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Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up!

Singapore celebrates Christmas with the best, most dazzling lights ever!

Having being listed on the Top 10 Frommers World’s Best Holiday Lights list in 2010, this year's Christmas lights along Orchard Road will not disappoint. Carrying the theme of Christmas Blooms in Singapore, the popular shopping district will be illuminated with scintillating flower lights, with connected heart petals expressing the loving spirit of the season, and majestic Christmas trees embellished with beautiful Yuletide decorations.

Be mesmerised by the bright glittering lights as the festive spirit brings the city to life this holiday season. The excitement for Christmas celebrations can be felt as early as November - that is when the exciting and long-awaited Orchard Road Christmas Light-up and Switch-on Ceremony will take place!

This year, the ceremony will be held on the 17th of November, 7pm at the outdoor atrium of ION Orchard. Besides being able to participate in the festivities, the event will also allow you to contribute to charity. Make your way to any of the four light-up stations located along the shopping district, and light a candle torch! For each candle lit, the Orchard Road Business Association will donate a dollar to the Community Chest. The light-up stations are located in front of Paragon, Mandarin Gallery, Wisma Atria, and Wheelock Place.

After the event, don't forget to catch a special concert outside ION Orchard at 8.30pm, organised by the Tanglin-Cairnhill Grassroots Organisations. Featuring a Bollywood dance performance and an Ang Klung instrumental, the celebration will be a treat for  visitors looking for a unique Christmas experience!

Malls along the bustling street will also be fully decked out with pretty lights and decorations; all vying for the “Best Dressed Building” laurel. Stroll down the streets and check out how these participating malls - ION Orchard, Orchard Central, Paragon, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Forum the Shopping Mall, Grand Park Orchard, Mandarin Gallery, Tanglin Mall, TANGS Orchard, and The Centrepoint  - have dressed themselves up to contend for the title.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of people shopping and sight-seeing, feel the atmosphere as music, vibrantly-coloured decorations and merry-making buskers bring out the festive cheers. Hop onboard the open-top buses cruising along night-time Orchard Road for the best views and photo spots of these wonderfully-lit Christmas lights and decorations - proof of a memorable tropical Christmas celebrated in equatorial Singapore is possible, sans the cold icy weather!

From 17-23 Dec, at 7pm, nightly performances have been lined up to entertain and delight shoppers along the streets, including musical, dance and puppetry performances. Let the soothing voices of 500 carollers wash over you from 23-24 Dec in the largest Mass Carolling event organised on Orchard Road to date. On Christmas, the shopping street kicks into high gear with Christmas floats and a fashion show organised by cancer survivors.

Rejoice as retailers extend their festive warmth and spirit with promotions aplenty! Charge $200 to your VISA credit or debit card at participating malls in Orchard and you stand a chance to win shopping vouchers or receive exclusive promotions on luxury brand products. Shopping malls like ION Orchard, Paragon, [email protected], TANGS Orchard and The Centrepoint will also extend their festive opening hours, for shoppers who aren't quite ready for the day to end.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and lights as we celebrate Christmas in the tropics – right here in Singapore!


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