Christmas in Singapore 2007
Orchard Rd-Marina Bay Light Up
|Christmas in Singapore 2007... was inspired by the magic of The Nutcracker Suite. But what's in store for 2011? Read on...|
Tips for Tourists
- Book a hotel along Orchard Road-Bras Basah Road. Why? Live in the heart of the Christmas celebrations. And retreat to your hotel room once the crowds become overwhelming. Also, all the late-night shopping can be done around here.
- If you are lucky enough to holiday here on New Year's Eve, book a bay-facing room at one of the Marina Bay hotels. At midnight, watch the fireworks from the comfort of your balcony or window. (It gets very crowded below, believe me!)
- The best way to get to the Orchard Road Light Up? Use the train (MRT). Exit at Orchard Station - this is where most of the action starts.
- FREE CHRISTMAS LIGHT UP TOUR FOR TOURISTS
During the 2007 Christmas in Singapore, there was a real treat for tourists. You get to ride FREE on the Topless HippoBus - an open-top double decker bus. Sit on the upper deck and you can almost touch the Christmas lights. Get your tickets when you touch down at the Singapore Airport. Show your passport at the Visitors' Centre for a complimentary ticket. Conditions apply.
- Other Interesting Events During Christmas in Singapore 2007
- The Nutcracker Christmas Fairytale on Ice
performed by famous Russian ice-skaters perform.
- Interactive Christmas Village @ Plaza Singapura
- Free nightly performances with a Christian theme.
- Grand concert on Christmas Day along Orchard Road.
- Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut Station.
- Christmas Floats' Parade on Orchard Road.
- The Nutcracker Christmas Fairytale on Ice performed by famous Russian ice-skaters perform.
The Orchard Road Light Up Photo Tour
Now that we're through with the travel tips, let's enjoy some photos I took of the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up in early December 2007.
It's no joke! These blue fairy lights hover over the entire Orchard Road. All 4km of it.
I've driven down Orchard Road 5 times already this year, just to marvel at these lights. I'm a sucker for this kind of things.
The junction near the Orchard MRT Station is a great place to start your Christmas Light Up walking tour.
This, in my opinion, is the most happening place of the Light Up.
Don't you dare go to the Orchard Road Light Up without a camera!
This year's being a Fairytale Christmas, be prepared to meet the characters of the Nutcracker story.
This sparkling carousel - with its dancing ballerinas -draws the attention of visitors...
|and enchants this little boy.|
A girl admires a Nutcracker doll, which is encased in a 'bubble'.
"Hmm... just why do they cover these lovely dolls with tacky plastic?"
You'll find her poised gracefully outside the Ngee Ann City Shopping Centre.
|And her Nutcracker toy soldier companion.|
|He guards the Orchard Road-Scotts Road junction with the help of his friends.|
|Everybody wants to take photos with the doll!|
This silver-painted mime artiste makes his rounds at all the major festivals.
You'll see him in Chinatown during Chinese New Year as well.
|And the children absolutely love him.|
There's more music during the Light Up this year than in previous years.
Outside Wisma Atria, a South American band - Quipukamak - captivated both the young and old. Nice hypnotic music.
Some 100m away, a qipao-clad Chinese girl was playing an erhu.
Her tune? Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Trouble Waters. It's quite amazing.
The Christmas trees get taller every year.
These two are mainstays outside Paragon Shopping Centre.
Other giants are found at Ngee Ann City and Raffles City Shopping Centres.
Have a wonderful Christmas in Singapore 2007.
And don't forget to take your camera to the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up.
Recommended Hotel near the Christmas Light Up...
To be near the Christmas Light Up, consider statying at Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel...