Update: Please read THIS article to see samples of the 2009 Christmas Decorations on Orchard.
Last year my wife and I had a great time walking around Orchard Road, looking at all of the Christmas decorations. Singapore really goes all out when it comes to Christmas and Orchard Road becomes a sort of Winter Wonderland… minus the snow and the crisp breeze that is. This is still the tropics, after all. Despite that heat, the sheer number of decorations and how well they’re displayed can help you to forget for a moment that you’re sweating, and put you in the mood for wrapping gifts and drinking hot chocolate. It’s a great time of year in Singapore!
And, based on my trip down to Orchard Road over the weekend (pictured above), the city isn’t wasting any time in getting things going this year. We were downtown on October 31st and they were already getting the majority of of the pole and tree mounted decorations in place. The decor looks like it’s going to be a different theme this year, which is really cool. It would be boring if they simply set up the same stuff as last year. In fact, I think the decorations look like they’ll be a lot better than last year’s. I can’t wait to have a look at them! I’m not sure if they’re being lit up after dark yet. They certainly weren’t when we were there, though that might have been because of the storm. I’m thinking it’s just preparations though, and they’ll get things going around the end of November.
I wanted to take some more photos but we went into Lucky Plaza to eat first and when we were done, it was like the bottom dropped out of the sky. The thunder was sounding almost right after the lightning flashed and was so loud it was like having iron pots banged together repeatedly about half a foot from my ear.
(How to calculate your distance from a lightning strike using the sound of thunder.)
Here are some pictures of last year’s Christmas decorations: