One of Singapore’s most popular neighbourhoods and a world-class destination for avid shoppers and discerning visitors alike, Orchard Road’s buzzing atmosphere amps up as Christmas comes to town.

Living up to its billing as Christmas on A Great Street, Orchard Road transforms into a wonderland filled with bright lights, enchanting decorations, irresistible festive buys and endless bustle from holiday makers.

2018’s theme for the street light-up taps into the magic of Disney, with popular characters from movies like Frozen and Toy Story and evergreens like Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses coming to life in a spectacle of wonder and imagination.

Soak in the Christmas cheer, discover the perfect gift for your loved ones, and celebrate the joys of the season with your family and friends. Here’s a peek into the magic and merriment that awaits you.

Light-up ceremony

Christmas comes to Singapore early every year, with festivities getting into full swing at Singapore from mid November to get everyone into the holiday mood. The official light-up ceremony happens on 10 November 2018, transforming the buzzing lifestyle precinct of Orchard Road into a wonderland of light, sound and colour.

Whether you’re an aspiring street photographer hoping to capture great moments or a family looking for an enchanting spectacle, you’re bound to find an unforgettable moment at Orchard Road. The lights and decorations stay up until 1 January 2019, so you’ll have more than a month to take in the sensory feast.

Captivating street décor
Disney-themed Christmas lights along Orchard Road

It’s the 35th year of the Christmas festive light-up along Orchard Road, and marking the occasion is special stardust from Disney and Pixar. Mickey Mouse and a whole cast of popular characters will be coming to town to spread cheer along Orchard Road, stretching from Tanglin Mall to Scotts Road and up to Plaza Singapura. The celebrations span four distinct zones across the entire 2.88km stretch, each boasting their own thematic decorations.

Visitors to the Tanglin and Scotts Roads will be awash in pink with Disney Princesses holding court, while the Orchard Road zone will see Mickey Mouse and Friends greeting festive revellers. Catch the lovable characters from the popular Frozen and Toy Story movies at the Somerset and Dhoby Ghaut zones respectively.

Don’t just look up at the overstreet arches – do keep an eye out for the five Disney set pieces, spaced out along Orchard Road’s pedestrian walkways. They’re great spots to commemorate the season with a snapshot for the ‘gram. Even the shopping malls are dressed for the occasion, with Wheelock Place and Orchard Central adorning their facades with Disney-themed decorations.

Besides the visual spectacle, festive music and iconic Disney tunes will fill the streets with cheer. Visitors can dedicate songs and messages to friends and loved ones on the weekends.

Christmas Village

Happening at Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza, the Christmas Village will be jam-packed with exciting activities, including various games, photo ops with roving Christmas characters, workshops and live performances. If you’re visiting with your little ones, be sure to take a spin on the Duplex Carousel. Also, the STB mascot, Merli, will be making its debut appearance so do look out for Merli and not miss out on this exclusive photo ops.

Pop-up paradise

The Christmas Village will see some of the world’s most globally beloved brands coming together to bring you an unforgettable Yule experience. Expect to be enchanted by interactive experiences courtesy of Uniqlo, pop-up stores from Owndays and Oppo, and a Haagen Daaz café space serving a brand new seasonal ice cream flavour.

Christmas countdown party

The festivities reach a crescendo on Christmas Eve, with the Christmas Countdown Party at Orchard Road. Now in its second year, this evening of festivities will feature live performances from local bands and dance groups.

The season of giving
Orchardgateway exterior mall façade with Christmas décor

An all-year round retail paradise for discerning shoppers, Orchard Road’s multitude of offerings get even more rewarding during the Christmas season. Shoppers looking to indulge in luxury brands can pop by Paragon, while youths and the young at heart should visit Cineleisure Orchard or 313@Somerset for their range of street wear and fashion-forward apparel.

Be awed by the striking modern architecture of ION Orchard, which houses a treasure-trove of global labels and fashion boutiques. Then, take a stroll to TANGS, the heritage store that stocks international brands and artisanal local products. During the festive season, great deals and special buys abound at Orchard Road. Festive shopping is made sweeter with many malls offering visitors S$30 vouchers with a minimum of S$300 spend on their Mastercard credit and debit cards.

TANGS exterior mall façade

Be sure to check out the full list of malls below: The ParagonWisma AtriaMandarin Gallery313@SomersetorchardgatewayPalais RenaissanceScotts SquareShaw CentreTanglin MallWheelock PlaceCentrepointForumNgee Ann CityOrchard Central.

Psyched to participate in the Christmas celebrations? Be sure to download the Visit Singapore Travel Guide app (available on iOS) and check out our Traveller Essentials page. This handy app will help you get your bearings, navigate Singapore’s bustling streets and gain access to a wealth of maps and city guides.