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2013 Christmas Must-Sees in Metro Manila

Christmas on Display – San Juan City



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Where: Greenhills Shopping Centre, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City


When: 15 November – 5 January 2014


What: For the 10th year, Greenhills Shopping Centre stages its well-loved Christmas on Display featuring moving mannequins, lights and music. Spend this season listening to Christmas stories with heartwarming tales for all ages. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Orient. Shows run from 6:30pm to 12mn.


This year’s theme is China, and the production follows a simple story-telling technique. It’s delightful, but we admit it’s really something for the kids to enjoy (although we did see a generation of adults who were also interested in the show. We think they were the real hardcore fans who grew up watching this decades-old show). And the kids who were in the audience were exquisitely hooked! We spent most of our time buying food from the many stalls surrounding the stage and the ‘audience area.’ Again, prepare to stand up for the whole show. Or arrive early and grab a spot in the many monobloc chairs laid out for the audience.


Grand Festival of Lights – Pasay City




Where: SM Mall of Asia North to South Arcade, Pasay City


When: 7, 14, 21 and 25 December 2013


What: Watch a parade of floats and characters wearing lighted costumes at SM Mall of Asia’s Grand Festival of Lights. The parade features beautiful fairies, dancing gingerbread men, lighted trains, caravans and other glowing performances sure to delight kids. A fireworks display will cap off the show. The parade starts at 5:30pm.


We saw this once in the malls Facebook page when we were researching for our mall series special, so our visit here was definitely planned ahead. It was a visual spectacle really, a parade of lights on costumes and floats. There were dancing musicians, jugglers, a train, tumbling ninja fighters-acrobats, giant robot floats, clowns and many others. We definitely channeled our inner kid, and so did much of the adults in the show! The Grand Lights Festival is relatively new compared to the other traditions we have mentioned above (except the Cinderella show, although we were told Resorts World usually stages plays this time of the year), but it’s definitely an experience not to miss.


Toys and Collectibles Fair 2013 – Mandaluyong City




Where: Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City


When: 13 December – 15 December 2013


What: The biggest toy fair in Metro Manila will be coming back for its 8th year with more toy collections and costumed guests. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating a Season of Heroes’, so expect a lot of masked men and caped women in one exciting hall. View the remarkable collection some of the Philippines’ most dedicated toy hobbyists as they put their beloved treasures on display for kids of all ages to enjoy.


Being a toy guy, I just have to put this in, especially for people with kids and people who are kids at heart. Cousin Mario dropped this little info, and I have been waiting for weeks. I am excited about the cosplay part — this means costume play, so there will be people arriving at the event dressed as a superhero or other favourite character. It would have been wonderful if I had brought my Ironman helmet from Britain, but I’m sure I’ll still enjoy this convention in plain clothes.


The Mythical Sirens of the Sea - Manila




Where: Manila Ocean Park, Luneta Park, Manila City


When: 1 December – 15 January 2014


What: A fan of the Little Mermaid? See mermaids with your own two eyes in this special show by the world-class marine theme park Manila Ocean Park. The Mythical Sirens of the Sea is a mermaids’ world of a fantastic life under the sea. The show will give audiences a very watery Christmas to enjoy and remember.


The mermaid’s were quite a blast to watch since the swimmers were very skilled. But we admit that we enjoyed the rest of the water critters in Oceanarium more since they were the real deal. We think the whole park is worth going to for big family outings since it has everything: educational attractions and exhibits, arcades and even a fish spa. The park is offering vouchers for discounts so you can bring your whole family for less. Just check out their website for more information on how to get these vouchers.


These events are just some of those we know in the Metro Manila area. December is still fresh, and Christmas day is still days away… we still have room for plenty more adventures and we know you are also quite ready to take on your own adventures with your family too. We know we’ll still see each other this month, but we just want to say…




This will be our first Christmas in the Philippines, and we’ve already been told to get ready for handaan. We’ll catch you soon!


Do you know of other shows in Metro Manila that we can visit? Please don’t hesitate to leave a link below!



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