Every year we take the boys down to Orchard Road to see the Christmas lights – you’ve just got to right? For me there’s nothing better than being warm wandering around seeing Christmas decorations AND it’s always marvellous. A lot of time and money is invested by the various businesses every year that’s for sure.
My favourite tree is always the main one in Ngee Ann City, and it doesn’t disappoint with Cartier responsible for the decorations this year. How could Cartier ever do a bad job.
What was even better about seeing the Christmas lights this year, is it was Pedestrian Night on Orchard Road . If you weren’t aware, there is a six month pilot from October 2014 to March 2015, with the main road between Scotts and Bideford Junction closed off to traffic on the first Saturday of each month – that’s ION/Tangs to Ngee Ann/Paragon. The marketing says it starts from 6 (finishing at 11pm), but the reality is, you can’t get onto the road until after 6.30pm when everything is set up.
It was crazy busy down there last night – my word the crowds came out – but it was definitely a high energy night, with street performers, a bouncy castle (with a very long line!), movies, music and a lot more. The police did an awesome job, and it’s a really well run affair – which never surprises me in Singapore. I’d love to see this pilot extended indefinitely, especially if they included cafes sprawling out onto Orchard Road – that’d be nice.
So even though you’ve missed Pedestrian Night pre-Christmas, if you haven’t done the Christmas lights walk, take the kids down to Orchard one night to see Christmas in all its glory. Better yet, wait for the grandparents to visit and drag them along too – although it was steamy last night!
Best places for kids? ION is always very well done and you can go inside the tree. The boys were also particularly enamoured with the candy cane theme. Ngee Ann and Paragon as well for the outside decorations, and if nothing else, you could spend a long time people-watching as everyone does their Christmas tree posing – some amusing moments for sure. Further down you’ll find Unicorns past the Mandarin Gallery, and at the other end, I always like Tangs for its understated beauty. Here’s a link for the best dressed building contest. I think I’d vote for ION.
For better photos than mine – I took all of the photos in this post with my phone – check out this blog. Great work on the pics.
A final thing. If you need of decorations for home, both Paragon and ION have fabulous Christmas fares in the open areas. There are some spectacular decorations, and some very expensive ones too – trust me, I know. If you don’t need any more right now, it’s always good to visit after Christmas when they are on sale and you can stock up for next year. Unfortunately they didn’t sell these feathers….
Right now I might take the boys out to Changi to check out Christmas down there. We’re all pretty tired after a late night last night, so perhaps a good idea. Naturally, I will report back if I do so.