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The Ultimate Guide to a Singapore Christmas 2020

Maelyn Lagman

Maelyn Lagman

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in sunny Singapore, where sparkling lights come out to play at night. There are nutcrackers and igloos, snow cities and singing trees, carolling broadcasts and light installations at these four, must-see places we’ve found that’s keeping the holiday spirit burning bright.

If you’re going holiday shopping or hold a special place for the Yuletide season in your heart, this is for you:

Spread love this Christmas at Somerset, Orchard, and Tanglin

Want to see Christmas On A Great Street? Then head down to the sub-precincts of Somerset, Orchard, and Tanglin, where you’ll be greeted by a dazzling display of lights and decorations, including snowflakes intertwined with mistletoe and hollies.

Now in its 37th year, Orchard’s great Christmas Light-Up will be running from 13 November 2020 to 1 January 2021. They will be turned on from 6.30 p.m. to midnight (Sundays to Thursdays), 6.30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays), and 6.30 p.m. to 6.a.m (Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

Taking centre stage this year is the central arch at the junction of Orchard and Patterson, decked out in a colossal blue ribbon, glitter-coated reindeer, and bright red boughs of holly in white, gold, and blue. Though we’ll be missing the lively buskers and street performers that line the stretch of Orchard and Somerset, we’ll stick to sitting on the steps of Wisma Atria and taking pictures of the Christmas ornaments, including the white and gold baubles hanging from the trees and lampposts that line the boulevard.

Great, giant Christmas trees are up outside iON, Paragon, and 313 @ Somerset as well. Wheelock Place has also assembled an assortment of Christmas displays at its entrance, a beckoning signal for all to partake in the season’s festivities.

If you’re intent on staying at home, don’t worry. You won’t miss out on any of the festive decorations and light displays as you can drive along the 3.1km stretch from Scotts Road, Tanglin Mall, all the way to Dhoby Ghaut, on an all-new virtual 360-degree tour.

It’s no surprise that the annual celebration at Singapore’s premier shopping district is a quieter affair. Still, we’ll be waiting until we can see the well-loved Great Christmas Village outside of Ngee Ann City once again.

Christmas light-up

Date: 13 November – 25 December 2020

Time:

Sundays – Thursdays: 6.30 p.m. – midnight

Fridays and Saturdays: 6.30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 6.30 p.m. – 6.a.m

Location: Somerset, Orchard, and Tanglin

A winter wonderland at Capitol Kempinski Hotel

Watch your favourite Christmas symbols come alive at Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. (Look out for a tall Nutcracker, we hear it comes alive at the stroke of midnight.) Situated conveniently in the City Hall district, those returning home after work at the CBD can take a quick visit and find themselves immersed in a whole new world of Yule proportions.

Christmas Market

Two, larger-than-life nutcrackers guard the hotel, inviting you to practise caution as you enter, lest you spend too much at its dedicated Christmas Market. Aside from your property wish list, you can find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones at Capitol Singapore, B1-34. With more than 40 brands participating, your hunt for artisanal goods-be it fashion, lifestyle, or food items-will be a breeze. You can also shop these online.

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Learn the tricks of professional theatre performers with your kids, this Christmas.

Holiday Workshops

Take part in these three, holiday workshops, perfect for you and your children:

  • School Holiday Performing Arts Workshops: Learn the tips and tricks of professional dance, music, and theatre performers at over 40 specially curated workshops for children, teens, adults, parent-child pairs, and families, on both weekdays and weekends.
  • Holiday Workshops: Experience what it’s like being Santa’s elf and get in on Capitol’s various workshops where you can learn how to do calligraphy, make candles or snowglobes, and more!
  • Culinary Workshops: Christmas won’t be Christmas without a good spread. Prepare for the coming festivities on Christmas day by learning how to roast meat and bake treats with the finest chefs in town.

Make sure you don’t miss the Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree, voiced by the Voices of Singapore choir. You can watch this in real life, from the screens at the Outdoor Plaza, starting 20 November up to 25 December 2020, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., daily. You can rock out to the Christmas classics during their 30-minute carolling broadcasts, as well. The broadcasts will run from 11 to 25 December 2020, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., daily.

Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree

Date: 20 November – 25 December 2020

Time: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Daily

Location: Capitol Singapore, Outdoor Plaza

Carolling Broadcast

Date: 11 – 25 December 2020

Time: 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., Daily

Let it snow, Capitol!

However, the best part has to be Snow City, where you can be transported to one of the Christmas movies showing on Netflix right now. (Lily and Dash, anyone? Frozen 2? Frozen 2? No? Okay.) To live in a tropical country like Singapore is to give up hope of experiencing a white Christmas, so having fake snow will have to do! Catch the holiday mood at the Outdoor Plaza starting at 7.30 p.m. on 20 November to 25 December 2020.

Snowfall at Capitol Singapore

Date: 20 November – 25 December 2020

Time: 7.30 p.m., 8.30 p.m., and 9.30 p.m.

Location: Capitol Singapore, Outdoor Plaza

Christmas projections amp up romantic dining experience at CHIJMES

Feast your eyes with colourful and musical, Nutcracker-themed scenes projected onto the facade of CHIJMES Hall. It serves as the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening with your loved ones at The Lawn, where you can enjoy a socially distant dinner at one of the air-conditioned bubble fixtures while watching the beautiful, projection mapping.

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Enjoy a romantic Christmas dinner within the cocoon of a lit-up dome at CHIJMES.

Reminiscent of igloos, these domes come with Insta-worthy decorations that are too irresistible to pass.

Projection Mapping at CHIJMES

Date: 20 November – 25 December 2020

Time: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Location: CHIJMES, The Lawn

Dome-dining Under the Stars

Date: 20 November 2020 – 3 January 2021

Time: 12.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

Location: CHIJMES, The Lawn

European-themed Christmas Escape at Gardens by the Bay

Poinsettia Wishes 2020

Garden by the Bay’s well-loved floral display is back! After a long hiatus, the Poinsettia Wishes 2020* brings back a reimagined Gouda City Hall at the Flower Dome. The Gouda City Hall is an iconic landmark in the Netherlands visited for its annual Christmas candle light-up.

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Take a peek at how Europeans do Christmas at Gardens by the Bay, where an impressive replica of the famous Gouda City Hall stands.

The replica of the Gouda City Hall at Gardens by the Bay is accompanied by tall Christmas Nutcrackers, a Nisse, and the all-time favourite Luminarie light sculptures, specially handcrafted by Italian craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy.

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The replica of the Gouda City Hall at Gardens by the Bay is accompanied by tall Christmas Nutcrackers.

But what’s Poinsettia Wishes without the festive flora? Grab your fellow plant mom and dad, and get your fill of these festive plants: Poinsettias, cyclamens, pansies, hellebores, and of course, real Christmas trees.

Poinsettia Wishes 2020

Date: 27 November 2020 – 3 January 2021

Time: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

*Admission to Flower Dome applies.

Christmas Wonderland

Another annual Christmas affair that we look forward to is Garden by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland 2020. The seventh edition of one of Singapore’s most significant festive events will be available physically and online, from 19 November to 31 December 2020, featuring brand-new light installations in the Walk of Lights.

The stunning display of holiday cheer will feature curated light installations in new designs, where you can:

  • Illuminate your night down the picturesque Path of Tranquility, where a bed of lights guide you to festive bliss.
  • Be dazzled by the magnificent Spalliera, with its multi-coloured patterns that cast a vibrant shadow on all who visit.
  • Ignite your child-like joy at the Double Storey Carousel.
  • Step into a Christmas soundbox at Cassa Armonica, presented by Zenyum.
  • Feel like a fairy princess and cast your wishes at the Wishing Fountain. You’ll never know, your fairy godmother might just show up.
  • Wear your best blue dress and glass slippers to the Golden Gift, Magical Carriage, and Christmas Ball where you might find your very own Prince Charming in time for Christmas.

Three is an $8 fee to access the full virtual experience of Christmas Wonderland, accessible on the Members Only area here. Tickets to the onsite event are only available online and start from $5. Both online and onsite tickets are sold separately.

Walk of Lights

Date: 4 December – 27 December 2020

Time: 6.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. (last admission 10.30 p.m.)

Location: Supertree Grove

Price: From $5 (purchase of tickets is only available online)

Virtual Wonderland

Date: Now – 31 December 2020

Price: $8

Where to watch: Here

Spend Christmas at Your Dream Home

Do you know where the best place to spend Christmas is? At home-where your family is. Home is truly unbeatable, which is why we want to help you find the best one for you and your family. Don’t let the holidays take your time away from your home search. Let us match you with your dream home, at the right price and time!

Contact us at +65 6886 9009 so we can get our Ohmyohme Super Agents to help you out. All it takes is one click, and vo√Æla! You’re all set to spend Christmas and many more holidays with your family in a home that best suits you.

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