Festivals in the Philippines this December

Looking for festivals to experience in the Philippines this December? Here’s a list of exciting events across the country this December.


San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival

An annual event held every Christmas season that features vibrant life-size lanterns, showcasing the craftsmanship of Pampanga’s lantern makers

  • When: All month
  • Where: San Fernando, Pampanga
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Kamundagan Festival

Commemorates Naga’s founding with cultural events like Bikol Song Festival, lively performances, and inter-barangay parol making contest

  • When: All month
  • Where: Naga City, Camarines Sur

Pastores Bikol

A festivity that commemorates the birth of Jesus with role playing performances from local children

  • When: December 18
  • Where: Legazpi City, Albay

Maytinis Festival

A town-wide performance that portrays the story of Mary and Joseph the night that Jesus was born

  • When: December 24
  • Where: Kawit, Cavite

Salubong Festival

A two-day annual fiesta that features horse parades and street dancers

  • When: December 29-30
  • Where: Plaridel, Bulacan


Paskuhan sa Barangay

A festive Christmas celebration featuring cultural performances by various universities across Cebu City

  • When: All month
  • Where: Parian, Cebu City

Karisyohan Han Pasko Ha Palo

Showcases cultural shows, plus a choral concert and mass on Christmas Eve held in Palo Cathedral

  • When: December 10, 2019 – January 6, 2020
  • Where: Palo, Leyte

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