December 14, 12 | Fumiko Magota
The "Hakodate Christmas Fantasy" can be found just ten minutes from Hakodate Station. The event is held every winter season in the Bay Area of Hakodate, where red brick warehouses line the streets.
Every day at 6:00 p.m. the main feature of the event, a large Christmas Tree, kicks off the night by lighting up with a fantastic show.
The whole area gets involved, everyone is encouraged to join in the countdown to the lighting, and at zero the tree lights up with a fireworks display and light show!
The whole opening, which also includes music, is a crucial part of the event, and one that every visitor should look forward to.
It may not be apparent from the photos above, but the Christmas tree has actually been set up over the water.
This real fir tree is delivered each year from Hakodate's sister city of Halifax, in Canada. The tree is truly gigantic, standing at 20 meters and a tree this size certainly takes a lot of lights, the decorations this year come out to 50,000 bulbs!
This year, on December 22nd, be sure to catch the "Sapporo Beer presents a Special Live Music Show." This show will feature several local artists, including Masayo Sudou (soprano), Nobuki Tsuchiga (Tenor), and many more. There will be Christmas songs, classical songs, and even a raffle! There will also be hot drinks available so be sure to come by and join in the fun!
【Sapporo Beer presents a Special Live Music Show (with music you can only hear here!)】
December 22nd (Saturday) from 6:00 pm, on the stage in front of the Christmas Tree.
In addition to the main event area, there is a Winter Illumination feature in the Motomachi district from December 1st through February 28th, 2013.
This event is held in conjunction with the "Hakodate Christmas Fantasy" making winter a truly special season in Hakodate.
【2012 Hakodate Christmas Fantasy】
Times: December 1st through the 25th. 4:30 to 5:45 and 6:00 to midnight. (Fridays, Saturdays, and from the 22nd to the 25th the event ends at 2:00 am.
Location: Group of Red Brick Warehouses by the sea, Suehiro-cho, Hakodate
TEL : 0138-27-3535 (Executive Committee)
(Hokkaido Likers Photo Writer - Fukko)
(All photographs provided by 函館国際観光コンベンション協会)