Christmas Fantasy at Okinawa Zoo is Okinawan tradition

What would Christmas be without snow.

What would Christmas be without snow.

The annual Christmas Fantasy at Okinawa Kodomo-no Kuni a.k.a. Okinawa Zoo, is an Okinawan Christmas tradition. The event takes place at the Okinawa Zoo in Goya, Okinawa City for the 21st time this year.

The whole park is wrapped in LED lights.

The whole park is wrapped in LED lights.

From Dec. 23rd through 28th, from 16:00 to 21:30 each day, a huge Christmas Wonderland opens at the zoo, complete with sparkling lights, Christmas trees, live entertainment and even real snowfalls produced by snow generators three times each night at 17:30, 19:15 and 20:40.

During the Christmas Fantasy event, the entire Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni is decorated with huge numbers of LED decorations. The park is divided into many special theme areas including Santa Claus, electric flower field, illuminated amusement park, and illuminated Tunnel of Love among others. There are also play areas where children can play in a snow field, whiz down a hill on sliders, make a snowman, visit an igloo made of real snow and more.

Snow is guaranteed to fall three times each night.

Snow is guaranteed to fall three times each night.

Street dance, Eisa, and bingo games are staged three times every day, as is a fantastic ‘Super Aurora’ laser beam show, the largest of its kind on the island, at 18:15, 19:50 and 21:15 each evening.

Santa Claus is present every day, including a giant one over the pond in the park. Pikachu from Pokemon will visit the event on Dec. 24 only.

Christmas Fantasy advance tickets are ¥1,800, or ¥2,200 at the gate. 4-15-year-old kids’ tickets are ¥1,000 in advance, or ¥1,200 at the gate. Children under three years of age are free. Advance tickets are available before December 23rd at Coop Apre in Naha Shintoshin, Palette Kumoji RYUBO, Lawson (code 81868) and FamilyMart convenience stores, Okinawa Expressway rest area kiosks. Kadena ITT and MCCS Tours Plus,

Various parts of the park have different themes.

Various parts of the park have different themes.

Visitors cannot bring any food or drinks to the venue. There is very limited space for parking in the vicinity of the zoo. Shuttle busses will be running every day of the event from Okinawa City Office as needed. The last bus back to the city office leaves from Okinawa Zoo at 22:00.

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