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!
It may be Pokémon-themed, but the holiday decor at the world’s greatest airport is nonetheless outstanding, particularly the Gingerbread House, Santa’s Workshop and Mrs. Claus’s Confectionery in the Terminal 3 Departures Hall. There’s also a light show with music and dancing trees amidst softly falling snow! You can also find a Christmas tree made entirely out of Pokémon plushies in Terminal 1, and a life-size Snorlax surrounded by glittering Christmas trees in the Terminal 2 Departures Hall (pictured).
Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, Singapore
This is the grandaddy of them all if you like Christmas lights! There are 240,000 light bulbs covering the gorgeous Italian Luminarie sculptures imported from Italy, highlighted by the massive Spalliera Castel del Monte at the centre of the festivities — that’s the highest luminarie ever constructed in Southeast Asia! Throw in roving carollers and 80 Christmas trees in the “Magical Forest”, and we think Christmas Wonderland is well worth the price of admission.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
2 December 2016 – 1 January 2017, open 3:30pm – 11pm daily. Tickets at $6 each. Get yours here!
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. Our favorite is the giant tree and Santa sleigh across from P.S. Cafe at Harding Road.
Dempsey Hill, Dempsey Road, Singapore
They don’t call it “Christmas on a Great Street” for nothing! We are loving this year’s flying reindeer theme, complemented by illuminated baubles hanging from the trees that run down Orchard Road. Along the way you can of course spot fantastic decorations outside the various shopping malls; some of our personal faves include the giant Tiffany tree outside ION and the enormous Nutcrackers outside Tangs.
Orchard Road, Singapore
Take a stroll along Quayside to marvel at the giant snowglobe and lights in all the trees while admiring the gorgeous boats parked in the water. We love the decorated palm trees at Sentosa Cove Village that have a particularly ‘tropical Christmas’ feel.
Sentosa Harbour, Singapore
We absolutely love the idea behind the Trees of the World exhibition at the Botanic Gardens, in which trees line the walkway through the park between the Botany Centre (near Food for Thought) and the Nassim Visitor Centre. Friends and partners from embassies, schools community groups and corporations have all come together to trim and adorn the tropical trees, each of which is unique. There are lots of lovely lights throughout the park and a particularly gorgeous display near the Nassim Visitor Centre.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Open daily at 5am – 12 midnight.
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 a fantasyland walkway that delights kids all day long (it’s particularly majestic at night, though). 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
Our own Sassy Mama Carlijn captured the glorious, record-setting light display at Universal Studios Singapore last week when she visited “Universal Journey”: go and you’ll find the world’s largest light display in an indoor venue — 824,961 bulbs in all! Plus at nearby Santa’s Village you’ll find Santa and Mrs. Claus, a whole host of elves and gingerbread men, and plenty of fake snow!
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Any mamas here living in the heartlands? We love how even the neighbourhood malls are all decked out, and Causeway Point in Woodlands is no different. The entrances will greet you with delightful rows of fairy lights on the ceilings and at the atrium, you’ll find Santa’s Kitchen complete with hardworking gingerbread men and a colourful candy-themed Christmas tree sitting on top! Pop on by to the Woodgrove area near the Singapore American School and you’ll also get to see some houses boasting their Christmas lights!
Lead image sourced via Singapore Botanic Gardens