Orchard Road in Singapore is perennially crowded, but it is still the place to be if you’re in town. It’s also kid-friendly, and there’s a happy buzz during the festive season, thanks to the Christmas lights.
Take a couple of days off and visit the island for a quick city get-away over the Christmas break. You won’t be sorry.
Lights are on for everyone
The city’s Christmas light-up along the 2.88km stretch in Orchard Road is an annual event everyone looks forward to. That’s especially true for this year, with a special Disney edition of the event. Expect to see classic characters like Mickey Mouse, as well as newer but wildly popular princesses like Elsa from Frozen. Also making appearances are well-loved Disney/Pixar characters, such as Toy Story’s Woody.
Find them in four special zones along the shopping belt, and prepare to be dazzled.
“Disney Magical Moments” runs until Jan 1 next year. Enjoy the lights from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura.
Christmas Village for community spirit
Spread good cheer in a carnival-like setting at the Christmas Village, set in the main square in front of landmark mall Ngee Ann City. Amusement rides, including a duplex horse carousel, are a draw for kids, and make a great backdrop for holiday family selfies.
Arts and crafts activities for kids also take place at various times. Visitors who believe in Santa Claus may see Father Christmas at the Santa House. Meet and Greet sessions run between 7pm and 9m every Friday and Saturday until Dec 26.
Adding to the vibe are eight food operators who offer up street fare, from barbeque chicken wings to mee goreng, and hipster-friendly treats like mala and salted egg fries.
Local live bands will belt out Christmas jingles and seasonal favourites on some evenings, providing a soundtrack while you eat, drink and revel.
The Christmas Village runs until Dec 26. The Instagram-worthy Merli the Merlion, Singapore Tourism Board’s mascot, will also be making special appearances from time to time.
Shop till you drop
While you’re here, you must indulge in another favourite Singaporean pastime – shopping. Popular brands like Uniqlo and Oppo have set up pop-up stores on the walkway just outside the Christmas Village.
There, you’ll find special interactive shopping experiences, photo booths and more.
During selected timings on weekends, there will be “snow” at the Haagen-Dazs Festive Pop-Up Store. Take a photo with a friend and share it on social media for a free scoop of ice-cream.
The pop-up stores will run till Dec 31.
For more information, visit visitsingapore.com/.