Art by Sam Bumanlag
There’s no denying the holidays are here: The mall decors are up and running, hams are back on the shelves, and Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You is on repeat and on full blast. From the endless carols (which started playing come September) to sales left and right, it’s pretty clear that we love our Christmas. And while the season is best celebrated at home, heading out can be just as good if you’re not one to decorate your house this season. There’s no shame in not having a tree up, or even a sock hanging by the window (Just in case Santa comes! ), and with the whole metro surrounded by twinkling lights and Christmas carols, you’ll never really miss out on all the Christmas cheer.
So from our family — er, team — to yours, we present the city’s map to this year’s Noel festivities, guaranteed to show off the season’s best and bring the holiday cheer. There’s an added bonus, too: the chance of seeing your long-lost ninong in these places, so yes, you’re welcome.
Get that Christmas music video moment by driving by the yearly Ortigas East Musical Christmas Tunnel (1), from 6-10 p.m. along Frontera Drive in Pasig. It’s rows and rows of Christmas lights synced to the best songs of the season — what’s not to like? From lights to night markets, check out what Ortigas & Company has to offer this holiday season at facebook.com/OrtigasEastOfficial.
Tiendesitas’ Gift of Wonders (2) installations will be your next IG shoot’s location. Take a photo inside their lights-meets-infinity mirrors room, or in their animal-themed one, complete with animated projections and stuffed toys. They’re literally inside these giant gift boxes at the Tiendesitas Food and Pet Village — you can’t miss ‘em.
Nothing can truly replace the OG Greenhills Christmas display, but here’s to keeping up with the times. The Greenhills Laser Light Symphony (3) is a one-of-a-kind laser show, and a highlight of the establishment’s Futuristic Wonderland-themed holiday campaign. Check it out starting 6 p.m. at the G-Strip Parking area. The show runs every 30 minutes until 10 p.m., so you definitely have the time to hit the GH stalls, or the other Christmas ganaps. Check out @greenhillsph on Instagram to know more.
Real talk: you can’t say holidays and not think of draaaanks. So if you love your booze as much as the season of yore, the Jack Daniel’s Holiday Barrel Tree (4) is your pop-up bar Christmas miracle. Enjoy your Christmas miracles, and special JD holiday cocktails and more (I hear there’s whiskey and yakitori pairings!), at the Jack Daniel’s Bar No. 7 at the C1 Park in Bonifacio High Street, BGC.