Cold, biting Christmas breeze, flamboyant bright neon lights, carolers croon around, decorations that give life to the season; these are only a few things that marks the most wonderful time of the year. Baguio City is undeniably one of the top destinations to visit during the Christmas season. The inviting cold weather is an all-year trademark of the city; however, it is during December that it is best highlighted. Though we don’t experience snowfall, people still wear their winter garbs fit for the chilly ambiance of the city. There are also a lot of activities set forth to celebrate and to uplift the festive mood of the Yuletide season.
Lantern Parade in Baguio City photo by Kai Tamz
Baguio isn’t just already known for its Panagbenga festival, but it also for the Lantern Parade that is annually celebration on the first day of December. It already became a crown-drawing event as tourists and locals are in for the ceremonial lighting of the city’s very own version of giant Christmas tree.
Lantern Parade in Baguio City Photo by Jo Maceda
This is when the city also launches its calendar of events for the whole festive month. The event is in courtesy of the biggest school in Baguio City, Saint Louis University. Students, as well as faculties, showcase the lanterns they have hand-crafted to exhibit a spectacle of lights, colors, and music. The event transpired way back in 2012, and yearly, the events gets more extravagant as bigger crowds are witnessing this event.
1) Baguio Country Club Christmas Village
Baguio Country Club Christmas Village Schedule of Activities
White Christmas is the theme of BCC’s Christmas Village this year. It is a “frozen” inspired set up that is transpired from 80% recycled materials crafted by the Club’s very own employees (only the paint and snow machine solution isn’t recycled). It is one of the much-raved events of the season.
Christmas Village at Baguio Country Club
There are programs every weekend that will make your visit a memorable one, top it up with the man-made snow it features that gives the White Christmas vibe. Entrance rates are P80 for adults, P40 for kids 4-12 years old and 3 years old and below are free of charge. Please be advised that the Christmas village strictly implements its dress code. Flat rubber slippers typically worn in the beach or in the house are not allowed regardless of brand and cost. They are open until January 04, 2015.
2) The Manor Christmas Village
The Manor Christmas Village
The Carnival is the theme of Manor’s Christmas Village this year. There are a lot of activities, game booths and live entertainments that will enthrall you. It opens daily at 4-9pm during weekdays and 9am-9pm during the weekends. They also offer shuttle services to and from The Manor and SM Baguio for just P20 per person. A lot of prizes are to be given to those who actively participate at the fun activities at the Manor.
3) Burnham Park Christmas Village
Christmas in Burnham Park – Photos by Ric Maniquis
Just last year, the city of Baguio inaugurated the opening of the newly rehabilitated Rose Garden. In connection with this, the city also added an attraction for the people of Baguio during the Yuletide season. The Christmas Village set up at Burnham Park is absolutely free and people can just visit and take pictures around.
Christmas in Burnham Park Photos by Ric Maniquis
Night life in Baguio City is very lively especially at this season. The parks are well lighted and mall hours are extended. From 9pm onwards, you can also visit the Harrison Rd. night market that already became a trademark of the city since it is said to be the Ukay-ukay Capital of the Philippines. You can buy various products from hand-me-down (ukay) items, souvenirs, to food items that are budget-friendly. Just be careful of pickpockets because the place is flocked by a lot of people especially during weekends.