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2018 Main Events and Contests 2018-11-06T12:56:02+00:00
Dance Cover
Karaoke Contest
Holiday Runway
Idol Fest
Benefit Ball
18+ Cosplay Contest
Hottest Men in Anime
Cosplay & Skit Showcase
Saturday Holiday Rave
Anime Music Video Contest
Photography Contest

K-Pop/J-Pop/Vocaloid

Dance Cover Showcase

This contest is a fun way to show off your amazing dance skills and prove your moves on the main stage.
Genre’s accepted: J-POP, K-POP, C-POP, Vocaloid dances, and Anime Covers.

Online Applications ONLY!
Compete as a Solo or Group performance
This year contestants will be scored by judges AND audience voting!
Enter early! Spots are limited and fill up fast!

Applications Open September 1st ~ November 1st, 2018!

Day: Friday, Dec 14th Time: 4:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)
Dance Cover Application (Closed)
Contest Rules & Regulations

Sing your heart out

Karaoke LIVE!

Love Karaoke? Enjoy singing your favorite anime openings?
Want a chance to sing on stage and share your voice with the world?

Join the Karaoke Live Contest!
This year contestants will be scored by judges AND audience voting!

Online Applications Only! No sign ups at the door.
Can enter as a Solo or Group
Sign up early to get help with background videos and lighting effects!

Day: Friday, Dec 14th Time: 7:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)
Karaoke Contest Application
Contest Rules & Regulations

Winter Holiday Cosplay

Holiday Runway Contest

Holiday Matsuri is the best place to see the most amazing holiday-themed cosplays!
Got one you want to show off on stage? Join the Holiday Runway Show!

This contest accepts costumes from all genres and customs designs are welcome too!

The Holiday Runway Contest is a creative-craftsmanship only contest with no pre-judging, no pressure, and all the fun festive goodness.
Dash on stage, jingle-bell rock your winter cosplay, and make everyone’s nice list as they marvel at your hard work!

Costumes must be 100% festive and can be made or purchased.

Day: Saturday, Dec 15th Time: 1:30pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)
Contest Rules & Regulations

Holiday Runway Judge

Holiday Runway Judge

Holiday Runway Judge

Idol Inspiration

Idol Fest 2018

2016 we hosted IDOL HELL!
2017 we hosted our first IDOL FEST!
IDOL FEST 2018 will be the best yet!

IDOLFEST is a concert style event featuring dance Cover Groups who will be covering performances from a variety of Japanese Anime and Video Game Idols. Pack your Glowsticks, cheer on the idols, sing~a~long to your favorite songs, and live the Idol experience!

Stay after the concert for a meet & greet with the idols and Photo opportunities

Day: Saturday, Dec 15th Time: 6:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)
Idol Fest Application (Closed)

Formal Charity

Benefit Ball

Join us in Main Events for dancing, performances, fun and giving back to the community.

Each year Holiday Matsuri hosts the Formal Charity Benefit Ball.
Donations of $10 or more will gain you entrance to the Formal Charity Benefit Ball. 100% of the proceeds received for the Ball will go directly to the chosen charity.

This year we will have Hot Cocoa and Cookies!!!

Day: Saturday, Dec 15th Time: 6:30pm Location: Special Events (Crystal J-Q)
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Cosplay Deviants

18+ Costume Contest

Sometimes less is more, and the more the merrier. Win the judges and crowd by showcasing how well you wear and work your cosplays in the 2nd annual 18+ costume contest.
This event is a contest designed for all adult cosplayers who want to show off more than just their sewing skills.

For 18+ Contest Registration and more information, click on the button below.

Please note: This is an 18+ Event. An unexpired Photo Identification is required to attend this event. Attendees without valid photo identification will not be permitted into the event.

Day: Friday, Dec 14th Time: 9:00pm Location: Special Events (Crystal J-Q)
18+ Cosplay Contest

18+ Event

Hottest Men In Anime

Want to see the steamy side of HolMat? Check out the Hottest Men in Anime, and peek at these hot bods trying to win your cheers.

Please note: This is an 18+ Event. An unexpired Photo Identification is required to attend this event. Attendees without valid photo identification will not be permitted into the event.

Day: Friday, Dec 14th Time: 10:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)

Premier Cosplay & Skit Contest

Cosplay & Skit Showcase

A highly competitive Contest which requires you to create your cosplay, and prove you have created it.
All solo contestants and groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate!
Online Registration Only!!! Applications Start September 1st-November 1st, 2018
Signups will NOT be permitted at the convention.

Last year we sent the Best Group to Japan!
We are working on an awesome prize for 2018!

Day: Sunday, Dec 16th Time: 2:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)
Contest Application (Closed)
Contest Rules & Regulations

2018 Cosplay Judge

Yaya Han

2018 Cosplay Judge

Hoku Props

2018 Cosplay Judge

Phil Mizuno

2018 Cosplay Judge

Kaye Cosplay

Saturday Night Dance

Holiday Rave

Holmats Holiday Eve Dance

Join your friends and community is a amazing night featuring guest DJ’s and groups

Day: Saturday, Dec 15th Time: 9:00pm Location: Main Events (Cypress 1A)

Animation Music Video

AMV Contest

Check out the Best AMV’s of the year and vote on your favorite!

AMV Contest Application
Contest Rules & Regulations

Show us your best Photos!

Cosplay Photography Contest

Show off your best Cosplay Photographs! The best will be shown off at Holiday Matsuri!

Photography Contest Application
Contest Rules & Regulations