The most wonderful time of the year has finally come — at least for this country who is known to be celebrating the longest Christmas in the world! As early as September, sparkling lights and Christmas carols can already be felt around the Philippines. And come December, a lot of establishments pull out all the stops to create the most magnificent Christmas attractions for the public to experience and enjoy. If you’re in the capital of Manila, here are some that you should not miss:
Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Gallery of Lights
For many years now, this pocket of garden in the middle of the bustling Makati City Central Business District has been flocked by hundreds of people every night for its annual Christmas lights and sounds show. This year’s Gallery of Lights feature thousands of lights dancing in eye-popping patterns to the tunes of local and international holiday songs. A wonderful addition this year is a 3D video mapping on the dome of Tower One, featuring visuals inspired by church ceilings and windows from around the world.
What makes this attraction more amazing is it is entirely free for everyone! The Gallery of Lights runs every night from 6PM to 10PM until January 12, 2020.
Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel
Illuminating the eastern side of Manila, the Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel in Pasig City has been unveiled for the public to enjoy. The lights and sound installation will be playing classic and modern Christmas tunes while blanketing visitors with bright lights. It is definitely a place for the family and friends to enjoy as it also features a nightly “StrEAT Food Market” where a wide array of food selections can be bought and eaten under the light tunnel.
The lights installation and night food market runs every night from 6PM to 10PM until January 5, 2020.
Lakbay Museo Paskong Pinoy Village
After a quick stroll by the Manila Bay, one can head to the nearby S Maison at Conrad Manila for the newly-opened Lakbay Museo, an interactive museum featuring the best of Philippine culture and destinations. For this season, they opened the Paskong Pinoy Village that truly showcase the grand Filipino Christmas spirit. Huge parols (Christmas lanterns) and sparkling lights light up the entire place. There’s even a life-size Belen (Nativity scene) and a replica of the famous Barasoain Church!
Visit lakbaymuseo.ph for tickets and schedules.
And while you’re in Manila already, check out these other amazing sights and activities you must definitely seek out and enjoy: https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/8-marvelous-things-to-do-in-manila/