Giant Christmas Tree at Araneta Center

 Christmas at the Araneta Center just got brighter, and here, it truly brings people together!

All roads lead to the Times Square Food Park on Nov. 16 as Araneta Center switched the lights on its iconic giant Christmas tree.  The 37-year-old tradition is one of the most anticipated events in the country’s premier lifestyle hub.

More than 10,000 people  crowded the food park, and why not?

Pop Star Royalty Sarah Geronimo was there. It was like homecoming of sorts for her as has celebrated various milestones in her career at the Smart Araneta Coliseum including her sold-out anniversary This 15 Meconcert in April. 

Sarah Geronimo and Vice Ganda, the main attractions during the lighting of the Araneta Center Christmas Tree

Sarah Geronimo and Vice Ganda, the main attractions during the lighting of the Araneta Center Christmas Tree

Vice Ganda led the tree lighting for the fifth straight year. Just like Geronimo, Vice Ganda has staged successful concerts at the Big Dome including the Guinness World Record-clinching music fest of her cosmetic line in September. 

The 100-foot giant Christmas tree is the centerpiece attraction in Araneta Center this Yuletide season. It features 3,000 LED bulbs and more than 1,500 assorted decors including giant balls, giant bells, lighted poinsettias and a seven-foot star topper. 

Providing additional star power to the festivities were total entertainer Darren Espanto, heartthrob McCoy de Leon, international phenoms TNT Boys, “Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2” grand champion Janine Berdin, love team partners Vivoree Esclito and CK Kieron, and The Kids’ Choicejurors Xia Vigor, Chunsa Jung, Onyok Pineda, Carlo Mendoza and Jayden Villegas. OPM band Mojoflyrounded up the list of performers. 

Miss Universe Philippines Catriona Gray, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Karen Gallmanand Miss Globe top 15 finalist Michele Gumabaoalso graced the tree-lighting. 

Volleyball player-turned-anchor Gretchen Ho, theater actor Benj Manalo and comedian MC hosted the lighting ceremonies.