You’ve already seen some great spots around Singapore to help you get your Christmas groove on. Here are a few more!
SEE THE LIGHTS
The mall’s 107-foot tree is back with a pulsing light show that’s set to song, happening nightly from November 13 to Christmas day at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Pose with the tree from now until Christmas day, then like VivoCity’s Facebook page and upload your photo for a chance to win $30 Candylicious vouchers. Log on to the VivoCity website for a list of Christmas activities.
There are two light installations you cannot miss here. First, make a date on Friday or Saturday until January 3 at the Read Bridge in Clarke Quay for an interactive light show that pulsates when it detects pedestrian traffic along the bridge. Then, stroll down any of Singapore River’s three quays and you’ll spot rows of eight-metre-tall LED Christmas tree structures from Quayside at Robertson Quay to UOB Plaza at Boat Quay.
FIND YOUR TREE
Here’s where to go if you’re looking for dramatic 18-footer Noble firs that will impress. Not enough time to decorate? Prince’s will deck out your tree for a small fee, and will deliver, set up and dispose of your tree upon request with no extra charge. Prince’s decor specialists will also work with you to create a unique theme for your Christmas decorations at home. Easy peasy!
Not only does Island Landscape sell fresh firs right out of Oregon, USA, they’ve also got plenty of handy tips on their website on picking the right tree and caring for it afterwards. Besides lush trees ($135 and up), there are pots of poinsettias for sale, for $15 and up.
This is the East Coast branch of Far East Flora, so expect the same quality evergreens and delicious gift baskets.
DECOR THE HALLS
This crafter’s haven doesn’t just have Christmassy fabrics in various patterns and colours; you’ll also find handsome wreaths, light-up stars and trees, porcelain Santas, elegant ribbons and more. Prices are reasonable and the kids will love the DIY Christmas craft kits. (68 Orchard Rd #05-11/19)
From the super-cute ceramic Santas (in case you’ve ever wanted a Polish, Greek or African Santa figurine), glittery glass baubles and snowflake tree topper, to the adorable Nutcracker-themed porcelain plates, rugs and holiday-themed throw pillows, we love it all. You’ll need to make some tough decor decisions at this popular American import, so bring a friend for a little retail support.
If luxe and quirky is what you’re looking for, mumpreneur Andrea Groth’s got the answer at her smart boutique. Browse through ornaments and decorative accessories from Danish brand Maileg ($2.80 and up). It’s also a great place to tick off your kid’s holiday wishlist.
GET YOUR BRUNCH ON
Diners can expect live stations of fresh seasonal seafood and shellfish, premium charcuterie and foie gras, pasta and brunch favourites, plus a 360-degree view of Singapore. Christmas Day Brunch is priced at $140, inclusive of a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial or free-flow soft drinks. (Level 62, 1 Raffles Place)
Make merry with Christmas dishes like spiced orange roasted duck, gourmet sausages, lamb leg with herbs de provence and top it off with apple and brandied prune trifle and Christmas rum pudding with toffee sauce. Delish! $128 per person, inclusive of free flow wine, beer and champagne. (323 Alexandra Road)
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, December 2015