Hi - my girlfriend and I will be in Singapore on Christmas Day and don't fancy the idea of this passing in a faceless business hotel. Does anyone have any tips for a place to stay (hostel) with a good atmosphere where they may be organising some christmassy stuff? Thanks, mark
#1 mgvarley has been a member since 4/11/2007. Posts: 1
i will also be in singapore over christmas and want to make sure that everything will be open as normal, for example the night zoo as will only be there from 24th to 27th (although i leave early on the 27th). i amsume everything will as singapore is mainly as buddhism and taoism country but am aware that a small persentage do practive cristianty.
#2 phili has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 15
#1: just head out? main shopping belt = decorations & lights, restaurants = Christmas dinner specials, malls = Christmas sales, supermarkets = turkeys, clubs etc = Christmas-themed parties. all very commercialised ;)
#2: everything will be open, it's the big fat money-making season of the year!
There's loads of Christians in Singapore (both expat and Chinese).
Everything will be open, but expect it to be busy. Christmas Day is a public holiday here so families will be out in full force shopping, eating, at the zoo, etc.
A lot of nice hotels in Singapore do fancy Christmas champagne lunches and suppers. They're not cheap though!
Also, Orchard Rd. will be all lit up. Even if you're not in the mood to shop, it's a romantic place to go for a stroll. "Tanglin Mall" on Orchard usually makes some fake snow :)
Yes Tanglin Mall is a nice place ... but last year the recession seemed to have hit them - no fake snow :(
The lighting up of Orchard Road is pretty cool ... but expect it to be crowded.
That aside, expect caroling on the streets with many other performers along Orchard Road, that is if you are willing to live with the crowd to soak up the atmosphere.
#5 pillz has been a member since 8/6/2009. Posts: 7
Singapore is christmas overload. Everything is decorated with many malls putting on shows etc, they all have trees each bigger and better than the last. Last year Orchard road was closed off on christmas night with a street party. They have a bus that tours the christmas lights. There were groups dotted all along doing various christmassy things, carols in English Chinese and Filipino shops are all open too till late. And yes it was packed- people everywhere!!
#6 palusami has been a member since 2/10/2009. Posts: 4
Christmas Light Up on Orchard is in full swing.... tourists can stop by the Tourist Centre for a free ticket for the Xmas lights bus tour.
Tanglin Mall is doing the fake bubble snow thing at night between 7 and 9 PM.
Reminds me of all the shopping adventure of my wife, a pain in my wallet. Spend some time in zoo, would be great.
#10 hasherjoe34 has been a member since 20/11/2009. Posts: 11