Christmas in Singapore
A Look back to the year 2016.
It’s that time of the year again !
Twelve year old Nandini Ganesh – in her own words – describes the magic of Christmas in Singapore, especially the Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay. (With tips on how best to enjoy it).
Christmas decorations have sprung up all over ION Orchard as the holiday vibes spread.
Every year, Singapore hosts a ‘Christmas Wonderland’, where you get to walk through the beautifully lit Gardens by the Bay, admire the Ice Palace, crash and steer in all directions as you play bumper cars and take a walk through the heavenly Christmas Tree Garden near Santa’s house. I went this year, with my family and cousins.
It was so beautiful.
Let me tell you about the stuff that I loved first.
I went at around 6.00 p.m. It was a chill Saturday evening, a pretty good time. In Singapore, Saturday evenings can be pretty quiet and peaceful.
I don’t know what your idea of a Carnival is. To me, it is children running around with their parents chasing after them. Cotton candy and popcorn stalls everywhere. Merry-go-rounds with long lines. A ticket counter where you can trade your tickets for a gift or souvenir. You get the idea.
It wasn’t like that at all. There was a slight bustle, but not as many people as I expected. My cousins and I went straight for the bumper cars, which was really fun.
The main piece of advice I would give you is: DON’T GO ALONE.
This carnival was mostly fun because I went with people I really care about. Bring friends, family, neighbours, whatever. But make sure there is someone next to you while you wait in line for the Ice Slide.
Oh yeah, that. The Ice Slide. Let me explain.
This carnival has quite a few attractions you might want to check out.
The Ice Palace is VERY cold. So you might want to take along a sweater or something. Once you enter, and get a good look around, you’ll notice the Snow Playground where many kids go to play. Or the Ice Skating Rink, where you can go with your whole family. And lastly, my favourite, the Ice Slide. It is a humongous slide made of ice, where you sit in a donut float, and slide down, expecting some big bumps and jumps along the way. But do remember that you have to purchase a SEPARATE ticket to enter the Ice Palace. And if you want to take seat and maybe grab a bite to eat, there is a corner in the Palace which has food you can buy and eat, sitting down.
Another place I loved was the Garden of Christmas Trees. It is exactly what it sounds like. You basically walk through a garden full of lit-up Christmas trees, its so beautiful. Try not to hesitate for a few selfies on the way. This was the part that got me into the Christmas spirit the most. Just the lights and me. It was absolutely mesmerizing.
If you are going for the first time, here are some suggestions:
- Take a sweater or scarf for the ice fun, to keep you warm.
- Go at around 5:30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. This is the perfect time, where the crowd isn’t as huge.
- Stay to watch the lights. I didn’t get to see this part, but I think at around 8.00 p.m. they sprinkle snowflakes and light the Gardens by the Bay completely, making it seem like Christmas has already come. I’ve also read some pretty good reviews about it, so you should try it out!
- Bring some snacks. You don’t want to be starving while the light show is on, so bring a few bites with you to munch on while you are there. Later, you can have dinner there, or somewhere else.
The Christmas Wonderland in Singapore is, in my opinion, pretty fantastic.
I got to see how people, even in a tropical environment, seem to bring out the Christmas spirit in everything, which really sums up most of it.
The best part for me, though, was going with my family, being happy, everyone laughing.
I loved it.
And I hope you will too :).
SingaporeforKids wishes everyone a very merry Christmas and hopes that 2019 will bring good luck, good health and better times to everyone, everywhere.