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
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!