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5 Christmas Activities in Baguio for a Jolly Good Time this Season

Spend Christmas in Baguio and have a blast with these holiday activities!

By: Viktor Austria | December 16, 2019

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Due to quarantine measures in place, some of these destinations might be temporarily closed or unavailable this year. Please coordinate with the management or local government before visiting.


christmas activities baguio

Shake up your Christmas by spending it in the company of Baguio’s warm-hearted community.

Image: Baguio City Tourism Office Facebook page

This Christmas, you can bet that Baguio City is the place to be. Now that vacation season is closing in fast, everyone for sure will be racing up to the highland cities for Christmas activities in Baguio that involve enjoying the cozy climate and getting as far from madding Manila as possible.

So you got to have a solid itinerary in hand. The Pine City is getting ready for Christmas, and so should you – here are our few humble Christmas activities in Baguio suggestions for a stress-free and memorable Christmas break!


1. Go on a food trip at Good Taste Café and Restaurant.

Location: Kilometer 5, Cariño corner Otek Street, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: PhP500 for two persons


Baguio

Good Taste Restaurant’s name gets straight to the point: budget food that tastes really good.

Image: @ha_baba_24

Baguio is never short of sumptuous food selections, and you never need to travel far to find the best ones. Just a few blocks from the city center is a crowd favorite: Good Taste Café and Restaurant. You can spot this 24-hour Chinese-Filipino diner at the corner of Cariño and Otek Streets by the constant queue of customers outside, all hungry to taste good food.

Don’t be deceived: despite the suggested servings in their menu, their meals are actually good for a lot more people, which makes for the perfect Christmas feast for large families and friend groups. Their whole chickens go for less than PhP200, and large servings of Chinese staples like lechon chopsuey (roasted pork mixed with sautéed vegetables) and lumpiang shanghai (Shanghai spring rolls) sell for only PhP145 and PhP175 respectively. They also have other Chinese bestsellers like tofu with shrimp, chicken with broccoli, sweet and sour pork, and steamed tilapia as well. Don’t forget to pair these with a cup of their trademark Good Taste fried rice!

Tip: If their servings are too much for one person to finish, they also have combo meals with single servings.

How to get to Good Taste Café and Restaurant: From the Baguio city center, Good Taste is a good 5-minute walk by taking Otek Street from Naguilian Road or Cariño Street from Kisad Road.



2. Go on a shopping spree at the Baguio Night Market.

Location: Harrison Road, Perfecto Street, and Ganza Parking, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: PhP1,500 for shopping, PhP150 for food


christmas

Make sure you have enough in your wallet for all the bargain goods you’ll find!

Image: @titajatravels

If you’re cramming your Christmas gifts, merchants in the Baguio Night Market have your wish lists covered, and for cheap too. It’s a paradise of previously owned goods: gadget accessories, souvenirs, designer bags, and everything you can wear from head to toe. Score great bargains by patiently rummaging through stalls after stalls of surplus goods, and by bidding for the lowest price with sellers.

Aside from the bustling Baguio Night Market, the 300-meter stretch of Harrison Road is also home to an array of street food stalls. Their offerings are just as various too: from international finger foods with Filipino flavor like mandu (Korean dumplings), ramen, and shawarma rice, to our local budget favorites such as squid balls, binatog (sweet corn topped with coconut shavings), barbecue, calamares, goto (ox tripe soup) and other delights.

Just remember to bring someone with you to help you with your shopping hauls, if not to serve as a lookout from pickpockets eyeing your valuables. Better safe than sorry!

Tip: Baguio has gone green and has insisted that shoppers use reusable shopping bags to lessen waste, so bring your own bag!

How to get to Baguio Night Market: From the Baguio city center, Baguio Night Market is a quick 5-minute walk by walking eastbound from Lake Drive or westbound from Session Road.

September 2020 Update: Due to quarantine measures in place, the Baguio Night Market has been temporarily suspended. Please check the Facebook page of Baguio City’s Public Information Office for a more up-to-date status of the market.


3. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Baguio from Mines View Park.

Location: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View Park, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 30-45 minutes via commute; 20-30 minutes via private car
Recommended budget: Approximately PhP1,000 for services and souvenirs


what to do

Cap off a busy year by regaining your much-needed sanity atop Mines View Park’s majestic view.

Image: @biboygarcia_

Christmas only comes once a year, and for most, this season is spent to recover from the ever-wearing rat race of the metro. This is where the pleasant and peaceful views of Baguio’s parks figure in their holiday plans.

And where better to enjoy these views than the majestic Mines View Park? From the observation deck, you can see a stunning panorama of remote mountain ranges of Cordillera, the lush pocket forests of Baguio, and the small mining villages of Benguet. Rekindle your connection with Mother Nature by taking a trek through its green-studded trails, or discover cultures by dressing the full Cordillera ensemble, complete with a headdress, bahag (loin drape), shield, and spear. You can even take a picture with the adorable and ever-popular Doglas, the resident Saint Bernard of the park.

A trip to Mines View Park wouldn’t be complete without passing by Rimando’s and buying from its range of carved artifacts, or taking home a jar or two of Good Shepherd Convent’s strawberry and ube jams to spoil your sweet tooth.



Tip: Complete your Christmas morning with a warm cup of strawberry taho (sweetened soy) from Mines View Park!

How to get to Mines View Park: via commute: from the Baguio city center, ride a jeepney bound for the Plaza-Mines View route, and get off at the park’s main entrance; via private car: from the Baguio city center, turn left to Abanao Street, another left to Magsaysay Avenue, then right to General Luna Road. At the junction, cross to Leonard Wood Road, and at the rotunda, exit towards Gibraltar Road. Follow the road for about two kilometers until you reach Mines View Park.

September 2020 Update: Mines View Park is temporarily closed.


4. Offer a silent prayer inside Baguio Cathedral.

Location: Cathedral Loop, Mount Mary near Post Office Loop, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: Free


where to go

You certainly won’t miss the passive pink glow of the cathedral against Baguio’s sky.

Image: Baguio Vacation Apartments Facebook page

Amidst celebrations left and right, Christmas time is our due reminder to say our gratitude to a year’s worth of grace. If you’re looking for a venue to say your quiet Christmas prayers, the Baguio Cathedral is the perfect place.

This Roman Catholic church also goes by Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, and has been standing on Mount Mary hill since 1936. Ascending its 104-step stone staircase, visitors will immediately be taken by its solemn aura and its marked rose-pink façade, twin belfries, and windows. Within the courtyard outside the church is a viewing deck where you can spot the stretch of Baguio’s business district below. Inside, the gilded altar and stained glass windows give it an iridescent glow, and the hallowed space can accommodate more than 800 churchgoers.

Masses are held every day starting at 6 AM, and on an hourly basis on Sundays. Regardless, you can whisper your Christmas wish, or wander around the courtyard for rest and relaxation.

Tip: If you’re going to the Baguio Cathedral by private car, caretakers charge a parking fee after the first hour.

How to get to Baguio Cathedral: From the Baguio city center, head eastbound via Session Road and turn left at Jollibee onto Father Carlu Street and onto the Post Office Loop. The steps leading up to Baguio Cathedral should be nearby.

September 2020 Update: The Baguio Cathedral conducts only online masses currently.


For all things Christmas, check out Yoorekka’s Christmas Guide!


5. Enjoy the Baguio Christmas Fair at Burnham Park.

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


places to visit

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.
Due to quarantine measures in place, some of these destinations might be temporarily closed or unavailable this year. Please coordinate with the management or local government before visiting.


christmas activities baguio

Shake up your Christmas by spending it in the company of Baguio’s warm-hearted community.

Image: Baguio City Tourism Office Facebook page

This Christmas, you can bet that Baguio City is the place to be. Now that vacation season is closing in fast, everyone for sure will be racing up to the highland cities for Christmas activities in Baguio that involve enjoying the cozy climate and getting as far from madding Manila as possible.

So you got to have a solid itinerary in hand. The Pine City is getting ready for Christmas, and so should you – here are our few humble Christmas activities in Baguio suggestions for a stress-free and memorable Christmas break!


1. Go on a food trip at Good Taste Café and Restaurant.

Location: Kilometer 5, Cariño corner Otek Street, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: PhP500 for two persons


Baguio

Good Taste Restaurant’s name gets straight to the point: budget food that tastes really good.

Image: @ha_baba_24

Baguio is never short of sumptuous food selections, and you never need to travel far to find the best ones. Just a few blocks from the city center is a crowd favorite: Good Taste Café and Restaurant. You can spot this 24-hour Chinese-Filipino diner at the corner of Cariño and Otek Streets by the constant queue of customers outside, all hungry to taste good food.

Don’t be deceived: despite the suggested servings in their menu, their meals are actually good for a lot more people, which makes for the perfect Christmas feast for large families and friend groups. Their whole chickens go for less than PhP200, and large servings of Chinese staples like lechon chopsuey (roasted pork mixed with sautéed vegetables) and lumpiang shanghai (Shanghai spring rolls) sell for only PhP145 and PhP175 respectively. They also have other Chinese bestsellers like tofu with shrimp, chicken with broccoli, sweet and sour pork, and steamed tilapia as well. Don’t forget to pair these with a cup of their trademark Good Taste fried rice!

Tip: If their servings are too much for one person to finish, they also have combo meals with single servings.

How to get to Good Taste Café and Restaurant: From the Baguio city center, Good Taste is a good 5-minute walk by taking Otek Street from Naguilian Road or Cariño Street from Kisad Road.



2. Go on a shopping spree at the Baguio Night Market.

Location: Harrison Road, Perfecto Street, and Ganza Parking, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: PhP1,500 for shopping, PhP150 for food


christmas

Make sure you have enough in your wallet for all the bargain goods you’ll find!

Image: @titajatravels

If you’re cramming your Christmas gifts, merchants in the Baguio Night Market have your wish lists covered, and for cheap too. It’s a paradise of previously owned goods: gadget accessories, souvenirs, designer bags, and everything you can wear from head to toe. Score great bargains by patiently rummaging through stalls after stalls of surplus goods, and by bidding for the lowest price with sellers.

Aside from the bustling Baguio Night Market, the 300-meter stretch of Harrison Road is also home to an array of street food stalls. Their offerings are just as various too: from international finger foods with Filipino flavor like mandu (Korean dumplings), ramen, and shawarma rice, to our local budget favorites such as squid balls, binatog (sweet corn topped with coconut shavings), barbecue, calamares, goto (ox tripe soup) and other delights.

Just remember to bring someone with you to help you with your shopping hauls, if not to serve as a lookout from pickpockets eyeing your valuables. Better safe than sorry!

Tip: Baguio has gone green and has insisted that shoppers use reusable shopping bags to lessen waste, so bring your own bag!

How to get to Baguio Night Market: From the Baguio city center, Baguio Night Market is a quick 5-minute walk by walking eastbound from Lake Drive or westbound from Session Road.

September 2020 Update: Due to quarantine measures in place, the Baguio Night Market has been temporarily suspended. Please check the Facebook page of Baguio City’s Public Information Office for a more up-to-date status of the market.


3. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Baguio from Mines View Park.

Location: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View Park, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 30-45 minutes via commute; 20-30 minutes via private car
Recommended budget: Approximately PhP1,000 for services and souvenirs


what to do

Cap off a busy year by regaining your much-needed sanity atop Mines View Park’s majestic view.

Image: @biboygarcia_

Christmas only comes once a year, and for most, this season is spent to recover from the ever-wearing rat race of the metro. This is where the pleasant and peaceful views of Baguio’s parks figure in their holiday plans.

And where better to enjoy these views than the majestic Mines View Park? From the observation deck, you can see a stunning panorama of remote mountain ranges of Cordillera, the lush pocket forests of Baguio, and the small mining villages of Benguet. Rekindle your connection with Mother Nature by taking a trek through its green-studded trails, or discover cultures by dressing the full Cordillera ensemble, complete with a headdress, bahag (loin drape), shield, and spear. You can even take a picture with the adorable and ever-popular Doglas, the resident Saint Bernard of the park.

A trip to Mines View Park wouldn’t be complete without passing by Rimando’s and buying from its range of carved artifacts, or taking home a jar or two of Good Shepherd Convent’s strawberry and ube jams to spoil your sweet tooth.



Tip: Complete your Christmas morning with a warm cup of strawberry taho (sweetened soy) from Mines View Park!

How to get to Mines View Park: via commute: from the Baguio city center, ride a jeepney bound for the Plaza-Mines View route, and get off at the park’s main entrance; via private car: from the Baguio city center, turn left to Abanao Street, another left to Magsaysay Avenue, then right to General Luna Road. At the junction, cross to Leonard Wood Road, and at the rotunda, exit towards Gibraltar Road. Follow the road for about two kilometers until you reach Mines View Park.

September 2020 Update: Mines View Park is temporarily closed.


4. Offer a silent prayer inside Baguio Cathedral.

Location: Cathedral Loop, Mount Mary near Post Office Loop, Baguio City, Benguet
Estimated travel time: From the city center, around 5-10 minutes on foot or by private car
Recommended budget: Free


where to go

You certainly won’t miss the passive pink glow of the cathedral against Baguio’s sky.

Image: Baguio Vacation Apartments Facebook page

Amidst celebrations left and right, Christmas time is our due reminder to say our gratitude to a year’s worth of grace. If you’re looking for a venue to say your quiet Christmas prayers, the Baguio Cathedral is the perfect place.

This Roman Catholic church also goes by Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, and has been standing on Mount Mary hill since 1936. Ascending its 104-step stone staircase, visitors will immediately be taken by its solemn aura and its marked rose-pink façade, twin belfries, and windows. Within the courtyard outside the church is a viewing deck where you can spot the stretch of Baguio’s business district below. Inside, the gilded altar and stained glass windows give it an iridescent glow, and the hallowed space can accommodate more than 800 churchgoers.

Masses are held every day starting at 6 AM, and on an hourly basis on Sundays. Regardless, you can whisper your Christmas wish, or wander around the courtyard for rest and relaxation.

Tip: If you’re going to the Baguio Cathedral by private car, caretakers charge a parking fee after the first hour.

How to get to Baguio Cathedral: From the Baguio city center, head eastbound via Session Road and turn left at Jollibee onto Father Carlu Street and onto the Post Office Loop. The steps leading up to Baguio Cathedral should be nearby.

September 2020 Update: The Baguio Cathedral conducts only online masses currently.


For all things Christmas, check out Yoorekka’s Christmas Guide!


5. Enjoy the Baguio Christmas Fair at Burnham Park.

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


places to visit

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.

author

Viktor would love to receive an extra hour a day as a Christmas gift. That way, he won’t have to struggle over splitting his 24 hours among making brand copies and campaigns, writing children’s stories, going to the gym, commuting around Taguig, and feeding his two overweight cats. He hates the hustle culture, that’s why he’s thankful for friends who have time to spare on weekends, preferably over spicy ramen and cold bottles of beer.

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