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Christmas Fantasy entertains at Kodomo-no Kuni

Date Posted: 2008-12-25

Yes, Virginia, it’s for real. Just like Santa being real, so is the snow that will fall on Okinawa beginning December 23rd.

A white Christmas is in the weather forecast for six days as the 13th Christmas Fantasy comes alive at Kodomo-no Kuni, Okinawa Zoo Park. The holiday extravaganza opens its six-day spectacular of lasers, lights, fireworks and yes, snow, on Tuesday. The holiday program runs through December 28th.

Snow is a definite drawing card on this sub-tropical island, with four snowstorms scheduled each day, enough of the white stuff to even make snowballs or a snowman. Tons and tons of snow will blanket Okinawa’s Zoo Park as organizers build Japanese style igloos known as kamakura, the snow cottages familiar in Japanese snow country. Be prepared for snowy weather at 4:20 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m.

The best known laser show in Okinawa is also part of Christmas Fantasy ’08, a super laser show featuring laser-created fireworks, snowfall and soap bubbles. The light shows are at 6:20 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. There will also be Eisa performances, the Te-da Family street performers, and a set of merry-go-rounds, slides and a trampoline for the smaller children.

Adult and high school student admission is ¥1,700 in advance, ¥2,000 at the door, while children 4 through junior high school pay ¥1,000 for advance tickets or ¥1,200 at the gate. Tickets are available at Kadena ITT and MCCS Tours, all Family Mart, Lawson’s, Hot Spar, Book Box, Denen bookstores, Coop stores, and MaxValu stores, as well as at Ryubo Palette and Ryubo Shuri department store, Hamby Flea Market Area, Tsutaya Ginowan Branch, Mitsukoshi department store and Nakagusuku Mall.

Parking is available at Okinawa Zoo Park, and at Okinawa City Office, Koza Sports park and Awase Seaport. Shuttle buses will operate between the outlying parking lots and Okinawa Zoo Park.

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