10 Cheery Christmas Sights to See In and Around Manila (2019 Edition)
From an all-pink holiday room to a larger-than-life animated display.
(SPOT.ph) While we’ve been hearing Christmas jingles for months now, December is finally here and you can’t deny that the Yuletide season has arrived. The air is cooler, establishments have Jose Mari Chan on loop, and traffic is near-impossible. Malls have also extended their hours to accommodate shoppers. But holidays in the Metro also mean bright and colorful Christmas displays wherever you are: from shopping centers to hotels, and even your favorite park.
Here are 10 Christmas sights in Metro Manila that make for cool holiday-themed photographs:
Sayaw ng Parol
Christmas is in the air at Globe Lakeside Nuvali with the 100-meter Sayaw ng Parol spectacle projected against mists over the water. The projection puts a cool new spin on the parol, with festive music playing in the background during the lights show. It may not be a winter wonderland, but the lakeside park turns into a holiday haven from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at night.
Sayaw ng Parol runs from Friday to Saturday, from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. at Globe Lakeside, Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna. Admission is free. For more information, follow Nuvali on Facebook.
Christmas Toy Town
Eastwood Mall has larger-than-life toys all around this holiday season, turning the area into a Christmas Toy Town. The display includes cute penguins and teddy bears as well as elves with giant gift boxes. There’s even a 40-foot Christmas tree! This toy town also coincides with a toy drive, in which proceeds go to Kythe Foundation.
Christmas Toy Town is at Eastwood Mall, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Mall hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.. For more information, follow Eastwood Mall on Facebook.
Gallery of Lights
Ayala Triangle Gardens always transforms during the holidays, with lights adorning the trees as well as light displays lining the perimeter. This year’s Gallery of Lights has a show that features 3D projections at the Dome of Tower One and Exchange Plaza. Ornate and grand ceilings from famous architectural works around the world, including the Sistine Chapel.
Gallery of Lights runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 12, 2020 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, follow Make It Makati on Facebook.
Light Up the Wonder
Filinvest City's Light Up the Wonder brings a cheery Christmas spectacle to the south of Metro Manila. Its Magical Christmas Village, which is located at the Water Garden, boasts a 42-foot Christmas tree surrounded by a toy train that , a colorful light tunnel, and other Insta-worthy displays.
Light Up the Wonder is at Water Garden, Festival Supermall, Commerce Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For more information, follow Filinvest City on Facebook.
Pink Nutcracker Christmas Wonderland
Want to see something a little bit more offbeat this season? The Dessert Museum offers candy-themed displays year-round, but for this season they’ve adapted a Pink Nutcracker Christmas Wonderland theme that’s sure to put you in a festive mood. Just be sure to prepare your sweet tooth!
The Dessert Museum is at G/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, Marina Way, Pasay City. Tickets are priced at P699 if you book online and P799 for walk-ins. For more information, visit The Dessert Museum's website.
Paskong Pinoy Village
How about something quintessentially Filipino? A few steps away from the Dessert Museum is Lakbay Museo and its Paskong Pinoy Village, where you can check out how Christmas is celebrated by Filipinos around the country. A replica of the Barasoain Church is all lit up with banderitas and parol, and there's a "house" decked out true to Quezon's Pahiyas tradition.
Lakbay Museo is at G/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, Marina Way, Pasay City. Tickets are priced at P699 if you book online and P799 for walk-ins. For more information, visit Lakbay Museo's website.
Meralco Liwanag Park
Since 2011, Meralco’s Liwanag Park has been an annual spectacle featuring Christmas symbols outlined in colorful lights on the famous building's façade—this year, you'll spot everything from a Christmas tree to a holiday gift. You can also take a selfie at the parking area's walkway, which has been turned into a colorful Christmas tunnel.
Meralco Liwanag Park is at the Meralco Main Office, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It is open from Monday to Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; from Friday to Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and during the holidays from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. until January 5, 2020. For more information, follow Meralco Liwanag Park 2019 on Facebook.
Ortigas East Light Tunnel Show
The stretch of Ortigas East (formerly Frontera Verde) is covered with light arches that put on a show in tune with Christmas-themed music. Whether you’re walking past or driving by, you can marvel at the lights and feel the magic of the season. There’s also a food night market in the area, with stalls offering BBQ treats, Pinoy street food, and even milk tea.
The Ortigas East Light Tunnel Show runs every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 5, 2020 at Central Avenue, Ortigas East, C5, Pasig City. For more information, follow Ortigas East on Facebook.
Christmas Animated Display
Araneta Center brought back Christmas On Display in 2018—a holiday tradition that features life-sized animatronics in the façade of the now-closed Manila COD Department Store in Cubao. For 2019, fans of the beloved display are once again treated to a magical show with the theme "Christmas Comes Home." A larger-than-life and brightly lit Christmas wonderland is all set up at the Times Square Food Park, where you can have your fill of street food.
Christmas Animated Display runs from Friday to Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and from Sunday to Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 5, 2020 at Times Square Food Park, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, follow Araneta City on Facebook.
Greenhills Laser Light Symphony
Greenhills Shopping Center plays around with colorful laser lights for Christmas 2019. The attraction features a pair of laser performers dancing in sync with electronic remixes and a sea of colors. Shoppers can enjoy this holiday-themed spectacle as they shop for Christmas gifts from kiosks and stores in the area.
The Greenhills Laser Light Symphony runs every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until January 5, 2020 at the G-Strip Parking Area, Greenhills, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig. For more information, follow Greenhills Mall on Facebook.