Still, some brave souls choose to stay. If you're one of them, and you want to enjoy your stay in Makati to the hilt, here's what you need to know.
Settle your accounts ASAP.
Philippine banks close around Christmas, so if you have any banking-related business to take care of, better be an early bird. Pay your bills, withdraw/deposit your cash, and wire transfer any payments before financial establishments close up shop. Otherwise, you won't be able to enjoy Christmas because you're too busy worrying about unsettled accounts!
Ask about opening hours.
Most Philippine malls post their opening hours near the entrance. But if there's a specific establishment you want to know about, call them up beforehand. Ask what their opening hours are on December 24 and 25, and whether they have any special promos during that period, so you can take advantage of those promos. Nine times out of ten, you will get the answer you're looking for.
Find out about nearby events.
You don't have to stay at home during a staycation. Even during Christmas, Manila has plenty to offer "staycationers" events-wise. Check some of them here, or Google "Manila + events" (without quotation marks) and find the ones that look interesting to you. Alternatively, you can also organize events of your own using Makati's very own venues — provided you have cash to spare.
Have a movie marathon.
If you don't mind Filipino films, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has a hefty lineup this year. If you prefer non-Filipino films, there's still time to catch movies like "Rogue One," "Underworld: Blood Wars," and "Moana" in local theaters.
To check the latest movie schedules, head over to ClickTheCity.com, go to the "Browse by Area" section, and click the city near you. For example, if you click "Makati," you should be able to see the schedules for Cash and Carry, Century City Mall, Glorietta 4, Greenbelt (1 and 3), Power Plant Mall, and Waltermart Makati.
Have a spring cleaning session.
Haven't cleaned your house in ages? Now's a good time to do so. Get your family together, have them help you with chores, and come up with ways to make chores fun. Not only is it a good time to bond, but your kids might also pick up a valuable lesson or two along the way!
Learn a fun, indoor activity.
Despite what friends' beach photos may have you believe, fun isn't confined to the outdoors. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at home.
You can learn to cook a new recipe. You can bring out your inner artist and paint/crochet/what-have-you. Or you can dust off the old board games of your childhood, and teach your children how to play them. Now, wouldn't that be a refreshing change from the usual video games?
Relax however you want.
You've been working hard this year, so why not give yourself a break? Read that book you haven't opened in ages, and hunker down with a cup of warm chocolate. Pull out those old Christmas DVDs, and marathon a cheesy flick or two. Or have a meditation session with your friends, and chat about the old times. When it comes to killing time at home, the possibilities are endless.
Believe it or not, doing nothing can actually be more productive. See, like the rest of your body, your brain needs time to recharge too. When it's recharged, your brain becomes capable of doing so much more (and in much less time) than if you force it to work when it's tired. It's easier to do this when you're meditating, so be sure to learn the basics of meditation!
Spend your staycation outside your home.
Want to be pampered for a change? Book your stay in a Makati vacation rental. Choose a place that's comfy, secure, and has a prime location. At Makati Avenue, for example, you can be a few blocks away from malls, eateries, and Makati's bustling nightlife. Don't forget to make sure the rental falls within your budget!
Of course, how you spend your Makati staycation this Christmas is totally up to you. You can stay at home and do nothing all day (which isn't a bad thing, as we explained earlier!), or you can head out, find cool places that are open even on Christmas, and stop by. The important thing is that you have fun in the best way you can.
How do you normally spend staycations? Are there other ways to enjoy Makati on Christmas that haven't been mentioned here? Let us know in the comments, or share this post and have your say on social media!