Thursday, 25 December 2014

Christmas Displays in Gardens by the Bay 2014


November to January in Singapore (and neighbouring countries) is a NE Monsoon Season. Going from my own experience in Singapore in the last 5 years (this is probably more reliable than stats that averages over centuries as weather is quite dramatically different in the last decade than the last few centuries due to climate change), in November, you can expect at least 3 days out of a week to have rain. In December, the chance of rain on a given day is around 70%. By rain, I mean anything from a brief shower to a heavy downpour that lasted hours. From November to December, the rain isn't just increasing in frequency, but also in intensity. The rains gradually taper off into January after reaching the peak near the end of the year.

There was a heavy downpour yesterday, and only a cloudy sky today - Christmas Day - we thought we'd better check out the Christmas displays in Gardens by the Bay before the rains rain on our parade (so to speak).

Ever since the Gardens opened 2 years ago, more and more displays of Singaporean major festivals had occurred here from Mid-Autumn Festival to Christmas. Because it's right next to the Marine Bay Sands hotel, it would cater very well to the tourists (tourism industry accounts for about 20% of Singapore GDP). I've no complain; more photo ops for me.

In the West, well, at least in my hometown Sydney, the city is like a ghost town during Christmas Day, this is because traditionally the day is for family gathering. Singapore has no such tradition. Streets are quite busy during Christmas Day, and Gardens by the Bay is no exception (as you can see from the crowds in some of the photos).



Gardens by the Bay organiser described the whole activity/event as Christmas Wonderland. I didn't go into the conservatories to look at some of the displays/activities. I only looked at the outdoor displays (perhaps more accurately should be called installations).

Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Russians and Canadians may find snow a nuisance at best and even life-threatening at worst. For the Singaporeans, who live only 1.3° from the equator, would find snow simply magical (if they can get it at all), and so the organiser created some fake snow for the tropic islanders to experience.

Artificial Snows, Christmas installation/displays, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore




This event ends in 1st Jan 2015.



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