Hakodate Christmas Fantasy is a popular event celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Held annually from December 1st until the 25th, the event attracts many tourists to Hakodate.
The highlight of this festival is the huge Christmas tree installed on a raft in the harbor. It is lit up everyday at the 6pm light-up ceremony. The lights turn red, green, blue, and white, in a cycle and the tree is lit up until midnight (until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, and from December 22nd to the 25th). Fireworks are set off at the light-up ceremony to liven-up the atmosphere of the event.
“Soup Bars” by popular restaurants in the city are open at the venue. It is a fun experience to drink hot soup while watching the Christmas tree in the severe cold of the outdoors.
During this event, trees along nearby streets, churches and historic buildings are decorated with illuminations. Walking along the illuminated streets will make you feel romantic. Come to Hakodate in winter!!