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  • Family Weekender Guide: Christmas Edition! (December 23 to 25)

    Extend the holiday cheer, treats, and celebrations beyond Noche Buena!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Happy Holidays! Find more Christmas attractions and displays around Metro Manila the family can visit for free here. 

    Disney on Ice: Everyone's Story

    Come see 50 Disney stars perform beloved melodies and rocking songs at Disney on Ice: Everyone's Story with shows starting this Dec. 25 until Jan. 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay. From movies spanning Disney's Pinocchio to Frozen, characters like Woody and Buzz from Toy Story, Belle from the Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, and special guests Anna and Elsa will be there! Arrive early and catch the Zootopia pre-show too. Starting at P190, get tickets via SM Tickets outlets or online

    The Grand Festival of Lights

    Feel the joy of the season at SM Mall of Asia's spectacular The Grand Festival of Lights! Holiday characters will be parading down the streets or riding big, bright floats including Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer, ballerinas, and more. Expect lots of music and dancing, so make sure to bring your holiday cheer. The event is happening on Dec. 23 and 25, 5:30 p.m. at the North and South Arcades, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.  

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    Shopkins on Ice

    Kiddo loves Shopkins? See the characters dance and perform together with international ice skaters and even Santa Claus himself at Shopkins on Ice. The show is happening this Saturday, Dec. 23, at SM Megamall's ice skating rink. Get a pass for the show by visiting your nearest Toy Kingdom store.   

    Star City's Snow World and Belen

    Bring the kids to Star City this Christmas season! Aside from going on all the rides and experiencing winter at Snow World, catch Belen as well, a special Christmas presentation by Ballet Manila, Star City and the Manila Broadcasting Company. Shows run until January 2 at the Aliw Theater. Admission is free for Star City guests.

    Impossible, a magic show

    Have a magic-filled Christmas with the kids — literally! Be amazed as six world famous magicians perform tricks, stunts, and illusions at Impossible. Shows start on Monday, Dec. 25 and run until Jan. 3 at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. Fresh from London's West End, this magic show has to be seen to be believed. Starting at P150, get tickets via Ticketnet outlets or online.  

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    KidZania Manila's Spark Kindness

    Treat the kids to a day of fun at KidZania Manila in Taguig. If you have a tot or a preschooler and they haven't been yet, you should definitely go to this interactive kids' play city. This holiday season, they have quite a few Christmas activities throughout the month with the theme “Spark Kindness.” The whole calendar of activities is at bit.ly/KZSparksKindness. This Sunday, December 24, they're having a Spark Show at the KidZania Theater. Come and see it!  

    Free admission for kids at Ayala Museum

    A little after the Christmas, Ayala Museum in Makati is opening its doors for free to guests 12 years old and below from Dec. 26 to 30! Enjoy the museum’s kid-approved exhibits like the Diorama of Philippine History and the immersive Jose Rizal virtual reality experience. There will also be Christmas art stations scattered around for the kids to make snowmen and Christmas tree crafts. Enjoy! 

    A Christmas Carol: The Musical

    The holidays aren't complete without a Christmas tale. Based on the book by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol: The Musical follows grumpy 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. A Christmas Carol will run until December 27 at the BGC Globe Iconic Amphiteater, Taguig. Ticket prices are P2,090 via Ticketworld outlets or online.  

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