A Pocket Guide to Metro Manila’s 2016 Christmas Attractions

Everything you need to know about the best Christmas attractions in Metro Manila — from exciting events for the whole family to holiday shows you should not miss — is found in this pocket guide. Take note of the top 9 Christmas treats found in this list in order to enjoy a fulfilling Yuletide season at the Philippine capital.

1. Disney in Concert: Tale as Told as Time

The newest Disney in Concert, which will have a 2-day run, showcases well-loved music and film clips from Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Expect world-class performance by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Gerard Salonga. Show dates are November 19 and 20, 2016 at the Kia Theather, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Tickets are at PHP 500, PHP 1,000, PHP 2,000, PHP 2,500, PH P3,000, and PHP 4,000. Tickets are available at all Ticketnet outlets and at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Box Office.


2. Christmas On Display

This year’s Christmas on Display at the Greenhills Shopping Center is grander and more magical with fairy tales as its theme. The display features well-known princes and princesses and includes a 15-minute showcase of festive music. Along with this annual attraction in San Juan City, the Christmas Night Market will also run until January 1, 2017 from 6 pm to 12 mn. There will also be a Meet & Greet Santa on December 22 to 24, from 2 to 5 pm.


3. Hello Kitty Live

Make Christmas celebration extra special for kids as one of the world’s well-loved characters, Hello Kitty, comes to Manila. Choose to stay in a hotel in Ortigas, like The Linden Suites, and have a fantastic live experience with Kitty at Meralco Theater. The interactive show runs from December 20, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

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4. The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

Catch The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice live for the first time at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Bring the whole family and create spectacular memories as you watch your favorite Disney stories come to life on the ice. The show will run from December 25, 2016 to January 4, 2017. You may get your tickets at any SM Tickets booth nationwide.


5. A Little Princess

If you’re having a staycation in a hotel in Makati, such as Makati Diamond Residences, head to Greenbelt Onstage at the 2nd Floor of Greenbelt 1 and watch Repertory Philippines’ A Little Princess. Based on the classic Victorian-era novel, the stage play tells the story of a young girl’s resilience and the power of her imagination to change the world. Show runs up to December 18, 2016.


6. Hansel and Gretel

Another must-see theater production by Repertory Philippines is Hansel and Gretel. The play is based on the fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm. Give your kids a delightful treat by letting them watch a wonderful live performance. The show is ongoing until December 15, 2016. Tickets are available at Ticketworld PH.


7. A Christmas Carol

This December 2 to 25, enjoy a Christmas classic based on the novel by Charles Dickens as it comes to life onstage at the Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio Global City. The Manila staging of Menken & Ahren’s A Christmas Carol The Musical is brought to you by 9 Works Theatrical. For tickets, call 586-7105 or 0917-554-5560.


8. Le Grand Cirque

Watch the phenomenal circus show from Las Vegas as they conquer the Smart Araneta Coliseum from December 25, 2016 to January 3, 2017. Dubbed as the ‘Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil,’ this heart-pounding show of acrobatics and aerial tricks promises action, glitz, and glamour.

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9. The Nutcracker

While billeted at The Bayleaf Intramuros or at the Waterfront Pavilion, have a side trip at the Cultural Center of the Philippines to witness Philippine Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. This delightful Christmas classic tells the charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey into a fantasy world of fairies, princesses, toy soldiers and more. For ticket inquiries, contact the Philippine Ballet Theatre office at 632-8848.


Whether your in the city for a quick shopping or for a staycation in a hotel, make sure not to miss all these Christmas attractions in Metro Manila.