Grand Christmas trees light up the city

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The 45-foot Tsum Tsum Christmas tree is at the center of ‘Tsumtacular’ Christmas Village of SM North The Block

Nothings spells Christmas better than a sight of a tall, bright, glittering and colorful Christmas tree. And as nation that professes its love for the holiday season earlier than the rest of the world, these iconic holiday symbols have popped up around the metro as soon as Halloween was over, three of which The Manila Times has seen to captivate the public so magically.

Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria’s first Christmas launch
To usher in the magic of the holidays, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria hosted its very first Christmas Launch on November 23. With the theme, “Holiday Glitz and Glam,” the launch began at the Crowne Plaza Lobby, which was decked with gold and ivory, swathed in shimmering drapes, shining trinkets, and stunning décor.

At the center of the celebration is a 20-foot high Christmas tree with all its golden grandeur.

The celebration also saw the hotel’s generous donation to Children’s Joy Foundation, the property’s chosen as the beneficiary of the hotel for 2018.


Complementing the glitz and glam of the evening was a 30-piece avant-garde fashion show from Filipino designer Nardie Presa entitled “Holiday Glam.”

Central Square’s ‘Traditions of Christmas’
Central Square celebrates the season through the wonderous eyes of children with “Traditions of Christmas,” spotlighting of Hamleys of London’s characters and Percy Pig. At the launch, guests relived traditions from their youth with characters Grandma Carol and her granddaughter Christina with Christmas caroling by Alay Sa May Mga Kapansanan Association Inc. (A.K.A.I.). To cap the night’s merriment, Santa went around the Christmas Village to give everyone nice special presents.

A Tsum Tsum holiday
SM City North EDSA ushered the yuletide season with the help of adorable Disney’s Tsum Tsum characters.

Mickey and Minnie and the rest of the well-loved characters in Disney’s animated YouTube shorts are currently featured in a gigantic 45-foot Christmas display. The Christmas tree also serves as the centerpiece of “Tsum-tacular Christmas Village,” a winter town and park setting complete with a train display.

During the launch, a silent caroling of the classic “Do You Hear What I Hear” by hearing-impaired students of the Philippines School for the Deaf made the event extra special.

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