Can you hear the jingle bells ringing? In the Philippines, there is no snow but the country has the longest Christmastime in the whole world. Once the -ber months fall on the calendar, Filipinos are already excited for the coming Yuletide season. So if you want to celebrate this special season here with your family, here are the top 8 places in the Philippines to spend Christmas.
- Manila Ocean Park. The Ocean Park in Manila isn’t just about sea creatures, but they also have seasonal attractions like the Trails to Antarctica. This is an educational Christmas trip for your kids with penguin encounter and exhibit.
- SM Skate Rink. If you want something cold for Christmas, then go to SM’s skating rink. This will give you the vibe of Yuletide because of the cold ice where you can have fun frolicking and skating. You will also hear Christmas songs playing in the background.
- Snow World in Star City. If you’re on a budget and you don’t have the money to travel out of the country to experience snow, go to Pasay and check out Star City’s Snow World. This will definitely give you the snow experience you want just like in Canada and Antarctica.
- Sagada. Another cold place in the Philippines is Sagada. For those who want to spend Christmas outdoors, this is a good place to hike with friends and family. The gentle cool breeze will make you feel the holidays at 21 to 23 degrees Celsius.
- Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros. A holiday vacation spent in the Little Baguio of Negros is another perfect choice. The shivery temperature of the place that usually fall at 16 degrees Celsius will make you feel like you’re in North Pole. The cool weather is just perfect for the Christmas season.
- Itbayat Batanes. This may be a very far choice to celebrate Christmas, but once you reach the place, you will be blown away by the fantastic view and climate. Itbayat is among the Philippines’ coldest places up to date. Winter falls from November to February in this particular town in Batanes with 7 degrees Celsius temperature. The best time to feel the vibe of holiday season.
- Pampanga. For those who don’t want to go further just to celebrate Christmas, Pampanga is a good option. The city conducts their annual Giant Lantern Festival whenever the Christmas season comes. Also, the province is busy making giant lanterns with beautiful lights. The mild weather can be experienced between November and January.
- Davao City. Mount Apo, Philippines’ highest peak located in Davao, has lush vegetation that provides cool breeze and shade even during hot months. But in -ber months, going to Davao City is a smart decision as the city has wintery December weather. Even if you don’t climb the mountain, you will surely enjoy the cold weather in the city. The environment is energizing and refreshing, a perfect break from the pollution of Manila.