At the Keyaki Hiroba in Saitama Super Arena. From Wednesday the 17th through to Sunday the 21st.
Times: from 4 to 9 pm on Wednesday the 17th, 11 am to 9 pm on Thursday to Saturday the 18th to 20th, and from 11am to 8pm on Sunday the 21st.
It is free to enter, but you have to pay for the beer! There will be a number of free music and dance performances held over the weekend, so bring your leisure sheet. They usually have attractions and activities for children too. Food is also available to purchase. For more free events in the Saitama Super Arena see here.
This year’s Christmas Concerts in Keyaki Hiroba at Saitama Shintoshin will be held on: December 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and 25th. Friede, Hiro’s mass choir and Rie & Rumi Gospel Choir will be among the performers. There will also be other events held on those days.
For more fun and interesting things to do in Saitama, please click on “all events” to be taken to a calendar of events for Saitama. You can find some really unique “only in Japan” events coming up in Saitama. Most of the content I provide is translated from official websites that have no English page. My only aim is to help non-Japanese speaking foreigners living in Saitama (and those commutable from Saitama in places such as Tokyo and Gunma) get the most out of all the great things Saitama has to offer.
Saitama Shintoshin’s Keyaki Hiroba’s annual winter illumination will start on November 5th this year and will run until Valentine’s Day 2017. This year the theme is sound and light and 200,000 lights are being used, the illumination will be set to music. (Image from the official site, linked below).
Generally the illumination will be on from 5 pm, but on the 5th of November they will have their “switch on” event at 5.45 pm.
Place: The area of keyabi hiroba which is between Saitama Shintoshin and Saitama super arena Hours: 5 pm to midnight Price: Free Parking: 400 yen for the 1st hour, 200 yen for each subsequent half hour Address: 2-27 Kamiochiai, Chuo Ward, Saitama City 338-0001 URL: http://www.saitama-arena.co.jp/schedule/2016/11/ Phone: 048-600-0070 Access: 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station
There are a number of special events being held in the Greater Tokyo Area to celebrate Christmas. Among them, you can find some choir group performances and Christmas concerts. Below is a selection of some of the Christmas choir and concerts available this year.
ROYAL PARK HOTEL
From the 19th of December the luxury 5 star hotel in Nihonbashi give us their Christmas present; a week of FREE Christmas concerts for guests and the general public to enjoy. Twice a day they have a public performance, one at 1.30pm and one at 5pm. Each day is a different concert including the Marunouchi Choir on the 19th, Wagner Society female choir on the 20th, the Tokyo Bell Orchestra handbell performance on the 21st, St Paul’s Glee Club on the 22nd and the Japan Women’s University Choir on the 23rd. More information on their Christmas events on their website in Japanese: http://www.rph.co.jp/information/christmas2015.html
The 125 year old hotel located near Hibiya Station offers a variety of Christmas events, some of them open to the general public. Among the many events organised for the month of December is the Tokyo FM Boys Choir performance on December 23rd in the hotel lobby from 3 to 3.30pm. This is a one of the events that is open to the general public. It is also free. More information in Japanese on their official webpage for the event: http://www.imperialhotel-plaza.jp/wp/archives/2847/
Marunouchi Symphony orchestra will perform a live FREE Christmas Concert at Megaweb on the afternoon of December 23rd. You can already enjoy Christmas illumination at Megaweb. More information will be available about the full orchestra performance on their website soon. http://www.megaweb.gr.jp/
On December 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 25th there are FREE Christmas concerts scheduled from 4pm to 8.30pm in Saitama Shintoshin. The concerts will include gospel choirs, a capella groups, Jazz and other types of music. You can enjoy the magical backdrop of wonderful winter illumination too. The website is in Japanese only: http://www.stib.jp/saitamae/data/index.php?id=10192465
If you have any Christmas concerts you would like to see added to the list, please do not hesitate to comment below.
Blue lights Symphony, Winter Illumination at Keyaki Hiroba, Saitama Shintoshin
There will also be winter concerts run the week of Christmas in conjunction with this event, please keep an eye on this blog for more information.
Dates: November 2013 to February 14th 2014 Hours: 17.00 – 24.00 Place: The area of keyabi hiroba which is between Saitama Shintoshin and Saitama super arena Price: Free Parking: 400 yen for the 1st hour, 200 yen for each subsequent half hour Address: 2-27 Kamiochiai, Chuo Ward, Saitama City 338-0001 Phone: 048-600-0070 Access: 2 minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about a 7 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station