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Festive spots for snapshots

As the Yuletide season draws near, shopping malls have brought out the best of their baubles, lights and tinsel to celebrate Christmas. Life! picks the best mall decorations for that picture-perfect festive shot
The Straits Times - December 6, 2013
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Festive spots for snapshots

Raffles City

From afar, the 19m-tall tree at the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road looks like a spiky affair. But close up, it looks like whimsical Christmas fairies have descended upon it. There are 54 pairs of these golden wings encircling the hulking tree, amid 95,000 sparkling lights and 5,300 golden balls and red baubles.

Inside the mall, 120 wings hang in mid-air at the Garden Court and Water Court airwells, and another 120 fairy wings decorate the ceiling of the main entrance, where shoppers exit City Hall train station and walk into the mall.

Tangs Orchard

The department store goes fusion this festive season, mixing Asian and Western elements in its decorations, such as baubles and bells with Oriental peonies, peacocks and an Asian palette of bold reds, jade green, gold and rich jewel tones.

The piece de resistance is a mannequin at the store’s main entrance, with a headpiece of peacock feathers that rises to cover the entire ceiling.

Orchard Central

This mall is a definite hit with photography buffs. It has been transformed into a festive town square with many photogenic spots along the way. The highlight is an 8m-tall structure that includes a Christmas tree, decorated with mosaic cutouts and made from LED lights and 1,700 recycled bottles. Below the tree is a 3m-wide neon green dome in which tired shoppers can rest their feet.


Home to the tallest Christmas tree in Singapore, the mall has a 32.6m-tall tree. It outdoes its previous record-breaking 31m-tall tree in 2009, which made it into The Singapore Book Of Records for being the tallest Christmas tree at the time.

A reindeer guards the massive tree and its pink antlers extend into the tree.

Paragon Shopping Centre

Gold is the dominant colour at the mall. Outside, golden trumpet-playing fairies line the sidewalk. Taking centre stage at the mall’s entrance is a 12m-tall Christmas tree, topped with a gold star and decorated with a ring of fairies, as sparkling lights shimmer in glass windows behind.

Ngee Ann City

Breakfast at Tiffany’s? How about Christmas with Tiffany? The American jeweller Tiffany & Co. has decorated a 16m-tall tree in Ngee Ann City’s first floor atrium in front of the information counter.

Perched on a box in the jeweller’s iconic blue, the shimmering tree has eight types of baubles such as icicles, matt silver and shiny bronze balls and, of course, Tiffany blue boxes.


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