"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.)
Visa Promotions on Orchard Road, Singapore
From November 16 to January 6, Visa cardholders can receive a SGD 10 shopping voucher, if they make a minimum charge of SGD 200 on their cards. Of course, restrictions apply: redemption will be limited to the first 50 customers per mall each day till December 13, and on a while-stocks-last basis thereafter.
Every SGD 50 spent with a Visa card at participating establishments will also earn shoppers a chance to win SGD 1,000 worth of shopping vouchers the very next day, through the Visa Christmas Spree Daily Draw promotion.
One winner will be chosen daily between November 17 and January 5, adding up to a total of 50 winners. To participate, just send in the required details via SMS to 146079797. Terms and conditions of the promotions are available at www.orchardroad.org/christmas.
The participating malls are as follows:
- Forum The Shopping Mall
- Knightsbridge @ Grand Park Orchard
- ION Orchard
- Mandarin Gallery
- Ngee Ann City/Takashimaya Department Store
- Orchard Central
- TANGS Orchard
- The Centrepoint
- Wisma Atria
More information here: Christmas Promotions Surge in the Wake of Orchard Road, Singapore Light-Up. Find out more about Orchard Road hotels and Orchard Road shopping centers.
Global Blue Promotion
From November 17 to January 6, tourists who request a tax refund on their Singapore shopping purchases get a chance to win a return trip to Singapore. To qualify, you’ll need to make a minimum total purchase of SGD 100 using your MasterCard credit card (or SGD 200 with other payment modes), and claim your GST refunds with the Global Blue eTRS ticket.
The grand prize includes the round-trip economy-class ticket and two nights’ stay at the Marina Bay Sands (read our review of the Marina Bay Sands).
Passport and receipts must be presented at point of redemption; other terms and conditions apply. For more details, visit their site: global-blue.com.
Premier Tax Promotion
From November 17 to January 6, shop in Singapore, then ask for an eTRS ticket when you spend a minimum of SGD 100 at any Premier Tax Free-affiliated store. Claim your GST refund when you depart from Singapore Changi Airport, then SMS your tax refund DOC-ID and email address to +65 9647 5935 OR email your tax refund DOC-ID information to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the lucky draw to win over SGD 1,600 in prizes from EpiCentre. Six weekly prizes worth SGD 250 will be raffled off, too.
If you shop at EpiCentre, you double your chances at winning. Terms and conditions apply; for more details, visit their site: www.premiertaxfree.com.
Christmas Packages at the Marina Bay Sands
The hotel/casino/entertainment venue Marina Bay Sands (compare rates|buy direct) offers a group of Christmas promotions that combines late-night shopping, five-star dining, art exhibitions, live shows, and lots of cash up for grabs.
Shoppers get a chance to win a dream wardrobe worth SGD 10,000 every week, through the Swing into Christmas at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands campaign. Up to S$60,000 worth of shopping vouchers will be given away over six weeks to six lucky shoppers who spend a minimum of S$250 at The Shoppes. The first 50 shoppers daily will also receive S$20 shopping vouchers instantly.
Extended shopping hours for the whole Christmas season will be in effect at the Shoppes, lasting till 11pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Stores offer up to 50% (and some up to 80%!) in discounts.
The Marina Bay Sands’ restaurants will also be offering special Christmas meals and treats for the whole Yuletide Season. Participating restaurants include Sweetspot, Rise Restaurant, Guy Savoy, db Bistro Moderne, Pizzeria Mozza, Sky on 57, Caffe B, and Bazin.
More details here: Un-Grinch at the Marina Bay Sands this Christmas in Singapore. The article shows images of the foods and restaurant interiors, lists the specific meals and menus per restaurant, and provides more info for reservations and transportation.
Hotel Fort Canning's Christmas Menus and Room Packages
The Hotel Fort Canning (compare rates|buy direct) is pulling out all the stops for Singapore's Christmas in the Tropics, with Christmas and New Year buffets, a New Year party, and a special seasonal room package.
- New Year's Eve Celebrations package: book a one-night stay for two at one of the hotel's Deluxe Rooms, inclusive of a bubble bath with flower petals and a bottle of Prosecco. The package is only available on December 31, 2012 and is priced at SGD 400++.
- Festive buffet meals: The Hotel Fort Canning's Glass House restaurant serves a series of buffets for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Start with the Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner on December 24, from 7pm to 10pm; the Christmas Day Buffet Brunch will be held on December 25, from 12pm to 2:30pm. To welcome 2013, a New Year's Eve Buffet will be held from 7pm to 10pm on December 31. And on New Year's Day itself, a "Recovery" Buffet Brunch will be served at the Glass House from 12pm to 2:30pm.
- New Year's Countdown Party. Party down with live entertainment at the Palm Terrace, and indulge in canapés and a free flow of beer and wine till midnight. Lucky draw prizes are also up for grabs throughout the evening.
Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore – All I Want This Season
From now to December 29, 2012, the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore (compare prices|buy direct) will offer an All I Want This Season room package, starting at SGD 510++ for a Premier Room. The package allows guests to choose one item each from one "Dine" menu and another "Indulge" menu.
Other perks include complimentary parking, 15% off The Ritz-Carlton logo items at the Retail shop, and shopping privileges at the nearby Millenia Walk shopping mall. (Find out more about Marina Bay shopping centers.)
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia also celebrates Christmas in the tropics with a series of Yuletide-season buffets and brunches, served at its signature establishments Greenhouse and Chihuly Lounge.
Royal Plaza on Scotts’ Carousel Restaurant
The Royal Plaza on Scotts (compare prices|buy direct) offers a series of Christmas and New Year feasts, all served at their Carousel restaurant.
Come to Carousel for lunch (from 12 noon to 2pm), high tea (from 3:30pm to 5:30pm), or dinner (7pm to 10:30pm) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Every special feast comes with celebratory touches like face-painting sessions, party favors and balloon sculptures.
Christmas Special Stay and Dining Packages at Amara Hotels & Resorts
For the New Year, the Amara Singapore (compare rates) throws a "Colour-licious" party at the lobby, while the Amara Sanctuary in Sentosa (compare rates) prepares a countdown of its own at the Tier Bar.
Guests at the Amara Singapore can book a Festive Getaway Staycation, which allows them to get 30 percent off the best available rate per room night for any room category between December 14, 2012 and January 13, 2013, inclusive of breakfast for two at Element.
On top of all this, all F&B outlets in Amara Singapore and the Amara Sanctuary offer Christmas and New Year special buffets and set meals.
For more information, read: Amara Hotels & Resorts in Singapore Break out a "Colour-Licious" Celebration for Christmas and New Year.
For more information, you can reach 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 8am to 7pm daily, Singapore Time. Visit the Singapore Tourism Board website here: www.yoursingapore.com.