Where to See the Best Christmas Displays in NCR (2023)

Where to See Eye-catching Christmas Lights Installations in Metro Manila

It may sound cliché, but nothing beats Filipinos when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Festive carols fill the air as early as September, while red and green slowly dominate the interiors of establishments. There may be a short pause to make way for Halloween in late October, but you can guarantee that every Filipino is on full Christmas mode as soon as the so-called “ber” months hit!

What truly enhances the holiday season are the enchanting Yuletide-themed displays, whether it’s a larger-than-life Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights or a whimsical Santa Claus statue.

As Dec. 25 quickly approaches, various malls and establishments in the metro have put up eye-catching lights and Christmas decorations, giving Filipinos the opportunity to relish the holiday season and capture memorable photos. After wrapping up your gift shopping at bazaars, head over to these spots to enjoy the best Christmas displays in Metro Manila this 2023!

‘Festival of Lights’ at Ayala Triangle Gardens

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Photo by Facebook/Ayala Triangle Gardens

One of the most anticipated lights spectacles in the metro is back! Ayala Triangle Gardens is once again hosting its famed “Festival of Lights” under the theme “Christmas Nights with Countless Lights” for 2023. Be dazzled by the beauty of attractions such as Ohm David’s “Kaleidoscope of Sight, Sound, and Light,” featuring cutting-edge lighting technology and interactive floor projections. There are also specially curated installations like the “Wish Upon a Light” wishing pond and the “Liter of Light,” a solar-powered attraction that showcases works from Leeroy New, Arte House, and Illac Diaz.

Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati City

BGC Christmas Lights

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Photo by Instagram/Bonifacio Global City

What would the Yuletide season be without a Christmas tree? In the spirit of spreading joy this holiday season, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) has installed a massive Christmas tree adorned with lights and ornaments along 7th Avenue. This offers residents and visitors the opportunity to bond with loved ones amid picturesque surroundings and a festive atmosphere. Don’t miss the weekly fireworks display, a meet-and-greet session with Santa, and daily Simbang Gabi services from Dec. 15-24. What’s more, BGC has unveiled a 3D digital billboard along 5th Avenue, flashing stunning visuals on an expansive 300-meter screen.

Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Okada Manila’s ‘Harmony of Lights’

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Photo by Instagram/Okada Manila

Marking the beginning of the Yuletide season, Okada Manila has unveiled a 30-foot Christmas tree adorned with life-sized candy canes, cupcakes, and ice cream, all inspired by the theme “Christmas Wonderland.” Aside from the enchanting “Harmony of Lights” display, you can also visit the “Home of Wonder” village, featuring interactive light installations, a chocolate play house, and more.

Location: Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque

‘Enchanted Wonders’ at Shangri-La The Fort

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Photo by Facebook/Shangri-La The Fort, Manila

If you enjoy a combination of sparkling lights, festive decorations, and delightful treats, then Shangri-la The Fort’s “Enchanted Wonders” is the perfect experience for you. You’ll be greeted by hospitable staff as you enter the lobby of the hotel, where a giant Christmas tree and eye-catching lights will put you in the holiday mood in no time. To satisfy your cravings, you can find Christmas booths offering chocolates, wines, and pastries packed in holiday-themed boxes.

Location: Shangri-La The Fort, 30th Street, Corner 5th Avenue, Taguig City

Mall of Asia’s ‘Night of Lights’

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Photo by Instagram/SM Mall of Asia

Ever wondered what it’s like to go through a tunnel of lights? You can make it a reality through Mall of Asia’s “Night of Lights.” Bring your loved ones to stroll through a tunnel with synchronized lights that come alive and respond to your every move. For added excitement, visit the “Jingle Bell Swings” zone, where gigantic gift boxes and ribbons glow with light. Doors open at 5:30 PM until Jan. 7.

Location: SM Mall of Asia Complex, Jose Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City

Araneta City’s 'The City of Firsts: Your Home This Christmas'

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Photo by Instagram/Araneta City

One of the longest-running tree lighting events in the country, Araneta City’s “The City of Firsts: Your Home This Christmas” aims to bring together families to foster love and embrace the true essence of Christmas. With a palette of gold, silver, and a hint of red, the recently erected Christmas tree boasts 7,500 white bulbs, 20,000 Christmas balls, 250 stars, 3,000 pine garlands, and 300 sputniks and snowflakes.

Location: Superstore Arcade, Times Square Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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