Culture

Lighten up, it’s Christmas

by Pei Ying Loh

You know that it’s Christmas time when the fairy lights go up along Singapore’s Orchard Road. A quintessentially Singaporean experience, Orchard Road has been illuminated with beautiful festive lights and decorations every Christmas since 1985.

Image credit: Orchard Road Business Association (ORBA).

What has changed, and what has stayed the same?
How long is it up for?

Note: We were unable to locate complete information for every year, hence some years are not represented in this data visualisation.

What time does it get lit?

Note: We were unable to locate complete information for every year, hence some years are not represented in this data visualisation.

Has the light-up stretch always just been on Orchard Road?

The light-up route through the years. Note: We were unable to locate complete information for every year, hence some years are not represented in this data visualisation.

How have the themes changed?

Note: We were unable to locate complete information for every year, hence some years are not represented in this data visualisation.

But how is this uniquely Singaporean?
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Pei Ying Loh / Head and Co-Founder

Pei Ying wears many hats in Kontinentalist. She leads the company in achieving its overall business and editorial goals, making strategic business development plans, and managing partnerships. Her background and passion for history is the driving force behind many of her stories, which delve into cultural and historical contexts. In her free time, she is likely tending to her veggie garden, cooking, or cuddling her two fat cats.

Credits
Research & writing / Isabella Chua, Ng Zu Xiang
Data visualisation & design / Siti Aishah, Joceline Kuswanto, Griselda Gabriele
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