Christmas in Seoul
By Micky Miranda
The countdown has begun. Christmas is upon us. Some of us head home, others head to exotic destinations, and a few of us stay in Seoul.
Christmas is still a relatively new concept in Korea. While it is a family day in western countries, in Korea it is usually a day of romance and dates. However, many westerners do prefer getting together and having Christmas feasts.
This guide has been divided into the following sections:
Lotte World (part 1)
Lotte World has a Christmas festival that runs from November to December. Grab the kids and enjoy meeting all of your favorite Christmas characters. (website)
Lotte World Skating Rink (part 2)
For many people, ice skating and Christmas go hand in hand. If you are one of these people, take advantage of Lotte World's ice-skating rink while you are at Lotte World enjoying their Christmas festival.
Located in Gangnam, COEX is a large shopping mall that is hosting its second annual winter festival. A large area is set up with a Christmas theme. Best of all, kids are able to explore Santa's workshop and take a picture with Santa. The festival runs from December 10 to December 31. (website)
Korean Children's Center Snow Sledding
There is a sledding field for kids located in Gwangjin-gu. Admission is 10,000 won, which includes the tube rental. The center is open from December 20 to February 22. (More information at Visit Korea)
Grand Hyatt Ice Skating
Although it is a little pricey, the Grand Hyatt offers a great ice-skating rink that overlooks the Han River. They also offer a Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve party. The ice-skating rink is open from December 4 to February 28. (website)
French Christmas Market
On Saturday, December 13, the Francophone Association will host a Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa, clowns, French food, wine, and champagne will all be present. (More information at Korea 4 Expats)
Camarata Music Company
Every year, the Camarata Music Company does a live rendition of 'Messiah' (Hallelujah!). This year's performance takes place on December 12. Tickets are only 20,000 won. (website)
The Little Singers of the Paris Wooden Cross Christmas Concert
The Little Singers return to put on their usual big performance. This boy's a cappella choir is the only one of its kind in the world. The Christmas concert runs from December 12 to December 20. Don't miss it! (website)
Performed in Seoul since 1977, The Nutcracker has become a year-end staple. The performance runs from December 18 to December 27. (website)
Christmas Dinner and Decoration Suppliers
High Street Market
High Street is offering special Christmas dinner sets. They also offer pre-cooked meats. Best of all, they deliver. Take a look at their detailed website. You may need to call before to make sure your meal is prepared in time.
Costco offers various western goodies, desserts, and Christmas decorations.
Daiso has some cheap decorations, trees, and Christmas hats.
** If you are looking to go out for a Christmas dinner, then you should check out 10 Magazine's extensive list of options.