Seoul will open the Seoul Christmas Market under the theme of Christmas presents for ten days from December 22 to December 31, 2018, at Seoul Plaza and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). The market will be open from 15:00 to 21:00 on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, as well as from 17:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Celebrating its fourth season, the Seoul Christmas Market will feature various Christmas performances, diverse seasonal menus at fifty food trucks, and special handmade, seasonal goods by 110 artist teams. Three busking performances will be featured daily for ten days to add to the Christmas festivities. To help shield off the cold, a large air booth will be installed at the Seoul Plaza, while wooden structures and small tents will furnish the Eoullim Square at DDP. A separate dining area will be provided for visitors so everyone can enjoy the delicious food truck cuisine.
The entrances to Seoul Plaza and the DDP Market will be prepared with a large gift box that serves as the backdrop for the photo zone to make for a special experience for everyone, in addition to the Wish Tree that will be installed in the gift box for visitors to write their new year’s wishes. Large snowballs will ornament the DDP Market while other photo zones are to be operated throughout the venue, adding to the Christmas spirit.
Christmas ornaments and Christmas goods made with leather, textiles, metal, and more, are scheduled to serve as theme for handmade booths. Knitted items for warmth during the winter and accessories for year-end events will also be available to help boost the Christmas atmosphere.
As carols are a big part of the Christmas season, carol performances are scheduled to heighten the mood of the Christmas Market even more. There will be new performances daily from soothing busking performances to spectacular magic shows, a cappella, and carols sung by a children’s choir. Three performance sessions will be held daily at 17:30, 18:30, and 19:30 on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and 18:30, 19:30, and 20:30 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. For more detailed performance schedules, please visit the night market website (www.bamdokkaebi.org).
The Christmas Market will also feature various workshops for visitors, featuring, Christmas candle-making with clay candles for both adults and children to enjoy, as well as caricature drawing, making accessories with pressed flowers, and designing personalized earrings and mobile phone rings for a memorable experience, and perhaps as a special gift.
This year, the Secret Santa sharing program will operate at the Christmas Market for public participation. Citizens can bring and donate boxed gifts, and a total of 2019 gift packages will be delivered to local children’s welfare centers on December 31.