Christmas in Singapore: Lights, Food, Music and Sharing

Updated on November 20, 2017
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Yong earned a bachelor's degree in communications studies in 1999. His interests include history, traveling, mythology, and video gaming.

Christmas in Singapore is best summarised by four words. Lights, food, music and sharing. Each year-end, Christians and Non-Christians alike come together in this multi-racial society to celebrate the final holiday of the year. It is a time of great joy and enchanting merriment.

Lights!

For over thirty years now, the harbinger of Christmas in Singapore has been the annual festive light-up in the Orchard Road shopping belt. Setup usually begins in late October, and by the evening of the official lighting ceremony, interiors of all hotels and malls in the area would also be full of glittering decorations. With the Orchard Road light-up now including more districts than ever, it is not only a major tourism event but also keenly anticipated by Singaporeans looking forward to the year-end. It is definitely an attraction to look forward to, for those visiting the city-state in December.

Orchard Road, heart of the Christmas Festive Light-up in Singapore each year.
Orchard Road, heart of the Christmas Festive Light-up in Singapore each year.
There is an annual competition for the best decorated mall. The Centrepoint is famous for winning for several years.
There is an annual competition for the best decorated mall. The Centrepoint is famous for winning for several years.
Rudolph is everywhere!
Rudolph is everywhere!
Naturally, Christmas decorations are also on sale everywhere.
Naturally, Christmas decorations are also on sale everywhere.
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2015
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2015

More Lights!

In recent years, other sightseeing destinations also started their own celebratory light-ups. The wonderland displays at Gardens by the Bay is now an annual affair, dazzling both children and adults alike with Italian luminarie light sculptures. In 2016, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, an UNESCO site, joined the trend and hosted the Trees of the World light-up. For the first time ever, the sprawling park was opened late into the evening. Visitors and photographers could enjoy fairy lights decked trees in the cool crisp air of night.

"Snow" event at Gardens by the Bay. Artificial snow shows are very popular during Christmas in Singapore.
"Snow" event at Gardens by the Bay. Artificial snow shows are very popular during Christmas in Singapore.
Ice skating rink at Gardens by the Bay during the Christmas Wonderland 2016 celebration.
Ice skating rink at Gardens by the Bay during the Christmas Wonderland 2016 celebration.
Universal Studios Singapore is, of course, lavishly decked with festive motifs throughout December.
Universal Studios Singapore is, of course, lavishly decked with festive motifs throughout December. | Source
Christmas musical finale at Universal Studios Singapore.
Christmas musical finale at Universal Studios Singapore.

Food!

Christmas in Singapore is big business for the hospitality and F&B industries, and it is considered a “must” for hotels to offer year-end festive set-meals. These are popular not only with individuals, but also companies organising year-end dinners. For those who prefer more intimate gatherings, leading supermarkets retail a dazzling array of traditional dishes for dining at home. Needless to say, the same shops also sell a wide variety of festive decorations to go along with the meals. It’s that easy to have a winter wonderland within one’s home in the tropics!

Christmas Buffets are somewhat of a tradition, and obsession, with Singaporeans. With numerous articles written about them yearly.
Christmas Buffets are somewhat of a tradition, and obsession, with Singaporeans. With numerous articles written about them yearly. | Source
For all your private gourmet feasts!
For all your private gourmet feasts!

Music and Sharing!

What is Christmas without music? The month of December sees numerous street performances across Singapore, many of which organised by churches or charity organisations. One such charity organisation is The Salvation Army of Singapore. The sight of their volunteers ringing for donations into their Christmas kettles announces the festive season as much as the various light-ups. It is also a reminder that Christmas must never be just for celebration and indulgence. It is also a time to remember the needy.

The Salvation Army Street Performance in December 2016

Christmas is the most important celebration of the year for Christians. For those in Singapore, this is also the opportunity for the faithful to share Christ’s message of salvation. On the week nearest to Christmas, churches set up displays at the Orchard Road stretch and host numerous performances. What’s remarkable is that these booths and shows are popular with visitors of all faiths and races. For at least that week, Christ’s message of peace for mankind, peace within mankind, is prevalent throughout the area.

Birth of Christ display.
Birth of Christ display.

Celebrate Christmas in Singapore Video Presentation

Tamil Carolling during Celebrate Christmas in Singapore 2016

Flute Performance at Ngee Ann City Civil Plaza

May yuletide blessings be upon you this season. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Fireworks at Universal Studios Singapore

© 2016 Kuan Leong Yong

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      Kuan Leong Yong 13 months ago from Singapore

      Thanks Kyriaki. Also wishing your family and yourself a splendid Christmas.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 13 months ago

      It seems lovely! I'd love to experience all this once in my life! Have fun between the lights and everything!

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