Seven Local Christmas Bazaars You Can Visit for Last-Minute Gift-Shopping

Yes, I realize that for most of the world, the first week of December hardly qualifies as last-minute, but I live in the Philippines. Here, some of us start shopping for Christmas presents before Halloween. (And with the traffic situation being what it is, that’s actually quite smart.)

 

Then again, not all of us have either the time or the money (gotta wait for that 13th month bonus) to shop early. And well, sometimes, we just forget.

 

Fortunately, Manila (and a couple of cities beyond it) have an abundance of trade fairs and bazaars in the run-up to the holidays. Given the wide variety of goods that are bound to be on offer, you should be able to get something for everyone on your list at any of the following upcoming Christmas bazaars:

   

  1. Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar (7-8 December).
  2. 1-Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar (7-8 December)  

    Do you live in the South? Intimidated by city traffic? Don’t worry, the Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar’s got your back. With over 250 booths, why would you need to venture out into other malls?

     

    Also, all proceeds go to Alabang’s Zonta Club for their charity work, so your holiday shopping would be for a good cause. Total win-win.

     

    Venue: Filinvest Tent, Spectrum Midway, Alabang

     

  3. American Women’s Club Bazaar (10 December).
  4. 2-American Women’s Club Bazaar (10 December)

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    Don’t be fooled by their name. The American Women’s Club actually includes men and women of different nationalities who simply enjoy living in the Philippines. They’ve been around for over four decades and are dedicated to giving back to their local communities. 

     

    They’re also famous for their near-monthly bazaars, the last of which this year is happening on Tuesday.

     

    Venue: SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

     

  5. Trendsetter’s Bazaar (10-15 December).
  6. 3-Trendsetter’s Bazaar (10-15 December)  

    The Trendsetter’s Bazaar isn’t a Christmas bazaar, per se, especially since it takes place frequently throughout the year. However, if you’re looking for tasteful new outfits for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, this should be right up your alley.

     

    Venue: Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

     

  7. World Bazaar Festival (14-23 December).
  8. 4-World Bazaar Festival (14-23 December)  

    My absolute favorite of all the holiday bazaars, the World Bazaar Festival has over 500 (!) participants and purveyors. It also often includes some of the most popular online stores such as Perfect White Shirt. Thus, the goods on sale are so varied that if you can only go to one bazaar this month, pick this one. You’re likely to finish off your list pretty easily and get a little something for yourself along the way.

     

    And like the first item on this list, part of the proceeds will go towards ABS-CBN’s charitable foundation: Lingkod Kapamilya.

     

    Venue: World Trade Center, Pasay City

     

  9. Manila Sundance Bazaar (17-23 and 27-29 December).
  10. 5-Manila Sundance Bazaar (17-23 and 27-29 December)  

    Now, Manila Sundance has long had a reputation for putting together huge bazaars with local brands and unique finds. Furthermore, most of their goods are wallet-friendly.

     

    Venue: Megatrade Hall 3, 5th Floor, Building B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City

     

  11. Noel Bazaar (19-22 December).
  12. 6-Noel Bazaar (19-22 December)  

    The Noel Bazaar is GMA-7’s answer to their rival studio’s World Bazaar Festival. Hence, you can expect similar items on display, along with booths selling off your favorite GMA-7 celebrity’s closet cast-offs.

     

    As per, proceeds go to several charity groups such as the GMA Kapuso Foundation and the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation.

     

    Venue: SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia

     

  13. Paskuhan sa Lotus Central Mall (Ongoing until 31 December).
  14. 7-Paskuhan sa Lotus Central Mall (Ongoing until 31 December)  

    Here’s another bazaar that’s happening outside of Metro Manila. MNLXhibit Event Management, in partnership with Imus, Cavite’s Lotus Central Mall, launched Paskuhan sa Lotus Central Mall last 2 November.

     

    Attendees can expect to peruse a delightful assortment of trendy clothes, fashion accessories, gift items, and holiday delicacies. Thanks to its lengthy duration, you can still come by even after Christmas.

     

    Venue: 2nd Floor Fashion Lifestyle Telecom Hub/3rd Floor CA Service Center, Lotus Mall, Nueno Avenue, Tanzang Luma 1, Imus, Cavite 4103

 

Happy shopping!

 
Serena Estrella

Serena joined Remit back in 2016, and has tormented its Marketing Head constantly ever since. To get through the rigors of writing about grave concerns like exchange rates, citizenship requirements, and PH-AU news, she likes to blast Mozart, Vivaldi, ONE OK ROCK, and Shigeru Umebayashi in the background. She does a mean Merida voice in her spare time too.

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