Families can best enjoy the spirit of the season at night—the air feels cooler, streets are illuminated by the warm glow of parols, and cheerful Christmas carolers can be heard almost everywhere. So, make an exception to your kids’ regular curfew by letting them stay up a bit later than usual this Christmas time, and visit the following must-see nighttime family spots.
1. Moving Mannequin Show On its fourth run this year at the Greenhills Shopping Center, the revived COD Christmas display still amuses children and grown-ups alike. This memorable 47-year-old tradition was originally displayed at the COD Department Store façade in Cubao, Quezon City, until the mall closed shop in December 2002.
The theme for this year’s dazzling mechanical entertainment is dubbed “Celebration of Christianization of the Philippines.” With bamboo huts sprawled along the stage, the mannequin show will feature a colorful historical account of how the country was Christianized.
The show runs every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Greenhills Shopping Center’s Parking 1. Food and shopping stalls, tables, and seats are also located at the parking lot, so bargain shoppers can enjoy a show while taking a break from their hectic shopping.
2. Christmas Tree Gazing The towering 85-foot Christmas tree located along General Roxas Street in Araneta Center, Cubao, started drawing crowds in 1981. The lighting of this tree is the first and oldest Christmas tree- lighting ceremony in the country. The tree weighs 5,000 kilograms and is decked with over 10,000 multicolored bulbs, 800 sparkling balls, and 50 ornamental stars.
Since the tree is right along a busy road, it might be best to admire it from inside the car or from a nearby café or restaurant. Take a short drive-by or park the car inside Araneta Center’s outdoor parking lot, which has a direct view of the oversized tree. Order some take-out and have a picnic (or plop yourselves on the hood) while admiring the view.
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