NOTE: This is an old post from the first time I attended the SM Mall of Asia’s Grand Festival of Lights Parade.
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Have you seen The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade? Now that’s a mouthful! If you haven’t yet, then you better start making plans. There are only a few more on schedule. While you’re thinking about it, do read this post and check some of the photos I took during The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade.
I didn’t take the best photos. A bit dreary, actually; The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade is anything but. We didn’t get the best seats.
Who best to usher in The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade than… Santa! No, he’s not one of those wearing a ton of makeup or a fake beard Santa. He’s the real deal! And he takes his time to greet the kids. There are several floats, all of them accompanied by a group of dancers/performers in costumes complete with LED lights, all of them cheerfully dancing to their own Christmas carol soundtrack.
The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade happens every Saturday of December, with the last parade on Christmas day.
Parade starts 5:30 pm at the North Arcade (that’s the area near IMAX, just in front of Starbucks), goes around the front of the mall to the South Arcade, then stops along the length of Seaside Boulevard, around seven-ish, for the fireworks display.
There are loads of Parking space. They converted most of the vacant lots near the One E-com Center to serve this purpose. It’s getting there that can be frustrating.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t that crowded. Well, there were a lot of people, but it wasn’t packed-like-a-sardine crowded.
Like most who came to see The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade, you’d probably want to stay and see the fireworks display. You can pass the time at the SM by the Bay area. There are loads of rides for the kids, a food bazaar (Fiesta Bahia) and even free Zumba lessons! I suggest taking the route behind IMAX to get there. The elevated pedestrian crossing gets really, really, REALLY crowded.
I’ve been wanting to see The SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights Parade since I first learned of it last year. Yeah, it has been happening yearly since 2008 and I only heard of it last year. What cave have I been hiding in? It was worth it.
This is a great family activity. Staying late after the parade really is the best option. You get to see a wonderful, free show and there are tons of other activities to be had at the mall complex. And there’s less traffic to contend with.
17 October 2015 – 2015 SM MOA Grand Festival of Lights Parade Schedule: 05-21 December 2015, Saturdays
29 November 2018 – 2018 SM MOA Grand Festival of Lights Parade Schedule: November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 25
07 November 2019 – Since this post have been getting a lot of traffic these past few days, I thought it needed an update. I have sent a message to SM MOA’s facebook page asking if there is still a Grand Parade of Lights this year and the schedule. Will update as soon as I hear from them.
21 November 2019 – SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) Grand Festival of Lights 2019 schedule: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 and 25, 2019 | 5:30 pm | North and South Arcades
17 December 2019 – Adding schedule for Mall of Asia’s Giant Balloon and Mascot Parade: 4 pm, North and South Arcades, Grand Finale at Seaside Boulevard | Mascot Meet & Greet, 6 pm at the Music Hall
03 December 2020 – I haven’t seen any posts on Mall of Asia’s facebook page regarding this year’s schedule of the annual Giant Balloon and Mascot Parade. Or if there will be any at all, due to the pandemic. They, however, will be holding a MOA Holiday Fireworks Display on the following dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and January 1, 7:00 pm at the Central Park, SM by the Bay.
17 December 2020 – SM Mall of Asia’s (MOA) facebook page just announced that the fireworks display on December 18, 19, 25 and 26 have been cancelled due to technical reasons.
24 December 2020 – SM Mall of Asia’a lights drone show schedule is on December 25 and 26, 7 pm at Central Park, SM by the BAY.
29 December 2020 – SM Mall of Asia will be having a Grand Balloon Display on January 1, 2021 from 10 am to 10 pm at the Seaside Blvd. Drone Show at 7 pm.