Where to Go & What to Do in Korea During Christmas 2020
Like in many countries, Christmas in Korea is marked by festive decorations, cheerful songs playing in stores, and holiday food and drinks that uplift the mood. It’s a very exciting place to be in, but if you’re a foreigner living in Korea, you may feel like you’re missing out on the traditions back home especially if you normally celebrate the occasion with family. To shake up your Christmas in Korea this 2020, consider visiting the following attractions that offer the merriest cheers:
1. N Seoul Tower
Yes, the iconic attraction in Seoul is also one of the best spots to visit during Christmas! A lot of couples and families usually visit during the holidays so they can dine with a view as well as marvel at the inspiring city skyline from the tower observatory. If this sounds a good idea to you, then make a reservation at N.Grill, which is a premium rotating French restaurant. You can also visit the more casual Owl’s Cutlet or N.Burger, which also has awesome views. As for your visit to the observatory, you can easily book a ticket here at a discounted price!
Everland is one of the happiest places in Korea for couples and families, and they offer a leveled-up experience during Christmas! Aside from the exhilarating rides, Everland also has the following in store for you this 2020:
- Christmas Market – enjoy Christmas treats from Europe, North America, and Asia! (Open on December 1-27, 2020 from 12:30pm-7:30pm)
- Jingle BaMM!! Christmas Parade – an exciting parade that features Santa Clause and his Christmas elves! (Dec. 1, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021)
- Magic Garden and Tower Tree – the highlight for Everland’s Christmas celebrations is the towering Christmas Tree that lights up beautifully at night!
To visit Everland from Seoul, you can book a convenient transfer that picks up in multiple locations, including Gangnam. The roundtrip fare usually costs ₩12,000, but you can book below for only ₩9,500:
3. COEX Aquarium
COEX Aquarium is one of the attractions in Korea that’s open year-round. As such, you can spend Christmas day here and enjoy the adorable sites of penguins, turtles, sharks, and more! The attraction is located in Starfield COEX Mall, so you will also find many restaurants and shops that you can visit! Admission at COEX Aquarium costs ₩24,000, but you can book a ticket on WAUG below with a discount of 17%!
4. Nami Island & Petite France
If you want a change of scenery but don’t want to travel far, two nearby Christmas attractions in Korea that you can visit are Nami Island and Petite France! Aside from being a natural winter wonderland filled with romantic rows of trees, lakeside decks, gardens, and restaurants, Nami Island is also a nice place to just laze away and imbibe the spirit of Christmas! The nearby French-themed village Petite France also gives off holiday cheers with its elegant lighting and fun marionette performances.
If you want to visit these two attractions in Korea that are perfect for Christmas, you can book a semi-guided bus tour from Seoul that picks up at Hongdae, Myeongdong, and Dongdaemun! The tour comes with free transportation and admission to both sites and only costs ₩40,000. However, you can book on WAUG below for only ₩38,000! (First time to use WAUG? After signing up, you’ll get a ₩3,000 or $3 coupon that you can use to reduce the cost of your first booking! 🎉)
5. Garden of Morning Calm
Nami Island and Petite France are usually paired with another attraction in Gyeonggi-do: the Garden of Morning Calm. However, I intended to separate them on this list as the garden just really deserves a spot of its own! This attraction actually just started as a small project, but it grew to be the Insta-worthy spot that tourists from all over the world visit. During winter, they make the whole place even more mesmerizing by adding colorful lights that transform the place as soon as it gets dark!
If you want to visit Nami Island, Petite France, and Garden of the Morning Calm all in one day, you can book below starting at ₩65,000 (from regular price of ₩75,000). We guarantee — this activity will give you great memories of Christmas in Korea!
6. Eland Story Cruise
How about taking the scenic and romantic Eland Cruise during Christmas? If you want to celebrate the holiday on the beautiful Han River, book your discounted story cruise tickets for Christmas below! (TIP: You can also book their Cruise + Americano package for only ₩17,400!)
BONUS: Where to Eat in Seoul This Christmas
Looking to eat out on Christmas eve or the 25th? Check out this article: DEALS: Christmas Lunch & Dinner in Seoul This 2020
How to Book Christmas Attractions & Activities in Korea on WAUG
- Log in or sign up for an account here. (New users will instantly get the $3 or ₩3,000 welcome coupon 🎉)
- Choose your preferred activity above.
- Select the date and quantity.
- Check out using your Visa, Mastercard, or AMEX. (If your payment method is issued in Korea, make sure to switch the currency to KRW to activate other options, like Naver Pay and Mobile Payment!)
- Wait for the confirmation voucher/s that you’ll receive on the WAUG app:
Featured images (L-R) from OttawaCitizen.com, SeoulTower.co.kr, and @witheverland on Instagram.