Christmas across the world: Singapore

Amanda Goh writes about her experiences of Christmas in Singapore.

Amanda Goh
5th December 2019
Have you ever spent Christmas on a tropical island? It is far different than spending Christmas in the UK. Well firstly, snow is not a thing. Considering the population of Christians are not the majority, Singapore celebrates Christmas in a surprisingly 'big' way.

Singapore's biggest shopping street, Orchard Road, gets a literal glow-up every year around Christmas time. The 1.5km shopping stretch gets filled with Christmas lights and decorations from huge sparkly Christmas trees to fairy lights hanging over your heads as you walk down the road. If this doesn't scream Christmas, I don't know what will.

During Christmas, the annual Christmas Winter Wonderland event returns to Singapore. Similar to Lumiere, Gardens by the Bay gets filled with enchanting decorations and carnival games. While there is an entrance fee to get in, it is well worth the money since many of Christmas Wonderland’s best attractions are free. If you can ignore the humidity, its is definitely something worth looking at.

Christmas day is spent pretty similarly to Westerners. Midnight church services are available on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day. After the service we would feast like kings with Turkey and cake with our families. Christmas in Singapore is usually spent with family and loved ones.

 It’s a religious celebration like any other, regardless of religious beliefs, and everyone gets to take part in the fun of frolicking in fake snow, Santa suits and of course, Christmas presents!

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