Mag­i­cal at­trac­tions for the hol­i­day stay­ca­tion­ers

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By DIET IMMARIE SALAZAR

Liv­ing the suite life tends to get a tad bor­ing amid the hus­tle and bus­tle of the hol­i­days. As you sit in your ho­tel room af­ter a te­dious busi­ness meet­ing or while you make the most out of your stay­ca­tion, the Christ­mas cheer out­side your win­dow en­tices you to go out and en­joy the merry hol­i­days along with the peo­ple cheer­fully hum­ming “Jin­gle Bells” or “Christ­mas in Our Hearts” in the streets. If you de­cide to step out of your com­fort zone—in this case, your ho­tel room—here are some things to do near your ho­tel that will make you feel that fes­tive Christ­mas spirit.

Fes­ti­val of Lights

If you hap­pen to stay at one of the ho­tels in Makati like The Penin­sula Manila, Dusit Thani, New World, Shangri-La, Dis­cov­ery Primea, and Fair­mont, then it’s worth vis­it­ing the Ay­ala Tri­an­gle Gar­dens where danc­ing lights and sounds are dis­played from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At this year’s Fes­ti­val of Lights, ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of Dis­ney as a col­or­ful Mickey Mouse-shaped struc­ture il­lu­mi­nates the area and songs such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “When You Wish upon a Star” are played while the lights dance to the beat of these well-loved tunes. The Fes­ti­val of Lights will run ev­ery day un­til Jan. 8, 2019.

En­chanted For­est of Lights

An­other Christ­mas lights dis­play is the En­chanted For­est of Lights in East­wood City. Guests of Rich­monde Ho­tel and Mi­cro­tel by Wyn­d­ham can see larger-than-life mod­els of wood­land an­i­mals, sea crea­tures, trees, and fa­mous land­marks around the world such as the Paris Eif­fel Tower, Dubai’s Burj Khal­ifa, and the New York Em­pire State Build­ing dis­play­ing sparkling lights. En­ter a ra­di­ant ur­ban for­est dur­ing mall hours be­fore it dis­ap­pears on Jan. 13, 2019.

Christ­mas Street Light Mu­si­cal Tun­nel

Those stay­ing in Crowne Plaza, Marco Polo, and Edsa Shangri-La in Or­ti­gas can drive or even walk through a tun­nel of lights while lis­ten­ing to Christ­mas songs in the Christ­mas Street Light Mu­si­cal Tun­nel right in front of Tien­de­si­tas shop­ping cen­ter in Pasig City. Lights in myr­iad col­ors cov­er­ing the length of Fron­tera Drive will dance to the beat of the jin­gles from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. un­til Jan. 7, 2019.

Prism of Lights

For a dif­fer­ent kind of Christ­mas light show, the Prism of Lights at SM Aura Premier of­fers an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with their light in­stall­ments heav­ily in­spired by the mag­i­cal night sky. As you en­ter the dream­like world of prisms, mu­sic starts to play and the lights of the cubes change to the color of the night sky as can be seen from a par­tic­u­lar scenery such as shades of blue when you’re in the mid­dle of the ocean or green when you’re wan­der­ing in the for­est. The Prism of Lights runs un­til Jan. 7, 2019.

World Bazaar Fes­ti­val

Enough about Christ­mas lights dis­play! Let’s talk about find­ing that per­fect gift. The World Trade Cen­ter will hold a World Bazaar Fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing toys, gift items, jew­elry, books, fra­grances, kitchen ware, and so much more. Those stay­ing at Sof­i­tel Philip­pine Plaza, Con­rad Manila, Mar­riott Manila Ho­tel, the Hil­ton Manila, and Bel­mont Ho­tel within Parañaque and, in the city of Manila, the Manila Ho­tel and the Prince Ho­tel, even the Pan Pa­cific Plaza can shop ‘til they drop from Sun­day to Thurs­day, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri­day to Satur­day at 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. The World Bazaar Fes­ti­val will be open on Dec. 12 to 22.

The For­est of Lights in East­wood City en­chants you as you walk through the woods of sparkling crea­tures of the night.

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