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The best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

Catch a slice of magic as the streets are decked in all things sparkly this festive season

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Capitol Piazza
Photo: Capitol Kempinski

Santa Claus is coming to town – and to make St Nick's visit a memorable one, the streets of Singapore is putting up a show with twinkling fairy lights, stunning festive displays and elaborated Christmas trees. Kicking in the holiday spirit, these Christmas light displays not only lighten up moods but also make excellent additions to the 'gram and idyllic backdrops while you shop or stroll through the man-made winter wonderland.

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Chijmes
Photo: Chijmes
Things to do

Chijmes

City Hall

Christmas is truly the season for the 'gram. Head to Chijmes where there will be plenty of light installations and laser projections throughout the grounds of the former convent. Snap a pic with a Santa and sleigh neon light-up one of the facades of Chijmes where there are beautiful graphics being projected on it. 

Christmas Wonderland
Photograph: Christmas Wonderland
Things to do

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

See Gardens by the Bay dressed to the nines this festive season with whimsical décor, dazzling lights and more to add to the holiday charm. From November 29 to December 26, enjoy Christmas carols under the stars, 'snowfall' in the tropics, carnival games and kiddy rides, and the charming stalls à la European Christmas markets for everything from hand-crafted gifts to festive grub.  The annual Yuletide affair also ups the ante with the inaugural Christmas Parade, a brand new interactive Santa’s Workshop and a riveting mix of international theatrical productions including circus performances, plays and a magic show. It gets even more magical – feast your eyes on over 40 beautiful illuminated sculptures including Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree and a 21-metre-tall Spalliera that will have Santa coming to town.

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Capitol Piazza
Photo: Capitol Kempinski
Things to do

Capitol Piazza

Capitol Piazza, City Hall

Get transported to a winter wonderland inspired by European Christmas markets. Follow the scent of chilled mulled wine and whet your appetite with various panettone, log cakes and stollen bread. The feasting continues as you feast your eyes on the centrepiece, the Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree, standing over eight metres. Alternatively, create figure eights at the new skating rink, visit Santa Claus and enjoy the sight of 'snow' while you're at it. 

Christmas on a Great Street
Photo: Christmas on a Great Street
Things to do, Festivals

Orchard Road

Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Orchard

See the halls – or rather streets – of the famous shopping belt decked with a gorgeously illuminated Christmas village, Instagram-worthy installations including a 4-metre-tall immersive tunnel, exciting pop-up stores, and of course, the magnificent lights and colours from now until January 1.  Round up the fam and delight in carnival rides, tasty treats and live performances at The Great Christmas Village. Indulge in some retail therapy at the pop-up stores of SingTel, Chomel, Vivo, Irvins Salted Egg and more. Strike a pose and take a snap by the impressive set pieces that line the street. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  

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Island Lights
Photo: Sentosa Development Corporation
Things to do

Sentosa

Sentosa Island, Sentosa

Your nights are about to shine brighter than ever. The festival of visual treats and lit installations returns to Sentosa to wrap the year up from now to December 31. This time at Sentosa Cove Village for the first time, the Instagram-worthy art installations include a 13.5-metre-long space where you can walk among illuminated attention-grabbing pieces focused around the theme of 'Celebration'. Other highlights include Tina Fung and Reza Hasni's Candy Quartz which features seesaws surrounded by a kaleidoscope of illustrations that ooze child-like fun and play, as well as Ledscontrol's ShadowDial, a multi-sensorial experience on space and time. Get into the Christmas spirit with a myriad of festive programmes on the weekends. Look forward to fire twirlers, movie screenings, roving percussion performances and more which are all happening throughout Christmas week as well. While you wine and dine at Quayside Isle, don't miss the dazzling display of Snowflakes Symphony where 300 neon snowflakes change colours according to the festive music.

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Raffles Place

Overlooking the bay area and next to Singapore River, The Fullerton Hotel is a vision decked in twinkly lights. It's a stark contrast to its usual austere facade. Stroll past in the evening or at night to admire the Christmas lights or snap a picture.

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Changi Airport
Photo: Ashok Kumar
Things to do, Quirky events

Changi Airport

Changi Airport, Raffles Place

Do you wanna build a snowman? Step out of the humidity and into the magical wonderland of Arendelle ruled by Disney princesses Anna and Elsa at Changi Airport from now until January 5. Meander through Terminal 3 which houses a massive centrepiece including Anna and Elsa's castle, four activity zones designed around the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, and a Frozen 2-themed light and snow show at the main exhibition area. Get up close and personal with your favourite characters over the weekends of November 22 and 24 and November 29 and December 1. Fans of Olaf can catch the friendly snowman standing at 3-metres-tall at Terminal 2. Take some happy snaps before heading to the next Frozen destination: Jewel Changi Airport.  Over at Jewel, get your Christmas shopping done at the Jewel Festive Market which features plenty of Arendelle-inspired booths hawking craft ware and festive treats. While you're there, attend workshops like ukulele painting and leathercrafting with the kids. It's time to let the year go – don't hold yourself back from this enchanting event.

Spread the festive cheer

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