Manila knows how to say ‘merry Christmas’ in style: here’s LUXE’s list of not-to-be-missed festivities. Whether twinkling trees, Christmas carols (including the Dickens variety), tuneful concerts, glittering light exhibitions or icy fam-friendly frolics feature at the top of your Christmas list, you’ll find them all here. Who needs Santa anyway?
If you like the idea of being serenaded with Christmas melodies, head to The Peninsula Manila
for its sociable, ear-pleasing Caroling at The Lobby
sessions, which will be held on 24 November, and 1, 8, 15 and 18–22 December. At 6:30pm every Friday – and throughout the whole week leading up to Christmas Day; huzzah! – professional carolers will fill the hotel’s Lobby with the celestial sounds of festive song. Feel free to warble along, too...
Forget cardboard advent calendars – the Peninsula is going one step further this Christmas, inviting you to treat yourself daily in December by watching the Advent Tree Lighting Ceremony
at The Lobby, which includes the daily grand unveiling of another scene in the hotel’s magnificent Christmas Advent Calendar.
Catch Charles Dickens' most famous story, A Christmas Carol
– starring grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge and three visiting ghosts – performed in musical form at the BGC Globe Iconic Amphitheater this Christmas. Perfect for merrymakers of all ages.
Sticking with the tuneful theme, The Peninsula Christmas Concert
on 10 December is an annual, joyful, charitable prelude to the holiday season. Admire the University of Santo Tomas Singers, the Philippine Philharmonic and special guests, all performing to the graceful baton-moves of a star conductor. Proof that Christmas can be good for the soul.
See Manila ‘shine bright like a diamond’ – thank you, RiRi – at the Festival of Lights: a sparkly spectacular that ripples through the tranquil Ayala Triangle Gardens daily, from 6-10pm, with shows every 30 minutes. Catch the mood-enhancing thanksgiving masses and tummy-enhancing gourmet night market, too.
Treat your budding Ariels and Elsas to an evening of girly-whirly fairytale fantasy at Disney on Ice: Magical Ice Festival
, which sees some of the most beloved Disney characters taking to the ice at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Disney costumes and wands: optional (but highly recommended).
Festival of Lights
/ 9 Nov – 7 Jan, 2018 / Ayala Triangle Gardens / Makati / +63 2 908 3000 / 6-10pm daily / ayalatriangle.com
Disney on Ice: Magical Ice Festival
/ Dec / General Roxas Ave / Quezon / disneyonice.com