• Christmas Weekend! Things to Do on December 23 to 26

    Take your pick with our Christmas family weekender guide, filled with live shows, festivals and parades, Santa meet-and-greets, and discount shopping. Have a merry weekend!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Maligayang Pasko! See Smart Parenting's full list of holiday events here

    Celebrate at Pasko sa Intramuros in Manila


    Pasko sa Intramuros is a month-long Christmas celebration held inside the historic walled city. Find festive decorations, lively music and stalls selling all sorts of local products. It’s all happening at Gen. Luna corner Postigo Streets in Intramuros, Manila

    Come by on December 23, 8 p.m., and catch Dessa, along with X-Factor Philippines grand finalist Doc Eric & Band, perform Christmas hits. And, on December 26 (a national holiday!), there will be a marching band at 3 p.m., a magic show by Tito Cris at 6 p.m. and music showdown at 7 p.m. Pasko sa Intramuros lasts until the New Year so check out the whole line-up of activities and events here


    Join the festivities at the Maytinis Festival in Cavite



    The Maytinis Festival is an anticipated annual Christmas tradition in Cavite. This year, the town is having a month-long celebration leading up to the big day, December 24! The main event is, of course, the Maytinis Procession, a parade re-telling of Mary and Joseph’s journey to find a place to rest on Christmas day, or “Panunuluyan” in Filipino. But, as it is a grand celebration, you can expect a lot more from the Kawiteños. Join the festivities at Kawit, Cavite! Learn more by checking out the Maytinis Festival Facebook page


    Watch shows

    For a full list of live shows and musicals happening this Christmas season, click here.  


    Disney On Ice
    is back in the Philippines, and this time stars of the show include Nemo, Elsa and Anna, Rapunzel, Woody, Simba, and more! Expect brand new stories from the bunch, all set on a stage of ice. Kids of all ages and kids-at-heart adults are all welcome. Pssst! Those 12 months old and below don't need tickets! Wonderful World of Disney on Ice runs from December 25 to January 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ticket prices start at P190. Get them at SM Tickets booths or online.  



    One of the world’s well-loved characters, Hello Kitty, comes to Manila bringing along a whole gang of friends. Hello Kitty Live: Fashion & Friends follows ambitious young girl Hello Kitty as she takes on challenges to reach her dreams. By her side is her twin sister Mimmy, best friend My Melody and boyfriend Dear Daniel. The stage show is directed by Adam Stafford and features songs by Bruno Mars. Hello Kitty Live: Fashion & Friends runs from December 20 to January 1 at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tickets prices start at P3,100. Get them at Ticketworld



    Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated tv series based on a local folklore about a mischievous but charming little girl named Masha and her bear friend who keeps her safe. Masha and the Bear: Happiness Chest will be a live show musical with the same characters and a fun story told with enthralling special effects. The show runs from December 23 to 31 at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque City. Ticket prices start at P800. Get them at Ticketworld


    Go to Star City


    Metro Manila’s most popular amusement park is, of course, open on Christmas day! Star City opens its doors at 10 a.m. on December 25. While you’re there, catch Kutitap, Star City’s special Christmas presentation, at the Aliw Theater. Shows run at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Star City is located at Vicente Sotto St., Manila. Just look for the tall blue tower with a star on top! 


    Have lunch and meet Santa at Sugar Factory


    If you’re looking for a place to have lunch before Noche Buena, head to Sugar Factory! Not only will lunch be a special treat with their amazing sugary concoctions, Santa Claus is going to be there too! Catch him from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 24 at Sugar Factory, Shangri-la at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 


    Greet Santa and watch a Christmas show at Greenhills



    You can also squeeze in some last minute shopping before Christmas Eve festivities at Greenhills Shopping Center. Bring the kids as they’re having a Santa Meet and Greet too. Catch him on Dec. 22 to 24 at the V-Mall Lobby, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City. While you’re there, don’t miss the Christmas on Display show at Parking 1B which plays every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m until January 1 (except on December 25).  

    Do some last-minute shopping for Christmas outfits


    Don’t have a Christmas OOTD yet? Head over to The Great Lifestyle Brands Holiday Sale where brands like Mothercare, Cotton On Kids, F&X, Kashieca, Rubi and The Face Shop will have items up to 70 percent off. The sale is happening now until December 29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bench Tower, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 


    You can also try Cinderella’s Warehouse Sale. Catch brands like Osh Kosh, ESPRIT, Cinderella and Clarks with price tags as low as P99. The sale is happening until Dec. 31 at Cinderella, Glorietta 3, Makati.


    What's your child's Noche Buena getup? Get him a whole outfit at the Big&Small Co Depot. Kids clothes, shoes, toys, baby products and more will be up for grabs for up to 80% off. The sale runs until Dec. 31, at Glorietta 5, Makati City


    Everything's at 70% off at p.s. from Aeropostale! Get the kids on your list, those ages 4 to 14, fashionable and comfy clothes for the holidays. The sale runs until December 31, at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong

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