Christmas special: 5 must-see holiday attractions in the city

WHERE do you find the most celebrated Christmas spirit? Only in the Philippines! Christmas is the most awaited and lavish of all the Philippine holidays. The Southeast Asian country, whose prominent religion is Christianity, begins celebrating the Christmas season as early as September where towering ornamented trees, animated holiday lights and parols of different designs are seen everywhere.
Drive to Metro Manila’s must-see holiday attractions and get a glimpse of how Christmastime has become the most favorite holiday in the country.
Drive to Makati’s Ayala Triangle Gardens at night and be mesmerized by its distinguished holiday presentation. Go for a stroll with friends or loved ones, dine outdoors among various dining spots, and delight in the spectacular lights and sounds display. The amazing lights and heartwarming carols will definitely put everyone in a festive mood. Aside from the garden, marvel at the beautifully decorated and brightly-lit Ayala Avenue.
San Juan’s Greenhills Shopping Center is among the most-loved shopping, dining and entertainment spots. Just a few days before December, it transforms into one of the metro’s leading holiday season attractions. Various food stands offer wide selection of favorite local fare which include the season’s specialties like bibingka and puto bumbong. Visitors are also busy shopping from one stall to another looking for gift choices like accessories, clothes, bags, shoes, house decorations at great, bargain prices. Enjoy listening to songs as live bands perform throughout the night while you eat or shop. Apart from interesting finds, great food and music, foreign and local visitors also come for the animated show, with moving displays that depicts different Christmas stories.
For a one-of-a-kind attraction, head to Eastwood City in Libis, where the night is always young! Brightly-colored lanterns, a giant Christmas tree, dancing lights and a Christmas village will surely warm everyone’s heart. And among the many fascinating attractions, the dancing fountain, matched with colorful lights and joyful sounds, is undoubtedly a favorite!
Watch the beautiful sunset while delighting in a sumptuous fare in one of the restaurants that dot along the famed Manila Bay. And as the sky clears to black, feast your eyes on the spectacular fireworks display across the clear, reflecting waters of the bay. Nothing beats the amazing feeling you get upon seeing fireworks matched with sounds! The vibrant pyromusical presentation is one of the SM Mall of Asia’s prominent attractions during the Holiday season.
Delight in the many colorful displays of Araneta Center Cubao and the malls nearby. The recent lighting ceremony featured the giant Christmas tree; the Belen, which featured the life-sized figures of the Holy Family during the nativity, and brightly-lit Christmas floats created by local craftsmen. Araneta Center Cubao also features a night market offering various local delicacies in season and other culinary delights. To make the holiday season more exciting, children and kids at heart can enjoy a medley of Disney’s most favorite animated movies at the much-awaited ice skating show—Disney on Ice, at the Araneta Coliseum.

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