Christmas lights go beyond Orchard

Christmas lights go beyond Orchard
People walking along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, which is illuminated by some 30 Christmas charity trees put up by the Community Chest and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

It is less than six weeks to Christmas, and the festive cheer is extending beyond Orchard Road's famous annual Christmas light-up this year.

From candy cane-like structures illuminating the footpaths along the Singapore River to a Christmas village at Changi Airport, other parts of Singapore will also be adorned for the Yuletide season.

The Singapore River last night launched its inaugural light-up festival called Christmas by the River.

It features market stalls selling Christmas- themed gifts and souvenirs until Dec 15 along the River Promenade, which stretches from the area outside Central shopping mall to Read Bridge.

The six-week-long festival is the first precinct- wide initiative by Singapore River One (SRO), which manages Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay.

SRO's executive director Tyrone Tabing said: "We want to add something special to make the Singapore River even more of a destination this holiday season."

In the heartland, residents in Marine Parade will get to enjoy the constituency's large-scale community-driven Christmas light-up and other activities, following the success of a similar event held last year.

For instance, street lamps will be decorated to look like golden trees when the month-long display begins on Dec 6, and a pop-up cafe will serve free coffee to residents who show up with a friend from Dec 20 to 25. There will also be youth performances, body painting activities and balloon sculpting booths.

The activities are jointly organised by Faith Community Baptist Church, which has a branch in Marine Parade, and the Marine Parade Merchants' Association.

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