Singapore’s most popular year-end event, Christmas Wonderland, returns to Gardens by the Bay featuring exciting new highlights with plenty to amaze visitors of all ages. Its sixth edition will mark the debut of the Christmas Parade, a brand new interactive Santa’s Workshop, a riveting mix of international theatrical productions, a whimsical Poinsettia Wishes floral display, and more threedimensional light installations, in addition to the event’s traditional games and rides as well as shopping and dining spaces, from 29th November to 26th December 2019.
“The success and feedback from last year’s Christmas Wonderland have greatly influenced our addition of 10 new attractions this year. Our 2019 line-up will bring excitement to all visitors; from the debut of our Christmas Parade and new Santa’s Workshop, to our mix of international festive shows and stunning lights. We look forward to once again welcoming Singaporeans and all visitors to celebrate the holidays at Gardens by the Bay,” said Kevin Soh, Director, Blue Sky Events.
What’s a party without a parade? Adding to the festive atmosphere, for the first time at the Gardens, is Christmas Wonderland’s lively Christmas Parade. Look out for your favourite festive characters on three floats – Santa on his reindeer sleigh, dancing elves and Santarinas, cheeky penguins sneaking out of igloos and snowmen hiding in the Gardens – as they spread festive cheer throughout the fairground on Fridays,Saturdays, Sundays, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On weekdays, Santa will be making his rounds on his reindeer sleigh float looking for those who are naughty or nice.
A magical journey to the North Pole awaits all at the new Santa’s Workshop. Walk through the forest and ‘snow’-filled giant snow globe before witnessing animatronic elves hard at work wrapping presents and fulfilling wishes on their list. Look out for Father Christmas himself as he supervises his elves and grab the chance to take the perfect family picture.
Over 360,000 bulbs will illuminate the fairground in a dazzling display of over 40 majestic luminarie light sculptures in brand new designs, including Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree as well as a stunning 21- metre tall Spalliera as the main feature. Inspired by the iconic towers of the San Gimignano hill town in Tuscany, Italy, the Spalliera’s three towers and connecting roof will dazzle visitors with the splendour of the luminarie light display from a three-dimensional perspective.
In addition to the Italian lights, organisers Blue Sky Events have created two stunning art installations for more spectacular photo opportunities. Made up of more than 60,000 bulbs, the Walk of Peace invites visitors to walk through a 50-metre tunnel-like display for a surreal illuminated experience. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll through the Mistletoe Alley, which has been enhanced with festive lights and enchanting decorations.
A Christmas celebration is not complete without exciting performances for the whole family! Both the performance venue and the show line-up have been enhanced this year, with the new, larger Meadow Theatre presenting not one, not two but four theatrical productions to appeal to visitors of all ages – critically acclaimed circus performers from Australia Trash Test Dummies, smash-hit London production Snow Play, a charming adaptation of The Old Shoemaker by local collective Five Stones Theatre and direct from New York, acclaimed illusionist Vitaly Beckman with Pure Wonder.
Be entertained by Yuletide singer-songwriter sessions and Christmas caroling under the magical Cassa Armonica gazebo – right at the heart of the Spalliera at the Supertree Grove – with performances by Inch Chua, Jana Ann & Joy Alexis, Sam Driscoll, Two Cheers and a Toast, The Hwa Chong Institution Choir, EVOKX, The NTU Alumni Choir and more. Sing along to your favourite tunes with the Garden Rhapsody – The Christmas Special light and sound show.
Experience snow in the tropics with Christmas Wonderland’s most popular attraction, Blizzard Time presented by Häagen-Dazs, for that perfect Instagram-worthy Christmas shot! For even more excitement, tonnes of fun for little ones and adults await with 18 traditional carnival games and rides throughout the fairground including the Mini Viking, Bumper Cars, Christmas Train and the all-new Swing Chair Carousel.
Feast on festive delights and shop for gifts at the Christmas Village featuring 24 charming European-style wooden huts. This year’s Christmas Village will feature a host of new craft vendors and limited edition food and drink launches by Brewerkz and Häagen-Dazs, with the full lineup of vendors still to be revealed in the weeks to come.
Over in the Flower Dome, a whimsical journey through the Nordic region awaits visitors. This year, Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes floral display adds a Christmas twist to iconic landmarks in the Nordic countries, with creative direction by the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore, Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard.
“It will be an exciting time at Gardens by the Bay this holiday season, with a host of activities spread across the Gardens – from the outdoors to the conservatories – offering something for everyone,” said Yap Chin Siang, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.
Christmas Wonderland takes place at Gardens by the Bay from 29th November – 26th December 2019, 5pm – 11pm (Mon-Thu), 4pm-11pm (Fri-Sun, 25th Dec, 26th Dec), 4pm-12.30am (24th Dec). Tickets for entry and certain attractions priced separately and are available both onsite and from their website here.
Entry is complimentary for up to 2 children under 0.9m for each paying adult. Separate charges apply for certain Christmas Wonderland attractions, OCBC Skyway and Gardens by the Bay conservatories.