Grassroots with passion
Catch the Lights at Orchard Road Orchard Road – the place to be at this time of the year! It's every shutterbug’s dream come true at Orchard Road. From Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura, the great street measures some three km long ablaze with a blinding enchantment of blue, turquoise and sapphire. Look out for the winner of the coveted Best Dressed Building award. Participating buildings include Forum The Shopping Mall, ION Orchard, Orchard Central, orchardgateway, Paragon, Plaza Singapura, Tanglin Mall, TANGS at Tang Plaza, The Centrepoint and Wheelock Place. Be sure to whip out your camera for the likes of giant bows and fairy-tale castles, reindeer sleighs and nutcracker soldiers. Soak up the Christmas cheer with street performances that present themselves as part of an enchanting carnival. While you make a beeline for the Christmas discounts do drop by to feel the “snow” at Tanglin Mall boasting a wintry wonderland and go ooh and ahh at the humongous Christmas trees that at Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.
Trip down to our historical churches to appreciate the colonial architecture and explore the diversity of the country’s Christian population.
Begin with Singapore’s oldest, the Armenian Church of St Gregory the Illuminator to take in the sights of this elegant white building, a masterpiece of renowned architect George Coleman. Don't miss the tombstone at the well-manicured gardens, that of horticulturalist creator Agnes Joaquim. Nestled on the corner of Victoria Street and Bras Brasah Road stands the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd . It is named after the French missionary, St Laurent-Marie-Joseph Imbert. The St Joseph’s Church on Victoria Street has a distinct octagonal domed tower and pale blue and white façade to echo the Gothic Revival style. And of course, there is the grand dame St Andrew’s Cathedral , Singapore’s largest church, of Anglican denomination and overlooking a large square near City Hall MRT.
Have a Hearty Christmas Buffet
What’s Christmas without food? Think Christmas turkey, hams, roasts, log cakes. Embark on early research into the offerings of the various restaurants to find a favourite without burning a hole in your pocket. Remember to check if you can apply dining offers like 1-for-1 deals. Even more important, make your booking well in advance to avoid disappointments – you don’t want to end up at second-best places only. If you don’t fancy the usual festive food, you can also opt for local buffets or even vegetarian ones at Chinese restaurants.
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