New Year’s Celebrations 2019

City of Dreams Manila’s Handcrafted Chocolate Santa and Snowman from Chocol8

PLANNING to book a hotel staycation with the family on New Year’s Eve? Having a real good dinner before attending New Year’s Eve Mass and then watching fireworks display safely from your room with a view? There is still time to do so.

Here are some suggestions for New Year’s Eve…


Aside from a grand Christmas display that includes a towering 32-foot Christmas tree and glistening decors and installations to celebrate Christmas of Dreams, City of Dreams Manila offers decadent dining experiences and outstanding entertainment this entire Christmas season.

Crystal Dragon’s  Baked Marinated Eel and Crispy Bean Curd; Steamed Squid Ink Abalone Dumpling; and Wok-fried Diced Turkey in Golden Cup with Brown Bean Sauce;

Over at Crystal Dragon, diners get to savor the exquisite flavors of Cantonese and other regional Chinese specialties with the restaurant’s Festive Seasons set menu for lunch and dinner. The bespoke menu, priced at Php2,580++ per person, includes Combination Happiness Platter (consisting of Wok-fried Diced Turkey in Golden Cup and Brown Bean Sauce, Baked Marinated Eel and Crispy Bean Curd, and Steamed Squid Ink Abalone Dumpling); Double-boiled Quail with Hauishan Yam and American Ginseng Soup; Steamed Cod fish with Black Garlic Sauce and Garden Greens; Marinated Rose Wine Pigeon with Wild Mushrooms; Braised E-fu Noodles with Chinese Cabbage, Mushrooms and King Prawn; and Chilled Rose Oolong Tea Jelly with Wintermelon.

Nobu Manila’s Sous-vide Tenderloin with Foie Gras and Creamy Cauliflower

A special eight-course Omakase meal await diners at the globally-renowned restaurant showcasing the culinary genius Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s new-style Japanese-Peruvian fusion artistry—Nobu Manila—priced at Php6,999++, available from December 29, 2019, to January 1, 2020, as Nobu Manila’s way of ushering in the brand-new year.

Red Ginger satisfies cravings for Southeast Asian flavors this season with five delectable dishes for its Festive Season menu: Crab and Prawn Rolls; Beef ‘Luc Lac’; Clay Pot Pork Knuckle; Ikan Goreng Berempah; and Ayam Kodok (Indonesian-style slow-roasted chicken).

Cafe Society’s English Fruit Cake

Cafe Society’s Gingerbread House

For decadent celebratory treats and gift ideas, Café Society is offering Puto Bumbong Bread, Christmas cookies, Fruit Cake, Panettone, and both traditional Christmas hampers and create-your-own holiday hampers.

Chocol8’s Premium Chocolate Hamper

Another Premium Chocolate Hamper from Chocol8

At The Garage’s Chocol8, temptingly delightful handcrafted chocolate Santa Claus confections and other playfully themed chocolate treats are available until December 31, 2019, only. So hurry if you want to have that cute pair of Chocolate Santa and Snowman.

If it is entertainment and performances you are after, on December 31, 2019, a New Year’s Eve Countdown with entertainment takes place at CenterPlay, starting at 3:00 p.m. It showcases flair bartending from the contemporary bar’s star bartenders and performances from bands Higher Ground, MUB and Part 3, who will jazz up the last day of the year with outstanding entertainment and live music leading up to midnight. Interested guests can reserve a seat or a table starting at Php3,000, which is inclusive of a glass of Veuve Cliquot Rose and consumable snacks.

Over at The Garage, a retro-themed New Year’s Eve party takes place until 2:00 a.m. with its Good Old Days promotion. There will be free-flowing drinks. Choose between the alcoholic package (Php2,58Smilie: 8), which comes with draft beer, soda, wine, Champagne and other premium liquor; or the non-alcoholic package (Php1,88Smilie: 8), which includes soda, iced tea, a selection of chilled juices or a glass of sparkling mocktail. Both packages include a platter of jalapeño poppers, seasoned buffalo fries, and fried crispy nori. For kids, a package worth Php1,288 comes with free-flowing iced tea, chilled juices, milk shake or a glass of sparkling mocktail, plus a platter of skin-on fries, mozzarella balls and corn dog.

Speaking of kids, DreamPlay, the world’s first DreamWorks-inspired play space, is staging its last weekend grand holiday parade on January 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The parade features the well-loved DreamWorks characters joined by a magical retinue of animations of Christmas ornaments. The Electro Groovers, who are DreamPlay’s King Julien Dance Off Year 4 Grand Champions and who recently won gold at the World Supremacy Battle-Junior Division in Australia, will also take part in the parade.

Along with this fun, family-friendly attraction is a Trolls-themed holiday activity called Trolls Holla Day, happening until January 1, 2020. For Php1,499, the Trolls VIP Package activity ticket includes an all-day pass at DreamPlay’s attactions with express check-in and attraction entry; passes at Cooking with Gingy’s Holla Day activity and at DreamWorks’ Holla Day Movie; a photo session with Poppy and Branch; and other sweet treats such as special Christmas Trolls Tree cookies and a Trolls candy milkshake.

For inquiries, call 8800-8080.


Corniche’s holiday spread of international dishes

Yurakuen’s festive treats for this season

Reunite with loved ones, celebrate special moments and create new memories together this New Year’s. On December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, Diamond Hotel Philippines lets you indulge, drink and be merry with your fill of international dishes from the lunch and dinner buffets of Corniche, the authentic Japanese menu for groups of up to six persons at Yurakuen, classic recipes and heartwarming pastries accompanied by a glass of wine to go with each set menu at the Lobby Lounge, snazzy signature cocktails with tapas and pica-picas at Bar27.

Delightful dishes at the Lobby Lounge

Cocktails, tapas and pica-picas at Bar27

Purchase dining vouchers for all these festive holiday offers at and enjoy up to 30% exclusive discounts.

For inquiries, call (632) 8528-3000.


Eastwood Richmonde Hotel suggests booking a holiday stay or relishing a sumptuous feast at the hotel.

How about a stylish welcome to the new decade on December 31, 2019, by availing of the New Year’s Eve Room Packages at rates starting at Php9,100nett for a no-frills stay and Php11,600nett for a night of revelry with two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party and buffet brunch for two? And just in case you wish to stay a little longer to relax after the holidays, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel allows you to book a stay from January 1 to 7, 2020, and enjoy budget-friendly Extended Holiday Rates starting at Php3,750nett with breakfast buffet for two.

New Year’s Eve Countdown Cocktail Buffet

Barbecued Short Ribs

Better yet, join the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party happening at Eastwood Café+Bar and the hotel lobby from 10:30 p.m. o 1:30 a.m. on December 31, 2019. For Php1,550nett, revel in flowing drinks and a filling cocktail buffet that includes an extensive grazing table of international cheeses and cured meats, an abundant carving spread of leg ham, lechon Macao, barbecue turkey leg, Crispy Pata and barbecue ribs, seafood cocktail appetizers, salads, pizzas, paellas and tacos. Then dance the night away by jiving to all-time favorite retro music performed live by the Big Bash Band.

On the first day of 2020, enjoy a hearty New Year’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Grand Ballroom from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Php1,250nett. Kids aged 5 and below get to eat free of charge while children aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount.

For inquiries and room bookings, call +632 8570-7777 or +63 917-5316867. For table reservations, call +63 917-8210333.


Superior Room at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Good news: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Yuletide Home package is available until January 12, 2020, to allow guests to relish the season’s tidings with family and friends a little longer than usual.

For guests who plan to celebrate the turn of the year—and of the decade—at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila on December 31, 2019, accommodations are available, starting at Php8,500 for a minimum stay of two nights.

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Indoor Infinity Pool

The Yuletide Home offer includes complimentary buffet breakfast for two adults and up to two children younger than age 6. It also comes with complimentary high speed Internet access for the entire duration of their stay, as well as use of the hotel’s facilities, such as the indoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool and fitness center on Level 22.

For inquiries and reservations, call +632 7720-7777.


Usher in the New Year with a sparkling countdown party, dazzling room deals and exciting New Year feasts at New World Manila Bay Hotel.

Dance the night away at the Sparkling New Year Countdown Party happening at The Lounge on December 31, 2019. The New Year bash is expected to be a night full of surprises, gastronomic delights, overflowing drinks and entertainment featuring DJ Mia Fernandez. Tickets, which are priced at Php600 per person, are inclusive of three rounds of beverages with a variety of choices from a glass of sparkling wine to a bottle of beer or house pouring liquors.

new year celebration with champagne

The yearend leading up to the New Year is also the best time to enjoy a staycation with the family. Stay in one of the spacious rooms or suites for an extra dazzling celebration with the Countdown to 2020 room package, which starts at Php8,888 per night inclusive of buffet breakfast for two and 25% dining discount at Market Café. Another option is an overnight stay in a Premier Bay View Suites with a stunning view of the magnificent Manila Bay on New Year’s Eve, with rates starting at Php15,888 per night. The Suite and Sparkling room promo comes with a grand dinner buffet for two at Market Café, buffet breakfast for two, and 25% dining discount at Market Café.

For inquiries and reservations, call +632 8252-6888.


On New Year’s Eve, say hello to a new decade at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas with the rich, gourmet dishes at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Buffet at the Richmonde Café and glitzy cocktails at the New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at the hotel lobby.

New Year’s Eve Coutdown Party

The dinner buffet is priced at Php1,680 nett per person and features a charcuterie barrel with Edam, Padano, Gruyere, Smoked Gouda, Boursin and Brie cheeses, herb-crusted prime rib as carving, as well as several entrée, starter and dessert choices. The price already includes a choice between bottomless iced tea or a glass of red or white wine, fun party favors and musical entertainment.

Tickets to the countdown bash, priced at Php880 nett, includes three drinks, bar chow buffet, party favors, a glass of sparkling wine at the countdown, and live band performance.

To make it a total celebration, a New Year’s Eve Party Bundle of dinner buffet and countdown party ticket is available at a special discounted rate of Php2,065 nett.

A special breakfast buffet will also be served at the Richmonde Café on January 1, 2020, from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., for Php950 nett per person.

Kids aged 6 to 12 get 50% discount while children aged 5 and below get to eat for free.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 8638-7777.

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