On Saturday night at 7:30 PM the Christmas lights along Orchard Road were officially lit. I wasn’t there for the ceremony, as I was laid up in the house with a mild case of food poisoning, but we can’t have everything right? I decided to tough it out and get my butt up to Orchard Road on Sunday evening at least to have a look at this year’s decorations.
Last year the decorations were awesome! I remember how impressed I was, and how incredible everything looked. I had never seen such a huge display of Christmas decorations. I don’t know if anyone does it as big as Singapore does when it comes to setting up lights. If you’re not familiar with Singapore, Orchard Road is what you would call the ‘Main Street’ of Singapore. It’s in the heart of the city-state and is home to the biggest, poshest malls Singapore has to offer, carrying brands like Docle & Gabbana, Prada, Lous Vuitton, etc. It’s a popular place to go, even if you’re not planning on buying anything. You could literally spend all evening cruising the malls and never go through the same place twice, unless you have to to exit the mall again of course.
Like I said, last year’s decorations were stunning, especially to me, since I’d never seen Orchard Road in all its Christmas glory before. This year was no less thrilling. In fact, I think the decorations this year were far more elegant and classy looking than last year’s. I have no clue if it’s true or not but I have a feeling that the decorations are rotated, and that there’s a stock of them somewhere, so that each year there’s something different. Who knows? Maybe there are no ‘repeats’ and the road is decorated with fresh stuff every year? I have a feeling that this year the planners were really pushing for that classy, elegant look, especially considering the fact that the APEC meeting is happening here in Singapore from the 5th through the 18th (?) of November. There will be a lot of important political figures in Singapore during those dates, and the city-state has really ‘dressed to impress’.
Before continuing on, you may want to take a quick look at this post to see some of the decorations from 2008.
The photos below aren’t in order, exactly. I matched some of them up according to decoration type. We exited the MRT at Dhoby Ghaut Interchange and walked all the way down to Orchard Towers before turning back and using the Orchard MRT station under Ion to go home.
And now, a sample of 2009’s decorations (click for larger image):
The tree in Tampines Mall. I know that’s not Orchard Road, but just thought I’d throw it in there, since it looks so nice.
Like I said earlier, everything has a real classy, professional, elegant look to it. I wonder if everything is set out yet, though. I seem to remember there being more displays last year. Of course, it’s only early November, so perhaps more will be added as we get closer to Christmas. We’ll definitely be making another visit to check! Also, the place was crowded, but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as when we went last year. The atmosphere was somewhat subdued as well. It didn’t feel overly cheerful. On our next trip down there I think we’ll buy some ice cream and hot chocolate to get more into the spirit of the season. ^_^
I hope you enjoyed the photos!