Christmas Fantasy in Okinawa Zoo rings in holiday spirit
Although chances for a white Christmas on Okinawa are rather slim, the annual Christmas Fantasy at Okinawa Kodomono Kuni, a.k.a. Okinawa Zoo, is ready to entertain visitors with the next best thing.
From Dec. 18th through Jan. 10th, from 16:30 to 21:30 each day (Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, Jan.1, 5, 6 and 7 are closed. 20:00~25:00 on Dec. 31), a huge Christmas Wonderland opens at the zoo, complete with sparkling lights, Christmas trees, live entertainment and even real snowfalls produced by snow generators four times each night at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30.
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.
Street dance and Eisa are staged every day, as is a fantastic ‘Super Aurora’ laser beam show, the largest of its kind on the island, at 19:00 and 21:10.
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, Coop Misato, Coop Yamauchi, Coop Oroku, Palette Kumoji RYUBO, Lawson (code 82850) and FamilyMart convenience stores.