Singapore prides itself as one of the most diverse nations in the world. A country that embraces different cultures, it has become a frequently visited destination for extravagant and colourful celebrations in Asia. As with many countries in the world, Christmas is one of the biggest celebrated festivals in the beautiful island city-state of Singapore.
As early as November, Singapore decks itself with festive vibes along its famous tourist spots – Orchard Road and the Gardens by the Bay. Malls and streets are decorated with vivid lights and gigantic installations that are bound to bring great joy to every visitor, not to mention all the Instagram-worthy spots one can find in these areas (this one’s for you, millennials!).
Christmas on A Great Street
Bringing Christmas joy and cheer between 10 November 2018 – 1 January 2019, Christmas on A Great Street presents a Disney themed Christmas, with Orchard Road decked up in beloved Disney characters and décor. This bustling street is divided into four zones, each representing a Disney theme, which we all know by heart – Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse & Friends, Frozen and Toy Story. The life- size installations of these characters provide gorgeous photo opportunities for every Disney lover.
Look out for the Cinderella-themed mall decorations at Wheelock Place and a special Ariel photo spot at Shaw House. Also don’t miss Mickey Mouse, who’s celebrating his 90th anniversary this year and remember to join in the celebration outside Wisma. If you are looking for some chilly weather this Christmas, Orchard Central has transformed itself into the world of Frozen, completed with lights, decorations and of course, the favourite royal sisters, Princess Elsa and Anna. Disney Pixar’s Toy Story zone can be found by the Istana Park, decorated in festive lights with all-time favourites Woody, Buzz Light-year and more of your Toy Story pals.
Besides reliving your childhood memories and relishing in all the Disney-themed Christmas delights, Orchard Road is also offering visitors some exciting pop-up stores and the Great Christmas Village, which offers a variety of food that will get you in the festive mood, and guarantees to make your journey along the Great Street truly worthwhile.
Christmas at ArtScience Museum
While in Singapore, you should also make a trip to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, to immerse yourself in the Future World exhibition. Here you can enjoy high-tech interactive artworks, created in collaboration with teamLab, a renowned interdisciplinary art collective.
Exclusively for December, the exhibits will also be enhanced, in an event known as Sketch Christmas. Watch as holiday spice livens up the usual displays and where you can tap Santa Claus and watch him deliver presents!
At the same time, you can also visit the, Minimalism: Space, Light, Object exhibition, taking place in both the ArtScience Museum and National Gallery Singapore. It features more than 150 works of art by over 80 artists and 40 composers. Through painting, sculpture, installation, performance and music, the exhibition shows how Minimalism became a turning point in the history of 20th century art.
For more information, visit www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions-and-events.html
A Singapore Carol
Next, if you are looking for a Christmas-themed musical to complete your holiday, look no further than A Singapore Carol by Wild Rice, taking place at the Victoria Theatre until December 15! This heart-warming, hilarious, local take on Charles Dicken’s classic tale about love, compassion and the spirit of giving, will surely put you in a cheery mood for Christmas.
Helmed by Singapore’s Hossan Leong, the musical tells the beautiful story of a multi-millionaire Singaporean Scrooge (played by Sebastian Tan, a.k.a. Broadway Beng) who receives a surprise when three spirits appear before him to thaw his cold, frozen heart, and scare the Scrooge out of him.
To find out if the Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas and treat yourself to an enchanting night of entertainment, get your tickets now at www.wildrice.com.sg/productions/311-a-singapore-carol
Christmas Wonderland is also now open for everyone! The Yuletide spirits are now in full swing at the Gardens by the Bay.
The 101-hectare garden presents the biggest yuletide fair as it returns with its fifth edition. Soak up the festivities with a dazzling array of entertainment, fun and shopping at the charming European-style Festive Market, outdoor skating under the stars, carnival rides and games, snow in the tropics, magical Luminarie sculptures and more! For more information, check out the article that features Christmas Wonderland on page 12.
Like what you have read? Then get your tickets to Singapore now! Awaiting you will be over a million fairy lights on Orchard Road, special exhibitions at the ArtScience Museum, a heart warming musical and 240,000 light bulbs at Christmas Wonderland.
If you’re looking for more Christmas specials, Singapore’s ever ready to satisfy your cravings this Christmas. You can participate in other festive events like Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum, True Colours at Jurong Bird Park in Boon Lay, Hullabaloo Christmas at Tanjong Pagar Centre, and many more.
In Singapore, Christmas feels like magic – come and see for yourself!
For more details about how to spend the Yuletide season in Singapore, visit https://www.visitsingapore.com.