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A Celebration of Lights; Makati's Ayala Triangle Gardens

Updated on December 4, 2012

If you are in Manila around the holidays, a can't miss show is the Christmas lights show located in the Makati area.

Crowds gather in Ayala Triangle Gardens in Manila to enjoy with amazing spectacle of lights during the holidays.
Crowds gather in Ayala Triangle Gardens in Manila to enjoy with amazing spectacle of lights during the holidays.

This article will thrill you will gorgeous sites and sounds of one of the most amazing Christmas light shows you will find anywhere. Take this virtual trip to Makati, located in Manila, to enjoy this lights spectacular and to learn how to get there and when to go.

This show is located in Ayala Triangle Gardens in the Makati area of Manila in the Philippines. It can easily be reached by taxi and the gardens are near the Glorietta and SM Makati malls. If you are there during December, a can't miss celebration is this one. It left us amazed and pleasantly surprised as this was not in our original business travel plans. However, it turned out to be one of the neatest things we saw on our educational research trip to Manila.

This show takes place from December 1st and goes through December 30th each year. It runs from 6 pm through 9 pm every hour on the hour.

The Streets & Buildings Lined with Colorful Decorations

Approaching the Gardens, a building turns purple and shines brightly in the night.
Approaching the Gardens, a building turns purple and shines brightly in the night.
The building begins to glow and change colors.
The building begins to glow and change colors.
The buidlings and street decorations light up the night as you approach the gardens.
The buidlings and street decorations light up the night as you approach the gardens.
Arriving at Ayala Triangle Gardens was almost as entertaining as the show itself.
Arriving at Ayala Triangle Gardens was almost as entertaining as the show itself.

Arriving at Ayala Gardens was almost as entertaining as the show itself. As we approached our destination, we noticed multiple buildings glowing, flashing, and blinking with vibrant decorations. The streets were lined with other lit decorations that helped illuminate the night. it was quite a sight to see.

The Unlit Gardens

Arriving at the gardens, one notices the large video and light displays set up to entertain the crowd.
Arriving at the gardens, one notices the large video and light displays set up to entertain the crowd.

Once we arrived we entered a large open area, which we walked through. After reaching the other side, we noticed large video displays and multiple light strings hanging from trees. There were also more strings of lights that had been wrapped around the trunks of trees and laid over the grass areas. Additionally large strobes in the shape of stars adorned the area.

Unlit light strings hang from the trees.
Unlit light strings hang from the trees.

These unlit light strings and strobes soon turned to bright vibrant spectacles once the show began. First, complete darkness overtook the area, then the light show began. It was truly amazing.

The Show Must Go On

The gardens brightened up with amazing sights of glowing, flashing, and blinking lights.
The gardens brightened up with amazing sights of glowing, flashing, and blinking lights.

After the darkness clears, the lights begin along with traditional Christmas music. This continues for quite a while and captivates the audience with wonder and enjoyment.

The trees and grass lit up with colorful displays during the light show.
The trees and grass lit up with colorful displays during the light show.

The trees and grass were wrapped and covered in light strings that also glowed and flashed during this exciting performance. Large strobes in the shape of Stars adorned the area as well giving an even greater effect.

Below I have posted a video of a small portion of the light show, so you can experience it too in a virtual manner. Enjoy!

Experience it for Yourself; A Christmas of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens

All in all this show was truly amazing. It was also a quite unexpected experience, as we had not planned to attend this when we booked our research business trip's itinerary. However, when the show was over, we were much richer for the experience. It was truly a sight to see. And the best part, it was all free to the public!

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      MarkRFox 5 years ago

      My pleasure to write about them and even more of a pleasure to experience them. As a teacher, I am extremely lucky to be conducting educational research for my students here in the Philippines for 1 year.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Great. I heard lots of people flocked around the area during Christmas season to witness those 'light exhibitions'. Too bad am quite far from the place. Good thing, we have the same stuff here in Cubao, Quezon City. :D Glad to know that you had great experiences in our country. And thank you for featuring them in this hub. :D

      Cheers!