Christmas Light-Up in Singapore 2017 Part 1 | Nov 11, 2017

Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017.
Pictures from the first evening of Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017

I’ve been posting about festive light-ups in Singapore the whole year. Here’s the latest and final one for this year. Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017!

The one that’s the most visited one of all. Also, the original light-up that gave birth to the rest. Oh, how fondly I remember the earliest Orchard Road Christmas lights! When gold, not blue or silver, bedecked the entire shopping stretch.

To share a little, I’ve been doubly looking forward to this year’s Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up, and it’s not because of this blog or because I prefer Christmas over other festivals.

It’s that Tree of Time outside Ngee Ann City, essentially a countdown meter for the event. I first saw this two-and-a-half weeks ago, right before watching Thor: Ragnarok. Believe me, it’s incredible, the sort of effect this straightforward installation had. How it made me so excited for light-up night.

I suppose this is not too different from the way badges encourage netizens to churn out free reviews one after another, or how accomplishments in WoW can hook a player for weeks and months. One look and I instantly made the light-up my must-attend year-end activity.

Tree of Time at Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017
The Tree of Time before and during this year’s Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up.

“Light-Up” Evening

The lead-up to the festive light-up wasn’t very promising, though, no thanks to the weather. It’s been raining the entire week, and for a great part of today’s afternoon, it felt as if opening night for the celebration might be affected.

Thankfully, the skies cleared up by late afternoon. Everywhere was still damp when I got down to Orchard Road, but it wasn’t too unpleasant or too slippery to walk around.

Forum Galleria Christmas tree 2017.
Forum Galleria’s tree for this year.
Wheelock Place Christmas 2017.
Main entrance to Wheelock Place.
Snowman decoration, Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017
A snowman decoration. As expected, they are now everywhere.
Ion Orchard Christmas Tree 2017.
Ion Orchard’s big tree for this year.

An Unexpected Delay?

There was another letdown during the evening. The main attraction of the light-up was naturally the street lights, as in the strings of wonderland decorations spanning the width of the road. At 8.00 pm, however, all were still unlit.

Some hasty online searching by the roadside revealed no information. All I kept finding was the same 5-things-to-know Channel News Asia article that talked about the lights switching on at 3 pm. (What the …)


At 8.30 pm, I gave up waiting for I’ve bought tickets to watch Happy Death Day. Before entering the cinema, I wondered whether bad weather has indeed delayed the lighting up. At the same time, I was hoping that perhaps the key event was scheduled for a later hour? Maybe I’d get to enjoy the lights after the movie …

I’m happy to say it was a case of the latter.

Street Lights and Light Sculptures

Orchard Road Xmas Lights 2017
Down, or should I say, up-the-road view of the Christmas lights.
Orchard Road Christmas Light Sculpture 1
One of several light sculptures.
Orchard Road Christmas Light Sculpture 2
Another light sculpture. Some sort of wonderland mushroom, I think.
Orchard Road Endless Wonder 2017
The “stage” for Christmas Light-Up 2017. This was packed earlier on. I couldn’t get anywhere near it.

At the risk of offending online SG aficionados, I’m going to say this out loud. Compared to past years, Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017 feels a little too … monochrome?

That main silver colour really doesn’t turn out too well on camera after it’s lit, on top of it being used too much.

But oh well, this is the sort of thing that might grow on you, given some time. And anyway, there’s still the festive European-themed village due to start later in the month. I’m sure the village would provide better pic-taking opportunities.

Continue to Part Two for more pictures of Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017!

Christmas Decorations in Singapore 2018.

Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

Christmas Light-Up in Singapore 2017 Part 1
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Christmas Light-Up in Singapore 2017 Part 1
The final festive light-up in Singapore commenced on Nov 11, 2017. Here are some pictures from Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2017!

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