Christmas in Singapore 2008:
A Look Back & Some Tips for 2011S

Celebrating Christmas in Singapore 2011? You must visit
the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up. Now going into its 29th year...


On this page:
[Photo Tour] [Christmas 2008 - When & Where] [Hotels for Christmas]

So here's what happened in 2008...

A Sweet Christmas on Orchard Road - the Light Up

15 Nov 08 to 2 Jan 09


  • 5km of fairy lights from Orchard Road to Marina Bay

  • 19-25 Dec 08: caroling, shows, Christmas floats, Christmas charity.

  • Grand Concert on 25 Dec 08

  • Free tours for tourists and children

Photo Tour of Christmas in Singapore 2008

Christmas in Singapore - Christmas message at Tangs Plaza. Orchard Road Christmas Light Up 2008.

The words on Tangs Plaza says, 'With God, all things are possible!' What an appropriate message during such gloomy times.

Christmas in Singapore - Arch over Orchard Road during 2008 Christmas Light Up.

Theme for Christmas in Singapore 2008: A Sweet Christmas.
This arch hangs over the Orchard Road - Scotts Road junction.

Christmas in Singapore - Candy-like dolls outside Ngee Ann City. Christmas Light Up 2008.

Candy-like dolls. Reminds me of the Playmobil toys I used to play with.

Christmas in Singapore - Doll on carousel on Orchard Road during Christmas Light Up 2008.

You'll find him going round and round on a carousel outside Isetan Orchard Road.

Christmas in Singapore - Giant ribbon on Orchard Road.

Giant ribbons on trees. Orchard Road Walkway.

Christmas in Singapore - The gigantic Christmas tree at Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road.

Giant Christmas tree at Ngee Ann City Shopping Centre.

Christmas in Singapore - Enchanting Christmas tree outside Paragon Shopping Centre, Orchard Road.

The Christmas tree outside Paragon Shopping Centre.
One of my favourite spots @ Orchard Road Christmas Light Up 2008.

Christmas in Singapore - Christmas tree ornaments.

Shiny balls hanging on the Paragon Christmas tree. If you take it easy, you'll see the bright side of things round every corner. Merry Christmas and a blessed new year...

Tips for Visitors:

Where the Action Was in 2008

Orchard Road Christmas Light Up - Blue fairy lights over Orchard Road.

Christmas in Singapore 2008 was a great treat for visitors, especially those who came with young children.

Just look at these offerings...

  1. Orchard Road was lit up Christmas in Singapore 2008 and buskers were also out in force on Orchard Road.

  2. Visitors to Singapore were treated to a free open-top bus tour.

    • Note: This free bus tour will not be offered in 2009.
    • Instead, it is run by a tour company for a fee.
    • Check with the Visitors' Centre upon arrival at Singapore Airport.

  3. Parade of Christmas Floats from Orchard Road to Heartland Towns.

    • Nightly from 19-25 December 2008.

  4. Free performances @ Christmas in Singapore 2008:

    • Carolling, Dances, Mimes, Songs by Church Groups along Orchard Road at:

      • Walkway outside Wisma Atria
      • Tong Building
      • Tangs Department Store
      • Paragon Shopping Centre
      • Plaza Singapura

    • Christmas Day Grand Concert - 'The Spirit of Christmas'

      • 3pm - 11pm at on Orchard Road (near Bideford Road junction)
      • Charity event with 3000 underprivileged guests
      • Evening musical show with special guests:
        • You Ya
        • Dongfang Billy
        • Groups from Australia, Brazil, Hawaii, New Zealand and Taiwan

Map of Orchard Road: Christmas in Singapore 2009

  1. Free tours were offered in 2008 to children with accompanying paying adults at numerous animal parks, museums and guided tours. For tourists only and subjected to conditions.

  2. Freebies @ Parties

    • Complimentary entry, 1-for-1 drinks, and other freebies were offered to tourists and many watering holes and restaurants.

  3. Late night shopping at the following malls:

    • Vivo City
    • Marina Square

Recommended Hotel
for Enjoying Christmas in Singapore 2009

If you plan on staying near the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up, we highly recommend Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel:

Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel - Lobby.
Lobby, Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts

Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel - Double Room.
Double Room @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

  • 3 minutes walk to:

    • Orchard MRT Station

    • Orchard Road-Scotts Road Junction, the 'heart' of the Christmas Light Up.

  • Has one of the best buffets in town (halal).

  • Search multiple websites and find the best rates for Royal Plaza on Scotts:

    Royal Plaza On Scotts Hotel Singapore

Related to Christmas in Singapore pointer Past Christmas Celebrations in Singapore - 2006 & 2007 pointer Christmas in Singapore: More tips on hotels, freebies, etc pointer Book a cheap flight and secure a cheap hotel on Orchard Road.

Do you have a Christmas photo to share?

Do you have a memorable photo of the Christmas Light Up - taken either this year or in the past? Why not share it with us?

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