December 1- December 31 | Naga City
Bustling Naga City becomes doubly busy this month as it celebrates Christmas along with its charter anniversary day. Except the residents of this community to play, pray and party with an extended schedule of cultural shows, trade fairs and civic parades. Not to be missed: the “kiri-kiri” and “pastores” performances, both unique showcases of traditional Bicolano culture.
PASKO SA SUGBU
December 1- December 31 | Cebu
Christmas in Cebu is celebrated with songs, gifts, twinkling lights—and a month-long program of yuletide events. Check out the nightly cultural shows for taste of the season, Cebuano-style. There’s also the various parol, christmas tree and “daygon” competitions, participated in by students from the city’s numerous schools.
CHRISTMAS IN BAGUIO
December 1- December 31 | Baguio City
Mardi Gras, fireworks, lantern and decor contest
December 1- December 9 | Manaoag, Pangasinan
A province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of Pangasinan’s patroness
December 1- December 10 | San Fernando, Pampanga
The sinukwan Festival heralds the unique culture and distinct beliefs of the Kapampangans through a colorful street dancing parade
December 1- December 10 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Hugyawan means “merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and presentation of the street dancing contingents, whose members come from all parts of the province
December 2 | San Enrique, Iloilo
This festival revolves around the culture, tradition, lifestyle and livelihood of the which is the sugar industry and its eco-tourism potentials. The festival features a dance-drama depicting the flourishing sugar (kalamay) industry in San Enrique.
SINADYA SA HALARA FESTIVAL (THANKSGIVING)
December 3- December 8 | Roxas City, Capiz
It means “joy in sharing and thanksgiving” in the local dialect. Previously celebrated as two separate events, the Sinadya and the Halaran now take center stage on the first weekend of December. There’s a lot to share and be thankful for, say the Roxas cityfolk, and its all in this special occasion- there’s a “Diana” fireworks display, a sumptious foodfest and a grand dance festival.
December 3- December 12 | Pagsanjan, Laguna
The feastival features the history and culture of Pagsanjan through music ans dance performed by students in Pagsanjan
KARISYOHAN HAN PASKO HA PALO
December 6- January 6 | Palo, Leyte
A festival to preserve the beautiful old-fashioned Filipino traditions of celebrating Christmas.
PAGODA AND CARACOL (FLUVIAL PARADE)
December 7- December 9 | Malabon City
The yearly celebrations in the honor of the patroness
December 8 | San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental
A religious festival honoring the Immaculate Conception. It features activities such as street dancing, parade of floats, etc., centered on the town’s agricultural bounty: Coconut.
December 8- December 9 | Tudela, Camotes Island, Cebu
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community. It is history retold of the richness of the town’s origin from immortals to the time of the Christianization until it was separated from its mother town of Poro in the year 1911
BONGGAHAN SA VALENCIA
December 10 | Valencia City, Bukidnon
Display of giant lighted figure in the plaza.
December 11- December 16 | Lipa City, Batangas
The coffee festival was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the coffee granary of the Philippines.
KASADYAAN FESTIVAL (MARDI GRAS)
December 12- December 14 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Initiated by Foundation University to add color to the local community''s Christmas season. The fifty year old tradition is the longest established festival in negros Oriental. The celebration of merriment includes filed presentation, beauty pagents and frolics and culminates in Kasadyaan mardi gras.
December 15- December 19 | Zarraga, Iloilo
The main purpose of this festival is to promote the town of Zarraga as one of the major producers and trading center of “pantat” in Panay Island. Among the festival activities are the ff: Grand Parade & Street Dancing, Pantat Cooking Contest, Search for Lin-ay sang Zarraga and many more.
IWAG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL
December 16- January 3 | Pototan, Iloilo
A kaleidoscope of multicolored lights in a 6 ha. Plaza with dancing fountain and food festival.
MISA DE GALLO
December 16- December 24 | Nationwide
Misa de Gallo is a Filipino yuletide tradition that starts on the 16th of December and culminates in a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Roman Catholics attend the daily mass at three or four in the morning. Upon exiting the church, the hungry is enticed by the sight and smell of puto bumbong and bibingka (native delicacies made of sticky and glutinous rice sold nearby).
December 16- December 17 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
The festival gives emphasis to this native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It features the Biggest Bod-bod that would weigh as much as eighty kilos and requires ten persons to prepare the delicacy, and the Smallest Bod-bod that would come served inside a matchbox
SAN FERNANDO GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
December 20 | San Fernando, pampanga
Giant lanterns of participating barangays measuring from 14 feet to 18 feet in diameter in multi-colored designs and patterns thrill and delight the spectator with their kaleidoscopic patterns of light danced to the music of accompanying bands.
December 18 | Legazpi City
Caroling, Bicol-style. The Pastores is a musical re-enactment of the age-old nativity story. Colorful costumes are worn by singers, in honor of the biblical sheperds who sang the first Christmas carols. The performance is done with an entourage of traditional musikeros, lots of dancing, and a generous dose of Christmas cheer.
PALUPOK BAYONG FESTIVAL
December 18 | Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
A revival of an old tradition in celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo cannons (bayong).
KANYON-KANYON FESTIVAL (PATUNOG-TUNOG KANYON SA NEW YEAR)
December 25- December 31 | Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
A revival of an old tradition. This is the residents’ own way of celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo “kanyons”.
December 25- December 31 | Dagupan City
Part of City Fiesta celebration honoring Dagupeños living abroad to celebrate Christmas season with their relatives and friens thru colorful parade and dances.
December 26- December 28 | Calasiao, Pangasinan
Celebration of the town’s major produce, rice cake (puto).
December 28- January 1 | Libacao, Aklan
Kaliugyon means, kali for kalye or streets and ugyon for unity or union in the streets. Libacaonons go out for a wild revelry of merrymaking to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
NIÑOS INOSENTES DAY OR YAWA-YAWA FESTIVAL
December 28 | Ibajay, Aklan
It is participated by 2-3 barangays wherein they dress in scary costumes and they go from house to house asking for Christmas gifts and goodies.
TULTUGAN FESTIVAL (DRUM & BAMBOO)
December 29 | Maasin, Iloilo
Tultugan is the Hiligaynon and Kiniray-a word for the indigenous bamboo drum. It is the emerging festival of the province and the region.
December 29- December 30 | Plaridel, Bulacan
A herd of horses with colorful tilburies parading in the streets of Plaridel in reverence to St. Apostle. It is held every 29th and 30th of December.
RIZAL’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
December 30 | Dapitan City
Declared a national holiday, and Dapitan City which served as Dr. Jose Rizal’s home for 4 years in exile, highlights of this occasion with activities focusing on Rizal, including lectures on his life, works and ideas by known speakers.
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December 31 | Pasig City
People contribute and lay out a feast on the main street of the barangay and everybody partakes of it.
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