Orchard Road malls keep decorations simple for Christmas

Some shoppers find the light-up calming even as malls cut spending, reuse items amid pandemic

The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon (left), the lights outside Orchard Central (below, left) and the reindeer sculp
The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon (above), the lights outside Orchard Central and the reindeer sculptures at Wisma Atria. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon (left), the lights outside Orchard Central (below, left) and the reindeer sculp
The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon, the lights outside Orchard Central (above) and the reindeer sculptures at Wisma Atria. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon (left), the lights outside Orchard Central (below, left) and the reindeer sculp
The decorations may have been scaled down, but malls show the Christmas spirit is still alive in Orchard Road with touches such as the huge Christmas tree outside Paragon, the lights outside Orchard Central and the reindeer sculptures at Wisma Atria (above). ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Orchard Road malls are keeping it simple for the peak shopping season, scaling down Christmas decorations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

For instance, Wisma Atria has spent 19 per cent less on Christmas decorations this year than a year ago, while Tanglin Mall said it has spent "slightly less". Mandarin Gallery said its budget has been "moderated downwards".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2020, with the headline 'Orchard Rd malls keep decorations simple for Christmas'. Subscribe