10 Most Spectacular Christmas Displays in and Around Metro Manila for 2021
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Christmas is one of the most awaited and celebrated days in the year across the Philippines. Even with the pandemic, Filipinos still wants to get the best experience possible out of this time of the year with their family, friends and loved ones. Here are the places you can visit to make your Christmas celebration more memorable this 2021.
SM Mall of Asia Night of Lights
For a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience this season, drive with your family to the first-ever Christmas Drive Thru installation in SM Mall of Asia located at the MOA Concert Grounds. With over a million Christmas lights, this drive thru experience is bound to be unforgettable. The NIGHT OF LIGHTS will span across 3 zones, with each zone having 3 different installations to make the whole experience more immersive. The SM Mall of Asia Night of Lights will open its doors to the public on December 4 to January 2, 2022 and will be open from 5:30PM to 10PM except on December 24 and 31, 2021. All photos below are from the SM Mall of Asia Facebook page.
Ayala Triangle Gardens' Festival of Lights (Virtual Only)
Ayala Triangle Gardens has a huge Christmas display every year but this year, you won't have to leave your home to enjoy the festive lights. The Festival of Lights continues to delight with its spectacular lighting shows and festive musical performances, leading the Christmas season for families and children of all ages. Just check Ayala Triangle Gardens' Facebook page and YouTube channel for the video. The 360-degree animated video features laser lights, holograms and dancing strong and helix lights while playing iconic heartwarming holiday medleys by Jose Mari Chan.
Luneta Park / Rizal Park
Luneta Park (also known as Rizal Park) is one of Manila's public park where people can relax and admire the city from a different perspective. The National Parks Development Committee formally opened the Christmas season by lighting up the park. The lighted-up park also includes the opening of the giant Christmas Tree, Belen and other Christmas decorations along with the simultaneous lighting of Manila City Hall, Intramuros, National Museum and Philippine Post Office. All photos below are from the Facebook pages of the National Parks Development Committee and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila.
Okada Manila's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, held last November 19, welcomed the Yuletide season in the resort. The huge Christmas tree was placed at the Pearl Lobby and you can immediately feel the Christmas cheer with just one look at it. To add to the festive cheer during the ceremony, Diamond Soul Siren Nina sang Christmas carols along with other performances. The Christmas Tree was illuminated with white and gold lights and several raffle draws were made to mark the resort's 5th year anniversary. Photo below is from the Okada Manila Facebook page.
Eastwood City is decorated with different Christmas displays around its premises. This includes Festive Fungi, Merry Mycelium, a holiday spectacle unlike any other featuring Leeroy New's masterpiece. There's also the Magical Christmas Carousel Garden at the 4th level of the Eastwood Mall. And of course, the Neon Lights Display at the Eastwood Central Plaza and no one can possibly miss the 40-foot Christmas tree at the Eastwood Mall Open Park. Photos below are from the Eastwood City Facebook page.
Crosswinds Tagaytay's Trail of Lights
Tagaytay’s crisp air and cold weather will have you and your family and friends excited to spend Christmas here! And while you're here, why not pass through Crosswinds where you and your family can celebrate the holidays in their Trail of Lights while admiring the Tagaytay's scenic views and trying different restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. The trail is open until 9 pm while restaurants will be in service until 10 pm. The outdoor display has been reduced to 50% capacity while restaurants can accommodate 30% in their indoor dining and 50% in their al fresco area.
The new Lights at the Park holiday installation at Capitol Commons represents a new addition to the holiday celebrations and will be a wonderful addition to its community. It will bring the holidays to life with six unique Christmas tree installations adorned with bright lights, which can also be used as seats for those who would like to enjoy the live music performed by local entertainers. They also have the nearby Holiday Market at the Park which happens every Friday through Sunday from 4pm to 10pm beginning November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022.
Bonifacio Global City Christmas Walk
Bonifacio Global City will also not let itself be left behind. Its parks, streets and other public places are adorned by Christmas trees, lights and decorations. Shangri-La The Fort Manila also opened the Enchanted Wonders Christmas Market, which will run from November 24 to December 23, every Wednesday and Sunday.
Photos from the Bonifacio Global City Facebook page.
Ortigas East's Bamboo Forest
Located in another side of Pasig City, Ortigas East is lighting up with a unique installation, “Bamboo Forest.” It features bamboo structures with various LED lighting effects that are meant to invoke images of a bamboo forest, with each tree displaying a distinctively beautiful light. It is aimed to represent strength and flexibility amidst the current global situation. It's a great display this holiday season that will certainly be a must-see destination. Read more about it in Inquirer.net here: Special holiday installations light up Capitol Commons and Ortigas East
Photos below are taken from Inquirer.net and Ortigas East Facebook page.
Sumulong Park, Antipolo City
A 44-foot Christmas tree was also lit up in Sumulong Park in Antipolo City made of 37,000 recycled plastic bottles. It was adorned with colorful flowers and a red ribbon. Below the tree is a Nativity scene and a LED and a water fountain, which are also part of attraction. Visitors can watch a 30-minute display every 8 am, 10 am, 12pm and 5pm, and a 2-hour display from 6 pm to 8pm. Photo below is taken from the Antipolo City Government Facebook page.
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