Time for the annual festive season celebration! Gardens by the Bay has transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, creating a magnificent light visual for visitors to have a fun, memorable and delightful Christmas celebration with their family and friends in this December.
Hence today I am going to share with you the 18 interesting things to see and play at the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. The Christmas Wonderland will be opening from 27 November 2015 to 3 January 2016, from 4pm to 12am daily. Admission is FREE!
1. Helter Skelter Slide
Never before seen in Singapore, let your child play merrily on the Helter Skelter, another iconic attraction in Christmas fairs around Europe. The word Helter-Skelter literarily means ‘hurried and confused’, ‘in haste’ or ‘disorderly’ and the lighthouse-like structure with a high spiral slide offers you more-or-less the same experience. Climb up the insides of the 14-metre high tower amidst darkness and with cracks of lights penetrating through the gaps in the outer spiral wall. Having reached the top, be greeted with a majestic view over the Fairground, before spiraling back down.
Dine in an exquisite assembly of the century-old travelling ‘Mirror Tent’ from the Netherlands. The ornate century-old Spiegeltent or “Mirror Tent” is a large travelling tent constructed of wood and canvas complete with brocade draperies, stained glass and beautifully hand carved artwork. This 6-metre high and 18-metre wide tent comes in 1000 pieces, which are expertly assembled in just 2 days! Originally built in the late 19th and early 20th century, only a handful of them remain in existence and are used as a feature attraction at various festivals around the world.
Festive Market at Supertree Grove welcomes Culina to experience at Christmas Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay. Visitors can stock up on artisanal jams, festive goodies, wines and champagne at the retail section or immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere in Culina’s thoughtfully decorated hut and enjoy freshly shucked oysters, specially curated charcuterie plate, cheese platter and more.
4. Festive Market at Supertree Grove
Start your unique Christmas gifts shopping such as Luminarie souvenirs, crafts, boutique goods and vintage finds at Gardens by the Bay! Weave your way around the Supertree Grove, where the charming European-style Festive Market will feature a collection of 19 specially designed wooden huts adapted from renowned Christmas markets throughout Europe, such as those in Hyde Park in London and the Avenue des Champs-élysées in Paris.
5. Vintage Carousel
What’s a Christmas fairground without the vintage Carousel! The Carousel has become an ultimate fairground icon that is as recognisable today as it was in Victorian times. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the British fairground was the most fantastic cocktail of cutting-edge engineering; the flair of the artist, the skill of the carver and the achievements of European organ builders – and the Carousel was at the heart of this, with all the elements coming together. Each ride cost at S$10.
6. Carnival Games at The Fairground
Challenge your family and friends in a good game of chance and skills, including Extreme Basketball, Can Smash 1 and Roll-a-ball at the Carnival Game stalls located at the Fairground (near The Meadow). You might just walk away with attractive prizes including toys from your favourite Disney and Warner Brother characters, such as Baymax, Minions, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Drake the Dragon, Paddles the Duck and many more.
7. Ice Palace
The Ice Palace makes its debut at the festival this year. Visitors can make snow angels at the Snow Playground or experience ice skating in the tropics.
Re-energize yourself and indulge with Brewerkz as they will be serving exclusive Christmas Turkey Burger and Santa Pulled Pork Roll at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay in this Festive season.
9. Christmas Toyland
A brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display blooms in the coolness of the Flower Dome. This year, toys reign supreme amidst yuletide floral favourites like the poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly. Towering over the enchanting floral display is the centerpiece of Christmas Toyland – an 11-metre tall Christmas Pyramid decked with toys. This multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel will transform into a ‘live’ stage, hosting a series of festive performances for the very first time in the Flower Field.
10. Christmas Wonderland Tokens
This is the key to kick off your carnival games at Christmas Wonderland. Each token cost at S$2 and can be purchased at the token counter around Gardens by The Bay.
11. Carnival Games Toys
Eyeing on your favourite Disney and Warner Brother Characters? Play and win those attractive prizes including Baymax, Minions, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Drake the Dragon, Paddles the Duck and many more.
12. Janice Wong
Creative confections are displayed through edible installations that resemble both an art gallery and a fashion boutique. Sweets include multicoloured lollipops, chocolate bon bon, bottles, mochis, pop cakes and Christmas specials designed for Christmas Wonderland.
13. Dining under the Romantic Moonlight
Purchase your meal and start dining with your friends or loved ones under the romantic moonlight located at the Supertree Grove. Alternative you may want to drink your foods for dining too.
Revel in the wonder of ‘snow’ in the tropics with the nightly Blizzard Time set to enthrall all ages at the Spalliera. Also adding to the snowfall line-up this year is the new Fun with Bubbles, located at The Fairground. Be sure to join in the snowy fray and witness the fluffy little flakes or soapy bubbles floating in the air during the two snowfall shows – a beautiful backdrop for family photo memories.
15. Luminarie Light Sculptures
Lending a festive air to the Gardens, the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures, delicately handmade by Italian skilled craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy, will feature an all-new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period. As many as 56 enchanting sculptures – the tallest towering over 20 metres – will nestle amidst the greenery within the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Flower Dome.
16. Garden Rhapsody with Christmas Theme Songs
Be part and sing along with the Christmas themed song, the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay come to life in a spectacular light and sound show. Soak in the beautiful experience of lights dancing in the daily shows.
17. Tiger’s Milk
Tired of Tiger Beer? Why not try out the Tiger’s Milk! Let Tiger’s Milk take you on a flavourful adventure this wonderful Christmas with Tiger’s Milk, Singapore’s very first Peruvian-inspired rooftop bar!
18. AIA TrickArt
Visit the AIA TrickArt and let your imagination run wild with the original 3D optical mirror-illusion! Snap a picture at the AIA TrickArt with your family and friends, and use the photos as personalised Christmas e-greetings for this festive season!
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