Photogenic Christmas trees in Singapore
Christmas wouldn't be complete without an evergreen tree at home, adorned with pretty baubles and ornaments to make it oh-so-special. And with our malls setting up festive installations, it's not hard to see our IG feed peppered with 10/10 holiday 'gram shots - but alas, we're often left with so many Instagrammable spots, and so little time.
However, you don't need Santa's sleigh to transport you from one place to another to capture a winning OOTD; you'll just need Google Maps handy, a festive outfit and this nifty guide to the most unique Christmas trees in SG:
1. Watch a giant ballerina come to life at Bugis
Speaking of on-pointe Christmas trees, Bugis Junction is sporting a huge 10-metre-tall ballerina in place of the traditional fir tree this year. And if that’s not epic enough, it even twirls around to tinkly Christmas tunes like White Christmas and Jingle Bells.
Get a winning shot with her immaculate petaled dress and cascading flowers.
For a close-up, align the bottom of your shot so the music notes look like waves behind you and wait for the flowers to rotate into frame before snapping.
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Getting there: The installation is located outside McDonald’s
2. Step into a kaleidoscopic universe at Millenia Walk
Trippy is an understatement when it comes to this kaleidoscopic tree at Millenia Walk, which is far from the typical bristly-leafed staple we're used to seeing. This unconventional installation resembles giant origami, folded from a psychedelic quilt of colours and patterns.
The mall is great for wide-shot OOTDs as you'll be able to capture the tree in all its glory, without having to worry about a cluttered background to crop out.
Step inside this “tree” and be completely mesmerised by the swirling neon colours around you with a web of string lights dangling from above.
If that’s not enough to tickle your senses, there’s also an installation in the centre of the tree where you can gaze into a holographic mirror, walk around it, and be immersed in a life size kaleidoscope of spiralling lights and colours.
Address: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596
Nearest MRT: Promenade
Getting there: Take exit B from Promenade MRT, enter the mall, and find the tree on level 1.
3. Visit Singapore’s first public transport-themed tree at Knackstop
There’s no better way to usher in a uniquely Singaporean Christmas than with a public transport-themed Christmas tree. Knackstop’s tree even has a familiar train circling up and down its spiral track!
For a boomerang with this unique tree and iconic characters like Bag Down Benny and Stand Up Stacey, head down to their Tree of Joy booth in Suntec City.
While you’re here, get some cute knick knacks inspired by none other than our public transport icons. We’re talking “Bus-stop Bell” Keychains ($13), a Singapore Bus Coin Bank ($24) and the Downtown Line Train Keychain ($12.50). These quirky collectibles would make for some interesting Xmas gifts for sure.
You can also win limited edition prizes like exclusive merch from Knackstop and shopping vouchers worth up to $50 when you post a selfie or OOTD with the Tree of Joy onto Instagram. Just remember to use the hashtag #TreeofJoySG to enter.
For more details on the contest, click . Read on to find out how you can redeem a mystery gift for yourself here!
Venue: Suntec City West North Link 3
Nearest MRT: Esplanade - Exit A / Promenade - Exit C
Dates: 1st - 22nd December 2017
Time: 10AM - 10PM
4. Feel like Alice at unicorn-themed wonderland right by Jurong East MRT
Unicorns have taken over our Instagram feeds this year, so it only makes sense for someone to have come up with a unicorn-themed Christmas tree. Located between the entrance of Jem and Jurong East MRT, this enchanted forest is hard to miss.
To achieve this other-worldly Christmas card shot, pretend you’re Alice in Wonderland while gazing at your surroundings in wonderment.
For a close-up, set your camera to a low aperture and position yourself further away from the illuminated tree and closer to the camera for this magical glittery backdrop.
Address: Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549
Nearest MRT: Jurong East
Getting here: Exit Jurong East MRT on the ground level and head to the entrance of Jem
5. Get a classic shot with this frosty blue tree in the heart of Orchard
Decked in white glittery flowers, giant silver and blue baubles, and snowflakes for that added wintery effect, this tree screams “photo opportunity” whether you’re looking to flaunt your outfit, or photography skills.
For close-up shots, go straight for the bokeh look - it’ll add a magical flair to any photo. With a low aperture setting, you’ll be able to blur out the shimmer to achieve an ethereal effect.
Address: Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Getting there: Take exit D from Orchard MRT. You’ll see the tree outside the main entrance to Wisma Atria, opposite Lucky Plaza.
6. Journey to the west for a tropical Christmas setup
Work it on one of these beach decks for a laid-back shot with Santa.
As some try and recreate the white, snowy Christmases in the Northern Hemisphere, Jurong Point’s tropical-themed deco shows us how the North Pole might be if it were located in our sunny island. This comical set up consists of a 2-storey-high turquoise tree flanked by Santa and his reindeer just chillin’ in their beachwear and sunnies.
A portrait shot here works better in the evening when the tree’s all lit up so you’ll get a galaxy-like blurred-out background.
Address: Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2, Singapore 648886
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay
Getting there: Take exit D from Boon Lay MRT. You’ll see the tree between the MRT station and the entrance of Jurong Point
7. Channel your inner Elsa in these snow globes at Novena
At some point in our childhood, we’ve all longed to step into a snowglobe and be one with the snowglobe. This year, Velocity’s special Christmas tree set up allows you to do just that and live out your childhood fantasies!
The Magical Realm is full of blue frosted trees and visitors will be able to frolic inside a giant globe of “snow” that’ll be swirling around. There’s even an instant photo booth where you can have your picture printed to take home!
Immortalise this snowy experience with close-ups of you blowing snow into the camera.
The Magical Realm
Dates: 10th November - 31st December 2017
Time: 11AM - 8PM, Last entry 7.30PM
Note: Visitors need to have a minimum spending of $25 to redeem a ticket
Address: Velocity, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683
Nearest MRT: Novena
Getting there: Take Exit B from the MRT station and head up to Level 1.
‘Tis the season to be jolly with Knackstop
In the true spirit of giving, all nett proceeds from Knackstop’s pop-up store at Suntec City will be going into the LTA Cares Fund to help the less fortunate with their transport needs. Plus, visitors will be able to redeem a mystery gift for every $20 spent!
There’ll be a pop-up store where you can get these cute trinkets
Be sure to check out LTA’s and to stay updated too.
And there you have it - the quirkiest trees around town to help get you into the festive spirit - all while looking good for the 'gram.
So whether you're looking to capture the perfect OOTD or are doing some last minute gift-shopping nearby, head down to these locations and make Christmas a little extra special.
This post was brought to you by Knackstop.