The end of a 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 and Busan.
In and 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 lights. Are you in Korea in December? Get into the holiday spirit in Seoul!
1. Lotte World Christmas Miracle
Period: November 10 ~ December 31, 2018
Lotte World, the only indoor amusement theme park in Seoul will hold a Christmas festival with a theme, “Christmas Miracle,” until December 31th. In addition to the rides that are available at Lotte World promises 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 “Castle of Miracles” where you will be able to see a beautiful light show and indoors there’s the “Miracle Santa Village” where you can take photos at the snowman photo zone.
2. Everland Christmas Fantasy
Period: November 16 ~ December 31, 2018
Everland is possibly one of the most famous and largest amusement parks in Korea. Held until December 31, Everland’s Christmas Fantasy guarantees a fantastic display of lights and fireworks that are sure to let you immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.
The highlight is the “X-mas Parade” starring Everland‘s Christmas characters such as Santa and Rudolph dancing to delightful carol songs. The parade will take place once or twice a day from November 16th to January 1st.
3. Myeongdong Lights Festival
Along the famous shopping district of Myeongdong, awe-inspiring Christmas decorative lights have gone up!
Take note, however, especially during Christmas Eve, this place gets jam-packed. Try to avoid at all costs, and visit it another day (usually the Christmas day itself is less crowded than Christmas Eve).
4. Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival
Period: December 5, 2018 ~ March 31, 2019
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 a 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.
5. Pocheon Herb Island Lighting Fantasia
Period: November 1, 2018 ~ October 31, 2019
Friends, families, and lovers can make precious memories together at Pocheon Herb Island Lighting Fantasia 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 entry 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 Pocheon Herb Island Illuminating Festival along with nearby destinations by tour.
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. Here are some that you should definitely check out if you’re in Busan:
1. Busan Christmas Tree Festival
Period: December 1, 2018 ~ January 6, 2019
The Busan Christmas Tree Festival in Nampodong has been going on for 8 years in a row and has been making its name known as one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Korea.
The annual Christmas Tree Festival will feature a myriad of 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.
The festival is free and open to the public and will be held until January 6th.
2. Illumia Light Festival
Period: All year round
Launched at the Let’s Run Park in Busan, the Illumia Light Festival is essentially a theme park full of colorful and shining lights.
Aside from large lit-up life-size figurines all over the park, there is also an area with ground light illumination and a musical fountain show where images are projected onto the water.
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- Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
- Pocheon Herb Island Official Facebook
- Busan Christmas Tree Festival Official Facebook
- Illumia Light Festival Offical Website