Neighborhood Guide, Holiday Edition: Christmas in Mandaluyong/Ortigas/San Juan

Catch the festive sights in these cities.

( The cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, and San Juan are pretty close to each other, which makes it more convenient to go from one place to the other. They each have their own holiday traditions-the Christmas on Display show and Christmas Bangketa Fair in Greenhills Shopping Center, driving down to Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong to see houses brilliantly illuminated by twinkling lights. And in between, you can shop at SM Megamall and Shangri-La Plaza Mall, which are adjacent to each other, and enjoy Christmas lunch or a Noche Buena buffet at hotel restaurants.


What to do



Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz from Manila in Photos: It’s Christmas Time in the City!


Visit Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong

Cruise down Policarpio Street to witness the brightest houses festooned with twinkling lights. If you want to experience the height of the holiday spirit, pass by the well-lit street of Mandaluyong and take selfies at each fabulous house you see.




Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz from Manila in Photos: It’s Christmas Time in the City!

Greenhills Shopping Center Christmas on Display
Don't forget to stop by Greenhills and be entertained by the animated Christmas on Display. The theme this year is Christmas in the Orient. The show runs every day from November 16 to January 2, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the main entrance of Greenhills Shopping Center. You can also shop at the Christmas Bangketa Fair, which is open from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., and will run until January 3.


Where to shop




The Christmas Warehouse Sale
Date: December 21 to 23 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Venue: Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level, SM Megamall Building B, SM Megamall, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City




Greenhills Shopping Center Christmas schedule





Shangri-La Plaza Mall holiday hours


Where to eat



Edsa Shangri-La Hotel
Celebrate the festive season with gourmet holiday favorites at Edsa Shangri-La restaurants. Heat will be offering a buffet lunch (P1,480++ to P2,250++) and buffet dinner (P1,900++ to P2,900++) on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. At Summer Palace, partake in special Cantonese specialties prepared by Executive Chinese Chef Christopher Chai. The set menu for tables of 10 people costs P18,800++ and P20,800++. After your meal, be sure to drop by The Bakeshop to see how it's been transformed into a gingerbread house!


Edsa Shangri-La Hotel is at 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City; Tel. No. 633-8888




Crowne Plaza
Seven Corners’ Festive Holidays buffet will include meat carvings, gourmet salads, fresh seafood, puto bumbong, bibingka, and native hot chocolate. Their dessert station will have a life-size gingerbread house. They will have a dinner buffet on December 24 and 31, and a lunch buffet on December 25 and January 1. The buffet rate is P2,200++ per person, inclusive of one glass of Zonin Proseco wine.


Xin Tian Di will also have a special festive menu that will feature Chinese cuisine and seasonal favorites. Entice your palate with turkey offerings such as Kongbao Turkey and Sauteed Minced Turkey with Lettuce. The Oriental Feast at Xin Tian Di is available for lunch and dinner on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Crowne Plaza is at Ortigas Avenue corner Asian Development Bank Avenue, Quezon City; Tel. No. 633-7222





Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center
Ready, Gobble, Go! It's time for Oakroom's Turkey-to-Go. Plump and extra juicy, their traditional turkey comes complete with sausage stuffing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. Basted to perfection and with all the trimmings included, your festive dinner will surely be a hit with this holiday bird as your main attraction. Order your take away from November 11 to December 21. 72 hours prior reservation is required. Rate starts at P4,990+++ for a five to six-kilo turkey (raw weight), good for 10-12 persons.

Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center is at ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; Tel. No. 637-7888, 910-8888





Richmonde Hotel Ortigas
Richmonde Cafe is cooking up a generous feast this Christmas. Enjoy a grand buffet of international dishes and holiday choices specially created by Executive Chef Jason Cruz and his culinary team. The Noche Buena Dinner Buffet and Christmas Day Lunch Buffet are both priced at P1,200 nett while the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet is priced at P1,400 nett.

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City; Tel. No. 638-7777





Astoria Plaza
Have a hassle-free Christmas party at Astoria Plaza as they bring back traditional holiday food selections. This includes Roasted Stuffed Turkey, Glazed Ham, and Paella. If this doesn't satisfy you, they also have Roast Beef Short Plate, Christmas Maki Roll and Sushi Platter. Please allow two days lead time for preparation.

Astoria Plaza is at J. Escrive Drive, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City; Tel. No. 687-1111, 910-0270

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