Christmas Destinations near Manila

Where to go this Christmas in and near Manila?

The Philippines is known for having the world's longest Christmas season. It starts at the first day of September and ends on the feast of the Epiphany. Definitely, Filipinos go all out and love to celebrate the Yuletide season in fun and merriment. This is the time where families and friends unite and and enjoy the season in the most "Christmassy way". So if you're living in or visiting the Metro, here are some of my recommended must-see Christmas destinations, attractions and activities in (and near) Metro Manila.


Where to Spend Christmas in (and near) Metro Manila?

Where to spend Christmas in Manila

1. Theme Parks (Star City, Sky Ranch, Enchanted Kingdom, SM Mall of Asia)

Theme parks are just some of the attractions that will surely add to the enjoyment of the holiday season. Bring the kids to the nearest theme park in your area, they will surely love the rides and attractions. Theme and amusement parks are not just for kids, it's for adults too! Check out Star City and SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Sky Ranch in Tagaytay and in San Fernando Pampanga as well as Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa Laguna.


Where to spend Christmas in Manila

2. Giant Lantern Festival, San Fernando City Pampanga

Giant Lantern Festival or "Ligligan Parul" is an annual Christmas event in San Fernando City, Pampanga. It is a grand display of huge lanterns showcasing spectacular lights, interplay of colors and kaleidoscopic patterns accompanied with lively Christmas music. The Giant Lantern Festival competition is held every 2nd week of December where several barangays showcases their giant lanterns to compete for the top prize. READ MORE HERE: Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando Pampanga.

ALSO READ: Top things to do in Pampanga, Tourist Spots and Itinerary

Where to spend Christmas in Manila

3. Ayala Triangle Lights and Sounds Show, Ayala Avenue, Makati City

The Ayala Triangle Gardens showcases a spectacular display of dancing lights and lively Christmas music with the annual lights and sounds show. Watch the lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens come to life every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 9:00 PM daily. The show is frequented by families and by the yuppies working in Makati. It usually starts late November or early December and run until the first week of January.

If you want to stay overnight in Makati to watch the Ayala Triangle Lights and Sounds Show, you may check out Somerset Olympia Makati is which located just across Ayala Triangle. It is an apartment-style / serviced residences ideal for families or group of friends.

4. Nuvali Magical Field of Lights

Set in vast fields in Sta. Rosa Laguna, not to be miss here are your favorite Disney prince and princesses and other characters come to life. Best of all, it's absolutely FREE!

Event Date: Nov 24, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019
Event Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where to spend Christmas in Manila

5. Maytinis Festival, Kawit Cavite

Every year, residents from Kawit, other towns and visitors from nearby provinces, flock to Kawit Cavite to witness Maytinis Festival. It is an old Caviteño tradition held annually during December 24th (Christmas Eve) showcasing a dramatic recapping of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. It also features ancient biblical scenes from the Old to the New Testaments depicted in floats with characters portrayed by Kawiteños. READ MORE HERE: Maytinis Festival 2013.

6. Shopping Malls and Christmas Bazaars

Go to the shopping malls and enjoy the lavish Christmas decorations. Go on shopping at the bazaars for gifts with their Christmas sale and dine at the restaurants. Surely, shopping malls and bazaars will be jam-packed this Christmas season.

7. UP Lantern Parade, Diliman Quezon City

Annual Christmas event in the University of the Philippine in Diliman, it showcases a grand parade of lanterns and colorful floats by various colleges and organizations in the university. It is usually held on the 3rd week of December before the university's Christmas break.

8. UST Paskuhan Festivities, España Manila

Every year, Thomasians revel in Christmas joy during UST Paskuhan Festivities. The Paskuhan Festivities marks the start of the students' Christmas break, thus several activities were lined up to the delight of the students. Paskuhan Mass and the Paskuhan Festivities usually held during the whole month of December and culminates before the university's Christmas break on the 3rd week of December.

9. Christmas Village at Policario Street, Mandaluyong City

Policarpio Street in Madaluyong City comes alive during Christmas season. This is one of the popular places to visit in Metro Manila for free during the holidays. Take a walk along the streets and be amazed by the houses intricately decorated with fabulous Christmas decorations and lights. A perfect place to bond with your family and friends!

Christmas Destinations in Metro Manila

10. Meralco Liwanag Park

Located inside Meralco Compound in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, the Meralco Liwanag Park is open from November 30, 2019 to January 6, 2020. Below are the schedules:
  • Monday to Thursday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday to Sunday 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Public Holidays 6:00 PM - 12:00 MN

11. Roxas Boulevard, Manila and Ayala Avenue, Makati

Walk along Roxas Boulevard or Ayala Avenue in Makati Central Business District and savor the beautifully decorated buildings. Everyone will definitely love the millions of flickering and shimmering Christmas lights and decorations.

12. Christmas-on-display (COD) at Araneta Center

A well-loved Filipino Christmas tradition, it is an annual Christmas display of automated figures with interesting movements accompanied with colorful lights and music featuring Christmas stories to the delight the public. Shows usually starts mid or late November and lasts until early January in Araneta Center.

13. Explore the Santa Claus House in Antipolo

Located east of Metro Manila or just 30 minutes away from Ortigas Pasig, Casa Santa inside Jardin de Marimar is a museum of more than 3,700 items with Christmas and Santa Claus themes and motifs from different countries around the world. Open all year round, it is the best place to educate the kids about Christmas traditions and cultures. Casa Santa tours starts at P180.00 per person, booking can be done by reservation or by walk-ins!

DETAILS HERE: Casa Santa Museum in Antipolo City

Jardin de Marimar
276 San Jose Ext., San Isidro Antipolo City
Looking for hotels and resorts in Antipolo City? CLICK HERE.

14. Staycation in Metro Manila

Spend the holidays in the many luxurious Hotels in Metro Manila. During Christmas, hotels offer different holiday packages that will surely delight the family, especially the kids. Enjoy the lovely Christmas decors, avail hotel packages that includes Noche Buena feast or a New Year countdown package.

Looking for hotels in Metro Manila? CLICK HERE.

Resorts and Hotels in Tagaytay

15. Crosswinds Tagaytay Christmas Village

Crosswinds Resort Suites is an ideal getaway for families and friends searching for a peaceful and serene escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. When staying here, don't miss visiting Santa's House in their Christmas Village. Indeed, at Crosswinds Tagaytay, everyday is Christmas! Click here to see room rates at Crosswinds Resort Suites Tagaytay and book online.

16. "Ice at Lumina" at Resorts World Manila

Ice at Lumina is a new attraction at Resorts World Manila will certainly let you experience snow on a winterland set-up complete with a machine that spews out actual ice or snow. Entrance is FREE by just redeeming a coupon in the RWM mobile app. You can also enter the attractions for free if you are a RWM gold tier members. For other tier members, you can also enter for FREE by just presenting PHP 500 worth of single or accumulated receipts from participating RWM signature restaurants or Newport Mall outlets. For non-members you just need a purchase requirement of P1,000 to get one ticket. Receipts must be dated from December 10, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

Ice at Lumina is open from December 14, 2018 to January 31, 2019.


17. Metro Manila Film Festival

If you're just staying in Metro Manila, you may go to the nearest cinema and watch the movies participating in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival. It's a great bonding moment with your family and friends!

ALSO READ: MMFF 2020: List of Entries, How and Where to Watch and Ticket Prices

Indeed, nothing beats the Christmas season in the Philippines! Merry Christmas to all!!!

If you have other suggestions, please don't forget to leave a comment below. Thank you very much!


Where to spend Christmas in Manila



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