Saturday, November 17, 2012

Key highlights of Christmas in the Tropics 2012

Singapore's highly anticipated ‘Christmas in the Tropics,’ which has become a tradition for locals and tourists from the Asian region, returns from November 17, 2011 to January 6, 2012. Expect many colorful events in gorgeous venues such as Orchard Road, Marina Bay and Sentosa Island.

Below are highlights for Christmas in the Tropics 2012.

Orchard Road

Christmas on A Great Street
17 November 2012 – 6 January 2013
  • Revel in one of the biggest holiday seasons of the year at the world-famous shopping district Orchard Road. 
  • The glitzy street has been ranked among the top 10 in Frommers‟ World‟s Best Holiday Lights: 10 Decorated Cities and Lonely Planet‟s Top 10 Christmas Markets of the World. 
  • The celebration in Singapore features shopping promotions and festivities with daily lucky draws and prizes.
Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (CCIS) 
17-25 December 2012
  • Enjoy nightly live musical performances at four performing areas along Orchard Road walkway between Scotts and Bideford Road.
  • Experience the Christmas story with the viewing of dioramas and exhibits along the walkway fronting Mandarin Gallery, Wisma Atria and ION Orchard.
  • Enjoy an evening of carolling on 24th Dec and be part of one of Asia‟s Mass Caroling events at ION Orchard.
  • Watch local and foreign talents participating in CCIS‟ highlights of the Grand Christmas Day Concert 
  • Take part in the many activities, including photographic opportunities with CCIS‟ beautifully decorated floats.
  • Come join Celebrity DJ Dong Fang Billy as he leads a mass wellness and health exercise, and enjoy a fashion show.
Marina Bay
Joint Christmas Shopping Promotion 
23 November -25 December 2012
  • Experience a complete Christmas experience in Marina Bay – Shop, eat, stay and play (sightseeing) at Marina Bay from dawn to dusk.
  • Over $50,000 worth of prizes to be won!  Prizes inclusive of shopping and dining vouchers, hotel stays and exciting rides tickets. One lucky winner will be picked from each participating establishment.
  • The 10 participating malls/properties are: 1. Citylink Mall, 2. Esplanade, Theatre on the Bay, 3. The Fullerton Heritage, 4. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 5. Marina Bay Link Mall, 6. Marina Square, 7. Millenia Walk, 8. Raffles City Shopping Centre, 9. The Singapore Flyer and 10. Suntec City Mall
SSO Christmas Concert 2012 (Esplanade Concert Hall)
13-14 December 2012
  • Christmas comes alive as Singapore Symphony Orchestra Choral Director Lim Yau leads the SSO, Singapore Symphony Chorus and Singapore Symphony Children‟s Choir in two evenings of traditional carols and favourite yuletide melodies.
  • Narrator William Ledbetter will also join the orchestra for The Night Before Christmas by Philip Lane, a heartwarming work based on a famous poem which remains a perennial favourite with audiences the world over.
Crazy Christmas 2012 (Esplanade Theatre)
28 November - 9 December 2012
  • This year‟s Crazy Christmas revue celebrates movie magic as the Silver Screen meets Silver Bells.
  • Includes Singapore's finest entertainers such as Selena Tan and Adrian Pang, together with the
    likes of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin. 
  • Catch the family friendly version with Hossan Leong from 28 Nov – 2 Dec, or the naughty R18
    version with Kumar from 4 – 9 Dec.
Santa Claus the Musical (Marina Bay Sands‟ Grand Theatre)
13 December 2012 – 6 January 2013
  • From the producers of Annie comes SANTA CLAUS The Musical, a delightful Christmas adventure. 
    With an all-star cast direct from the UK, a live orchestra, fabulous sets, costumes and spectacular
    special effects.
  • Come on adventure with Santa Claus as he and his chief Elf, Joe, try to stop the Ice Queen and her 
    faithful henchman, Jack Frost, from cancelling Christmas around the world.  
  • The show features popular festive tunes from the festive season including Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is coming to town, Let it Snow and Rockin‟ around the Christmas tree and many more.
  • Tickets in the VIP Category and VIP Box Seats are inclusive of a special Christmas present.

Marina Bay Countdown
31 December 2012
  • A short film named What Are You Grateful For? will be conceptualised and produced specially for the event.
  • This will be a heart-warming four-series film about how ordinary people‟s lives have been changed by gratitude and people giving their take on what gratitude means to them.
  • This film will also include behind the scenes footage on the preparation of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown as well as video dedications.
  • This short film will be screened at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and along the waterfront promenade on New Year‟s Eve and posted online to increase the outreach. 
  • Following last year‟s success, Music & Movement, an events & entertainment company, will be organizing a concert “Happy 3+65” at The Promontory for the second year running.
  • It is a New Year‟s Eve celebration that is meant to showcase local talents and promote local music.
  • There are plans to organise this concert on an annual basis and develop it into a performance platform that local acts can aspire to be at on New Year‟s Eve. 
  • Similar to last year, Marina Bay Link Mall will organise „Downtown Bites‟, a F&B carnival at the waterfront promenade featuring its tenants such as Four Seasons Gourmet Market, Salad Stop, Starbucks, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and The Rotisserie.
Sentosa HarbourFront

ILLUMINATE! The Light of Christmas comes to VivoCity (Amphitheatre, Level 3)
7 – 14 December 2012 8 pm except December 10th

Be dazzled by the visual spectacle of lights this Christmas at VivoCity. A specially choreographed 30-minute musical featuring sand art, music, dance and amazing  light inspired specialty acts not to be missed!
Shoppers with a minimum spending of $100 (maximum of 3 combined same-day receipts) between 23 November and 14 December 2012 can redeem one pass (admits 4 persons) to watch one of the shows that runs from 7  – 14 December 2012. OCBC Credit/Debit  Cardmembers just need to charge $80* to their cards to qualify.

VivoCity 6th Anniversary Celebrations (The Promenade, Level 1)
6 Dec 2012 6 pm
In celebration of VivoCity‟s 6 th Anniversary, don‟t miss this spectacular fireworks display to mark this joyous occasion. Choreographed by German choreographer Markus Katterle, the night sky above VivoCity will be bursting with colours.

Christmas Late Night Shopping
Shoppers will enjoy extended shopping hours till 11pm at VivoCity from 21 – 23 December 2012. With special late night shopping deals at participating outlets, there  will also be festive roving activities to keep shoppers entertained.

Singapore Cable Car and The Jewel Box
30 Nov 2012  - 6 Jan 2013
  • Soak in the joyous festive ambience at The Jewel Box‟s Hilltop Celebrations atop Mount Faber and onboard Singapore Cable Car this year cos‟ there‟s something for everyone. 
  • Bring your family and friends as you embark on a Christmas adventure the moment you hop onboard the enchanting Christmas-themed Angry Birds cable cars for a magical Christmas Voyage to an enchanted Hilltop Christmas Village atop Mount Faber.
  • Photo opportunities are aplenty with photo sites including Angry Birds Christmas trees, Angry Birds village and other spectacular venues around The Jewel Box featuring a visual spectacle of 10,000 bells as this year‟s themed décor.
  • To ring in 2013 with a private and unique twist, book a champagne cabin flight onboard Singapore Cable Car and countdown the last minutes of 2012 with your family and friends in your very own private cabin. 
  • At midnight, watch the skies light up as fireworks go off at Sentosa, Resorts World Sentosa, Vivocity and The Jewel Box.
Sentosa Island

Sentosa PLAYcation (Merlion Plaza & Palawan Beach)
24 November– 30 December 2012
  • Come PLAY at Sentosa and enjoy a larger-than-life PLAYMOBIL experience this holiday season
    • with  life-size PLAYMOBIL characters around Sentosa! 
  • At Palawan Beach, join the knights and pirates at the fort and take pictures at themed photo-points. 
  • Be wowed by the collectors‟ display corner with collections since 1974. 
  • Engage the little ones with interactive arts and crafts or be entertained with performances 
    specially lined up for your family. Join us at Merlion Plaza and ride on Santa‟s reindeers at the
    interactive photo-point or take pictures with walkabout characters!
  • Be amongst the first to collect exclusive PLAYMOBIL figurines at Sentosa!
15% off Sentosa Islander gift card! Spread the festive cheer this Christmas with a Sentosa Islander gift card!  Enjoy year-long fun on Asia‟s favourite playground with unlimited island admission, exclusive privileges, dining deals and exciting attraction offers! Sign up now at Membership Counter at Sentosa Station (VivoCity, Lobby L, Level 3), Beach Station or Sentosa Visitor Centre!

6 – 8 December 2012
  • Singapore‟s most anticipated annual outdoor dance party at Siloso Beach has been bringing together
    night revellers all over Asia for over a decade now.
  • Organised by long-reigning superclub Zouk, this two-night dance music festival features world-class
    acts that span house, techno, trance, hip hop and electro, and has seen the likes of Carl Cox, Tiesto, 
    Armin Van Buuren, Sasha, David Guetta and other DJs.
  • This year‟s line-up includes big names Major Lazer, Above & Beyond and Calvin Harris and many others.
  • Visitors can also experience some of Singapore‟s best DJ talents at work with Jeremy Boon, Aldrin
    and Hong spinning the decks.
31 December 2012
  • Asia‟s Largest and Grooviest Beach Countdown Party is back! Count down to a sensational 2013 with 12 hours of non-stop action at five distinct party zones, our giant foam pool and sandy dance floor!
  • The Siloso Beach Party is the only year-end countdown event set against the allure of the sea front. 
  • Party goers can indulge and party to music that they love, whether it‟s dancing to heart-pounding hits at the Main Arena, chilling out to lo-fi and beach house tunes at COASTES, indulging in plush party sounds at Azzura Beach Club, surfing to the rhythm at Wave House Sentosa, or grooving to a mix of Latin Jazz at the new beach bar, Mambo.
  • Enjoy exciting fringe performances and fuel your energy with the wide array of food and drinks! The whole hosts of activities will satisfy your appetite for entertainment till the break of dawn.
Source : Highlights for Christmas in the Tropics 2012

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