Where to spot grand Christmas displays in Seoul

Christmas in Korea is a captivating blend of romance and tradition. Unlike the family-centered celebrations seen in many other parts of the world, Christmas in Korea tends to be more about couples. It's a day for romantic outings, where lovers can be seen watching movies, dining at fancy restaurants, and exchanging heartfelt gifts. Some even take their relationships to the next level by choosing Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for proposals or weddings.

However, this doesn't mean that families are entirely excluded from the festivities. Many Korean families still embrace the spirit of Christmas by decorating their homes with Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments. They might exchange gifts or cards, but the gatherings are usually more relaxed and informal compared to the more traditional Korean holidays. For those who follow Christianity, attending church services and engaging in charitable activities remain important elements of their Christmas celebrations.

One notable difference between Christmas in Korea and in many other countries is the absence of a specific Christmas cuisine. While other countries have traditional Christmas dishes, Korea lacks a defined set of festive foods.

Celebrating Christmas in Korea is truly magical, especially in Seoul, the bustling capital city that has become the hub of festive activities. During the holiday season, Seoul undergoes a breathtaking transformation, turning into a winter wonderland adorned with mesmerizing light displays in malls, towering Christmas trees, and a multitude of Christmas and winter-themed events. Amidst these splendid decorations, couples can share romantic moments, and families too can immerse themselves in the joyful atmosphere.

Here’s where you can find some of the grand Christmas displays in Seoul:

Malls and Department Stores

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The Hyundai Seoul

108, Yeoui-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Times Square

15, Yeongjung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul

Starfield Coex Mall

513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Lotte Department Store Jamsil 

240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul


Myeongdong Area

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Myeongdong Cathedral

74, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul

Shinsegae Department Store

63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Lotte Department Store and Lotte Young Plaza

81 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul


Seoul City Plaza and Hall

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110 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Stream

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03187, 37, Mugyo-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Amusement Park

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Lotte World

240 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

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