If you are wondering where to bring your kids during this year’s Christmas Break then this post is for you.
I have compiled a list (that I will update up until the end of the year) of some of the no entrance fee Christmas attractions for kids this 2016 that will surely make kids and kids-at-heart feel the joy of the yuletide season.
2016 Free Christmas Attractions in Manila for kids and families:
1. Ayala Triangle Lights and Sounds Show 2016 — this annual lights festival has been a tradition for my not-so-little familia. It happens every night until after New Year and it is hands-down the best place to bring your child in the Metro Manila despite the heavy traffic. My advice – go on a Sunday, but be early so that you can still find a parking space in the basement, and you can have a nice pwesto near the lights. After the show there are wonderful places to dine in (hello Poco Deli, and to those who want to splurge, Black Bird). If you are somewhat short non the budget, just bring some snacks and sandwiches, and a nice blankie and have a n impromptu picnic in the area. Of course there may be fewer people during weekdays but you’ll get trapped in epic Makati traffic — unless you live just around the area. The Festival of Lights has started already and will run until January 8, 2017. The shows start from 6PM in 30 minute intervals until 10 in the evening. Here is a link to their official website.
2. BGC Epic Sights and Sounds Spectacle Show– Bring your children over to the Bonifacio High Street Park to happily witness the multimedia lights and sounds show dubbed as the “Epic Sights and Sounds Spectacle.” The show runs every thirty minutes starting at six in the evening till 10 in the evening. The lights and sounds showcase will run until December 26, 2016. Apart from the multimedia show, kids will also enjoy the gigantic 50-feet Christmas Tree in the area – perfect for family groufies!
3. Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong — if your kids are fond of lights, drive through this street one weekend and they will be amazed with the lights and all the Christmas displays — guaranteed! Decorating the neighborhood has long been a tradition in this area so expect to see decked halls – and lawns – and gardens — and every nook and cranny of a house during Christmas time. No entrance, so free and sans expenses again!!! Here is a great site that will teach you how to get there.
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4. Nuvali’s Magical Field of Lights – This is technically outside Metyro Manila but for those4 hailing from the south NCR, this is definitely worth the trip since it is amazing and most of all FREE! Their show runs every 30 minutes from six in the evening until nine PM daily until January 8, 2017.
5. Filinvest East Christmas House — If you are from the Cainta, Taytay, Antipolo, Marikina, and Pasig areas then this is yet another happy attraction that you and your kids can see for free! I heard though this year, the lines are quite longer and it will be best to be there before 8ish as they already have a cut-off. After trekking to Taytay for your DIY Fabrics, why not go to Filinvest East and treat the kids to a fun Christmas display? The home owner really takes the effort to decorate her whole house for the season. Lovely! Here is a video of their display last 2014.
6. The COD Christmas Show –– Grew up watching this in its original mall in Cubao! Yes the COD Christmas on Display show where my Mama used to bring us. It has been in Greenhills Shopping Center for more than 10 years now, and remains free! The show runs every 30 minutes starting six in the evening, until 10 in the evening. They have already started showcasing the annual display and will continue to do so until New Year’s Day.
7. Meralco Liwanag Park, Meralco Compound, Pasig City – Year after year, this utility giant provides a no-entrance fee Christmas Pasyalan for the whole family. There is no trouble finding a parking spot because the main headquarters of Meralco has enough parking spaces after office hours. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World” and it will feature replicas of the Tower of London, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Burj Al Arab, Petronas Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Empire State Building, Pyramid, and Colosseum.
Their Gigantic Nativity Scene made from recycled copper wire is also featured in the park. Kids can also ride in the electronic trains for free! The show runs until until January 8, 2016.
The park is open from 6:30-10PM, Mondays through Thursdays and 6:30PM till 12 midninght from Fridays to Sundays.
So there you have it. Hope you could make the trek to any of these places that offer free holiday entertainment for children and the whole family this Christmas in Manila 2016. I promise to update this post as soon as I learn of more free holiday pasyalan within the metropolis.
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Wanna see a footage of the 2016 Ayala Festival of Lights Display? Here is a video clip: