Photo credit: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay is lighting up this festive season

Highlights include Floral Fantasy, Christmas Wonderland and Poinsettia Wishes, featuring a replica of an iconic Dutch landmark.

Naren Lee Sankar

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Published: 12 November 2020, 8:18 PM

Say hello to the festive season as Gardens by the Bay takes you to the Netherlands with their Flower Dome display, and back in time with their Orient Express exhibit.

Here are some of the highlights this November and December:

1. Christmas Wonderland 2020

Featuring a mix of online and on-site events, Christmas Wonderland 2020 will have games, performances, and most importantly, festive shopping which can even be done from the comfort of your own home.

The on-site event will be from Dec 4 to Dec 27 and will boast stunning light installations in the Walk of Lights, while the online segment will take place from Nov 19 to Dec 31.


Christmas Wonderland 2020 is the seventh edition of this event. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


More details about Christmas Wonderland 2020 can be found here starting Nov 19.

2. Poinsettia Wishes

Transport yourself to the Netherlands with the return of the Flower Dome’s signature floral displays. A replica of Gouda City Hall, one of the oldest Gothic town halls in the Netherlands and a famous tourist attraction, will be featured.

Poinsettias and pansies, which are plants widely used during the festive season, will be out on display along with real Christmas trees to top it off.

A traditional Swedish Lucia Procession and Santa meet-and-greet sessions with the public will complement the popular floral display.

Poinsettia Wishes will take place from Nov 27 to Jan 3 2021 from 9am to 9pm. Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Click here for more details.


The real Gouda City Hall opened in 1450. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY

3. Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express

The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883, becoming known for providing luxury travel. Relive that experience as a pop-up attraction of the Orient Express comes your way next to the Bayfront Plaza.

Featuring two original train carriages gazetted as national treasures of France and an engine that is 158 years old, you can really take a step back in time with this attraction. There are also 300 heritage items including a Louis Vuitton original luggage, priceless porcelain and more.

An Orient Express shop, cafe, restaurant and lounge, and even an escape room complete the whole experience.

The Orient Express attraction will run from Dec 12 to Jun 13, 2021. More details available here.


The actual Orient Express operated until 2009. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY

4. Floral Fantasy reopening (at last!)

Floral artistry created with preserved, dried and fresh flowers such as orchids, fuchsias and begonias await at Floral Fantasy.

Reopening Nov 21, it is the final ticketed attraction to welcome visitors once again, having been shut for a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To sweeten the reopening, a complimentary ice-cream cone from Café Aster can be redeemed with tickets bought for Floral Fantasy.

Floral Fantasy tickets will be at a promotional rate from Nov 21 to Jan 3, 2021. Bookings can be made via the Gardens by the Bay website or mobile app from Nov 16.


A begonia in Floral Fantasy is named after Star Wars villain, Darth Vader due to its dark-coloured leaves. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


For further information about events at Gardens by the Bay, head to their website.

Remember to book your tickets early this year due to the limits on the number of people for safe distancing!

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