Location: Rose Garden in Burnham Park, Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the Baguio city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: Free
Baguio’s enchanting Christmas celebrations expect to draw thousands of locals and tourists this year.
Image: Baguio City Tourism Office – City Government of Baguio Facebook page
What better way to cap off your trip than to celebrate Christmas with the entire Baguio crowd? At the Baguio Christmas Fair in Burnham Park’s Rose Garden, the chilly weather is easily warded off by the warm camaraderie of the community, as everyone takes part in building Baguio’s own Christmas village.
Be in time for the main event at the heart of the urban park: the yearly Christmas Lights and Sounds Show in the Christmas Market presents a hearty rendition of Christmas tales told through lights and sound effects and accompanied by the melodies of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Film showings will also be staged at the holiday affair.
After the show, take a quick trip to Europe through creatively designed chalets that portray Christmas as celebrated in countries like France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, and many others. There are also various Christmas-themed stations with Santa Claus, a reindeer-drawn wooden sleigh, and the bright 25-meter Christmas tree illuminating the Christmas village.
Tip: There will also be community-run food kiosks featuring culinary offerings should you get hungry during the fair.
How to get to Burnham Park
: From the Baguio city center, Burnham Park is easily accessible on foot or by a private car via Lake Drive and Shanum Street.
Baguio city is gearing up for a memorable Christmas season, with more events still taking shape in other parts of the city, so spend your December break wisely!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on December 16, 2019.