Unconventional Ways to Celebrate Christmas

Spice up your holidays with new ways to spend it.

By Mathew S. Chan
December 10, 2015


We’ve all celebrated Christmas the usual way — the whole family gets together to enjoy a sumptuous Noche Buena before the presents are opened, and Monito-Monitas are revealed. It’s traditional, short, and simple so we understand why this way of celebrating can sometimes feel staler than Edam cheese and fruitcake after New Year’s Day.

If you are looking for new and unconventional ways to celebrate Christmas, read on for some new ideas to try.

1. Party in Boracay
Most of the time, Christmas is very solemn, filled with lighthearted cheer, and the spirit of giving in abundance. If you are looking for something more active and lively, why not head to Boracay for a beach Christmas party? Welcome Christmas Day with a beer or cocktail in hand while going on a pub crawl or by a bonfire on the beach with family and friends for a unique, laid back holiday.

2. Feel the love in Palawan
If you are a newlywed or your relationship with your significant other is currently in a good place, it’s a great idea to try a private and more intimate celebration of the holidays. Fly to Palawan for a romantic trip to get away from the noise and sometimes overbearing family members in the city. Dine on some oysters with a bottle of rosé, and embrace the majestic view of what is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

3. Change scenery in Baguio
If an all-out unconventional Christmas is something you’re not interested in, why not try taking your traditional celebration someplace else? Head to Baguio with your family, and enjoy the Noche Buena with the chilly winds and breeze. There are also lots of activities you can do like strawberry picking, horseback riding, and you can end the day with hot chocolate amidst the warm embraces of your loving family members.

4. Surf in Baler or La Union
Do you love the beach but want something edgier and more adventurous than Boracay? Try either La Union or Baler for the holidays. Both areas will be relatively breezy, and the waves will be perfect for some surfing. It’s not the most festive way to celebrate the holiday but it’s definitely something different. Use the time to learn the sport or just take the time to relax, check out the sky, and search for the Star of David if you want something more in tune with the holiday.

5. Escape in Metro Manila
Maybe you’re living alone or you just want some private time during the holidays. Well, that’s okay. If you don’t want to deal with family or friends, and the hassle of traveling outside of the city, then try going on a Christmas staycation in a nice hotel. Splurge on an expensive gift for yourself in a nearby mall, marathon holiday-related shows and movies in your room, and order in a hearty Noche Buena meal for one. It’s the perfect, unconventional Christmas celebration to enjoy all by yourself.

Looking for hotels to book for your unconventional Christmas celebration? Click here for a list of Philippine hotels.
  • Go to list of Boracay resorts and hotels
  • Go to list of La Union resorts and hotels
    La Union
  • Go to list of Manila resorts and hotels
  • Go to list of Palawan resorts and hotels
  • Go to list of Aurora resorts and hotels