• UPDATED: A Guide to Metro Manila's Must-see Holiday Attractions 2016

    Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas like a true Pinoy!
    by Jazer Basan .
  • UPDATED: A Guide to Metro Manila's Must-see Holiday Attractions 2016
  • File updated November 17, 2016, 12:00 pm

    CONCERTS, CHORALE COMPETITIONS AND CAROLING

    Holiday Sonata at Rustan's Shangri-La
    EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

    Jude The Pianist
    November 19 and 26 / December 10, 17 and 21
    3-4pm, 5-6pm and 7-8pm

    Elnora The Pianist 
    November 13, 20 and 27 / December 4, 11, 18 and 22
    3-4pm, 5-6pm and 7-8pm

    Fredeline “Poppee” Parin – Trumpet
    December 3
    3-4pm, 5-6pm and 7-8pm


    Musical Tidings at Ayala Malls
    Your favorite celebrity performers will be serenading you while you shop!
    Daryl Ong at Glorietta, November 11
    Piolo Pascual at Alabang Town Center on November 13 and at Market! Market! on December 2
    Xian Lim at Harbor Point (Subic Bay, Zambales), November 25
    Sam Milby at Trinoma, November 27


    Christmas Carols by the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra
    Catch these young musicians, ages 8 to 18, as they tour the metro as part of their fundraising initiative to build their new home, the MSO Recital Hall, at Circuit Lane.
    Market! Market!, December 3
    Greenbelt, December 10
    Ayala Malls Southpark (Alabang, Muntinlupa), December 11
    Ayala Malls Solenad (Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna), December 16
    UP Town Center (Diliman, Quezon City), December 17
    Alabang Town Center, December 18 


    Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra Quartets

    Glorietta, December 3, 11 and 17
    Abreeza (Davao City), November 19


    Manila Symphony Orchestra (full)
     
    Greenbelt, November 16 


    Yuletide Rhythms Concert Series at TriNoma

    December 3, 10, and 17 


    "Singing Santa" at Glorietta

    December 4 and 10


    SM Supermalls Jingle Jangle
    Yule Duel
    A choral competition among local schools and community groups
    December 3
    SM City BF Paranaque, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Paranaque City


    Christmas Quartet

    November 26, December 2 and 9 
    12pm, 2pm and 4pm
    Ground floor, SM City North EDSA-The Block, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City


    Caroling at the Lobby, The Peninsula Manila
    Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City 
    Celebrate joyous sounds of the season with Christmas carols.
    November 11, 18 and 25
    December 2, 9, 20, 21, 22, 23
    6:30 to 7:15 pm 


    Christmas Events at Ayala Malls Solenad

    The Company
    November 12, 6 pm

    The Manila Symphony Orchestra, featuring soundtracks and symphonies
    November 13, 6 pm

    Chorale Competition
    Eliminations: November 18-20, 6 pm
    Grand Finals: November 27, 6 pm

    The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra
    December 16, 6 pm

    De La Salle Band Orchestra
    December 18, 6 pm 


    Disney in Concert
    Performance by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Gerard Salonga 
    November 19 and 20, 2016
    Kia Theather, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
    Ticket Rates: P500 / P1,000 / P2,000 / P2,500 / P3.000 / P4,000
    Tickets available at all Ticketnet outlets and at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Box Office. For more information, call 911-5555.


    Christmastime Classics with Jose Mari Chan
    November 19, 2016 at 7 PM
    Grand Atrium, Level 2 Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong


    Shang's 25th Anniversary Concert Series
    Features Martin Nievera, Joanna Ampil and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra
    November 26, 7PM
    Grand Atrium, Level 2 Shangri-La Plaza Main Wing, Mandaluyong


    Inter-school Christmas Caroling Competition at Starmall Alabang
    November 18 at 4PM

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    Yuletide Rhythms Concert Series 

    Featuring Musica Chiesa, Canto Cinco, Koro Illustrado and Kiliyan Consortium of Voices 
    December 3, 10 and 17 at 7pm, and December 25 and January 1 at 8pm 
    Level 4, Garden Restaurants, Trinoma


    De La Salle Zobel Symphonic Band

    December 10 at 6PM
    SM BF paranaque


    17th Paskong Himig sa Lungsod ng Pasig
    Vocal solo and choir competition sponsored by the City Government of Pasig
    Finals for Elementary category: November 29
    Finals for High School category: December 1
    Finals for Adult/Barangay category: December 2
    Venue: Tanghalang Pasigueno , Carucho Ave., Pasig City



    CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND DAZZLING DISPLAYS

    Festive Tree Lighting at The Peninsula Manila
    Welcome Christmas with the children of Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines when they light up The Lobby's 45-feet tall festive tree.
    November 10, 2016
    5:30 pm 

    Christmas On Display (COD)
    This year's Christmas on Display (COD) at the Greenhills Shopping Center will mesmerize with fairy tales and a 15-minute showcase of festive music.
    November 11, 2016 to January 1, 2017
    Every 30 minutes from 6pm to 12midnight
    Parking 1A and 1B, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City

     

    Trinoma Christmas Village 
    November 5, 2016 to January 8, 2017
    Level 4, Cinema Lobby, North Triangle, Ayala Vertis North, Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City

     


    Ayala Triangle Gardens Festival of Lights
    November 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, every 30 minutes 


    Araneta Center Giant Belen
    A life-sized display of the Nativity scene
    McArthur Drive near Farmers Market, Araneta Center Cubao


    Giant Lantern Caravan
    A 10 minute lantern show played every hour from 12PM to 8PM. All lanterns are sold at a special price and proceeds will go to the lantern makers of San Fernando Pampanga
    Schedules:
    Robinsons Galleria - November 15-17
    Robinsons Place Las Pinas -  November 19-20
    Robinsons Place Manila -  November 25-27


    The Spirit of Bethlehem
    Over 500 nativity sets, paintings and scuptures, The Spirit of Bethlehem is a private collection by Gigi Abaya-Carlos.
    General Admission: P75 per person
    Museum Hours:
    Friday to Sunday: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
    2nd level, E-com Building Riverbanks Center


    Whimsical Christmas Tree at Diamond Hotel
    Diamond Hotel Philippines has turned into a whimsical Candyland! Adorning the Christmas Tree and the hotel lobby are candy canes, peppermint candies in swirls of green and red, colorful ice cream and giant cupcake ornaments. Guests can now donate to the Children's Hour Organization by purchasing holiday ornaments for only P200 to decorate the Christmas Tree at the lobby. Proceeds will go to the scholarship program of Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (Centex).

     

    LIVE PERFORMANCES


    The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice
    Your yearly holiday tradition is back! Catch The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice live for the first time at the Mall of Asia Arena. Create lasting memories with the whole family as you watch your favorite Disney stories come to life on the ice.
    December 25, 2016 to January 4, 2017
    Mall of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
    Ticket Rates: P190 / P640 / P1,270 / P1,690 / P2,120 / P2,560
    Get your tickets at any SM Tickets booth nationwide, or log on to www.smtickets.com

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    A Little Princess
    Based on the classic Victorian-era novel, it is the story of a young girl’s resilience and the power of her imagination to change the world.
    November 18 to December 18, 2016
    Greenbelt Onstage, 2nd Floor, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
    Get your tickets at www.ticketworld.com.ph, or log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph

     

    Hansel and Gretel
    Based on the fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm
    Ongoing until December 15, 2016Greenbelt Onstage, 2nd Floor, Greenbelt 1, Makati
    Get your tickets at www.ticketworld.com.ph, or log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph

     

    A Christmas Carol
    Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
    December 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 21-22, and 25, 2016 
    The Globe Iconic BHS Amphitheater, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 
    For tickets, call 5867105 / 09175545560, or Ticketworld at 8919999

     

    Hi-5 Fairytale
    Hi-5 Fairytale is a stage extravaganza full of your favorite fairytales with special Hi-5 twists!
    December 16 at 2:30pm and 6pm
    December 17 at 11am, 2:30pm and 6pm
    December 18 at 2:30pm and 6pm
    Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
    Get your tickets at www.ticketworld.com.ph

     

    Hello Kitty Live
    Now you can dance, sing and share a lot of fun with KITTY and her Friends in this fantastic live experience!
    December 20, 2016 to January 1, 2017, 7pm
    Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City
    Tickets available at all Ticketworld outlets. Call 8919999 or log on to ticketworld.com.ph

     

    Masha and the Bear Happiness Chest
    Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated television series based on a Russian folklore about a mischievous girl and her friend bear who keeps her safe. Masha and the Bear live show will be a real Musical, with a fun story and many projections and special effects. There will also be the main characters in the original cartoon, which will surround the sweet and naughty Masha.
    December 23, 25, 29, 30 and 31 at 2pm and 5pm
    The Theatre at Solaire , Solaire Resort & Casino, Paranaque City
    Tickets available at all Ticketworld outlets. Call 8919999 or log on to ticketworld.com.ph

     

    Annie 
    An inspirational story about a charismatic orphan’s optimistic outlook in life against all odds. 
    Ongoing until December 4, 2016
    Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City
    Get your tickets from ticketworld.com.ph or call 8919999 for inquiries.


    Inner Magic Club’s 20th Anniversary Show
    Experience the wonder and mystery with an evening of magic, comedy, and illusion. The show features new manipulation acts by IMC young artists.
    December 9, 7:30 - 10:30 PM
    Star Theater, Sotto St., CCP Complex, Pasay City (adjacent to Star City)
    Tickets are at P200 (general admission)

     

    Back to the Manger
    A Christmas Musical by the high school students of Christian Legacy Integrated Learning and Tutorial Center
    December 17, 1pm and 4pm
    RCBC Tower, Makati City
    For tickets, please call 8196180 loc. 7485

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    Le Grand Cirque
    The phenomenal circus show from Las Vegas is coming to Manila!
    December 25, 2016 to January 3, 2017
    Smart Araneta Coliseum
    Ticket rates: P150 / P350 / P550 / P750 / P1000 / P1,250 / P1,500
    For tickets, log on to http://www.ticketnetonline.ph/


    Lisa Macuja Elizalde’s “Cinderella”
    Here's a classic tale of the world’s favorite princess. Expect to be spellbound with impeccable choreography and stunning backdrops and costumes!
    Venue: Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City
    November 25, 26 and December 3, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
    November 27 and December 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. 
    Tickets are available at all Ticketworld outlets, online at www.ticketworld.com.ph, or call 891 9999.


    The Nutcracker
    The Philippine Ballet Theatre proudly invites you to its delightful holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Watch this charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey into a fantasy world of fairies, princesses, toy soldiers and more!
    November 18 at 8:00pm
    November 19 at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
    November 20 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm
    For ticket inquiries, please contact the Philippine Ballet Theatre office at 632-8848 / 09493252545 / 09951580538, the CCP Box Office at  832-3704, or Ticketworld at 891-9999.


    Dance Theatre Arts Presents Cinderella
    An annual ballet recital of Dance Theatre Arts
    December 18,2016, 3:00pm
    Meralco Theater, Ortigas, Pasig
    For tickets and inquiries, please call (02)3456846 or +639228310069


    My Little Pony 
    A Christmas offering of Robinsons Malls for My Little Pony fans. Shows start at 2PM and 4PM at the following malls:
    Robinsons Manila - December 15
    Robinsons Ortigas - December 16
    Robinsons Magnolia - December 18


    The Little Mermaid Tale
    Robinsons Malls present a live event from Australia. Schedule and venues:
    Metro East - November 30
    Forum - December 4
    Las Pinas - December 4
    Otis - December 4
    Novaliches - December 22
    Shows start at 2PM and 4PM.
    Visit their Facebook page or call(02) 397-1888 loc 31782 or 31343


    Trolls Meet and Greet
    Meet Branch and Poppy as they perform a delightful show for everyone at the following Robinsons Malls:
    Robinsons Magnolia - November 30
    Robinsons Ortigas -  December 11
    Robinsons Manila - December 17


    FIREWORKS DISPLAY

    Yuletide Rhythms and Fireworks Display at Trinoma
    December 3, 10, 17 at 7PM 
    Level 4 Garden Restaurant, Trinoma
    Fireworks display on December 25 and January 1 is at 8 PM


    Glittering Displays at Greenbelt (fireworks and Christmas lights show)
    November 16


    Spectacular Fireworks Display at Alabang Town Center
    December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 25, 2016
    January 1, 2017


    Riverbanks Center Year-End Grand Pyro-Musical Show
    December 30, 2016, 7-9PM
    Ampitheater, Riverbanks Center, Marikina City


    Robinsons Las Pinas
    December 31, 2016
    Starts at 7PM 

    SM Mall of Asia
    Every Friday and Saturday at 7 PM


    SANTA MEET AND GREET

    Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
    December 22-24, 2-5pm, V-Mall lobby

    Estancia at Capitol Commons, Pasig
    December 17-18 and December 22-24, 2-5pm
    Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

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    Tiendesitas, Pasig
    December 22 -24 at 2-5pm
    C5 Road corner E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City

    Rustan’s Ayala Center, Makati
    November 19, Saturday  at 3-7 pm
    December 4, Sunday at 3-7 pm
    December 17, Saturday at 3-6 pm
    December 19, Monday at 3-7 pm
    December 24, Saturday at at 12-3pm

    Rustan’s Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong
    November 20, Sunday at 3-7 pm
    December 3, Saturday at 3-7 pm
    December 18, Sunday at 2-5pm
    December 21, Wednesday at 3-7 pm
    December 23, Friday at 3-7 pm

    Rustan’s Gateway Mall, Cubao
    November 12, Saturday at 3-7 pm
    November 27, Sunday at 3-7 pm
    December 10, Saturday at 3-7 pm
    December 20, Tuesday at 3-7 pm

    Rustan’s Alabang Town Center
    November 13, Sunday at 3-7 pm
    November 26, Saturday at 3-7 pm
    December 11, Sunday at 3-7 pm
    December 22, Thursday at 3-7 pm

    SM Aura, Taguig
    All Sundays starting November 6

    Trinoma
    December 4, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 

    SM City Manila
    Image from www.facebook.com/smsupermalls
    December 4, 11, 18, 24 and 25 at 3-6pm

    SM City North EDSA
    November 12, 19
    December 3, 10, 17
    The Block Atrium

    SM Mall of Asia
    All weekends from November 5 until December 25
    3-4pm and 6-7pm
    Main Mall Atrium

    SM Southmall
    December 4, 11, 18 and 25

    Riverbanks Center, Marikina
    December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 4-7PM

    The Podium
    Toy Soldier Meet and Greet: November 19 and 26, December 3, 10 and 17
    Santa Meet and Greet: November 20 and 27, December 4, 11 and 18

    Starmall
    EDSA-Shaw - November 20 and 27
    Alabang - November 16 and 23
    Las Pinas - November 20 at 5PM

     

    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    Kiddo+Preneur Christmas 2016
    Help your child start his own business and earn his own holiday shopping money. Sign him up for Kiddo+Preneur! Event will be on November 12, 11am to 6pm at the Alabang Town Center. For details, call 09479960546, visit www.kiddo-preneur.com, or message them at kiddopreneur@gmail.com


    Ever After High Cosplay Meet and Greet
    December 3 and 17
    Free EAH nail art every Friday of November and December
    SM City BF Paranaque

    Santa Paws Pet Pawty
    A party for pets and their owners, too!
    November 27 and December 25
    SM Southmall, Mall Extension

     Cosplay Matsuri 2016
    A 3-day Japanese-themed Cosplay extravaganza featuring exciting new activities, as well as surprising twists on fan favorites.
    December 28 to 30, 11am-9pm
    SMX Convention Center
    Tickets available at smtickets.com


    Marikina Grand Carnival, Riverbanks Center, Marikina

    Enjoy the carnival rides and attractions and do your Christmas shopping in one place. The Grand Carnival will operate until January 15, 2017
    Operating hours: 
    2PM-12AM, Sundays to Thursdays
    2PM-2AM Fridays to Saturdays and holidays
    10AM-2AM on December 15 and January 1


    MALL DISPLAYS


    Santa and Friends at SM Mall of Asia

    Adventure Time Christmas Celebration at SM Novaliches


    Ever After High at SM BF and SM Sucat, Paranaque


    Magical World of Shopkins at SM City Marikina


    The Tale of the Winter Forest at SM Southmall

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    Mattel Christmas at SM Megamall 


    PARADES

    Little Kings Parade
    January 8, 2017
    SM City BF Paranaque SM City Manila

    Grand Festival of Lights Parade
    Image from www.facebook.com/smmallofasia
    November 26, December 3, 10, 17, and 24
    5:30pm onwards
    SM Mall of Asia North and South Arcade


    UP Lantern Parade

    December 16, 2016
    UP Diliman grounds


    2016 Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars
    Parade of floats and celebrities of films showcased at the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival
    December 23, 2016
    For route and schedule, visit their Facebook page

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