Did you know that the first Christmas Tree Lighting in Araneta Center took plave in 1981? And that means, that this year, 2017 marks its 36th year of bringing in the tradition of the holiday spirit among families and friends visiting the Center. The Araneta Center was the first to build the tallest Christmas tree that has become a popular symbol of Paskong Pinoy.
Last November 17, the tree lighting began in a different spot as the 100-foot Christmas tree moves to a bigger and better location: the Times Square Food Park on Times Square Avenue corner Roxas Avenue near the Araneta Center Bus Station and behind Shopwise. This is where the former provincial bus station used to be found. The new home of the giant tree is also a few steps away from the new location of the Parolan, the favorite bargain destination for Christmas decor. Aside form the giant Christmas Tree, the new location also features a tunnel of lights, an events area, and a new food park where people can hang out and do more than just take selfies.
The tunnel of lights is the newest attraction in Araneta Center where everyone can enjoy memorable photo shoots and picture-taking with family and friends.
The crowd also enjoyed a picture with Santa Claus who came in early to greet everyone a joyous Christmas.
The Grand Christmas Tree Lighting was an open to the public event with favorite stars like Erik Santos, Kisses Delavin, BoybandPH, and many others who added sparkle to the night’s festivities before the tree lighting and fireworks display.
Vice Ganda returns to Araneta Center as a yearly tradition as the main guest to switch on the lights of the giant Christmas Tree.
After the ceremony, the country’s premier band UDD (UP Dharma Down) played their sets.
The tree lighting kicks off the Yuletide season in the city and Christmas rush will soon be upon us, so this is also the perfect time for Araneta Center to unveil its partnership with a brand new app called Piip. Another first for the Araneta Center, this perfect lifestyle companion boasts of a location-based feature that alerts shoppers within a few kilometers of the Center of flash sales, promos, freebies, and more.
Users then can “shop around” for the best deals within the Center with just a piip of a button, chat with merchants for more info, and even tell their friends about it via its in-app chat. This will certainly level up the shopping, dining and entertainment experience for Araneta Center customers. For more information on Piip, attendees may visit their booth at the tree lighting event.
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