The Christmas Houses of Policarpio Street
Location: Policarpio St., Brgy. Zuñiga, Mandaluyong City
It's not unusual for Filipino homes to get decked out in tinsels and lights every Christmas. But in Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong, the residents take it up to eleven by crafting the biggest, brightest, and flashiest Christmas displays as early as mid-November. You can see entire houses covered in lights, nativity scenes with a Filipino spin, and other signs that the Yuletide spirit is alive and strong in the neighborhood. The best part? All of those displays can be enjoyed for free!
The Giant Christmas Tree of Cubao
Location: Gateway Food Park, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Since 1981, Cubao has been lighting up one of the most notable Christmas decors in the Metro. See this 100-foot tall Christmas Tree at the Gateway Food Park, and enjoy fireworks displays every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until January 3, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. While you're at it, you can even spot a celebrity or two, since the Philippines' two biggest TV networks — ABS-CBN and GMA — are located nearby.
Disney on Ice 2016
Location: Mall of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Once again, Disney brings back the magic to Manila this Christmas season. Between December 25, 2016 and January 4, 2017, "Disney on Ice" will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Expect beloved characters to make an appearance, such as Finding Nemo's Marlin, Dory, and Nemo, Frozen's Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, Tangled's Rapunzel, Toy Story's Buzz and Woody, and The Lion King's Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon.
Whether you're 7 or 70, you can reserve your tickets to "Disney on Ice" for a night of nostalgia and wonder. Also, if you want a more detailed writeup on the event, check these 4 things you need to know about "Disney on Ice" 2016.
Snow World in Star City
Location: Star City, CCP Complex, Pasay City
A "winter wonderland" may sound out-of-place in a winterless country like the Philippines, but Star City somehow managed to make it happen. For a fee of only Php150 (US$3), your family can frolic in freezing temperatures, take photo ops with cute snowmen, and experience a white Christmas Filipino-style. To know more about the attraction, or about Star City in general, contact the theme park for details.
Trails to Antarctica/The Snow Village in the Manila Ocean Park
Location: Manila Ocean Park, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, City of Manila
Can't get enough of adorable penguins? See them live at the Trails to Antarctica, where the first Humboldt penguin in the Philippines was born in 2014. Or head to the nearby Snow Village, where — similar to Snow World — you can experience freezing temperatures in a tropical country, and have wacky shots taken of you and your loved ones. Don't forget to keep the exhibit's schedule in mind: 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on weekdays, and 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on weekends and holidays.
Christmas on Display in Greenhills
Location: Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan City
Each year, the Greenhills Shopping Center gets into the spirit of the season with its Christmas on Display (CoD). Following the theme "One Life. One Story. One Fairytale.," the 2016 CoD will center around a whimsical love story between a prince and a pauper. The show will be on every 30 minutes from 6:00 P.M. to 12:00 M.N., on top of other wonderful displays that are truly a sight for sore eyes.
Paskuhan 2016 at UST
Location: University of Santo Tomas, España Blvd., Sampaloc, City of Manila
You don't have to be a UST student to enjoy Paskuhan 2016. As one of the most highly-anticipated events in one of the most prestigious universities in the Philippines, the Paskuhan 2016 kicked off with a spectacular fireworks display last December 1. There were also musical performances by acclaimed artists, as well as other events that will surely pump up Thomasians and non-Thomasians alike.
Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo De Roxas cor. Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati City
Of course, no "Christmas events in Metro Manila" would be complete without the famous Ayala Triangle Lights. Every 30 minutes from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., you can watch awesome light displays set to the tune of equally awesome music. Other cool events take place aside from the light show in the Ayala Triangle, so stay tuned to them via our events tag.
Location: 37 Dapitan cor. Kanlaon St., Laurges, Quezon City
This isn't an "attraction," exactly, but it is a great source of budget-friendly Christmas decors. You have to get here way earlier than 8:30 A.M., because the low-priced goods go out fast. Still, if you manage to beat the rushing crowd, those hard-won bags of beautiful, bargain decors are worth it.
Any other must-see Christmas attractions in Metro Manila? Let's share in the comments!