Christmas in Davao: Where To Go, What To Do

Spending your holidays in Davao? Take the celebration to a whole new level by going to one-of-a-kind events with your family and friends. From giant Christmas trees to fantastic lights and magical attractions, Davao never runs out of exciting things to offer for kids and kids at heart.

Dance with the 3D lights

Christmas light and music shows can’t get more exciting than this. This year, Dabawenyos get to see their City Hall jazzed up with dancing lights and sounds. The 3D mapping technology livens up the City Hall and the nearby Quezon and Rizal Parks. Four shows are scheduled nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m so make sure you don’t miss the highlight of this year’s Pasko Fiesta.

Glide and slide

Get your skates on this Christmas and visit SM City Davao’s ice skating rink for a magical winter adventure. Slide and glide your way around the 250-square meter rink and take pictures with cute polar bears. Your family and friends are sure to enjoy the chill vibe. The ice skating rink is open until January next year.

Magical Christmas village

Step into a different time and place when you visit this new Christmas village inside the Prayer Mountain compound in Tamayong, Calinan, Davao City. The enchanting setting features fairy tale characters, decorated mansions, and giant pine trees. Get your fill of European and Western cuisine and desserts, live music, and many more. The Christmas Village is open until January 15.

“Tallest” Christmas Tree

Going for an epic family photo this Christmas? Go on a road trip to nearby Tagum City and have their famed giant Christmas tree as the perfect background. At 182 feet, this is the tallest version of their holiday tree to date. Who wouldn’t be awed by a towering tree draped with hundreds of thousands of rice bulbs, rope lights, and stars? Watch this tree come to life at the City Hall grounds from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Putting the “party” in party horns

Gear up for a noisy and joyful celebration even without the fireworks! This year, Davao is bringing its Torotot Festival to a whole new level by spicing it up with three new events. Dabawenyos get to compete for the Giant Torotot contest, the best Torotot-inspired costume, and the Torotot group dance tournament. The fest starts on December 31 at 7 p.m.

With these attractions, this year’s holiday season in Davao will surely be unforgettable. No matter how you celebrate it, the most important thing about Christmas is being near to those dear to our hearts. Make it count for your family and friends!

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