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Lapland Santa visiting Maruhiro | KAWAGOE
December 13, 2019 @ 11:00 - 15:00Free
Kawagoe Maruhiro Santa – The real Santa Claus from Lapland (Finland) is visiting the kids section on the 6th floor “Enjoy Space 10” of Maruhiro in Kawagoe, on Friday December 13th. He will visit twice; once at 11 am and once at 2 pm.
The information was released earlier than normal this year. However, the information is not yet available on their website. They shared it on Instagram on November 30th 2019.
In previous years you had to pay to meet and greet Santa Claus and get a present of sweets from him, but for the last two years the event has been free. However, when it is free, generally Santa does not distribute sweets.
The event is limited to the first 100 customers. They will start distributing tickets 30 minutes before the event. You need to have your own camera with you to get a photo with Santa. The image below and the featured image is the actual Kawagoe Maruhiro Santa in 2017.
Kawagoe Maruhiro Santa Access
5 minute walk from Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line and about 8 minutes from Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. Map, address and official website in the details section, grey box, below.
A comprehensive guide to Kawagoe Maruhiro in English:
Treat the kids to a half hour with cats while you’re there!? About a minute walk from Maruhiro are 2 cat cafes. The first one you see as you walk away from Maruhiro toward the tourist area does not welcome children, but a few doors up, beside the Kaldi is a child friendly cat cafe. Close to it is a diner that does delicious ice-cream sundaes as well as latte art:
First published December 6th 2016, republished annually in December
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