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Your Weekend Guide For December 23 and 24

The days before Christmas are usually the most exciting — and the most eventful! While we know how excited you are to unwrap the gifts under your tree, you'll have to patiently wait it out just a few days more. Till then, here's what you can do on the weekend before Christmas Day. 


Surprise the littles ones in your lives with ticketes to Disney on Ice


Nothing compares to the glee on your children's faces when you surprise them with something you know they'll really like. Make them happy this Christmas with tickets to Disney on Ice, a spectacular show that features all their favorite Disney characters gracefully skating to recognizable songs. Expect lots of hugs and kisses from the kids after this. Tickets are on sale and the first shows are scheduled on Christmas Day. 


...or bring them to Shangri-La Plaza to meet Santa Claus


Or, if not Disney characters, Santa Claus is just as delightful to meet! Let your kids stay kids and allow them to believe that Santa is real. They don't stay too young for very long, so indulge in the moment and bring to Shangri-La Plaza this weekend where Santa Claus will be for a special meet and greet. 



World Food Expo at the SMX Convention Centre


Christmas is all about food, food, food! At least for Filipinos, dining to their heart's content plays a major role during the holidays. Food lovers can head over to SMX in Pasay City to check out the annual World Food Expo that brings together the finest and freshest ingredients from both east and west to help them cook up a feast to remember.


Buy concert tickets for Incubus and Paramore's 2018 Manila concerts 


Many international acts are coming to Manila next year, most of whom have their show tickets already sold out. Well-loved rock bands Incubus and Paramore are coming back to Manila to play for their loyal audiences (on February 17 and 18, respectively), so why not purchase tickets for two as an extra special gift for your head-banging significant other? Experiential gifts are always appreciated.


Visit the Ayala Museum (where kids can enter for free) 



The Ayala Museum has great exhibits all year round. For the weekend, to inject a little change in your family weekend routine, take your kids to this museum where they get to enter for free. Yes, they do have kid-friendly spaces and exhibits especially arranged for them! The interactive virtual reality Rizal exhibit is alway a hit with younger visitors. 


Be wowed by Ayala Triangle's Festival of Lights 


People have learned to anticipate Ayala Triangle's annual festival of lights, and for good reason. Light and sound come together perfectly in a stunning show that features choreographed fairy lights, lazers, and even smoke that dance to classic Christmas tunes. (Instagram, here we come). Heartwarming and upbeat, why not conclude a dinner in Makati with a quick trip to catch a show?  


Book a Christmas dinner, plan an overnight stay, or purchase signature sweets in one of Manila's finest hotels 


Hotels around the metro know how to make Christmas as special as can be. Sofitel Philippine Plaza has something for food lovers with their special holiday rates for award-winning buffet Spiral, Manila Marriott Hotel's holiday staycation package is perfect for families wanting to get away for a short while, while Old Manila at the Peninsula Manila has something for the discerning palate in an expertly prepared five-course menu.