The purpose of our December 2018 trip to Baguio was more for rest and relaxation rather than exploration of the city as we have already done that in 2016, and boy, was it tiring! But we still went out to eat and see some of the places we have previously visited, like Solibao Restaurant, Burnham Park and Mines View. We also got to visit Baguio Country Club’s Christmas Village, a popular attraction of the City of Pines during the holiday season. The Christmas Village’s theme for 2018 was Santa’s Garden.
Thousands of beautiful and colorful flowers (combination of fresh and artificial) adorned Santa’s Garden. The Christmas Village attractions included the Nativity Pageant, Snowfall, Blinking Lights Show, Picture-taking with Santa, Wishing Wall, and Live Performances.
Entrance Fees to the Christian Village are as follows: Php120 for adults, Php85 for senior citizens, Php50 for children aged 4 to 12 years old, and FREE for Baguio Country Club members, children 3 years old and below, and PWDs (Yey, thanks!).
The Snowfall is one of the most awaited activities inside the Christmas Village. It’s fun to watch the young children’s giddy faces as they tried catching the snow. This is artificial snow, however, in the form of bubble foam, which I believe, is made from detergent. Still, it makes the place more festive and Christmassy.
The line to the Christmas Village was long when we went. I guess most of the visitors that night were first-timers like ourselves, and that explains the sense of curiosity and excitement among them. I also realized that there wasn’t a picture of us at the Wishing Wall perhaps because there were a lot of people crowding the place that we got impatient and hurriedly moved to the next activity. 😉 The Wishing Wall, as the name suggests, is a wall where visitors post their wishes written on paper.
WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED
• There was no designated parking spaces for visitors. We were able to park our car very far from the Christmas Village, so we walked a good number of minutes from where our car was parked to the Christmas Village and back. It’s actually more convenient to ride a cab going there.
• The place is not too big. You can finish seeing everything and having your pictures taken inside in less than 30 minutes.
Reminders for those who plan to visit the Christmas Village: Foods, drinks, pets and rubber slippers are not allowed.
Baguio Country Club Christmas Village
Baguio Country Club Road