~Things to do in Kyoto this Christmas!~
Here is a listing for dinner options and other events this holiday season. A number of locations will be serving Christmas dinner – but reservations must be made in advance and you will need to book it fast! In no particular order…
Tadg’s Gastro Pub will be serving Christmas Dinner at 6pm from the 20th to the 26th of December. The charge is 3,500 yen per person. To reserve, please contact Tadg: 075-213-0214. Check the menu details below.
Location: A short walk north of Oike on the east side of Kiyamachi. Here is a MAP.
Cafe Foodelica are serving Christmas dinner from 7pm on the 23rd and 24th of December. The charge is 3,500 yen per person. Check the menu below. Reservations should be made by the 21st to 075-703-5208.
Location: On the South side of Kitayama-dori, between Shugakuin station and Kitashirakawa-dori. Just a minute’s walk East of the Eiden Shugakuin station. Look for the red door. Here is a MAP.
Foodelica Xmas Dinner Menu
*Complimentary Foodelica Winter Warmer Cocktail
*Picardie-style Crèpe Gratinée with Home-cured Ham and Mushrooms
*Rouge et Vert Marine Red Cabbage and Apple Salad
*il Rossaverde ‘X’mas Special’ Pasta
*Carbonade à la Flambade Beef Stewed in Beer with Onions or Huîtres a la *Crème Grilled Fresh Oysters in Cream sauce
(both pictured above)
*‘Eastern Promise’ Special Dessert
The Gael Irish Pub is serving a Christmas Dinner Plate for 2,000 yen from the 22nd to the 25th. See the menu below. Please make reservations at 075-525-0680.
Location: On the 2nd floor of the Oto building on Nawate Dori across from the Minamiza Theatre. Come out of exit 8 of Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line and turn right and right again up the north side of the underground car park. Look up for the Irish flag and Guinness sign on the building at the end of the road. Here is a MAP.
Tom’s Burger Bar, despite having closed for regular business a couple of months back, is still serving Christmas dinner! A few spaces are still left for Christmas dinner on December 23rd at 6:00pm. The price for a full turkey dinner and a glass of champagne is 3800 yen. See details with the picture below. To make a booking call 075-703-3711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 5min walk from Ichijo-ji Station of Eizan line. Tom’s is on the street behind the Karaoke shop on Higashi-oji St., next to the curry shop. MAP.
Tom’s Christmas Dinner: “Roast turkey, stuffing, mountains of mashed potato and lots of fresh veggies Pots of hot gravy, festive soup, and a real traditional Xmas pudding with brandy butter, even a wafer thin mint with your coffee to top it all off when you are just too stuffed to eat another bite.”
Papa Jon’s Eatery is serving Christmas Dinner on December 24th only. The charge is 3,200 yen. See the menu below. Reservations should be made to 075-211-1600.
Location: Papa Jon’s Eatery is on the 3rd floor of the Shimpukan complex, which sits on the east side of Karasuma a short walk south of Oike. Here is a MAP.
Papa Jon’s Eatery is also hosting a Christmas musical event “Canciones & Christmas Carols” on the 23rd with a special Christmas buffet. Charles Roche says,
Ayaka Tanimoto – Mezzo Soprano (graduate of Royal College of Music in London) and Kumi Matsuo – Piano (also a graduate of RCM) will be performing an evening of Light Opera and Christmas Duets. This is a great opportunity to hear this talented world class duo in an informal setting.
We are preparing a Seasonal Christmas Buffet including Chestnut Pumpkin Soup (warm your innards), hors d’oeuvres (to remind you that you will never be able to correctly spell that word), assorted salads, etc.
Ayaka’s and Kumi-san’s intention is to make this event casual and “accessible”, so no black tie puleeze. Quote Ms. Tanimoto, “We want to introduce our music to a new audience”.
Entrance: ¥2500 per person (including buffet)
Papa Jon’s Eatery is limited to 40 seats
Reservations are recommended (open seating)
Call (075) 211 1600
Doors open: 5:30PM
Buffet from: 6:00PM
Other Christmassy Events:
All Doshisha presents Handel’s Messiah at Kyoto Concert Hall
Date: Tuesday 24th December
Doors open: 17:00
Place: Kyoto Concert Hall
Ticket and reservation details in my previous post here: Handel’s Messiah ~ The 50th Christmas Concert from Doshisha
O-minugui Shiki at Chion-in Temple
Our friend John Dougill’s recommendation for a truly Kyoto Christmas is a magnificent Buddhist ceremony held every year on December 25th. Read all about it here: A Kyoto Christmas
…And if there any Christmas dinner or event options I have missed, then please add them in the comments. Joys of the season to you all!