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We Have A Winner! I Rated Singapore’s Best Christmas Trees For 2019

What’s the Yuletide season without Christmas trees to spread the good old festive cheer? It sure does begin to look like Christmas once you spot twinkling fairy lights, impressive set-ups, and celebratory displays that fill the streets.

If you’re wondering where to go to look for Singapore’s best trees, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out where to spot some Christmas Trees in our little red dot while on my little escapade to look for the grandest of them all.

I’ve scored the trees on 3 criteria—Grandeur of Décor, Astound-ability and Accessibility (because what good is a tree if you can’t stand right next to for a picture, right?). This will be based on the use of colour, different textural elements with the decorations and of course, how convenient it is to find the tree. Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Christmas Tree @ Ocean Financial Centre

The little Christmas-themed cut outs twirled around this tall tree certainly made me grin. As did spotting the shiny silver deer placed adjacent to the tree. However, the clashing gold-blue colour scheme didn’t sit well with me—why would you mix warm and cool palettes?
Here’s a little fun fact though, every snowflake has approximately 200 snow crystals. Très exquisite.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 5/10
  • Astound-ability: 4/10
  • Accessibility: 9/10

Total Score: 18/30 │ Address: 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315

2. Christmas Tree @ The Fullerton Hotel

Admittedly, The Fullerton Hotel’s tree was a little underwhelming, especially since I expected it to be way bigger. The usual gold and red set up wasn’t a particular sight to behold either. Nonetheless, I still dig the poinsettia circle at the base of the tree. Very Christmas-sy.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 5/10
  • Astound-ability: 5/10
  • Accessibility: 8/10

Total Score: 18/30 │ Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

3. Christmas Tree @ OUE Bayfront

From afar, the blend of white with warm white lights with the decoration made it look like the tree was covered in a blanket of snow from the cold winter. While that is impossible in Singapore, a girl can certainly dream. In continuation of this snowy fantasy, this would definitely be the kind of tree that I would envision in my back yard—tall, colourful and bright. My favourite part of this particular tree was for sure the tiny toy train that did its rounds out from a snowy cave.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 10/10
  • Astound-ability: 10/10
  • Accessibility: 7/10

Total Score: 27/30 │ Address: 50 Collyer Quay 049321

4. Christmas Tree @ One Marina Boulevard

This multi-coloured treat was a refreshing break from the other trees I saw, yet something about its grandeur was lacklustre. I guess not sticking to a single colour scheme does that sometimes. Still, I do take to the rainbow and everything it stands for. I also liked the little reindeer detailing tucked away in the corner.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 5/10
  • Astound-ability: 5/10
  • Accessibility: 6/10

Total Score: 16/30 │ Address: 1 Marina Blvd, #B1-02, Singapore 018989

5. Christmas Tree @ ION Orchard

This one takes the cake for the funkiest Christmas Tree, as far as I’m concerned. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any bougie-r than a neon, colour-changing Bulgari festive tree. While it may be a little different from what usually adorns Singapore’s famed shopping street, you know what they say, Christmas is the season to switch things up right?

  • Grandeur of Décor: 8/10
  • Astound-ability: 8/10
  • Accessibility: 10/10

Total Score: 26/30 │ Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, 238801

6. Christmas Tree @ One Raffles Place

Excuse me Arendelle, but I think Queen Elsa’s been here before. Or—maybe not. Who knows. This was a pretty cool tree which definitely grabbed my attention the moment it entered my peripheral vision. And while it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, I did appreciate the cool tones on this one. Bonus points, it’s right outside the MRT station. Referencing the tree decked out in pink we saw earlier, this all-blue one is nearly its polar opposite. Yet, I love both the same.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 7/10
  • Astound-ability: 7/10
  • Accessibility: 10/10

Total Score: 24/30 │ Address: One Raffles Quay Singapore 048583

7. Christmas Tree @ Ngee Ann City

Every year, people from all corners of the island shuffle down to Orchard Road to marvel at the year’s Christmas light-up. While many shopping malls have trees on display and have been doing so for years, the tree at Ngee Ann City is definitely one that’s hard to miss. It’s majestic, grand, and not to mention, three storeys high. Unfortunately, it’s going to take more than sheer size to impress me, and normal just doesn’t cut it for me.

On a side note, if you have the patience, count the number of heart-shaped ornaments on the Takashimaya Christmas tree to win some Takashimaya gift vouchers. Good luck!

  • Grandeur of Décor: 6/10
  • Astound-ability: 7/10
  • Accessibility: 8/10

Total Score: 21/30 │ Address: 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873

8. Christmas Tree @ Paragon Shopping Centre

Golly, the hollies that pepper this one did make me jolly. Also, I absolutely love that the gifts around the tree are plant-ified, almost like gifts from the trolls that live in the woods. A-paragon-ly (see what I did there) there were also holographic reindeer by the sides. Though they did add some sort of futuristic vibe to the whole scene, they seemed out of place at the same time. Other than that, it’s just your usual Christmas tree.

  • Grandeur of Décor: 7/10
  • Astound-ability: 7/10
  • Accessibility: 6/10

Total Score: 20/30 │ Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859

Conclusion

Listen, I don’t tree-shame. The trees I saw during my search were all beautiful and unique in their own ways. However, after seeing one too many red bauble here, and fairy ornament there—trust me, it does get boring. Many trees conformed to the all-too-familiar traditional Christmas colours of red, green and gold, and while that didn’t offend me, it didn’t impress either. The ones that caught my eye dared to venture a little out of the traditional colour schema, and so did the ones that bore great attention to detail.


And with that, the award for best Christmas tree in Singapore goes to…

The Christmas tree at OUE Bayfront, taking the mantle of Hypeandstuff’s Best Christmas Tree in Singapore 2019! It was memorable, unique, and such a sight to behold. My eyes were immediately drawn to the colourful and whimsical decorations surrounding the giant, magnificent tree. CBD friends, it’s just a stone’s throw away. Do drop by when you can (and before the Chinese New Year festivities creep up on us), take a photo, and tag us @hypeandstuff on Instagram so that we can share your beautiful pictures.

Merry Christmas & happy holidays everyone!


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Vera Leng

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