Cocoon City Illumination 2021 ~ 2022 – The annual illumination at Cocoon City will be switched on at 5 pm on Saturday the 13th of November 2021. After two years of “Wish upon Cocoon Star”, they’re moving to a new theme “Star Light, Star Bright, Cocoon star I see tonight”.
Please note that the Cocoon City Illumination is subject to last minute changes depending on the situation with the Coronavirus. The 2020 ~ 2021 event was suspended in January 2021 due to the State of Emergency.
Cocoon City Illumination
About 310,000 lights were used in their 2020/21 display making it their largest to date. This year they have increased the size to 370,000 lights. The illumination will start on Saturday November 13th and run until Monday February 14th. Their light up display ends on Valentine’s Day annually.
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. Furthermore, there is even more illumination just a short walk away at Saitama Shintoshin.
In addition, the Cocoon City illumination has a ten meter Christmas tree completely adorned with lights. The 2017 tree was magical (below). It changes color to the music at intervals during the day. And they use projection mapping to light stars on the courtyard around the tree. However, the Christmas tree is taken down at the end of Christmas day.
During the Christmas period they also have other events on, such as the very popular candle night. There is also a Christmas market. You can find specific information for Christmas at Cocoon City here (candle nights, Christmas workshops etc).
Illumination “Switch on” Event
Weather permitting, they will have an opening ceremony for the illumination event on Saturday November 13th. It will not go ahead if it is raining. For the special event, artificial snow will be blown from a snow machine to give the impression of the Christmas tree in a snow dome.
Cocoon City Illumination Details
Date: Saturday November 13th to Monday February 14th (the Christmas trees to December 25th only)
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Place: Selected areas of the Cocoon Mall at the east exit of the Saitama Shintoshin station
Parking: Cocoon City is open from 10 am to 9 pm, but the parking is open from 9.00 am to 1.00 am. It costs 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.
Address:4-263-1 Kishikicho, Omiya Ward, Saitama City
Access: About a one minute walk from JR Saitama shintoshin Station, about an 8 minute walk from JR Kitayono Station.
First published November 2013. Republished on November 6th 2021.