December events in Saitama Ken 2023

The round up of events on in the month of December 2023 in Saitama Prefecture. Christmas events, illumination events, fireworks, traditional festivals, Santa Claus visits, religious events, exhibitions, markets and many other festive and / or seasonal events. As always, I add new events daily, as they are confirmed.

Saitama Prefecture Event Information December 2023 埼玉県の12月のイベント情報

Please note a lot of events are dependent on the weather. Also, it is not unusual for an event to be cancelled last minute. Please check the official website, which is linked within each event post, for the most up-to-date information. A ⇗ indicates a link to an external website, generally, but not always, the official website.

Daily Events

Events that are on every day, that an attraction is open, in December. A lot of municipal facilities close at least one day a week, often a Monday.

  1. Saitama Shintoshin Illumination (Saitama City)
  2. Cocoon City Illumination (Saitama City)
  3. Colorful display (Saitama City)
  4. Konan planetarium (Saitama City)
  5. Ageo Illumination (Ageo)
  6. Ageo Park Illumination (Ageo)
  7. Snow Afternoon / High Tea (Kawagoe)
  8. Seibuen Illumination (Tokorozawa)
  9. Fly me to Saitama exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  10. Skiing / Snowboarding (Tokorozawa)
  11. Illuminating Fantasy (Tokorozawa)
  12. Sakura Town Winter Light Up (Tokorozawa)
  13. Sayama Illumination (Sayama)
  14. Monkey / Capybara Onsen (Sayama)
  15. Winter Wonderland (Hanno) until January 8th
  16. Tonarie Illumination (Fujimino)
  17. Kaparu Illumination (Shiki)
  18. Niodori Illumination (Misato)
  19. Ushiroya Park Toda Illumi (Toda)
  20. Tobu Zoo Illumination (Miyashiro)
  21. Sun City illumination (Koshigaya)
  22. Tonko House exhibition (Kawaguchi) until January 8th
  23. Fantasy Lights (Kawaguchi)
  24. Swan’s winter habitat (Kawajima)
  25. Capybara Onsen (Higashimatsuyama)
  26. Land of Dreams illumination (Higashimatsuyama)
  27. Seien Park Illumination (Fukaya)
  28. Premium outlets illumination and Mario ‘Get the item’ (Fukaya)
  29. Fukaya and Okabe stations and Fukaya Terrace Park illumination (Fukaya)
  30. Marigold Hill (Honjo) until January 28th
  31. Shell World – Unraveling the strings from shellfish (Nagatoro)
  32. Chichibu Illuminate (Chichibu)

January events:


Weekend events in December

Hereafter, events on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Typically, I only include weekday events if they are public holidays, with the occasional exception, such as Christmas Day which is a regular working day. But anything in the daily list is available on weekdays, if the venue is open. However, this year Christmas falls on a Monday which is the most common day museums and the likes take a day off. An event with a ★ is an event worth your while going out of your way to see.


Friday December 29th

Events on today include all events listed in the ‘daily’ section (#1 to #32), all things equal, at the top of the post, plus…


Saturday December 30th


Sunday December 31st, New Years Eve

Please double check the hours on the official websites – as it is New Years Eve some of these locations maybe closing earlier than normal.


Photos in the featured image at the top of the post, clockwise from top left:


Finished events

Today is Kawagoe Citizen’s Day, hence the list of places with free entry in Kawagoe. They are free for non-residents too. Events on today include all events listed in the ‘daily’ section (all things equal) at the top of the post, plus…


Events on today include all events listed in the ‘daily’ section (all things equal) at the top of the post, plus…

👉FIVE MUSEUMS IN KAWAGOE WITH FREE ENTRY TODAY, DECEMBER 3RD 2023



  1. Daitosai (Saitama City)
  2. Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Light Up (Saitama City)
  3. Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  4. Art Saitama 2023 (Saitama City)
  5. Frog art exhibition (Kawagoe)
  6. Tea Festival (Kawagoe)
  7. Flea Market (Kawagoe)
  8. Handmade Market (Kawagoe)
  9. Kazumi Nakamura and Atsushi Kaneoya exhibitions (Kawagoe)
  10. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  11. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  12. Tsurugashima Market (Tsurugashima)
  13. Strawberry Picking (Sayama)
  14. Find Santa! (Tokorozawa)
  15. Teamlab Acorn Forest (Tokorozawa)
  16. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  17. Food Truck Weekend (Tokorozawa)
  18. Lalaport Fujimi Christmas Festival (Fujimi)
  19. Metsa Village Christmas (Hanno)
  20. Satoyama Winter Night (Ogose)
  21. Kitamoto Illumination (Kitamoto)
  22. Senpukuji’s giant gingko (Okegawa)
  23. Yoshimi Illumination (Yoshimi)
  24. Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  25. Joylife! Art and Organic (Higashimatsuyama)
  26. Light up of Shoboji’s gingko tree (Higashimatsuyama)
  27. Hoshikawa Night Bazaar (Kumagaya)
  28. Winter Market (Ageo)
  29. Hanachozu Week (Gyoda)
  30. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
  31. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  32. Laketown Christmas (Koshigaya)
  33. Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  34. Funsui Park Toda Illumi (Toda)
  35. Disaster Prevention Fair (Warabi)
  36. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  37. White Christmas Market (Misato)
  38. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  39. Japan’s largest water mill light up (Yorii)
  40. Gun Festival (Ogano)
  41. Kirakira Festival (Kamikawa)
  42. Strawberry picking #8 Tomita Farm on the list (Chichibu)
  43. Christmas lights (Various)

Sunday December 10th



Events on today include all events listed in the ‘daily’ section (#1 to #32), all things equal, at the top of the post, plus…


Christmas Events on December 17th

  1. Tamaari Town Christmas Market (Saitama City)
  2. Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  3. Photo with Santa Claus (Saitama City)
    • Advance booking recommended as there are limited spots
  4. Iwatsuki market with Santa Claus (Saitama City)
  5. Santa Claus (Kawagoe)
    • Advance booking required
  6. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  7. Floating Santa (Fujimino)
  8. Wakaba Walk Christmas Style (Tsurugashima)
  9. Amigo Happy Christmas (Iruma)
  10. Metsa Village Christmas (Hanno)
  11. Ranzan Christmas Market (Ranzan)
  12. Yoshimi Illumination with Christmas concert (Yoshimi)
  13. Christmas live and popular Janken competition (Konosu)
  14. Christmas Market and Hello Kitty and My Melody Christmas show (Koshigaya)
  15. Santa Claus visit (Toda)
  16. Photo with Santa Claus (Misato)
  17. Scandinavian Christmas Market (Honjo)
  18. Christmas Market (Honjo)
  19. Christmas lights (Various)

All other Events on Sunday December 17th 2023

  1. Numakage Ice Rink (Saitama City)
    • The opening has been delayed due to the warm weather
  2. Flea Market (Kawagoe)
  3. Atsushi Kaneoya exhibition (Kawagoe)
  4. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  5. Strawberry Picking (Sayama)
  6. Teamlab Acorn Forest (Tokorozawa)
  7. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  8. Niku Fes (Tokorozawa)
  9. Satoyama Winter Night (Ogose)
  10. Flea Market (Okegawa)
  11. Kitamoto Illumination with food trucks (Kitamoto)
  12. Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  13. Strawberry picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  14. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  15. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
  16. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  17. ‘Illumination Masterpiece’ (Kazo)
  18. Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  19. Takesato Station West exit illumination (Kasukabe)
  20. Funsui Park and Toda station illumination (Toda)
  21. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  22. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  23. Japan’s largest water mill light up (Yorii)
  24. Illumination (Kamikawa)
  25. Strawberry picking #8 Tomita Farm on the list (Chichibu)

I don’t usually include weekdays, except for Fridays, but there is a very special, not to miss exhibition, that is starting today:


Christmas Events on Friday December 22nd

  1. Tamaari Town Christmas Market (Saitama City)
  2. Cocoon City Christmas (Saitama City)
  3. Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  4. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  5. Metsa Village Christmas (Hanno)
  6. Yoshimi Christmas Lights (Yoshimi)
  7. Laketown Illumination and Christmas lights (Koshigaya)
  8. Christmas Marche (Fukaya)
  9. Christmas lights (Various)

All other events on December 22nd 2023

  1. English tour of bonsai museum (Saitama City)
  2. Numakage Ice Rink (Saitama City)
    • The opening has been delayed due to the warm weather
  3. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  4. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  5. Salvador Dali immersive exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  6. Kitamoto Illumination (Kitamoto)
  7. Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  8. Strawberry picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  9. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  10. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
    • Reportedly some of the wintersweet are currently blooming too
  11. ‘Illumination Masterpiece’ (Kazo)
  12. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  13. Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  14. Takesato Station West exit illumination (Kasukabe)
  15. Hagoita Market (Kasukabe)
  16. Funsui Park and Toda station illumination (Toda)
  17. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  18. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  19. Japan’s largest water mill light up (Yorii)
  20. Illumination (Kamikawa)
  21. Strawberry picking #6 on the list (Chichibu)

Saturday December 23rd

Events on today include all events listed in the ‘daily’ section (#1 to #32), all things equal, at the top of the post, plus…

Christmas events on Saturday the 23rd

  1. Santa Claus (Saitama City)
  2. Tamaari Town Christmas Market (Saitama City)
  3. Cocoon City Christmas (Saitama City)
  4. Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  5. Tonttu Christmas (Saitama City)
  6. Christmas Craft and candy stuffing (Saitama City)
  7. Christmas Craft Market with Santa Claus (Kawagoe)
  8. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  9. Seibuen Keirin Christmas (Tokorozawa)
  10. Yoshimi Christmas lights with lobby concert (Yoshimi)
  11. Metsa Village Christmas and Santa Claus Visiting (Hanno)
  12. Santa Claus is coming (Kawaguchi)
  13. Santa Claus vs famous soccer players! (Kawaguchi)
  14. Laketown Christmas with Santa Claus (Koshigaya)
  15. Photo with Santa Claus (Misato)
  16. Santa biker’s parade! (Yashio)
  17. Christmas Market (Shiki)
  18. Christmas lights (Various)

All other events on December 23rd

  1. NEW START DATE FOR THE Numakage Ice Rink (Saitama City)
  2. Flea Market (Kawagoe)
  3. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  4. Salvador Dali immersive exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  5. Teamlab Acorn Forest (Tokorozawa)
  6. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  7. Satoyama Winter Night (Ogose)
  8. Kitamoto Illumination (Kitamoto)
  9. Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  10. Strawberry picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  11. Joylife! Art and Organic (Higashimatsuyama)
  12. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  13. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
    • Reportedly some of the wintersweet are currently blooming too
  14. ‘Illumination Masterpiece’ (Kazo)
  15. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  16. Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  17. Takesato Station West exit illumination (Kasukabe)
  18. Hagoita Market (Kasukabe)
  19. Funsui Park and Toda station illumination (Toda)
  20. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  21. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  22. Japan’s largest water mill light up (Yorii)
  23. Illumination (Kamikawa)
  24. Strawberry picking #6, #8 and #9 on the list (Chichibu)

Sunday December 24th

Christmas events on Christmas eve

  1. Tamaari Town Christmas Market (Saitama City)
  2. Cocoon City Christmas (Saitama City)
  3. Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  4. Tonttu Christmas with Santa Claus (Saitama City)
  5. Santa Claus greeting and candy stuffing (Saitama City)
  6. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  7. “Last Sunday Market” with Christmas Songs (Kawagoe)
  8. Seibuen Keirin Christmas (Tokorozawa)
  9. Metsa Village Christmas (Hanno)
  10. Photo with Santa Claus (Kuki)
  11. Mini Christmas Concert, Xmas workshops, Shaun the Sheep tap dance show and illumination (Hanyu)
  12. Santa Claus, Christmas concert and other events (Yoshikawa)
  13. Get a photo with Santa Claus (Kawaguchi)
  14. Santa Claus vs famous sumo wrestlers! (Kawaguchi)
  15. Laketown Christmas with Christmas Crafts and Santa Claus (Koshigaya)
  16. Santa Claus at Aeon mall (Kasukabe)
  17. Photo with Santa Claus (Misato)
  18. Last day of the Yoshimi Christmas lights (Yoshimi)
  19. Christmas lights (Various)

All other events on Christmas eve

  1. Numakage Ice Rink (Saitama City)
  2. Flea Market (Ageo)
  3. Flea Market (Kawagoe)
  4. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  5. Hot Air Balloon Ride (Tokorozawa)
    • Advance registration required
  6. Salvador Dali immersive exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  7. Teamlab Acorn Forest (Tokorozawa)
  8. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  9. Satoyama Winter Night (Ogose)
  10. Kitamoto Illumination with food trucks (Kitamoto)
  11. Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  12. Strawberry picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  13. Joylife! Art and Organic (Higashimatsuyama)
  14. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  15. Flower Market (Konosu)
  16. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  17. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
    • Reportedly some of the wintersweet are currently blooming too
  18. ‘Illumination Masterpiece’ (Kazo)
  19. Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  20. Takesato Station West exit illumination (Kasukabe)
  21. Funsui Park and Toda station illumination (Toda)
  22. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  23. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  24. Japan’s largest water mill light up (Yorii)
  25. Illumination (Kamikawa)
  26. Strawberry picking #6, #8 and #9 on the list (Chichibu)

Monday December 25th

Christmas day is a regular working day in Japan, when it falls on a weekday. But this year most of the kids start their winter break from the end of school on Friday December 22nd. Here’s whats on on Christmas day in Saitama in 2023:

Christmas Events on Christmas Day 2023

  1. End of Tamaari Town Christmas Market (Saitama City)
  2. End of Cocoon City Christmas (Saitama City)
  3. Last day of Red Festive Afternoon Tea (Saitama City)
  4. Tonttu Christmas (Saitama City)
  5. “Christmas secret event” with Santa (Okegawa)
  6. Christmas Lights (Kawagoe)
  7. Seibuen Keirin Christmas (Tokorozawa)
  8. Last day of Metsa Village Christmas (Hanno)
  9. Laketown Illumination and Christmas lights (Koshigaya)
  10. Last night of ⇗Kasukabe station illumination (Kasukabe)
  11. Free photo with Santa in photo studio (Kawaguchi)
    • need to apply by the 10th and your name will be put in a lottery
  12. Last night for many of the Christmas lights (Various)

All other events on Christmas Day 2023

  1. Numakage Ice Rink (Saitama City)
  2. Fuyumode (Kawagoe)
  3. Tatsuo Takayama: The Universe in the Palm of a Hand (Tokorozawa)
  4. Salvador Dali immersive exhibition (Tokorozawa)
  5. Kitamoto Illumination (Kitamoto)
  6. Last Starlight Illumination (Namegawa)
  7. Strawberry picking (Higashimatsuyama)
  8. Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination (Gyoda)
    • Reportedly some of the wintersweet are currently blooming too
  9. Strawberry picking (Konosu)
  10. ‘Illumination Masterpiece’ (Kazo)
  11. Soka Illumination (Soka)
  12. Takesato Station West exit illumination (Kasukabe)
  13. Funsui Park and Toda station illumination (Toda)
  14. Misato Illumination (Misato)
  15. Asaka Winter Light Terrace (Asaka)
  16. Illumination (Kamikawa)
  17. Strawberry picking #9 on the list (Chichibu)

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