'Tis not such a merry and bright Christmas in Orchard Road due to Covid-19 uncertainties

Lights and decorations are seen along Orchard Road after the launch of the street's annual Christmas light-up, on Nov 13, 2020.
Lights and decorations are seen along Orchard Road after the launch of the street's annual Christmas light-up, on Nov 13, 2020.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Orchard Road has done away with street-level activities such as pop-up stores and performances this year, in part due to safe distancing measures as well as tighter budgets
Orchard Road has done away with street-level activities such as pop-up stores and performances this year, in part due to safe distancing measures as well as tighter budgetsST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Many shoppers have not warmed up to the Christmas light-up and mall decorations in Orchard Road this year, with some bemoaning they have fallen short of the year-end spectacle that the premier shopping belt is known for.

But there are others who appreciate the no-frills look and simple decorations amid the ongoing pandemic which has hit retailers hard, forcing them to cut back on festive trimmings.

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