially great for beginners. Around the skating rink, other events take place regularly.

Toyota Gosei Iceless Skate Rink
Entry Fee:
Weekdays adults 900 yen, children 500 yen,
weekends adults 1300 yen, children 500 yen
Event Period:
Nov 21. 2020 – Feb 28. 2021
Address:
1-11-1 Higashisakura, Higashi Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0005
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Maps

First Sunrise of the Year at Nagoya TV Tower

Sunrise over Nagoya from Nagoya TV Tower, image via Nagoya TV Tower

For a special new year’s day enjoy the first sunrise of the year from the observatory at the newly renovated Nagoya TV Tower.

Nagoya TV Tower First Sunrise
Entry Fee:
2000 yen
Event Date:
Jan 1. 2021 6:00-8:00
Address:
3-6-15 Nishiki, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0003
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Maps

Nagoya Sake Tasting Night Tour

Hoshigaoka Terrace Winter Illumination

Hoshigaoka Terrace

This year’s illumination at the Hoshigaoka Terrace celebrates dawn. With cute miniature houses arranged by color from purple to light blue, yellow, and pink to represent dawn.

Hoshigaoka Terrace Winter Illumination
Event Period:
Nov 14. 2020 – Feb 28. 2021 17:00-23:00
Address:
16-50 Hoshigaoka Motomachi, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 464-0802
Website
(Japanese only) | Google Maps


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In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. Her goal is to make everyone interested in Nagoya, her adoptive home, online through her writing and offline through unique food tours.

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