Christmas in the Tropics

So here we are at the time of the year when Christmas carols play non stop in the shopping malls. Everyone is in a festive mood as the end of the year nears. If you haven’t visited Singapore before, Christmas season is a good time to visit. Christmas season starts early in November when the yearly Christmas decorations go up onto Orchard Road transforming the this shopping street into a Christmas Wonderland. There are also other Christmas themed events happening like at Gardens by the Bay.

While we don’t have winter and snow here, over the years fake snow has been making it’s way into Christmas events here. All to capture the mood of winter. So here are some photos of Christmas on the Red Dot.

A lighted archway over Orchard Road welcomes visitors. This yearly affair stretches several kilometers. Although the displays put up by the malls have been disappointing recently due to the retail slump as E-commerce eats up malls’ profits.
One of the largest shopping malls along Orchard Road is Ion with it’s high tech facade.
Wheelock Place always hangs larger than life Christmas decorations in it’s atrium.
Traffic under the Christmas lighting. Every year the theme changes as marketers try to think of more engaging ideas. Traffic is a nightmare as you get closer to Christmas since everyone in the cars are slowing down to admire the lights.
Looking down along a stretch of Orchard Road with Christmas lights across the road.
It’s becoming a yearly affair at Tanglin Mall where a nightly blizzard of fake snow drenches the crowd.
It does look like I’m caught in a snow storm. The fake snow is actually scented soap foam.
The kids were definitely having fun taking a bath in the snow… ahem, foam.

Besides Orchard Road, there is a Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay starting from 1-26 Dec this year. There is an entrance fee which starts at SGD4 (if purchased online) and doubles to SGD8 for the week of Christmas. But if you want to enjoy some special Christmas lighting and cheer, I think the fee is not expensive. Here are some photos when I visited it.

Super Trees, fairy lights and Christmas village. It’s quite a magical sight.
A blizzard under the Super Trees. I guess nothing beats fake snow.
Who can resist taking a selfie with fake snow?
A mystical looking avenue of lights a the entrance to the Gardens.

So how does your city celebrate Christmas? Leave a comment.


11 thoughts on “Christmas in the Tropics

    1. Oh yes they do! They seem to enjoy it more than their parents. The fake snow actually comes from several foam generators around the area. It just looks like it comes from the tree.

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