Whimsical Windmill, festive carousel rides: What to expect at Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland 2022

The new Whimsical Windmill features as many as 35,000 light bulbs.

Liam Willett

Aspiring cat dad.

Published: 5 December 2022, 4:38 PM

Kinetic lights displays, a double-storey carousel and a light tunnel are some of the things that visitors can experience in the ninth edition of Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay from Dec 2 to Jan 1, 2023.

Christmas Wonderland is split into six sections, namely St Nick’s Square, Gingerbread Grove, Mistletoe Alley, the Games Village, Merry Lane and ELFresco.

The centrepiece of Christmas Wonderland is the Spalliera at St Nick’s Square. Hand-crafted by Italian artisans, the Spalliera stands at 19 metres wide and 21 metres tall and is made up of 103,000 light bulbs.


The Spalleria stands at the height of five double-decker buses. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


Another highlight that visitors can find at St Nick’s Square is the only double-storey Venetian horse carousel in Singapore. The carousel is hand-painted by artists and made by skilled craftsmen in Europe.


Ride ticket prices are $10 per person or $5 for each adult accompanying a child. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ LIAM WILLETT


The supertrees of Gardens of the Bay will also feature a light and sound show with festive tunes at 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9.45pm.

Nearby, festive huts at St Nick’s Square offer Christmas snacks including doughnuts, ‘praffles’ (a combination of prata and waffles) and ice cream.


Vendors for the festive huts include Brewerkz, Italian showcase, Museum of Ice Cream, Praffles, Sofnade and Sour Bombe. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


Down at Gingerbread Grove, visitors can lay their eyes on a brand new kinetic lights display featuring the 10m tall Whimsical Windmill, set in a field of 250 candy canes.


The Whimsical Windmill light display features a total of 35,000 light bulbs. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


The Walk of Lights also at Gingerbread Cove features 50,000 programmable LED lights illuminating a myriad of colours along a 50m-long tunnel.


The Walk of Lights returns for its fourth edition this year. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/ LIAM WILLETT


At Mistletoe Alley, visitors can do their Christmas shopping at several festive huts from vendors including Candescent Box, Dollop Photobooths and Happy Rei.


Visitors can purchase official Christmas Wonderland merchandise at Mistletoe Alley. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


The Games Village features several traditional carnival games and rides including Fishy Fishy, Ring Toss, Pyramid Smash, Bowling and High Striker.


Each carnival game costs $6, with two games priced at $10. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


While it may not snow in Singapore this Christmas, visitors can imagine a wintry escapade at Snowland, featuring an illuminated igloo, polar bears and artificial snowfall for photo opportunities.


Snowland is located in the Merry Lane section of Christmas Wonderland. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


At the Merry Lane section, visitors can also take photos with several Christmas-themed light installations including the Jolly Express, Poinsettia Castle and a Gingerbread House.


The Jolly Express installation features 4,000 light bulbs. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


At ELFresco, visitors can indulge in Christmas treats curated by a variety of Singaporean vendors while listening to live music.


Vendors include Brewerkz, Burger & Lobster, Hendrick’s, Penfolds, Pita Tree and Sofnade. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


The schedule of performers at ELFresco can be found on Christmas Wonderland’s website.


Dining at ELFresco is complemented by festive performances by local artists. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


Advance tickets can be purchased at $8 for an adult and $6 for a child till Dec 15. Ticket prices for an adult will increase to $10 from Dec 16 to Jan 1, 2023. Same-day tickets can be purchased for the whole event duration at $12 for an adult and $6 for a child.

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