Baguio is a delightful destination for the festive season evident with the progressive rise of tourist arrivals in the city. Aside from the cool temperature, Christmas in Baguio is more jubilant this year with the joint efforts of the city government and private sectors.
The yuletide season kicked off last December 1 with Silahis ng Pasko parade, SLU’s lantern parade, unveiling of the giant art installation at Upper Session Road and lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park.
Here are more attractions to celebrate Christmas in Baguio
Giant Christmas Tree at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park
At the middle of the Rose Garden is an enormous Christmas tree. It has green, white, and red dominant colors with golden brown accents. It is designed with geometric patterns, poinsettias, twigs, and balls of various sizes. Some of the materials including the lights and frames were recycled from last year’s Christmas decorations.
The spectacular tree is already Instagram-worthy at day-time but the eye-candy gets even more exhilarating when the lights turn up. The patterns of the tree create magical depth when illuminated. The Christmas tree lights up at 6 pm. There are also other Christmas decorations around the Rose Garden.
Lights and Sound Show at Malcolm Square
As soon as the sun goes down, the figures at Malcolm square lights up along with background music. The show goes on from 6:30-9:30 PM and each show lasts for 25 minutes every hour. There are also various performances every weekend.
Animated Christmas at SM City Baguio
The façade of the mall is abounding with Christmas lights. To greet you at the entrance is a set of mini Santa Claus statues.
You can have a photo session with Mickey and Friends standees at the lower ground floor. There are also firework displays on all Saturdays of December at 7 pm. They have other Christmas gimmicks throughout the season.
Galaxy Christmas at Christmas Village, Country Club
This year’s theme for Country Club’s Christmas Village is Galaxy. The compound is filled with festive installations and characters. There are also live performances like dance numbers, ballet shows, and live bands.
Operating hours on the weekdays is from 5PM-10PM and 5PM-11PM during weekends and holidays. Entrance fee is P120 for adults, P50 for children 4-12 years old, and P85 for senior citizens.
Santa’s Village at The Manor
This Christmas, The Manor’s garden is filled with Christmas symbols and fun activities for children. There are arts, crafts, and baking activities for children. Highlights include meet and greet with Santa, Mrs. Santa’s Kitchen, and Santa’s Toy Shop.
The Village is open from 9 am to 9 pm. The entrance fee for walk-in guest is P120.
Upcoming Christmas Events in Baguio
December 14, 2017
- UP Pasiklaban and Torch Parade on UP Baguio 6 PM
December 16, 2017
- Special Day for Special People (Singing Contest, Instrumentals, Chess Tournament, Children’s Talent Show) at Malcolm Square 8:30 AM
- Cold Start Car Show at Athletic Bowl
- OFW Family Day at Baguio Convention Center
December 25, 2017
- Santa Clause on the Road
- Quest for the Baguio Lucky Christmas Baby
December 30, 2017
- Baguio Pinikpikan Food Festival at Sunshine Park 9 AM
- Red Hip Hop Dance Championship at Baguio Convention Center
December 31, 2017
- Countdown to New Year and Grand Fireworks Display at Melvin Jones Grand Stand 12mn
Aside from these events and attractions, you can also do your Christmas shopping in the different Christmas bazaars, malls, and even at the Baguio Public Market. You can also go to the nearby municipality La Trinidad, who just held their first Lantern Parade to enjoy more attractions and shopping spree.