Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay

3 more days to Christmas and Gardens By The Bay is currently showcasing a European-style Festive Market with pop-up stores, traditional rides and games - Christmas Wonderland, the largest yuletide fair which will be running till 27 December 2015.

What you can expect at The Fairground (27 November to 27 December), it's just like a dream ! I have to thank Xav and Vera for bringing out the child in me ! I felt the joy and the feeling of being so carefree ! It seemed to take away all stress for that moment.  How magical ! We loved the Vintage Carousel thoroughly! To think Vera remembered the carousel ride when we went back to the vicinity a few days later for another event. Note that children below the height of 1 metre, an accompanying adult is required.

Vintage Carousel @ $10 per ride

Kids who loves thrill, do give this 14 metre high, Helter Skelter a try ! Never before seen in Singapore, this is another iconic attraction in Christmas fairs around Europe. The word Helter-Skelter literarily means ‘hurried and confused’, ‘in haste’ or ‘disorderly’ and the lighthouse-like structure with a high spiral slide offers you more-or-less the same experience.  Having reached the top, be greeted with a majestic view over the Fairground, before spiraling back down.

Helter Skelter @ $8 per ride

A robe and mat will be provided to slide down via the high spiral slide and someone was totally on cloud nine to went for it twice.

Going for his 2nd round !

The child-friendly swinging chairs, as long as your child is between 0.9m to 1.4 m tall, they are all ready to sit on the singing chairs ! We did not managed to give this a try as we didn't manage to locate this ! Shall hold on to the next visit before they pull down everything ! Swinging chairs are going for $8 per ride.

Photo Credit: Christmas Wonderland , Swinging Chairs @ $8 per ride

Trackless Christmas Train if you are going to board to tour around, listen and soak in the festive mood in the gardens @ $6 per ride. 

Oh and do you know that on Mondays & Tuesdays between 4:00 to 6:00pm, experience SANTA'S SPECIAL HAPPY HOUR and ride on the Carousel, Helter Skelter Slide and Swinging Chairs at only 3 Tokens (S$6.00) per ride. Do purchase the tokens at the booths widely available around the Fairground before going for these rides.

There are 7 carnival game stalls which you can pit your skills at to win yourself a plushie ! Starting from $4 onwards. This was his first try and he won himself a Baymax plushie. He told us he wanted to win something for his little sister too ! What a nice gesture from a big brother !


Woody was totally too cute ! I was secretly wishing that I could bring him home !

Yes, Xav tried but didn't win any from this stall. He was kind of upset that Vera did not have one but we told him that his thoughts were really sweet and much appreciated by us and his little sister.

Who wouldn't love bubbles ? We actually stayed to catch the session at 7pm but we were being directed to the wrong location. One of the staff from the Fairground directed us to the Spalleria, we waited but no bubbles appeared ! Then, I approached another staff at one of the information booth and told us it was at the Fairground instead. By then, we decided to skip it as we had a cranky baby with us. If you want to catch it, the sessions are timed : 7pm, 8.05pm and 9.45pm daily and its FREE for all.

Another way to beat the heat in this sunny island, the Ice Palace is sure to keep you cool ! With adorable polar bears and penguin aids available for non skaters and beginners. I would prefer to come in for the first or second session and slowly make my way to play around the Fairground before satisfying my tummy with some nibbles and enjoy the Blizzard time at the Spallieral.

The Ice Skating Rink opens their doors at 4pm but the first session starts at 4.30 pm. You might want to note their sessions :

Session 1 : 4.30 - 5.15 pm
Session 2 : 5.25 - 6.10 pm
Session 3 : 6.20 - 7.05 pm
Session 4 : 7.30 - 8.15 pm
Session 5 : 8.25 - 9.10 pm
Session 6 : 9.20 - 10.05 pm
Session 7 : 10.15 - 11 pm

Each session is 45 min long and costs $14 per session (inclusive of skates rental only), if you want to bring your own skates, you are more than welcome to bring it. We brought our own gloves and socks but freak not if you left yours at home, you can get them at $2 per pair at the ticketing booth.

I love the way they limit the number of skaters to be in the rink for every session so as to prevent over crowding. Note that this is strictly for age 3 years ad above only and children below 0.9m, an accompanying adult is required.

Here's something for the little ones if they can't get into the rink. You can bring them to the Snow Playground. Same opening hours as the Ice Skating Rink, they have sessions as well.

Session 1 : 4.30 -5.00 pm
Session 2 : 5.10 - 5.40 pm
Session 3 : 5.50 - 6.20 pm
Session 4 : 6.30 - 7.00 pm
Session 5 : 7.35 - 8.05 pm
Session 6 : 8.15 - 8.45 pm
Session 7 : 8.55 - 9.25 pm
Session 8 : 9.35 - 10.05 pm
Session 9 : 10.15 - 10.45 pm(Last session)

Just right within the vicinity of Supertree Grove, 19 specially designed, traditional huts were brought in from the United Kingdom to bring you the nibbles and bites. Be sure to check out Kebabs by Shabestan, Churros Factory, Dutch the Pancake Shop or if you would love to try curated charcuterie plates by Culina, to name a few.  These festive market operates from 4-11 pm.

Someone had also tried to pay Santa a visit but Santa's away delivering presents and will only be on Thursdays to Sundays, 5.00 - 10.00 pm. Charges apply for photo taking with Santa at $20 for one photo and $40 for three photos and note that you are not allowed to use your own camera.

The 20m high Spalleria by day.

Spalleria by the evening.

Catch the spectacular light up of this 20 meters high Spalliera, at 7pm ! Be treated with Christmas songs and immersed yourself in the surrounding of the beautiful light-up while you wait for Blizzard time, something which the old and young will love !

The timings for Blizzard Time @ Spalliera are as follows :
Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays are at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily
Fridays and Saturdays are at 8pm, 9pm and 9.45pm daily

The last thing you do not want to miss will be the magical toy-filled dreamland at the Flower Dome. I want to take pictures with that cuteness overflowing Santa Bear ! We did not managed to make it on the same day and we tried to visit the Flower Dome on the day we came back again for the last SG50 Event "Future of Us" Exhibition without checking the site, not knowing that the dome was closed for maintenance. I will be back !

If you need more information, do check out the links below :

Official Website:
Facebook: Christmas Wonderland Singapore
Instagram: @ChristmasWonderlandSG and you can hashtag your photos #ChristmasWonderlandSG

Here, I wish all readers of Xavvy-licious, a blessed and wonderful Christmas and look forward to enter a brand new year in 2016 !!

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Disclaimer : This is a media invite by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, no monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are of mine.

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