Biggest, Brightest and Most Magical Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Get ready for a spectacular treat as the fourth edition of Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest annual yuletide fair, returns with bigger, brighter and more magical experiences. Organised by Blue Sky Events and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Christmas Wonderland will be held from 1 to 26 December, from 4pm to 11pm daily.
Date: 1 to 26 December 2017
Time: 4pm – 11pm
Venue: Gardens By The Bay
Visitors can skate under the stars, discover the joy of Christmas with one of Asia’s biggest Santa’s Grotto, be wowed by the Asian debut of the highly acclaimed Circus Abyssinia from Ethiopia, savour a tantalising festive spread by award-winning restaurants and be awed by Southeast Asia’s tallest Italian luminarie light sculpture at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay.
“Blue Sky Events has pulled out all the stops to present a bigger, brighter and the most magical festive playground with epic multi-sensory experiences. Crowd favourites have been upsized and we’ve introduced a wider variety of attractions from all over the world for the whole family to enjoy this year-end,” said Ms Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events.
Admission to Christmas Wonderland starts from S$4, providing access to a myriad of attractions across the 57,000sqm fairground. Tickets can be purchased online starting today, or at the event. Each paying adult can bring in up to three children under 0.9m free of charge. A child above 0.9m requires a ticket.
Additional charges for some attractions within the event grounds apply.
New Carnival Attractions
For the first time, visitors can skate under the stars at the fair’s first-ever outdoor skating rink at The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Specially brought in from Switzerland, the 240sqm outdoor synthetic skating rink is Singapore’s biggest and will be framed by stunning luminarie light sculptures, providing the backdrop for one-of-a-kind Instagram-worthy pictures.
The rhythms of Africa arrive at Christmas Wonderland for the Asian premiere of an irresistible, jaw-dropping circus spectacular. The highly-acclaimed Circus Abyssinia – dubbed “pure circus gold” by The Scotsman and praised as “an incredible spectacle of circus” by Broadway Baby – was a sell-out, smash hit of this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Circus Abyssinia Present Ethiopian Dreams promises to enthrall with a mix of gravity-defying stunts, astounding skills and enchanting adventure. Circus Abyssinia Present Ethiopian Dreams will be performed at The Meadow on Tuesdays to Sundays and on Christmas Day.
Step into one of Asia’s largest Santa’s Grotto, where kids and the young-at-heart can meet Santa Claus. The free attraction, open to all ticketholders, boasts flying life-sized reindeers amid a starry nightscape, photo installations, an Alpine House decked in pinewood, a sled and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. All Santa’s Grotto visitors will receive a lucky draw ticket, with over 100 prizes given away daily. Prizes include free carnival rides and games, Circus Abyssinia tickets as well as food and beverage vouchers. All lucky draw ticketholders will stand a chance to win a Grand Prize of a trip for two to Lapland, Finland.
This year, visitors will also see an enhanced and expanded dining experience with the addition of SAVOUR: Christmas Wonderland. Curated by Savour Events – the team behind Singapore’s premiere gourmet food festival brand SAVOUR – this special edition will feature celebrity chefs from award-winning restaurants such as Shoukouwa (2 Michelin Stars), Saint Pierre (1 Michelin Star) and Monti at Fullerton Pavilion offering dishes starting from as low as S$6. Gourmet food and wine lovers can also sample wines from around the world by at a specially-curated Wine Market. Please refer to SAVOUR’s website for more information.
Traditional Christmas Wonderland favourites return bigger and brighter
Back with brand new designs, the magnificent luminarie sculptures of light handcrafted from Italy will once again transform the fairground into a luminous wonderland. 252,000 multi-hued bulbs will light up over 70 luminarie sculptures, featuring the perennial favourite, the Spalliera – Southeast Asia’s tallest luminarie as well as for the first time a 13m-tall Christmas ‘tree’.
The Spalliera will continue to host the hugely-popular Blizzard Time, where visitors can experience ‘snow’ in the tropics daily. The Blizzard Time has been increased from three to five sessions daily to cater to overwhelming demand. Visitors can also relax at the lawn as melodious choral performers belt out Christmas carols at the Cassa Armonica.
With twice the number of carnival rides – the most at Christmas Wonderland – there’s even more reasons for families with young children to play to their hearts’ content. Eight carnival attractions await little ones with traditional favourites such as a carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars, tea cups and a Christmas train within the fairground. The traditional carnival games return where visitors can step right up to pit their skills at any of the 11 stalls, including Ring Toss, Pyramid Smash, Lobster Pot and Milk Can Toss.
Visitors can also dine and shop for unique trinkets at the European-style Festive Market at the Supertree Grove. Vendors include BOLD&CRAFT, The Raclette Factory and Propupstore. More vendor details will be released at a later date.
The Supertree Grove is also home to a special edition of Garden Rhapsody, where visitors can sing along to popular festive tunes and be charmed by the delightful light show at the Supertrees.
A bundled ticket option that covers entry to both Christmas Wonderland and Gardens by the Bay’s conservatories at a discounted rate can be purchased online starting today. On-site sales for the bundled ticket option will start from 1 December for the purchase of actual-day bundled tickets.
This Christmas season, the Flower Dome will showcase the Poinsettia Wishes floral display from 10 November to 8 January next year. Visitors will get to experience Nordic yuletide elements and enjoy plants of the season like poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas trees. Please refer to the “Poinsettia Wishes” factsheet for more information.
For more information on and to book tickets for Christmas Wonderland, visit here.
Photos credit: Christmas Wonderland