What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, & Eat on Dec. 19-25, 2023
by: The Beat Asia
December 18, 2023
Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in Manila! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Manila’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Manila to see what’s best in store for the week ahead.
1. 'Reflections of Creativity' Year-End Art Sale at Art Circle Gallery UP
Art Circle Gallery UP Diliman invites you to their "Reflections of Creativity" Year End Art Sale for an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces — all crafted by talented Filipino artists. What makes this event remarkable is the opportunity to take home exceptional artwork at reasonable prices (up to 30% off). Whether you're an avid art collector, an aspiring enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique holiday gift, this year-end art sale is the perfect occasion to indulge your passion for creativity!
2. Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Wonder
Revel in an enchanting holiday spectacle as "Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Wonder" brings your favorite Disney stories to life! From Dec. 22 to Jan. 7, immerse yourself in a non-stop celebration of wonder and joy at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Witness beloved characters like Mickey Mouse, Elsa, and Woody as they glide across the ice, showcasing breathtaking choreography, dazzling costumes, and captivating music. The show promises to be a magical experience for the whole family, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime! Get your tickets via SM Tickets.
3. Art to Cart Winter Solstice 2023
Art To Cart Winter Solstice 2023 brings the holiday cheer to SM North EDSA Skydome on Dec 22-23 for a two-day shopping experience that supports local talent! Explore a wide range of original artworks, fan art, accessories, and unique creations from over 100 participating artists, which you can gift to your loved ones.
Enjoy festive vibes in this cozy indoor "Winter Land" while supporting a good cause with each purchase. Entrance to the event is free of charge!
4. World Bazaar Festival
Last-minute shopping? Don't miss the last few days of the World Bazaar Festival (WBF)! As the longest-running annual charity bazaar in the country, this event is not just a shopping extravaganza but also a way to give back to the community.
Presented for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya, WBF is dedicated to creating unforgettable holiday experiences where visitors can discover a wide range of unique products, indulge in delicious food, and enjoy exciting entertainment and fun activities. Be a part of this festive event and make lasting memories with your loved ones!
5. Trendsetter’s Bazaar
Calling all shopaholics! Trendsetter's Bazaar is returning to SM Megamall's Megatrade Hall until Dec. 23 with tons of fashion finds and goodies you can take home for yourself or your loved ones. What's more, you get a chance to win exciting prizes! Entrance to the bazaar is FREE. Shop 'til you drop and celebrate the holidays in style.
6. Voices of Christmas
Experience the magic of Christmas at Estancia Mall on Dec. 16, 17, 22, and 23 with the "Voices of Christmas" chorale event. Let delightful Christmas songs fill your heart with joy and embrace the holiday spirit in one of the city's popular shopping malls. This is your chance to sing along with your favorite Christmas carols and immerse in the festive atmosphere. It's the most wonderful time of the year indeed!
7. Aqua Dining's 'Christmas Eve Dinner Under the Sea'
This Christmas Eve, enter a world of enchantment and wonder at Aqua Dining's "Christmas Eve Dinner Under the Sea" at Manila Ocean Park. This is your chance to dive into the mesmerizing world of the Oceanarium while indulging in a sumptuous Christmas dinner buffet with your loved ones. Witness Aqua Santa's underwater appearance, be serenaded by a Christmas Chorale, and surprise your little ones with a special gift in the kids' play area!
8. Heroes Hotel Noche Buena! Buffet Promo
Craving a Noche Buena feast rich in heritage and flavor? Head to Heroes Hotel Heritage Restobar and enjoy their Noche Buena! Buffet Promo! For the price of P1,500, you can enjoy a mouth-watering buffet featuring Filipino-Spanish classics like Callos, Lapu-Lapu, and Paella.
Celebrate Christmas Eve in style and book your reservation by contacting Heroes Hotel Heritage Restobar at 8-423-0061 or sending a text message to 09175316751. Looking for more dining deals? Check out The Beat Asia's curated list here.
9. Holiday Feast at HEAT
Craving a Christmas feast with a global twist? Celebrate the holiday season with a memorable dining experience with your loved ones at EDSA Shangri-La's Holiday Feast at HEAT. Explore a hearty spread from a Roasted Turkey and a Whole U.S. Omaha Beef Leg off the carving station to a parade of international dishes like Indian curries, Japanese sushi, Chinese dim sum, Italian pasta, and Filipino favorites reimagined. Savor the freshest seasonal ingredients, all meticulously prepared by expert chefs!
10. Metro Manila Film Festival 2023
Get ready for an exciting lineup of Filipino films that will entertain and thrill audiences of all ages during the holiday season! The highly anticipated Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is back with its 49th edition, showcasing 10 official entries from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7, 2024. With a mix of established stars and rising talents, each film promises a unique experience. So grab your popcorn, gather your loved ones, and prepare to be transported by the magic of Filipino cinema!
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