Recently, City of Dreams Manila started the holiday festivities with a spectacular lighting ceremony of its towering 32-foot Christmas tree at the luxury resort’s main entrance. Enlightened with 10,000 LED lights and decorations firing up that child-like amazement, the tree is bound to be the resort’s breathtaking centerpiece this holiday season.
Termed as “Christmas of Dreams,” the event showcased a mesmerizing and heartwarming performance by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid with Philippine pop songs “Araw, Gabi” and “Ako’y Iyong Iyo”, and holiday tunes of “Joyful, Joyful” and “Christmas All Over the World”. The ceremonial tree lighting was officiated by Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and his spouse Janet, Parañaque First District Congressman Eric Olivarez, Belle Corporation Chairman of the Executive Committee Willy Ocier, and City of Dreams Manila Chief Operating Officer Kevin Benning and spouse Angel.
The Christmas tree establishes the ambiance for the holiday decor around the property including the three luxury hotel brands Nuwa, Nobu and Hyatt Regency. The mastermind behind this is Danish designer Creation Group, then executed by Tema Design Philippines. Creation Group is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of animated figures and mechanical display solutions and is popular also for designing public establishments like amusement parks, malls, family entertainment spaces, hotels and restaurants.
To further their commitment to promote and advocate Sustainability, Kevin Benning mentions that the Christmas tree lights and the other decor will be utilized with solar power, upon the installation of a solar rooftop at the parking building, making it a big first among integrated resorts in the country.
For those families who are in the mood to become inclined to be one with the Christmas spirit, one festivity held at City of Dreams Manila they can go to is a grand holiday parade on all weekends of December 2019. This also includes December 24, 25 and January 1 every 5 p.m. This parade highlights popular DreamWorks characters joined by a magical range of animated Christmas ornaments. Another addition to this are the Electro Groovers, who are DreamPlay’s King Julien Dance Off Year 4 Grand Champion and recently took home gold at the World Supremacy Battle-Junior Division in Australia.
Kevin Benning shares his insights on this season. “The Christmas of Dreams comes alive at City of Dreams Manila, as we bring an exciting line up of custom holiday events for everyone to enjoy with their families and loved ones that make us a fitting destination to spend the most wonderful time of the year,”
“Significantly, Christmas is more meaningful this year at City of Dreams Manila, which marks a milestone in December for being the first integrated resort to launch the 1.2MW solar panels at the resort’s parking building rooftop with Meralco’s Renewable Energy subsidiary, Spectrum,” He continues.
Another playful festivity that will occur will revolve around the film"Trolls", which is a a Trolls-themed holiday dubbed as “Trolls Holla Day”. It will be held at DreamPlay from November 30, 2019 to January 1, 2020. The Trolls VIP Package starts at Php 1,499, inclusive of:
- an all-day pass at DreamPlay’s attractions and express check-in and attraction entry
- passes at Cooking with Gingy’s Holla Day activity and at DreamWorks’ Holla Day Movie
- a photo session with characters Poppy and Branch
- yummy treats like special Christmas Trolls Tree cookies and a Trolls candy milkshake.
Found at the upper ground floor at The Shops at the Boulevard, DreamPlay is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays (Monday to Thursday), and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends (Friday to Sunday). During the holiday season, starting from December 16, 2019 until January 3, 2020, it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays (Monday to Thursday), then from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends (Friday to Sunday) and the main holidays (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).
For blissful treats and gift pegs, Café Society is offering Christmas favorites such as puto bumbong bread, Christmas cookies, fruit cakes, Panettone favorites, and more Christmas homemade items. Traditional Christmas hampers and create-your-own holiday hampers are also in the list. On the other hand, find yourself tempted at the delightful handmade chocolate Santa Claus confections and other chocolate treats from The Garage’s Chocol8. These treats are offered from November 11 to December 31.
Unleash nostalgia of holiday music by featured singers Jinky Vidal and Jeric Medina at CenterPlay, the contemporary bar found at the focal point of the main gaming floor on December 2 at 10 p.m.
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