Long before most people have thought of shopping up a storm and stringing up home decorations for Christmas, Singapore’s iconic areas and landmarks have already gone loco for humongous trees and grand displays. So if you need a little help feeling festive, check out our favourite places around the island for merry Christmas light-ups. Even the biggest scrooge would crack a smile at these enchanting displays…
From the middle of November every year, Orchard Road’s malls blow a good portion of pennies on mesmerising Christmas facades, with everything from wintery North Pole scenes to fairytale castles. Centrepoint and Tangs are usually the most extravagantly creative, but Ion Orchard and Takashimaya deserve honourable mentions for their gigantic trees. The street itself will also be flooded with dazzling lights cascading from the treetops, and majestic glowing arches lining the road. Whether you prefer traditional decorations or something more minimalist and avant-garde, there’ll be something for all tastes here. Look out for merry performances popping up in and outside of the malls too.
When: 15 November to 1 January
Even though it’s part of Orchard road too, Tanglin Mall has a special fuzzy spot in our hearts because of its annual snow fest. Amidst its fabulous Christmas display, ‘snow’ machines planted outside the entrance will be covering the ground in ankle-deep fluffy foam. Fling it in the air or hurl it at your mates – just don’t try to catch some on your tongue.
When: Until 2 January
Gardens by the Bay
The futuristic gardens will shine even brighter when its Christmas Wonderland attraction opens. The Luminarie, an awe-inspiring light display made in Southern Italy that’s inspired by Baroque architecture, will feature towering wooden arches studded with 95,000 colourful light bulbs. Other quaint touches include a European-style bazaar at Supertree Grove, a glowing gazebo that will host 12 days of carolling, and a two-century old spiegeltent that looks like it sprung right out from a storybook. When you’re done being dazzled by the lights, traipse off to the Floral Dome for some lush Christmas floral displays.
When: 29 November-1 January 2015
Universal Studios Singapore
As Christmas approaches, Universal Studios Singapore will extend its opening hours till 9pm for its annual Christmas celebrations. Visitors will be delighted by the park’s light show extravaganza in the evenings, and the chance to frolic in snowfall every hour.
When: 1 December-4 January
Want to gaze upon the tallest tree in Singapore? VivoCity’s mammoth tree has grown by a foot every year since the mall opened in 2007 – last year’s towered at 107 feet (33 metres). Expect it to take on another fantastical theme and, yes, even more sparkling fairy lights! For extra razzle-dazzle, look out for VivoCity’s anniversary fireworks held near the end of each year.
When: Dates TBC
City Square Mall
This year, City Square Mall will be turning its City Green park into an enchanting playground full of of children’s rides and fairy lights, and their enormous Christmas tree will be decked out top to toe with bells. If your kids are glued to Chuggington on the telly, they’ll be absolutely chuffed watching the lively performances with Chuggington trainees Wilson, Koko and Brewster (from 6 to 21 December only). Wilson will also be part of a dazzling lights show and play time in the snow at 8pm and 9pm every day.
When: 14 November-28 December
What better way to bask in the merry glow of Christmas than to wine and dine while watching a vibrant fireworks display? Clarke Quay will be setting off brilliants bursts over the river to signal the season of good cheer.
When: 14 and 28 November, 12 December
The Singapore River
Making for a spectacular stroll, The Singapore River welcomes Christmas by lining its 3km stretch with lights and seasonal décor. Take your time to lap up the twinkliness and check out the pop-up Christmas market selling festive treats and gourmet grub.
When: 14 November-2 January