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New Year’s Eve in the Philippines: 10 Best Places To Experience It!

Whether you are going to hit the streets with your family and friends or going on an intimate date night at a fine dining restaurant or better yet, a skybar, nothing beats the excitement and thrill of an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Philippines full of cheerful revelry, fireworks, and festivity. 

From parties and celebrity shows to fireworks displays, the country will surely be full of seasonal treats, festive cheer, sparks and attractions this upcoming New Year’s Eve.

We’ve listed the best places for the New Year celebration in the Philippines!

1. SM MALL OF ASIA – New Year’s Eve with the Celebrities

Every year, Mall of Asia never fails to entertain the revelers by having a New Year’s Eve blast! From celebrity performances, special sales promotions, marching bands to jaw-dropping pyro displays, MOA has been delighting its visitors with a plethora of amusements and diversions every New Year’s Eve. 

If you’re not fond of the celebrity performances and just want to watch the fireworks with your loved ones, go to Roxas Boulevard or the Manila Bay. It also has a good view of the fireworks display in MOA. When you’re bringing kids for the New Years Eve Manila 2019, hold them carefully as the place tends to be crowded. 

Where to stay in Pasay

(Rates start at P550/night)

ZEN Rooms EDSA Taft Avenue

ZEN Rooms Basic Metrodeluxe Pasay

ZEN Premium Selah Garden Pasay


2. RIZAL PARK – Picnic Kind of New Year’s Eve

Photo source here

If you want to spend some quality time than tens of thousands of bucks in a skybar this New Year’s Eve in Philippines, then just grab a mat, a few snacks and holiday foods, head to Rizal Park in Manila, and join the other families, as you watch its impressive display of fireworks. 

This is a great spot for a laidback entertainment and to get lost in the grand ambiance and New Year atmosphere at Rizal Park.

Where to stay in Manila

(Rates start at P250/night)

ZEN Hostel Haven Backpackers

ZEN Rooms V Plaza Manila

ZEN Rooms Victoria Mansion


3. Quezon Memorial Circle – Revisiting History on New Year

Photo courtesy: Allan Jay Quesada

The Quezon Memorial Circle is a popular national park in Quezon City. But it’s not just that because other than this, it has gardens, four museums, several restaurants, bike trails, jogging trails, playgrounds, an amusement park, a pond, and shops that every member of the family can enjoy.

The Circle has been, for years, one of the top and most popular New Year’s Eve destinations in the Philippines. Many local celebrities perform every New Year Countdown in Circle. The most exciting part? It’s FREE admission! So everyone can enjoy the party and fireworks display without breaking the bank!


4. EASTWOOD CITY MALL – A Music-Filled New Year’s Eve

Photo courtesy: Eastwood City

New Years Eve Manila 2019 in Eastwood City Mall, for sure, will never be boring. The New Year’s countdown there is always fun, loud, and full of celebrities! It’s like you’re in a free concert!

This year, the party starts at 6pm at the Eastwood Mall-Open Park with special entertainment from some of the biggest names in the music industry like Rico Blanco, Ebe Dancel, Ben & Ben and more! The party will end with a dazzling Star Drop and Fireworks Display at exactly 12 midnight!

Where to stay in Quezon City

(Rates start at P1,000/night)

ZEN Rooms Korner Hotel QC

ZEN Rooms Studio 87

ZEN Rooms Portovita Towers Cubao


5. BORACAY – New Year on an Island

No list of the best New Year’s Eve destinations in the Philippines is complete without mentioning the world-famous island of Boracay. Expect some crazy countdown parties and fresh seafood delights in Boracay as you spend your New Year celebration in the Philippines. 

However, it will not be the same as the previous New Year traditions in Philippines, because there might be no fireworks display in Boracay as the fireworks display ban isn’t lifted yet by the government. While this is not a very festive news, this could be the best option for those who want to spend New Year without the presence of smoke from the sparkling lights a.k.a. fireworks in the sky and just relax by the beach.

Where to stay in Boracay

(Rates start at P1,300/night)

ZEN Rooms Basic Matt Guesthouse Boracay

ZEN Rooms Coco Hut Station1 Boracay

ZEN Rooms DiveGurus Boracay


6. CEBU – Luxurious New Year Celebration

Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu has proven how rapid its progress is. It is home to many fabulous and luxurious hotels that will usher in the New Year celebration in Philippines with cheerful countdown parties complete with fine dining, good company, music and drinks.

Take your pick from Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Glow Countdown to 2020, Jazz & Blues themed soiree by Ibiza Beach Club and LUMIÉRE 2020 by Marco Polo Hotel Cebu. Each party serves the finest beverage selections, grand fireworks display, and live entertainment and music!

And if you’re budget has been spent mostly on these grand parties, why not book your budget hotels in Cebu with ZEN Rooms? 

Where to stay in Cebu

ZEN Rooms Alicia Tower Cebu

ZEN Rooms S Hotel & Residences Cebu

ZEN Rooms Schweizer Cebu


7. TAGAYTAY – A Chill New Year’s Eve

Now, if you’re looking for a chill and quiet place away from the New Year’s Eve 2019 Manila noisemakers to welcome 2020, go to Tagaytay! It doesn’t boast wild parties and thunderous fireworks display like others, making it the perfect and relaxing retreat destination.

Where to stay in Tagaytay

(Rates start at P750/night)

Rachel’s Bed and Breakfast

ZEN Rooms Cool Breeze Tagaytay

Casamara Garden Tagaytay


8. SUBIC – Yacht, buffet, and drinks!

Subic Bay has been a favorite vacation spot of Filipinos because of its accessibility and attractions. What used to be the largest US naval base in the world now offers world-class amusements and activities; name it from its beaches to water sports attractions, safaris to ocean parks, to inflatable water playgrounds, everything’s there!

And this year, one of the most-awaited events in town is the Safari-themed 2020 New Year Countdown at Subic Yacht Club. Enjoy a buffet and drinks while wearing your safari attire to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philippines!

But if you’re not down to go wild on New Year’s Eve, perhaps the Sparkling Midnight 2020 New Year Countdown of The Lighthouse Marina Resort is for you!

Where to stay in Subic

ZEN Rooms Acme Inn Subic


9. ANTIPOLO – A New Year’s Eve away from all the metro hustle!

If you want to stay out of the traffic and busy city of the metro this holiday, Antipolo’s location makes it a great place to watch the fireworks display from a distance. There are many spots in Antipolo where you can see a side by side fireworks displays from the different parts of Metro Manila. People visit Antipolo because of its great overlooking view of the metro. The good thing is, you don’t have to pay thousands of bucks to watch an amazing fireworks display. And trust us, the 2-hour drive from Metro Manila is totally worth it!


10. TREÑAS BOULEVARD, ILOILO – Celebrating New Year the Probinsiya Way

Iloilo is not your usual New Year’s Eve party destination but when it comes to throwing a New Year’s Eve party countdown, the Ilongos won’t be left behind.

Every December 31, locals and tourists rush to Treñas Boulevard in Iloilo to get the best spots for the New Year Countdown. The local government arranges a yearly event at the boulevard so everyone can enjoy an amazing fireworks display and have a blast on New Year’s Eve in the Philippines.

Where to stay in Iloilo

ZEN Rooms Basic Iloilo Paraw Resort

Have you decided where to go this New Year? Whether you are celebrating it out of town or just at home, the most important thing is that you will celebrate it with the people you value the most.

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