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 we 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 President Christopher Maglanoc shares, “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 muses, “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.”
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 premiered on November 18 to 20 at Greenbelt; followed by November 26 at TriNoma; 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.
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 concludes, “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.”
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. Spend the weekend by exploring a world of sweets at your nearest Ayala Malls.