A Universal Christmas 2017

Christmas Light-Up in Singapore Part 4 – Universal Studios Singapore


It’s Christmas Day, so here’s the final part of my feature on Christmas in Singapore 2017. Universal Studios Singapore!


As I mentioned in older posts, I have a ritual of visiting Universal Studios Singapore on Christmas Eves. Last evening, I “dutifully” turned up at the entrance at ten minutes to five with electronic ticket eagerly grasped in hand. Here are the pictures I took, plus a few informal reviews.

Hollywood and New York Zones

Universal Christmas 2017, Hollywood Zone.
My standard before-dark starter pic! Compared to last year, there seems to be lesser visitors.
A Universal Christmas 2017 - North Pole Postal Service
North Pole Postal Service. On USS’ website, this was promoted as a key attraction of this year’s Christmas celebration. (In gist, you enjoy free delivery if you spend above eighty bucks on a gift)
Universal Studios Singapore - Marilyn Monroe performance.
Marilyn joins the festive celebration at the New York Library façade.
Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
Friendly Victorians on the way to the Scrooge, Christmas Carol alley.

Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Ride

The street parade for the month, which consisted of rotund elves, smiley toy soldiers, and bouncy, acrobatic reindeers. Santa himself was (very comfortably) lugged around in a sleigh.

Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
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Reindeers during Santa's Snowy Sleigh Ride
The bouncy, really athletic reindeers.
Universal Studios Singapore Christmas 2017 - Santa Claus
The big guy himself.




Oscar’s Grouchmas Show

Like Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Ride, this performance, conducted at the Pantage Theatre, is one of the highlights of this year’s Christmas celebration at Universal Studios Singapore. To be quite honest, it’s the typical I-hate-Christmas-turn-I-love-Christmas story, and the songs weren’t particularly memorable. That said, the exuberant finale was enjoyable. The confetti/fake snowfall was a befitting, atmospheric conclusion.

A Universal Christmas 2017 - Oscar’s Grouchmas Show
A Universal Christmas 2017 – Oscar’s Grouchmas Show
Oscar’s Grouchmas Show
The star of the show! (I love Oscar; he’s my favourite Sesame Street character. Which … makes me a grouch too)
Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
The entire gang dancing together. (Mr. Snuffleupagus is invisible)
Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
The snowy, euphoric climax.

Santa’s Workshop

Similar to the sleigh ride street parade and Oscar, this one’s a key attraction of USS’ Christmas 2017 celebration too. Let me share the pics before commenting.

Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
The entrance “room.” The attraction is actually a series of rooms for visitors to play mini-games in. Objective of which being to earn stamps in the quest to be certified as a Christmas elf.
A Universal Christmas 2017 - Santa's Workshop Postal Room
The postal room. Game here was to find a missing parcel.
Universal Christmas 2017 - Mrs Claus
Mrs Claus’ kitchen. She’s looking for missing baking ingredients.
Universal Christmas 2017, Singapore
Photo-op with Santa himself in the very last room. By the way, visitors are given a cert to collect stamps with. Your face embellished with beard and elfish cap is on the cert.

From the looks of it, Santa’s Workshop replaces Santa’s Village and the awesome Universal Journey from last year. It does provide for some Christmasy photo opportunities, but to be blunt, this is really one of those concepts that sounds great on paper, but is really hard to execute well. Most, if not all of the games in the “rooms” were brief and simplistic, over before I knew it. (Over before I even started paying attention) My guess is that USS had to do this in order to keep the traffic moving; visitors enter the factory in small batches. All in all, not a very enjoyable attraction, especially when compared to last year. If the concept is to be repeated next year, it seriously needs refinement.

Festive Night Shots

Done with the Christmas attractions, I began my slow stroll around the park, hopping on the occasional ride here and there. (I really did “hop on.” Single riders barely have to queue in Universal Studios Singapore. Bwahahaaha!)

A Universal Christmas 2017 - Christmas Tree House
Christmas Tree House. This was the display centerpiece beside the lake.
A Universal Christmas 2017 - Shrek's Castle
Shrek’s Castle. Not involved in any Christmas events, unfortunately.
A Universal Christmas 2017 - The Mummy Zone
Okay. I know. There’s nothing Christmasy about this shot at all. But who goes to USS, with a camera, and not photograph them?
A Universal Christmas 2017 - Search for a Christmas Star
Search for a Star special performance. I forgot about this Christmas special, and so I was only able to catch the very last part of it. (She cast a powerful spell over the entire New York zone in a very Harry Potter like way)
Universal Christmas 2017 - World of Stars
I didn’t mention this earlier. The New York Zone has been transformed into the World of Stars. Most Christmas attractions are gathered here.
A Universal Christmas 2017 - Hollywood Zone at night.
I actually shot this one right before I left the park. But I’d put it up first.

Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Fireworks Spectacular 2017

Last but not least, the fireworks! This was largely the same as last year’s, down to the burst sequence and the soundtrack used. But … it was Christmas Eve. If anyone else noticed, none seemed to mind. Me neither! Check out the video below. Then take a peep at last year’s version on the same YouTube channel. What do you think? Somehow, this year’s version felt more exuberant. Going by the cheers, I think most other visitors agree.

 


Merry Christmas everyone!


 

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