Bright lights, big city. Metro Manila is a destination for the modern globe trotter! Experience the sights and sounds of the Filipino Christmas without traveling too far from the comforts of an ultra-modern city.

Manila is a melting pot of different cultures, not just from all over the Philippines, but from other parts of the world. To spend Christmas in Manila would be like experiencing Christmas from different parts of the country. Just be aware that, like in any major city, it gets crowded and traffic becomes an issue.

What to Do

Shop in Binondo.

The blend of Filipino and Chinese culture in this part of town is very intriguing. Learn tips and tricks to attract luck, love, health and wealth in the coming year from Feng Sui experts. For instance, trinkets with golden dragons and money bags will bring you prosperity. Binondo is also a great place to enjoy authentic Chinese food.

Take the kids to Star City in Pasay.

The theme park is located at the heart of the city and is easily accessible by public or private transportation. Star City is for the children and children-at-heart. Attractions like Snow World, Peter Pan, Land of Giants and Pirate Adventure will surely delight. There are rides, roller coasters, and horror houses as well.

Visit the many bazaars.

There are close to a hundred Christmas Bazaars all over Metro Manila. They all offer trendy clothing, antiques, accessories, and anything that may strike a shopper’s fancy. Bazaars are excellent places to find great bargains for gifts and personal knickknacks. Some bazaars even have food stalls occupied by up and coming food businesses that offer delectable new treats.

Have a romantic sunset dinner cruise in Manila Bay.

The Metro Manila skyline is a sight to behold, especially at night. During Christmastime, it becomes more stunning because of all the lights and season décor. Seeing the city from Manila Bay would be an excellent activity not just for couples but even for groups who simply want a unique dining experience.

Marvel at the displays along Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong.

This street in Mandaluyong is literally transformed into a “Christmas Street” with houses decorated with extravagant lighting. You cannot find any other street quite like it in the country. As a result, locals and some well-informed tourists come to Policarpio Street to take photos of the brightly-lit displays.

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