Many of us have been staying at home for such a long time and you might be wondering how to celebrate Christmas— or at least feel a little Christmasy.
With Metro Manila under general community quarantine until December 31, measures have become more lenient and some are even allowed to go out for non-essentials — like that “much-needed break” you’ve been seeking ever since you were locked in at home. (LOOK: Antipolo’s Casa Santa Museum Is Now Open for the Holidays!)
If you’re thinking about what to do to get yourself to feel the spirit of Christmas, there’s a lot of activities that you and your family can enjoy. Perhaps, you might want to start setting up the Christmas tree and belen, or you may try experimenting on dishes for the upcoming Noche Buena. But if you want a little respite from isolation, here are places with Instagrammable decors to get your Christmas fix— just remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask and face shield, and wash your hands regularly.
Christmas in the Metro: Ayala Triangle Gardens
If you love the lights and sounds show at Ayala Triangle every year but are afraid to go out because of the threat of COVID-19, you’re in luck because the organizers are moving it online. The virtual light show is a 360-degree animated video with an orchestration of laser lights, string lights, meteor lights, holograms, and helix lights dancing to Reese Lansangan’s rendition of “Oh Holy Night” and “Jingle Bells.” (Read: 3 Times Mariah Carey Broke Records on Christmas)
You may visit their Facebook page for more details and surprises in store.
Christmas in the Metro: SM Supermalls
If you plan on going Christmas shopping, SM has decorated its malls with festive displays that will surely make you whip up your phone to take a selfie. The Christmas decorations aim to lighten up the mood as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Bazaars and pop-up stores are also set up to help small to medium businesses bounce back. (Read: How is ‘safe malling’ ensured in SM stores and supermarkets?)
Christmas in the Metro: Araneta City
The traditional life-size belen or nativity scene in Cubao, Quezon City is once again giving Filipino families joy. It was lit up via virtual lighting show on November 27— and now, passersby and shoppers are able to feel the Christmas joy until the end of the year.
Along with the belen, Christmas bazaars at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza also opened. The giant Christmas tree at the Times Square Food Park was lit up as well. Expect colorful fireworks displays and virtual choral performances throughout the month.
Christmas in the Metro: Bonifacio Global City
Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is bringing Filipino Christmas culture. Its streets are now adorned with colorful light decors while stores and establishments have a wide array of promos for those doing their Christmas shopping. If you prefer to stay at home, you can go to Bonifacio High Street’s Facebook page for their live holiday shopping. (Read: The Five Best Gifts for a Meaningful Christmas)
Christmas in the Metro: Lights at the Park
This year’s Lights at the Park installations feature customized frames inspired by the parol and the idea of kapit-bisig. The display marries the Pinoy Christmas tradition and the spirit of Filipino solidarity— giving you hope and joy as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The installation is open from 6 PM to 11 PM until January 17.