When I was younger, I remember taking an air-conditioned bus with my mom to Orchard Road during the year-end festive period just to view the Christmas lightings. Because the bus we took was a loop service, we just enjoyed the view from within without having to alight. We probably did this together for three years – once, with my little nephew and another time with my grandmother, who was visiting from China. After that, Christmas lightings in Orchard were well, just lightings without any special significance to me.
I know…this is neither beauty nor fashion. But hey, it’s the Christmas season and how about something more Christmas-y then? I have been quite busy and haven’t really found time to head to Orchard Road this period and I don’t think I’ll be heading there just to view the lightings either. So I thought I’ll get soaked up in the mood via pictures and it’s also a good way to show those outside of Singapore how Christmas is like in our tiny country.
These are some pictures I found via Flickr through Choo Yut Shing’s photostream, which captured Orchard Road in a garden of scintillating lights. We always have a theme for Christmas and this year, it is “Christmas Blooms in Singapore”, where streets of flowers glow in blue. The flowers, composed of five little hearts bound together by a star, are meant to express the loving spirit of the season.
And besides the flowers hanging from trees and lampposts, the shopping malls are also decked out in their holiday best, vying for the “Best Dressed Building Contest”.
This is Tangs. While I love the bible verse that is part of the decor, I don’t really find it very appropriate since we know these decorations are man-made. Okay, okay, it’s the spirit!
The decorations and light-up at the fountain outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza is also very interesting. For a moment, I thought it was a river.
Oh, the Christmas tree at The Heeren is worth highlighting because it is made up of Ferrero Rocher chocolates! Wow! Just how do they withstand the heat in the day? Anyway, if you want to get a more realistic view of the lightings and decors, check out this video too.
Besides Orchard Road, other parts of Singapore are also lighted up with the Christmas decor. I thought the Super Trees at the Gardens by the Bay are truly a sight to behold!
But on second look, especially after seeing them in broad daylight, they kind of remind me of some horror sci-fic movie. All right, all right…just very vaguely.
So are you dazzled by all the Christmas decor and lightings in Singapore?