While I’m not sure I’d recommend this trip for your actual Christmas over other options that abound around the Osaka/Kyoto area, it definitely makes for a great date and gets you in the holiday spirit!
My first ‘real’ date (by that I mean a date that felt special – I don’t really count Matsuya and Sukiya) with my boyfriend was two years ago at the German Christmas in Osaka. So naturally when I came back two years later, I thought it’d be romantic to return with him this time around too.
Both fortunately and unfortunately, not much had changed!
I also saw advertisements for a snowman festival. Knowing the German Christmas looked best at night, we first headed to the Umeda station to see if we could find all these alleged snowmen.
Unfortunately, upon asking the lady at the information desk, it turned out the snowmen was pretty much a strategy much like the Snoopy’s back in St. Paul – they weren’t at the station, they were scattered around the city at different businesses. You could get a stamp for each one you found and ultimately receive…nothing.
But it wasn’t a pure loss. First there were beautiful decorations on the ceiling of the main part of the station…
And then it turned out there was a little illumination within the actual station. We were a little early, so along with most of the people waiting, we (read: I) began taking pictures of the beautiful sunset.
Then the illumination started, and it was pretty cute!
I also got a video of it, and Yuuki decided to weave through the crowd, so have fun trying to spot him! Here’s the vid-ee-o:
After that we headed up the escalator into what I nearly thought was a spaceship.
At the top of the station I was surprised to find a lot of pretty scenery (and not aliens- I checked (well, besides Yuuki)).
After that, we walked to the German Christmas at the Umeda Sky Building. It was a cold walk, but worth it!
I was hoping the Christmas would have a couple new additions, but for the most part it was unchanged. It was still really cute, with lots of merchandise from Germany and surprisingly Lithuania as well (pretty cool for me since I’m part Lithuanian!)
At two of the booths seen above, they offer mugs you get to keep with your order of either hot chocolate, (red or white) wine, or tea. I was delighted to find out they change each year. Here were our cups two years ago (both years we got one red wine, and one hot chocolate – both absolutely delicious).
And this year’s:
Both adorable!! I think I like the stockings idea the best (but it’s a heck of a lot harder to clean).
The food, as expected for a festival was way overpriced but delicious.
After we finished the rounds, Yuuki and I weren’t quite ready to go home, but also didn’t have anywhere else to explore. As if he read our minds, a juggler set up right in front of us.
He had quite a few interesting tricks with the kendama! He dropped it a lot too, but always recovered quickly and kept it entertaining. A pretty good performer, and I was very glad we stopped to watch him.
Well that was it for our great date night! If you end up going, tell me what you thought!
If you’re interested n the German Christmas, here’s a link in English for more information. http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/search/detail/event_6863.html