Saturday, December 24, 2011

5 Must-See Christmas Attractions In the City

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Stuck in the city this holiday season? Don't fret! There are various Christmas attractions you can see here in Metro Manila.  And if you have friends or relatives visiting from abroad, here are some of the must-see holiday attractions in the city:

Animated "Paskong Pinoy" lights display at Bangko Sentral. 

1. Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Drive  along Roxas Boulevard in Manila to see the colorful Christmas lights display on different buildings, particularly  the animated display at Bangko Sentral Pilipinas and the bright lanterns at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. And while you're in the City of Manila, don't forget to drop by Rizal Park to see the park's Dancing Fountain and colorful Christmas decors.   Then catch the first Penguin Talk Show in the Philippines at Manila Ocean Park, just behind Quirino Grandstand.

2. Eastwood City, Libis Quezon City
Eastwood city has pockets of wonder that will surely delight families and the young at heart. There's a dancing fountain, a giant Christmas tree, brightly colored lanterns, and a Christmas Village. among many others.  The variety of restaurants serving local, international, or fusion cuisine, plus a holiday bazaar make also make visit to Eastwood worthwhile. 

By the way, on December 25, Eastwood has a Christmas Carol show at 6 p.m. and on December 31, there'll be a New  Year's Eve Countdown starting at 6 p.m. with Gary Valenciano, Billy Crawford, and The Dawn. 

This Christmas tree is just one of the
 attractions at Eastwood.
3.  Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City
Everyday, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Ayala Triangle Gardens holds the Symphony of Lights and Sounds show. The spectacle of lights and sounds happens every hour and will last until December 30. The show isn't the only thing to catch at the gardens, too. Make sure to enjoy a good meal or a cup of good coffee at Ayala Triangle's restaurants and cafes

Watch this  Symphony of Lights and Sounds every night 
at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. 

4. Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Don't just head to Cubao to watch the  Disney On Ice  show at the Smart Araneta Center. Take time to see the life-sized Nativity scene, the tall Christmas tree, and the bright Christmas light displays surrounding Araneta. There's also an amazing fireworks display every Friday to Sunday at 7 p.m. And if you are up to it, why not ride Araneta's eco-friendly Green and Go shuttles (from Ali Mall to Gateway Mall and vice versa) to enjoy the sights around Araneta Center. 

Take a photo before this large poinsettia at Araneta Center.

5. Meralco's Liwanag Park, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City
Make the most of the opportunity to get inside the Meralco compound which is open to the public during the Christmas season. The city's electricity provider allows visitors to come in for free and see their brightly lit Christmas trees, houses and humongous belen. There's also an electric train ride that the kids will surely enjoy!

                                              Video of the opening of Meralco's Liwanag Park

Also worth seeing are the Christmas lights and sounds display at Greenhills Shopping Center at San Juan, Greenhills and the Christmas-tree project at Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City (see photos of last year's exhibit here).

Hope you'll enjoy seeing these attractions! Merry Christmas, everyone! 


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  2. Though Christmas 2016 has already passed, looking forward to visit here in the coming Christmas 2017. A home at San Juan would let you to enjoy all these places without needing to travel for long hours.


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