Celebrating Christmas is really more fun in the Philippines! Besides, where else would you find a three-month-long celebration, two weeks of parties and reunions, and exchange gifts that extend until January?
From setting up the decorations and playing Yuletide songs as soon as – ber months start, that is September, to the first week of the following year, Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines is several months long, and everyone loves it.
We’ve rounded up places in the Philippines where it’s best to spend the holidays and experience Christmas cheer!
1. BORACAY – Christmas at the Best Beach in the World
Make your Christmas extra special by spending it at the world-famous beach! Boracay has been famous for being a top beach destination in the Philippines but the island isn’t just perfect during summer. You can also enjoy the fine white sand and cerulean waters during the holidays and have the most wonderful Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.
Best places to see in Boracay
White Beach is the main beach in Boracay. It is a 4-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand and is divided into 3 sections: Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Station 1 is known as the high-end area; Station 2 is where most of the restaurants, bars, and shopping spots are located; and Station 3 is the quieter area because this is away from nightlife.
Boracay is not just about beaches though, because it also offers a whole lot of adventure for its visitors. Try cliff diving at Ariel’s Point. This place is a small rocky island 30 minutes away from Boracay with 5 diving boards, ranging from 3 to 15 meters.
Unlike the White Beach, Puka beach doesn’t have white sand. Perhaps this is the reason, tourists aren’t flocking here. But despite the lack of fine white sand, Puka beach offers something that other beaches don’t— privacy.
This is one of the most iconic spots in Boracay. Willy’s Rock is a castle-like volcanic formation that dominates the seascape along White Beach. You can climb the stairs to see the grotto of the Virgin Mary or just enjoy a good view of the White Beach.
Tourists never miss D’Mall in Boracay as this is one of the must-visit places in the island. This is where you’ll find the best bargains for your pasalubongs or souvenirs. There are also many restaurants and spas in D’Mall.
Best places to eat in Boracay
Sunny Side Cafe
Must-try dishes: Chori Burgers, Bacon and Mango Grilled Cheese sandwiches, and coffees
Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snackbar
Must-try drinks: Mango, Avocado, and Pineapple Shakes
Ice Land Cafe
Must-try dishes: Egg Sausage Roll, Yogurt, and Coconut Ice Cream with Mango and Peanuts
Where to stay in Boracay
(Rates start at P1,398/night)
This property has in-room amenities like refrigerator, kettle, television, and air-conditioning. It is very close to Cagban Jetty Port.
Location: 0158 Cagban, Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay
This property is close to major transportation hubs and establishments. The beaches near here are White Beach Boracay, Bulabog Beach, and Tulubhan Beach.
Location: Boracay Private Rd, Boracay 5608 Aklan
This hotel is just walking distance to Station 1 White Beach. It is also close to Dream Land Theme Park and Trick Art Museum, D`Mall de Boracay, and Rock Garden.
Location: Station 1, Balabag, Station 1, Boracay Island
This hotel features a Swimming Pool, Hotel Restaurant and a Free Parking space. It is also close to major transportation hubs like the airport.
Location: Palhi, Barangay Poblacion, Malay, Caticlan
This property is close to transportation hubs and tourist spots like Dream Land Theme Park and Trick Art Museum, D`Mall, and Rock Garden.
Location: Balabag, Boracay
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2. PALAWAN – Christmas in the Wonders of Nature
It doesn’t come as a surprise when Palawan was named as the second-best island in the world by Travel+Leisure online Travel Magazine last July 2019. Palawan never fails to mesmerize its visitors with its jaw-dropping lagoons and white beaches.
These are just a few reasons why tourists around the world include Palawan in their bucket list.
Best places to see in Palawan
Small and Big Lagoons
The Small Lagoon in Bacuit Bay is a breathtaking place one should not miss in El Nido. The lagoon is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and is accessible by kayak or by swimming through a hole. You’d also fall in love with its turquoise-green waters. The Big Lagoon also has clear turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, and lush green vegetation that will also captivate you.
There’s nothing much to do here but to laze around but you’ll love it exactly for that. Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of golden sand beach. You can relax under the lined coconut palm trees while enjoying the view of its crystal clear blue waters. This spot is one of the must-visit destinations in El Nido.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
When in Puerto Princesa, don’t ever miss the Underground River. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the limestones and stalactites are. No wonder it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A paddleboat ride takes you to a section of the underground river, where you can enjoy views of massive stalagmite and stalactite formations and cave chambers.
Honda Bay Islands
If you’re planning to go on an island-hopping activity, the best place to visit is the Honda Bay. Here, you can find beautiful islets, reefs, white sand beaches and inviting waters perfect for swimming. Some beaches that are included in the tour are Cowrie Island, Luli Island, and Starfish Island.
Tourists come to Baker’s Hill because of its delicious freshly-baked local delicacies. Most of the tourists buy their pasalubong or gifts here. If you’re done shopping for the pastries and delicacies, you can also enjoy a mini-theme park-like in the garden that is Instagrammagle!
Best places to eat in Palawan
La Plage Sunset Bar & Restaurant
Must-try dishes: Pistou Pasta, Seafood Pasta, and Mango Crumble
El Nido Boutique & Artcafé
Must-try dishes: Pizza, Pasta, and Pineapple upside-down cake
Must-try dishes: Pan-Broiled Blue Marlin and Grilled Tuna
Where to stay in Palawan
(Rates start at P322/night)
This property is just a 10-minute drive to the airport and is close to tourist spots in Puerto Princesa like Palawan Museum, Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park, and Palawan Heritage Center.
Location: Malvar Street, Palanca Road, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
This property is close to the airport and some tourist spots like Mendoza Park, Puerto Princesa City Baywalk Park, and Freedom Park City Coliseum. To make your stay hassle-free, they also offer airport shuttle service to their guests.
Location: Malvar St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
This property offers airport shuttle service to make their guests’ stay more comfortable and hassle-free. It is close to major transportation hubs and tourist spots like Pristine Beach, Kalayan Beach, and Puerto Princesa Golf Club.
Location: Abueg Road, Jacana, Palawan
This property is close to major transportation hubs like the airport and El Nido Harbour. It is also close to tourist spots like El Nido Boutique Artcafe, Corong Corong Beach, and Seven Commandos Beach.
Location: Barangay Buena Suerte, Bayan ng El Nido, Palawan
This property is just 700 meters away from the 7 Commandos Beach. It is also just a 5-minute drive to Philippine Port Authority-El Nido Port and 15-minute drive to El Nido Lio Airport.
Location: Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan
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3. BAGUIO – A Happy Christmas In The Hills
Although it doesn’t snow in the Philippines, you can still feel the chilly weather and wear your winter outfits while in a tropical country. Where else could that be but up north?
Baguio City is a go-to place of most Filipino families during Christmas. The cool breeze of the air, the tall pine trees, and the lively night market are the reasons why people would travel for more than 6 hours.
Best places to see in Baguio
Mines View Park
The main attractions here are the commercial activities such as the souvenir and silverworks stores by the park, and the astounding view of nature from above. Tourists also have a chance to get dressed in the traditional clothing in Cordillera— bahag, shield, and spear for the men, tapis for the ladies, vests, and headdresses for both. Tourists can also ride a horse for picture taking.
Location: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View, Baguio City
This spot is famous for tourists and locals alike as there are many things to do here. From boating, riding a bicycle, playing sports or just chilling, Burnham Park becomes a go-to for everyone.
Location: Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio City
The museum serves as a home for works of many local artists and noted Filipino masters including the collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera. The museum also houses the indigenous arts and crafts of the Cordilleras. This is also where BenCab lives.
Location: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
As the name suggests, expect many trees, plants, and flowers that surround the place. Botanical garden is a perfect spot for those who want to get away from the loud and busy city. There are also Igorots that are willing to pose for photos for around P10-P20.
Location: 37 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio City
The Valley of Colors
This place is a new tourist attraction in Baguio. It’s a village full of vibrant and colorful houses.
Location: La Trinidad, Bontoc Rd, Baguio
Best places to eat in Baguio
Cafe by the Ruins
Must-try dishes: Pinikpikan (a chicken soup used in rituals by natives), the Baguio Bagnet, and Ruins Leche Flan.
Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant
Cuisine: Authentic Cordilleran Food
Must-try dishes: Kindot (Grilled Pork), Pinuneg (Blood sausage), and Dabong Salad.
Cuisine: A fusion of European, American, and Asian
Must-try dishes: Cambodian Coriander and Garlic Chicken, Prawns Peri Peri, and Apple Streusel.
Where to stay in Baguio
(Room rates start at 1,400/night)
This property is close to restaurants and major transportation hubs. It is just 17-minutes away from the Loakan Airport and a 10-minute drive to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.
Location: Marcos Highway, Baguio
If you are looking for a cozy hotel on a budget that is near popular spots like BenCab Museum, Sky Ranch Baguio, and Burnham Lake, then this is a good pick for all.
Location: Hotel Urban, Naguilian Road, Kayang Extension, Barangay Labsan, Baguio City
Rustic mountain feel and clear views, ZEN Rooms Leonard Wood Rgood option if you want to stay near Botanical Garden, Wright Park, and Mines View Park.
Location: 27 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio
This staycation friendly property is perfect for a gathering with family and friends. The property can accommodate big groups in one room and is near to La PARILLA, Museo Kordilyera and Mines View Park.
Location: 19 Kisad Rd, Baguio, Baguio
Another spacious property that is perfect for staycation and groups, the ZEN Rooms South Drive Baguio is a good choice for a chilled-out stay with friends. It is near popular spots like Quantum Amusement, SM Baguio City, and Baguio Museum.
Location: 34 South Drive, Baguio
Baguio is surely one of the most exciting places for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines. Book budget hotels in Baguio here.
4. TAGAYTAY – A Christmas with a View!
If you don’t have much time to go to Baguio or not just a fan of long haul drives, then Tagaytay is your best choice among the destinations for Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines.
In just about 2 to 3 hours from Manila, you will already reach Tagaytay. Just like Baguio, it’s also cold there. You can visit museums, enjoy the breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, or just eat the best bulalo in town.
Best places to see in Tagaytay
There are restaurants in Tagaytay that have a good view of Taal Volcano but if you’re feeling adventurous and want to see it up close, the trek could take around 30 minutes to one hour. Its occasionally steep terrain can be tiring, particularly for first-timers, so those who would prefer not to trek can go on horseback.
Location: Talisay, Batangas
This amusement park is perfect for everyone, especially for families. Enjoy the majestic view of the Taal Volcano while on a ferris wheel or a roller coaster.
Location: Km. 60 Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite
With its built-in cottages and greenish, hilly surroundings, this spot is just perfect for picnic lovers as well as family gatherings and for bonding with friends.
Location: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay, End, Tagaytay, Cavite
This museum houses the masterpieces, mostly glass sculptures, of internationally acclaimed artist Ramon Orlina, the pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the country.
Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road Brgy. Tolentino East, Subd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Peoples Park In The Sky
If you want to see the city from above, go to People’s Park in the Sky. This park is also the highest point in Tagaytay City.
Location: Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Best places to eat in Tagaytay
Must-try dishes: Kansi, Salt and Pepper Spareribs, and Kare Kare Klasik.
El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo
Must-try dishes: The El Cocinero Paella, Solomillo de Ternera, and Churroz con Chocolate.
Cuisine: A fusion of international cuisine
Must-try dishes: Antonio’s House Salad, Pommery Rubbed Roasted Rack of Lamb, Roasted Duck Breast in a Mixed Berry Red Wine Jus and Lechon de Leche.
Where to stay in Tagaytay
(Room rates start at P960/night)
This property is close to Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Our Lady of Manaoag and Museo Orlina.
Location: 119 Kaykulot rd, Sungay East, Tagaytay
This property is near to Sky Ranch Tagaytay, restaurants and a supermarket.
Location: 200 Isabella St., Ronquillo Compound, Maharlika, Tagaytay
This hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a kid’s playground, free parking, an elevator, and wheelchair access. Guests can enjoy a good view of the majestic Taal Volcano here.
Location: Km 48 E Aguinaldo Hi-Way, Tagaytay
Attractions and restaurants are located within a short distance from this property.
Location: Llamado St., Tagaytay
Enjoy a cabin-like villa with ZEN Rooms. This property is near Museo Orlina, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, and People’s Park in the Sky.
Location: Pag-Ibig St., Tagaytay
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5. PAMPANGA – For an old school festive celebration!
This province isn’t called the Christmas Capital of the Philippines for nothing. Because when the Christmas season comes, Pampanga shines with lanterns that are made by the locals. One thing you should look forward to when visiting the province is the Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga. Expect a parade of huge colorful lanterns and lively street dance.
Just a reminder, many tourists come here to watch the festivals so be sure to book your hotel at ZEN Rooms to avoid the stress of last-minute hotel-searching.
Best places to see in Pampanga
Go for a thrilling Christmas at Sandbox where Asia’s first roller coaster zipline and the tallest giant swing in the Philippines are located. Other fun outdoor activities here include archery, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility task vehicle (UTV) driving.
Location: Alviera Subdivision, Sapang UWAK Rd, Porac, Pampanga
Puning Hot Springs
If you’re looking for a place to relax, this is the best place to unwind. Treat yourself to a new level of spa services that combines the use of volcanic ash, sand, and water which can provide health benefits.
Location: Sitio Target, Barangay, Angeles, Pampanga
Bring your kids to an educational tour this holiday and make their Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines more fun. Let them experience the dinosaur era, with life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Island.
Location: Clark Picnic Grounds, Gil Puyat Ave, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Know more about the Filipino culture and heritage by visiting Nayong Pilipino in Pampanga. The place will take you to a unique experience to learn the culture, heritage, natural wonders, and history of the Philippines.
Location: Centennial Rd, Clark Field, Mabalacat, Pampanga
San Guillermo Parish Church
This church has its spot at Philippine history. It used to be 39-ft. but is now standing half of its size after being buried by lahar from the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.
Location: Bacolor, Pampanga
Best places to eat in Pampanga
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Must-try dishes: Pork baby back ribs, Melt-in-your-mouth Pata Tim, and Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut milk.
ESTOS Kitchen + Cafe
Cuisine: American, Italian and Asian Fusion
Must-try dishes: Tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, Pizzas, the 15 hours red wine braised short rib and Taho Ice Cream.
Must-try dishes: Gnocchi, Osso bucco, and Saffron risotto.
Where to stay in Pampanga
This property gives a cozy ambiance to its guests. Restaurants and other establishments are also close here.
Location: 9 Valdes Street Corner San Angelo, Angeles
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6. BOHOL – A Christmas Amidst Nature!
If you’re too tired of the city parties, why not go on a beach trip this Christmas? Panglao, Bohol is a great destination to have a relaxed and serene holiday to keep you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Best places to see in Bohol
These hills aren’t dubbed as Chocolate Hills because they’re made of such but because the green hills turn brown similar to chocolates during the dry season. Chocolate Hills is a famous attraction in Bohol.
Location: Carmen, Bohol
This is a 2-kilometer stretch that consists of 60 hectares of mahogany trees. Planting these trees was a response to the government’s call for nationwide reforestation under, then president, Diosdado Macapagal.
Location: Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol
Tarsier Conservation Area
Bohol is known for two things: Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. Be sure to check out this place if you want to see tarsiers.
Location: Loboc, Bohol
The cave was believed to be accidentally discovered by a farmer; while clearing his land, he found two holes. He dropped a stone and heard a splash. He built a ladder “hagdan” and was able to access the cave and find its hidden beauty, thus the origin of the name Hinagdanan. Inside the cave are stalactites and stalagmites dimly lit by fluorescent lamps along a strip ushering visitors to a reservoir of crystal seawater.
Location: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol
Beaches in Panglao, Bohol
The province has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country that’s why many locals and tourists go here. Panglao has fine white sand and clear blue waters that will surely make everyone relaxed.
Best places to eat in Bohol:
Cuisine: American and Italian Fusion
Must-try dishes: Grilled Tomahawk Steak, Smoked Kingfish Carpaccio, and Italian Traditional Fritto Misto.
Must-try dishes: Ubi-kinampay, Seafood Kare-Kare, Dinakdakan, and Crispy Tadyan.
Must-try dishes: Hakaw, Chicken Feet, and Siomai.
Where to stay in Bohol
(Room rates start at P1,035/night)
Many restaurants and establishments are within the vicinity of this property.
Location: Teachers Road, Bohol
This property is perfect for business and leisure travelers. It is also near to some tourist spots like National Museum Tagbilaran, Carlos P. Garcia Heritage Museum, and Blood Compact Shrine.
Location: Gallares St Tagbilaran City, Bohol
This property is very accessible to restaurants and some establishments like National Museum Tagbilaran, Plaza Rizal, Island City Mall, and Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary.
Location: 269 Lamdagan St Cor San Jose Tagbilaran, Bohol
This is close to major transportation hubs. It is a 25-minute drive to Tagbilaran Airport and a 20-minute drive Tagbilaran Fastcraft Terminal.
Location: Riverside Songculan, Dauis, Bohol
Attractions near this property are the National Museum Bohol, Blood Compact Shrine, Baclayon Church and Museum, and Hinagdanan Cave.
Location: #0409 Bantol Street, Mansasa-Dampas Road, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
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7. SIARGAO – An island getaway celebration!
Aside from being one of the best surfing places in the world, Siargao is also home to many beautiful islands, rock pools, and interesting food spots.
So if you’re looking for a thrilling holiday, why not spend it in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines?
Best places to see in Siargao
Magpupungko Rock Pool
It is a tidal pool that is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by a reef barrier. The pool is calm and clear. It is one of the most visited natural attractions on the island. Magpupungko rock pool is best visited during the low-tide,
Location: Pilar, Surigao del Norte
Three-Island Tour (Naked Island, Guyam Island, and Daku Island)
When in Siargao, the three-island tour is always on the itinerary. Naked island, as the name suggests, has nothing but white sand and azure waters surrounding it, no sheds and cottages.
While Guyam island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other.
Daku Island is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko juice.
This place is one of the most famous spots in Siargao as it has the best view of the sunrise and sunset. The waves here are also perfect for surfing so don’t get too surprised if this place gets a bit crowded.
Location: General Luna, Siargao
It is located in the town of Del Carmen. Sugba Lagoon is about a two-hour drive from General Luna. You can explore the lagoon by renting canoes, bamboo rafts, and paddleboards and by snorkeling.
You shouldn’t also miss the bent coconut tree in Maasin River. The most interesting part here is that you can swing back and forth from the rope attached to the tree and let yourself plunge in about 6ft. deep water.
Best places to eat in Siargao
Must-try dishes: Rachel’s favorite, Chicken Sandwich, Big Breakfast, and Brownies.
Must-try dishes: Pan-Seared Tuna, Kermit Pizza, Chocolate Lava Cake, and Mango Daquiri.
Must-try dishes: Halo-Halo with Watermelon, Adobo Bibimbap, and Salabat.
Where to stay in Siargao
(Room rates start at P1,000/night)
Surround yourself with nature when you stay at this property. This is near to the famous Cloud 9 Surfing Area.
Location: Catangnan, General Luna, Siargao Island
This hotel is close to transportation hubs and tourist spots like Isabel’s Copra Grove, Bayud Boutique Resort, Dedon Island Siargao Inc., Active Discovery Tours, and Coco Beach.
Location: Brgy. Malinao, General Luna, Siargao Island
This property is close to restaurants and famous spots like Dedon Island Siargao Inc., Coco Beach, and The Boardwalk @ The Boulevard.
Location: Barangay Malinao, General Luna, Siargao Island
This property is near Cloud 9 Surfing Area, Sunset Bridge, and The Boardwalk @ The Boulevard.
Location: Brgy. Catangnan, Tuazon Point, General Luna, Siargao Island
This property is so close to many restaurants, tourist spots, and establishments.
Location: Poblacion 5, General Luna, Siargao Island
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8. LA UNION – Sun, surf, and celebrations!
Because of its proximity (4-6 hours away from Manila), La Union has been a favorite long-weekend destination. Most people come here to surf, while others enjoy LU’s best food spots. This place will surely make Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines more fun!
Best places to see in La Union
After surfing at the beach, why not try visiting LU’s famous Tangadan Falls? It’s a two-tier cascade along Baroro River. This is perfect for those who are adventure-seekers as this trip includes a little hiking.
Location: San Gabriel, La Union
This is not the usual beach there. Gray, black, beige and colorful pebbles make up Luna beach.
Location: Luna, La Union
This is located at the Luna beach. Baluarte watchtower was declared a national treasure in 2014. It is a 400-year-old restored Spanish-era fortress used as a watchpoint for potential pirate attacks and other dangers from the sea.
Location: Luna, La Union
Kamay na Bato Art Gallery
This art gallery is owned by a Korean artist married to a Filipina. Here, you’ll find different artworks, especially faces, painted or carved on stones. This place is just a few minutes drive from the Baluarte watchtower.
Location: Luna, La Union
Craving for a different trip, say a fruity kind of adventure? Then head to the grape farms in LU! Experience the haciendero life for a day or pick your own grapes at the vineyard.
Location: Bauang, La Union
Best places to eat in La Union
Gefseis Greek Grill
Must-try dishes: Baklava, Kontosouvli Lamb, and Cheese Croquettes.
Halo Halo De Iloko Balay
Must-try dishes: Fiesta Halo-Halo, Sinampalukang Kambing, and Fried Bagnet.
Makai Bowls La Union
Must-try dishes: Acai smoothie, Amianan Smoothie Bowl, Carille Smoothie Bowl, and Granola yogurt pop.
Where to stay in La Union
(Room rates start at P1,450/night)
This hotel features a Hotel Restaurant and Bar and have nearby beaches in the area.
Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Avoid long travel time when you stay at this hotel because this is close to several tourist spots like Macho Temple (Taoist Temple), Gapuz Grapes Farm, Poro Point, and Urbiztondo Beach.
Location: Pagdalagan Sur Bauang, La Union
This hotel is close to restaurants and tourist spots like Urbiztondo Beach, People’s Park, San Juan La Union watchtower, and Ma-Cho Temple (Taoist Temple).
Location: 215 Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
This hotel features a Swimming Pool, Hotel Restaurant, designated smoking area and a 24-hour front desk. It is also close to major transportation hubs.
Location: Zone 3, Dalumpinas Oeste, San Fernando, La Union
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9. BACOLOD – Christmas in the City of Smiles
Trade that holiday ham to Bacolod’s famous chicken inasal this Christmas! Bacolod is Negros Occidental’s capital. Here you will find some unspoiled islands and islets that will definitely take your city stress away.
Best places to see in Bacolod
This is a must-visit when in Bacolod. The Ruins was built by Bacolod’s sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in honor of his beloved wife. When World War II broke out, Don Mariano and his unmarried children left the mansion leaving everything. The Ruins was burned, thus resulting in what it is today.
Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental
This place is perfect for those who are looking for a short trip away from the city. Lakawon is a 13-hectare banana-shaped island where Asia’s biggest floating bar is situated. The island is famous for its pristine white beach and clear blue water.
Location: Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
This is an antique museum in Silay City that showcases the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. You’ll see a lot of artifacts in Balay Negrense.
Location: Barangay III, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay, Negros Occidental
If you want to learn more about the province, this is the best place to go to. The museum is filled with antique ancient artifacts and recent contemporary works of local artists that represented the stories describing Negros Islands and the events that occurred during their times.
Location: Gatuslao St, Bacolod, Negros Occidental
Mambukal Mountain Resort
This government-owned resort will immediately take you to a paradise as this gives you nothing but the beauty of nature. There are also a lot of activities that family or friends can enjoy.
Location: Northwing, Old Capitol Bldg., N Capitol Rd, Bacolod
Best places to eat in Bacolod
Must-try dishes: Chicken Inasal, Kansi, and Oyster.
Must-try dishes: Chicken Inasal, Palabok, and Napoleones.
Negros Museum Cafe
Must-try dishes: Bacolod Pork Jowl Serveza Negra, Smoked Tanigue and Alimusan Fish with Piccalilli sauce, and Sambag Ice Cream.
Where to stay in Bacolod
(Room rates start at P552/night)
This property is close to transportation hubs and tourist spots like Caribbean Water Park, City Mall Bacolod, and The Ruins.
Location: Magsaysay Avenue, Liroville Subdivision, Bacolod
Enjoy a fun and hassle-free Christmas vacation when you stay at this property that is near to tourist spots like Daku Balay, Capitol Park and Lagoon, and Museo Negrense de La Salle.
Location: JR Building Rizal-Lacson St., Bacolod
Make your vacation more cozy when you stay at this hotel features a Hotel Restaurant, Free Parking space and Air-conditioned rooms. It’s close to establishments like SM Bacolod.
Location: Luzuriaga Street, Bacolod
Aside from being close to major transportation hubs, this hotel is also near to Lady and the Water Buffalo, Capitol Park and Lagoon, and The Negros Museum.
Location: #6 Lacson Street, Narra Ave. Brgy 7, Bacolod City, Bacolod
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10. CEBU – A home away from home Christmas
If you’re game for a short but sweet getaway, perhaps Cebu should be on your list. The province offers a mix of modern city living, old traditions, and abundant natural resources.
Things you can do in Cebu are city tours, food crawl, island hopping and so much more!
Best places to see in Cebu
When in Cebu during the holidays, watch the Christmas Light Show in Ayala Terraces.
Location: Biliran Rd, Cebu City, Cebu
Temple of Leah
This is one of the most visited spots in Cebu. Temple of Leah was built as a symbol of love of the grandparents of actress Ellen Adarna. The structure was inspired by ancient Roman architecture.
Location: Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City, Cebu
This is a world-famous tourist spot. In Oslob, people can see up close and even swim with the whale sharks.
If you’re looking for a calm and breathtaking place at the same time, go to Bantayan island. Once off the boat, the fine white sand, clear turquoise waters and fresh air will welcome you. This is also where the movie Camp Sawi was filmed.
Sirao Flower Farm
This place is dubbed as the “Mini Amsterdam” of Cebu. the farm is filled with different colorful flowers, mostly celosia flowers. Sirao flower farm is really an instagram-worthy place!
Best places to eat in Cebu
House of Lechon
Must-try dishes: Carcar Lechon, Cheesy Baked Scallops, and Kinilaw na Tanigue.
Must-try dishes: Pizza, Adobong Kangkong, and Bagnet.
The Oriental Spice Gourmet
Must-try dishes: Pad Thai, Hainanese Chicken, and Laksa.
Where to stay in Cebu
(Room rates start at P863/night)
This hotel is close to transportation hubs and major establishments like Metro Ayala Center Cebu, Fuente Osmeña Circle, Sky Experience Adventure, and SM City Cebu.
Location: A. Villalon Dr, Cebu City
Within a short distance from the property are attractions and restaurants that travelers can enjoy including the SM City Cebu, Cebu Coliseum, Colon Street, Magellan’s Cross, and Fort San Pedro.
Location: N. Gonzales Compound, N Escario St, Cebu City, Cebu
This hotel is close to major transportation hubs and establishments like Mango Square Mall, Escario Central Mall, Sky Experience Adventure, and Ayala Mall.
Location: M.P. Yap Street, Cebu City
This hotel provides an elevator service, a hotel restaurant, ironing facilities, and a free parking space. It’s also a 44-minute drive to Mactan Cebu International Airport and a 3-minute drive to Cebu Provincial Capitol.
Location: 827 M. Velez Street, Cebu City
This hotel features a well-equipped fitness center, ironing facilities, a free parking space, a hotel restaurant that offers local, American, and continental breakfast and a hotel spa. It is only a 35-minute drive to Mactan Cebu International Airport and a 22-minute drive to Cebu Provincial Capitol.
Location: Governor M. Cuenco, Cebu City
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11. VIGAN – Revisiting history this Christmas
Because of its cultural beauty and well-preserved Spanish era streets, Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to go back in time this Christmas, Vigan is a perfect place to go to. Enjoy the old world charm of Vigan streets while munching on their famous empanada.
Best places to see in Vigan
Go back in time and be mesmerized by the beauty of the preserved old streets of Calle Crisologo. You can ride a kalesa to tour the cobblestone streets. There are also many souvenir shops here that you can check out.
Location: Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Bantay Church Bell Tower
This structure has witnessed so much of Ilocos’ history. Bantay Church Bell Tower was built in 1591 as a watchtower to guard against potential trouble. You can climb the winding staircase up to the top of the tower where the enormous main bell, which dates back to World War II, hangs.
Location: Bantay, Ilocos Sur
It is a zoo owned by Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Chavit Singson. Anyone, especially the kids, can enjoy close interaction with the animals, even the mayor’s tiger! It is just 10 minutes away from Calle Crisologo.
Location: Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan
This is a century-old mansion, the residence of Philippines’ sixth President Elpidio Quirino and his wife, Doña Alicia Syquia. The stone house, decked with capiz windows, has Filipino wooden furniture with European accents, and spacious rooms designed with reproductions of Juan Luna’s paintings by his understudy Pedro Respell.
Location: Quirino Boulevard, Vigan
‘Bahay na Bato’ Father Burgos House
This was the house of one of the three martyr priests (GomBurZa), Padre Jose Burgos. The GomBurZa were sentenced to death for a false charge of rebellion against Spanish colonizers. Their death would later inspire national hero Jose Rizal who dedicated his novel “El Filibusterismo” to their memory. It is now the National Museum of Vigan that houses an excellent collection of local artifacts and furniture.
Location: Burgos St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Best places to eat in Vigan
Must-try dishes: Bagnet Maki, Dinengdeng, and Pinakbet Pizza.
Lilong and Lilang Restaurant
Must-try dishes: Bagnet, Lomo-Lomo, Longganisa, Poqui-Poqui, and Sinaglao.
Must-try dishes: Bagnet, Longganisa, Pinakbet, and Bunog.
Where to stay in Vigan
(Room rates start at P957/night)
This is close to some tourist spots like Calle Crisologo, Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo, and Bantay Church Bell Tower.
Location: Quirino Boulevard, Cuta, Vigan City
This hotel is near the major transportation hubs. Only a 10-minute drive to Vigan Terminal. It’s also close to Plaza Antonio, Bantay Church Bell Tower, and National Museum of the Philippines Ilocos Complex.
Location: Bayubay Norte, San Vicente, Vigan City
Tired of staying at a hotel with incomplete amenities? Well, this hotel has every amenity you need. The rooms are air-conditioned and free fast WiFi is available.
Location: Manila North Rd., Guimod, Bantay, Vigan City
Why choose a hotel that requires a lot of travel time when you can stay close to the tourist spots like Padre Burgos House, RG Jar Factory, Calle Crisologo, and Bantay Church Bell Tower?
Location: Rizal St., Brgy. 4 Vigan City, Vigan City
Enjoy a hassle-free vacation is you stay at this property near Vigan Public Market, Plaza Burgos, Calle Crisologo, Bantay Church Bell Tower, and Vigan Grand Carnival.
Location: Calle Crisologo, Ilocos Sur, 2700 Vigan, Vigan City
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12. BGC and MAKATI – Your modern-day Christmas fun!
If you’re too busy to get out of the city, you can just spend Christmas and have a staycation in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig or in Makati. Aside from having a staycation, there’s a lot of things to do at the central business district of Metro Manila.
Enjoy a night out at some of the best pubs and clubs in Poblacion or have a chill dinner at some of the best restaurants in the city.
Best places to see in BGC and Makati
If you want to relax and take a stroll in BGC, then walk around Serendra. It’s a 12-hectare community that was designed with European and Filipino motifs and Serendra is one of the most pedestrian-friendly places in Metro Manila. Be sure to take pictures because this place is very Instagrammable!
Location: 11th Avenue and McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Venice Grand Canal Mall
No need to fly out of the country and spend thousands of bucks just to see and feel Venice because, in BGC, there is Venice Grand Canal Mall. Feast your eyes with the colorful architecture similar to Venice’s while riding a gondola.
Location: Garden Villas, 1630 Upper McKinley Road McKinley Hill, Cluster B, Taguig
Ayala Triangle Gardens
This park is a must-visit, especially during the Christmas season. Each year, there’s a Christmas Light Show with different themes.
Location: Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati
The museum features four floors of amazing works of art on Filipino culture, art, and history. Ayala Museum is just adjacent to Greenbelt.
This district is the “it” place for going out for food and drinks. So if you’re thinking of having a good night out, Poblacion is the place to be.
Best places to eat in BGC and Makati
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Cuisine: Filipino, American and French Fusion
Must-try dishes: Adobo Sunrise, Yin & Yang Champorado, and Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup.
Must-try dishes: Fresh Oysters, Green Ceviche, and House-Made Ice Cream Combination.
Must-try dishes: Crispy Tacos, Stove Top Pork Chop, and Sunnies Funfetti
Where to stay in BGC and Makati
(Room rates start at P290/night)
Enjoy a comfortable stay without breaking the bank with this hostel. This property is close to major establishments in Makati such as Greenbelt Mall, Power Plant Mall, Glorietta Mall, and Cash and Carry Mall Supermarket.
Location: #3416 Guernica Street, Manila
This property is near Walter Mart Makati and Yuchengco Museum.
Location: 1803 Evangelista Street, Bangkal, Makati City
This hotel features a Greek pattern interior, an indoor swimming pool, pool lounge and bar, a well-equipped fitness center, an elevator, and a wheelchair access. The hotel is in an excellent location because a few meters away are famous malls and restaurants.
Location: Milano Residences, A Spring St., Corner Valdez St., Century City, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
This hotel features a sophisticated interior. It’s also just a few blocks away from the mall, museum, and famous restaurants.
Location: 74 Kalayaan Ave. Sitio 1, Barangay West Rembo Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
This hotel features a swimming pool with an overlooking view of the city, a well-equipped fitness center, wheelchair access, and an elevator. The hotel is in a great location because a few blocks away are malls and restaurants.
Location: 5th Avenue cor. 25th street, BGC, Taguig
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