Christmas in Singapore: Lights, Food, Music, and Festive Sharing

Updated on October 17, 2018
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Yong earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1999. His interests include history, traveling, mythology, and video gaming.

A look at how Christmas is celebrated in tropical Singapore.
A look at how Christmas is celebrated in tropical Singapore.

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, the harbinger of Christmas in Singapore has been the annual street festive light-up in the Orchard Road shopping belt. Setup usually begins in late October, and by the evening of the official lighting ceremony, even the interiors of all hotels and malls in the area would be full of glittering decorations. With the Orchard Road light-up nowadays 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 its many elaborate designs to win this competition.
There is an annual competition for the best decorated mall. The Centrepoint is famous for its many elaborate designs to win this competition.
Rudolph, as expected, is everywhere!
Rudolph, as expected, 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, many Singaporean tourist attractions also started their own light-ups to celebrate Christmas in Singapore. The wonderland displays at Gardens by the Bay is an example, and every year-end, it dazzles children and adults alike with its mesmerizing Italian luminarie light sculptures displays. In 2016, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO site, joined the trend and hosted the Trees of the World light-up. For the first time ever, the sprawling tropical park was opened late into the evening. Visitors and photography enthusiasts were able to enjoy fairy lights decked trees while strolling in the cool crisp air of evening.

"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 light-up.
Ice skating rink at Gardens by the Bay during the Christmas Wonderland 2016 light-up.
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 locally, it is considered a “must” for hotels to offer year-end festive set-meals. These are popular not only with individuals but also companies organizing year-end dinners. For those who prefer more homely meals, 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. Numerous articles written about them yearly.
Christmas Buffets are somewhat of a tradition, and obsession, with Singaporeans. Numerous articles written about them yearly. | Source
A wide variety of choices for all private gourmet feasts.
A wide variety of choices for all private gourmet feasts.

Music and Sharing!

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

The Salvation Army Street Performance in December 2016

The Most Important Festival for Singaporean Christians

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

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    © 2016 Kuan Leong Yong

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      • CYong74 profile imageAUTHOR

        Kuan Leong Yong 

        22 months ago from Singapore

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

      • Kyriaki Chatzi profile image

        Kyriaki Chatzi 

        22 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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