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