Dec 12, 2015
There are a number of special events being held in the Greater Tokyo Area to celebrate Christmas. Among them, you can find some choir group performances and Christmas concerts. Below is a selection of some of the Christmas choir and concerts available this year, 2016.
ROYAL PARK HOTEL
From the 19th of December the luxury 5 star hotel in Nihonbashi give us their Christmas present; a week of FREE Christmas concerts for guests and the general public to enjoy. Twice a day they have a public performance, one at 1.30pm and one at 5pm. Each day is a different concert including the Marunouchi Choir on the 19th, Wagner Society female choir on the 20th, the Tokyo Bell Orchestra handbell performance on the 21st, St Paul's Glee Club on the 22nd and the Japan Women's University Choir on the 23rd. More information on their Christmas events on their website in Japanese: http://www.rph.co.jp/information/christmas2015.html
The 125 year old hotel located near Hibiya Station offers a variety of Christmas events, some of them open to the general public. Among the many events organised for the month of December is the Tokyo FM Boys Choir performance on December 23rd in the hotel lobby from 3 to 3.30pm. This is a one of the events that is open to the general public. It is also free. More information in Japanese on their official webpage for the event: http://www.imperialhotel-plaza.jp/wp/archives/2847/
The annual Roppongi Hills FREE Christmas concerts are being held from December 23rd to 25th. On December 23rd are KRAJA, a Swedish choir group, and LITTLE CAROL, a Japanese choir group are preforming. On the 24th and 25th there will be two performances by KRAJA.Information in English:
クリスマスコンサート | ROPPONGI HILLS ARTELLIGENT CHRISTMAS 2015 Information in Japanese: http://www.roppongihills.com/press_release/pdf/151119.pdf
HOTEL NEW OTANI
On December 23rd the hotel will host two charity concerts of Christmas carols in the Atrium Chapel. The first performance is at 5pm and the 2nd is at 7pm. Both last 40 minutes. Information on their official website in Japanese: http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/xmas/events/05_charity.html
Marunouchi Symphony orchestra will perform a live FREE Christmas Concert at Megaweb on the afternoon of December 23rd. You can already enjoy Christmas illumination at Megaweb. More information will be available about the full orchestra performance on their website soon. http://www.megaweb.gr.jp/
MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS LIVE
Each weekend leading up to Christmas, there is a live Christmas concert of classical music held at the Galleria. Each weekend day there will be 3 performances, lasting 30 minutes, between 3pm and 8pm. More information is available in English here: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/events_news/detail.php?id=632. The Japanese page is http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2015/event/live.html
Christmas Concert in Keyaki Hiroba
On December 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 25th there are FREE Christmas concerts scheduled from 4pm to 8.30pm in Saitama Shintoshin. The concerts will include gospel choirs, a capella groups, Jazz and other types of music. You can enjoy the magical backdrop of wonderful winter illumination too. The website is in Japanese only: http://www.stib.jp/saitamae/data/index.php?id=10192465
If you have any Christmas concerts you would like to see added to the list, please do not hesitate to comment below.
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I like the sound of the Midtown one. I don't know why, but I really love Midtown at Christmas. Have you seen some of the 'Christmas' cakes in there? Look to good to each. Which is fine really, as I can't afford them anyway!
The lights are beautiful in Midtown I think it adds to everything. Cakes here fullstop - just gorgeous, but yes, the Christmas cakes in Midtown are particularly amazing. Unfortunately, they all have dairy and I have one kid with allergies. If you happen to spot one that is dairy free, please do let me know. :-D