Lights by the Lake 2023 brings visitors on a biodiversity and Singaporean architectural heritage tour.
Lights by the Lake 2023 has started! The big Mid-Autumn Festival event for Singaporean Westies, and an event worth traveling all the way to our “lake district” for, the heart of Jurong Lake Gardens is once again adorned with huge lantern landscapes. Like any SG Zhongqiu celebration, there’s a food section and special events too.
There’s also a slight shift in theme. While previous editions focused on world travel, the themes this time round are those of iconic Singaporean landmarks and world biodiversity—yup, there are two distinct sections to the lantern displays. Visitors can enjoy photo opportunities with miniatures of yesteryear SG landmarks, while tigers, whales, and flamingoes are a minute’s walk away.
It’s a cool event. To repeat, well worth heading to Jurong Lake Gardens for. Organised by National Parks, it’s free for all too. If you’re looking for more Mid Festival festivities after enjoying the ones at Chinatown and Gardens by the Bay, this is the light-up to go for.
Echoes of the Lion City – Singapore’s Most Iconic Landmarks from the Previous Century
Before futuristic supertrees and Marina Bay skyscrapers, several buildings symbolised the cultural and historical landscape of Singapore. Regrettably, a good number of these are no longer around.
Echoes of the Lion City pays homage to these landmarks while celebrating Singapore’s transformation into the metropolis it is today. For adults, familiar sights like the long-gone National Library @ Stamford Road will surely bring back many memories too.
Wildlife Odyssey – A Mini Illuminated Zoo
Wildlife Odyssey is for the kiddies, and oh boy, did they love it! So many were squealing “tiger!”, “shark!”, as they lumbered past.
Many have impressive vocabulary too. I don’t think I learned the word “flamingo” till in primary school. But every kindergartener at Lights by the Lake seems to know it.
SG Street Food and Other Festivities
Lastly, some pictures of the sizable food tent. It’s beside a stage area.
About the food tent: There’s a clean outdoor sitting area. There are over 10 stalls. There’s also smelly tofu on sale! Stunningly, that pungent stall had the longest queue when I visited.
Some day, I must … force myself to try this incredible Chinese delicacy. Delicate is hardly the description for it, though.
Lights by the Lake 2023 ends on Oct 1, 2023.