For quite some time now, Baguio has been getting in the festive mood for the holiday season. Aside from all the decorations and the lights being set up all around, bazaars and Christmas-related activities have been popping up here and there. One popular destination for locals and tourists alike during this time of the year is the Christmas Village by the Baguio Country Club. Ironically, while some of us at Where To Baguio have been living here for several years (or our whole lives), we had yet to experience the place. So finally, we decided to check it out for the first time.
While Christmas Village is open from 10am, we decided to go at night to enjoy the cold air. (The entrance fee is P100 per head; P40 for children). Upon entering its castle gates, a tiny town, dressed in countless lights and populated by Pokemon, stood before us.
Yes! Pokemon! It’s no surprise since Pokemon Go was a huge hit mid-this year. Different sculptures of everyone’s favorite Pokemon, like Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, and Eevee, greeted the guests of the village. Go ahead and take a picture!
People also gathered around a bonfire to keep toasty and make themselves some smores.
There were also a bunch of elves and Santa helpers dancing on a stage to keep everyone entertained. They were even joined by the cast of the nativity scene, which made it even more entertaining as they danced to some of this year’s most popular hits.
Shake that booty, Mama Mary.
We were having a pleasant time just walking around, when suddenly… we kid you not… IT BEGAN TO SNOW.
Everyone rejoiced when the snow machines started to paint the venue white. It was the very highlight of the Christmas Village.
Okay, so it may not have been made from real snow or ice. It was just soap suds. But we enjoyed it as much as the kids did, maybe secretly even more so. Plus it made for very cinematic pictures to post on social media. “Look everyone! It’s snowing in Baguio!”
Once the “snow” stopped, we went back to roaming around, enjoying the views, and doing our favorite activity – looking for stuff to eat, of course!
Sadly, despite the many “houses” in the village, there were only a few stalls to choose from. But we still had our fill. We had some goto, fried ‘streetfood,’ and quesadillas.
There was even a magtataho who roamed the village, which for us, was the cherry on top. Still, we wish more local business were given a chance by Country Club to sell their products.
After a while, it started to snow again. We figured it happens every 30 minutes or so. Back to taking selfies!
Another simple activity that piqued our interest was a Wishing Area for kids.
We had fun reading the wishes. While some kids wished for toys and material things, others made wishes that simply touched our hearts and made us go “awwww…” We swear, some of these kids would win the Q&A portion of Miss Universe.
After two more rounds of snow, we decided to wrap it up (Christmas pun intended hihi). As first timers to the Christmas Village, we were not disappointed with our time at this tiny piece of the North Pole. It was refreshing to feel that Christmas truly is in the air, made even more special by Baguio’s cold air and pine trees.
If you’re looking for a place for simple fun with family and friends, Christmas Village will be open until the 8th of January – one of the many holiday festivities that take place in this magical city.