Singapore is mesmerizing and imposing at any time of the year but its appeal goes up many notches during the Christmas. You'd be nursing an erroneous impression if you think that Singapore being a non-Christian country celebrates Christmas in a laid-back fashion unlike the countries in the Western Hemisphere. You'd only need to take the first flight out to Singapore from your city and head straight to the Orchard Road or to the Marina Bay Sands area (and other well-known areas) to be witness to a stunning and electrifying atmosphere.
Shopping is the main reason why tourists from all parts of the world rush to Singapore during the Yuletide as the outlets and malls in the major shopping districts of the city-state offer fabulous rebates and also remain open till the wee hours in the morning. Special mention should be made of the shopping district in the Orchard Road-Scotts Road junction. The entire area springs to life as each and every shop and outlet dazzles in an impressive display of digital lights and resplendent festoons.
More than 2 kms of the entire stretch is lighted up and the whole street looks like a scintillating necklace if viewed from a skyscraper. All the trees, light posts, billboards, public buildings, shopping malls, and other strategic structures are decorated with themed lights. The decorations differ from year to year so if you visit Singapore in succession for say two years, you'll feel that you've arrived for the first time.
Singapore Christmas Lighting
Surveys and studies conducted by renowned travel companies and the Singapore Tourism Board have revealed that many tourists keep coming back to Singapore just to bask in the afterglow and warmth of the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up. 'Lonely Planet' accorded the 3rd rank to Singapore in its survey of the 'Top Ten Christmas Markets of the World'.
In 2012, the Christmas light-up theme was 'Christmas on a Great Street'. The lighting displays and motifs were based on Christmas folklore and myths. An evocative ambience was created through the decoration of time-honored Yuletide items like Christmas trees, doves and hearts. All the shops and establishments along the road were decorated for the occasion. The ORBA (Orchard Road Business Association) organized a night long program of parades, displays and cultural performances for 10 nights from 16th to 25th December.
Marina Bay Sands is equally dazzling
'The Gardens by the Bay Park' area in Marina Bay Sands looked equally awe-aspiring and majestic as artificial structures resembling giant trees were thoroughly lighted up lending a captivating and glittering feel against the dark canopy of the night sky. The imposing structures more than 50 metres tall carried solar panels, hanging bowers and garden gazebos, and illuminated plants. The cumulative effect was indeed stimulating to say the least. The entire Bay Sands area with its arresting array of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and other edifices were illuminated from top to bottom. The entire area looked as if somebody has switched on daylight! The area also hosted the Singapore Garden Festival.
Christmas in Singapore in 2013 will also prove to be a grand affair and if you want to be a part of the festivities, you should start planning a trip to the Raffles City in late December right away.
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