Neighborhood Guide, Holiday Edition: Christmas in Makati City

Eat, drink, and be merry at Makati City.

( Makati is bustling with the holiday spirit, from the nightly light and sound show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens to the giant Christmas trees in Peninsula Manila and Makati Shangri-La. Here are some ideas for celebrating Christmas in Makati City.


What to do


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


Ayala Triangle Gardens Light and Sound Show
Be dazzled by the Christmas lights cascading from the trees and the spectacular display of dancing lights and sounds. The show schedule is from November 20 to December 31, running every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.





A Groovy Kind of Christmas
This Christmas concert for a cause features Skarlet, The Brownbeat All Stars, and The 62nd Project. The concert will take place at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby on December 23 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. All donations will go to the Ayala Foundation Inc.’s Laging Handa program for the benefit of victims of super typhoon Yolanda.



Where to shop



Greenbelt Christmas Market
December 9 to 24
Greenbelt 3 Park





Power Plant Mall holiday schedule




Glorietta holiday schedule

Where to eat



Peninsula Manila
Are you all set for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? If you haven’t made plans yet, celebrate with your loved ones in any of Peninsula Manila’s four restaurants. The Lobby, Escolta, Spices, and Old Manila will prepare a buffet or Christmas menu for lunch and dinner.



The Peninsula Manila is at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City; Tel. No. 887-2888.




Fairmont Makati
Experience Afternoon Tea during merienda get-togethers with family and friends. Spend a Sunday afternoon with stuffed bears and bear-themed treats while being serenaded by carolers and meeting Santa Claus.


Afternoon Tea is available daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for P1,222 for two persons. Guests may opt to add a glass of Champagne for P1,106 per person. Every Sunday of December, children can join the Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Lounge from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Fairmont Makati is at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City; Tel. No. 555-9888.





Makati Shangri-La
The hotel’s food offerings for the holiday include complimentary turkey carved on your table at Circles Event Cafe, Christmas High Tea Set from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and  special coffee blends at the Lobby Lounge, and Christmas cocktails at the Pool Bar.


Experience a magical forest before the first frost as enchanting snow maidens and pixies greet you upon entering the hotel lobby. Meet and greet Santa and his reindeers by the Grand Christmas Tree at the hotel lobby on December 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., and on December 25 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. You can also take your holiday photo in the Christmas sleigh.   


Makati Shangri-La is at Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City; Tel. No. 813-8888.




Dusit Thani Manila
The Lobby Lounge will host Teddy Bear Tea for kids from December 16 to 20 at 3:30 p.m. There will be storytelling and photo opportunity sessions with Santa Claus and his Teddy Bear mascot. The Teddy Bear Tea package also includes afternoon tea prepared by their chef. The packages costs P900 for adults and P490 for kids four to 12 years old while kids three years old and below are free of charge. 



Dusit Thani Manila is at Ayala Center, Makati City; Tel. No. 238-8888.




InterContinental Manila
The hotel restaurants will present a range of gourmet feasts. Choose from celebratory creations at Prince Albert Rotisserie, a scrumptious buffet at Cafe Jeepney, and festive fare at Gambrinus Bar and Sol y Sombra.

InterContinental Manila is at No. 1 Ayala Avenue, Makati City; Tel. No. 793-7000.





Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
Whet your appetite with their December pasta specials: Tortellini ala Quatro Formagio, Whole Meal Penne Fegatini, Spinach Fettucine al Napoletana, Linguini ala Vongole, Tri Colored Spaghetti Alfredo, and Fusilli al Pesto de Pollo. The pasta is served with a glass of cucumber cooler and costs P580+.

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is at 34th Floor, Citibank Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City; Tel. No. 750-5810 to 11.





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