The end of the year is always the time for festive spirit and celebrations. Korea is not an exception – in fact, it’s probably one of the best destinations in the world to celebrate Christmas!

There are so many festivals and celebrations at this time of the year that the list goes on and on. This blog will attempt to cover just a few of them that are happening in Seoul, Busan, and Daegu.

In & Around Seoul

Seoul in December is bustling with Christmas events going on all over the city every year. Here are some of the best places to see amazing light festivals and decorations. Get into the holiday spirit in Seoul!

1. Lotte World: Miracle Winter


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  • Period: Nov 25 ~ Dec 31, 2023
  • Address: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Lotte World, the only indoor amusement theme park in Seoul will hold a Christmas light festival with the theme, “Miracle Winter 2023”, until December 31st. In addition to the rides that are available at Lotte World promise to bring an amazing show with a variety of characters and performances throughout the evening.

The highlight of the festival is various special zones set up outdoors and indoors. Outside there is the “Christmas Castle”, the enchanted castle lit up brighter than ever. Indoors there’s the “Miracle Tree” where you can take photos with Santa Big Lotty and his friends amongst the Christmas trees!

📌 Lotte World Discount Ticket 
📌 Lotte World Theme Park & Aquarium Combo Discount Ticket
📌 Near Lotte World: Korean School Uniform Rental
📌 Lotte World Indoor Ice Rink Discount Ticket

2. Everland: Wintertopia (Christmas Fantasy)


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  • Period: Dec 8, 2023 ~ Mar 31, 2023
  • Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do

Everland is possibly one of the most famous and largest amusement parks in Korea. With this year’s “Wintertopia”, Everland guarantees a fantastic display of lights at Magic Garden and fireworks that are sure to let you immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, together with Fubao the panda!

The highlight of this year’s Christmas festivities has to be the “Bao Family Special”, which involves some things black, white and flurry. Moreover, you can enjoy the “X-mas Fantasy”, in which you can enjoy various Christmas special performances, parades, and markets

📌 Everland 1 Day Pass
📌 Everland Discount Ticket & Shuttle Bus Package
📌Jisan Ski Resort & Everland 1 Day Tour
📌Everland Discount Ticket & Private Van Transfer Package

 3. Myeongdong Shopping Street

  • Lotte Department Store: 81, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • Period: Nov 9, 2023 ~ Jan 31, 2024 / 5.30PM-10.30PM
  • Shinsegae Department Store: 63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    • Period: Nov 9, 2023 ~ Jan 31, 2024 / 5.30PM-10.30PM

Along the famous shopping district of Myeongdong, awe-inspiring Christmas decorative lights have gone up!

The department stores, such as Lotte Department Store and Shinsegae Department Store, have set up beautiful Christmas decorations around their buildings. It’s perfect for you to take Instagrammable pictures!

Things to do in Myeongdong:

📌 Caricature Drawing Class in Myeongdong
📌 Women’s Only Mud Massage & Sauna Experience in Myeongdong, Seoul
📌 O HUI & Whoo Spa Beauty Care Package
📌 Seoul Hair Salon in Myeongdong (Park Jun Beauty Lab)

4. Seoul City Hall Christmas Tree


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  • Seoul City Hall: 110 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Every year, a different themed Christmas tree is exhibited in the city hall.

Things to do in City Hall:

📌 Learn How to Draw with Sand and Create Your Own Masterpiece

5. Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival

  • Period: Dec 1, 2023 ~ Mar 17, 2024
  • Address: 432, Sumokwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

Spanning 82 acres, the Garden of Morning Calm boasts the largest collection of herbs in Korea. There are also areas themed after the Italian city of Venice and a French farm.

The different colors of the garden harmonize together to create beautiful, picturesque scenery. There are 30,000 lights of all colors illuminating the garden that will look amazing in photos!

You can easily get to the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival by a shuttle bus that runs on weekends during the festival period.

📌 Garden of Morning Calm & Nami Island 1 Day Tour
📌 Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm & Petite France 1 Day Tour
📌 Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort & Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour
📌 Seoraksan National Park & Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour
📌 Nami Island & Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort & Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour
📌 Nami Island + Eobi Ice Valley + Garden of Morning Calm (+ Rail Bike/Petite France/Alpaca World) 1 Day Tour – from Seoul (Dec 22~Mar 4)
📌 Strawberry Picking + Elysian Ski Resort + Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm 1 Day Tour – from Seoul (Dec 10~Mar 5)

6. Lotte World Tower


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  • Period:  Nov 23 ~ Dec 25, 2023 / 10.30AM-10PM
  • Address: 300, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Lotte World Tower is surrounded by dazzling golden Christmas trees and Christmas-theme pop-up stores during the Christmas season. You can enjoy the Christmas vibes after going up to the Seoul Sky Observatory, shopping at Lotte World Mall, or taking a walk at Seokchon Lake Park!

📌 Book Lotte World Tower Discount Tickets

Things to do in Jamsil:

📌 Traditional Korean Beverages Tasting & Drawing Class in Jamsil
📌 KidZania Seoul Discount Ticket

7. Coex Mall Starfield Byeol Madang Library

  • Period:  Nov 17, 2023 ~ / Every day 6PM-10PM (6.15PM on Wed, Fri)
  • Address: 513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

The central library located inside the Coex Mall boasts a sparkling Christmas tree and lights.

📌 Book COEX Aquarium Discount Tickets

Things to do in Samseong:

📌 VAUNCE Trampoline Park Seoul Samseong Center
📌 Seoul Hallyu K-pop Full Day Tour

8. The Hyundai Seoul “La Boutique d’ Harry Christmas Market”


  • Period:  Nov 1 ~ Dec 31, 2023
  • Address: 10, Gukjegeumyung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

The Hyundai Seoul is one of the most popular malls, not only in Yeouido but also in Seoul and its Christmas decorations for the winter season are already up! Don’t forget to take photos surrounded by sparkling lights and Christmas tree decorations.

Things to do in Yeouido:

📌 Han River E-Land Ferry Cruise
📌 63 Building Observatory Ticket: 63 Sky Art & Aqua Planet 63

9. Yeongdeungpo Times Square


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  • Address: 15, Yeongjung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Yeongdeungpo Times Square is one of the most-visited and largest shopping malls in Seoul and you can see the cozy winter Christmas photo zones. Children especially love this place and it’s a lovely spot to take pictures! This year, you’ll get to see the Santa Express with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations.

10. Pocheon Herb Island Light Festival

  • Period: Feb 1 ~ Dec 31, 2023
  • Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947 beon-gil, Shinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Friends, families, and lovers can make precious memories together at Pocheon Herb Island Light Festival which is full of LED lights that make the place look like something out of a fairytale.

There is also an area called “Santa’s Village” with a 300-meter-long tunnel full of wishing cards that you can take a walk through.

Visitors can also enter hands-on programs such as herbal candle and soap making, pressed herbal flower arts and crafts, lavender pillow crafting, and more.

To have a fully packed day trip, you can visit the Pocheon Herb Island Illuminating Festival along with nearby destinations by tour.

11. Siheung Premium Outlets Christmas Market

  • 699 Seohaean-ro, Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do

Siheung Premium Outlet opens up a special fairy-like Christmas market.

Recommended Outlet Shopping Tours:

📌 Hassle-Free Shopping: Yeoju Premium Outlet Private Van Package
📌 Paju Private Van Package: Heyri Art Village/ Paju Premium Outlet/ Provence Village
📌 South Gyeonggi Private Van Package: Getaway to Folk Village/ Dae Jang Geum Theme Park/ Yeoju Premium Outlet/ Hwaseong Fortress

12. Icheon Simmons Terrace 

  • Address: 988, Sasil-ro, Moga-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeongg-do

Simmons Terrace is a flagship store of the brand “Simmons” located in Icheon, Gyeonggi-do. Not only you can see the displays of their mattresses and interior designs, but also they have a beautiful cafe. This place becomes more special during the Christmas holiday by installing beautiful Christmas trees and decorations!

Busan & Daegu

The range of activities and festivals you can find outside of Seoul is definitely much more limited, but Busan is the second most populous city in Korea after Seoul, and there are definitely many festivals that can rival those in the capital. Also, don’t forget to check out the beautiful city, Daegu, which is not that far away from Busan!

13. Busan Christmas Tree Festival


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  • Period: Dec 1, 2022 ~ Jan 7, 2024
  • Address: 1, Gwangbokjungang-ro, Jung-gu, Busan

The Busan Christmas Tree Festival in Nampodong has been going on for 10 years in a row and has made its name known as one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Korea.

The annual Christmas Tree Festival will feature many festive and family-friendly holiday activities including the tree of wishes, various street performances, and a photo and video contest. On top of the daily cultural and Christmas concerts, local visitors can also participate in the festival’s popular carol singing contest.

Things to do around Busan:

📌 Sea Life Busan Aquarium Discount Ticket
📌 Busan Luxury Cruise Tour
📌 Eden Valley Ski Resort: 1 Day Ski & Snow Sled Tour

📌 Busan City 1 Day Tour (+ Yacht Tour/Sky Capsule option)
📌 Visit Busan in 1 Day from Seoul (Round-trip KTX tickets included)
📌 1 Day Ski/Snowboard/Snow Sled Tour: Eden Valley Resort from Busan

 14. Daegu E-World & 83 Tower Illumination


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  • Period: Nov 18, 2023 ~ Feb 20, 2024
  • Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu

Daegu E-World is holding “Starlight Festival Christmas Fantasy” where you can see the marvelous colorful lights everywhere. There is also a photo contest so check it out if you are interested!

📌 Book Daegu E-World & 83 Tower Discount Ticket

Things to do in Daegu:

📌 Daegu E-World & 83 Tower Observatory 1 Day Tour – from Busan
📌 Daegu City Tour Bus Ticket
📌 Daegu 1 Day Private Tour from Daegu/Busan (Van/ Minibus/ Big Bus)

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Enjoyed reading our blog? Discover the beauty of Korea by heading to one of these Christmas light festivals in Korea. Stay tuned for more travel updates and happy holidays!

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[Photo Credits]

  • Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
  • Pocheon Herb Island Official Facebook
  • Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival Official Facebook
  • Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival Official Site
  • Illumia Light Festival Offical Website

One thought on “14 Best Places to See the Christmas Lights & Decor in Korea

  1. Hey,
    Just want to say thank you for sharing the pictures of places to visit in South Korea during Christmas. Actually, I am planning a trip to South Korea this Christmas with two of my boys and was searching for things to do while I am in Korea during Christmas and stumbled upon your site. Thanks again and Keep writing.

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