Santa Claus Greater Tokyo area 2023

Twenty five places you can meet Santa Claus this weekend in Saitama Prefecture and the Greater Tokyo area in 2023. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Santa Claus in the Greater Tokyo area 2023

I hadn’t planned to do a Santa Round Up for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures this year. But I’m getting a lot of traffic to the 2022 list for the search term “Santa Claus Tokyo 2023” and I’ve had a few direct requests for information, so I’ve put this together. In previous years, I put a lot of time and effort into the annual Santa round ups for Tokyo, Tochigi, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama Prefecture (Gunma and Ibaraki always only had a handful of events), but this year this is very last minute. So please bear that in mind and do always check the official website for any last minute changes and specific conditions for meeting Santa…

Tokyo

A selection of places you can meet Santa Claus in Tokyo on Saturday December 23rd 2023. As above, please do always check the official website too:

  1. Santa Claus will be at Azabudai Hills Christmas Market four times in total, including Saturday December 23rd. Official event page.
  2. Up to 120 families can get a photo with Santa Claus at the Tachikawa Tachihi branch of Lalaport. He will see 40 families at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. They start distributing the tickets for this event at 10 am. Official event page.
  3. Another free Santa Claus event in Tokyo on Saturday the 23rd at Olinas Kinshicho. Santy will meet a total of 150 families, 50 at 11 am, 50 at 1 pm and 50 at 3 pm. Official event page.
  4. Santa Claus will be Ariake Garden daily from Friday December 22nd to Christmas Eve, December 24th. Each day he will see 250 families – 50 families at five different times. The time slots are 10.30 am, noon, 2 pm, 3.45 pm and 5.15 pm. You need to book a slot online in advance, which they don’t specify on the official English event page, but it is written in Japanese on the poster.

Greater Tokyo area

  1. [KANAGAWA] Santy is visiting Lalaport Ebina at four different times, both on the 23rd and the 24th of December 2023. Children need to be a member of the kids club and you need to have a receipt for at least 1000 yen worth of purchase. The participation tickets will be distributed from 9.30 am. Official event page.
  2. [CHIBA] Father Christmas will visit Ikea Tokyo Bay (formerly Funabashi) four times in December 2023. He visited on December 16th and 17th and will visit again this weekend on both Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of December 2023. He is there at 1 pm and again at 3 pm, for just 30 minutes each time. This is a free event with no strings attached. However, like all Santa events, there are only so many people Santa can meet each day. They don’t specify the cut off number. Official event page.
  3. [TOCHIGI] You can visit the absolute best Santa Claus in Japan each year at Finland No Mori. Not only is he the real deal, he is in a grotto, which is something that is rare in Japan. In order to get a participation ticket, you need to spend 2000 yen at the village on the day. More information.

Saitama

Saitama Santa Claus events all have a post of their own:

8. Misato City

  1. Miel Kawaguchi
  2. Lala Garden
  3. Metsa
  4. Laketown
  5. Saitama City
  6. Kawagoe

Again, as above: always check with the official website for the most up-to-date information. And don’t forget your camera!

Tokyo

As above, Santa Claus will be at Ariake Garden again today. He will also be at:

  1. Get a photo with Santa Claus, in front of the Christmas tree, taken by a professional photographer at MoriTown. You need to have receipts for more than 1000 yen of purchases and a member of their LINE group to qualify for this event. Official event page.
  2. Father Christmas will visit the Aeon Mall Tamadaira between 11 and 3.30 pm. He will be available for a photo at five different times during that period, at the Aeon Hall on the third floor. Tickets are distributed between 9.30 and 10.30 am on the day to people who are registered kids club members on the Aeon Mall APP. Official event page.

Greater Tokyo Area

As above, Santa Claus will be at the Tokyo Bay and Misato City’s Ikea again on Christmas eve and Lalaport Ebina. He will also visit:

  1. [KANAGAWA] Santa Claus will be at Tama Plaza Terrace three times on Christmas Eve. You need to have receipts for more than 3000 yen of purchases on the day to get a ticket to see him. Tickets will be given out from 10 am. Official event page.
  2. [CHIBA] Santa Claus will available for a photo with families at Ario Soga on Christmas eve at 11 am and again at 1 pm. Each time he will see the first 40 families in line. He will also be walking around the center from 3 pm to 3.40 pm for a meet and greet. Official event page.
  3. [SAITAMA] Santa Claus will be at the Aeon Mall in Kasukabe on Christmas Eve. But unfortunately this is not a photo event. He will be walking around the mall at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, for about 30 minutes each time. Official event page.

The rest of the Saitama Santa Claus events all have a post of their own:

20. Yoshikawa

  1. Kawaguchi for a meet and greet
  2. Santa X famous sumo wrestlers!
  3. Omiya
  4. Saitama City
  5. Kuki

There are also a few places you can visit Santa Claus on Christmas Day, Monday December 25th 2023. For example, Azabudai Hills, which is outlined under December 23rd locations, and Benibana Walk in Saitama Prefecture.

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