Orchard Road Christmas Light Up Tour 2018

Orchard Road brightens up once again for the annual Christmas Light Up event. And for 2018, the Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA) partners with Walt Disney Co. to create the biggest Christmas festival of lights in Singapore and the region.

With big names such as Disney and Pixar joining this year, the festival hasn’t started without the scrutiny of the National Council of Singapore Churches. The council has expressed concern over the extreme commercialization of Christmas over the years. And this year, the organizers set the bar even higher. While the churches probably expected nativity scenes and baby Jesus images scattered along Orchard Road; they saw Elsa, Olaf, Mickey Mouse, and Sheriff Woody’s smiling faces instead.

Here are some captures using my now 2-year old iPhone 7+.

Dubbed as the Disney Magical Moments Orchard Road 2018. This is the first of the 3-year partnership between ORBA and Disney.
Ion Orchard goes sparkly this year with the theme – Where Christmas Truly Sparkles.IMG_0347
It features the biggest, and probably the most branded ferries wheel in Southeast Asia, the Cartier Ferries Wheel.
Inside, the Ion atrium highlights ultra-luxury shopping, featuring Valentino and Bulgari.
The crowd enjoying the Christmas atmosphere, the ION Orchard way.
Credit goes to Tangs for adorning its facade with a Christmas scripture, and probably the only décor with religious significance on the entire 2-km stretch.
The Paragon’s facade is low-key compared to the previous years. Christmas ball installations, human-sized Christmas trees, and snowflake artworks are scattered around the property.
It’s all about Christmas ornaments at the Paragon.
One of Paragon’s giant snowflake installations this year.
Special mention to the newly-renovated, 10K square-feet Gucci store at the Paragon.
IMG_0308Passers by walk outside the newly renovated Gucci store, illuminated in red.
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Wisma Atria’s illuminated stairsteps add color to the already fancy atmosphere.
Wisma Atria’s changing color stairsteps.
Busy crowd enjoying a slight breeze, thanks to the stormy Singapore weather these past few days.
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The Robinsons The Herren looking glassy gorgeous as seen from the Mandarin Gallery Orchard.
Singapore’s version of Shibuya is not overly crowded tonight.
A busker plays Christmas songs outside the Mandarin Gallery.
Kids and kids-at-heart enjoying faux snowflakes at the Orchard Gateway entrance.
313 Sommerset’s Giant Blue Christmas Trees are the main attractions this part of the stretch.
313 Orchard exudes holiday feels and colors.
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