The Philippines is known to celebrate the longest Christmas season in the entire world! Once the BER months (September, October, November, December) arrive, the country is literally changed into a spectacle of colors and lights. The streets are adorned with dazzling Christmas lights, and almost every house displays a parol (star-shaped lantern) and other colorful Christmas decorations.
Then there’s the food, which, during the Christmas season in the Philippines is just oh-so heavenly. The spirit of giving, loving and being together in a tight-knit fashion is something that makes local celebrations incredibly special. If you’re planning to take your family on a Philippine travel Christmas vacation anywhere in the country, below are just some of the best places you should consider visiting.
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Starting off this list is one of the most festive destinations in the country. Bacolod City in Negros Occidental has an amazing array of choices when it comes to food, along with world-class hospitality and a quaint lifestyle. This makes it one of the most worthwhile destinations to spend Christmas in this archipelagic country.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to Bacolod’s local food, especially the sweets! This city can be your getaway to other adjacent provinces in the region. You can also drop by the nearby towns of Cadiz and Victorias as they also celebrate the holidays with a welcoming vibe.
The city of Davao sparkles during the yuletide season, thanks to the combined efforts of both the government and its people.
This destination is an ideal destination for those who don’t want to spend too much money. You can bring your family to People’s Park, Eden Nature Park and Matina Town Square and many more amazing attractions that won’t put a hole in your pocket.
‘Christmas in Paradise’ is probably the best way to describe Palawan, if you’re planning to visit this island during Christmas time. With pristine beaches and natural wonders, Palawan is truly a great vacation spot for couples and small families looking for a different way to spend the holidays.
The local cuisine is also worth a try, and the unparalleled cleanliness is something worth noting. If you’re planning to celebrate Christmas and New Year;s without staying too far from civilization, then Palawan is an ideal place for you.
It’s a given that Cebu will be included in this list. The Queen City of the South offers iconic churches and destinations that are best visited during the yuletide season. Cebu isn’t only known for its food, but also for the ambiance that’s truly warm and fuzzy. You can also segue to the nearby islands during the duration of your stay.
The province just south of the National Capital Region, Cavite is home to a couple of festivities and celebrations in line with Christmas. The Maytinis Festival, which highlights the rich Caviteño tradition, is held during Christmas Eve.
The long list of churches and the other Philippine tourist attractions here can also be an interesting addition to your holiday itinerary.