Dapitan: The Best Place To Buy Christmas Décor
Here is our Dapitan guide to shopping for Christmas decorations, from wreaths and trees, to fairy lights and Santas of all sizes, and at affordable prices
You’ve probably heard of Dapitan Arcade, the shopping destination found at the corner of Kanlaon and Dapitan Street that offers the best bargain home and dinnerware finds. But walk a little further to Dapitan Park and right across it you’ll find an unnamed two-storey building painted red-orange. Welcome to Dapitan Tiangge.
By this time of the year, this slightly less famous sibling of Dapitan Arcade is full of Christmas décor. When we say full, we mean every single stall in the building sells Christmas decorations right in time for the holiday rush.
While some stalls in Dapitan Arcade offer something similar to the products found in Dapitan Tiangge, the latter still boasts a more curated collection. So if you’re only keen on shopping Christmas décor at this side of Quezon City, better head here first for a more convenient and organized shopping experience.
Stalls A-19 and A-20: Miniature Christmas villages
The first stalls that will welcome you in the tiangge will easily remind you of the holidays as they specialize in miniature Christmas villages. These stalls have sets with carousels going in circles to the beat of a holiday tune, snow-capped mountains with skiers at play, and churches adorned in Christmas lights.
While all are enticingly beautiful, some come at a hefty price. These holiday village sets can set you back from P4,000 to as high as P25,000, depending on the design intricacy and size. If you will reuse them yearly and have the budget for it though, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Stall 23: Villages, music boxes, and figurines
More Christmas villages can be found here, and some are even equipped with mini snow machines! But one of the best deals found in the stall are the carousel musical boxes that are good for either décor or as gifts, especially when they retail for only P350 apiece.
Stall A-48: Santa Claus, big and small
By the time you get to the end of the hall, you’ll be overwhelmed by the different figures of Santa Claus hanging from the ceiling, to the different sets of Santas holding gift boxes atop the shelves. It might be hard to pin down what particular Santa you want at first, but check out the ones available on the shelves first, as they are usually the cheapest. Some figurines are sold for only P150 each, and can be bargained for less when bought in sets.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, and you might end up buying everything in sight so best be equipped with a particular theme in mind. How would like your Santa to look like? What material are you looking for? There are wooden figurines, ceramic ones and those in plastic resin.
The hanging Santas, depending on the size and design are priced from P300 to P800. There are also Christmas tree decorations, some selling for P35 each or three for P100. If you’re not into Santas, there are also some Christmas nutracker figurines almost 12 inches tall. However, these are usually priced from P800 to as much as P1,500 each.
Once you're done shopping at the tiangge, check out the other holiday offerings in the stalls in front of Dapitan Park.
Christmas balls, poinsettia, and more
Here, you'll find a stall selling everything you need to decorate your Christmas tree without breaking the bank. Two dozen poinsettias will only cost you P200, while Christmas balls—depending on the size—can only fetch P180 to P400 per pack. And that's already 20 pieces in one pack.
The stall next to it also has some interesting and sophisticated Christmas ornaments made out of thin pieces of plywood. The wooden decorations feature different Christmas vignettes—angels, the Nativity, a snowman—all with intricately cut-out details. The smaller designs can be purchased for only P35 while the bigger ones go for P50.
Walk a little further down and you’ll find at the corner of Kanlaon street a massive stall teeming with different Christmas trees. Seeing this street at night is worth the trip, as everything is lit up in Christmas lights. The prices of the trees can get quite steep though—a five-foot-tall Christmas tree retails for P2,500 to P2,800, while the eight- to ten-foot-tall trees range from P5,000 to P7,000.
If you don't want to be bothered by the demands of Christmas tree decoration, then their outdoor and waterproof trees may be for you. These trees come in different colors from dark green to bright pink, and they're already a sight to behold by themselves.
By the time you turn left at Kanlaon street, you’ll find a stall selling bags made of sinamay that are perfect for Christmas gifts and giveaways. The prices, depending on the bags’ sizes, range only from P20 to P50 apiece.
Dapitan is located at Dapitan corner Kanlaon Streets, Laurges, Quezon City.
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