It’s that merry time of the year again!
In the Philippines, we can already feel the holiday spirit as early as September or when the “ber” months kick in. Manila shopping malls, by this time, are already offering thousands of items that are perfect for the Christmas season. But, if you yearn to shop in specialty Christmas markets, boutiques, and stores for more Christmas decorations and unique gift items at reasonable prices, you don’t have to go abroad or wait for Christmas bazaars in December.
Let us introduce you to some of the best Christmas markets that you can find within Manila. Anyone of them can surely fulfill your Christmas shopping need.
Greenhills Shopping Center
Photo from Greenhills Shopping Center
Located in San Juan, the Greenhills Shopping Center is home to a great variety of shopping stores, restaurants, and establishments for leisure and recreation. With lots of shopping opportunities and leisure activities available for the entire family, Greenhills Shopping Center draws in lots of shoppers all year round, but most especially during the Christmas season. Aside from the night market which attracts throngs of people to buy Christmas gifts, decors, and other items suited for this time of the year, its major crowd drawer is the Christmas on Display or the COD. The COD features nightly shows of lights and moving mannequins which depict what the season is all about.
Location: Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila
Mall Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Crafty Mommy Novelty Shop
Photo from Dapitan Arcade
If you are looking for hand-crafted Christmas decors in particular, head to Crafty Mommy Novelty Shop at Dapitan Arcade. Planning to buy your very own Christmas village? This is the ideal place to go. It also offers a wide array of items for this holiday season, including Christmas trees (a 6.5 ft tree with imported 110v lights costs P6,500) and wreaths (a 120 cm Christmas wreath with 400 lights costs P8,500).
Location: Stall 64-65, 67 Dapitan Arcade, Quezon City
Store Hours: 8:00 AM to7:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays
Established in 1998, Christmas Factory makes use of polyresin with fibreglass to produce different kinds of items for Christmas. They offer different kinds Santa-related home decors such as Santa boards, hangers, Santa tabletops, and standalones of up to 5.5 ft. They also sell table accessories, wine and magazine holders, and other home accents. All of their items are hand-crafted and hand-painted. For bulk orders, Christmas Factory accepts special orders based on the client’s design requirements.
Location: 565 AH Lacson cor. F Jhocson Sts. Sampaloc, Manila
Store Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Anding’s Toys and Flowers, Inc.
While their name makes you think that they only sell toys and flowers, Anding’s also sells a vast selection of ornaments for the Christmas season. What’s great about this store is that you can buy different holiday items, or if you are pressed for time, have them decorate a mini-Christmas tree, garland, or any Christmas display item and just buy the entire thing for your home.
Location: NL01-NL03 3rd Flr., Primeblock, Tutuban Center Claro M. Recto Ave., Tondo, Manila (main branch)
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM