Christmas cheer in the tropics

Sunbeams Children's Choir at Wesley Methodist Church on Wednesday. Many people were out shopping before Christmas, taking in decorations like the fairy tale-themed tree at Raffles City mall (below). Lemurs hunting for food in a Christmas tree-shaped
Sunbeams Children's Choir at Wesley Methodist Church on Wednesday. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Shoppers hunt for last-minute gifts while others soak up atmosphere in Orchard Road

'Twas the day before Christmas, and shoppers milled around bedecked halls as they soaked up the festive spirit and jostled to pick up last-minute gifts for friends and family.

Some thronged Orchard Road to see its decorations of wreaths and baubles. Others waited in line for presents of toys and clothes to be wrapped in pretty paper or hunted for sweet treats like chocolates and cookies.

Children at Tanglin Mall had their own white Christmas in the tropics as they frolicked in "snow" that descended upon them outside the shopping mall in the evening.

Sunbeams Children's Choir at Wesley Methodist Church on Wednesday. Many people were out shopping before Christmas, taking in decorations like the fairy tale-themed tree at Raffles City mall (below). Lemurs hunting for food in a Christmas tree-shaped
Many people were out shopping before Christmas, taking in decorations like the fairy tale-themed tree at Raffles City mall (above). ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Others stopped to admire a giant Christmas tree at Raffles City shopping centre, complete with ornamental toadstools and treehouse.

At Wesley Methodist Church, more than 1,000 people ushered in Christmas on Wednesday evening at its annual Carols by Candlelight service. Churchgoers lit candles and shared the light with others around them, in an allusion to the birth of Jesus.

Sunbeams Children's Choir at Wesley Methodist Church on Wednesday. Many people were out shopping before Christmas, taking in decorations like the fairy tale-themed tree at Raffles City mall (below). Lemurs hunting for food in a Christmas tree-shaped
Lemurs hunting for food in a Christmas tree-shaped "food holder" at the zoo's Fragile Forest. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Christmas cheer in the tropics'. Print Edition | Subscribe