5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Expect a myriad of firsts including the debut showcase of the Italian Luminarie light sculptures. 

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Photos: Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

See Gardens by the Bay in a new light as Luminarie light sculptures come aglow at Christmas Wonderland.

Set amidst the backdrop of flora and fauna, over 30 intricate light installations specially designed and handcrafted by skilled Italian craftsmen for the event will transform the Gardens into a spectacular festival of lights.

The Luminaries feature designs inspired by Baroque architecture of the 16th and 17th century, with the largest structure - the Spalliera - standing at a massive 17 metres tall and 31 metres wide. In addition, the Luminaries will also lend an extra sparkle to the Christmas floral design within the Flower Dome.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Also on display are the Spiegeltent, a two-centuries-old travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands, and the stunning Casa Armonica (pictured), an illuminated gazebo that will host carolers for 12 days. 

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

There will also be a European-style festive market featuring wooden huts selling Christmas trinkets, souvenirs as well as specialty food items. Around 60 per cent of the market will consist of F&B stalls including gourmet restaurants such as Brewerkz and Peach Garden, and visitors can expect a wide range of international cuisine and wines.

“We are going to have the House of Nuts, Yankee Candles, Culina and one of the huts will be taken by Chef on Wheels, who have been experimenting like crazy for the last three days on making candied apples. The idea behind it is everybody wants something that is unique for Christmas Wonderland,” said Sarah Martin, director of co-organiser Blue Sky Events.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay runs from November 29 to January 1, with the Luminaries lighting up from 7pm to midnight daily. Admission is free (standard ticketing charges apply for admission into the Conservatories).

Read on for more on the line-up of activities as well as our recommendations of the must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland.

Visitors will be greeted by the 16-metre tall Frantone light arches.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

1. Take a panoramic shot of the Spalliera 

Standing at 17 metres, the picturesque Spalliera in itself is a sight to behold. But when lighted up at night, it transforms into a crown of lights.

Stand at the centre to take in the beauty of the masterpiece against the backdrop of the Supertrees, and then take a 360 degree panoramic photo to capture it all. The result is nothing short of breathtaking.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Like the rest of the light sculptures on display, the Spalliera, the largest of the Luminaries, was specially designed by Paulicelli Illuminations International, a family of Italian craftsmen, for Singapore and every detail, from the height of the structure to the colour scheme for the lights, was carefully thought through to bring out the intricacy of the design.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

“The idea was to create something that blends but contrasted at the same time. For instance, traditionally, their minimum height is around 24 metres but this is 17 metres because [with the height of the surrounding Supertrees at 25 to 50 metres] 24 metres would be out of place in this environment,” said Sarah.

“Everything was curated… we were very mindful of the environment and what we were playing ourselves against and what we were playing ourselves with.”

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

For an even more magical sight, stay around for Blizzard Time when it ‘snows’ at the Spalliera. Blizzard Time takes place two to three times a day (depending on weather conditions) and timings will be posted at the Spalliera.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

2. Dine at the Spiegeltent

A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience awaits visitors at the spectacular 200-year-old Spiegeltent, a travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands. Made of wood, canvas, brocade, exquisitely decorated mirrors and stained glass, the tent makes its first appearance in Asia at Gardens by the Bay.

Diners can choose from an a la carte menu featuring traditional Christmas fare, such as Yorkshire pudding, roast turkey with chestnut & cranberry stuffing, and hot mulled wine, served up by Kitchen Language’s award-winning Group Executive chef Martin Woo. The menu changes weekly and a minimum purchase of a drink is required for entry into the Spiegeltent.

The Spiegeltent opens from 5pm to midnight daily.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

The 18 metre wide and 6 metre high tent comes in 1,000 pieces and are assembled in just two days. Originally built in the late 19th and 20th century, only a handful remain in existence.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

3. Catch the carolers at Casa Armonica

It wouldn’t be Christmas without carolers. And at Christmas Wonderland, the beautifully illuminated Casa Armonica, a 100-year-old historical piece made of wood by hand, will play host to a special line-up of carolers during the festival every Friday to Sunday during the festival.

Visitors will be treated to 12 days of caroling by Singapore’s acclaimed choir groups including Hwa Chong Choir, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School Choir as well as be bossa nova, soul and jazz performances by Festive Sirens Dawn Ho, Alemay Fernandez, Lily Anna and Michaela Therese.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

4. Take in the view from above

This might be a tall order for those with a fear of heights, but you’ll find it’s all worth it when you see the dazzling view of the Luminaries and the Gardens from above.

At 22 metres high, the OCBC Skywalk, a 128-metre long aerial walkway connecting two Supertrees, offers visitors a bird’s eye view of the festival grounds and bits of the Singapore cityscape beyond.

It isn’t free to get up there, but we think S$5 (S$3 for children) is a small price to pay for the spectacular view. 


5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

5. Experience winter in the tropics with Yuletide in the Flower Dome

Get a taste of winter as the Flower Dome transforms into a snow-covered winter-scape with cool temperatures to match.

There will also be holiday programmes including musical performances, story-telling sessions as well as appearances by well-loved childen’s book character Miffy, at the Flower Dome. Visit Gardens by the Bay website for more details.

Yuletide in the Flower Dome runs till Jan 6, from 9am to 10pm. Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Take a stroll through the Christmas floral display and admire the Luminarie light sculptures and charming village set amidst red and white blooms in the flower field. There will also be holiday programmes including musical performances, story-telling sessions as well as appearances by well-loved childen’s book character Miffy, at the Flower Dome. Visit Gardens by the Bay website for more details.

Yuletide in the Flower Dome runs till Jan 6, from 9am to 10pm. Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. Visitors enjoy 10% off admission rates into the cooled conservatories when they book online on www.gardensbythebay.com.sg at least one day before their visit.

5. Experience winter in the tropics with Yuletide in the Flower Dome

Take a stroll through the Christmas floral display and admire the Luminarie light sculptures and charming village set amidst red and white blooms in the flower field. There will also be holiday programmes including musical performances, story-telling sessions as well as appearances by well-loved childen’s book character Miffy, at the Flower Dome. Visit Gardens by the Bay website for more details.

Yuletide in the Flower Dome runs till Jan 6, from 9am to 10pm. Admission charge to the Flower Dome applies. Visitors enjoy 10% off admission rates into the cooled conservatories when they book online on www.gardensbythebay.com.sg at least one day before their visit. 

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Arches, each measuring 10 metres high, leading into the Supertree Grove. Photo:  Jonathan Wong from A Better Definition

The 9.5-metre tall arches lead visitors into the Supertree Grove.

Photo by Jonathan Wong from A Better Definition.

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Some 95,000 bulbs were used to create the Luminaries and each one is intricately placed by hand onto the structures. 

Some 95,000 bulbs were used to create the Luminaries and each one is intricately placed by hand onto the structures. 

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

Solo pieces at the Supertree Grove.

9-metre tall solo pieces around the Supertrees.

Photo: Jonathan Wong from A Better Definition

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
11 Mar 2015

5 must-do’s at Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay

There will be a host of performances to entertain visitors. Be enthralled by the Garden Rhapsody Christmas Edition light and sound show, as well as festive acts like Fantasy on Stilts (pictured), stiltwalkers in fairy, candy cane and Santarina costumes, 

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