Thinking about visiting Tokyo Disney Resort for Christmas? We have some useful tips to make your planning and execution much easier. From when to visit to what special Christmas food to expect.
Just like every other Disney Resort, Tokyo celebrates Christmas in both of their parks. Disneyland Park puts on “A Christmas Fantasy” and DisneySea “Christmas Wishes”. Both parks are decorated in the most elaborate Christmas decorations you will see in a Disney Resort. Even the merchandise is themed accordingly. Make sure to check out our favorite Christmas merchandise at Tokyo Disneyland.
When To Go
Both parks will switch from Halloween to Christmas around the second week of November. You can check their official calendar to find out exact dates. Keep in kind that the final day of Christmas in the parks is December 25th. Unlike the other resorts, they take everything down for the 26th of December to make way for New Years Celebrations.
The best days to go are between Tuesday and Friday. Avoid Saturday, Sunday, and holidays like the plague. Imagine Walt Disney World on their busiest days and times it by two. That’s how the crowds will be during those days. Park admission will likely be restricted and you will have to wait to enter the park even if you purchased a ticket.
Days To Avoid
As previously stated avoid weekends and holidays. Specific Japanese Holidays to avoid are
No matter what day they land on, make sure you do not go during these days.
Visiting Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Since Christmas is not celebrated in Japan compared to North America, you can expect the crowd levels to be like a normal week day (maybe slightly higher due to people wanting to see the last day of Christmas decorations). Unless Christmas falls on a weekend, then it will be insane.
Shows and Attractions
In typical Disney style many of their shows are Christmas themed for you to enjoy. Ranging from Parades in Disneyland Park to a Christmas Greeting in DisneySea. These are always changing so make sure you check out the official website for the most up to date information.
The number of Christmas treats are quite amazing. Ranging from cakes to churros. If you want a comprehensive list of all of the seasonal treats while I’m the park ask a cast member for a Japanese Park Map. For some reason they don’t put as much information in the English maps. Even if you can’t read the text, the photos are worth it.
“Special Sets” are offered at most of the table and counter service restaurants. It’s a limited time meal that is offered during the Christmas Celebration. It will come with a main dish, side, drink, and a dessert. Prices range depending on the type of restaurant. It can be anywhere from about 900 yen to 5000 yen (about $10-50). Some will even come with a souvenir cup or dish you cannot get anywhere else. Make sure to check out the stunningly delicious fake food display of the offerings outside each restaurant.
Your credit card will weap when you step foot inside any of the numerous gift shops. Their selection of Christmas merchandise puts all other Resorts to shame. From adorable Mickey Snowmen to Gingerbread Donald, they have thought of it all. Check out some of our favorite Christmas merchandise.
Giving food as a gift to family and friends (called Omiyage) in Japan is custom. With that there are gift shops that are dedicated to the largest selection of Disney themed food known to man. The amount of Christmas food will make your mouth water. Our personal favorite is the Mickey and Minnie Snowmen Chocolate and Strawberry Marshmallows.
Have any questions about Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort? Or something you’d like us to expand on? Please leave a comment! In the meantime here’s the beautiful Cinderella dressed nice and warm for the day time Parade.