Being here reminds me for those last 2 christmases I spent in Europe. Thank goodness it isn’t chilly right here! Those winter chills always get into my bones. And here, the Christmas winter atmosphere and ambiance wraps around me like a thick woolen jacket. It might be a little too warm right here but the night breeze brings down the temperature by a little. The only thing that is missing is the smell of cinnamon! But at least, there’s churros!
Now there’s every reason to stay here in Singapore because of the lightings, food, people and shopping. And as for me, I am happy spending this Christmas with my family and my other half right here in Singapore.
I didn’t expect much from yuletide fair at Gardens By the Bay as I thought it is probably just a christmas fair with food stalls. But I was wrong! There’s game stalls, traditional rides like carousel and an ice skating ring. It is exactly like what those European-style christmas market would have.
Christmas carols by school choirs and performances by local music bands. It would be a nice place to perform at. Oh and don’t miss the blizzard time where ‘snow’ will be spewing from a gigantic machine!
And there were also several photo booths at near the Supertree Groves. Do check this exceptionally huge photo booth where you can a picture of yourself in the sleigh!
Trick art? Ha!
The most stunning attraction at Christmas Wonderland which I find it even more gorgeous than a Christmas tree is the luminarie light sculptures. These are handmade by Italian craftsmen using white-wood from the south of Italy and these enchating sculptures are reminiscent of the medieval period.
There are plenty of entertainment for kids and this yuletide fair brings me nostalgia as I recall back those days where I visit those night markets found in the neighborhoods. Remember those pasa malam days back then?
I had a ride on the carousel, riding on my prince charming’s horse. It gallops pretty fast.
While you are spending your evening there, don’t forget to catch the garden rhapsody at 7.45pm and 8.45pm which happens every evening where the Supergrove trees will sparkle against the dark sky, like Christmas trees. These are our so-called Singapore Solar-powered Christmas trees!
The garden rhapsody had just started when we are having our dinner at Culina. Talking about food, there is an ornate restaurant featuring their own festive menu called Spiegeltent, managed by Singapore’s well-established bar and dining chain, Harry’s.
We had champagne, some salad, sandwich and apple tart for dessert. After our meal, we headed to the game stalls in hope to win a plushie back! There are game stalls like Extreme Basketball, Can Smash and Roll-a-ball but it all looked really challenging. Any game master here? I might need some help there.
The christmas fun doesn’t just stop here as we headed to Helter Skelter and had a rather thrilling experience on Singapore’s tallest slide (quite literally). We had to sit on a thick rug-looking haversack with the sweaters they provided us, and slide our way down from heaven to the earth. (Okay, it isn’t that high, really.)
The night is still young and before our energy tanks got depleted, we decided to head over to Ice palace to ice skate. As adults, we didn’t really want to try at first as the ice skating rink was filled with youthful kiddy faces. I mean, skating among kiddos? Well, we went ahead anyway and it was SOOO fun! Maybe because it was my first time skating on ice.
Remember to bring a pair of socks and gloves if you are planning to do ice-skating here otherwise you could always purchase them there. I wasn’t wearing any socks so I had to fork out extra $2 for the socks but it was SO worth it!
Do reserve a slot while you are there and each session lasts for about 30 minutes.
I spent 90% hanging out at the borders of the skating ring while the kids skated like a pro on ice, like a ball bouncing off the edges of the pool table. Oh yeah and I fell down once on my butt! I swear my butt went frozen for a couple of seconds.
Carousel ride? Done. Carnival game, helter-skelter slide and ice skating? All done. I’ve never felt so accomplished before. It is like going on a mission to a foreign country.
I did not expect to have such a joyful time here at Christmas Wonderland and I really think you should shut down you computer screen and make a trip to this magical place before the thrill ends!
Christmas Wonderland begins from 28 November 2015 to 3 January 2016. Admission is FREE.
Opens from 4pm to 11pm daily.
Ice Skating Rink: $14 per child/adult (inclusive of skates)
Vintage Carousel: S$10 per ride
Helter Skelter : $8 per ride