Christmas Wonderland is now a mainstay every holiday season at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, since its tender beginnings in 2021. Of course, you can’t compare it to Europe with more well-developed Christmas markets like Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London or Le Marche de Noel de Tuileries in Paris. And especially with the hot weather in Singapore, it’s hard to immerse yourself and get into holiday vibes. But for those who cannot travel, Christmas Wonderland has been an impressive attraction in Singapore every Christmas. I’ve been to Christmas Markets in Vienna, Budapest and elsewhere in Europe, so I can guarantee you that Singapore’s Christmas Wonderland is entertaining and incredible in its own way.
Ticket prices vary depending on the dates you come here. I encourage you to come before peak Christmas (December 1-14, 2023) which is mid-December, and you’ll save a few dollars. Purchase in advance at $8 or you’ll get $12 if you’re going on the same day.
You’ll still find Mistletoe Alley, Walk of Lights, Spalleira, and Hendricks Cracker Bar still brings you festive cocktails using different whisky blends and gins, just at a very steep price of $12-$15 each. The food is very expensive IMO, with wagyu burgers selling for $20+ and truffle fries by Tanglin Cookhouse at $11. I recommend eating an early dinner before coming here, like the Jurrasic Nest Food Hall. At Christmas Wonderland, you can just grab some small bites while enjoying the Christmas Lights rather than eating a full dinner especially when coming with a big group.
By the way, there is nothing Michelin Bib Gourmand about the food stalls at Jurassic Nest. I wish they’d stop advertising it that way. Hawker Chan’s quality has dropped significantly. Sad.
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What’s new at Christmas Wonderland this 2023
Highlights of Christmas Wonderland include the Holly Roger, a grand galleon embellished with lights. I don’t know where they got this concept but it’s certainly magical and unique compared to the Venetian Bridge back in 2021.
I do recommend getting Swag Social’s Butterbeer ($8). It’s non-alcoholic, not too sweet with strong caramel flavors and the cream is lip smacking. Pofferjtes or dutch baby pancakes are so welcome along with cotton candy. And for those who have a sweet tooth, there’s Gingerbread Grove, whose goal is get your teeth aching with crepes, pancakes, Churros by Churros Republic and cheesecakes by Beverly Hills Cheesecake Factory.
The Garden Rhapsody is a special light show scheduled every 7:45pm, 8:45pm and 9:35pm in the evening. You can’t just come here to see the lights and not visit the Christmas Wonderland. You’ll need to purchase your admission tickets to enter the Supertree Grove. At the end of the show, the Spalleira is lit for the Blizzard Time. Yes, it’s fake snow, not even styrophor, but they’re soap suds, a little disgusting if you ask me, so don’t look at the ground and just imagine it’s real snow.
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Getting here: How to go to Christmas Wonderland 2023
If you’re taking the train, simply take the Downtown Line towards Bayfront MRT, or the Thomson East Coast Line to Gardens by the Bay MRT station. The latter is a farther walk compared to the former. If you take the train to Bayfront MRT, then you can easily enter from the main gates, where you have the chance to navigate the wonderland experience from start to end, not starting in the middle.
The best time to come to Christmas Wonderland 2023 is between 7:00pm-7:30pm, just before the crowds arrive. Don’t come here too late or it’ll be too crowded for your comfort, hardly any seats, long queues in toilets, sweaty elbows bumping — all guaranteed to soil your Christmas Wonderland experience.