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Biyaheng Antipolo : Experience The Magic With Casa Santa Museum


Jardin De Miramar is a huge garden venue that features different themes but apart from their amazing landscapes and state of the art facilities, Jardin De Miramar became known for one of their unique attractions, the Casa Santa! The place where Christmas never ends as it houses over 4,000 Santa and Christmas related items!
IMG_0234tIt is indeed one of the highlights of Jardin De Miramar and has been featured numerous times in many different tv shows such as Unang Hirit and Umagang Kay Ganda. Visiting Casa Santa has always been on my bucket list but I never got the chance to visit the place and I also know the fact that they are not accepting solo visitors (too bad for a solo traveler like me). That’s why I am so grateful to find a package tour online that includes this place (it’s actually one of the main reasons why I availed such package tour from Hitch Getaway).IMG_0219tCasa Santa is part of Jardin De Miramar’s Terresa garden and the place can easily be noticed because of its Gingerbread house inspired theme. Although it is very ideal Christmas destination for kids and kids at heart, Casa Santa is open to public even it is not yet Christmas season.
20161203_131816tThe Casa Santa welcomes you with various life-sized Santa images outside.
20161203_131826tMuch like the rest of the attractions in Jardin De Miramar (Check : Biyaheng Antipolo : Jardin De Miramar), the terrace can also be rented for parties and other occasions. It features an amazing landscape adorned with luscious greenery and the place nestles under the canopy of a huge mango tree. A picture perfect venue indeed!
20161203_131839t20161203_131851tInterestingly, Casa Santa started out as a small personal collection and it grew in size until it needed a house that can store them all and so the Casa Santa was born. “The Casa Santa was converted from a family rest house into a museum of Santa Claus collection in 1995. The house was remodeled by folk architect Rosario Encarnacion Tan and the lighting design inside the museum was crafted by international Japanese light designer Shoko Matsumoto.20161203_131901tWhat’s inside the Casa Santa. Ms Edna del Rosario, the owner of Jardin De Miramar loves to travel abroad and every time she visits a place, she always make sure to buy either a Santa-themed or a Christmas-related items or memorabilia to be added on her growing collection.20161203_132839t20161203_132855tYou can spot an overwhelming amount of Santa Images in various sizes! Although not yet an official record, they are claiming that Casa Santa has the most extensive private collection of Santa Claus items in the world20161203_132743t20161203_132756t20161203_132814t20161203_132822tDifferent Santa Figurines 20161203_132520tWhat I like about Casa Santa compare to other museums that we used to visit, most items here are interactive and visitors are allowed to touch or even play with them. There are so many push-button toys and lot more!20161203_132506t20161203_132609t20161203_132536tSeemingly expensive collection of vintage snow globes20161203_132449tIn one corner, you’ll find a kitchen area which is overly filled with various Christmas items and memorabilla. Almost every corner of this place has A Santa! 20161203_132358t20161203_132340t20161203_132312t
20161203_132230t20161203_132245t20161203_131926tLocated on the side of each step of the tiled staircase are different Santa images sporting different costumes inspired from different countries!20161203_133018tOf course, that includes our very own version of it. Here’s Santa wearing the iconic Barong Tagalog and Salakot hat.20161203_133049t20161203_133100tBefore moving upstairs, make sure to check the small room on the left side that is dedicated to a small Christmas village. Entering such room is truly magical. It does reminds me of that amazing Christmas village that I saw from ToyCon (Check : Coca-Cola Collectors Club Exhibit ). Here’s a video of the Christmas Village room in Casa Santa

20161203_133206t20161203_133310t20161203_133705t20161203_133812tMrs Santa will welcome you upstairs. The mezzanine features a Chess set which is Mrs Del Rosario’s personal favorite.20161203_133858tThe Chess set is from Germany, the country where the St. Nicolas legend (which became Santa Claus) originated, and was acquired at a Christmas Market, an event unique to Europe.
20161203_133830t20161203_133435tYou should also check the Bedroom upstairs. 20161203_133519t20161203_133532t There’s also a red room filled with different stuffed toys of various sizes.20161203_132715tA Santa portrait on the roof
20161203_132039tExploring Casa Santa is truly an amazing experience. It feels like you are being taken into an enchanting place that brings out the inner kid in you. Definitely a highly recommended destination in Antipolo. While Pinto Art Museum provides such enigmatic experience, Casa Santa will let you leave the place with smile on your face.

Things You should Know before going to Casa Santa Museum
►The Jardin De Miramar has no entrance fee but is a semi-private facility. They are, however, open for ocular visits especially for those who want to check their venues and also the packages they offer. Casa Santa, on the other hand is welcome for visitors everyday.
►The entrance fee to Casa Santa is Php180 per head but please be mindful that there is a minimum number of visitors required. For Weekdays they are open from 8 am – 5pm (with Minimum of 5 pax) and when Weekends, they are only open from 2pm – 4pm with minimum of 4 Pax.
►According to their site, every 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month from 2pm-4pm, the Casa Santa is open even without the minimum number of visitors required and entrance fee is P180/person, and that is good for a 1-hour visit.
►Casa Santa is also available for Fieldtrip tours but this could be done upon registration so better contact them ahead to book your tour. Interestingly, they offer an All-Access-Tour package that provides visitors an access to some of their notable attractions aside from Casa Santa including the Sylvana Tree Maze, Galera and Campo Siete. Tours might include recreational activities for kids. For details and prices, you can check their site here (http://jardindemiramar.com/fieldtrips/)
►For updates and more info about their rates, you can visit their official webpage at http://jardindemiramar.com

How to Get to Casa Santa (Jardin De Miramar)
►Antipolo is accessible by jeepney or FX taxi, with terminals in Metro Manila including one in Araneta Center Cubao and Valero Street behind RCBC Plaza in Makati. This will drop you off to Antipolo’s Town Proper. From here, you can ride a tricycle which can take you to all nearby destinations including the Pinto Art Museum. Places along the main roads are accessible by jeepney.
►Jardin De Miramar is located at the back of the new Robinsons Mall in Antipolo. You can ride a Tricycle from there or even from the town proper and asked the driver to drop you off in Jardin De Miramar or Casa Santa.

Where to Stay in Antipolo
For those who are looking for a nice place to stay in Antipolo whether you are in a tight budget or not, you might consider this list of hotels and resorts in Antipolo as compiled by TravelBook (with discounted rates too). Again, Antipolo has so many great places to offer that you guys can explore and a day tour may not be enough to discover them all.

I wish we could spend more time exploring this huge Garden Venue but our time is limited and we have to go to our next destination, the Mystical Cave.  Just like what I have experienced when visiting the Hinulugang Taktak (Check : The fate of Hinulugang Taktak Falls), I have a mixed thoughts about Mystical Cave. It was both rewarding and disappointing as well. Why? Well, I will share you my experience with Mystical Cave on my next entry.

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In case you missed our previous entries, feel free to visit the links below
►Biyaheng Antipolo (Prologue)
►Antipolo Cathedral
►Hinulugang Taktak Falls
►Pinto Art Musuem
►25 Artworks That You Should Not Miss in Pinto Art Museum
►Jardin De Miramar
►Casa Santa Museum
►Mystical Cave
►Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►Things To Buy When Visiting Antipolo

You might also want to check the previous Antipolo-related entries
►The First Procession In Antipolo
►Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisan Hills
►The Transfiguration of Christ Church
►Loreland Farm Resort

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