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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Araneta Center

I always remember Araneta Center during the Holidays, because of the giant christmas tree and the Christmas festivities that is happening around the city. It  reminds me of my childhood and the kids and the shopping that goes around in Cubao. Those who grew up around my time would probably remember the Manila C.O.D. too. That  was the highlight of my generation with the moving mannequins donning the Christmas tradition play. That was missed of course, but replaced by the giant christmas tree around the Gateway Araneta Center vicinity which is now anticipated during the Christmas season.

First installed 31 years ago by J. Amado Araneta, the dazzling structure is an iconic symbol of Christmas in the Philippines and its annual lighting ceremony signals the start of the holiday season.

Standing 100 feet tall at the Gateway Food Park, the Araneta Center Christmas Tree attracts shoppers and sightseers alike with its spectacular display of glowing bulbs and beautiful ornaments.

“It’s an annual tradition that shoppers and residents in the area look forward to because it signals the start of the season. It’s a colorful reminder of love, joy and hope that the season brings. For Araneta Center, we want to make it better than last year so we constantly challenge ourselves to make this annual tradition more joyous, festive and entertaining than the last,” says Jorge L. Araneta, president and CEO of the Araneta Group.

A bright and merry Christmas season comes to the metropolis as the giant Araneta Center Christmas Tree lights up and brings a touch of festive magic to the holidays.

The Christmas tree lighting event was graced by no other than Kapamilya stars headed by  Vice Ganda last November 6.  A dazzling fireworks display lighted up the sky to cap the festivity.

Celebrating the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing, the Araneta Center also hosted a gift-giving activity for the children of Child Haus, a temporary shelter for underprivileged parents and their children who are undergoing medical treatment in Manila.

Following the symbolic lighting of the iconic Araneta Center Christmas Tree will be tons of holiday-themed events at various venues inside the Araneta Center. The lineup includes the annual Belen Lighting at Farmers Market on November 12; Mall Christmas Tree Lighting at Gateway Mall on November 15, New Frontier Plaza on November 21 and Ali Mall on November 22; Christmas Caroling at the three malls starting on December 2; and the Santa Meet and Greet every weekend of December.

The Araneta Center will also host many fun-filled events on Christmastime, including Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome and the Parolan bazaar at the Farmers Market.

With plenty of Christmas and holiday offerings to enjoy, the Araneta Center is a must visit place to go with your loved ones this festive season!

For more information on its Christmas activities, log on to or follow the official Araneta Center Facebook

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