The Holidays or the Christmas Season is that time of the year Filipinos are most excited for. As soon as the syllable “ber” enters the monthly countdown, starting from September, everyone’s seemingly filled with thrill and excitement-big smiles, warm welcomes and generous gestures. Christmas songs start to play everywhere even inside public utility vehicles like jeepneys, tricycles and buses. Houses are adorned with colorful decorations. Children start caroling while schools and companies are busy preparing for Christmas programs and celebrations.

There are a lot of wonderful things to look forward to in Manila, Philippines to really experience the essence of Christmas whether you as a couple or with friends and family.

Enjoy Rides and Attractions in Manila Theme Parks

Go ahead and start your Manila tour with the uniquely thrilling rides and activities in Star City, SM by the Bay, Sky Ranch and Enchanted Kingdom. Thereafter, bring everyone to Manila Ocean Park, Ocean , and DreamPlay for some aquatic and wild adventures.

See for Yourself the Giant Lantern Festival

A must-see attraction in San Fernando City, Pampanga held every 2nd week of December, it showcases the ingenuity of every barangay in the locality in creating not only the biggest but the most creative and meaningful Christmas lanterns. This is one of the grandest displays in the Philippines because varying materials, from recycle to local varieties, are used to produce lanterns that represent Christmas. The event can be very magical with sparking, flickering, shimmering lights around and matching Christmas music.

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Go Back in Time When Jesus was Born with Maytinis Festival

This festival is held in Kawit, Cavite, which has become the most valued tradition of the residents. During Christmas Eve, in anticipation for December 25, the day everyone believes Jesus is born, the people reenact Joseph and Mary’s journey towards the birth of Jesus Christ. Biblical scenes are depicted intricately and portrayed by chosen actors and actresses from the municipality that’s why it has been the most popular reenactment all over the Philippines.

Watch University of the Philippines’ Lantern and Float Parade

Happening just before the university’s Christmas break, the students of the different colleges and departments as well as organizations in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus gather to celebrate Christmas through varying activities including the grand parade of colorful huge lanterns and floats. It’s one of the must-watch Christmas parade in the country.

Feel the Christmas Atmosphere in Policario’s Christmas Village

The Holiday Season in the Philippines is not what it is without colorful lights and decorations in houses, streets and everywhere. For them, these things symbolize Christmas celebration. One village that shows this spirit very well is Policario Street in Mandaluyong City. Christmas season is truly alive in the village with every house in the street filled with various Christmas decorations and lights.

Relax and Enjoy in Luxurious Hotels and Resorts

The Philippines is a home to many five-star rated world-renowned accommodations suiting individual needs, whether you want to spend Holidays in the city center, on top of the mountain, or in the . However, booking early is a must. As early as January to August, almost all luxurious hotels in Manila are fully-booked for December. So don’t waste time and book early. Manila is a perfect location for Holiday staycation because it is where all airports in the country are connected so it’s very convenient.

Shop Till You Drop in Malls and Bazaars

Of course, your travel experience would be incomplete without buying something to remember your Manila, Philippines Holiday trip so go shopping while everything’s on sale. Make sure to visit Chinatown and Baclaran Market for the most affordable great finds.

So there you have it. Manila, Philippines is that Asian destination you don’t want to miss especially during the Holidays or Christmas Season. So what you are waiting for? Book a Manila flight now while travel promos are ongoing.

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