At its heart Christmas is a time of joy, hope and togetherness. Its appeal cuts across all boundaries and cultures. It is also a good time festive season. And Singaporeans just love to celebrate! The Christmas holidays in Singapore are blessed with plenty of good cheer. So when you travel for Christmas head down Singapore way.
Christmas in Singapore brings out the fairy lights, bells and decorations creating some of the most spectacular displays in the world. Entire blocks of buildings are lit up and precincts vie with one another to grab people’s attention. From restaurants to public gardens everyone gets in on the act and contributes to the general yuletide spirit.
Renowned for its shopping, Singapore’s world famous thoroughfare, Orchard Road, dons its brightest dress. Beginning in the middle of November, Orchard Road transforms into a magical land at night. Shops and stores have promotional and discount offers that are just as fantastic as their decorations.
Millions of lights are draped on trees, buildings and hotels between Tanglin Mall and Plaza Singapura. Well-known and familiar buildings are unrecognizable as they compete for the Best Dressed Building Award. The decorations are simply out of this world and range from gigantic bows, fairyland castles to mechanized reindeer and Nutcracker soldiers.
It’s not all lights though. Singapore’s warm and humid weather gets an arctic blast. Since Christmas 1996, Tanglin Mall, turns wintery with falling ‘snow.’ You can wade through it, ball it and fling it at your friends. Special Santa appearances are exciting the kids and grownups alike.
Ngee Ann City puts up a giant Christmas tree. Hugely entertaining acts such as the Flaming Lips band whose shows include fireworks, a sky full of confetti and frolicking dancers; all-night beach parties driven by international DJs fill up Singapore’s Christmas season evenings and nights. Street performances and numerous Christmas events in Singapore give the city an exciting carnival atmosphere.
Universal Studios Singapore has pitched in with their yuletide themed Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay. A wonderful display of light sculptures from Europe and a charming Christmas market is part of the theme. It will feature Italian luminary sculptures where this magical light-up experience is thrilling visitors. The wintry wonderland feel is intensified with ‘snowfall’ every hour.
The New York Public Library is putting on spectacular light shows. They are also screening multimedia video shows using the building’s façade. Every year theatre company, W!ld Rice takes a Christmas pantomime and gives it a local twist. This year it is the turn of “Aladdin” who is also given the Chinese treatment.
Several foreign embassies, communities and organisations dress up trees along the entire length of the Botanic Gardens. Called “Trees of the World” there are some 300 of them.
Nothing is closer to the Singaporean heart than a good feast and Christmas brings out the best in that department. Restaurants all over the island turn festive serving up popular old-fashioned Christmas dishes. Traditional Yorkshire pork racks, apple sauce and stuffed turkeys battle with an endless assortment of glazed hams and scrumptious Christmas cakes. Every hotel is offering all-you-can-eat buffets too.
The Singapore festive season will end with an almighty bang and a light show. The annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown to 2015 will get a huge boost as the city state kicks of its golden jubilee celebrations. There will be tonnes of fireworks; a music concert and a 400 drum Drum Gaia backed up by 25,000 ‘wishing spheres’ bobbing on the water.
So if you can, spend Christmas in Singapore.