A Universal Christmas is back at Universal Studios Singapore for the holidays.
A Universal Christmas 2020 at Universal Studios Singapore
While the usual big Christmas performances (or any of the usual shows around the park) have not returned, the park does have a modest holiday line-up from now till 3 Jan 2021. Similar to this year’s Halloween Fun for All event, the Christmas park programming comprises numerous Meet and Greet experiences, which are focused at the New York and Hollywood zones.
Lights, Camera, Christmas! at New York
The highlight of this year’s Christmas event are more elaborately-themed sets at New York, which comprises a large digital setup at New York Library Stage and two street sets.
As Meet and Greet has progressed into a significant attraction of sorts, it’s good to see more effort put into dressing these spaces up – and even instructions are provided to guide guests.
Up! Up! And Away With Christmas
Go on a high-flying adventure with hot air balloons, starring Candy Air-Heart (and you).
A Topsy Turvy Christmas
Snap photos with a whimsical spin at Mr. Tinsel Turvy‘s upside-down house.
Lights, Camera, Christmas! New York Library Stage
This stage combines a large display wall and projection effects to create vibrant and dazzling backdrops that matches the characters that appear.
Here you can also meet characters from the recent Trolls movies, Shrek and Fiona, and of course, Santa Claus and (some snow-people) friends.
Just like all other Meet and Greet experiences, guests have to stand at a designated spot away from the stage. Better bring a tripod or selfie stick along.
The bubbly snowfall is not returning this year – in its place is a snowfall projection effect.
A Universal Christmas – Meet and Greet at Hollywood
Decked in over-the-top festive wear, The Merry Minions of Christmas will be around to meet guests at Hollywood stage. Up to six of them will appear at any time.
Although the adorable family home backdrop from last year did not return, you can still meet Gru, Lucy and the girls during A Despicable Family Christmas.
Other park characters, such as friends from Sesame Street will also greet guests here.
December 2020 park walkabout
A humble park entrance for this year, though it still looks quite nice at night.
No overhead decorations at Hollywood, but a bounty of gifts from various franchises to be found.
Depending on your park ticket package, you may receive a complimentary face mask (non-medical grade). Complete your collection (or buy more) in the park, for $10 each. Halloween designs are also available at $5 each.
Soundstage 28 is still home to the park’s warehouse sale.
Great opportunity to stock up on USS-exclusive Christmas gifts.
A new Mexican Snacks food cart has opened outside of Mel’s Dine-In.
Crowds starting to return
With a seasonal event, promotions and the SingapoRediscover vouchers programme, the park’s attendance is picking up and recovering to crowd levels typical of non-peak seasons. Yes, it feels crowded, but still it’s not the usual holiday peak season with tourists flying in.
Weird state of lights at Battlestar Galactica.
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure is still open.
Its closure and removal have been pushed back, which means that the construction of Super Nintendo World and Minion Park attractions are delayed. Given the current climate, further delays (or the possibility of a different thing to be built eventually) are to be expected.
While it might seem less crowded in some areas of the park and at the entrance, the attractions and restaurants tell a different story.
Wait times for popular attractions may extend to 100 minutes or more, due to capacity limits and safe management measures. Lines are also to be expected at restaurants, given that seating is limited. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the guests are still lingering around the park till late, despite the lack of the lagoon fireworks show at closing time.
Nearly an hour before park closing and Battlestar Galactica: CYLON still has an 80-minute wait time, with the end of the line near the queue entrance.
Safe Management Measures
Safe management measures are expected to continue even when Singapore moves into Phase 3 of safe reopening.
As of now, the park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and will close three days (Mondays through Wednesdays) a week from January 2021 onwards. Shows, and a selection of shops and restaurants have not reopened. All these arrangements are likely continue until less restrictive air travel resumes.
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