This popular BGC shopping destination celebrates the traditions of Christmas with workshops, parades, freebies, raffles—and even a chance to get photos taken with Santa!
Fun Stuff | By Trixie Reyna on November 27, 2017
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I’m moving out of Manila and into Iloilo to, well, pretty much start a family with my husband-to-be who lives there, and the past couple of weeks, I’ve been posting “what I’ll miss most about Manila” all over my Instagram and Facebook.

Well, here’s another one for the blog: I’ll miss Bonifacio Global City and all its shopping centers, including Central Square. Another thing I’ll miss? The SSI brands this lifestyle center houses, including the flagship stores of international brands like Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Marks & Spencer, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Marc Jacobs, Hamleys, TWG, and Starbucks Reserve, among others. (Note: SSI, please open stores in Iloilo City!)

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I’m kinda feeling bummed because I’m totally missing all of the treats the mall prepared for shoppers this December, but I did get a sneak peek at the media launch, and now I’m sharing with you the slew of fun activities, thoughtful gift ideas and inspirations, and incredible promos and shopping deals you’ll enjoy when you visit Central Square in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Can you believe it’s December this Friday?! Time flies!

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Like the memorable days of your childhood, relive the same fun and excitement this season with your family and loved ones at Central Square. See kids’ eyes grow wide with wonder as they discover the true meaning of the holidays through Central Square’s “Traditions of Christmas.”

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While you do some Christmas shopping, let kids enjoy themselves at Central Square’s Christmas workshops held every Saturday of December from 230PM to 4PM, by the mall’s beautiful giant Christmas Tree. On December 2, allow kids to discover the joy of gift-giving as they learn how to put their personal touch on presents during the gift-wrapping workshop. Your home might just be filled with the sweet aromas of gingerbread and cookies after attending Central Square’s cookie-decorating workshop on December 9. Come December 16, kids can learn how to deck the halls and decorate their Christmas trees with their very own Christmas socks. And a couple of days before Christmas, on December 23, Central Square heightens the joy and whimsy of the holidays with captivating stories of Christmas.

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Kids can also revel in the weekend holiday parades featuring Hamley’s well-loved characters from 430PM to 5PM. Let your child know that Santa is working hard and checking his list twice by bringing them to Santa’s corner every Saturday and Sunday, 5PM to 7PM—where yes, they can get that classic photo-op with Santa Claus.

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Music is a huge Christmas tradition, so group chorales serenade mall-goers with their beautiful Christmas carols every Saturday and Sunday at 730PM.

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And while the kids have fun at the workshops and Christmas Village Central, the real Santas—the moms and dads, the ninongs and ninangs—can get their Christmas shopping done at one place as Central Square houses numerous stores and boutiques—from beauty to bags, fashion, food, and a whole lot more.

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Use your Philippine-issued Mastercard and start checking off your list this Christmas while earning the chance to be one of the lucky winners of the “Swipe to Travel” and “Swipe to Shop” promos drawn through the electronic raffle of SSI Group, Inc. and Mastercard in collaboration with Singapore Airlines. You can double your luck and entries by shopping at Central Square. Every purchase with your Mastercard also lets you pick a prize at the Concierge from November 17 until December 31, 2017.

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With “Swipe to Travel,” three lucky winners will get SSI Purple gift cards worth P200,000; a flight to London, Paris, or Singapore while enjoying the ultimate luxe travel experience in Business Class via Singapore Airlines; luxury accommodations for two; and a private and curated tour of the destination, a professional makeover, and photo shoots around the scenic sites, among others. Participating luxury labels include Alexander McQueen, Cartier, Charriol, Givenchy, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Salvatore Ferragamo, to name a few. Earn one raffle entry for every single receipt purchase worth P30,000. Promo runs from November 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018.

SSI Group, Inc. and Mastercard give you more rewards through “Swipe to Shop” when you splurge on contemporary beauty, fashion, and food staples like Beauty Bar, Kate Spade, Lush, Marks & Spencer, MAX&Co., Michael Kors, SaladStop!, Samsonite, Tommy Hilfiger, TWG Tea, and Zara, among others. Ten shoppers can win SSI Purple gift cards loaded with P500,000 credits. Consolation prizes include two SSI Purple gift cards with P100,000 credits, two SSI Purple gift cards with P75,000 credits, and five SSI Purple gift cards with P30,000 credits. Shop now until January 15, 2018, and earn one raffle entry for every single receipt purchase worth P3,000. Visit to join and know more about the raffle promotion.

Central Square is located at 5th Avenue cor. 30th Sts., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig. Mall hours are from 11AM to 10PM, Sunday to Thursday; and 11AM to 11PM, Friday to Saturday. You may contact them via the trunkline 02-9585660 and visit their Facebook.

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