Monday, December 26, 2016

[Media Invite] Christmas Wonderland 2016

Christmas Wonderland 2016 has transformed the iconic Gardens by the Bay into a festive playground filled with activities for the all ages over the expanded 57,000 square metres event ground. It actually expanded from 35,000 square metres! If you have not visited, Christmas Wonderland will be there for another week till 1st Jan 2017 !

Most of you may have read from other blogs on what's happening. Here's my experience with the family on last friday. What's are the differences from last year's and this?

#1 Better Crowd Control = Overall visitor expereince is enhanced.
I had an easier time to capture pictures this time round as the crowd was relatively so much better than last year without having difficulty to jostle among the crowd. This was done so with ticketed entry into Christmas Wonderland. Tickets are strictly to be purchased online at . Do note that there will be no sale of tickets on-site. As the festive season is drawing near, tickets are priced at $8 Sgd per person.
- A paying adult can bring up to 3 children under 0.9m free of charge.
- A child more than 0.9m would require an enry ticket.
- Tokens for carnival rides and games are to purchase seperately. You can get it at the Token booths.

The Spalliera Castel del Monte is the highlight of Christmas Wonderland ! It is always so beautiful and captivating ! The largest Luminarie ever built in South East Asia, standing at 19.7metre tall and 24 metre wide. It is the highest ever this year ! It lights up at 7pm and Blizzard time starts at 8pm and at hourly interval until 10pm daily. Get ready to experience "snow" in the tropics !

If you would love to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Spalliera Castel del Monte, magestic Supertrees and the Festive Market, go for a meal at the two-storey Glass House by Harry's !

#2 New rides on the Fairgrounds !
Rides start from $6 Sgd, you can choose to enjoy these carnival rides:
Bumper Cars (Seats up to 2 pax) Minimum age: 3 years, Children below 1m to be accompanied by an adult.

Bug Cars , Christmas Train,

Magical Mini Ferries Wheel Minimum height of 0.8m, Children below 0.8m must be accompanied by an adult.

Personally I feel it's a little costly that even the accompanying adult has to pay for the ride. Imagine if the child needs a parent's accompany due to height restriction, it's as good as paying $12 for a ride for three rounds on the Mini Ferries Wheel. Xav found it too kiddish and chose not to go for the ride. Hence, Vera went ahead instead under my accompany.

Her signature wink for now. =)

#3 More Game Stalls! Last year, there were 7, this year there are 11 traditional carnival game stalls to pit your skills against in winning one of the really adorable plushies ! Games start from $4 Sgd.

#4 Double the size for Ice Palace with new activities! Last year, it was a 48 square metre snow playground, this year's 96 square metre!

Ice Palace

Apart from the Ice Skating (Tickets at $18 per person inclusive of skates rental, for a 45 mins). First session starts at 4.30pm. Socks and gloves are available for purchase else do bring your own pair during your visit.

The new addition. - 25 metre long Ice Slide. Tickets at $4 Sgd per pax. From where I viewed, it went really fast!! Nice for you if you like to have a feel of thrill!  Children below 0.9m must be accompanied by one adult.

Note: To view website for full session timings, do pre-book your preferred sessions to aavoid disappointment.

There is also a Snow Playground, priced at $16 Sgd per child, from 2 to 12 years of age for a 20 mins session. Snow boots from size 26 to 36 (Euro sizes) are available for rental.

You can also savour signature pastries from the French patisserie PAUL’s in an alpine house setting inside the Ice Palace at the same time overseeing the skate ring!

#5 Hi-5 Funtastic House (located at the Meadow), it has 3 distinct areas within it's tentage. Your little Hi-5 fans would love this ! Ticket is at $24 Sgd for one child + one accompanying adult not inclusive of the entry tickets $8 Sgd into Christmas Wonderland Sg.

They could groove along with their favourite Hi-5 hits together with a facilitator,

dress themselves up with the adorable Hi-5 costumes props and take a picture in them! They get to bring home a polaroid and a balloon as momentos.

Or Go WILD, just like Xav when he first saw the Hi-5 castle obstacles course, Hi-5 Tumble house which is a bouncy castle as well as Hi-5 Super slider slide. Here's my tour in it. It's a pity that tickets for the later 2 sessions were all fully taken for that evening. I wish we could have return and take more pictures of the kids while they continue their fun in the Hi-5 Funtastic House.

Furthermore, there are 27 unique craft and food outlets right at the European- Style Festive Market for you to shop and bring back one-of-a kind gifts. Christmas is over I know but that does not mean you can't get a gift !

For more details, do check out
Facebook: Christmas Wonderland Singapore
Instagram: @ChristmasWonderlandSG

Should you decide to visit, I would advise you to bring along an unbrella or a poncho just incase the wet weather persists. I feel that at least you can still walk around without getting stuck at any shelters. Have fun and take lots of photos ! And also if you would want more time to shop around, do visit earlier!

From our family to yours: Merry and Blessed Christmas, Peeps !

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Disclaimer: This is a media invitation by Blue Sky Events, no money compensation is involved and all opinions are of my own. Thank you for having us !

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