Japan Trip 2011 – The Biggest Christmas Tree in Hakodate

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Date: 6th December 2011


It is also the most famous tree in Hakodate. Why? It is a gift from Hakodate’s sister city, Halifax (Canada).It is also a part of the annualย  The Hakodate Christmas Fantasy which is now into its 14th year:

Between 1st December and 25th December, there would be the official lighting up of the Christmas tree followed by some fireworks, so says the travel site.


We decided to give it a go, so at 5.30pm we left our hotel, and walked towards the Brickhouse near the harbour, with only a couple of not-to-scale maps as our guide.

We came across a nicely lit block:


When we came across some santarinas we were sure we were in the right direction:

Only later did we find out that those people were part of the nightly procession prior to the lighting up of the Christmas tree!


The harbour is back there, we’d better be quick, I told DH:


Finally at the end of the brick house, we saw a bridge and a huge Christmas tree nearby:

By the way, you can also see the cable car house on the hill at the back ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Did I forget to mention that the tree was on a barge!

Soon crowd gathered, followed by a mini procession led by a sleigh (we couldn’t see from our point).

At 6pm, the tree were lit gradually from the top, followed by some fireworks:


Quite festive mood, despite the freezing temperature:


We walked down, and came near the sleigh that led the procession earlier:


There were so many activities, especially photography session at a few attrative places (the sleigh included).

We walked for a while, and looked back at the area:


We decided to go into one of the colourfully-litย  blocks (mainly to warm ourselves up ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Saw this simple exhibition:


It was something about the sister city, Halifax, and some of their activities together.


We also came across a display of drawings by kids, apparently must be from some drawing conmpetition (about Christmas):


Shopping is not in our agenda (everything is simply too expensive!),ย  so soon we walked back to our hotel.

Looking back at the now well-lit tree:


Next: The White Hakodate Part I



2 thoughts on “Japan Trip 2011 – The Biggest Christmas Tree in Hakodate

  1. Thanks so much for the great pics and write up! I’m from Halifax and I was looking for pics of “our” tree in Hakodate this year, and I found your site. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great look around, I have a much better idea in my mind how it looks in the area, and how festive it is. Good luck and have fun on your continuing adventures!

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