"Christmas in the Tropics" in Singapore is heaven for shoppers. Individual malls put on individually-spectacular shows of light and tinsel, with promotions and major discounts to seal the deal. Fly in to enjoy the tax-free shopping in Singapore, made even better with these promotions geared towards shopping tourists!
(Don’t go shopping in Singapore unprepared – read these articles about Christmas Gift Tips and Seven Tips to Help You Stop Making Holiday Shopping Mistakes.)
MasterCard Promotions on Orchard Road, Singapore
From November 12 to January 2, the first 200 MasterCard cardholders per week to charge at least SGD 300 to their MasterCard at any participating Orchard Road shopping mall will receive a SGD 30 shopping voucher. Shoppers can present a maximum of five same-day receipts at the same establishment to redeem their vouchers.
From November 26 till the end of the promotion, vouchers will only be issued while stocks last.
Receive and use your vouchers at any of these participating malls:
Rewards & Pop Up Shops at the Ion Orchard
Visit Orchard Road's ION Orchard shopping mall, check out their pop-up stores on Levels 1 and Basement 4:
The Club 21 Accessories pop-up store on L1 Atrium offers accessories from prominent fashion brands, among them Alexander Wang, Bao Bao Issey Miyake, Paul Smith, and Stella McCartney. The store also offers an outlet for charity: cash donations for Club 21's philanthropy can be dropped off at the store; more information on Club 21’s fundraising campaign can be read on National Volunteer and Philanthropic Centre’s (NVPC) giving portal.
Other pop-up stores in ION Orchard include Estee Lauder, with gift items from MAC, Origins, Bobbi Brown and Lab; and the new Sulwhasoo pop-up store with exclusive holiday sets and collectibles. The Europe Fair at B4 ION Station hawks special Yuletide delicacies and food items.
American Express card users get more out of their shopping experience via exclusive rewards at the ION Orchard, among them 1 million rewards points given away weekly; 2x Singapore Airliens Krisflyer points over three weekends, and more.
Christmas Rewards at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Shoppers on the cutting edge of fashion can visit the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, where a fashion boulevard will exhibit this year's fall-winter trends brought by the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, and Versace.
Spend a minimum of SGD 2,000 during this period (either on one receipt or the sum-total of two receipts) to earn a complimentary Personal Shopping experience worth SGD 250. Exchange your receipt for this promotion at the redemption counter located at B1, Galleria Level, near the Omega store.
Unique Shoppes-exclusive collections can be found throughout the complex, with offerings presented by Longchamp, Ermenegildo Zegna, Mulberry and Tom Ford.
Christmas Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay has attracted over 2 million visitors since its debut in 2014 – now its third edition looks set to dazzle even more punters, with almost twice the floor area and over 60 hand-sculpted structures using over 240,000 light bulbs.
In concert with the Merrie Medley Floral Display (see our Christmas Light-ups article) the Christmas Wonderland combines the Yuletide Spirit with a series of illuminated structures and plant arrangements. Carnival rides like a tiny ferris wheel, Bug Car rides, and bumper cars, and classic carnival games keep the little ones entertained.
An Ice Palace recreates snow in the tropics: it holds a 400sqm ice-skating rink, a 96sqm snow playground with actual snow, and a 25m-long ice slide. Just outside, a European-style Festive Market on the grounds use wooden huts as a setting for food, drink, and shopping opportunities for visitors.
Admission costs SGD 4, and must be purchased from the official site, though each paying adult is allowed to bring up to three children up to 0.9m in height, free of charge. Tickets are not available on site. Visit www.christmaswonderland.sg for tickets and more information.
For more information on Christmas in the Tropics, call the Singapore Tourism Board's Touristline at 1800 736 2000 (toll-free in Singapore) or +65 6736 2000 (from overseas). The line is open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), Singapore Time. You can also check out the Singapore Tourism Board website here: www.yoursingapore.com.