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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Araneta Center!

Last November 16 (Friday) amidst the busy Farmers Market Cubao area, passersby and invited guests bear witness to the traditional lighting of The Araneta Center BELEN.

This life-sized depiction of the Nativity at the Farmers Market, which serves as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas, has come to be an annual local attraction for 20 years already.  Christmas at the Araneta Center is not the same without the BELEN and its Giant Christmas Tree.

Present during the simple and solemn Araneta Center BELEN lighting ceremony were Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Quezon City 3rd District Congressman Jorge Banal, Barangay Socorro Barangay Chairman Joey de Guzman, Quezon City 3rd District Councilor Pinggoy Lagumbay, and Quezon City Market Department OIC Noel T. Soliven.

Blessing the Belen
The Choir

It’s already Christmas at The Araneta Center!

Aside from the Giant Christmas Tree and the BELEN, crowds may also check out the Parolan bazaar in Farmers Garden where you can buy all your Christmas decors and everything Christmassy.

Get your fill of fresh-cooked puto bumbong and bibingka, plus other mouth-watering treats at the Farmers Garden and the Christmas food fair in Quadrant C (Giant Christmas Tree area). Be serenaded by the different chorale groups as they sing your favorite Christmas carols every weekend from November 17 to December 23 during the Chorale Competition; marvel at the fireworks display every Friday and Saturday all throughout the holidays; and get your kids to meet Santa at Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and farmers Plaza every Friday to Sunday from December 1 to 25.

Get great bargains as well during the Araneta Center Pre-Christmas Sale on November 23 to December 2.

Meanwhile, the holidays will be a real treat this year at the Araneta Coliseum when Sir Elton John and Sting performs on stage on December 8 and 9.  And on December 25 to January 3, see your favorite Disney princesses Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana, and their equally dashing princes in Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes! You may log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call (02) 911 5555 for tickets.

The Araneta Center is truly one of the places to be during the holidays!


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