Araneta City brightens up the holiday season by making the City of Firsts your home for Christmas through its traditional giant Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The City of Firsts lit its iconic giant Christmas tree in a star-studded festivity on November 10 to kick-off Araneta City’s “Your Home for Christmas” celebration for 2023.

This year, the giant Christmas tree glistens in gold, silver, and a touch of red colors to suit the colors of Yuletide season. It is adorned with 7,500 warm white LED bulbs, 20,000 pieces of white and gold glossy Christmas balls, 250 pieces of red and gold stars, 3,000 pine garlands, and 300 pieces of sputniks and snowflakes. Complementing the overall design of the giant Christmas trees is a golden carousel that was placed underneath the tree, signifying the return of the classic Fiesta Carnival to its original home.

The highly-anticipated traditional tree lighting event featured the appearances and performances of celebrities Vice Ganda, Seth Fedelin, Lyka Estrella, Showtime Kids Argus, Kulot, Jaze, and Imogen; P-Pop group VXON, Taylor Sheesh, with Jeremy Glinoga and Ana Ramsey as hosts. They were joined by members of the Araneta family, Araneta City executives, Quezon City officials, Binibining Pilipinas 2023 queens, and Miss international 2023 3rd Runner-Up Nicole Borromeo in lighting one of the most iconic Christmas symbols in the Metro.

First lighted in 1981, Araneta City’s giant Christmas tree has become the soul and symbol of all Yuletide celebrations inside the City.

“With the Philippines having months-long celebration of Christmas, and the festivities that comes with it, our country’s Christmas season is like nowhere else in the world. And definitely, Christmas in Araneta City is like nowhere else in the Philippines. Being in a place of memorable Christmas nostalgia, we want to make the public feel that Araneta City is their home this Christmas,” said Marjorie Go, AVP for Marketing of Araneta City.


Apart from the giant Christmas tree, this Yuletide season also marks the comeback of classic favorite Fiesta Carnival. Kids and kids-at-heart will once again feel the thrill and fun vibe of the famous attraction of yesteryears.

The carnival attraction returns to its original spot, in the property right across the equally classic Smart Araneta Coliseum. The renowned indoor amusement theme park – the biggest in the metro – will feature new rides and attractions, as well as some of the offerings that batang 70s to 90s used to enjoy.

“Araneta City is a place of memorable Christmas nostalgia, and Fiesta Carnival is one of them. It has been a go-to place of the whole family every Yuletide season, and we’re really excited for the comeback of this classic indoor amusement park. We know that it really brings a memorable experience, and stories to tell to younger generations,” Go said.

Araneta City’s Fiesta Carnival is set to open in December 2023.