Perhaps the first destination that comes in your mind when we talk about Christmas getaways is Baguio. It has been a go-to place for many Filipino families who want to spend their holiday break as stress-free as possible. Who can blame them, though? Baguio is really a nice place even on a regular day.
For this year, you can try something different. There are places near and outside the metro that are equally stunning and absolutely great for your holiday break.
In this list, we’re recommending types of Christmas getaways in different local destinations. Don’t worry! All destinations are family-friendly so every member of the clan is sure to have fun during this season. You only have a few days to plan for that trip, so you got to keep going!
1. For a simple and quiet Christmas: Clark, Pampanga
Clark City is slowly becoming a tourist and economic hotspot as many business ventures came into the city in the past few years. In this city, there’s a good amount of convenience and relaxation that many vacationers love. Big family crowds are also not yet discovering the magic that Clark is, making it an ideal getaway destination if you’re going for a simple and quiet Christmas with the family.
WHAT TO DO:
-Be amazed and roam around the Air Force Park
-Take a trip back to memory lane and visit Nayong Pilipino
-Let the kids enjoy at Dinosaur’s Island
-Go shopping at Duty Free
2. For a chill Christmas by the beach: Dos Palmas Island, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
While Palawan (Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido) is one of the favorite destinations of most travelers during the summer season, it also makes an ideal Christmas getaway place for families during the holidays.
Dos Palmas is a private island where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Great view. Amazing vibe. And most of all, delicious seafood! It truly makes an amazing experience for every member of the family.
If you have always wanted to celebrate Christmas beside the beach, you’ll definitely love this place.
WHAT TO DO:
-Hop from one island to another
-Play beach sports with your family
-Chill by the beach
-Go jamming in their live acoustic shows
3. For an adventurous Christmas getaway: Badian, Cebu
Local and foreign tourists have been exploring Badian because of its world-class activities. But only a few have visited the town for their Christmas getaways.
The best thing about visiting Badian during the holidays is that the place is not as crowded as it usually is. It definitely brings a peaceful experience, in spite of the number of activities one can enjoy. And what’s makes it the best, you ask? These activities can be enjoyed with kids!
WHAT TO DO:
-Go trekking and see the stunning Kawasan Falls
-Experience the second-longest dual cable zip line in Asia
-Relax at Kansanto Springs
-Explore the fantastic underwater paradise at Pescador Island
4. For an enjoyable Christmas vacay within the city: Makati City, Metro Manila
Makati is such a beautiful place every Christmas season. The city literally lights up during the holidays—with its intricate Christmas decorations along the street and the famous Lights and Sounds Show in Ayala Triangle that happens yearly.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time for an out-of-town trip yet still want to do something different this year, a staycation in one of the metro’s busiest cities is worth a shot. While it’s true that Makati can become really busy, wait until the city becomes encapsulated in the beauty and serenity of the holidays. Even on the days leading to Christmas, a walk along Ayala Avenue can make you feel the holiday spirit.
WHAT TO DO:
-Go on a staycation at Makati Palace Hotel
-Watch the Lights and Sounds Show at Ayala Triangle
-Enjoy a Christmas dinner at Dencio’s
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