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5 Locals’ Favorite Christmas Spots in Iloilo That Are Open to Public

Spend Christmas the Ilonggos way.

By: Mira Maestrecampo | October 20, 2021
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Christmas spots in Iloilo

The scenic, wonderfully decorated lights make the structure of the Sunburst Park Iloilo more beautiful to look at and take a photo with.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

Christmas is the most awaited time of the year, and the holiday fever is just getting started. Aside from extravagant vacations and expensive gifts, visiting Christmas-themed spots is also on the list of things to do this Christmas. It’s the second year of Christmas in the new normal, and it’s nice to have Iloilo offer you these bright, picturesque spots to visit this holiday season.

Check out these Christmas spots in Iloilo that are open to the public to enjoy for free! Taking a walk and having the fun of taking pictures at these spots gives you the time to unwind and celebrate how you endured this year despite the worldwide pandemic.


1. Molo Plaza

Location: San Pedro St. Molo, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Distance: From Iloilo Domestic Port, Fort San Pedro Dr. Iloilo City Proper: 16 minutes (6.2 km) via Muelle Loney St.


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Freely sit and relax as you feel the cool breeze and watch the bright Christmas lights in Molo Plaza.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

This holiday 2021, a stroll in Plaza Molo will envelop you in its relaxing ambiance with its bright lights at night. It gives off a simple Christmas vibe, perfect for a walk with your family or with your loved one. You can freely come to this accessible park in Iloilo’s city proper, and it’s a yearly thing for the town to decorate the plaza for the Ilonggos to enjoy.

Plaza Molo is a city garden built in a neoclassical-themed structure and is overlooked by a neo-gothic church. The remarkable scenic view in the heart of the city will warmly welcome you, and you will appreciate it more at night when it is adorned with Christmas decorations.


2. Festive Walk Iloilo

Location: Megaworld Blvd, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Distance: From Iloilo Domestic Port, Fort San Pedro Dr. Iloilo City Proper: 20 minutes (7.7 km) via Muelle Loney St. and Benigno Aquino Ave/Diversion Rd/Old Iloilo – Capiz Rd.


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Get ready to be welcomed by the bright lights of the Festive Walk Iloilo.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

Everyone knows that malls usually do decorate every Christmas to attract mall guests and customers. But Festive Walk Iloilo takes Christmas decorations to a whole new level with the cheerful atmosphere that you get to experience once you enter the mall premises. If you are looking for a bright Christmas background for your yearly holiday photo, then the Festive Walk is the place you are looking for!

Aside from all the hanging lights and sparkling Christmas decorations, you can also marvel at the sight of the giant Christmas tree standing at the center of the open-spaced area before the entrance of the mall. This Christmas spot is IG-worthy, and people sure can’t wait to take a selfie and a groupie in the fully decorated mall this upcoming December.



3. St. Anne Church

Location: 132 San Pedro St, Molo, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Distance: From Iloilo Domestic Port, Fort San Pedro Dr. Iloilo City Proper: 15 minutes (6.0 km)via Muelle Loney St.


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Drop by and take a quick snap while you stroll St. Anne Church, where photos are best taken at night.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

There are many things to do this Christmas in Iloilo, one of which is visiting historic churches like St. Anne Church. St. Anne Church is a famous spot near the Plaza Molo, which means people conveniently visit two beautiful places. The St. Anne Church, also known as the Molo Church, is located just along the streets and premises of the plaza. This church is known in Iloilo for its memorable red spires that crown its tall bell towers.

The St. Anne Church is styled in a neo-gothic-themed structure, and while locals consider it one of the most familiar landmarks, tourists consider it as one of the city’s top attractions. It would be best if you didn’t miss dropping by this magnificent structure on your Christmas stroll, as it is best photographed as it is, and certainly worthy to add to your Christmas photos.


4. SM City Iloilo

Location: Benigno Aquino Ave, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Distance: From Iloilo Domestic Port, Fort San Pedro Dr. Iloilo City Proper: 20 minutes (7.9 km) via Muelle Loney St and Benigno Aquino Ave/Diversion Rd/Old Iloilo - Capiz Rd


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SM City Iloilo displays their iconic giant Christmas tree as early as they can before December so that guests can enjoy the display in the mall.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

SM City Supermalls is the Filipinos’ choice for every year’s Christmas shopping spree. Besides being the top shopping mall, residents are always looking forward to its Christmas holiday display, as maintained by the mall every year. From humongous Christmas tree decorations to escalators adorned with Christmas garlands, SM City Iloilo is one of the mall’s branches that has put in all the efforts to entice the guests further to take a lot of photos with their full blast Christmas display.

Malls have been barely crowded, compared before when there was no pandemic, but Christmas indeed brings in a hopeful thought to the people, and SM City Iloilo’s holiday ornaments do not fail to do so. Whether you are in for a Christmas shopping galore or cool down and see the Christmas-themed sight in the mall, SM City Iloilo surely can bring both.


5. Sunburst Park Iloilo

Location: JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, 5000 Iloilo
Distance: From Iloilo Domestic Port, Fort San Pedro Dr. Iloilo City Proper: 6 minutes (2.4 km) via Muelle Loney St


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Have your photo souvenir taken in this colorful lights display in Sunburst Park Iloilo.

Image: Iloilo City Government Facebook page

The captivating lights found in Sunburst Park Iloilo is a favorite photo subject in the city. Lights lit in different colors as they flash, spelled ‘Iloilo’, is an excellent background for a photo souvenir when you are on vacation in Iloilo this Christmas. Sunburst Park remains open to the public, so people can take a chill by the park while eating their favorite comfort food. The park is the perfect place for a night’s stroll before feasting on your Noche Buena at home.


Some people prefer a quiet walk and a simple picture-taking session on their favorite Christmas spots. If you are one of those people, start planning out your Christmas stroll and drop by these remarkable places in Iloilo.


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Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. For now, keep safe!


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About Mira Maestrecampo
Mira - with a long surname - is a girl who dreams of becoming a news anchor someday, in God's perfect time. She loves to read books and eat different kinds of cheesy or saucy food. A coffee addict and a dog lover, she loves long hugs, hot coffee on an afternoon break with friends, or simply sleeping all day with her stuffed unicorns.
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