Whip out your cameras and smartphones, and get ready to snap some seriously stunning shots as you experience Christmas on A Great Street at Orchard Road.
For six weeks every year, Orchard Road is transformed into a Christmas wonderland, as majestic arches and millions of glittering lights line the streets for 2.88 kilometres, from Tanglin Mall all the way to Plaza Singapura. It’s the time of year when this iconic boulevard is at its most enchanting, with dazzling lights, gorgeous colours and a unique collection of interactive set displays. Expect the usual shopping delights of Orchard Road but with a seasonal twist, and street-side activities with festive pop-up stores and roaming performers – there’s plenty of fun to be had for everyone!
An interactive festive experience
The fun officially starts at the Light Up Ceremony, which sees the Christmas decorations lit up for the first time and brought to life. To celebrate this not-to-be-missed occasion, the road is closed to traffic for the day, and instead of bustling traffic you’ll find a street full of bright lights and entertaining activities that everyone can enjoy.
Visitors both young and old get to play games at specially designed booths, with wonderful prizes to be won. And since you’re at the most popular shopping destination in town, get started on Christmas shopping for your loved ones at the Christmas Market — a perfect opportunity for any last-minute gift hunting you need to get done.
Look out for a whole series of larger-than-life installations, too, including interactive set displays that light up and serenade you with your favourite Christmas tunes when you play with them. The young (and young at heart) delight in the many roving Christmas characters all around Orchard Road — be sure to pose for a fun photo or two with them.
Christmas carnival in the city
Christmas on A Great Street never fails to bring a festive, carnival-like atmosphere to the city’s busiest shopping district. To add to the ambience of “the most wonderful time of the year”, Christmas music is played from speakers between ION Orchard and Takashimaya. The street also turns into a stage with mini-performances by local musicians, Christmas carollers, and jazz bands providing the ultimate ‘live’ soundtrack to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Kids especially love the ‘snow’ at Tanglin Mall, which has been turned into a wintry wonderland every festive season since 1996, as well as the gigantic, bauble-adorned Christmas trees that go up at Ngee Ann City and outside ION Orchard.
While strutting down Orchard Road, keep your eyes peeled for your favourite building façade, which will be ‘dressed’ to the nines with lights and seasonal décor. The Christmas light-ups get better each year as the malls and department stores compete for the annual Best Dressed Building award. Expect to see an array of show-stopping decorations, from giant bows and dreamy fairy-tale castles to mechanised reindeer and nutcracker soldiers.
With no shortage of exciting events, Instagram-worthy sights and a myriad of retail and restaurant choices, there’s no better place to embrace the season of joy. Don’t miss Christmas on A Great Street if you’re here in Singapore — and at Orchard Road — during the holiday period.