Singapore Life #31 – Christmas on Orchard Road

I have a confession to make. For a few years in my early twenties, I was a bit of a Christmas bah humbug. I don’t know why, probably just feeling a bit sorry for myself. As I’m sure you’ve worked out this week, I absolutely love Christmas now, but I’m definitely not a traditionalist when it comes to decorating. My tree at home in Canberra is some twisted willow with fairy lights and decorated in black and purple.


(Camera phone picture)

We haven’t put a tree up this year as all of myChristmas stuff was left in Aus. I did attempt a bit of a mini tree set up with a jewellery tree and some cheap mini baubles from Daiso, but let’s be honest it’s pretty pathetic, so we’ve settled with a red candle from Ikea and the empty macaron box from Ladurée. Never mind, I know there will be two gorgeous trees at both Christmas 1 and 2 in Canberra and in the mean time, Key and I did some night time wandering down Orchard Road to look at all of the decorations there.

 orchard road

Orchard Road is a crazy place at the best of times. There are always masses of people, plenty of designer shops, it’s a main road after all so there is always a heavy flow of traffic, it’s hot and sticky and there is always someone trying to shove pamphlets in your face. So add Christmas into the mix and Christmas on Orchard Road is pretty full on.


christmas on orchard road

Apparently just a few other people thought they would check out Christmas on Orchard Road too.





Oops…I cheated a bit. The above two pics are actually from Boat Quay, not Orchard Road. I loved the glittery reindeer though, so I had to include the pics.




Prada and Louis Vuitton. Yeh, I just pop into these two shops when I need some cheap trackie daks. Ummm…I think not. There is a saying in Singapore that there are more Louis Vuitton stores than McDonald’s. I’m not sure whether it’s true or not, but there are certainly plenty along the long stretch of Orchard Road.




See how far back along the road the lights stretch? Singapore changed the colours of the decorations on the road this year. Apparently the more traditional reds and greens were confusing and distracting some drivers because at a glance they looked like traffic lights.




All of the shopping centres are decorated indoors too.



   Thank you to my official night photographer, Key, who took the majority of these photos. Any graininess and loss of quality is due to my novice editing skills :)


 By the time this post is published, we will be on a plane on our way to Australia. I plan to post some Singapore Life style updates over the next few weeks but I don’t plan to blog properly again until the 13th of January.

We are so looking forward to catching up with friends and family and I’m so grateful that we will get to spend the Christmas and New year period with them.

To every reader of this blog, I wish you a safe and happy festive season and I look forward to bringing you more recipes in the new year.

Merry Christmas



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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.

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