3 “must-go” places to feel Christmas 2018!

These 3 places are awesome experiences for the kids to celebrate X-mas this year! Why so? Read on …

We are all loving Christmas 2018 even more, here in Singapore! This year, we saw 3 mega places featuring different Christmas themes that appeal to the young.

The kids will sure love the decoration and ornaments on these 3 must-go places. Don’t believe me? Let my videos “do the talking” here. Even parents like us (the young at heart?!) are bedazzled!

Ready to jump in awe? Okay, we have Disney and Pixar’s characters (Mickey, Toy Story, Frozen and Cinderella) at Orchard. Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome brings in Disney’s Tsum Tsum characters. Oh, Changi Airport is smart, it revels in Harry Potter’s world of owls and magic!

I am in awe of the Orchard Road’s light-up while my wife loves the Gardens by the Bay’s display. The kids’ faves – Harry Potter’s Wizarding World at Changi Airport for the elder two kids, and Pooh Bear at Gardens by the Bay for the youngest Charlotte!

What about You?

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World at Changi Airport

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World at Changi Airport  (till mid Feb 2019)

At Changi Airport, explore life-sized installations inspired by some of the most iconic locations from the Harry Potter series, such as Hogsmeade Village, Diagon Alley, and Whomping Willow. There are plenty of photo opportunities and exciting activities for fans and visitors — and even some surprises from the new film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!

At T3 Departure Hall, spot the invisible-visible owls and take lots of photos with the train and window displays at Hogsmeade Village. Oh yes, you can catch the snow and light show on weekdays – 6pm, 7pm, 9pm and weekends – 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm. Be sure to find a space way inwards as the snow coverage area is small. The Dragon Alley is filled with activities and prizes to be redeemed, so spare some time to queue for this.

At T2 Departure Area next to Llaollao, you can find a magical tree that’s just like the one planted in Hogwart’s grounds!

The merchandise is also very attractive, and expensive too 😦 My kids love the Gryffindor Knitted Scarf so I had to spend S$60 in order to redeem one  (ONE, not THREE) for S$15. To redeem THREE scarfs, you would know how much I have to spend. And so, I bought the wands for them as well (in order to accumulate the spending). Okay, my pockets had a big big hole on that day. But you know, to look at the kids’ happy faces = $ well-spent (self-consolation).

Mickey Mouse and Friends at Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up

Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2018 (till 1 Jan 2019)

If you missed past light-up walks along Orchard Road, I strongly recommend you to make time for this year’s. 

A 2.88km stretch of Orchard Road – from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura – will be dressed in festive lights till 1st Jan 2019. There are four zones that take on different themes – Disney Princess, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Frozen and Toy Story.  The feel is just too magical when you walk through the streets. Don’t miss the Christmas Village Civic Plaza at Ngee Ann City. And beware of the crowd squeeze and hold tight of your kids.

Christmas “Poinsettia Wishes” featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome

“Poinsettia Wishes” featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
at Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome (till 6 Jan 2019)

This is one place that you can go, rain or shine. And the air-conditioning inside the dome is SHIOK!

My favourite spot of the display area is where Mickey and his Tsum Tsum pals stack up to decorate the tallest Christmas tree in Flower Dome! We went in the evening after an early dinner and the kids loved the bright decoration and tsum tsum installations, probably because they could relate to them so well and kept shouting for the names “oh Pooh bear, see Tigger.” Time passed by swiftly with their excitement, and before we knew it, the crowd has thinned by a lot. And so, we got their friendly assistant to take a family photo of us with the stacking Christmas tsum tsum tree!

The night display is definitely more enchanting, more x-mas feel and makes for better photo opportunities than the day display. So, go in about 7pm as it closes at 9pm. Weekday has less crowd too. Enjoy!

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