Christmas Wonderland is all set to transform Gardens by The Bay into Singapore’s biggest yuletide playground this year. We bring you the scoop on what families with children can expect at the festive playground this December.
Did you visit Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay last year? It was quite a magical experience, wasn’t it? If you’re planning on being a returning visitor, mark your calendars – the third edition of the Christmas extravaganza is taking place from 2 December 2016 to 1 January 2017, from 3.30pm to 11pm daily! This year’s event grounds span about 57,000 square metres, a massive upsize from 35,000 square metres last year!
If you enjoyed marvelling at the Italian luminarie – Sculptures of Light which illuminated the fairground, had wintry fun at the Ice Palace and a ball of a time trying your hand at the carnival games, rejoice for those are set to return bigger and better this year! Read on to find out what new additions will make Christmas Wonderland 2016 worthy of a visit with your entire family – littles ones included!
Purchase Admission Tickets & Say Hello to a Better Visitor Experience!
Yes, that’s right. Christmas Wonderland 2016 is all set to be a ticketed event for the first time! If you dropped by last year, you would probably know how congested the event grounds can get. I recall having visited on a Saturday evening last year, and boy was it a pain trying to make my way out of the venue for there was a bottleneck at both the exits. I can only imagine how tiresome the entire process can get with drained kids in tow. So – yay for ticketed admission this year!
Fret not, for they are priced pretty affordably, starting from just $4 (you can purchase them online from today onwards). And get this, each paying adult can bring in up to three children under the height of 0.9 metres free of charge! A child above this height will require a ticket. Do note that you will need to purchase tickets for your family prior to heading to Christmas Wonderland as tickets will not be available for sale on-site.
Also, additional charges for some attractions within the fairground as well as to the conservatories apply. If you are looking to visit selected capacity-controlled attractions, pre-bookings can be done online.
The Hi-5 Funtastic House Makes its Singapore Debut at Christmas Wonderland!
Little fans of the hit Australian musical group can have a time of their lives at the Hi-5 Funtastic House at Christmas Wonderland 2016! At the Style It Up zone, kids get a chance to feel like the stars of Hi-5 by playing dress-up with Hi-5 apparel, accessories and temporary tattoos while getting their pictures snapped in photo booths! Little ones can get an early taste of developing their own unique sense of style that reflects their personality at Style It Up.
Following their fun dress-up session, children run wild and free at the Ready, Set, Bounce zone! There will be an inflatable Hi-5 castle obstacle course, a bouncy castle known as the Hi-5 Tumble House as well as a Hi-5 Super Slider for your kids to have a ball of a time at! Admission tickets to Hi-5 Funtastic House are priced at $24 per child (aged 4 to 11). You are strongly encouraged to pre-book your preferred play sessions online before heading down to Christmas Wonderland to avoid disappointment!
Enjoy ‘Winter’ in An Upsized Ice Palace!
Have you always wanted to experience winter in sunny Singapore? You now can at the Ice Palace at Christmas Wonderland! The Ice Palace this year will be bigger than before and offers more activities. Key highlights? There will be a 400 square metre skating rink for you to glide away to your heart’s content, an all-new 25 metre long Ice Slide and a 96 square metre (twice the size of last year’s) Snow Playground where you can go crazy with making snow angels!
Tickets for the Ice Slide are priced at $4 per pax (children below the height of 0.9 metres must be accompanied by an adult). Ice Skating tickets will cost $18 per pax for a 45 minute session, with the first one starting at 4.30pm (see website for full session timings). Ticket prices are inclusive of the rental of skates, but socks and gloves are available for purchase at an additional cost. Pre-book your skating sessions online to avoid disappointment!
Visit The Magical Forest and Take Part in More Carnival Games & Rides!
Making its debut at Christmas Wonderland just by the Meadow Bridge will be the enchanting Magical Forest! Get lost with your kids as you make your way through more than a whopping 100 Christmas trees, each up to four metres tall! Don’t forget to look for Santa’s Cottage to meet the jolly old fella. Snap a family photograph with Santa and bring home an exclusive Christmas Wonderland memento from $20.
We hope you are ready to test your skills at some good old fashioned carnival games to win some fun prizes for there will be 11 carnival game stalls this year, up from seven last year! Games are priced from $4 and include the ever popular ones such as Can Toss, Ring Toss, Basketball, Fishy Fishy and Lobster Pot! Christmas themed Disney soft toys like Nemo, Mickey Mouse, Tigger and Dory will be up for grabs, so start sharpening your hand-eye coordination skills!
Treat your little ones to some Carnival Rides for a memorable experience at Christmas Wonderland. These rides start from $6 and include Bumper Cars, Christmas Train, Bug Cars for the tiny tots, and the Magical Mini Ferris Wheel!
Shop, Eat, Drink and Be Merry with The Family!
Psst! There’s going to be a spanking new two-storey Glass House nestled amidst the Supertree Grove. Here, you can enjoy an immersive dining experience with your family while savouring a festive menu specially curated by Harry’s. Look forward to mouthwatering festive signature dishes that can be enjoyed as you take in the gorgeous views of the dazzling luminarie light sculptures within an air-conditioned setting (phew!).
Shopperholics, knock yourselves out at the European-style Festive Market that will feature traditional wooden huts specially flown in all the way from United Kingdom! More details on the offerings at the Festive Market will be available at a later date. So keep an eye out for that!
Adding to the festive cheer, Christmas Wonderland will also be presenting a free-for-all showcase of yuletide parades, choral performances as well as curated singer-songwriter collaboration sessions amongst local artistes like The Next Movement and Hidhir. If you’re curious about the musical line-up for this year, check out the full schedule!
Do note that public parking at the Gardens by The Bay is limited. You are highly encouraged to go car-free (and be carefree) and take public transport if you are planning on visiting Christmas Wonderland 2016.
Images: Christmas Wonderland