November 28, 2021
The most romantic mall in the country, Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hill, jumpstarts its annual holiday celebrations by lighting up the country’s first and only floating Christmas Tree and opening the doors of its in-mall Christmas Trail that features eight different lighted installations and attractions spread across its complex.
Situated in the middle of the waters of the mall’s man-made canal and across the iconic Ponte de Amore Bridge, Venice Grand Canal’s 40-foot floating Christmas Tree is adorned with over 3,000 dazzling embellishments including musical notes and gift boxes plus red and green giant Christmas balls, golden peonies, poinsettia, and red velvet roses.
Complementing the buoyant centerpiece is the mall’s newest attraction – the McKinley Hill Christmas Trail. Hearkening a cross between the reality show “Amazing Race” and a Theme Park experience, the Christmas Trail will have guests strolling around Venetian-inspired views and architecture of the Venice Grand Canal as they go on a quest to find and locate the eight different stations and complete all the challenges for a chance to win exciting prizes.
McKinley Hill guests can join the Christmas Trail by looking for McKinley Hill’s official mascot Gondy at every station. Gondy standees are holding QR codes which contain riddles to be answered before moving forward to the succeeding stations.
The Christmas Trail begins at Christmas Avenue station, which lights up the entire 54-hectare township. It is located at the Venice Grand Canal mall drop off, where guests can also take photos with the beautiful Christmas decorations and installations. It will be followed by the Fountain of Dreams at the Piazza Fountain, where there is a marvelous water and lights show. The next station will leave guests in awe of the amazing visuals at the Christmas Spectacle also at the Piazza Fountain.
The fourth station is Starry, Starry Night at the 2/F Ponte Rialto Bridge, which is a tunnel filled with mesmerizing lights. Then, guests must find the Merry Alfresco Christmas station at the Grand Canal. Afterwhich, they can head over to the Christmas Aquatic station, a terrarium attraction also at the Grand Canal.
To continue the trail, they must look for Le Cafe: 2d Comic Art located at 2/F San Marco Wing. The eighth and final station is Sunset Space, where guests can take as many golden hour photos as they want inside a capsule at the G/F Venice Grand Canal Mall.
Those who will join the Christmas Trail will win vouchers from McKinley Hill partner shops and restaurants. And those who will finish all the eight stations will receive one raffle voucher to join the giveaway for 125 pieces of BTS The Fact Photobook. Also included in the raffle are Jollibee Funko Pops, and gift certificates from partner restaurants and retail shops.
More Holiday Events
The days leading to Christmas will be extra festive at McKinley Hill. Patrons can expect weekly events filled with sparks, entertainment, and of course food.
Sparks in the Sky, a fireworks show, will be held every Saturday in December. Merry Melodies, which are live performances of the most beautiful Christmas Carols, will be held every Sunday starting November 28. Christmas Street Show, a parade of mascots and Venetian Mimes, will be making guests happy every weekend in November and December.
Sunset Market by Mercato, a mouthwatering outdoor food fair, will be open to diners Thursdays to Sundays, from November to December. StrEAT Market, an open-air food fair with lots of fresh and appetizing selections, will be open to everyone who wants a feast Fridays to Sundays, from November to December.
“At the heart of every Christmas celebration at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, is the goal of having families, couples, friends, and other groups spend a meaningful time at our properties. This year at McKinley Hill, the Christmas Trail will serve as a wonderful experience especially for the kids and just about anyone who missed going out. We made sure every corner here is safe where guests can practice social distancing while enjoying their time,” says Graham Coates, head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.