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 light festivals and decorations. Get into the holiday spirit in Seoul!

1. Lotte World: Make a Miracle Winter

Period: November 23rd ~ December 31st, 2019

Lotte World, the only indoor amusement theme park in Seoul will hold a Christmas light festival with the theme, “Make a Miracle Winter,” until December 31st. 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 “Snow 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 

2. Everland: Golden Illumination

Period: November 15th, 2019 ~ March 1st, 2020

Everland is possibly one of the most famous and largest amusement parks in Korea. With this year’s “Golden Illumination”, Everland guarantees a fantastic display of lights and fireworks that are sure to let you immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit.

The highlight of this year’s Christmas festivities has to be the “Bling Bling Gold Garden”, a literal Kingdom of Gold lit up by thousands of dazzling gold lights. Get your cameras out because this is going to be the best photo op of the year!

📌 Transportation options and discount tickets for Everland

 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 Christmas day itself is less crowded than Christmas Eve). Enjoy one of the most magical Christmas festivals in Korea!

Things to do around Myeongdong:

📌 Cookin’ NANTA Show Seoul Discount Ticket

📌 Kimchi Making & Tteokbokki Cooking Class in Myeongdong

4. Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival

Period: December 6th, 2019 ~ March 31st, 2020

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 Package

5. Pocheon Herb Island Lighting Fantasia

Period: November 1st, 2019 ~ April 30th, 2020

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.

📌 Pocheon Art Valley, Herb Island Illuminating Festival, and Strawberry Farm 1 Day Tour

📌 Bears Town Ski Resort Snow Sledding + Pocheon Herb Island Light Festival 1 Day Tour (Dec~Feb)

6. Seoul Christmas Festival

Period: December 13th, 2019 ~ Jan 1st, 2020

Seoul Christmas Festival is the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit!

Marking its 5th year anniversary, Seoul Christmas Festival has earned its spot amongst the best Christmas light festivals in Korea. With a myriad of dazzling LED light installations all around, your Christmas will be brighter than ever before!

The Seoul Christmas Festival takes places at Cheonggyecheon, at the heart of Seoul, stretching across 2.1km with 5 different themed zones along the way.

The lights come on at 5 pm and continue to glow until 10 pm on  Mon ~ Thur, 10.30 pm on Friday and 11 pm on weekends and public holidays. So, make sure to check out these spectacular lights for Christmas!

Things to do around Cheonggyecheon Stream:

📌 Street Food Tour in Seoul


Period: December 20th, 2019 ~ Jan 3rd, 2020

For a truly unique experience, head on over to Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) for the ultimate light show – SEOUL LIGHT.

An event to emphasize the role of display screens of public buildings like DDP itself, the use of innovative AI technology together with art brings about this magnificent wonder of a light show.

The unique silver exterior wall of DDP becomes the backdrop for the splendid large-scale light exhibition of SEOUL LIGHT, creating a magnificent sight to behold!

Don’t forget to check this awe-inspiring light show out!

Things to do around Dongdaemun Design Plaza:

📌 Dongdaemun Market Street Food Tour

📌 Strawberry Dessert Buffet at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul Hotel


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: November 15th, 2019 ~ January 5th, 2020

The Busan Christmas Tree Festival in Nampodong has been going on for 10 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 5th.

 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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•   Lotte World Discount Ticket

•  Everland Discount Ticket Deals and Transportation Options

•   Garden of Morning Calm & Nami Island Package

•  Pocheon Herb Island, Art Valley, and Strawberry Farm Tour

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 “Christmas in Korea: Best Light Festivals in Seoul and Busan

  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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