I was invited to the Orchard Road Christmas Light Up Switch On Ceremony 2 weeks ago at the ION Orchard outdoor Atrium. President Nathan is the Guest Of Honour for the event.
I think it’s almost a tradition for Orchard Road and Marina Bay to be decorated with beautiful lights during the festive season. This year’s theme is “A Christmas All Decked Out”. Orchard road is divided into 3 zone. Blue Zone starts from Tanglin Mall to Tangs, Orange Zone starts from Tangs to Heeren and Red Zone starts from Heeren to end of Orchard road. Personally, I prefer the Blue Zone. Marina Bay area is not left out of the celebration. The theme for Marina Bay this year is “A Glitzy Christmas by the Bay”. The light up this year is 3.7 km long and stetch acriss the Esplanade Drive.
The Orchard Road’s Best Dressed Building Contest, which was discontinued back in 2002, is back this year. The contest started back in 1984 as an initiative by STB to enthuse shopping mall along Orchard Road to contribute to the festive spirit by decorating their facades. The winner will be announced on 18 December. For more info, visit OrchardRoad.sg/Christmas
The best way to view the Christmas Light Up is the Open Top Buses. You can almost touch the lights. There will be lots of other events put in place to celebrate Christmas and New Year. This is one of the best time to visit Singapore.