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If you nurse the impression that Christmas in Singapore is humdrum and unexciting, then you'd be in for a surprise if and when you set foot in the island-state during the festive season. You'll of course be missing the snowfall and the snow-clad surroundings but you'll not get a moment to reflect upon that as you'll simply get swept away by the revelries and festivities that keeps the entire nation on its feet for almost one whole month.

A traditional Christmas in Singapore

Singapore being a melting pot of different religions and cultures with people from every country residing in this city-state, Christmas is mainly a secular occasion here. Christmas is largely celebrated outdoors in the city as tourists from around the world converge in Singapore to completely immerse themselves in the Yuletide spirit. Shopping seems to be the main activity of the tourists as supermarkets, malls, and outlets aggressively compete with each other to offer fabulous discounts to shoppers.

The shopping districts in Orchard Road, Scotts Road, Thomson Road, Serangoon Road, Marina Bay Sands, and Sentosa Island are hotbeds of activity as the locals and foreigners come together to witness and participate in the parades, and processions. Shops and malls remain open for long hours so that shoppers can pick up whatever they feel like without having to rush through. The entire shopping district in Orchard Road takes on a festive look as all the shops and outlets are decorated with Christmas lights.

Almost every store has a Christmas tree at the entrance. The two km Orchard Road stretch is decorated with impressive lights of all kinds. The entire area bathes in a sea of illumination. The Christmas trees are adorned with teddy bears, candies, ribbons, phosphorescent balls, and other adornments. You can take a ride on an open-top bus for getting a bird's eye view of the area. If you head to the Marina Bay Sands area, you'll spot resplendent cut-outs and superstructures resembling Christmas trees.

No matter whichever part of the city you visit, you'll see the masses enjoying a concert or a music event. You'll see Christmas floats put up at strategic locations in the city. You'll simply feel like letting your hair down when you see the antiques of troubadours, clowns, contortionists and several other street performers. You'll be chance upon the caroller belting out classic Christmas carols.


Celebrating Christmas in Singapore: The Traditional Way

You can observe Christmas in Singapore exactly in the time-honoured way you do back at home. Offer your early morning prayers in the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Church of Saint Bernadette, Church of Saint Michael, and Church of the Sacred Heart or the Church of the Holy Cross. No matter wherever you're in Singapore, you'll always find a church within walking distance. Enjoy a sumptuous feast of customary Christmas dishes like roast turkeys, eggnogs, fruitcakes, gingerbreads, pumpkin pie, and so on. Feast on a range of Christmas cookies. You'll find traditional Christmas fare on the menus of most restaurants at this time of the year.

After your supper, you can head to the Tanglin Mall for catching the snowfall. You can also go for a round of skating to recharge your batteries. If you're touring with your family, surely visit the tourist hotspots of Botanical Gardens, Zoological Gardens (Night Safari), and Singapore Flyer. Take a cruise along the Singapore River and round off your tour by being a witness to the ZoukOut dance music fest that is held in Silosa Beach in Sentosa Island every year on 31st December.

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