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2023 SENDAI Pageant of Starlight
A winter tradition of Sendai, the City of Trees, lights up the winter night.
The SENDAI Pageant of Light was created in 1986 with the hopes of "brightening up Sendai in winter" and "transforming the City of Trees into a City of Light." The zelkova trees on the Jozenji-dori Avenue, the main street that represents the City of Trees, will be illuminated. It is loved by both locals and tourists as a wintertime tradition in Sendai that creates a fantastic world.
The event is held from the beginning of December to the end of the year, with a different theme each year, and creates a spectacular world of light by using approximately 500,000 LED lights on 129 zelkova trees.
During the SENDAI Pageant of Starlight, various events unfold in the area around Kotodai Park and the Civic Plaza. Hüttes (small huts) are set up, hosting a charming Christmas market. In addition, a variety of performers showcase their street acts, and visitors can enjoy ice skating at a rink that is specially installed for the occasion. The illumination lights envelop the area, offering a multitude of delightful experiences, which is a major draw for visitors.
Sendai’s winter tradition that illuminates the City of Trees.
Approximately 500,000 LED lights on the zelkova trees illuminate the street, transforming it into a gorgeous promenade.
Starting with the Christmas market in the Civic Plaza, a variety of events take place throughout the duration of the festival.
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- Name in Japanese
- 2023 SENDAI光のページェント
2023 Dates: the 18 days between Dec. 8th and Dec. 25th.
Monday – Thursday / 7:00pm-10:00pm
Friday and Saturday / 6:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday / 6:00pm-9:00pm
- Jozenji-dori Avenue, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi (East Side: Starts in front of Sendai Mitsukoshi, West Side: Starts in front of Jozenji Garden Hills Guest House)
- A short distance from Sendai Subway’s Namboku Line Kotodai-Koen Station.
- Official Website (Japanese)