Yokohama Christmas Market 2016

Christmas time is in full swing and so you can find a lot Christmas markets around Japan. One is situated at Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse, the so called Akarenga (赤レンガ倉庫). This year is already the 6th year in a row the event taking place. It's held from 26th November to 25th December 2016.
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The tradition of Christmas markets original come from Europe and as a German native I'm used to visit them in my home country more than once every year. At the Christmas market in Yokohama you can find German-styled huts which look very pretty and have Christmas figures like Santa Claus and snow men on their roof. Even some snow was brought there this year and someone built a quickly melting snowman close to the entrance. 
 
For sure they also set up a big Christmas tree which shines in bright lights. Line up for taking a memorial picture . You even can buy some (super expensive) Christmas ornaments if you want.
 
Coming to food and drinks, at the Christmas market in Yokohama you can find typical and not so typical stuff. At the stalls they sell sausages, schnitzel, Christmas cake (Stollen) and more. For sure you can drink hot wine (Glühwein) in different tastes like the traditional red hot wine, but also white wine version or apple one. Indeed, be prepared you might need to wait in long lines if you want to buy something.
There is no entrance fee, however, the prices of food and drinks alone are expensive enough. The Christmas market is opened from 11 am to 11 pm every day until 25th December, light up starts from 4 pm.
 
If you finished looking around the stalls you can go ice skating at Art Rink. It’s directly next to the Christmas market and will stay there until 19th February 2017. As adult you need to pay 500 yen for entering the ice rink and additional 500 yen for rental skates. 


Claudia Mitsubori