We’re now into the fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland, where it’s almost impossible for us to recall a time before Gardens by the Bay’s annual festivities. In an attempt to shake things up, the European-style Christmas fair brings in new highlights and revamped elements this year, just in case you were getting bored.
Tired of the “luminarie” sculptures? No worries. The 2018 version features new designs from Italy, complete with what’s being hailed as Asia’s tallest “luminarie” Christmas tree glittering in gold at the entrance of the gardens. If that’s not majestic enough of a photo op, play hide and seek with your significant other at the new 22m-high “luminarie” mirror maze that’s apparently the biggest in Southeast Asia.
Ditching last year’s circus performance for an illusionist act, the festival brings in Rob Lake from America’s Got Talent 2018 for additional ticketed entertainment — the same guy who seemingly “appeared out of thin air” and made a motorcycle also “appear out of thin air” on the TV show.
And expanding on previous years’ celebrations, Santa’s Grotto gets the upsized treatment into a 400sqm space with kinetic light installations, while the outdoor skating rink is enlarged to fit an 8m-tall Christmas tree in the middle. Also look forward to a new “garden rhapsody” light and sound show debuting at the Supertree Grove, alongside F&B booths by the likes of Saint Pierre, Blue Lotus, Monti, and Three Buns.
Apart from the new, old traditions make a comeback as well, with every camera’s favorite Blizzard Time, carnival games and rides for little ones, choral performers at the gazebo, a festive market, and Disney Tsum Tsum’s Poinsettia Wishes showcase nearby at the Flower Dome.
Christmas Wonderland is on from Nov 30-Dec 26; 4pm-11pm at Gardens by the Bay.