Christmas Destinations Around the Philippines
Sparkling Christmas destinations around the Philippines abound as there are fiestas that happen across the 7,000 plus islands all year round. After all, the country is known to celebrate the longest Christmas in the world!
Yes, as soon as the ber months kick in, lanterns, lights & the nativity scenes start to deck homes, streets & buildings. Of course, not to forget Jose Mari Chan’s undying songs signaling it’s time to put up the tree.
Welcome to the Magical Christmas Destinations Around the Philippines
From the stone houses in the farthest north to the houses on stilts in the deepest south, a reminder of Christmas is always present. Here are our top picks for the best Christmas destinations in the Philippines. But on this list we purposely skipped the usual mall & hotel set-up because these places around the country are equally awesome.
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Quirino may be home to adrenaline-pumping attractions. But come Christmas, the capital town of Cabarroguis becomes a wonderland blending their indigenous culture & the usual symbols of Christmas. This year, the celebration opens on December 7.
La Union rides a different kind of wave during Christmas. At the annual Pasko sa Kapitolyo, the action happens at the Capitol Complex in San Fernando. Tram rides, Christmas trees & bazaars as well as million lights brighten this side of Northern Philippines.
Baguio and Christmas are inseparable holiday ideas. Everyone comes here for the mountain breeze, delicious food treats & shopping. Then there’s the Christmas treats at Burnham Park. Truly, the set-up here is at enchanting level making you fall in love with Baguio even more!
Of course, the Christmas destinations around the Philippines is never complete without the Province of Pampanga on the list. In fact, the City of San Fernando is dubbed as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, the home of the Filipino parol.
On the other hand, Angeles City is also popular for Ing Lubenas ning Pasku, a Christmas tradition dating back to 1800s.
If there is one thing beautiful that happens on the streets of Makati, these are their street decors during Christmas season. And Ayala Avenue is always where people look out for each year. However, at the Ayala Gardens, more magical escapes happen with its light & sound show, attracting thousands of citysiders every night.
Absolutely, there’s no bill shock when the host of this light showdown is the biggest electric concessionaire in the country. Welcome to Meralco’s Liwanag Park in Pasig City, the brightest & grandest display on this side of the metro.
All roads lead to Casa Santa Museum in Antipolo during Christmas. This quick getaway offers thousands of well-curated collections of Christmas motifs & santas from around the world. Tucked in Jardin de Miramar, a special house even roofs all these private collections, touted as the biggest in the world.
It’s Christmas at Crosswinds in Tagaytay all year-round. But come the holiday season, this favourite chill-out spot jams even more because of more exciting displays. Pull the brakes for a European-themed getaway perfect for quick family bondings.
Create your fairytale adventures at the Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite. Here, it’s not just the house & the decors you visit but a full experience of making a gingerbread. There are lots of other activities for kids too. So get on a fambam holiday spree in Cavite now.
While Mayon Volcano is always the star of Albay, during Christmas, this quiet town of Ligao bursts into magic with its bamboo Christmas treats. Here, a small bamboo forest is lit with multi-colored lights projecting an ethereal feel escape.
Negrenses flock to one place during Christmas — Bamboo Tonogbanua’s ancestral home at San Juan Street. This miniature Christmas village takes scenes from famous Disney movies & characters.
Tangub City is one of the best Christmas destinations around the Philippines for a bright reason: it’s the Christmas Symbols Festival! Surely, with its amazing show, a trip to Tangub will be a memorable one. For one thing, they’re a hallmark event everyone anticipates year on year.
A trip to Davao is always a good plan. But when you come during the holiday season, don’t miss to take a trip up to the Prayer Mountain for its awesome Christmas Village. The village features extravagantly lit mansions, gardens, bazaars & many, many more!
Albeit new to the scene, Zamboanga Sibugay joins the list of the best Christmas destinations around the Philippines. Come for Disney-feel attractions like castles, rides & everything kids and kids at heart would love. Notably, everything here is grand too!
Zamboangeños look forward to the lighting of their City Hall & surrounding places with colorful LED lights. Expressly, this beautiful display of Christmas brightens this side of the country. Catch Tzu Chi Foundation’s bazaar & more exciting things happening at the Paseo del Mar too.