Catch the Lights at Orchard Road
Orchard Road – the place to be at this time of the year! It’s every shutterbug’s dream come true at Orchard Road. From Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura, the great street measures some three km long ablaze with a blinding enchantment of blue, turquoise and sapphire.
Look out for the winner of the coveted Best Dressed Building award. Participating buildings include Forum The Shopping Mall, ION Orchard, Orchard Central, orchardgateway, Paragon, Plaza Singapura, Tanglin Mall, TANGS at Tang Plaza, The Centrepoint and Wheelock Place.
Be sure to whip out your camera for the likes of giant bows and fairy-tale castles, reindeer sleighs and nutcracker soldiers. Soak up the Christmas cheer with street performances that present themselves as part of an enchanting carnival. While you make a beeline for the Christmas discounts do drop by to feel the “snow” at Tanglin Mall boasting a wintry wonderland and go ooh and ahh at the humongous Christmas trees that at Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.
Trip down to our historical churches to appreciate the colonial architecture and explore the diversity of the country’s Christian population.
Begin with Singapore’s oldest, the Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator to take in the sights of this elegant white building, a masterpiece of renowned architect George Coleman. Don’t miss the tombstone at the well-manicured gardens, that of horticulturalist creator Agnes Joaquim.
Nestled on the corner of Victoria Street and Bras Brasah Road stands the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. It is named after the French missionary, St Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert. The St Joseph’s Church on Victoria Street has a distinct octagonal domed tower and pale blue and white façade to echo the Gothic Revival style.
And of course, there is the grand dame St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore’s largest church, of Anglican denomination and overlooking a large square near City Hall MRT.
Have a Hearty Christmas Buffet
What’s Christmas without food? Think Christmas turkey, hams, roasts, log cakes. Embark on early research into the offerings of the various restaurants to find a favourite without burning a hole in your pocket. Remember to check if you can apply dining offers like 1-for-1 deals. Even more important, make your booking well in advance to avoid disappointments – you don’t want to end up at second-best places only. If you don’t fancy the usual festive food, you can also opt for local buffets or even vegetarian ones at Chinese restaurants.
Winter Wonderland at Garden by the Bay
If you visit Garden by the Bay this Christmas, you may be excused for wondering if you have been transported to wintry Europe!
At Singapore’s own winter wonderland, indulge in festive binging by swigging mulled wine and biting off a limb of a gingerbread treat. The festive market will mesmerise you with its handmade accessories and festive food and drinks. Catch the dazzling light sculptures made with whitewood from South of Italy. Get high on some Christmas thrills such as trying out the vintage style carousel or just drink in the sights around on a Christmas train, or try your luck at a game booth. Additionally, put on some warm clothes and brace yourself for admission into Ice Palace for some skating on a rink made of real ice or start a snowball brawl at the snow playground.
Lowen by Dempsey Hill Christmas Market
Here’s your chance to do both your Christmas shopping and your bit for charity at one go. To be located at Block 71 Loewen Road from December 9–11, 9.30am to 5.30pm, this Christmas market has a wide array of buys from fashion and handmade jewellery to toys and home furnishings, spanning some 20 plus stalls. Children can engage in fun activities like balloon art and even meet Santa Claus personally. Part of the sales will go to charity.
While there, check out this historical building that’s steeped in mystery having started as a military barrack before becoming a home to the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Dance company. Be sure to tell Santa how good you have been all this year.
All Star Nick Jr. Christmas at City Square Mall
Let the kids meet and greet the characters from popular preschool entertainment brand Nick Jr. from 18 November to 1 January at this themed event at City Square Mall shopping centre. Also catch the
live appearances by Dora the Explorer and the spunky pups of PAW Patrol and Gil and Molly of the Bubble Guppies. For a minimum spend of $40, you can redeem a pass to fun games and activities such as obstacle course, dress up events, and life-sized displays. Snap pictures with your favourite cartoon characters or catch up on your Christmas shopping spree.