The magical extravaganza Christmas in the Tropics returns
to Singapore from 17 November 2007 to 2 January 2008 with a host of exciting events
including festive performances, entertainment events, shopping specials, concerts and dance parties, as well as the popular brilliant display
of lights at Orchard Road and Marina Bay.
Christmas in the Tropics is one of the key tourism drivers for Singapore, being a season that our overseas visitors look forward to, said
Ms Joycelyn Ng, Deputy Director of Leisure Marketing and Events Management, Singapore Tourism Board. With a programme packed full
of shopping, dining and entertainment options, its little wonder that one in five visitors surveyed last year planned their trips to coincide
with Singapores Christmas celebration. We hope that this year will be no different as we create for visitors their most memorable Christmas
A key favourite of the annual Christmas in the Tropics celebration is the Christmas Light-up, themed A Fairytale Christmas this year.
Scotts Road and the Orchard Road stretch from Tanglin Road to Plaza Singapura and the Marina Bay area from Hotel Rendezvous to
Raffles Avenue will be transformed into a bewitching Crystal Forest decked with magnificent chandeliers, magic harps, glittering jewels,
dazzling lights in red, gold and white, and even a magical carousel. Conceptualised by Mr Dick Lee who is the Creative Director for the
second consecutive year, this fantasy land is the setting for the unfolding of a fairytale inspired by the Nutcracker
Suite, which tells the story of handsome Prince Noel who goes in search of his missing true love, Princess Ballerina, through the Crystal Forest.
For the 17th year running, Hitachi is the sponsor of the Christmas Light-Up along Orchard Road. The Hitachi Group is delighted to support
the Christmas Light-up for the 17th year, raising funds for those in need of help with the hope of lighting up their lives as well. Our
commitment to the community demonstrates our corporate philosophy to contribute to society through technology wherever Hitachi is
located. said Mr Shunsuke Ohtsu, Hitachi Ltds Chief Executive for Asia.
Apart from the Light-Up, another key highlight is the Celebrate Christmas in Singapore event, with the theme Christmas Its All About
Love. Visitors can look forward to Christmas-themed performances nightly at various locations along Orchard Road as well as a colourful
parade of floats from 15 to 24 December. There is also an interactive Nativity Village at Plaza Singapura. The festivities culminate in a Grand
Christmas concert on Christmas night. Other entertainment highlights during Christmas In The Tropics include performances such as
Scrooge The Musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Nutcracker Xmas Fairytale on Ice, Swan Lake
and A Crazy Christmas; the popular ZoukOut outdoor dance festival on Sentosa; The Jewel Christmas Musical Light Show and Snow Show at Mount Fabers Jewel
Box; Classical Greece at the Louvre showcasing priceless pieces from the famed Louvre Museum in Paris, displayed for the first time
outside the museum at the National Museum of Singapore, as well as myriad countdown parties across the island to ring in the New Year.
Santas Gift Bag:
The season for giving would not be complete without the associated pleasures of shopping. For an added element of
surprise, pick up Santas Gift Bag. Inspired by the Japanese New Years Fukubukuro, or lucky bag, each bag contains items of mystery
at a price less than the sum of all the items. Lucky shoppers may also find their bag filled with special bonus gifts. Santas Gift Bags range in
price from Sin$20 to Sin$408. Please refer to the Christmas In The Tropics brochure for a list of selected retailers and range of products.
Christmas in the Tropics Souvenirs by RISIS:
For the first time, STB is partnering with RISIS to launch special limited-edition Christmas in
the Tropics souvenirs including Prince Noel and Princess Ballerina phone charms, key chains and pendants.
Extended Shopping Hours:
Last minute Christmas shoppers can look forward to Saturday nights for late night shopping with an added
touch of dining and entertainment. Especially for the Christmas season, selected malls will also extend their shopping hours on Fridays and
even Sundays. Check details with participating malls Central,
Centrepoint, Marina Square, Paragon, Tangs@Orchard, Vivocity and Wisma Atria.
Free Christmas Light-Up Tour:
Visitors to Singapore will be treated to a visual spectacle of lights, colours and fantasy on the special Free
Christmas Light-Up Tour from 17 November 2007 to 2 January 2008. Each tour on the open-top HiPPO Bus starts at the Animal Farm on
Orchard Road. There will be up to 12 rides each night from 7pm to 9.30pm at
Shopping Promotions Watches & Gadgets:
mall is offering special promotional prices on Skype and mobile phones, sound systems and other computer peripherals while
Epicentre@Wheelock is offering good deals for iPod buffs. Visitors will also get to enjoy gifts with purchases
at e-life@suntec. Watch enthusiasts can look forward to special promotional prices for Nautica, Marc Ecko, Guess and Victorinox Swiss Army watches at major
DHL Tourist Express:
Visitors can shop to their hearts content and ship home their buys without hassle. DHL is offering special discounts
of up to 75% off in the shipping rates for its specially designed 2kg and 5kg festive boxes. For added convenience, visitors can drop off their
items at a convenient location at Tangs. Special rates also apply for larger 10kg and 25kg boxes from 15 October 2007 to 29 February 2008.
Christmas In The Tropics 2006
In 2006, Singapore received more than 1.7 million visitors in November and December, which is a 5% increase over 2005. A survey during
the Christmas In The Tropics 2006 season found that almost 5.3 million people visited the Orchard Road area, of which more than 757,000, or
14%, were visitors. The main draw for these visitors was the Christmas Light-Up. Many were repeat visitors coming for their second or
more Christmas experience in Singapore with the percentage of repeat visitors increasing from 22% in 2005 to 25% in 2006. Most of them
had found out about the Christmas Light-up before their arrival and about one in five visitors
had planned to coincide their trip to Singapore with the Christmas Light-up.
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