Even though Singaporeans don’t get to experience the four seasons, much less snow, we definitely know when the season to be jolly. Christmas in the Tropics is a month-long festival that takes the carnival to the streets in Singapore’s all-year round balmy, summer heat.
Feast your eyes on visual panoply of seasonal decorations, and we’re not just talking about the annual Christmas light up along shopping strip Orchard Road. Shopping centres like Tangs and Takashimaya compete with each other every year with illuminating decorations that seem to creep magically from the ground level all the way up to the rooftop, while other major malls like Wisma Atria, Orchard Central and ION put on quite a show too.
Street performers also go wild in the city, especially on the streets of Orchard Road, with their capers and feats of gravity defying acrobatics. Choirs of cherubic children can also be seen and heard angelically carolling, human statues roam around freely and interacting with the crowds and stilt-walkers skip about, always game for a picture or two. So it’s not just about taking photographs with men in bright red fat suits and white beards impersonating Santa Claus.
This is one place where you can watch a fashion show outdoors without getting frostbitten. And for fashion fans, look out for the colourful make-shift stages which are decked out in glittering lights and decorative baubles, all ready for local and regional models to strut across them in the season’s trendiest style offerings — adding to the already bustling festival vibe in the city.