Christmas Wonderland in the 3rd Kahayag Festival

I just returned from a very short visit to my Beloved's parents somewhere in Davao del Norte. It is a visit that I truly enjoyed, not only because of the good care that was given to me by my future-in-laws, but also because of the few places that we visited during the trip.

One of those places is the town of Carmen and their Kahayag Festival.

Kahayag Festival of Carmen, Davao del Norte

I didn't expect to see anything grand in Carmen. But I was glad that I was wrong. Lights filled the town plaza in front of the municipal hall.

Giant Christmas trees in Kahayag Festival
Towering Christmas trees of Carmen.

Kahayag Festival is a joint activity of the municipal government of Carmen and the private sector. Barangays of Carmen, schools and businesses in the town made their own Christmas trees, belens and lanterns. The result is a sight to behold.

Christmas trees in Kahayag Festival

It was my first time to see so many Christmas trees in one place!

I believe that Kahayag Festival is a good idea. People Carmen have something to enjoy every night at the plaza. The competition for the best Christmas decor brought out the creativity of the people and that’s another plus point.

One notable belen (Nativity scene) is this one, located in the middle of the plaza:

Belen in Kahayag Festival

The three kings are present. Mama Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus are also present. Sheeps and a cow were there too. Everything seems normal until I saw an elf in Santa costume pumping water.

Mystery elf in nativity scene in Kahayag Festival

I didn’t know that there’s an elf when Jesus was born.

Kidding aside, the Christmas decors in Kahayag Festival looked great. Here are some Christmas “scenes” that I saw:

Swans in Kahayag Festival

Simbang gabi scene in Kahayag Festival

Belen entry of Sto. Nino Elementary School


Even Jose Rizal’s monument was well lighted. The national hero looks fab. :-P

Jose Rizal under lights in Kahayag Festival

We checked every Christmas tree in Kahayag Festival and the tree that got our vote is this tree:

Green Christmas tree in Kahayag Festival

And I think this is my best shot:

My best shot in Kahayag Festival

So if you are in Davao del Norte this Christmas Season, I suggest that you visit Kahayag Festival.

The giant Christmas trees and other decors are located in front of the municipal hall. It can be reached, from Davao City, by riding any Tagum-bound bus. Alight at Carmen bus terminal and the municipal hall is just a short walk away.

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  1. Very good post. Sariling atin. Never been there but will put in my list. Merry Christmas!

    1. I do hope na makabisita ka nga sa Carmen. They do this every year. Merry Christmas!

  2. dito samen paunit ng paunti ung xmas decors,
    kaya mejo di ko ramdame ee ehehe

    1. Dito naman sa amin ay nawala na yung mga nangangaroling.


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