Orchard Road Christmas Light Up:
Tips for Hotel Booking, Freebies, Etc.

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Orchard Road Christmas Light Up:
Tips for H
otels, Freebies, Shopping...

Orchard Road Christmas Light Up - Blue fairy lights over Orchard Road.
Photo: Thousands of fairy lights over Orchard Road during the Christmas Light Up in 2007

  1. When to go? The Orchard Road Christmas Light Up lasts for about 7 weeks each year, from mid-November to New Year's Day.

    To avoid the thickest crowds, go on a weekday. But there is more action during the weekends, when the buskers and carolers are busy.

But the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up is especially interesting in the week leading up to Christmas Day. You'll get to see the Christmas floats on Orchard Road. Also, the churches are out in full force with a range of performances and charity events.

  1. What to wear? Light clothings. This is after all equatorial Singapore.

  2. Where are the freebies?

    • Look out for the free balloons, et cetera which the churches hand out during the performances.

    • Free performances by churches at various locations on Orchard Road. Carols. Mimes. Drama. Dances.

    • Check out the free events for Christmas 2011

Important Caveat! Freebies are exactly what they are, free. It also means that sometimes you don't get them. Please don't write in to ask me why you are unable to get such-and-such an item for free, and at such-and-such a place. This being the season for giving, think not about where to get freebies, but about giving a gift!

  1. How about late night shopping and transport?

    • The malls on Orchard Road take turns to open till late (= midnight) in the few weeks leading up to Christmas Day.

    • On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the Singapore MRT and SBS Transit normally extend operating hours. You could still catch the trains at 1am. Most of the Night Rider buses run till even later.

  1. How about fireworks? The fireworks go off on 31 Dec each year at midnight. The countdown draws many people to the Marina Bay area, where the fireworks are launched. [Fireworks tips]

  2. Where to stay? Orchard Road itself has many good hotels. These are near to the Light Up and major shopping spots. The ones listed here regularly receive good reviews. Note, however, you won't find budget hotels / hostels smack in the heart of Orchard Road.

Hotels for USD 70-180 (incl. taxes)

If you're on a budget, consider staying at these hotels / hostels within walking distance to Orchard Road:

Fort Canning Lodge Recommended!

  • A budget hotel with its own pool!

  • 5 minutes' walk to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, which is on Orchard Road

  • Located on a hill near the Orchard Road shopping malls, yet shielded from all the busyness.

  • Compare prices

Fort Canning Lodge Singapore

Hangout @ Mount Emily

  • A no-frills budget hotel in a quiet location

  • 10 minutes' walk to Orchard Road

  • Without the sleaze linked with many Singapore budget hotels

  • Search multiple sites and find the best rates for Hangout @ Mt Emily.

These hotels also offer hostel-style beds in shared rooms.

Hotels for USD 150-300 (incl. taxes)

If you want a bit of luxury without going over the edge...

Mandarin Orchard Hotel Singapore

  • Hard to beat for location; near to great shopping

  • Its breakfast is varied and well-loved

  • Newly renovated

  • Reviews and best rates for Mandarin Orchard Hotel Singapore.

Traders' Hotel

  • Near one end of Orchard Road, with a shuttle bus that runs through the shopping belt

  • Connected to the lovely Tanglin Mall

  • Great crabs at the hotel's Ah Hoi Restaurant

  • Reviews and best rates for Traders Hotel Singapore.

Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel Recommended!

Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel - Lobby.

Royal Plaza on Scotts Hotel - Double Room.

  • On Scotts Road, near the heart of the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up and the Great Singapore Sale.

  • Has one of the best buffets in town.

  • A halal certified hotel.

  • Helpful, friendly staff.

  • Read reviews, search multiple websites and find the best rates for Royal Plaza on Scotts.


Left top:
Lobby, Hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts

Left bottom:
Double Room @ Royal Plaza on Scotts

Hotels for USD 250+ (incl. taxes)

If you want to splurge because you deserve a real treat...

Four Seasons Hotel

  • Excellent service generally

  • Spacious room and amenities

  • Close to the action, but away from the crowds

  • Reviews and best rates for Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.

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