From the live staging of The Nutcracker to holiday fairs and shopping

The most wonderful time of the year can finally be experienced live and in person together with family and friends, both young and old – just like the kind of Christmas all love and miss.

Amidst brightly-lit halls and open spaces, Ayala Malls and Pandora are spreading the spirit of Christmas starting with the magical staging of “The Nutcracker” by STEPS Dance Studio.

Ayala Malls and Pandora present ‘The Nutcracker’ by STEPS Dance Studio

Ayala Malls and Pandora present ‘The Nutcracker’ by STEPS Dance Studio

Ayala Malls President Christopher Maglanoc shared, “Ayala Malls has always championed amazing experiences. We create opportunities for people to bond and build new memories. This year, we are celebrating sweet reunions and we do this by gathering families to spark or rediscover traditions, such as watching The Nutcracker together, which is truly a Christmas classic.”

A purveyor of the arts, STEPS Dance Studio Director Sofia Zobel-Elizalde elaborates on the significance of The Nutcracker and its role in bringing families together. She mused, “Christmas is not the same without The Nutcracker. All over the world, they play The Nutcracker every Christmas. Christmas is not the same without bringing your children, lolos and lolas, to see The Nutcracker.”

(From left) Jaime Zobel de Ayala Sr., Beatriz Zobel de Ayala, STEPS Dance Studio Founder Sofia Zobel-Elizalde, Patxi Elizalde and Francisco Elizalde

(From left) Jaime Zobel de Ayala Sr., Beatriz Zobel de Ayala, STEPS Dance Studio Founder Sofia Zobel-Elizalde, Patxi Elizalde and Francisco Elizalde

The imaginative and wondrous setting of The Nutcracker makes it a timeless tale that captures even the youth. Retold from generation to generation, the story comes to life once again yet on a grander scale. From November to December, STEPS Dance Studio is touring the malls to bring the show to more Filipinos in different parts of the country, with accompaniment by the Mandaluyong Children's Choir in Manila and Loboc Children's Choir in Cebu. The Nutcracker will stage on December 3 at U.P. Town Center, December 4 at Ayala Malls Circuit, December 10 at Ayala Center Cebu, December 11 at Alabang Town Center, December 17 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay and December 18 at Glorietta.

In staging the fantastical world of The Nutcracker, Ayala Malls' event partner, Pandora, is setting up charm-filled pop-up vignettes at every location of the mall tour. One of the most sought-after and picture-worthy elements is the Pandora Christmas Tree, lavished in Nutcracker charms from the brand's latest Christmas jewelry collection. With the aim of spreading the message of togetherness, kindness, and love, Pandora's new collection also features stars, snowflakes, reindeers, and gingerbread houses, to name a few.

With a new chapter that befalls every Filipino—a post pandemic one, so to speak—there is a call to reignite joy, which is only possible through amazing experiences.

Sofia Zobel-Elizalde concluded, “If there's one thing to bring back the magic and the spirit of Christmas for Filipino mallgoers, it's to bring back the Nutcracker. Let's bring back the magic.”

More reasons for sweet reunions

In addition to The Nutcracker mall tour, Ayala Malls is setting up a series of Sweet Festivals that will satisfy cravings and elevate the day with exciting new memories.

In line with Ayala Malls' main Christmas show, there will also be The Nutcracker fairs where patrons can indulge in sweet treats and meet fellow coffee lovers, sweet tooths, and milk tea fanatics. The treats also make thoughtful gifts, which patrons can bring to their next Christmas party.

The season of giving treats

BPI bank holders are also in for a holiday treat when they visit Glorietta, TriNoma, Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza, Maquee Mall, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Ayala Malls Solenad, Ayala Mals The 30th, and Ayala Malls Serin.

For any minimum spend of P1,500 on dining, or P3,000 on retail and department store purchases, or P5,000 on supermarket transactions in single receipts using any BPI credit card, customers get free P300 worth of vouchers that they can use for one out of four options. The first is a P300-worth Timezone gift card. Second is a P300-worth department store voucher. Third is a P300-worth Ayala Malls Cinema gift certificate. Fourth is a P300-worth supermarket voucher. The prizes are redeemable in select participating malls only.

Running until December 31, couples and groups can savor more opportunities for sweet reunions this Christmas.

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