Cocoon City Christmas: Saitama’s most festive mall

Cocoon City Christmas – Cocoon City is just one part of Saitama Shintoshin. The whole area of Shintoshin is the most Christmassy location I have found in Saitama prefecture . Between the illumination, the markets, the concerts, candle night, crafts and Santa visits, it really is one of the best places to find the Christmas spirit in Saitama.

This article focuses on all the festive events in Cocoon City this christmas.

  1. Colour changing Christmas Tree
  2. Winter Illumination
  3. Christmas Crafts
  4. Christmas Candle Night
  5. Christmas Market
  6. Santa Meet and Greet

(1) Colour changing Christmas Tree

Date: November 10th to December 25th
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm

From the official website

The Christmas tree in Cocoon City is beautiful every year. It is a ten metre tree classically decorated. This year it is also a magical tree! On the hour and half hour the tree changes colour twice.   The tree is in the Cocoon 2 Cocoon Hiroba. There is also a (non magic!) Christmas tree in Cocoon 1 plaza.

(2) Cocoon City Illumination

Date: November 10th to February 14th
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm

Cocoon City Christmas

The Christmas tree is just one part of Cocoon City’s annual illumination display. This years theme is “Wish Upon a Cocoon Star”. In total there are seven areas with night illumination in Cocoon City. Cocoon 2 is the focal point, but there are also displays at Cocoon 3 Keyaki Walk, Park Side Building, Cocoon 1 plaza, Kotsu Hiroba, the station east deck and Cocoon 2 Plaza entrance.

More information in English on this blog…

(3) Christmas Crafts

Date: December 15th and 16th
Time: from 11 am

Cocoon city are pretty good for the seasonal crafts. Christmas is no exception. You can make your own wreath or Christmas stocking if you have made purchases of 1000 yen or more in the mall on the select dates:

Homemade Christmas Wreath workshop
Date
: December 15th
Time: from 11 am
Conditions: first 100 customers with proof of 1000 yen+ of purchases
Location: 3rd floor Cocoon 2

Homemade Christmas Stocking Workshop
Date
: December 16th
Time: from 11 am
Conditions: 100 customers with proof of purchases for more than 1000 yen
Location: 3rd floor Nigiwai spot Cocoon 2

(4) Christmas Candle Night

Date: December 22nd and 23rd
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Christmas Candle nights have really caught on in Japan. It is not something we have in my homeland so it is something I personally enjoy. The Christmas Candle night in Cocoon city is on two nights: December 22nd and 23rd.

Full information in English on this blog:

(5) Christmas Market

Date: December 22nd to 25th
Time: 11 am to 9 pm

The christmas market is not as big as the one in the super arena end of Saitama Shintoshin. It is only on for the three days leading up to Christmas, December 22nd to 24th, and on Christmas day itself. This event also features on this blog, full information here:

(6) Santa meet and greet

Date: December 22nd and 23rd
Time: from 1 pm

An essential part of all Christmas celebrations: the Santa Meet and Greet. Each year Father Christmas visits Cocoon City. You can find up to date information annually in the events section of this blog:

Cocoon City Information

Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm

Address:4-263-1 Kishikicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City

Phone: 048-601-5050

Access: 1 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about an 8 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station

Parking: Cocoon City is open from 10 am to 9 pm, but the cinema opens longer and the parking reflects that. It is open 9.00 am to 1.00 am. 200 yen for 30 minutes, but if you have a Cocoon card or if you spend more than a 1000 yen in one shop you get one hour free parking. If you use the cinema you get 3 hours free parking.

Official Website: https://www.cocooncity.jp/

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2 comments on “Cocoon City Christmas: Saitama’s most festive mall

    1. L M N Post author

      It really is incredible, and how much it has come on in the last 5 years. They do Christmas better than at home now!!

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