December is filled with excitement as the year draws to an end with the New Year right around the corner, not to mention Christmas - the holiday everybody has been waiting for! To make the most out of your Christmas season in Korea, read on to find photo spots for taking memorable photos with friends and families, Christmas cakes perfect for home parties, and adorable items that will lift up your holiday spirit.
Around every holiday season, department stores illuminate with beautiful and lovely Christmas lights. Among the many stores, Shinsegae Department Store Main Branch located in Myeong-dong invites visitors to a fascinating world of lights. In addition, the store puts on a magical fairytale-like circus show that colorfully brightens the streets of Seoul.
There are plenty of places in Korea that will grab the attention of travelers during Christmas season. Lotte Department Store Main Branch in Myeong-dong in particular has a fancy light tunnel on display that opt as an awesome photo backdrop. This store is one of the most popular night attractions in Seoul during Christmas season, and has even the passerby, not to mention shoppers, hold up their cameras to take a shot of the beautiful scene. This year, American art duo FriendsWithYou collaborated with Lotte Department Store to create original and catchy photo zones.
Samseong-dong, one of the busiest neighborhoods in Seoul, is also all geared up to greet Christmas. The Starfield Library inside COEX Mall has a giant elegant Christmas tree set up at the center, with gleaming silver lights reflecting off of the books and bookshelves surrounding it. The tree was designed with hopes of overcoming COVID-19 and getting prepared for the new dawn along with families, friends, and loved ones.
Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch, another popular shopping center in Samseong-dong, is designed to present a heartwarming Christmas atmosphere with a cozy wooden cabin and a 13-meter Christmas tree. The cabin is adorned with lights that sparkle like stars in the Milky Way, granting you and your loved ones a place for creating unforgettable memories.
Gorgeous photo spots for memorable Christmas photos
Many will have different opinions on what a best Christmas party should be like, but all will agree on one thing – fancy and sweet holiday cake is a MUST. Keep your eyes open for the perfect cake that will perk up the Christmas atmosphere. Keep your options open, from charming neighborhood bakeries and cafés to luxurious hotels, and surely you will find the one to please both your eyes and taste buds!
Christmas cakes come in varieties, ranging from soft and rich snow-like cheesecakes to colorful and adorable strawberry cakes. If you want to set the tone for Christmas without decorating your home with extravagant ornaments, get a lovely and delicious cake to boost your holiday spirit.
Snowballs are one of the most common Christmas items that easily create a Christmas-friendly mood. Look around select shops and lifestyle stores in downtown Seoul and you will find a variety of delightful Christmas items that will turn your home into like one of those seen on Christmas holiday movies.
It’s very rare to see fireplaces installed in Korean homes. However, there are a few items that help fill that void, especially for those who love to fire gaze.
Two of the most popular fire gazing items are ethanol lamps and LED fireplace mood lamps. They may be smaller than the average fireplace, but are enchanting enough to bring you the warmth and coziness you’re looking for.
As home décor became a trend, not only did people pay attention to how their homes appeared, but also to how it smelled. And what better satisfies both components than decorative candles? With the upcoming holiday season, you’ll find Christmas-themed candles of various designs, including Christmas trees and gingerbread man. Moreover, they are not only great for decorating homes and personal spaces at work, but their adorable size and charm make for an excellent souvenir for travelers.
Seasonal items for welcoming Santa Claus
* This column was last updated in December 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check the details before visiting.