With Christmas just 35 days away, surely you have so much to do, mom. There are decorations to put up, gifts to buy, more gifts to wrap, a Noche Buena to plan, and goals to set for 2019. Whew, that's a lot!
We know you have plenty on your plate now (both figuratively and literally!), but when you're starting to feel overwhelmed, remember Christmas only comes once a year, so don't let the season just pass by. Breathe! Make conversation with family! Be in the here and now. Go out and carve time to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds, because they'll be gone before you know it. Most importantly, spend the days with the people who matter, like family and friends, and MAKE MEMORIES.
Start the family bonding at these Christmas tree attractions you can find around the metro.
The best part? You can visit them for free. Don't forget to take photos!
The 100-foot giant Christmas tree is the centerpiece attraction in Araneta Center this Yuletide season. It features 3,000 LED bulbs and more than 1,500 assorted decors including giant balls, giant bells, lighted poinsettias, and a seven-foot star topper. There will also be fun rides and booths; Santa Claus meet-and-greet all weekends of December (3 to 7 p.m.); chorale performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 25; the Christmas on Display (C.O.D.) starting November 23, and grand fireworks displays on weekends starting November 30.
The Araneta Center is located at Cubao, Quezon City.
Eastwood City is giving kids and adults a reason to believe in the magic of Christmas with its Enchanted Forest of Lights. Guests can easily spot the more than 60 enchanting lighted animal displays spread across the Eastwood Citywalk, Eastwood Avenue and Eastwood Mall Open Park, where the iconic 50-feet Christmas tree dominates the landscape. There are also eight enchanted trees and eight towering skyscrapers, each derived from the famous landmarks around the world which includes the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Empire State and Chrysler buildings in New York, Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Petronas in Malaysia, Big Ben in London, and Taipei 101 in Taiwan, each of them measuring about 27 feet.
Eastwood City is located at 116 Orchard Rd, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
Estancia is putting together another Christmas secret rooms this year called "Sweet Illusion Chambers." There's the Tutti Frutti or Rainbow Prism Room at the Capitol Commons Park. Inside Estancia, the Sugar Rush at the Laser Room promises a feeling a rush quicker than a ray of light. For those who prefer a sweet escape, the Candy Blast at the Shadow Light Room transports you to a candy dreamland. Special Dark at the Dark Light Room beckons another captivating exhibit of modern neon displays.
Estancia Mall is located at 1605 Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Greenhills Shopping Center
Greenhills' Christmas Candy Cake, located at the VMall Lobby, is filled to the brim of every candy you can ever think of — gum drops, butterballs, eclairs, hard candy, chocolate bars, fudge, in an assortment of sizes, shapes, and colors — filling the four-layer 30-feet high cake.
Visit the Christmas Sweet Bazaar at the VMall Lobby until January 6, 2018. A Night Market will be put up at the G-strip parking for food enthusiasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Regional Delicacies at the ground floor of the Center Mall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bring the kids to a Santa Meet & Greet all Saturdays of December at the VMall Lobby from 2 to 5 p.m. The family can attend Simbang Gabi at the Chapel of the Holy Family from December 15 to 23, 6pm daily, and marvel at the fireworks that will light the Ortigas skyline every Saturday at 7 p.m.
Greenhills Shopping Center is located along Ortigas Avenue, City of San Juan.
Robinsons Forum, Mandaluyong
The Gingerbread Christmas Tree at Robinsons Forum is inspired by the well-loved fairytale Hansel and Gretel. Itis set amidst gingerbread houses and decorated with pastel-colored sugary lollipops, fluffy cupcakes, and ice cream trees flavored with fruit and spices. Adding to its charm are the giant snowflakes, Christmas leaves, and flower ornaments.
Robinsons Forum is located at EDSA corner Pioneer, Mandaluyong City.
Always ready with your camera for a quick snapshot? The elegant 32-foot Christmas tree at Robinsons Galleria makes for the perfect background for your Instagram photos — guaranteed to get the most likes! This majestic, custom-made tree manufactured in Europe breaks the tradition of a garland Christmas tree and features intricate orments and shining, shimmering lights.
Robinsons Galleria is located at EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.
The enchanted Christmas display features a mushroom fairy house and a fairy garden lit up with a rainbow of colors where fairies move gracefully as they go about their mystical chores. Butterflies with intricately adorned wings and multi-colored giant flowers and mushrooms are also strewn across the garden. Beside the garden stands the centerpiece: a towering 36-foot Christmas tree laden with Christmas ornaments, and sparkling flowers and butterflies in every hue. Watch out for fairies sprinkling pixie dust around the tree!
Robinsons Magnolia is located at Aurora Blvd, New Manila, Quezon City.
Robinsons Manila circus-themed display is brimming with fun elements such as a teddy bear on a bike, rabbits on a seesaw, a colorfully dressed clown, and elaborately painted horses circling on the merry-go-round. Completing the display is a gigantic 36-foot Christmas tree decorated with huge red and gold poinsettias, balls of red and silver, clusters of stars, and cuddly stuffed toys. Imagine the smiles it will bring to your little ones!
Robinsons Manila is located at Pedro Gil St, Ermita, Manila.
The traditional red Christmas tree is back once again at select Robinsons Malls — with a sweet twist! Aside from flowers, ribbons, and Christmas balls, the tree is also adorned with decorative dainty cupcakes and mouth-watering candies in a combination of red, white, and mint green colors. Spread the cheer!
Robinsons Novaliches is located at Brgy. Pasong Putik Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City.
The centerpiece at the mall’s atrium is designed with life-size installations of a safari’s majestic creatures: elephants, giraffes, deer, leopards, lions, hippopotamus, rhinos and giant eagles in hues of gold and green. They stand proudly beside a giant Christmas tree embellished with giant LED leaves, and dazzling gold, silver, green and red giant Christmas balls in different textures. "Prism of Lights," an immersive display, will let you experience the interactive light show that interprets beauty and wonder of the pristine night sky. The exhibit is open to all for free and is perfect for capturing those picture-perfect holiday memories. Santa’s Meet and Greet and the Letters to Santa Workshop will be on December 9 and 16, chorale performances on December 8 and 15, and other musical acts are happening on December 14, 21, and 23.
SM Aura is located at 26th Street, Corner McKinley Pkwy, Taguig.
SM Mall of Asia
The 50-foot MOA Christmas tree is designed with over 500 ornaments and embellished with LED snowflakes, cinnamon sticks, giant snow balls, melting snow and images of MOA’s magical friends: Leo the lion, Ellie the elephant, Cyril the squirrel, Benny the Bunny, Hannah the Panda, Hailey the hippo, Macky the monkey and Gerry the giraffe. MOA’s magical snow globes reveals special surprises and promos, the MOA Royal marching band, the much-awaited annual Grand Festival of Lights Parade for all Saturdays starting November 24 until Christmas Day. Spectacular fireworks set to music will light up the Mall of Asia skies every weekend.
SM Mall of Asia is located at Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City.
Enjoy a truly magical holiday at SM Megamall with the 45-foot Christmas centerpiece adorned with candy-colored jewels, rainbows, unicorns, and toy soldier dolls by Mandaluyong City Councilor Charisse Abalos-Vargas.
SM Megamall is located at Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
SM North EDSA
See the Glitter Critter play park installations at the Skygarden from the the KIDS Mountain to the Fun Christmas Roller Coaster Ride. Meet and Greet sessions with the Glitter Critter Characters on November 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at The Block and Skygarden. Kids will be spellbound with A Magical Science Show by Nutty Scientist on November 30 and December 16. There will be a Meet and Greet Santa on December 2, 9, 23, 24, and 25, at The Block Atrium. Expect live performances from the NU Chorale on December 7, as well as Ben&Ben, Keiko Necessario, Leanne & Naara and December Avenue. Northern skies will light up with the Grand Firework Display on December 15, 22, and 29.
SM North EDSA is located at EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City.
The award-winning Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel returns to Ortigas East this year. The Christmas attraction promises a one-of-a-kind experience with its structural features: made with 2,368 pixels of light, each pixel is composed of three bulbs in red, blue, and green, flickering and dancing festively according to the music’s beat. When stretched out, the Christmas Tunnel is equivalent to the length of 28 Olympic swimming pools.
Experience the StrEAT Food Market from November 7 to January 6, and bring the kids to Meet & Greet Santa on all Saturdays of December at the Fashion and Furniture Village from 2 to 5 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky every Saturday at 7 p.m. Simbang Gabi which will take place at the Food Village from December 15 to 23 at 6 p.m.
Tiendesitas is located at Ortigas Ave. cor E. Rodriquez Ave. (C-5), Pasig City.
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