The Scene

Gingerbread and Carols: Festive Hotel Countdowns to Christmas

Make gingerbread houses, attend a Christmas concert, or shop for treats at a Christmas market right in Manila.
IMAGE Courtesy Sofitel Philippines Plaza
Comments

1. Decorate gingerbread houses.
The sweet smell of gingerbread always fills the home with wonderful memories. And oh, even more delightful is building and decorating your own gingerbread houses. At The Peninsula Manila, children can assemble their own to take home. At the same Santa's workshop, La Pomme Living also hosts a toy-making activity where children can create and personalize their own stuffed toys. Part of the proceeds from this Peninsula event will benefit the Verlanie Foundation that reaches out to street children.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

December 4, Garcia Villa and Balagtas Room, Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City, 887.2888.

2. Take a stroll at a Christmas market.
While there aren’t any Christmas markets quite like the ones in Germany or Austria, Sofitel brings one closer to you. The hotel creates its own festive strip called Le Marché de Noël that champions the European tradition of Christmas markets. The stretch along the hotel lobby offers sensory treats with aromatic mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, local pastries, crepes, and Christmas candies, among others. Expect to see old Saint Nick hanging around the lobby along with the Virlanie Choir, Sisters of Mary Boystown Choir, and Our Lady of Sorrows Grand Choir singing favorite Christmas carols.

Open until January 6, 2017, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 551.5555.

3. Be serenaded at a Christmas concert.
Keeping up with its yearly tradition, the Peninsula Manila brings back the sounds of Christmas featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Maestro Ruggero Barbierie. The beloved hotel lobby will be transformed with a cathedral-like ambience as the orchestra’s symphony takes over. The concert will also feature special acts by theater star Bituin Escalante, soprano Stephanie Aguilar, mezzo soprano Krissan Manikan and tenor Lemuel dela Cruz.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


December 10, Peninsula Manila Lobby, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City, 887.2888.

4. Customize your stocking stuffers.
Or better yet, Christmas hampers. Pick out your favorites from The Bakeshop at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. Fill an adorable hamper with your choice of fruit pudding, breads, assorted Christmas cookies, chocolates, and fruit mince pies and it's yours to take home.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The Bakeshop, EDSA Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, 633.8888.

5. Put your feet up and have a Happy Spaliday.
Now here's something to literally feel the season's spirit, which we all need in light of the crazy holiday traffic and stresses of Christmas preps. A bevy of holiday-inspired treatments is available at the Spa at Kerry Sports Manila for you to experience or to give away. Treatments are given fun names that sound as deliciously indulgent as they are relaxing. The Cinnameal Surprise foot scrub and deep muscle massage, the Merry & Skinbright signature treatment with a cinnamon scrub and paraffin treatment, and the Mrs. Clause’s Day Out are all superb treatments that sprinkle elements of the season into your regular spa day.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Spa at Kerry Sports Manila, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 820.0888.

Comments
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Hannah Lazatin
Features Editor
Hannah is originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
View Other Articles From Hannah
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
The celebrated photographer made headlines throughout his life for his royal connections and scandalous behavior.
 
Share
The ideal way to escape this country’s scorching heat.
 
Share
These stylish sweaters will definitely give you something to be thankful for.
 
Share
A cheat sheet to the 56 galleries from 13 different countries showing at the premier design fair this weekend.
 
Share
Hong Kong’s biggest givers gather to help the Philippines’ marginalized communities.
 
Share
‘His and hers’ watches that will stand the test of time.
 
Share
Ahead of a very Lynchian art exhibit, the Twin Peaks filmmaker tells T&C he wants to spend more time designing lamps and sculpture.
 
Share
The British monarch isn't letting a small thing like age keep her from living her life.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US