Singapore embraces Christmas with stunning light and decorative displays, family feasts and exciting shopping.
What: It may be hot in Singapore on Christmas day but the country still puts on a wintery show of lights, food and presents. Originally, Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and it is common to share big meals with friends and family, sing Christmas songs, attend church services and to exchange gifts and cards.
When: Held annually on December 25.
Customs: While Singapore is a country with many different religions, Christianity is one of the larger groups in the population so they certainly get into the swing of Christmas. You’ll see festive lights, fake snow and restaurants will have special Christmas menus. Exchanging Christmas gifts is still a common custom, as is having a turkey – although you may find it seasoned with asian spices! Shopping is a huge part of the Christmas celebration in Singapore and many stores decorate their windows in winter themes.
Highlights: Orchard Road is famous for its Christmas lights and its fantastic shopping. The whole stretch of shops take on the Christmas theme with beautiful winter scenes in the windows, glittering lights hanging off archways and winding around trees, plus photo-worthy fairytale castles, reindeer and life size toys.
Travel: Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year in Singapore so expect airports, public transport and accommodation to be booked up early. Christmas Day is a public holiday for all and also falls during school holidays so people of all ages come out to join in the celebrations. However, unlike most western countries during Christmas, shopping centres and restaurants stay open. Although, if you’d like to dine out it’s best to make a reservation in advance.