Singapore President Nathan Officially Lights Up Orchard and Marina Bay area for Christmas

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20 November 2010, Singapore – At 745 pm today, President S.R. Nathan officiated the Christmas Light Up Switch On Ceremony for a “Starlit Christmas” – the theme for this  year’s Christmas in Singapore’s shopping belt.  The Community Chest also hopes to raise  S$55.2 million this year through a series of roadshows across the island.

Singapore Tourism Board invited me and Dennis to witness the ceremony and to an open top bus ride on Hippo Bus to personally experience the light up together with other media and guests.  This is my first time attending the light up ceremony or should I say, my first in Orchard on the first day of light up in the last 27 years.  I personally recommend visitors and Singapore residents to go for a ride just to enjoy the view and snap wonderful memories with your camera.  You’ll be amazed at how low the Christmas decorations are. You could almost reach out and touch the lights above you on top of the double-decker open top bus. Tourists get to enjoy free Christmas Lightup Hippo Tours. Click here for more info.

Double decker Open Top Hippo Bus

For tourists coming to Singapore, you can also catch Walking on Dinosaurs from 1 – 12 December.  If you are into the clubbing and DJ scene, check out Trance Maestro DJ Bobina at Double O on 3 December.  You’ll have to visit Raffles City and its mix of retail and dining outlets as well as a stone’s throw to nearby malls at Suntec and Marina Square.

Photos of the Light Up Ceremony

Student Performers from the APSN Chao Yang School

The boys from Boys Brigade

Students from APSN Chao Yang School Performing

President SR Nathan and VIPs

President Nathan posing with the studenta from APSN Chao Yang School

Highlights of Christmas Lightup in Orchard and Marina Bay area

SONY Alpha NEX 5 panoramic sweep of ION Orchard


Raffles City

Lighted Christmas Tree at ION Orchard

Purple Zone

Forum Galleria

Blue and white theme at the Marina Bay area



Check out the slideshow below or if you wish to download the photos or link to your site, you may click on the gallery below.



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  2. girl in Shanghai says:

    Thanks for sharing the pictures….. The Orchard lights are done by my dear friend’s company and I didn’t have the chance to see it last year, and won’t have the chance to see it this year either….

    The X’mas lights and trees are up in Shanghai too, when are you coming back to take pictures of every single X’mas tree in Shanghai??

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