Christmas Lights at Suzaka Art Park

December 20th, 2009 by
Category: Events, Seasonal Topics
The view from under the big "Tree".

The view from under the big "Tree".

It’s that time of the year, and the Christmas Lights are out in force all over Nagano.  There are many places to go and admire the colorful nighttime displays, but this evening, my family chose the Suzaka Art Park’s 2009 Christmas Illumination.

We bundled the kids up tightly — it was COLD! — and walked around the grounds of the two museums that make up the Suzaka Art Park.  The various displays there were created or assembled by groups ranging from local schools to senior groups, and involved everything from reindeer and sleighs to a giant mask warning about the flu.  Yeah, there is no escaping the fear of the flu, even here!

The biggest display is a huge pole outside the Doll Museum with colorful lights cascading down all around it.  The effect is that of a giant Christmas Tree, with a large star at the top (more like a ball, but you get the idea).  Visitors can walk inside this “tree” and look up at the top from within.  It’s a spectacular sight!

The display is going on until December 25th, every night from 5pm to 9pm.  Admission is free for everyone, but you will see volunteers asking for donations — not to pay the event’s electric bill, but rather to buy more lights for future displays!

To get there, take the Nagano Expressway to Suzaka-Nagano-Higashi interchange.  Turn right at the first light, and then right again at the Kotakamachi signal.  Drive uphill and turn left at the Lawson convenience store.  Go a little ways down that road and you will see the lights on the right side.  Parking is free.

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About Robert

Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting Go! Nagano! I have been living in Nagano since 1999 and am now raising a family here. It is truly a great place to be! I am originally from Farmington, Connecticut in the United States of America. I went to college at New York University, majoring in Drama with a primary focus in production and promotion. I minored in music theory. I lived and worked in New York City for a while, but after a few years, I decided I had to get out, and I high-tailed it right out of the country. I literally went to the other side of the world, spending a year in a neighboring prefecture before finally settling down in Nagano. What I found so appealing about Nagano was the relaxed lifestyle and the abundance of natural beauty all around. As an avid hiker, I am always looking for new places to climb up and enjoy the view. And with four children, I am always looking for outdoor activities to do with the kids. In this blog, my hope is to inform future visitors about all the outdoor activites you can take part in around here, from hiking to family friendly activities or anything else going on. I hope you'll come and visit soon!

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