This year, the Orchard Christmas light-up begins on 16 November 2023 and features a colourful cotton-candy-like theme! Plus, don’t miss the first-ever Christmas Eve Street Party
The annual Orchard Christmas light-up which is part of Christmas on a Great Street experience is one of the red dot’s most popular Christmas events, and the 2023 edition of the Orchard Road Christmas light-up display promises to be a special affair, especially since this year marks its 40th anniversary of lighting up the streets of Orchard to get everyone in the festive mood!
We’re stoked that there will be a first-ever Christmas Eve street party where you can delight all of your senses to ring in the festive period. Indulge your taste buds with delicious food and drinks from the food kiosks, pick up festive goodies and Christmas gifts at three Christmas Villages and dance the night away to live performances. Plus, take the kids to Santa’s meet-and-greet sessions and join in singing Christmas carols that fill the streets.
This year’s Orchard Road Christmas lights display will likely bring out the child in you again, as you’re invited to step into a world of childlike wonder surrounded by cotton candy-like decor. There will be not one, not two, but THREE Christmas Villages to check out filled with carnival games and exciting rides for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages! Plus don’t miss the Multimedia Projection Mapping and festive music. The 2023 Orchard Road Christmas light-up officially kicks off on 16 November 2023 and will last for seven weeks until 1 January 2024, from 6:30pm onwards daily.
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1. Orchard Christmas Light-Up 2023
The Orchard Road Christmas lights begin at Tanglin Road, where you’ll be greeted by a mesmerising festive arch that immediately transports you into a cotton candy-like dreamscape to spread the Christmas joy. There are 3.1km of Christmas lights to check out, and this year’s exciting new feature is 104 trees lit up with LED white lights. These Christmas lights will also ring in CNY and Valentine’s Day next year, as the white lights take on pink hues to reflect the season. Other highlights include interactive set pieces so you can snap photos with the family, and the main arch at the junction of Orchard Road and Scotts Road, all decked out with ornate Christmas trees that are decorated with reindeer and baubles on each side of the road.
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2023
When: 16 November 2023 – 2 January 2024
2. Three Great Christmas Villages
We’re excited to hear that the Great Christmas Village will be back bigger and better this year with a total of three Christmas villages to explore, shop and soak in the festive spirit.
Holiday-themed rides: Kids will love the double-storey carousel and ferris wheel at Shaw House Urban Plaza that will take them on a magical journey for Christmas. Head over to Plaza Singapura and Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza to create beautiful memories with your kids as you bond over a myriad of carnival rides and games at these Christmas Villages.
Christmas nibbles: Tired after checking out the gorgeous Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up displays? Head to the Village to graze on delicious bites from popular F&B outlets, where there will be a wide variety of snacks, drinks and more to satisfy hungry tummies.
Great Christmas Village
When: from 24 November 2023 (Shaw House), 1 December 2023 (Plaza Singapura) and 8 December (Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza)
Where: Shaw House, Plaza Singapura & Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
3. Christmas Eve Street Party
Who doesn’t love a good party? For the first time ever, you’re invited to celebrate Christmas with your friends and family at Orchard Road’s Christmas Eve party that starts at Paterson junction to Bideford junction, which will be closed from 6pm onwards. Look forward to a soundscape and line-up of incredible live performances, sing along to Christmas carols, shop at a festive market and satisfy your hunger with scrumptious treats from the food trucks. Plus, stay until the end to countdown to Christmas!
When: 24 December 2023, 8pm – 12:30am
Where: Paterson junction to Bideford junction
4. Outdoor projection AR Show & Christmas carols
Check out this year’s augmented reality (AR) projection that will be displayed on 25 glass panels along the pedestrian walkway from Ion Orchard to Mandarin Gallery from 1 November 2023 to 1 January 2024.
Dual-facade 3D projection shows: 10-minute, multimedia 3D projection shows with augmented reality (AR) features. Last year, these specially curated Christmas shows included shots of Orchard Road Christmas light-ups from the years past, a multi-tiered rotating carousel with galloping horses, a vibrant spinning Ferris wheel, arcade games and a stunning firework display – all in AR. We’re excited to find out what these AR projections will feature this year.
Christmas music in the air: What’s Christmas without holiday carols and festive songs? As you walk down Orchard Road, you’ll be immersed in a Christmas wonderland, as there will be 44 speakers mounted along the street to make Christmas come alive with classic Christmas carols, pop Christmas hits and more!
Excited about the 2023 Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up? Visit the Christmas on a Great Street website for more info!
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