• Family Weekender Guide: Things to Do on December 2 to 4

    Join the parade, listen to Yuletide tunes by an orchestra (for free!), shop, and more!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Looking for Christmas events in the metro? See Smart Parenting's full list of holiday events here

    Join the parade!

    It's Christmastime, and SM Mall of Asia wants everybody to know that with their spectacular Grand Festival of Lights! It's all very festive with big, bright floats and Santa, the nutcracker, a handful of gingerbread men and other iconic holiday characters joining in on the fun. Expect lots of music and dancing, so make sure to bring your holiday cheer. The event is happening this Saturday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. at the North and South Arcades, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. 


    Go to a parenting community fair



    The Learning Basket and The Parenting Emporium are having a community fair this weekend! There will be lots of booths selling all kinds of parenting products. Don’t worry about leaving the kids at home -- there will be a play area and activities for them at the event.  The community fair is happening this Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium, 29 First Street, New Manila, Quezon City.  


    Attend a breastfeeding support group meeting

    Talk to other moms about everything breastfeeding at LATCH PhilippinesBreastfeeding Support Group. They will be meeting up this Saturday, December 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the office of Your Brand Story, 186 Wilson St., San Juan City. Feel free to bring a partner. Register for the event here


    Take the dogs out for a day

    Stroll around the mall with your family pet this weekend at Pet Fashion and Trend’s Pet Holiday Pageant. Watch pooches strut their stuff, check out a holiday bazaar, join games, and more! The event is happening this Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Town Plaza, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City.  


    Join a Christmas crafts party

    Dive right into the Christmas spirit and join Ayala Museum’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Party. Make Christmas decorations, Christmas trees and design Christmas pastries with the kids. The event is happening this Saturday, December 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City. Participation is free for those with museum tickets. 


    Go to a kids’ museum 


    It’s your last Saturday and Sunday to catch the Science Film Festival screenings at Museo Pambata as it only lasts until Dec. 10. so don’t miss it! And while you're at it, why not catch the Philippine High School for the Arts Shadowplay as well on December 3 at 10 a.m. and the Museo Pambata Guides’ Corner on December 4 at 2:30 p.m., where the activity for the day is origami star-making. Call the museum for more info on their Science Film Festival 2016 screening schedule.  


    Listen to a (kids) orchestra play


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    The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra is touring the metro as part of its fundraising initiative to build their new home, the MSO Recital Hall, at Circuit Lane. Hear them play the most delightful Christmas tunes and more this Saturday, December 3 at Market! Market!, Taguig


    Catch a play


    Watch A Christmas Carol live on stage this weekend! Based on the book by Charles Dickens, the play follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he recounts the life he's lived as shown to him by unexpected ghostly Christmas figures. The play is directed by Robbie Guevara, with music from Alan Menken. It will run from December 3 until December 25 at the BGC Globe Iconic Amphiteater, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Get tickets via TicketWorld counters and online


    Shop for baby items, kids' toys and more


    Get up to 70% off at the Great Chicco Sale. All their items will be on discount! The sale runs from November 30 to December 4 in all Chicco stores


     

    Richwell is having a Christmas Warehouse Sale! Get up to 80% off on products from brands like Pigeon, Chicco, Hot Wheels, Barbie, Crayola, Marvel, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet and more! The sale runs from December 1 to 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Richwell Center, 102 Timog Avenue, Quezon City. 


    Shop some more!

    Now on its 16th year, the World Bazaar Festival 2016 is set to delight shoppers anew with great finds and great deals as it opens on Saturday, December 3 from 10 am to 12 midnight (Fridays to Saturdays) and from 12 noon to 10 pm (Sundays to Thursdays) at the World Trade Center Manila, Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. Get your shopping lists ready! The longest-running charity bazaar runs until December 22, 2016.

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