Christmas in Seoul

Christmas In Seoul: The Most Beautiful Holiday Lights | 2023 Edition

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Christmas in South Korea is a unique and enchanting experience, especially when searching for the best place to spend Christmas in Korea. Although it is often considered more of a couple’s holiday, filled with charming dates, the festive spirit is alive and well in Seoul with its stunning decorations. Discover the most captivating holiday lights and decorations, creating the ideal setting for a memorable Christmas in the heart of Korea’s vibrant capital. Here are the most beautiful holiday lights and decorations for spending the perfect Christmas in Seoul.

Christmas in Seoul: Which Lights and Illuminations Not To Miss

From the Galleria Department Store to Seoul Plaza, Times Square and Lotte Department Store in Sogong-dong, there are so many beautiful places to go in order to see Christmas lights and trees in full glory. Here are the most beautiful Christmas lights in Seoul you shouldn’t miss.

Shinsegae, Lotte Department Store & Co., Myeongdong

During Christmas in Korea, the whole area of Myeongdong is coated in twinkling lights. The two main department stores, Shinsegae and Lotte, compete over who has the most extravagant Christmas set-up – and they love to outdo each other year after year.

This year, it’s hard to choose a winner as both have decorated their storefronts absolutely beautifully.

Which do you like more?

Shinsegae Department Store

Address: 63 Sogong-ro, Chungmuro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Lotte Department Store

Address: Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu Seoul

COEX Starfield Library, Gangnam

Every year, Starfield Library located in the center of COEX Mall features beautiful holiday decorations. From a large Christmas tree made of 14,000 books to a tree with a polar bear family that looks like they are straight out of a fairy tale, the Starfield Library at COEX Mall celebrates every Christmas season with a variety of trees.

Address: 06164  513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Lotte World Mall, Jamsil

Lotte World Mall in Jamsil is another great place to check out Christmas decorations. This year, they an entire Christmas theme park under the theme Wonder Wish Garden.

The area is filled with shimmering trees and a stunning French-style carousel.

Address: Jamsil 6(yuk)-dong, Songpa-gu Seoul

IFC Mall, Yeouido

One of my favorite malls in Seoul, directly connected to the 5-star luxury hotel Conrad Seoul, also has some beautiful holiday decorations that are worth a visit.

Embrace the festive spirit with a stunning display of glimmering trees and charming mailboxes designed for sending letters to Santa this Seoul Christmas.

Address: 10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Molto Myeongdong

Molto is a popular Italian espresso bar in Myeongdong view a beautiful view of the Myeongdong Cathedral. In the winter, they set up beautiful Christmas decorations that are truly unique in all of Seoul.

Grab a hot drink and enjoy the views of Myeongdong Cathedral below along with the Christmas tree.

  • 10:30~19:30 Last order 19:00
  • Closed on Sundays
  • Usage time: 90 minutes
  • It can be cold on the terrace, so dress warmly.
  • The brunch menu is not sold during the winter.

Address: 73 Myeongdong-gil, Myeong-dong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul

Jane March Maison (제인마치메종)

This is a cute little store in Seongsu-dong where you can take some of the most beautiful holiday photos this season. Drop by and take some cute shots!

Hours: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Closed on SUNDAYS

Address: 8 Seongsuil-ro 3-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Store

One of the most popular places to view Christmas decorations this season! The theme is a kind of teddy bear-filled Santa Clause workshop called “La Boutique d’Harry”.

Address: 517 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

The Hyundai Seoul

The 2023 Christmas Village is based on the concept of Harry’s dream shop. It’s like a small European winter town.

You can see cute bears, pretty trees and get your Christmas shopping done in the cute little shops. It’s recommended to make a reservation before you go! Check these details to book.

Address: 108 Yeouido-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Seoul Times Square

The theme of this year’s decorations at Seoul Times Square is “Santa Express”, one stop where Santa passes by and takes a break. It’s an American-style Route 66 gas station with festive decorations and lots of beautiful trees.

Address: 15 Yeongjung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Lotte World

The popular amusement park Lotte World in Seoul is one of the most magical places in the city during the holiday season. The entire park is beautifully decorated and the large castle is especially stunning at this time of the year.

Address: 240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

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Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

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