Winter-wonderland magic in Orchard Road this Christmas

SINGAPORE - This year, Orchard Road's famous annual Christmas light-up will include a chance for visitors to snap a special photographic memento of the decorations.

Specially designed glittering structures - featuring festive towers, stars and diamonds - have been set up at different points along the shopping belt.

The seven set pieces, intended as photographic backdrops, are part of this year's transformation of the shopping belt into a winter wonderland.

This year's light-up, back for its 30th year, is called Christmas on A Great Street. It will run from Nov 23 to Jan 5.

Also, office workers are being given a better chance of enjoying the spectacular display this year. The light-up, stretching 2.2km from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura, will begin earlier each evening during the six-week period than in previous years. The street will be lit at 6.30pm instead of the usual 7pm, so office workers can catch a glimpse of the lights before heading home, said Mrs May Sng, chairman of light-up organiser Orchard Road Business Association.

Shoppers in Orchard Road will also be able to navigate their way around the shopping hub with a new digital map that comes with the free @Orchard app.

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