Metro Manila · Shopping and Malling during Christmas Season (+ holiday mall hours)

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Still not done with your Christmas Shopping? Here are the mall hours for the holiday season 2016 in Manila.

Hundreds of Thousands of Manileños flock to places like Greenhills or the Divisoria Market in China Town to hunt for Philippine handicrafts, budget-friendly presents, and little treats for themselves. Fancier malls, such as SM, Ayala Malls, and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, attract visitors with a range of special events, including marching bands, children’s choirs, and fireworks. A meet and greet with Santa Claus is a must for kids. The Santas in their heavy red/white coats are lucky that Manila’s malls are always extremely cooled-down by air-condition.

The malls have been adorned with Christmas trees and other decoration as early as September, and the appropriate soundtrack – from "Last Christmas" to "Santa can you hear me" – has been playing just as long.

But the Christmas shopping experience is not only fun, as the masses of people mean a lot of pushing and shoving and - above all - waiting: in traffic, at the entrance (due to the obligatory bag search), by the fitting rooms, in the cashier line, the food court, and in the taxi line, where two hours of waiting for a cab are something to expect during the days before Christmas.

Unlike in many other countries, Manila’s malls are mostly still open during the Christmas holidays and New Year’s, but with different mall hours. If you want to do some late Christmas shopping, here are the holiday schedules of the Megacity’s main shopping centers and malls:

SM MALLS

SM Sangandaan

December 1-8: 10 am-9 pm
December 9-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Center Las Piñas

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Southmall

December 1-8, 12-15, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 11, and 18-23: 10 am-11 pm
December 24: 9 am-8 pm
December 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Cherry Shaw

December 1, and 4-8: 9 am-9 pm
December 2-3, and 9-23: 9 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 8 am-7 pm
December 25: 12 nn-9 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Megamall

December 1, 4-8, 25-30, and January 2-9: 11 am-11 pm
December 2-3, and 9-23: 11 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-11 pm

SM City Manila

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City San Lazaro

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-22, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, 16-17, and 23: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Sta Mesa

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City Marikina

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Center Muntinlupa

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-11 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Bicutan

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City BF Parañaque

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City Sucat

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Mall of Asia, and SM by the Bay

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Center Pasig

December 1-9, 11-16, 18-23, and 26-30: 10 am-11 pm
December 10 and 17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
December 25: 12 nn-11 pm

SM City East Ortigas

December 2-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Fairview

December 1-8, 11-15, and 18-22: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, 16-17, and 23: 10 am-12 mn
December 25-30: 10 am-11 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City North EDSA

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-23, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM City Novaliches

December 1-8, 11-15, 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 18-23: 10 am-11 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

SM Aura

December 1, 4-8, and 11-15: 10 am-11 pm
December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-23: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
December 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

ROBINSONS MALLS

Robinsons Las Piñas

December 1-2, and 5-9: 11 am-9 pm
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 25: 10 am-10 pm
December 12-16, 19-23, and 26-30: 11 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 10 am-8 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

Robinsons Town Mall

December 1-2, 5-8, 12-16, 19-23, and 27-30: 10 am-9 pm
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-26: 10 am-10 pm
December 31: 10 am-8 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Forum Robinsons

December 1-23, and 25-30: 11 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 11 am-9 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

Robinsons Galleria

December 1-23: 11 am -10 pm
December 24 and 31: 10 am-8 pm
December 25: 10 am-9 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-9 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

Robinsons Place Manila

December 1, 4-8, 11-14, 18-22, and 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
December 2-3, 9-10, and 24: 10 am-11 pm
December 15-17, and 23: 10 am-12 mn
December 26-29: 10 am-9 pm
December 31: 10 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Robinsons Otis

December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, and 26-29: 10 am-9 pm
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23, and 30: 10 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 10 am-8 pm
December 25 and January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Robinsons Metro East

December 1-8, 11-15, 18-22, and 30: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, 16-17, and 23: 10 am-12 mn
December 24: 10 am-8 pm
December 25: 12 nn-9 pm
December 26-29: 10 am-9 pm
December 31: 10 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Robinsons Magnolia

December 1, 5-8, and 12-15: 11 am-9 pm
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, and 30: 10 am-11 pm
December 19-22: 11 am-11 pm
December 23 and 25: 10 am-10 pm
December 24: 10 am-9 pm
December 31: 10 am-8 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

Robinsons Novaliches

December 1-3, 5-10, 12-17, and 19-23: 10 am-10 pm
December 4, 11, 18, and 30: 9 am-10 pm
December 25-29: 10 am-9 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-8 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

AYALA MALLS

Market! Market!

December 1-2: 11 am-11 pm
December 3-4: 11 am-12 mn
December 5-23: 11 am-11 pm
December 24: 11 am-8 pm
December 25: 12 nn-11 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-11 pm
December 31; 11 am-6 pm
January 1: 12 nn-11 pm
January 2-9: 11 am-11 pm

Trinoma

December 1-15: 11 am-11 pm
December 16-23: 11 am-12 mn
December 24: 11 am-8 pm
December 25-30: 11 am-11 pm
December 31: 11 am-6 pm
January 1: 12 nn-11 pm
January 2-9: 11 am-11 pm

Alabang Town Center

December 1-2, 5-9, and 12-15: 11 am-10 pm
December 3-4, and 10-11: 10 am-10 pm
December 16, and 19-23: 11 am-12 mn
December 17-18: 10 am-12 mn
December 24: 10 am-8 pm
December 25: 10 am-9 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-9 pm
December 31: 10 am-6 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Glorietta

December 1-23: 11 am-11 pm
December 24: 11 am-8 pm
December 25: 12 nn-11 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-11 pm
December 31: 11 am-6 pm
January 1: 12 nn-11 pm
January 2-9: 11 am-11 pm

Greenbelt

December 1-23: 11 am-11 pm
December 24: 11 am-8 pm
December 25: 12 nn-11 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-11 pm
December 31: 11 am-8 pm
January 1: 12 nn-11 pm
January 2-9: 11 am-11 pm

STARMALLS

Starmall Las Piñas

December 5-8, 11-15, and 18-23: 10 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 10 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 10 am-7 pm
December 25-30: 10 am-10 pm
January 1: 12 nn-9 pm

Starmall EDSA-Shaw

December 4-8, and 11: 11 am-10 pm
December 9-10, and 16-17: 11 am-11 pm
December 12-15, and 18-23: 11 am-12 mn
December 24 and 31: 11 am-8 pm
December 25 and January 1: 11 am-11 pm
December 26-30: 11 am-11 pm

OTHER MALLS

The Podium

December 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, and 26-29: 11 am-10 pm
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23, 25, and 30: 10 am-10 pm
December 24 and 31: 9 am-7 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm

Fairview Terraces

December 1-2, and 5-8: 11 am-10 pm
December 3-4: 10 am-11 pm
December 9-16: 10 am-11 pm
December 17-23: 10 am-12 mn
December 24: 10 am-8 pm
December 25-30: 10 am-11 pm
December 31: 10 am-6 pm
January 1: 12 nn-10 pm
January 2-6, and 9: 11 am-10 pm
January 7-8: 10 am-10 pm