1. Ayala Triangle
For the past few years, the lights and sounds show called Ayala Lights has been pooling families, friends, and couples. This year there are three light shows, each playing different genres of music: big band jazz, Afro beat, and EDM. You'll also find light installations that show 10 of the oldest Philippine churches: Paoay, Binondo, Paete, Dapitan, Nuestre del Carmen, Barasoin, Taal, Lucban, Quipayo, and Baclayon.
The show runs every 30 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m. until January 3, 2016.
2. SM Aura Premier
SM Aura Premier displays Astreopora, a light and sound installation by artist Leeroy New. Like in an aquarium tunnel, you walk through Astreopora and get to see marine creatures.
The installation will be at the Sky Park Lawn until January 10, 2016.
3. Manila Hotel
Manila Hotel's yearly Christmas decors take people to the ideal Christmas-by-the-fireplace image we often see in Hollywood films. You have the lit cottage (a gingerbread house) with snow on the roof, the chandeliers, the trees, sometimes even life-sized nutcrackers lining the pillars. If you go at night, you're bound to catch live jazz music at the lobby.
The historic hotel also opens its Colonial Christmas Village, an entire hall filled with little shops. You can buy cute stuffed toys and cookies, and have your pictures taken. You'll need tickets to enter.
The Colonial Christmas Village is open from 1 to 9 p.m. daily, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and public holidays until January 2, 2016.
4. Peninsula Manila
You can count on the Pen for a swanky holiday celebration. If you missed the annual Christmas concert featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra on December 12, you can still drop by and enjoy the food, the lights, and the music. This year they have a large crystal Christmas tree! You haven't seen anything like it.
The Shopping Center's Christmas on Display features moving mannequins to tell the story of the Three Kings in search of the baby Jesus. It's put in a Philippine setting, and the lights are as bright and colorful as ever.
The display runs at Parking 1B ever 30 minutes from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. until January 3, 2016.
6. Tutuban Center
The Tutuban Center has a 50-foot Christmas tree by the brightly lit night market. There's no show, but there is a carnival you can check out.
7. Lucky China Town
This season Lucky China Town adds Christmas lights and trees to its Chinese lanterns outside the mall. You can enjoy a night walk with the lights hanging above you as you make your way to its plain-looking trees with the pine covered in a cone-shaped lattice work. Go in the tree and you'll find all the lights there. Look up and you'll find the bright star!
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