It’s the holiday season – the season to relax on the last leg of the year, the season of giving, and the season to be jolly. It’s the best time of the year to be in Singapore, so don’t book your tickets elsewhere! Festive music is playing everywhere, and even random strangers on the street are jollier than usual, as they finally unwind after a hectic year.
Plus, Christmas is the best time to visit Gardens by the Bay – the Merry Medley floral display is a stunning spectacle, recreating the most beautiful wintery Christmas in tropical Singapore, there are Christmas gifts for everyone, and you can escape from the humidity in the dome’s constant 23-25°C.
Merry Medley is running from now till 5th January 2017, and here are 4 reasons it’s looking to be Singapore’s best Christmas attraction this year:
When we think of Christmas, we think cool weather, coniferous trees, and radiant Christmas lights. Flower Dome is also packed with a myriad of Christmas flowers, so bring your cameras:
You’re going to feel like you’re in Europe – the fresh evergreen scents from the coniferous display, the charming yuletide scenes, and the illuminating lights are bound to get you smiling from ear to ear as you explore the dome.
While the average Singaporean Christmas involves the regular Christmas trees and carols, it’s a little different in Flower Dome. There are ballerinas spinning in giant snow globes, bands of moving toy soldiers, an 8-meter high Christmas tree, and a Baroque Christmas Tower.
Stay till night falls, and you’ll see Flower Dome take on a magical glow as the Luminarie light sculptures shine their radiance within the dome.
Orchard Road’s Annual Christmas Light Up has nothing on this. The lights here are magical, illuminating the dome when the sun goes down.
You’ll get to see this:
Transform into this:
In Cinderella-esque fashion, Gardens by the Bay transforms from floral paradise in the day to Christmas magic in the night. The temperatures in the Dome can go down to 23 degrees when dusk sets, and coupled with stunning Luminarie light sculptures against the night, it’s a treat for your senses.
Local residents with Christmas Wonderland tickets will enjoy $4 off local admission rate for Double Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. Simply flash your Christmas Wonderland ticket at Gardens by the Bay’s ticketing counters to get your discount. This promotion lasts till 5 January 2017!
Gardens by the Bay is also holding November giveaways, so find out how to get free stuff like snow globes and Caffébene vouchers here.
And of course, to set the mood in your Uber ride with Mariah Carey’s latest Christmas album (again), you’ll need Spotify Premium. Purchase a pair Double Conservatories tickets online and get a code for a 3-month long Spotify Premium for free*. We did say it was the season of giving.
*Limited quantities available.
Travelling with large groups can be a hassle, but there’s a simple solution – Gardens by the Bay is collaborating with Uber to provide $15 off to all first time riders. Just use the code “GARDENSBYTHEBAY”.
*The promotion is valid from now till 5 Jan 2017.
Visit Merry Medley, post a picture on Instagram, hashtag it #ChristmasAtGardensByTheBay, and you might find yourself celebrating a white Christmas with your other half in Hokkaido. Besides being a romantic spot for couples, Hokkaido’s like a town from a fairytale happened in real life.
Watch your breath crystallise before your eyes and snuggle up to a fireplace in the evenings for a surreal Christmas experience.
Here’s how you can win tickets to Hokkaido:
Take a picture around Gardens by the Bay, upload it to Facebook or Instagram, and hashtag #christmasatgardensbythebay.
The contest will be open to the public, starting 11th Nov to 30th Nov. Make sure that your IG account and Facebook post are set to public. Employees of Gardens by the Bay and The Smart Local, media and creative agencies, vendors are not eligible to enter the contest.
Tip: Taking pictures in Flower Dome gets you double chances at winning grand prizes.
Christmas is the time to spend with your loved ones, cuddle in the cool Flower Dome, and take lots of photos as memory markers of the joy we’ve had during the holiday season. Take a quick break from Singapore’s weather, and make a quick escapade to Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.
Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT station (CE1/DT16), via Circle or Downtown Line), take Exit B and follow the underground linkway.You can follow the signages and walk to Flower Dome from there, or take a shuttle straight to the Flower Dome for $3.
For parking information, click here.
This post (and early Christmas presents) was brought to you by Gardens by the Bay.
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