With Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development & Second Minister for Finance officiating the opening, Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair Christmas Wonderland 2016 at Gardens by the Bay officially opens its doors to visitors. With an area expanded to 57,000 sqm from last year’s 35,000sqm, Kenneth Wong squeezes in with the rest of the crowd to share what event goers to the third edition of Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay can expect.
As with last year, do bring your wallets (with cash of course) along as there are nice little huts selling Christmas themed items for the office gift exchange or to add the Christmas feel to your place. Those looking to fill their stomachs with some festive joy will also be pleased to know that participating F&B stores will not only cater to your taste buds but also offer Christmas themed dishes. The Ice Palace returns again this year with an alpine-themed cottage that serves seasonal treats, a skating ring, a snow playground and my personal favourite, the 25m ice slide where you and your child (children under 0.9m must be accompanied by an adult) can go zooming down in a raft.
If the Ice Palace is not enough fun since we don’t get nice ice cold weather and the related activities here in Singapore, event goers can head on over to the various carnival stalls and games all around the place. From bumper cars to a bug car ride to more games like Ring Toss and Hi Striker, there is something for everyone to try their hands at winning cool Disney prizes such as soft toys in the shape of Nemo, Dory and the Mouse himself. Just remember to bring more money to purchase game tokens for these.
For those that want to just soak in the Christmas atmosphere, Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is also the place to be with its nice lawns to spread out and chill while the local school choirs presents their rendition of popular Christmas Carols at the Cassa Armonica gazebo. There will also be performances by various Singers, Songwriters and Bands, so it is never going to be a quiet moment there.
The main highlight (at least for me) this year is something that I am sure everyone is looking forward to, the Luminarie light sculptures that are nestled across the entire event area. From the minute you walk in via the visitor centre of Gardens by the Bay to the Spalliera Castel del Monte where visitors can experience “snow fall”, these are not to be missed. Just take note that it can get really crowded especially at the Spalliera Castel del Monte so do watch out for your kids as there were announcements of missing children heard.
The main question probably on the minds of many this year for Christmas Wonderland 2016 at Gardens by the Bay is if the entry free is really required. Well to be honest the fee is not high starting at $4 till 8th December and increasing to a maximum of $8 towards the Christmas Period and New Year’s Day. The only thing to take note is that to truly experience and enjoy the whole event, do consider getting the slots at night as that’s when it really feels (or at least close to) like Christmas. Do also remember to bring your umbrellas as December in Singapore is also rainy season.
For more information, do head over to http://www.christmaswonderland.sg/ where you can get your tickets.
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