Join in the festivities at Universal Studios Singapore this holiday season! Read all about this year’s Christmas programme and some new additions at the park.
Festive Decorations at the park
It’s Sugar-rush Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore. Lots of bright theming resembling candy, chocolate bars and other sweet treats.
Some guests waiting with night passes, waiting for admission to start at 6:00PM. These tickets go for $40 each and come with a $5 dining voucher.
From now till 30 December, the park will be open from 10:00AM till 10:00PM daily. Apart from extended operating hours for theme park rides, additional live performances of Waterworld and Monster Rock have been added so that guests can enjoy them at night.
Just like years before, only Hollywood and New York are decked in festive decorations. Around the park, crew members are wearing red christmas hats.
Of course, the New York Library is the heart of christmas celebrations, with two shows and snowfall taking place here several times a night.
Seasonal Show Schedule at Universal Studios Singapore
Here are the show timings for 2013 Christmas shows at USS. The shows are performed at the New York Library section of the park.
Sesame Street Saves Christmas
6:30PM, 8:00PM, 9:30PM
Christmas Dancing Light Show and Snowfall on New York Street
7:00PM, 7:30PM, 8:30PM, 9:50PM
As for the park’s usual performances, there are extra shows scheduled to allow guests to enjoy them later at night. The schedule varies each night so only use this information for rough planning. Please check the Times Guide at the park on day of visit for correct schedule.
I would suggest watching Waterworld at night if you haven’t. It’s a slightly different experience because the explosions feel more impactful against the night sky.
Sesame Street Saves Christmas
This all-new show, which is about 16 minutes long and performed three times each night, is a story about the Sesame Street characters meeting Santa Claus and the elves. All of the park’s Sesame Street characters are involved, such as: Cookie Monster, Oscar, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Super Grover, Elmo and Abby Cadabby.
This show is a lot more popular than the Christmas shows in past years, so do arrive 15-20 minutes early for a good viewing spot.
When Santa decides to cancel Christmas, the Sesame Street friends decide to save the holiday in their typical silly fashion.
The team transforms Super Grover into the new Rudolph, giving him a sparkling red nose.
In the end, Santa announces that Christmas is back on! Snow starts to fall, and Santa goes up to his sleigh (for a mini ride to the middle of New York). Of course, Super Grover ends up pulling it.
Anyway, towards the end of the show, snow starts to fall at New York.
While not exactly showstopping or amazing, I felt that Sesame Street Saves Christmas is one of the better shows the park has staged so far. It’s good to see the park making some effort in producing a new show (the last one, with Daddy-Os and Dinettes, aren’t exactly memorable).
Christmas Dancing Lights at New York
The other show at New York is the Christmas Dancing Lights. It’s a dazzling spectacle and two popular pieces of light show music were used:
DJ Schwede – Music Box Dancer
Catch snippets of the light show here:
Right after the show, snow will fall again at New York.
This is the Christmas Sleigh that is used at the end of the Sesame Street Saves Christmas show. It’s parked here until preparations for the next show.
Starbucks at Universal Studios Singapore: Now Open
The park’s Starbuck Cafe has opened and well… it feels like any other Starbucks.
This new cafe has a much larger capacity than the old Celebrity Cafe and Bakery. However, it also lost most of the charm of the original venue.
Too many tables (and round tables, all side by side?) makes some parts of the cafe very cramped and hard to move about.
But otherwise, it is a decent place to relax – especially after a long day at the park. I might come here to write blog entries.
The next event at the park would be Bubblegum Pop 2014 Countdown. Find out more about it here. Anyone planning to be at USS for the countdown?
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