What makes Manila such a beautiful place to spend the holidays in is the vast number of bright, glittering, and larger-than-life Christmas displays scattered all across the city. Towering trees are guaranteed showstoppers, light shows are worth the drive, and uniquely designed exhibits are perfect photo opportunities.
There’s no reason to feel like a Grinch when all this yuletide razzle-dazzle surrounds you. So, when you’re up for relishing in the holiday spirit over the weekends leading up to Christmas day, here are the 8 amazing Christmas displays around Metro Manila that will get you singing!
City of Dreams
Marvel at City of Dreams’ spectacular sounds and lights show at its Casino Lobby, where a 32-foot Christmas Tree glistens with white, sparkling ornaments amidst happy snowmen, smaller trees, and a life-sized Santa sleigh guarded by reindeer! Witness its lights dance and shine to merry holiday tunes on Saturdays and Sundays of December, including Christmas Day, every first 15 minutes of the hour from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Tiendesitas Christmas Street Light Tunnel
The Tiendesitas Christmas Street Light Tunnel along Frontera Drive, Pasig City is a perfect Instagram-worthy spot, where you will be surrounded by a medley of colorful lights dancing to the beat of yuletide music. Catch it every 30 minutes from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. until January 7, 2019.
Sweet Illusion Chamber Rooms at Estancia Mall
Estancia consistently makes itself a cut above the rest during the holidays with their rooms of optical illusions, and this year is no different. With a delectably sweet candy kingdom theme, the Sweet Illusion Chamber Rooms are a treat for the eyes and your Instagram feed! Visit any of these festive rooms: The Rainbow Prism Room, the Laser Room, the Shadow Light Room, and the Dark Light Room.
Ayala Land’s Festival of Lights
Disney fans will fall in love with this year’s Festival of Lights by Ayala Land, most especially when the annual lights and sounds show just partnered with Disney in time for its 90th Anniversary! Titled “Reimagine the Magic”, this year’s Festival of Lights features three medleys of Disney favorites like “Part of Your World”, “I See The Light”, and “Let It Go”.
Catch this breathtaking spectacle every day every 30 minutes from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. on the following locations and dates:
- Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati – November 9, 2018 to January 8, 2019
- Bonifacio Global City – November 15, 2018 to January 6, 2019
- Nuvali – November 24, 2018 to January 13, 2019
- Vertis North – November 29, 2018 to January 15, 2019
- Ayala Center Cebu – November 10, 2018 to January 20, 2019
- Centrio, Cagayan De Oro – November 9, 2018 to January 13, 2019
Okada Manila’s holiday displays are guaranteed to take your breath away. Indulge in sweet treats at the life-sized Gingerbread House, watch the fantastic dancing Fountain Show every evening, and marvel at the beautiful Christmas Tree made of 38,008 of the finest capiz shells from Cebu. You can also be enthralled with remarkable choir performances from the award-winning Himig Rizalia on all weekends of December until the 23rd.
S Maison, Conrad
It’s a white winter wonderland at S Maison! If you’re dreaming of a White Christmas, visit its glistening Christmas Tree display where you can even catch amazing performances by the Ateneo College Glee Club and UST Singers on a few weekends before Christmas Day.
Nuvali Magical Field of Lights, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Just a stone’s throw away from Manila, Nuvali is a great weekend getaway to indulge in all things the South has to offer — including its stunning Magical Field of Lights. Make your way through a tunnel of the bright and colorful illuminations, and be surrounded by a vast flower bed of white and blue bulbs while watching the “Reimagine The Magic lights” show. This display will run from November 24, 2018 to January 13, 2019 every 30 minutes from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M.
Nowhere else will you feel the grandeur of the holiday season than at Sofitel Manila. Its luxurious Christmas Tree display at the lobby, glistening in silver and blue, is a sight to behold, especially as you make your way up the grand spiral staircase. It’s almost impossible not to stop and stare at its splendor! Put your best holiday dress on and take the perfect holiday selfie here.
What Christmas display is on your radar? Sound off in the comments section below!