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Where can I learn about early Christmas celebrations in Singapore?


Christmas in Singapore has involved an extravagant display of lights and decorations since over 30 years ago.

This coming yuletide season, the National Archives of Singapore’s (NAS) Blast from the Past collection lets you relive the sights and sounds of early Christmas celebrations in Singapore through audio-visual recordings, oral history interviews and photographs.

From dazzling lights to scrumptious festive food and a grand celebration within a Portuguese church, this trip down memory lane will not just warm your heart but also open your eyes.

Stunning light-ups (Audio-visual Recordings)

Through accounts from on-site reporters, revel in past iconic Christmas light-ups at Orchard Road, including the 25th anniversary of the annual lights display. 

Reminiscing celebrations with recounts (Oral History Interviews)

Did you know that Christmas mass for Portuguese churches involves life-size displays of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus? Or that many Christians attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve? Hear a recount of the spectacle of midnight mass celebrations on Christmas from Marie Ethel Bong, former principal of Katong Convent.

Check out NAS’ special Christmas feature for more precious memories of the good old (Christmas) days!

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