Commentary: How many shoppers can Orchard Road’s Christmas light-up lure back?

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SINGAPORE: It’s starting to look quite a bit like Christmas – particularly on Orchard Road.
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Cynics might decry little motive to really feel festive with the present surge in coronavirus instances. But Singapore’s prime buying avenue is urgent on with its annual Christmas light-up within the hopes of a “return to normalcy”.

Although it has been years since my childhood days of gawking at vacation shows in marvel, I’m wanting ahead to the recent breath of air this vacation season may inject into Orchard Road this yr.

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Life because the pandemic has been largely outlined by a plethora of strict measures, a definite air of sombreness and more lately, a number of self-administered COVID-19 assessments.

My dulled senses and COVID-frozen coronary heart are craving for visible and sensory stimulus that provide momentary aid from this seemingly countless and repetitive blur of pandemic residing.

There is simply one thing about ornamental facades and piped-in vacation music that appears to create a contented, festive environment, which is a welcome mood-lifter, whether or not we’re locals or travellers in Singapore on the Vaccinated Travel Lane.

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It feels like eons in the past however I recall how Chinatown’s Lunar New Year decorations, the Hari Raya lights in Geylang Serai and the newer Deepavali decor alongside Little India have added to the merry vibe of the precincts, regardless that crowds stayed small resulting from COVID-19 limits on group sizes.

I’m not alone in feeling this fashion. In the few weeks main as much as the official Nov 13 light-up, I’ve seen a rising variety of social media posts by delighted eagle-eyed shoppers who’ve noticed scaffolding and lightweight assessments alongside Orchard Road or observed the shops organising their vacation decor.

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