Neighborhood Guide, Holiday Edition: Christmas in Quezon City

Holiday offerings in Quezon City.

( For those who live in Quezon City, you don’t really need to go far to enjoy Christmas events. We’ve rounded up ideas for holiday dining, shopping, and festivities in the area.


What to do



Merry Musical Lights at Trinoma Mall
The fantastic light and sound show will surely put you in the Christmas mood. The show will run from November 9 to January 5 at the Garden Restaurants. It starts hourly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.




Bedazzling December at Eastwood City
Catch live performances by Gary Valenciano on December 13 (8 p.m.), MKTO on December 14 (4 p.m.), Lea Salonga on December 21 (7 p.m.), and Jamie Rivera on December 22 (7 p.m.).




Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Watch your favorite Disney characters skate on ice! Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, and Goofy embark on a treasure hunt for some of the most popular Disney films ever. Disney on Ice will run from December 25 to January 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


For tickets and inquiries, log on to TicketNet.





UP Lantern Parade
The Lantern Parade is a must-see event. Take a look at the twinkling lanterns and colorful floats which were made by the students themselves. Wait until the end of the show for fireworks, and make sure you watch it from a prime spot like Quezon Hall. The Lantern Parade will be held on December 18, from 4:30 p.m. onwards, at the Academic Oval in UP Diliman.




Sanrio Christmas at SM North EDSA
Take photos with Hello Kitty and her friends. The Sanrio characters are in London, which is represented by landmarks like Buckingham Palace, London Underground, and Big Ben, as well as symbols of the London lifestyle like the red telephone booth, double-decker bus, fish-and-chips restaurant, and pastry shop.





Giant Christmas Tree in Cubao
With a height of almost 100 feet, the Giant Christmas Tree near Araneta Center is decorated with more than 10,000 lights and giant ribbons. Don't miss it this Christmas!

Where to Shop





Holiday schedule
Everyone is in a rush to buy Christmas presents. It's a good thing the malls will be staying open a little longer to accommodate last-minute shopping. Check out the holiday mall hours of Trinoma Mall and Eastwood Mall for this December.





Grand Bazaar @ Elements Tent, Eton Centris
Date: December 20, 21, 22, 23 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Venue: Elements Tent, Eton Centris, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Free admission




The Great Fab Sale
Date: December 13 to 23 (2 p.m. to 12 midnight), December 24 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) 
Venue: R20 Lifestyle Hub, No. 180 Mindanao Avenue corner Road 20, Quezon City
Free admission


Where to eat



Those who want to eat out during the holidays may opt to have Cravings' Bundle of Joy dinner packages, which offers a choice of three dinner sets, each one good for 10 to 12 people. Set A includes Mixed Salad with Dressing, Pork Barbecue, Baked Spaghetti, and Devil's Food Cake. Set B includes Mixed Salad with Dressing, Chicken Wings, Special Chow Mein, and Chocolate Caramel Cake. Set C includes Mixed Salad with Dressing, Beef Casserole, Baked Fish in Olive Oil, Steak Fried Rice, and Cherry Walnut Cheesecake.


Click here for a list of branches.





Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge
Order any of Ninyo's degustacion choices, family meals, party packages, take-out dishes, and gift baskets to avail of a goody bag to be sent to a typhoon Yolanda victim with a note from you. The Christmas Lights Menu and Gift Choices are available from December 11 to January 12.


Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is at 66 Esteban Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Tel. Nos. 0917-530-2580, 426-0301. Visit their Facebook page for details.




Gloria Maris Banquet Hall
Treat your family to an Eat-all-you-can Holiday Feast. For P5,000, you can choose from three set menus and get unlimited servings for 10 people. The promo runs from December 1 to January 5.


Gloria Maris Banquet Hall is at 4th Level, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Tel. No. 332-5067. Visit the Araneta Center Facebook page for details.

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