Want to feel extra festive, mama? Check out our guide of the best spots for Christmas lights in Singapore this holiday season
While music at shopping malls has its charms, there’s nothing quite like Christmas lights and decorations to get in the festive spirit, especially if you don’t like crowds (or prefer your fun activities to be of the free variety!). Check out our gallery of the best spots for Christmas lights in Singapore, mama, with a bonus mention of all the best places you can find snow!
Lead image by Gardens By The Bay
The holiday decor at the world’s greatest airport is aways outstanding, and this year is no exception with Frozen Wonderland along with all manner of festive markets, carolling, snow shows, and musical performances happening at Jewel Changi Airport. Jewel is where you’ll also find the 16m tree pictured above — the tallest Christmas tree ever at Changi! Check out the video below for highlights, and click here for all the details!
Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, Singapore
At CHIJMES you’ll discover all manner of IG-friendly light installations and decorations, while down the street The Capitol Kempinski Christmas Market is currently home to a collection of more than 50 festive booths selling Christmas goodies like Christmas cookies, chilled mulled wine, beers and more. And then there’s the seven-metre tall Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree. Kiddos will be delighted to try the Capitol Kempinski Skating Rink and will love the intermittent snowy foam fall, too.
When: 6 – 24 December 2019
Where: CHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996; Outdoor Plaza @ The Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
How much: Free!
This is the grandaddy of them all if you like Christmas lights! There are hundreds of thousands of light bulbs covering the gorgeous Italian Luminarie sculptures imported from Italy, highlighted by the massive Spalliera Castel del Monte at the centre. All in all there are 40 light sculptures across the park, not to mention the festive Garden Rhapsody light show each night, in which the Supertrees are illuminated in time with a variety of classic Christmas songs (followed by a “blizzard”).
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Through 26 December 2019. Click here for all the deets!
What’s more festive than pointsettia plants? Head to Gardens by the Bay to see 7,500 of them across a Nordic-themed wonderland that features design input from the Embassies of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Kiddos will be particularly delighted by the whimsical gnomes and reindeer throughout! Click here for more details.
Where: Gardens by The Bay Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
When: Through 5 January 2020, 9am to 9pm daily
How much: Admission charges to Flower Dome apply
From nightly Snowy Playtime to We Bare Bears shows and a beautiful illuminated Christmas Town, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck (especially since it’s free!) when you head to City Square Mall in Little India.
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
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Besides a wonderfully jolly and authentic Santa (we think that’s actually his beard!), Cluny is kitted out with the most stylish traditional decorations, from wreaths and pine garlands, to twinkling lights. Santa even hangs out in a cozy chair by a fireplace with a Nutcracker nearby. If certain other areas are too commercial and over the top for your tastes, Cluny is the perfect antidote with its traditional holiday trimmings. NB: 15 December was the last day to see Santa at Cluny; click here for other options!
Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
If you’ve driven down Holland Road at night this December, chances are you’ve seen the gorgeous lights dripping from the trees at the bottom of Dempsey Hill. It’s well worth heading to the top of the hill and taking a stroll around to see the magnificent decorations adorning the lush vegetation.
Dempsey Hill, Dempsey Road, Singapore
Each mall on Orchard seems to try to outdo the others with fantastic decorations; some of our personal faves include the giant Bulgari snake outside ION, Forum decking itself out entirely in pink, and the Christmas village and carousel at Scotts Road. Click here for more deets!
Orchard Road, Singapore
Image via ION Orchard
Singapore’s largest indoor snow playground, Snow City’s ever popular snow fall and blizzard experience is one of the few places offering snow during the day – at 11am, 2pm, 5pm daily – which is great for little ones with early bedtimes! Children can also get into the festive spirit with Christmas carols and storytelling courtesy of the winter special, A Winter Fairy Tale, along with interactive meet-and-greets. Plus there’s the first-ever Christmas Fair at Science Centre!
Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
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Suntec City’s Angry Birds-themed Christmas will delight kids and adults alike! Throughout the festive season there will be character meet and greets, a Christmas parade, awesome dance performances and kid-friendly games and fun! Read all about it here!
Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6266 1502, www.sunteccity.com.sg
Just around the corner from the main drag of Orchard Road, Tanglin Mall’s got a pretty nifty display this year, with a huge Christmas tree and an archway of vibrant pointsettias. And it doesn’t hurt that they add a little snow to the occasion every night at 7:30pm!
Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
So obviously this requires an admission ticket, but even the grinchiest folks will be humming Christmas carols with a smile on their face after visiting the Christmas extravaganza that is A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios. This year you’ll find multiple interactive Christmas shows; a Christmas Light-up Party; and the show-stopping Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Parade, which includes USS’s largest snowfall ever and culminates with a festive group meet-and-greet.
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Image via Resorts World Sentosa