Makati City welcomes the Christmas season on November 3 with a traditional street lighting ceremony – a highly anticipated affair that will transform the premiere business district into a Christmas wonderland.
As the enchanting lights are turned on, the whole stretch of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue will sparkle with colorful lights that evoke the splendor of Christmas. Stained glass wrapped around palm trees and kinetic windmills will dot the street islands, converting them into Christmas landmarks featuring themes closest to people’s hearts – the Holy Family, the Three Kings, angels, Christmas parols and gifts. These beautiful installations showcase Ayala Land’s commitment to bring the magic of Christmas to its community.
Makati aims to give a distinct, exceptional look for its much-anticipated street lighting every year. This 2016, the city drew inspiration from the iconic stained glass designs of old medieval churches. The busiest streets of the metro will be adorned with intricate patterns and designs of old church windows, bursting with vibrant and colorful hues – providing an instant holiday vibe, as well as the perfect backdrop for selfies.
These beautiful installations showcase Ayala Land’s commitment to bring the magic of Christmas to its community. “Christmas is indeed the most special time for Filipinos who traditionally come to Makati to take part in yuletide festivities. Each year, we aim to bring good cheer among those who work and live in Makati. By lighting up the major streets of the Makati Central Business District and bringing the Festival of Lights to Ayala Triangle Gardens, we hope to create priceless memories that will linger in the minds of people,” said Shiella Aguilar, Project Development Manager of Makati.
With the city bathed in the colors of Christmas, Makati will once again mount the much-anticipated Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, an immersive and magical lights and sounds show. This distinctly Makati tradition, which has been cited as one of Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights in the World, is sure to delight the whole community with its masterful blend of lights and music. Ayala Land, together with its co-presenter HSBC and partners MasterCard and Sun Life, presents the Festival of Lights every 30 minutes nightly, from 6PM to 10PM, starting November 15 through January 8, 2017.
Over at Circuit Makati, an amazing 56-feet outdoor Christmas tree rises high from November 18 to January 8, 2017, offering an amazing, immersive experience! And because Christmas is about generosity, abundance, and gift giving, the city will host the biggest outdoor Christmas Bazaar with over 500 merchants of great holiday finds, celebrity booths, musical performances, and outdoor games. The Circuit Makati Bazaar will happen at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds on November 18-20, from 11AM to 12 midnight.
Christmas is not just about the food and the gifts as prayer and thanksgiving should be at the forefront of our celebration. Gather your loved ones for the daily thanksgiving masses that will be held from December 15 to 23, 6PM, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.
Witness high school chorale groups showcase the real essence of the holidays through well-loved Christmas carols at the Makati Inter-High School Caroling Competition on December 19 at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds.
Indeed, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Makati, as it brings families, friends and colleagues together in its memorable holiday traditions.