Grand Christmas Parade

ONE of the floats at the Venice Grand Canal’s Grand Christmas Parade in 2017.

THE Venice Grand Canal’s Grand Christmas Parade will take off on Dec. 8, a spectacle of giant character balloons, floats, marching bands, street dancers, musical performances and appearances by some of the biggest stars in Philippine entertainment including Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales. Set to traverse the streets of McKinley Hill, the 3.5-km parade is inspired by the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. It will features a lineup of 12 floats, larger-than-life character balloons, over 50 mascots, and over 800 marching bands, dancers, and performers including Venetian mimes and dancers, cosplayers, dragon and lion dancers, Korean cultural dancers, St. Louis LED performers, Zumba performers and more. There will be celebrity appearances, mascot meet and greet, Holiday-themed live performances at the Venice Piazza, and a grand fireworks display to cap off the celebrations in spectacular fashion. For details, call the Concierge at 624-1971, 0917-512-9934 or visit

Christmas at Shangri-La Plaza

THE DECORATIONS at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza mall.

SHANGRI-LA Plaza is all decked out in holiday trimmings inspired by the circus, with revolving carousels at the entrances, and acrobats, hot air balloons, and balls and banners suspended in the Grand Atrium. The East Atrium beckons with twinkling lights, gold tinsel and tassels; while the 50-ft Christmas tree at the Main Wing serves as a backdrop for selfies to post on social media. Santa’s Corner has been set up at the hallway by Rocky Mountain at Mid-Level 2/3 East Wing. A line-up of musical performances is all set for December, including the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with the Ateneo Chamber Singers, indie folk band Ben&Ben, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, songstress Karylle, and various choirs. As Christmas is the Season of Giving, mallgoers have the opportunity to help less fortunate children through Grant a Holiday Wish. They can purchase Christmas angels handcrafted by local artisans from CCAP for P200. Proceeds will go to the Unang Hakbang Foundation. The mall will also hold the Rev Up Your Style raffle, with a 2018 Mini three-door Hatch Cooper, a 2018 Mini Convertible Cooper S, and six 2018 Vespa S125s up for grab. To join the raffle, shop and dine at the mall and get one raffle coupon for every P2,500 single receipt purchase. Purchases made between from Nov. 16 to Jan. 6, 2019 will be included in the first raffle draw, while those made from Jan. 7 to Feb. 17, 2019 can join the second raffle draw. For inquiries, call 370-2597/98 or visit

Magic of Christmas at Vertis North

FOR the metropolis’ northerners, Vertis North unveils an array of activities to mark the holidays. A lights and sound show, Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights, will be held all Sundays through the holidays until Jan. 15. A collaboration between Ayala Land Inc. and the Walt Disney Co. Philippines, the show features thousands of lights dancing rhythmically to the tune of Disney songs and Filipino Christmas carols. Meanwhile, Laro Interactives features traditional Filipino games such as piko, limbo rock, and dama played in various areas of Vertis North Mall’s The Garden until Jan. 7. Sundays at Vertis North will see performances of Christmas Symphonies, featuring the Lighter Side Movement on Dec. 9, Schola Cantorum Scholars on Dec. 16, Voces Manila on Dec. 23, and Song Weavers Philippines on Dec. 30. In the spirit of Christmas giving there is Laruang Aguinaldo, where Toys ‘R’ Us and Long Live Play PH sell toys that customers can purchase and donate to UNICEF and Kids for Kids. Vertis North will also host Simbang Gabi masses nightly at 7 p.m. from Dec. 15 to 23, at Level 2 of the mall. Over at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent a series of events will be held this month including the Manila 2018 Throwdown Team Edition Finals on Dec. 9 and the Urban Sale of the Vans Group from Dec. 16 to 19.