In December every year, Kuraray's Kurashiki Plant stages "Kuraray Christmas Fantasy" as part of its local community activities. For the event, a roughly 50-year-old, 15-meter-high Himalayan cedar standing at the plant's main entrance is decorated with some 4,000 Christmas lights, capturing the spirit of the season for everyone in the area to enjoy. Dating back to 1990, this year’s event will mark the 18th occasion on which it has been held (it was not held on two years in the past.) With broad-based popularity and support, Kuraray Christmas Fantasy has become a seasonal tradition for the local community.

The times of the lighting ceremony for the huge Christmas tree and of the events being performed during the period when the tree is lit up are provided below.

Beginning this year, and with a view to preventing a dangerous stampede caused by an influx of visitors, the receiving of candy as a present from Santa Claus has been replaced by the holding of a present lottery.

All at the Kurashiki Plant are very much looking forward to seeing everyone at this year's event.

1. Location

Main entrance of the Kuraray Kurashiki Plant:
Tamashimaotoshima 7471, Kurashiki City

2. Tree-lighting time period and times

Time period December 14 (Monday) to December 25 (Friday)
Times 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

3. Tree-lighting ceremony

Date and time December 14 (Monday) from 5:30 p.m.
* The event will be held even in the case of light rain
Program 5:35 to 5:50 p.m. Carols sung by choir of local children
5:50 to 6:00 p.m. Welcoming address
6:00 to 6:10 p.m. Christmas tree lighting up
6:10 to 6:30 p.m. Brass band performance
6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Present lottery

4. Bazaar

Time period Two days from December 16 (Wednesday) to
December 17 (Thursday)
Time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Items sold Steamed meat buns, steamed pizza buns, fried food, corn pottage, cocoa, etc.

5. Donation boxes

Funds received in these boxes will be combined with profits from bazaar sales and donated to a Kurashiki City fund-raising drive for a children's charity

6. Coloring contest

Entry period December 14 (Monday) to December 18 (Friday)
* Booth for the purpose set up on days on which bazaar held