Christmas lights: Singapore dresses up its malls and streets for the festive season
Arts and Entertainment:ALL:ALLCommunity and Society:ALL:ALLCommunity and Society:Community and Multicultural Festivals:ALLLifestyle and Leisure:Travel and Tourism:ALLSingapore:ALL:ALLAsia:ALL:ALLchristmas, singapore, lights, shopping mallsABCShivali NayakThe streets and buildings of Singapore are dressed up in lights and props as Christmas approaches.
The city state of Singapore is well-known for being a shopper’s paradise. In recent years, the Orchard Road shopping district has become increasingly popular for something more than its variety of retail offerings — its Christmas display and lights that stretch for kilometres.
Malls in the Orchard Road shopping district have been splurging on elaborate Christmas displays that adorn their building facades and entrances.
The organisers of the Orchard Road lights display do not disclose the cost of decorating the whole district but it is not hard to imagine what a hefty price tag such dazzling displays carry.
The expense seems to be justified though, given the increase in retailers’ profits and the crowds being attracted.
One of the best dressed malls, Orchard Gateway is located at the start of the Orchard Road shopping district.
The mall’s display provides a taste of a winter Christmas with its interactive snowman and snowfall as opposed to the tropical climate usually experienced in Singapore.
ION Orchard, a winner of the best dressed mall competition, picked “Bedazzle” as its theme this year.
Its display involves a larger-than-life Swarovski Christmas tree covered in more than 28,000 crystals.
Tanglin Mall puts up a Christmas wonderland display at the entrance of its building.
Apart from a snowman, mini trees and gingerbread houses, the mall also has regular snow shows where crowds can experience winter and tackle an avalanche.
The streets of the Orchard Road shopping district are filled with lights in the shape of trees, bells and baubles this year.
It took organisers about 80,000 man-hours to create and put up over 17,000 metres of LED lights and decorations around the district.
It is not just Singapore’s main shopping district that is getting in on the Christmas festivities.
Over in the country’s south, Gardens by the Bay, a 100-hectare park built on reclaimed land, also has a light display for the festive season.
The Luminarie light sculptures, handmade by Italian craftsmen using white wood, give a medieval feel to the display.
More than 50 sculptures are on show, with the tallest towering over 20 metres.