Photographing this year’s year-end festive lights at Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2022.
I’ve been taking pictures of this year’s Orchard Road Christmas decorations since Nov 1, and mawkish as it is to say, it has so far been an emotional experience.
COVID didn’t stop Christmas from happening at the end of the last two years, but it certainly hampered festivities and celebrations, yes? Apart from restrictions imposed on gatherings and large-scale celebrations, and the need to “tap-in, tap-out” at so many places, several fixtures and events vanished entirely from the annual light-up. For example, the Christmas festive village.
Well, it’s anyone’s guess whether the worst of the pandemic is over, but as far as year-end festivities are concerned, it’s near completely back to normal at Orchard Road this 2022 year-end. Everywhere is decked out in carnival motifs and romantic colours. The pedestrian walkway from ION Orchard to Hilton Hotel has various photo booths too, with the Great Christmas Village making a comeback in December.
Even the huge Christmas tree at Ngee Ann City is back! The ground floor atrium is no longer occupied by, argg, TraceTogether counters and barricades.
I am filled with all sorts of feels from seeing all these.
The magic is working its way into me too. At the moment, I’m really looking forward to all upcoming festive events.
Christmas on a Great Street 2022
“Dual-Façade” Outdoor Media and Music in the Air
Like last year, the soaring side walls of Hilton Singapore Orchard feature festive light projection. If you download the PopAR app onto your phone, you’d be able to view the projections with AR snowfall too.
Between 10 am and 6.59 pm, the following zones will also be broadcasting popular Christmas carols:
From ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery
Far East Shopping Centre
Take note, if you’re heading to these spots for the music, the broadcast ends at 7 pm and is replaced by music from the light projection.
Different Interpretations of Christmas and Soaring Christmas Trees Galore
Not sure whether there’s a best-dressed building competition this year, but most of the major malls are still going all out with their yuletide decorations. Most decorations this year are traditional in theme too, although there are still some colourful surprises.
Update Dec 9: The Great Christmas Village 2022
The Great Christmas Village 2022 has started! Finally back after a two year hiatus, the village once again occupies the whole of Ngee Ann City Civil Plaza.
There are kiddie rides, inflatable playgrounds, and carnival games. There are also food and merchandise stalls, and a large dining area.
Naturally, festive performances are scheduled for weekend nights all the way to the New Year.
Orchard Road Christmas Light-Up 2022 and the Great Christmas Village 2022 ends on Jan 2, 2023.