Makati Neighborhood Guide: Holiday Edition

It’s that time of the year again where the air is a bit cooler, more traffic ensues, and people are generally more generous than other times of the year. The family seems to be kinder, friends a little more accommodating, and strangers are friendlier. You can’t mistake it with any other holiday as the malls, radio stations are constantly playing familiar tunes such as All I want for ChristmasThis Christmas, and Santa Claus is coming to town.

We want to kick off our neighborhood guide series with the famous- Makati City. Makati is a schizophrenic city where you could find all things and sights in accordance with anyone’s liking. From ultra posh locations, humble recreational spaces, a wonderful dining scene, and all sorts of merry activities! I have to admit that I am also sort of bias with the city where I grew up in.

To be fair, Makati’s towers house the nation’s major corporations and most of the major hotels. Construction started after WWII when the Ayala family seized upon the destruction of the rest of the city as a chance to start building. It is somehow fitting to say that the city is the center of all things interesting.




Ayala Triangle Gardens Light and Sound Show
Be dazzled by the Christmas lights cascading from the trees and the spectacular display of dancing lights and sounds. The show schedule is from November 20 to December 31running every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Photo Taken from the Ayala Gardens Facebook Page. 

A Groovy Kind of Christmas
This Christmas concert for a cause features Skarlet, The Brownbeat All-Stars, and The 62nd Project. The concert will take place at the Ayala Museum Ground Floor Lobby on December 23 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. All donations will go to the Ayala Foundation Inc.’s Laging Handa program for the benefit of victims of super typhoon Yolanda.




Greenbelt Christmas Market

  • Date: December 9 to 24
  • Venue: Greenbelt 3 Park


  • Operating Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM
  • Address: The Landmark Bldg. Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila


  • Operating Hours: 11 AM to 9PM
  • Address: Legazpi Street, Makati City

Century City Manila Mall

  • Operating Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
  • Address: Century City Lifestyle Center, Kalayaan Ave. cor Salamanca, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City

Circuit Makati

  • Operating Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM
  • Address: Hippodromo, Makati City




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Staycation in the City

Peninsula Manila

Are you all set for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? If you haven’t made plans yet, celebrate with your loved ones in any of Peninsula Manila’s four restaurants. The LobbyEscoltaSpices, and Old Manila will prepare a buffet or Christmas menu for lunch and dinner.


Location: The Peninsula Manila is at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City; Tel. No. 887-2888.

Fairmont Makati 

Experience Afternoon Tea during merienda get-togethers with family and friends. Spend a Sunday afternoon with stuffed bears and bear-themed treats while being serenaded by carolers and meeting Santa Claus.

Afternoon Tea is available daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for P1,222 for two persons. Guests may opt to add a glass of Champagne for P1,106 per person. Every Sunday of December, children can join the Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Lounge from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Location: Fairmont Makati is at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City; Tel. No. 555-9888.

Makati Shangri-La

The hotel’s food offerings for the holiday include complimentary turkey carved on your table at Circles Event CafeChristmas High Tea Set from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and special coffee blends at the Lobby Lounge, and Christmas cocktails at the Pool Bar.

Experience a magical forest before the first frost as enchanting snow maidens and pixies greet you upon entering the hotel lobby. Meet and greet Santa and his reindeers by the Grand Christmas Tree at the hotel lobby on December 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., and on December 25 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. You can also take your holiday photo in the Christmas sleigh.

Location: Makati Shangri-La is at Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City; Tel. No. 813-8888.


Simbang Gabi

As Filipinos, we stand strong with our tradition. An essential constant to the Christmas festivities is going to Simbang Gabi. Check out different church locations and schedules around Makati City.

McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City
Anticipated Simbang Gabi (December 15-23)
9 pm
Simbang Gabi (December 16-24)
5 am

1923 Orense St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City
Anticipated Simbang Gabi (December 15-23)
8 pm
Simbang Gabi (December 16-24)
4 am
5:30 am

Humabon St., Magallanes Village, Makati City
Anticipated Simbang Gabi (December 15-23)
8 pm
Simbang Gabi (December 16-24)
4:30 am

Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati City
Anticipated Simbang Gabi (December 15-23)
8 pm
Simbang Gabi (December 16-24)
5 am



How about a 24/7 open restaurant?



Whenever we have a celebration, the first thing my family thinks of is the food. Food is always king in these sort of celebrations and sometimes we don’t exactly have the time to prepare. With Old Swiss Inn, you’re guaranteed to have excellent food selection for all your holiday affairs.


This menu is available from 3:00 am to 10:00 am from December 16 to December 24 only.

Check out their Holiday Packages HERE

Aside from their Simbang Gabi offerings they are also open during Noche Buena and New Years Eve for those who want to dine out on these festive days. See their menu below:

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I know we’re looking forward to that Roasted Turkey and Angus Beef Belly (An FGDO Favorite). Find out our favorite holiday dishes HERE.


  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours


Whether it’s to shop, spend times with your loved ones, go out with your friends Makati has a place where you can go. It has evolved throughout the years from being grasslands to the center of finance, and now the goto place during the holiday season. Savor the lights, the sounds and the season here in Makati.


Engage with us; or

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?

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