The best spots to soak in the festive spirit and enjoy Christmas celebrations this December

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! Malls, streets, and places of attractions alike have got their festive decorations up and running, and we’ve gathered some places for you to visit where you can bask in the Christmas lights and take your Instagram photos.

Christmas 2020: Orchard Road

No Christmas is complete without a trip down Orchard Road during the festive season. This year, the iconic festive light-up doesn’t disappoint, and the entire stretched is transformed into a wonderland filled with bright light and enchanting decorations!

Themed ‘The Greatest Gift’, be prepared for a 3.88-kilometre walk from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura and soak in the festive spirit and snap some photos with the blue and white light decorations.

Christmas Village at Shaw House Urban Plaza, *SCAPE, and Grange Road Car Park

Photo by Visit Singapore

Enjoy fun and festivities, and bask in the festive cheer at the Christmas Village, happening from now until 26 December! For parents with little ones, don’t miss out on the Mini TOYBOX by Hasbro, which features activities like a makeover and an obstacle course, themed around nostalgic brands like My Little Pony and NERF.

There’s so much to look forward to – multimedia performances, Christmas carolling, and interactive activities happening along the pedestrian walkway from ION Orchard to Wisma Atria!

ION Orchard

Photo by ION Orchard

ION Orchard has stepped up its Christmas decoration game with the Magical Pinwheel Tree, a Christmas tree installation made up of over 250 pinwheels! The golden lights around the exterior of the mall are truly a sight to behold as well.

ION Orchard is located at 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801.

Mandarin Gallery

Towering gift boxes and glittering lights await at Mandarin Gallery, and it’s the perfect spot for you to capture that Instagram-worthy picture with your loved ones.

Mandarin Gallery is located at 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897.

Read more about the Christmas Festivities at Orchard Road here.

Christmas 2020: Gardens By The Bay

Poinsettia Wishes

From now until 3 January 2021, Flower Dome’s signature floral displays will feature a reimagined Gouda City Hall, an iconic landmark in the Netherlands visited by many for its Christmas candle light-up, dazzling Luminarie installations, a wishing well, and festive plants such as poinsettias, cyclamens, pansies, hellebores, and real Christmas trees!

Gardens By The Bay will also be bringing a little slice of European-holiday cheer to the tropics with festive programmes by the four Nordic Embassies in Singapore, crafting workshops for underprivileged children, Santa meet-and-greet sessions with the public, and a traditional Swedish Lucia Procession.

The Flower Dome is located at Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.

Get your tickets to Poinsettia Wishes here.

Christmas Wonderland Walk of Lights

Step into a literal fairytale world and take in the gorgeous fairy lights tunnel and towering light sculptures at this year’s Walk of Lights. En-route to the spectacular 17-metre-tall Spalliera, you can view seven additional light installations that will illuminate the Supertree Grove, including the Cassa Armonica.

The magical route spans 370 metres, and gives you about 30 minutes to bask in the wonder of it all.

Christmas Wonderland is located at Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.

Get your tickets to Christmas Wonderland Walk of Lights here. You might want to book ASAP as some slots have already been sold out!

Jewel Changi Airport

Shiseido Forest Valley

With a 16-metre tall Christmas tree at the entrance, snow generators, and glamping tents, the Shiseido Forest Valley has been transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland!

Experience snowfall daily at 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm, and 10.30pm – you’ll also get to redeem free admission tickets for two with every S$30 nett spend at Jewel Changi Airport.

Jewel Changi Airport is located at 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666.

Christmas 2020: Vivocity

Adorned with massive ornaments from the tale of the Nutcracker and friends, the third level of VivoCity’s Sky Park has been transformed into an enchanting fairytale world! With an impressive 15-metre-tall tree standing in the heart of it all, get your phones out and start snapping away once the lights come on at 7pm.

Vivocity is located at 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585.

Christmas 2020: The Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES

Ever wanted to dine under the stars? Here’s your chance to with these domes at Capitol, available completely free of charge! Surrounded by dreamy and festive décor and lights, it’ll make for a great date night, or even a place to catch up with some friends.

The domes accommodate up to five diners and you’ll just have to purchase food or drinks from vendors at the respective locations and make sure that you’ve booked a dome.

Dome-Dining at The Capitol Outdoor Plaza will run until 25 December from 12PM to 10PM daily, and you can make your booking here.

Dome-Dining at Outdoor Plaza is located at Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905.

Dome-Dining at CHIJMES will run until 5 January 2021 from 12.30PM to 10.30PM daily, and you can make your booking here.

Christmas 2020: Universal Studios Singapore

There’s no better place to soak in the festive spirit than a theme park all decked out in Christmas décor and celebrations! Little ones can look forward to Christmas performances and meet and greets with the beloved characters from the Despicable Me and Shrek franchise, all dressed in Christmas get-up.

Take in the glitz and glamour, and feel like a star when you step into the whimsical Christmas movie land and experience the movie scenes unfold right before your very eyes!  You’ll also get to say hi to Shrek and Princess Fiona, as well as Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks’ Trolls as they walk down the red carpet.

Tickets to Universal Studios Singapore are priced from S$66 for adults. Book your tickets here.

Universal Studios Singapore is located at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269.

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