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Christmas Light-up

The Christmas Light-up at Orchard Road is a must-see highlight of the end-of-year festive season every year. 


The festive lights go up between mid to late November till New Year's Day. Weekends are when Orchard Road is most alive with buskers and carolers, which adds to the atmosphere. However, if you simply want to enjoy the light-up, it is best to visit on weeknights. 

Christmas floats go up in the week leading up to Christmas. In the evenings, do catch the numerous music and drama performances put up by local and foreign church groups out in force! On 

The Christmas Day Grand Concert takes place from 7 to 11pm with performances and spontaneous caroling. You can also take the opportunity to have a portrait taken with the intricately designed Christmas floats parked along Orchard Road. 

How Best to Enjoy the Light-up

On foot! Walking the length of Orchard Road and popping in and out of shopping malls is the best way. Numerous photo opportunity abound as shopping malls compete for the best-dressed building award! 

Alternatively, if you are a tourist, you may want to ride an open-top bus that brings you that much closer to the dazzling Orchard Road light-up. As the bus plies the Marina Bay area too, you will be treated to the spectacular sight of the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort light-up. For information on open-top bus tickets and redemption offers, you can visit the Singapore Visitors' Centres at Changi Airport or at ION Orchard shopping mall along Orchard Road. 

Other Notable Places with End of Year Festivities

1) Clarke Quay

There will be weekend Christmas Bazaars that in the evenings as well as street performances from 8 to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. These activities last till 25 December. 

2) Singapore Night Safari 

Take the Christmas Safari Adventurer Tour for an educational and memorable time! You will be accompanied by a personal guide on a buggy and experience all that the Night Safari has to offer. In addition, there will also be a Christmas buffet spread and souvenirs too! 


The shopping malls open till late (11pm to midnight) in the weeks leading to Christmas. MRT trains and public buses thus operate till as late as 1am. Should you plan on hanging out till the wee hours of the morning, taxis are readily available at taxi stands along Orchard Road.