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7 Things To Do In The Metro For December 2023 From Festivals To Live Performances To Wrap Up The Year

Things to do in Metro Manila for December 2023

As the month of December unfurls, there’s a spectacular lineup of events that’ll make the holiday season more magical for friends and family. From star-studded performances to enchanting festivals, here are 7 things to do in Metro Manila for December 2023 that embraces the spirit of joy and celebration and will end your year in a bang.

1. Air Supply: The Lost in Love Experience Manila 2023

Image credit: SM Tickets

If you’re a big fan of music from the ’70s to the ’80s, then you won’t want to miss out on the soft rock duo Air Supply and their three-day concert happening at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay.

And ICYDK, they’re the ones responsible for the oldies, but goodies hits All Out of Love, Making Love Out of Nothing at All, Lost In Love, …Even the Nights Are Better, and many more. So don’t miss out on hearing them perform these songs live!

Admission fee: P2,500 (~USD45.21) Bronze | P5,000 (~USD90.42) Silver | P7,500 (~USD135.64) Gold | P9,000 (~USD162.76) VIP | P10,000 (~USD180.85) SVIP | P11,000 (~USD198.93) Platinum
Date: 11th-13th December 2023
Time: 8pm
Address: 2nd Level, Newport Performing Arts Theater, Newport Mall, 1309 Newport Blvd, Newport City, Pasay

Get your tickets here or at any SM Tickets outlets near you.

Note: Ticket prices are inclusive of ticketing charges. 

2. World Bazaar Festival

Image credit: World Bazaar Festival via Facebook

If you want to go for some last-minute Christmas shopping, then you’ll want to check out the World Bazaar Festival happening at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay. You’ll get to shop various products from clothes and bags to bottles of perfume. And some of them may even be sold at affordable prices.

What’s more, the festival will also hold other events such as a gaming competition, comedy show, and Christmas caroling. You won’t have to look any further for this all-in-one event of the year.

Date: 13th-22nd December 2023
Time: 10am-9pm
Address: 2nd Floor, World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay Extension corner, 1300 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay

Register and get your tickets here.

3. The Nutcracker

Image credit: TicketWorld via Facebook

For those who’re into watching ballet and emotionally moving theater productions, you can check out The Nutcracker happening at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay.

Watch the Philippine Ballet Theatre’s dancers and their rendition of graceful movements that follow the story of a girl named Clara and her journey to a magical place.

Admission fee: P515 (~USD9.31) Bronze | P1,030 (~USD18.63) Silver | P2,060 (~USD37.25) Gold | P3,090 (~USD55.86) VIP | P3,605 (~USD65.17) SVIP
Date: 16th-17th December 2023
Time: 3pm, 7.30pm, & 8pm
Address: 2nd Level, Newport Performing Arts Theater, Newport Mall, 1309 Newport Blvd, Newport City, Pasay

Book your tickets here.

Note: Ticket prices are inclusive of ticketing charges. 

4. Otaku Musika Festival: Christmas Edition

Image credit: Otaku Musika Festival via Facebook

If you’ve been going to Otaku Musika Festivals, then you’ll want to come to the Otaku Musika Festival: Christmas Edition happening at Robinsons Place Las Piñas. Like most of their festivals, this event offers a variety of activities that you can join from karaoke to cosplay competitions.

And if that’s not your style, then feel free to chill and jam to live performances while enjoying a food and drink of your choice. This is definitely a win-win in our books – you can win prizes and experience live jamming sessions.

Date: 15th-17th December 2023
Time: 11am-8pm
Address: Grand Atrium, Robinsons Place Las Piñas, Alabang–Zapote Rd, Las Piñas

For more information, click here.

5. AEGIS: The Christmas Bonus Concert

Image credit: The Aegis Band via Facebook

AEGIS: The Christmas Bonus Concert happening at The Theatre At Solaire in Parañaque is another live concert that you can go to if you’re a fan of the OPM classics. ICYDK, Aegis is a popular Filipino rock band from the ’90s. Their hit songs include Luha, Basang-Basa Sa Ulan, and Halik.

Additionally, if you’re a fan of P-pop group SB19, then you’ll be happy to find that group member Felip will be a special guest at the concert. So if you want to jam live with Aegis or meet Felip in person, this is your chance to do so.

Admission fee: P1,802.50 (~USD32.58) Upper Balcony | P3,553.50 (~USD64.24) Lower Balcony | P4,892.50 (~USD88.44) Gold | P6,169.70 (~USD111.53) VIP | P7,261.50 (~USD131.27) SVIP
Date: 20th December 2023
Time: 7pm
Address: The Theatre At Solaire, Aseana Avenue Entertainment City, Parañaque

Grab your tickets here.

Note: Ticket prices are inclusive of ticketing charges. 

6. Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Wonder

Image credit: SM Tickets

Now that it’s December, Disney On Ice, happening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, is making its appearance once again to amaze you and your friends and family, especially the young ones.

You’ll be able to watch spectacular performances from your favorite Disney characters from the movies Toy Story, Frozen, Aladdin, and of course, the OG gang – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and more.

Admission fee: P300 (~USD5.42) general admission | P800 (~USD14.46) Upper Box Regular | P1,000 (~USD18.08) Upper Box Center | P1,700 (~USD30.73) Lower Box Regular | P1,900 (~USD34.35) Lower Box Premium B | P2,000 (~USD36.15) Lower Box Premium A | P3,100 (~USD56.04) VIP | P4,000 (~USD72.31) SVIP | P5,200 (~USD94) Front Row
Date: 22nd December 2023 – 7th January 2024
Time: 11am, 3pm, & 7pm
Address: SM Mall of Asia Arena, J.W. Diokno Boulevard, Pasay

Get your tickets here or at any SM Tickets outlets near you.

Note: Ticket prices are inclusive of ticketing charges. 

7. Shindig: Disco Dancing Through the Eras

Image credit: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila via Facebook

If you’re into staycations, then going to the Shindig: Dancing Through The Eras concert, happening at Sofitel Manila in Pasay, may be the one for you. This event comes with a specific package that the hotel is offering: the Lavish New Year’s Getaway.

In this offer, you get: 

  • Two tickets to Shindig: Dancing Through The Eras concert
  • Complimentary breakfast at the Spiral Buffet
  • Dicounts at the Sofitel Spa with Thalgo, and;
  • Access to the hotels luxurious amenities

You’re encouraged to dress up as people would during the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or ’00s and jam to the live performances of various artists such as Darren Espanto, D’ Manoeuvres, and Juan Miguel Salvador & The Authority.

Admission fee: From P9,872 (~USD178.46) per person
Date: 31st December 2023
Time: 7pm-12am
Address: Harbor Garden Tent & Grand Plaza Ballroom, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay

For more information, click here.

Things to do in December 2023 to end your year well

As 2023 bids us farewell, the echoes of laughter and melodies from these things to do in the metro will linger in the air and leave behind cherished memories.

These experiences are not just highlights of the month, but they’re also moments of happiness that’ll kickstart your year 2024.

For more things to do in the Philippines, check out The Smart Local Philippines.

Cover image adapted from: SM Tickets, Disney On Ice via Facebook, Philippine Ballet Theatre via Facebook

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