I can’t believe it’s already the end of 2016! It’s always surreal and exciting to jump into a new year. Just less than two weeks ago, I finally crawled out of my End of Semester writing hole that I had wormed my way into and very quickly found myself heading to Singapore for a holiday in time for Christmas! It’s been three years since the last time I was back in town for Christmas, and I have to say that this year’s decorations in Singapore are absolutely gorgeous!
One of the Christmas spots on my list was Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. I was a little unsure of the s$8 admission price but seeing all the light sculptures made by Italian craftsmen was worth it! This event was apparently free the last two years but I heard that the queues were insane. When I went, the crowd was pretty manageable and I managed to get many colorful snaps!
The admission price doesn’t cover other attractions in the Christmas Wonderland which you must pay for separately, like the Ice Palace. I didn’t join in, but the exterior alone is gorgeous enough for me! ;)
Caught Tanjong Katong Girls’ Choir singing sweet Christmas carols at the Cassa Armonica gazebo!
The Spalliera is the centerpiece of the event and it’s very very impressive. Other fun stuff also happens there, including the Garden Rhapsody and Blizzard Time. Garden Rhapsody is a 5-minute (or so) Christmassy light and music show (with the lights of Spalliera turned off for a little while!) and Blizzard Time has fake snow (actually soapy foam) projecting outwards onto everyone. Really fun to see everyone whipping out their phones for a photo!
More light sculptures to see after exiting the event, although that resulted in a longer walk back to Bayfront MRT….
I feel so touristy in my home city but it’s always fun to explore with fresh eyes. :D If you’re planning to head to Christmas Wonderland for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day (hello 2017!!) before it closes, check out their website here.