Today, I’m thrilled to share the festive wonderland that has emerged at Clark Air Force City Park this Christmas. After a prolonged closure due to the pandemic, the park has not only reopened but has transformed into an enchanting destination for families seeking holiday cheer.
Situated within the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, the park boasts an impressive display of real helicopters, fighter jets, and aviation equipment used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States. The park is not only a haven for aviation enthusiasts but also a haven for nature lovers with its jogging and biking paths.
As you drive down Clark Air Base road, you’re welcomed by a magnificent Belen, setting the tone for the Christmas extravaganza that awaits you. The park offers ample parking, shaded areas, and a promise of joyous festivities.
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Enchanting Booths for All Ages
On the right, upon entering the park is this booth featuring beautiful Parols (star-shaped Christmas lanterns) and large oil cans adorned with playful characters like deers, minions, panda, SpongeBob, and more.
The next booth showcases a colossal spider with a Belen nestled beneath it.
The succeeding booth features two air force soldiers offering salutes at the entrance, complemented by a Belen, a Christmas tree, and an intricately detailed walk path.
This pink Christmas Castle beckons with an inviting entrance adorned with lollipops and candies, creating an irresistible allure. Venture inside, where a fascinating array of military displays unfolds, offering visitors insights into the remarkable endeavors of the Air Force.
Encourage young scientists at the Innovators booth, designed to inspire curiosity and creativity. With astronaut and spaceship photo booth, it offers a space for kids to imagine themselves reaching for the stars.
Another booth beckons with snowmen and a beautiful triangle structure, creating the ideal backdrop for selfies. Families can capture picture-perfect moments amidst the festive decorations.
One standout exhibit is the UH-1H “Huey,” a helicopter with a rich history dating back to the Vietnam War.
The park also houses the Vought F-8 Crusader, a carrier-based fighter with a sophisticated weapons delivery system. Its presence is a testament to the rich military history within these grounds.
The T-28 “Trojan” (Tora-Tora) is another highlight, once used for training cadet pilots and later in missions against secessionists.
At the heart of the park, a giant Christmas Tree steals the spotlight. Composed of large gifts, it becomes a central gathering point.
One of the park’s noteworthy features is the availability of seats both inside and outside the booths. You can also bring your own mats for a cozy picnic while the little ones explore the children’s playground.
And for those who forgot to bring their own food, the Bloom & Brew Cafe inside the park offers appetizing meals and refreshing drinks.
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As night falls, the park undergoes a magical transformation.
Floodlights illuminate every corner, ensuring the park is a well-lit wonderland.
The booths, aircraft, and decorations come alive with vibrant colors, setting the stage for a breathtaking nocturnal experience.
The giant spider, a momentarily spine-chilling sight is now transformed into a whimsical wonder. Despite its imposing size, the spider sports a cheerful Santa hat and cradles a charming Belen beneath it. Giant lollipops adorn its surroundings, ensuring that kids, despite the initial scare, find joy and sweetness in this unexpected holiday creature.
Witness the Vought Fighter Jet don a new persona at night, with Christmas lights outlining its majestic form. It becomes a beacon of elegance, adding to the park’s nighttime allure.
As the night unfolds, the Innovators booth takes on a celestial glow. The astronaut photo booth becomes a portal to the cosmos, allowing kids to envision themselves as space explorers.
The pink Christmas Castle comes to life at night, radiating brightness with lighted Santa and snowman figures. It becomes a captivating beacon, drawing families in with its warm and festive glow.
The Trojan aircraft at night takes on a captivating aura with Christmas lights delicately tracing its silhouette.
Also, of course don’t miss the enchanting centerpiece – the giant Christmas Tree illuminated with dancing and colorful lights.
While the park may not be crowded now, preparations are underway for an influx of visitors. Food booths (I think) are being set up to accommodate the growing crowd, ensuring that everyone can indulge in festive treats.
Clark Air Force City Park Details
What are you waiting for? Embrace the festive spirit at Clark Air Force City Park—where the entrance is free. Grab your mats, pack some delicious treats, bring your camera or bike, and make unforgettable memories in this enchanting haven.