Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonder 2017

Christmas Light-Up in Singapore Part 3 – Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017


Pictures from my mid-week outing to Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017.


It began three years ago. Or was it four? Two? Gardens by the Bay became a permanent attraction of Singapore’s annual Christmas festive light-up with stunning Italian luminarie displays. Kaleidoscopic and dazzling to behold, these elaborate light structures resemble constructs right out of a fairy tale. A Christmas fairy tale, of course. Having experienced “enthusiastic” crowds in past years, I chose a Wednesday to check them out. Here are the pictures!

The Meadows

Similar to last year, the grounds for Christmas Wonderland 2017 are pretty spread out. I began the evening at The Meadows, the field area at the western end which is home to two key attractions, Santa’s Grotto and Skating under the Stars. Here is also where Savour is, this being a collection of stalls selling gourmet cuisine.

Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Savour Gourmet Village.
Savour. The stalls surround an eating area with free-seating tables.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Savour Gourmet Village.
I usually do not eat at fun fairs and outdoor markets. But the aroma for this Dry-Aged Roasted Beef Salad by Saint Pierre was really irresistible.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 wine tasting.
And then I succumbed to … wine tasting. Ten dollars for a cup to sample near 20 bottles.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Santa's Grotto
The Christmas tree entrance “grove” of Santa’s Grotto.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Santa's Grotto.
The grotto’s actually an indoor display of light sculptures. Similar to Universal Journey from last year, but smaller in scale.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Santa's Grotto
Reindeers everywhere! This probably had to do with the lucky draw of the grotto. Winners get to visit Lapland, Finland.
Gingerbread Man at Santa's Grotto, Gardens by the Bay.
Don’t you feel happy just looking at him?

By the way, Ethiopian Dreams by Circus Abyssinia is also at The Meadows. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any evening show tickets for it, and had to forgo it. 🙁

The Fairground

The Fairground is adjacent to the Meadows and features carnival games and rides. Being really, really sucky at such games, and obviously overaged, I mostly just cruised by this zone.

Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - The Fairground
The Fairground, Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonder 2017.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Carnival Games Prizes
Prizes for some of the games. Is there some sort of light-vs-dark theme going on here? I … really doubt Olaf is a match for Vader.




Festive Market @ Supertree Grove

As expected, the star attraction of Christmas Wonderland 2017 is right at the heart of the Supertree Grove. Called Spalliera, the 22.5 m tall luminarie is also the venue for the immensely popular Blizzard Time tropical snowfall.

Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017
There’s also a festive market here. With … more food on sale!
Luminarie pathway to heaven.
From certain angles, Spalliera feels like a celestial pathway leading to heaven.
Spalliera luminarie at Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017.
Kaleidoscopic, yes?
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017.
Lights off for the luminarie prior to the Garden Rhapsody and Blizzard Time performances.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 - Blizzard Time
Let it snow …
Blizzard Time, Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017
Let it SNOW …
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017 Snowfall
LET IT SNOW!

Flower Dome

The Flower Dome’s not part of Christmas Wonderland 2017; it requires a separate ticket. Since I was already there, I decided to check out its Poinsettia Wishes festive display before leaving Gardens. Incidentally, this was my first night-time visit of the Flower Dome. The Christmas displays were beautiful, but what really blew me away was how spectacular the dome is at night.

Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome during December 2017.
Oh-Christmas-Tree(s) at the entrance.
Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome Poinsettia Wishes.
Overview of Poinsettia Wishes.
Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, December 2017.
Cottage at the heart of the centrepiece.
Nutcrackers, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome
At the stroke of midnight, all come to life in magical song and dance …
Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome Poinsettia Wishes
This visit of the Flower Dome was particularly enjoyable for me. One reason being the tourist hordes were over at the Supertrees. Everywhere in the dome was serene and blissful.
Poinsettia Wishes, Flower Dome December 2017
Don’t you feel the illusion of being within a snow globe?

Other Luminaries of Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017

Luminarie, Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017
I’d call this one the Three Kings.
Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland 2017
The tunnel-of-light at the entrance. Come to think of it, these luminaries look Thai, Moorish, and Baroque at the same time?

 


There’d be one more post in this series on Christmas in Singapore 2017, the final one to come just before the big day. Meanwhile, check out Part 1 and Part 2!


 

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