Fam­ily fun down south

Christ­mas comes alive at Sin­ga­pore’s Or­chard Road.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel - By MAVIS TEO star2­[email protected]­tar.com.my

OR­chaRD Road in sin­ga­pore is peren­ni­ally crowded, but it is still the place to be if you’re in town. It’s also kid-friendly, and there’s a happy buzz dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, thanks to the christ­mas lights.

Take a cou­ple of days off and visit the is­land for a quick city get­away over the christ­mas break. You won’t be sorry.

Lights are on for ev­ery­one

The city’s christ­mas light-up along the 2.88km stretch in Or­chard Road is an an­nual event ev­ery­one looks for­ward to. That’s es­pe­cially true for this year, with a spe­cial Dis­ney edi­tion of the event. ex­pect to see clas­sic char­ac­ters like Mickey Mouse, as well as newer but wildly pop­u­lar princesses like elsa from Frozen. also mak­ing ap­pear­ances are well-loved Dis­ney/ Pixar char­ac­ters, such as Toy

Story’s Woody.

Find them in four spe­cial zones along the shop­ping belt, and pre­pare to be daz­zled.

“Dis­ney Mag­i­cal Mo­ments” runs un­til Jan 1 next year. en­joy the lights from Tan­glin Mall to Plaza sin­ga­pura.

Christ­mas Vil­lage for com­mu­nity spirit

spread good cheer in a car­ni­val-like set­ting at the christ­mas Vil­lage, set in the main square in front of land­mark mall ngee ann city. amuse­ment rides, in­clud­ing a du­plex horse carousel, are a draw for kids, and make a great back­drop for hol­i­day fam­ily self­ies.

arts and crafts ac­tiv­i­ties for kids also take place at var­i­ous times. Vis­i­tors who be­lieve in santa claus may see Father christ­mas at the santa house. Meet and Greet ses­sions run be­tween 7pm and 9m every Fri­day and satur­day un­til Dec 26.

adding to the vibe are eight food op­er­a­tors who of­fer up street fare, from bar­beque chicken wings to mee goreng, and hip­ster-friendly treats like mala and salted egg fries.

lo­cal live bands will belt out christ­mas jin­gles and sea­sonal favourites on some evenings, pro­vid­ing a sound­track while you eat, drink and revel.

The christ­mas Vil­lage runs un­til Dec 26. The In­sta­gram-wor­thy Merli the Mer­lion, sin­ga­pore Tourism Board’s mas­cot, will also be mak­ing spe­cial ap­pear­ances from time to time.

Shop till you drop

While you’re here, you must in­dulge in an­other favourite sin­ga­porean pas­time – shop­ping. Pop­u­lar brands like Uniqlo and Oppo have set up pop-up stores on the walk­way just out­side the christ­mas Vil­lage.

There, you’ll find spe­cial in­ter­ac­tive shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences, photo booths and more.

Dur­ing se­lected timings on week­ends, there will be “snow” at the haa­gen-Dazs Fes­tive Pop-Up store. Take a photo with a friend and share it on so­cial me­dia for a free scoop of ice-cream.

The pop-up stores will run till Dec 31.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit vis­itsin­ga­pore.com/.

scoot (fly­scoot.com) flies di­rect from Kuala lumpur to sin­ga­pore at least once a day, and di­rect from Kuan­tan (Pa­hang) to sin­ga­pore three times a week.

Christ­mas light-up on busy Or­chard Road in Sin­ga­pore. — Pho­tos: Or­chard Road Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion

Take a pic­ture with Ariel aka The Lit­tle Mer­maid.

Hope on a train at the Christ­mas Vil­lage.

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