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Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2022: Great Christmas Village, AR Projections, 3D Light Shows & More!

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When it comes to Christmas lights, nothing quite matches up to the Orchard Road Christmas light-up, which begins on 12 November 2022

The annual Christmas on a Great Street experience is one of the red dot’s most popular traditions. The 2022 edition of the Orchard Road Christmas light-up display promises to be a special affair, especially since it’s the first year we’re headed back to full-scale programming after a trying pandemic. This year’s Orchard Road Christmas lights display will include immersive attractions, engaging pop-ups and musical entertainment, 3D projection shows and more! The 2022 Orchard Road Christmas light-up officially kicks off on 12 November 2022 and will last for seven weeks until 2 January 2022, from 6:30pm onwards daily. Keep scrolling for all the exciting deets!

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1. Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2022

Christmas Light-up 2022 - Christmas Lights Display

This year’s Orchard Road Christmas lights begin at Tanglin Road, where you’ll be greeted by a mesmerising teal and white arch, an eye-catching Ferris wheel and starry holiday designs – all indicative of a carnival spirit. There is 3.1km of 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 2022
When: 12 November 2022 – 2 January 2023

2. The Great Christmas Village returns!

Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2022 - Great Christmas Village

We’re excited to hear that the Great Christmas Village is finally making a big comeback in 2022! Here’s all the family-friendly fun you can expect:

Holiday-themed rides: The kids will want repeat visits to the Christmas Village to have a turn on several new additions – these include an all-white carousel that’s taking centre stage plus loads of fun-filled rides like the Samba Balloon, Red Swing, Pirate Ship and the Trackless Train and Teacups. Want more kid-friendly Christmas fun? There will be all sorts of holiday workshops where you and the fam can learn new art skills such as alcohol ink painting, tapestry weaving, clay modelling, and crafting.

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 such as VeganBurg, Speciality Thai Grills, Magnum and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. There’s even a cool beer garden if you fancy an ice-cold pint!

Music performances:
On Friday to Sunday evenings, famous social media performers like Jack & Rai, Cold Cut Duo, Daniel Sid and Fyrdaus Macbeth will put on a festive show.

Shopping pop-ups:
Shopaholics will relish the various pop-up activations in front of ION Orchard from brands such as Gucci Beauty and Braun Buffel along the pedestrian walkway in front of ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery.

Great Christmas Village
7 December 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza

3. Outdoor projection AR Show & Christmas carols

2021 Orchard Road Christmas Light-up - Outdoor VR Video Projection_Christmas In Bloom
Christmas AR Projections & Light Displays from 2021

Last year’s outdoor projections were a hit with the crowds, so it’s no surprise that you’ll be seeing more! Download the PopAR Live app on your phone to enjoy these interactive displays along Orchard Road:

Dual-facade 3D projection shows: Expect stunning 10-minute, multimedia 3D projection shows with augmented reality (AR) features. These specially curated Christmas shows will include 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. For the first time, you’ll get to watch these displays in two areas: Gather at the facade of the Mandarin Gallery that faces Ngee Ann City – you’ll also see the Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve countdown clock here! – or head to the side that faces Somerset instead. There will be additional special features on the giant outdoor projection during the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve countdowns.

Additional AR features: Use the PopAR Live app to scan key visuals on any of the 27 glass panels that sit along the road between ION Orchard and Mandarin Gallery for a special visual treat.

Christmas music in the air:
Can’t get enough of holiday carols and festive songs? Sing along to popular Christmas tunes in the air at selected areas from Wheelock Place to Mandarin Gallery, happening daily from 10am to 6:59pm.

4. Spread some holiday cheer!

Also returning is the annual Community Chest Christmas on A Great Street LightUp Ceremony, officiated by President Halimah Yacob. This year’s theme is “Give Thanks and Rejoice” and the goal is to raise funds to support more than 100 social service agencies that are responsible for more than 200 critical social service programmes. These empower children with special needs and youths at risk, adults with disabilities, persons with mental health conditions, and seniors and families in need of support.

Excited about the 2022 Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up? Visit the Christmas on a Great Street website for more info!

Need more Christmas inspo? Check out these holiday reads!

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Artist's impression images courtesy of Orchard Road Business Association

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