MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines, Christmas starts early – but as you get closer and closer to the big day, more and more establishments join in on the fun.
The various malls and hotels in the metro have already gotten into the holiday spirit, with gorgeous decor and glowing exhibits for spectators to enjoy.
Here are only 7 of many beautiful Christmas exhibits this year. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments below and send us a picture of beautiful public Christmas displays near your area.
This immersive, larger-than-life art installation at SM Aura
Visit SM Aura Premier’s Astreopora Light and Sound Art Installation by Leeroy New. The installations create a visual of marine creatures reaching up towards the sky, celebrating the Philippines’ biodiversity and our own connection to the natural world, according to a release.
Where: SM Aura’s Sky Park Lawn
When: until January 10, 2016
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Always one to go big in the holiday season, The Peninsula Manila doesn’t disappoint this year with its sweeping decor and the centerpiece: a towering, glittering tree. But perhaps most difficult to recreate is the ambience – a sense of intimacy amidst the elegant surroundings.
Come and split a dessert – make it their famous halo-halo – with a special someone while listening to the strains of sweet live music, as the lights twinkle nearby.
What: Stunning lights show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. This year’s theme: “Beats and Hues.” There will be 3 different light shows set to different kinds of music. You’ll hear big band and jazz music for one of the shows, African drumbeats for another, and electronic dance music for the 3rd.
Ayala Triangle also has light installations set up to replicate 10 of the oldest Philippine churches, designed by Zenas Pineda.
When: November 9 to January 3, every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm
This year, folks were shocked to learn that InterCon would be closing its doors in 2015 after 46 years. The hotel has made sure to prepare some final promotions and offers for guests who’d like a last stay at the beautiful building, and it may be worth a final Christmas visit as next year, the space will give way to a new development by Ayala Land Incorporated.
See a giant ferris wheel light up, up, up
The Pampanga Eye ferris wheel at Sky Ranch Pampanga was recently transformed into a “Lantern of Hope,” complete with a Pyro Musical show. According to SM, preparations took 3 weeks to properly decorate the massive structure.
Where: SM City Pampanga, Brgy. San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Snap a picture at Tutuban’s tall tree while doing your Christmas shopping
Perhaps more thrilling than those bargains at Tutuban Center – this massive 50-foot tree that’s quite a sight to behold, and built and decorated with materials from various areas around Manila.
Spend a few minutes for selfies and group photos before heading to the shopping center and to the surrounding areas boasting countless little shops where you can find gifts for everyone in the family.
‘Christmas on Display’ at Greenhills
A yearly tradition for shoppers who visit the popular Greenhills area, this year’s Christmas on Display exhibit runs with the theme, “A Hometown Christmas.”
Moving mannequins tell the story of a balikbayan family coming home to spend Christmas in the Philippines, at last.
Aside from that, the popular Greenhills tiangge or flea market will be in full swing this Christmas, as the Christmas Night Market and Bangketa Fair will run until January 3.
Note: Christmas on Display runs until January 3, 2016. The show runs daily from 6:30 pm until 11:30 pm with one show running every 30 minutes. Admission is free.
Will you be visiting any of these soon? What special places do you visit every Christmas with your loved ones? Let us know in the comments below. – Rappler.com
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