Singapore Christmas Lights
Join us on a pre-Christmas festive tour to see the dazzling lights and sights of Singapore. This 6-day tour will show you the best of Singapore when the annual ‘Light-Up’ transforms Orchard Road into a festive wonderland, with bright lights, enchanting decorations, endless music, and an irrepressible holiday cheer.
One of Singapore’s most popular precincts and a world-class lifestyle destination for avid shoppers and discerning visitors alike, Orchard Road’s buzzing atmosphere amps up as Christmas comes to town. We explore this vibrant area, as well as the must-see highlight – Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. Another highlight of this pre-Christmas tour is a night-time visit to the zoo to uncover the wonders of the nocturnal animal kingdom at the world’s first night wildlife park. Enjoy a multi-sensory journey across six geographical regions under the moonlight! Singapore is a treasure trove of cultural experiences and exciting cuisine, and we enjoy it all, including a cooking class, and High Tea at the iconic Raffles Hotel. Singapore Christmas Lights is an exciting sojourn to this wonderful island state: what a way to get into the festive spirit!
Tour Fitness Level: Easy
Optional Post-Tour Cruise
At the end of the tour, you can join a 9-night cruise from Singapore to Fremantle, with stops at Bali and Geraldton, aboard Azamara Journey, a small cruise ship with capacity for 650 passengers. The cruise departs Singapore late afternoon on 12 December, arriving in Fremantle on the morning of 21 December. Price is from $1,702pp twin share, and subject to availability. All meals onboard are included.
- Singapore City tour
- Visit Singapore’s UNESCO World Heritage listed Botanic Gardens
- High Tea at the Raffles Hotel
- River cruise on a traditional ‘bumboat’
- Visit Singapore Zoo at night
- Travel on the renowned Night Safari Tram at the zoo
- Enjoy a cultural cooking class
- Explore the ‘Christmas on a Great Street’ display at Orchard Road
- Immerse yourself in the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
- Return transfers between airport and hotel
- Accommodation (twin share) at Vibe Hotel Singapore Orchard
- Breakfast daily at hotel
- Other meals as specified
- Air-conditioned vehicle for touring
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
- Travel Directors Tour Leader
A booking form is to be completed by all passengers, and a non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 per person paid at the time of booking.
07/12/2023 Arrive Singapore (D)
On arrival in Singapore we transfer to our hotel and in the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Vibe Hotel Singapore Orchard
08/12/2023 City Tour & High Tea at Raffles (B, High Tea)
Today we begin our city tour at Kampong Glam, an area where modernity meets tradition. This district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial past and is now home to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. Later we visit the Civic District, passing by the Padang, Singapore Cricket Club, historic Parliament House and the National Gallery. Next stop is Merlion Park where we enjoy impressive views of Marina Bay. We continue on to Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, and through Chinatown on our way to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. Our final destination is the iconic Raffles Hotel where we enjoy their famous High Tea. Set in the restored Grand Lobby of the hotel, we sit among the grandeur of its floor-to-ceiling pillars bathed in daylight streaming through the skylight. This is a quintessential Singapore experience! Later we return to our hotel and the evening is free.
09/12/2023 River Cruise & Zoo Night Safari (BD)
This morning we transfer to Clark Quay to board a traditional ‘bumboat’ cruising along the river. This unforgettable ride encapsulates Singapore heritage and modernity in one activity, spanning the iconic districts of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Marina Bay. Bask in the rich history of the Raffles Landing site, marvel at the soaring futuristic architecture of Marina Bay Sands, and discover the story of the river that gave life to the city. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the facilities at the hotel, or wander around the city on your own. In the evening we transfer to Singapore Zoo to uncover the wonders of the nocturnal animal kingdom at the world’s first night wildlife park. Here we enjoy a multi-sensory journey across six geographical regions under the moonlight. Be enthralled by a pride of lions basking under the illumination of a full moon, get up close to the free-ranging Malayan tapirs, and meet Chawang, the Asian bull elephant, as you ride on board the renowned Night Safari Tram. We then enjoy dinner at Ulu Ulu Safari restaurant located in the park, before returning to the hotel.
10/12/2023 Cooking Class, Christmas Lights & Markets (BL)
There is no better way to get acquainted with Singapore’s many cultures than through the island’s food, and this morning we immerse ourselves in a cultural cooking class. During the class we learn about Singapore’s food culture and discover the secret to Singapore’s hawker centres, before cooking up a storm with a hands on step by step cooking lesson. We then enjoy the fruits of our labour with a mouth-watering Singaporean lunch sampling each of the dishes we have prepared. Late afternoon, we travel past some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks to arrive at the back of Orchard Road – the start of the ‘Light-Up’ – where a dazzling array of glittering lights and spectacular arches await. Christmas on a Great Street showcases more than 60 kms of lights along this 3 kms stretch of Orchard Road, starting at Tanglin Mall and travelling up to Istana Park. We have the opportunity to spend some time here shopping in the fabulous Singapore Malls, or just taking in the vibrant atmosphere of this festive time of year. We then transfer back to the hotel via the world’s largest water fountain – the Fountain of Wealth – for good luck.
11/12/2023 Christmas Wonderland & Gardens by the Bay (B)
Today we finish off our Singapore Christmas visit with the stunning light displays at the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. This annual event is a must-see highlight of Singapore’s end-of-year celebrations. Taking place on a massive fairground, Christmas Wonderland is home to unforgettable sights and Yule-themed extravaganzas featuring illuminations, light sculptures, rides, carnival games, amusement rides, live performances, festive markets, Santa’s Grotto and numerous other entertainment options. The human-made blizzard, massive Christmas tree, and Christmas carols add to the Christmas cheer. Garden by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland is the essence of Christmas celebrations in Singapore.
12/12/2023 Depart Singapore (B)
Our tour concludes this morning after breakfast at our hotel. If returning home there is a transfer to the airport, or alternatively transfer to the cruise terminal if taking the optional 9-night cruise back to Australia.