Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas

There are tons of Santa Clauses adorning festive displays and they are super cute!

Photos: Orchard Road Business Association
Photos: Orchard Road Business Association
17 Nov 2019

Photos: Orchard Road Business Association

Santa Claus has come to town and there’s loads of them hanging out at Orchard Road – literally!

While some St. Nicks depictions can come off as creepy, these are super adorable and you can find them dangling off trees, on arches, and riding reindeers (and invading your photos) as part of this year’s Christmas decorations stretching from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura. The annual Christmas light-up was launched by President Halimah Yacob on Saturday (Nov 16) and festivities run till Jan 1.

Themed “The Greatest Gift”, this year’s street decorations go back to tradition putting the spotlight on Santa, presents, and Christmas trees - it doesn’t get more festive than that.

Adding sparkle to the décor are the huge glittering arches - watch out for the new one at the junction of Tanglin Road and Grange Road - and Insta-worthy interactive set pieces along the pavements. This is probably the only time of the year that makes getting stuck in traffic, vehicular or human, bearable.

The lightstravaganza is more extensive this year, with decorations extending to Grange Road and Orchard Link for the first time. The Christmas Village, a crowd favourite, has also outgrown its usual spot outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza to occupy three venues, so expect more food offerings and rides.

The Shaw House Urban Plaza will be home to the Nom Nom Nom food festival and kiddy rides such as the popular duplex carousel and Clown Swing. Over at *SCAPE, revellers can enjoy amusement rides like Pirate Ship and Swing, as well as nightly entertainment by local music acts like Estelle Fly and Shye, while thrill-seekers can enjoy the adrenaline-pumping Miami ride, bumper cars and Turbo at the Grange Road Car Park.

Ride credits are available at ticketing counters at the three locations and on Christmas on A Great Street’s website.

The Christmas Village opens from Nov 23 to Dec 26, 12pm to 10pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and 12pm to 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and during the Christmas week (Dec 20 – 26).

The Christmas light-up along Orchard Road runs until Jan 1, 2020.

Click on for more photos from the Orchard Road Christmas light-up.

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
17 Nov 2019

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas

Guest-of-Honour President Halimah Yacob launches the festive lights at the light-up ceremony on Nov 16.

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
17 Nov 2019

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations

This year, grander lamp post decorations line the three sub-precincts, namely, Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset. In the Tanglin zone, lamp posts are dressed in LED decorations in the form of a 5 metre Christmas tree.

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
17 Nov 2019

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas

Look out for these cute Santas hanging on the trees. Wish we could take these glittering baubles home for our Christmas tree.

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
17 Nov 2019

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations

It's all about gifts at the Orchard zone.

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
Bigger and grander lamp post decorations
17 Nov 2019

Bigger and grander lamp post decorations

Things get chilly in the Somerset zone which features snowflakes.

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
17 Nov 2019

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)

Our favourite of the set pieces is the The Greatest Gifts, a dreamy installation made up of large Christmas icons next to H&M Orchard Building at Somerset. 

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
17 Nov 2019

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)

Step into the four-metre immersive tunnel illuminated by fairy lights and you will be transported to a fantasy world. 

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)
17 Nov 2019

The Greatest Gifts (next to H&M Orchard Building)

All the feels inside the bauble.

From Santa With Love at Forum The Shopping Mall
From Santa With Love at Forum The Shopping Mall
17 Nov 2019

From Santa With Love at Forum The Shopping Mall

We can imagine how many BFFs and couples will be queueing up to take kissy-face pics here. If you are thinking of popping the question, there's no better place! 

Mini Arch outside Ngee Ann City
Mini Arch outside Ngee Ann City
17 Nov 2019

Mini Arch outside Ngee Ann City

Want to get a shot with the arch? There's a smaller replica of the Main Arch located outside Ngee Ann City.

Santa's Jolly Ride at *SCAPE
Santa's Jolly Ride at *SCAPE
17 Nov 2019

Santa's Jolly Ride at *SCAPE

At *SCAPE, revellers can strike a pose with Santa riding his reindeer made of lights, that is equally stunning in daylight and even more so at night...

The Christmas Wrangle at Ngee Ann City
The Christmas Wrangle at Ngee Ann City
18 Nov 2019

The Christmas Wrangle at Ngee Ann City

Or gather the troops to help pull Santa’s reindeer at Ngee Ann City.

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas
17 Nov 2019

Orchard Road transforms into Santa’s playground for Christmas

Apart from the set pieces, there will also be pop-up stores along the sidewalk 'cos what's Christmas without the shopping and gifting?

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