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Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020

Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020

With the differences of fewer giant trees and street booths, Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020 is the same as every other year.


‘Right. I originally intended to do my annual Orchard Road Christmas photo walk this weekend. However, while at Ion Orchard last evening for a prehistorical dinner, I noticed most decorations have already been switched on.

Yeah, and so I decided to get my photos done ahead of schedule; Thursday evening itself probably a much better i.e. less crowded time for the walk.

In short, I’m pleasantly surprised, and not just because the light-up went ahead despite a traumatic year. Previously, news reports stated that decorations this time round would be more subdued, with no festive villages or fairgrounds. After reading that, I assumed most if not all of the malls wouldn’t be putting up Yuletide displays.

Well, no.

Several annual showpieces are indeed markedly missing; for example, Ngee Ann City’s signature 4-floor tall Christmas tree and basement festive market. But other than those, most malls did still put up something. There are also festive trimmings hanging all over the interiors.

The street lights are, as reports stated, more modest too, but it would be grossly unfair to say they are underwhelming. Actually, I think this year’s decorations are attractive in their own avant-garde way. They are certainly also still more elaborate than those I’ve seen in other cities, over the years.

Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020

As I mentioned above, I was at Ion. And so I started with the artsy tree there, and the festive gate.

Ion Orchard’s A Gift of Hope. Less eye-catching than last year’s “big snake,” but elegant nonetheless.
“Love this Christmas.” The catchphrase is, frankly, a little out-there. But I like the straight-forward elegance of this showpiece. The blend of cool and warm colours too.
Close-up of the festive showpiece for Orchard Road Christmas 2020.
Wheelock Place’s showpiece gives the semblance of a small festive village.
Okay, Forum Galleria is missing a big tree. But there are at leastfestive trimmings over the entrance.

From Forum Galleria, I decided I’d make the trek up-road to Tanglin Mall; I was sure there’d be eye-worthy decors there. I wasn’t disappointed.

This is traditionally festive and fun to me. I like the large stockings too!
I’m not sure whether this huge Santa is meant to be lit; there were technicians still working about it. I’m also wondering whether the plane around Santa’s hat would eventually be making circles!

Okay, this might creep you out a little. While choosing which Santa pic to put up, as in the one above, I noticed HIS EYES MOVED! So this huge Santa could possibly be animated?!?!

From Tanglin Mall, I took a bus back down to Wisma Atria. There were two very photogenic, selfie-perfect displays there.
Tangs’ Yuletide reminder for 2020 is Romans 12:10. As I mentioned in last year’s post, I’ve long appreciated their biblical reminders.
Ah, here’s one big tree that didn’t go away.
The actual street ornaments over Orchard Road.
Big presents, with traditional wrapping patterns, at Mandarin Hotel.
313 Somerset feels to be putting up the same amount of decorations as previous years. There’s a tree, trimmings, and indoor displays.
Added Nov 15: Okay, Orchard Central’s decorations weren’t lit on Thursday. So I went back two nights later to check out their rustic festive tunnel.
Last but not least, Orchard Gateway has one of the most unusual Christmas trees I’ve ever seen! They haven’t been doing it since 2017, but they are back with out-of-the-world displays.

Afterthought

I like to end this post on Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020 with some thoughts.

On the whole, the illuminations this time are quieter, as official announcements said. But frankly, I don’t think they are un-festive, or at all “sad,” if you know what I mean.

I’m saying so because I was already in mid-primary when the first light-up took place in the 80s. (In other words, half-aware of the world) As I remember, things were very much just fairy lights and traditional trees back then. There weren’t that many eye-catching showpieces by the shopping malls too.

But since the 90s, we got more and more elaborate and extravagant. Then performances and festive villages came into the mix . And so on and so forth.

This return to smaller-scale celebrations might end up being a good thing, at least spiritually. I mean, as much as I personally enjoy them, do we really need hugely expensive decorations and energy bills to enjoy the year-end? Do consumer expectations also create a recurring horror for struggling retailers every November?

I … know part of the answer for the latter question, but it’s too glum a subject for this post. For the moment, I’d just invite you to take a stroll under this year’s light-up. And savour the fact that awful 2020 is almost over.


The festive illuminations are ongoing till January 1, 2021.


Some geeky Christmas gift ideas for 2020

Check out the Christmas decorations at Jewel Changi Airport for 2020.

Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.

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Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2020 was intended to be more subdued. But I think there’s still more than enough festivities for everyone.
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