Candle Night Cocoon City

Cocoon City Christmas in 2021 – 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.

Cocoon City Christmas

This article focuses on all the festive events in Cocoon City each Christmas.

  1. Color changing Christmas Tree
  2. Winter Illumination
  3. Christmas Crafts
  4. Candle Night
  5. Christmas Market
  6. (Santa Meet and Greet – probably not available in 2021)

(1) Colour changing Christmas Tree

Cocoon City Night Illumination Christmas Tree Cocoon City Christmas

The Christmas tree in Cocoon City is beautiful every year. It is a ten meter tree classically decorated. Since around 2018 it is also a magical tree! On the hour and half hour the tree changes color twice accompanied by projection mapping. The tree is in the Cocoon 2 Cocoon Hiroba. There is also a (non magic!) Christmas tree in Cocoon 1 plaza. The Christmas trees are displayed until Christmas night.

Date: November 13th to December 25th 2021
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm

(2) Cocoon City Illumination

Cocoon City Christmas

The Christmas tree is just one part of Cocoon City’s annual illumination display. The other illumination is on longer than the Christmas ones. This years illumination theme is “Star Light, Star Bright, Cocoon star I see tonight”. 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. Then there is the illumination at Saitama Shintoshin too.

Date: Saturday November 13th 2021 to February 14th 2022
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm

More information in English on this blog…

(3) Christmas Crafts

Date: November 27th and 28th
Time: from 11 am

Cocoon city are pretty good for the seasonal crafts. Christmas is no exception. Normally they have various crafts throughout December. However, currently there are only crafts scheduled for November 27th and 28th. They may add more events in December, closer to the time.

Original Advent Calendar

Date: Saturday November 27th
Time: from 11 am
Conditions: first 150 customers with proof of purchases for more than 1000 yen
Location: In front of GU in Cocoon 1

Original Christmas Ornament

Date: Sunday November 28th
Time: from 11 am
Conditions: first 150 customers with proof of purchases for more than 1000 yen
Location: In front of GU in Cocoon 1

Events that are not confirmed for 2021 yet:

Original Candle

Usually for the two days before the “candle night” week there is a candle making workshop. In which case this year would be December 16th and 17th. But it has not yet been confirmed for 2021.

Date: tbc
Time: from 11 am
Conditions: 100 customers with proof of purchases for more than 1000 yen
Location: 3rd floor Nigiwai spot Cocoon 2

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

Homemade Christmas Stocking Workshop
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: Saturday December 18th to December 25th
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Undoubtedly the most popular Christmas event at Cocoon City, the candle night has gone from a one night event back in the day to a full week event in 2021. Approximately 1000 candles are used, as per the featured photo at the top of the post. They are displayed in Cocoon 2’s Cocoon Hiroba. This is the first year the candle night event will be on for a full week, to date the longest was last year at five nights. You will find more candle nights and Christmas events under the Christmas tag on this blog over the coming weeks.

(5) Christmas Market

Date: Tuesday December 21st to 25th 2021
Time: 11 am to 8 pm (on Christmas Day from 10 am to 8 pm)

The Christmas market is not as big as the one in the super arena end of Saitama Shintoshin. Each year it is on from December 21st to December 25th. The first four days it is on from 11 am , but on Christmas day it starts at 10 am. It is held at the “Cocoon Hiroba” in Cocoon 2. It maybe cancelled in the event of heavy rain.

(6) Santa meet and greet

Date: not yet confirmed
Time: from 1 pm

An essential part of all Christmas celebrations: the Santa Meet and Greet. Each year Father Christmas visits Cocoon City. However, he was unable to visit in 2020 and will probably not be able to visit in 2021 due to the Coronavirus. If it turns out he can stop by, I will add the information at a later date.

You will find even more Christmas events taking place just a minutes walk away at Saitama Shintoshin, such as even more illumination and on specific dates Christmas concerts. Saitama Shintoshin also have a Christmas market.

Cocoon City Information

General information for the Cocoon City. Cocoon City is made up of Cocoon 1, Cocoon 2, Cocoon 2 and the park side building. Each building has a variety of shops, services and restaurants in them. Also, there are walk ways and plazas between each building as well as car parking lots.

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.

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