Winter Festivals (December-February)
Winter in Korea means plenty of festive gatherings, from Christmas to New Year’s Eve parties. As December comes to an end and the year draws to a close, people gather at sunrise festival Venues across Korea to welcome in the first sunrise of the New Year. January and February are perfect for reveling in the chilly weather by visiting snow and ice festivals. Each region has its own unique winter culture and specialty products, for endless opportunities to enjoy an active winter in Korea.
December’s Lighting Festival
- Period: December 5, 2018-March 31, 2019
- Venue: The Garden of Morning Calm
432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do / 경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 아침고요수목원
Held at the Garden of Morning Calm, the Lighting Festival is one of the biggest light festivals in Korea, covering nearly 330,000 m2 with lights. With different themes every year, the gleaming lights add a festive glow to the natural beauty of the garden during the winter season.
Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival
- Period: December 14, 2018-January 13, 2019
- Venues: Areas of Korea Tea Culture Park and Boseong Tea Plantation
Korea Tea Culture Park, 775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do / 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 775 한국차문화공원
The magical allure of the Boseong Green Tea Fields grows tenfold in winter as bright Christmas lights cast a cheery glow over the expansive fields. The themed spaces and exhibits bring “Christmas decorations” to a whole new level.
Seongsan Sunrise Festival
- Period: December 30, 2018-January 1, 2019
- Venue: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do / 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12 성산일출봉
Join the countdown and welcome of the New Year at Jeju’s premier sunrise attraction, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (also known as “Sunrise Peak”). In addition to the beautiful sunrise, the festival will also feature parades, performances, firework shows, the distribution of tteokguk (rice cake soup), and other events.