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LOOK: Christmas displays paint the Metro merrier this year

LOOK: Christmas displays paint the Metro merrier this year


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Many yuletide feasts were in limbo due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year. It’s as if Christmas didn’t bother to sneak upon us. Finally, in 2021, malls and parks began to light up their Christmas displays as a sign of their welcome to the holiday season and recovery from the pandemic.

From giant Christmas trees to colorful Christmas light shows, these events are back and bigger than ever, with some modifications made for everyone’s health and safety. Nonetheless, we can now be ready to make the most out of the festivities. Christmas 2021 could definitely be one for the books!

Check out some of the best Christmas attractions happening in Metro Manila:

Ayala Avenue & Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City

Photo from Ayala Triangle Gardens Facebook Page

The city sparkles a little brighter, and people from all walks of life have never been more delighted as Makati unveils this year’s Christmas lights and recycled lanterns along Ayala Triangle Gardens and Ayala Avenue.

For those who are staying at home, Makati City also launched the globally-known Festival of Lights: Virtual Edition 2021. It consists of two-part immersive 360-degrees video series with a backdrop of Ayala Triangle Gardens and a heartwarming holiday song by Jose Mari Chan. Experience it here.

Rizal Park, Manila City

Photo from National Parks Development Committee

Luneta comes to life and is open again to tourists in time for the Christmas season. Rows of angels, a brightly-lit giant Christmas tree, and the classic belen are some of the yuletide installations in the historical park, along with the reopening of the famous dancing water fountain.

Quezon City Hall, QC

Courtesy of Jonathan Cellona

More open spaces are now available for residents in the heart of Quezon City. Last November 26, the Quezon City Government made the lighting event ceremony more colorful as the city rises from the challenges brought by the global pandemic.

Resorts World Manila, Pasay City

Photo by Wanderful Steps

Resorts World Manila is open to more customers as they formally light the 30-foot tall Christmas tree at the center of the plaza. With the creative use of repurposed materials, the same tree that has been displayed over the past years is made even more symbolic.

SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

Photo by Walk Into Places

It is all mega and bright at our favorite spot, SM Megamall! As a way of welcoming back shoppers, the mall features a 45-foot Christmas tree with thousands of lights and decorations. Around the tree are five augmented reality stations that take you to a magical holiday experience.

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Venice Grand Canal Mall, Taguig City

Photo from McKinley Hill Facebook Page

The country’s most romantic mall embraces the Christmas season by lighting the iconic floating giant Christmas tree adorned with 3,000 embellishments. Aside from the centerpiece, the plaza has also opened its newest attraction, the McKinley Hill Christmas Trail. It showcases eight different Christmas installations throughout the vicinity.

Riverbanks Center, Marikina City

Photo by Mistrina Angeles

Do you want to celebrate the holiday spirit in the open air? Now you can, thanks to Marikina Riverbanks’ newly-added decorations made solely for this season. You can also unwind near the river and lush green areas after a long shopping haul or a delicious food trip in the place!

These are the things Filipinos look forward to experiencing again, especially now that the quarantine restrictions in the capital have been eased. After almost two years away, it feels like we get to see these places with fresh eyes.

But that doesn’t mean we have to forget our health and safety! Be reminded to always wear your face masks, practice social distancing, and disinfect yourselves once you get home. Now, which any of these attractions around the Metro would you like to visit this Christmas?

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