Destinations3D 'walls', AR fireworks, virtual tours, blend with physical celebrations at The Lion City.

Welcome to Singapore's hybrid Christmas

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Augmented Reality fireworks, viewed through the PopAR app.
Augmented Reality fireworks, viewed through the PopAR app. Photo Credit: Artist's impressions by Orchard Road Business Association

Come 13 November, Singapore's iconic shopping belt will welcome its 38th Christmas celebration, kicking off seven weeks of physical activities and strong digital showcases as the Lion City reopens its global doors.

Themed 'Christmas in Bloom', the annual light-up will see mega arches anchored along Orchard Road's 3.1km, adorned with traditional festive florals the likes of red and rose gold poinsettias, as well as white Christmas roses.

Just like in 2020, the decorated streets can be explored physically or viewed virtually, via a microsite featuring 360-degree views of the stretch from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura — buskers and musicians included along 10 hotspots for this year's edition.

Everything else it seems, will be a full-on digital Christmas experience.

The soon-to-rebrand Mandarin Orchard Singapore will have its side wall transformed into a 'Wall of Wonder' — where three-dimensional (3D) multimedia projection mappings come on nightly for 10-minutes each time.

The shows begin 1 November until 2 January 2022, between 8pm and 10.30pm. Visitors along Orchard Road on Christmas eve and New Year’s Day will additionally be treated to augmented reality (AR) fireworks at midnight — by downloading the PopAR app.



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