Christmas Wonderland Celebrates a Decade of Wonder with a Bigger Fairground, more Light Displays and Carnival Rides
Ring in the festive cheer this December as Christmas Wonderland celebrates a decade of wonder as it returns to Gardens by the Bay from 1st December 2023 to 1st January 2024. Presented by Trip.com, the 10th edition of Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair features a supersized fairground with a sensational array of light displays, new carnival rides and more festive activities.
With more than 27,000 square metres to cover, this year’s enlarged fairground comprises three magical zones: Supertree Grove, Frosty’s Fairground at The Meadow, and Gingerbread Grove. Visitors can admire 13 stunning light displays, soak in the holiday cheer with a multi-sensory experience complete with ‘snow‘ in the tropics, hop onto new carnival rides, have a go at carnival games, meet Santa Claus, dine on festive fare, catch live performances by local artistes and lots more!
Taking centre stage at the heart of Supertree Grove is Christmas Wonderland’s main showpiece, the Spalliera. With a design inspired by Mesola Castle in north Italy’s province of Ferrara, this magnificent Italian handcrafted light display is lit by 103,000 bulbs and stands majestically at 20 metres tall – roughly the height of five double-decker buses. This year, visitors will be treated to the spellbinding experience of ‘snow’ in the tropics against the stunning backdrop of the Spalliera with the return of the highly popular Blizzard Time. The Garden Rhapsody light and sound show will also charm visitors with the lights on the surrounding Supertrees ‘dancing’ to Christmas classics.
Fresh from a magical voyage and docked at Christmas Wonderland for the holiday season is the Holly Roger ship with its crew of merry pirate elves. Illuminated by approximately 127,000 bulbs, this brand new 24-metre-long whimsical light display is a sight to behold. Having disembarked, Santa Claus is standing by to strike a pose for Instagram-worthy moments. With its kaleidoscopic installation of approximately 75,000 programmable LED lights strung across a 65-metre-long tunnel, this year’s edition of the Walk of Lights presented by CDG Zig is the longest ever. More new captivating light displays can be found at Merry Lane presented by Trip.com, with installations such as giant snowflakes and Santa’s boot that will make quirky backdrops for your outfit of the day (OOTD).
Get on board the Christmas Train to head over to Frosty’s Fairground at The Meadow, where visitors can have a go at more carnival games, such as Ring Toss, Fishy Fishy, and Blockbuster. Take a trip down memory lane and hop onto classic amusement rides by Uncle Ringo such as Bumper Cars, Carousel, Flying Dumbo and Hot Air Balloon. More fun awaits at LumiLand, an illuminated playground where there are enchantingly lit seesaws, swings, and LED fixtures for the little ones to enjoy. Visitors can also admire the light displays on the hillsides surrounding The Meadow.
Situated between Supertree Grove and Frosty’s Fairground is the newly created Gingerbread Grove, where visitors can delight their senses in a sweet experience. This quirky sugary-themed zone is a feast for the eyes with a vibrantly lit Gingerbread House set on a field of illuminated candy canes, as well as a pleasure for the palate with dessert stalls.
With twice the number of food outlets this year, visitors will be spoilt for choice with more treats than ever before. A multitude of festive fare featuring some of Singapore’s popular food and beverage establishments such as Burger & Lobster, Kebabs Faktory, and Sofnade will be available throughout the event ground. There are also festive tipples at a whimsical Christmas-cracker themed bar by Hendrick’s Gin and a Brewerkz craft beer bar featuring its festive Gingerbread Amber Lager. Diners will be able to get into the Christmas spirit with performances by local artistes at Elfresco. Visitors can also do their Christmas shopping with a wide selection of unique crafts and gift ideas by local entrepreneurs at Mistletoe Alley.
Blue Sky Events Director, Kevin Soh said: “It’s heartening to know that Christmas Wonderland has become a staple in Singapore’s year-end calendar, with visitors making it a tradition to visit annually to be wowed by light installations blending seamlessly amongst the Supertrees and enjoying the festive carnival-like atmosphere with their loved ones. With the support of Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Tourism Board, we have welcomed close to five million visitors locally and abroad since our debut in 2014. Alongside our presenting sponsor Trip.com, we welcome the challenge of trying to outdo ourselves to create a wonderful experience that will keep visitors coming back for more. As we celebrate a decade of wonder, we hope that our visitors enjoy what the team has in store, and look forward to continuing to spread festive joy in the years to come.”
“The strong support from Singaporeans has enabled us to celebrate 10 years of Christmas Wonderland. What started as a small festive market has today become a must-visit holiday tradition for many local families and even our foreign friends. With ‘Poinsettia Wishes‘ capping off our floral displays for the year, and our inaugural ‘Celebrate YOUth!: Electric Garden’ music festival with free performances by local artistes and community groups, visitors can look forward to a memorable year-end visit to the Gardens,” said Felix Loh, Chief Executive Officer of Gardens by the Bay.
Tickets to Christmas Wonderland are available at christmaswonderland.sg and exclusive ticketing partner Trip.com. Tickets are priced from S$8 for adults and S$6 for children (3 to 12 years old). Separate charges apply for OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory, Floral Fantasy and Gardens by the Bay conservatories. Tickets are also available on Klook.
Visitors can choose from four daily sessions starting from 6.30pm, as well as themed nights such as Pets’ Night, where they will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Christmas Wonderland and enjoy an exclusive programme for their beloved fur kids.
10 things to check out at Christmas Wonderland
Intricately handmade by Italian craftsmen, Christmas Wonderland’s magnificent Spalliera takes centre stage at every edition of the event. This year’s Spalliera is lit by 103,000 bulbs. It stands majestically at 20 metres tall with a design inspired by Mesola Castle in north Italy’s province of Ferrara.
One of the properties of an ancient and noble Italian family, Mesola Castle is unique for its four towers that are positioned at 45 degrees to the main building, giving the castle a distinct architectural shape. This feature is replicated in the design of the Spalliera.
GARDEN RHAPSODY & BLIZZARD TIME
Against the backdrop of the Spalliera, visitors will be spellbound during the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, as the lights on the iconic Supertrees ‘dance’ to favourite Christmas classics. This will be followed by Blizzard Time with a wonderful experience of ‘snow’ in the tropics.
Daily shows at 7.45pm, 8.45pm, and 9.35pm.
For more information, visit Where to See Snow in Singapore.
WALK OF LIGHTS
This year’s Walk of Lights presented by CDG Zig, lit by 75,000 bulbs, is the longest yet at 65 metres. Be mesmerised by the myriad of colours from its programmable LED lights and be sure to have your camera ready for those IG-worthy shots.
In addition to the Spalliera and Walk of Lights, be charmed by the dazzling light displays at Merry Lane presented by Trip.com, Frosty’s Fairground, and Gingerbread Grove.
New this year, say a-ho-ho-hoy to the crew of pirate elves onboard the 24-metre-long Holly Roger ship, before it sails off on its magical voyage! Illuminated by approximately 127,000 lights, this Christmas vessel is a sight to behold.
Father Christmas is standing by to find out if you have been naughty or nice this year. Be sure to take a photo with him before he heads off to deliver presents! For more information, visit Meet & Greet Year-end Holiday.
Soak up the Christmas spirit and feast on delectable fare. Featuring a variety of cuisine curated by some of Singapore’s popular food and beverage establishments, such as Burger & Lobster, Kebabs Faktory, and Sofnade there is something for everyone with 18 food and beverage outlets at the Supertree Grove and Frosty’s Fairground. There are also festive tipples at a whimsical Christmas-cracker themed bar by Hendrick’s Gin and a Brewerkz craft beer bar featuring its festive Gingerbread Amber Lager.
Set amidst an atmosphere of festive lights and enchanting decorations, Mistletoe Alley features an eclectic selection of festive huts, perfect for helping you search for your next Christmas gift!
CARNIVAL RIDES AT FROSTY’S FAIRGROUND
Head over to Frosty’s Fairground at The Meadow, where you can hop onto five amusement rides (Bumper Cars, Flying Dumbo, Hot Air Balloon, Carousel, and Christmas Train), have a go at carnival games, indulge in festive dining, marvel at light displays, as well as enjoy a fun time at the charming illuminated playground, Lumiland!
Rides start from S$8.
Admission to LumiLand is free.
Put your skills to the test and have tonnes of fun at carnival games such as Ring Toss, Fishy Fishy, and Blockbuster located at Supertree Grove and Frosty’s Fairground. You might even get to take home a prize!
Each game starts from S$6.
FESTIVE ENTERTAINMENT & PETS’ NIGHT
Get into the Christmas spirit and ring in the festive cheer at Elfresco with performances by local artistes. You can also bring along your beloved fur kids to enjoy Christmas Wonderland on Pets’ Night on 5 and 12 December 2023.
Photos credit: Christmas Wonderland & TNAP.
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