Christmas 2018: Lights and Sounds Attractions in Manila Worth Checking Out

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The Philippines is known for its long Christmas celebration, and as soon as the holiday season begins, the city seems to go brighter on cue with all the different light decorations on the street. Aside from these, numerous attractions reflecting the Filipino's holiday culture are opened starting November, so it's pretty impossible to not feel the festive spirit wherever you go! 

Still looking where you should take the whole family in the coming days? We round up some of the attractions you can check out in the city during the holidays: 

1. Ayala Land's Festival of Lights

The annual lights and sounds show in Ayala Triangle Gardens has finally opened to the public, and this year, it's with the theme "Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights". For its 10th year, Ayala Land partnered up with The Walt Disney Company Philippines to give the audience of all ages a spectacle of lights dancing and twinkling along to their favorite Disney songs, including "Beauty and the Beast", "I See the Light", and "Part of Your World". 

When: until January 8, 2019, every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM
Where: Ayala Triangle Gardens

2. SM Aura Premier's Prism of Lights

Photo: SM Aura Premier/Facebook 

For this year, SM Aura Premier's Christmas display features life-sized figures of safari animals, and a gigantic Christmas tree right at the heart of the mall which mallgoers can enjoy taking a picture with. They also partnered with Huawei Mobile Philippines in putting up the immersive Prism of Lights, an immersive and interactive art display showing their interpretation of the beauty of the night sky. 

When: until January 7, 2019
Where: SM Aura Premier

3. Tiendesitas' Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel 

Photo: Tiendesitas/Facebook 

Now on its second year,the Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel has opened again to bring the holiday spirit to the shoppers of Tiendesitas. Running every 30 minutes, more than 2000 pixels of lights along a section of Tiendesitas Shopping Center dance and twinkle in sync with the yuletide songs playing in the background. 

When: until January 7, 2019, running every 30 minutes from 6PM to 10PM
Where: Tiendesitas Shopping Center, Ortigas East

4. Estancia at Capital Commons' Sweet Illusions Chamber Room


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Estancia at Capital Common's Vast Imaginarium is back! This year's installation brings 4 chambers - Candy Blast, Special Dark, Sweet Rush, and Tutti Frutti - each of which have different themes that guests of all ages can surely enjoy. 

When: until January 6, 2019, during mall hours
Where: Estancia at Capitol Commons

5. Filinvest City's Christmas Display

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Spreading the Christmas cheer in the south is Filinvest City which aims to bring together friends and families together with the events and installations they have prepared. Their version of a Christmas wonderland include themed sections including a 40-foot Christmas tree, a Christmas display reminiscent of holiday wishes, a Christmas train that will bring anyone back to their childhood, as well as a hot air balloon that would surely excite anyone. 

Where: Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa 

6. Eastwood City's Enchanted Forest of Lights

Photo: Eastwood City/Facebook 

Eastwood City's Holiday attraction is composed of larger-than-life replicas of animals, sea creatures, and reimagined versions of famous skyscrapers. The Enchanted Forest of Lights features 60 lighted displays located along the Eastwood CItywalk, Eastood Avenue, and Eastwood Mall Open Park. 

When: until January 13, 2019
Where: Eastwood City 

7. Araneta Center's Christmas on Display 

Formerly known as Manila COD, Araneta Center's Christmas on Display is back to delight children and adults alike with a Christmas story told through an animatronics display. This year's story will follow a family who returns to the country to visit their loved ones, and realizes that there's still no place like home. The public can watch the COD for free, and while enjoying a meal at the Times Square FOod Park.

When: From November 23 to January 6, from 6PM, with 15 minutes interval
Where: Araneta Center Cubao 

8. SM Mall of Asia's The Grand Festival of Lights 

Photo: SM Mall of Asia/Facebook

Santa and his magical friends will be bringing in the Christmas cheer to SM Mall of Asia with the biggest and brightest lights parade with over a hundred Christmas characters and floats moving along to the music of the holidays. 

When: November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 25, 5:30PM
Where: SM Mall of Asia North and South Arcades 

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