19 Spots To Take Your Mandatory Christmas Shots In Singapore This Year


We might not be blessed with White Christmases here in Singapore, but our sunny island definitely doesn’t disappoint us with countless spots that are bedazzled with sparkling fairy lights, giving us the same festive atmosphere.

So… get your cameras ready as we unravel the most Instagrammable places that you should head down to take some stunningly spectacular photos with you and your loved ones.


Orchard Road (Nearest MRT: Orchard)

1. Orchard Road: Disney Magical Moments – Christmas on A Great Street!

Disney Magical Moments on Orchard Road
(Channel News Asia)

The iconic Orchard Road brings you the magic of Christmas with illuminated pieces of your favourite Disney characters. Stroll down the long stretch of street from Tanglin Mall to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station, and get ready to be enchanted by the decorative lights. These lights spectacularly transform from pink with the Disney Princess theme to sky blue in the theme of Mickey Mouse & Friends to a deep blue filled with Frozen characters and finally a sunshine yellow silhouetting the characters of Pixar’s Toy Story.


2. Ion Orchard

Cartier Ferris Wheel
(Her World)

Stretching its creativity, Ion Orchard completely strikes off the conventional idea of having a humongous Christmas tree. Instead, the mall showcases a magnificent Cartier Ferris wheel that outshines everything else in its vicinity. Though it’s not open for a ride, the magnificent art piece is still worth the visit and is simply the perfect #OOTD backdrop.

Oh, if you’d like to have the unique experience of wandering into a maze of sparkly lights and twinkly Christmas trees, you should definitely pay a visit to Ion Orchard too. This installation is really a dream come true!


3. Ngee Ann City: The Great Christmas Village

Bigger and better, Christmas Village at Ngee Ann City is back for another year running. The creators are really taking things up a notch this year, with more nightly live performances, a new Timbre X Food Village & Bar, and also a super cute Hitachi Santa House where you can take a selfie with the legendary Santa Claus during the designated Meet and Greet sessions.

Oh, everyone’s favourite fairground ride – the two-storey carousel – is back again. Choose your favourite stallion and relive your favourite childhood memory at The Great Christmas Village.


4. Somerset 313

Be prepared to be struck with a stunning sight of countless stars plastered all around the mall. Whether you’re taking your solo #ootd or a group shot, the huge Christmas tree situated near the entrance, that is embellished with varying sizes of neon stars provides the best backdrop you can ask for.


5. Orchard Central

Frozen fans you’ll not want to miss this! Head over to Orchard Central and finally step foot on Elsa’s Ice Palace. Over here, you’ll also be less than an arm’s length away from the adorable Anna and Olaf. There’s also a sleigh right outside the mall for you to snap picture-perfect shots of yourself with the loyal reindeer – Sven – in an adorably hilarious expression.


Gardens by the Bay (Nearest MRT: Bayfront)

Christmas Wonderland

For the fifth year running, Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland is back with bigger and sparklier setups this year. Here’s what you need to look out for:

6. Luminarie

It’s the time of the year again when the futuristic garden shines at its brightest with the magnificent Luminarie sculptures lighting up the area with an insane 160,000 bulbs. You’ll also definitely want to make a trip down to take an #ootd shot with Asia’s tallest golden luminarie Christmas tree, that is making its entrance for the very first time!


7. Santa’s Grotto

Looking to take a memorable photo with Santa Claus? You’re in luck. Stop by the Santa’s Grotto where you can meet Santa at his Alpine House. There will also be a red-lighted sleigh and a clear-lighted bubble ornament that will just add on to the festive atmosphere.


8. Skating Under The Stars

Ice Rink
(Christmas Wonderland)

Trust us, you won’t find another ice skating rink as beautifully-lighted as this. Specially imported all the way from Switzerland, this rink will not only let you skate under the stars, but also against dazzling light displays and a massive 8-metre tall illuminated Christmas tree.


9. Blizzard Time

It’s snowing at Blizzard Time! Charge your phones because you’ll want to take countless Boomerangs against the spectacular Insta-worthy festive installations and falling white flakes.


10. Garden Rhapsody

Garden Rhapsody

Another Insta-worthy spot, the Garden Rhapsody is simply sparkling with twinkling lights on the Supertrees. What’s more, these lights are even made to dance to the beat of your all-time favourite Christmas songs. Now, you can literally go I’m rockin’ around the Christmas tree~


11. Flower Dome

Disney Tsum Poinsettia Wishes
(8 Days)

Whether it’s your first, second or even tenth visit to the Flower Dome, you’ll be equally entranced by the significant transformation of the flower dome into a whimsical snowy wonderland. Spectacularly filled with stacks of well-loved iconic Disney Tsum Tsum characters, you’ll literally be in Disney wonderland.


Marina Bay Sands (Nearest MRT: Bayfront)

12. Digital Light Canvas

Marina Bay Sand’s Digital Light Canvas allows you to revel in the magic of Christmas with an interactive digital experience. As you enter the LED-lit space, get your cameras ready for the spectacularly huge light sculpture that is assembled with over 400,000 lights. This canvas also extends all the way to the floor so you might want to look down at your feet to witness calligraphic art being drawn and shoals of fish swimming according to your feet movements!


13. ChariTrees 2018

Charitrees Marina Bay Sands
(The Straits Times)

Ditch the shopping mall and check out the walkway outside Marina Bay Sands. What awaits you are 30 Christmas trees that are beautifully adorned with baubles and fairy lights, allowing you to soak up in the holiday spirit.


Bugis Junction: Christmas In Tomorrowland (Nearest MRT: Bugis)

14. To-fu Oyako In Tomorrowland

To-fu Oyako In Tomorrowland

This year, Bugis Junction pulls off a futuristic twist to its Christmas decorations, by decking out a giant 10-meter tall illuminated Christmas tree nestled between the popular Japanese animated character, To-fu Oyako, and an asymmetrical Ferris Wheel.

Besides taking photos of the Christmas tree, you can also take photos INSIDE the tree. Simply enter the opening of the funky centrepiece and be treated to a whole new world of mirrored space adorned with pink and purple ornament displays.


VivoCity: Viesta! – The New York Edition 2018 (Nearest MRT: Harbourfront)

15. Skate Under The Moonlight

Vivocity Skate Under The Stars

Lace up and skate under the moonlight as VivoCity unveils its first-ever outdoor skating rink. Spanning an area of 350sqm, the skating rink is also the largest in Singapore that will not only allow you to dance and twirl to the beat of specially curated festive tunes, but also around an 8m Christmas tree that is undeniably picturesque.

Wait no longer and jio your friends and family down to share meaningful moments and create beautiful memories under the moonlight this festive season!  


16. Sky Park

A stunning sight to behold, VivoCity’s Sky Park brings out the magic of Christmas with a magnificent 33 metre-tall Christmas tree. Soak up the Christmas spirit and be completely mesmerised by the tree featuring a light show choreographed to popular Christmas carols.


Universal Studios Singapore: A Universal Christmas

A day at Universal Studios Singapore during the festive season of Christmas means more fun than just exhilarating rollercoaster rides and dazzling fireworks. Pay them a visit this December and be treated to a whole new series of the Christmas-themed light show.

17. Elf Town

Elf Town

It’s definitely going to feel a lot more like Christmas the moment you see the colourfully-lighted Elf Town. The whole town will be filled with all the Christmas regulars, including a bunch of hyper-active elves, walking and talking Gingerbread Man, as well as Santa Claus himself.


18. Santa’s Christmas Light-Up Party

Light Up Party

What’s Christmas without Santa and snow? Well, USS got the best of both worlds for you at the glorious Santa’s Christmas Light-Up show. You’ll also want to be prepared to go really cray-cray seeing some of our favourite characters such as Minion, Elmo, and Shrek rocking their Christmas outfits.


Ang Mo Kio Pokémon Themed Christmas

19. Ang Mo Kio Hub, Jurong Point and Thomson Plaza

If you’re a fan of Pokémon and more specifically, Pikachu, you’ll want to head down to any of the above three malls to literally, catch em’ all. These celebrations are also complete with carnival games and exclusive freebies when you shop! Psst, we even heard there will be a parade of Pikachus and Eevees dancing and also, a 5-m tall inflatable Pikachu!


Where will you be heading to? Let us know in the comments below!

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