Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay Closes with Record Attendance of over 1.6 million Visitors
SINGAPORE, 18 January 2016 - Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s largest yuletide fair, drew to a close with resounding success. The month-long festive event, held from 27 November 2015 to 3 January 2016, saw a record turnout of over 1,600,000 visitors - a marked increase from over 900,000 in 2014. The highest-ever daily attendance recorded at Gardens by the Bay was achieved on Christmas Day, when over 110,000 visited the fair. With expanded fair grounds of 35,000 square metres and new attractions, Christmas Wonderland proved to be a hit with a wide range of activities suited for families and people of all ages.
Jointly organised by Blue Sky Events and Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland was held for the second year at the Gardens. Visitors were treated to a multi-sensory experience with magnificent Luminarie light sculptures from Italy, a traditional Festive Market and a vintage Spiegeltent from the Netherlands which proved to be crowd pleasers once again this year.
The jovial mood was heightened with the hugely popular new attractions, the Ice Palace's Ice Skating Rink and Snow Playground as well as the traditional carnival rides and game stalls at The Fairground, which appealed to children and the young-at-heart. Over at the Flower Dome, the brand-new Christmas Toyland floral display captivated crowds with its enchanting display of toys amidst yuletide floral favourites.
"We are thrilled that the expanded second edition of Christmas Wonderland was very well received by local and overseas visitors. We are humbled by the strong support from our partners and are grateful for their contributions to the success of this event. Going forward, we will not rest on our laurels as we look into visitors' feedback and work towards delivering an enhanced experience with even more surprises for the next fair," said Ms Sarah Martin, Director of Blue Sky Events.
Mr Felix Loh, Chief Operating Officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, "2015 has been an eventful and memorable year for many of us. We are heartened that Singaporeans found Gardens by the Bay a meaningful destination to round off the nation's Golden Jubilee, and we look forward to bringing more exciting events and experiences to the Gardens in 2016 for everyone to enjoy."
Ms Ho Lee Yen, Chief Marketing Officer of AIA Singapore, said, "We are very delighted that the partnership with Christmas Wonderland brought many real moments of joy to our customers and the community with more than 1.6 million families and individuals coming together with their loved ones and friends to celebrate this festive season. As we embark 2016, AIA Singapore will continue to deeply engage the community by creating fun-filled platforms to bring everyone together to have fun and allowing them to spend quality time with their loved ones, in addition to encouraging them to lead active and healthier lifestyles."
Ms Carrie Kwik, Executive Director, Arts, Entertainment & Integrated Resorts, Singapore Tourism Board, said, "Christmas Wonderland has had a successful run as a beautiful and fun-filled event that greatly complemented the year-end festivities. The event was very well received by local residents as well as overseas visitors, who made up 40% of the total visitorship. We look forward to the surprises installed for 2016, and will continue to support the industry in creating more of such iconic experiences for Singaporeans and visitors to enjoy."
Christmas Wonderland to return in 2016
Organisers announced that Christmas Wonderland will return for its third edition this year end. Details and dates of the 2016 fair will be shared closer to date.
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About Gardens by the Bay
An integral part of Singapore's "City in a Garden" vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore's new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012.
Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia's foremost garden destination.
The Gardens has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the 2015 Guinness World Record for "Largest Glass Greenhouse", "Best Theme Attraction" at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, and "Best Attraction (Asia Pacific)" at the Travel Weekly Asia Reader's Choice Awards 2015. It also received the prestigious "Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement" in 2014 from the Themed Entertainment Association, and special recognition from the Singapore Tourism Board for "Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism" in 2013. For its sustainable design and practices, it was conferred the "President's Design Award 2013" in Singapore, the Royal Institute of British Architects' "Lubetkin Prize" for best new international building of 2013, and "World Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival 2012.