For this festive period, the Jewel Changi is now a Frozen-Themed Wonderland with several interesting new festives for the occasion. Called the Sparkling Wonders of Christmas, the establishment sees a Christmas market, performances and a snow-themed canopy park. Let’s see what a Magical Frozen Christmas at Changi Jewel have to offer.

Christmas festive and light up

The highlight of the jewel Christmas event is a massive Christmas tree on the ground floor. A 16m tall decorated Christmas tree towers over 4 storeys at the north canyon, sitting in front of the entrance towards the rain vortex park Shiseido forest valley. Don’t miss the Christmas light-up every evening from 6.30pm.

The Jewel's beautiful main 16m tall Xmas tree sitting center stage in the mall
The Jewel’s beautiful main 16m tall Xmas tree sitting center stage in the mall.

Furthermore, the Water Vortex grounds holds a Christmas parade every evening at 8pm. Performers, mascots sign along Christmas songs in a parade held daily. While the parade is a free public event to attend in November, a gripe now is that you need to spend at least $50 in the jewel to get a same-day entry for 2 to attend the Shiseido forest valley carnival. I did not manage to enjoy it on my visit, despite having dinner there. I can guess it acts as a form of crowd control into the already rather packed event. Admission are open 5pm to 11.30pm.

Festive Christmas Market

Entrance to the Festive market on the canopy roof top
Entrance to the Festive market on the canopy roof top.

Moreover, tucked in the upper roof canopy floor of the Cloud9 Piazza at level 5 is the Jewel Festive Christmas Market. It sits by the F&B outlets and goes by the Changi Jewel magical frozen christmas theme. Also, you can find a mix of gifts and food carnival stores here, like a hipster market place or sort hawking various types of goods.

Within the market. It has a European Xmas night market feel
Within the market. It has a European Xmas night market feel.

Interesting finds includes a KitKat store selling a variety of local flavours. Also, it “snows” here regularly using a non-toxic soft mix of fake snow which is actually surprising slippery when stepped on, so do be careful up here.

Interesting new flavors of Kit kat
Interesting new flavors of Kit kat.

Additionally, there is a central Christmas tree here offering you some pretty nice photo opportunities with the cozy lit night market setting. It operates till Jan 5 and opens Fri to Sun from 10am-11pm. In addition to stores are a variety of performance artists, workshops and other fun festivities, designed to spark your Christmas creativity.

Market tree
Decorated mall
Jump nets

Xmas themed Canopy Park

Moreover, the roof top canopy park, like the Jewel mall, is also themed to the Christmas livery throughout. Here, lines of trees up here are decked with lighting, and Christmas cheers played across the PA. Also, the canopy park and its attractions are open daily from 10am to midnight, with some attractions closing by 10pm. Entry price cost $5 SGD for general public admission for Adult/Child/Senior. Singapore Residents get a 50 cent discount at $4.50 per ticket.

Up in the canopy park. It is decked with Xmas livery
Up in the canopy park. It is decked with Xmas livery.

Starting off the canopy park is the hedge maze. Called the Snow Pavilions Hedge Maze this time round. Moreover, the maze is simple and intuitive to walk. You can’t really get lost here as long you do not backtrack. All roads brings you to the exit.

Welcome to the maze!
In the maze
Interesting pathways

Moreover, the maze is decked with Christmas themed livery. And while most of the hedge maze is mostly untouched, there are some Christmas elements like a snow blower booth located between intersections in the maze.

An overview of the hedge maze from the top vantage viewing point. Note the snow gift box down there
An overview of the hedge maze from the top vantage viewing point. Note the snow gift box booth down there.

You simply walk into the gift box-shaped pavilion booth that dot the throughout maze. The machine will automatically spray a snow effect that’s the perfect Insta-moment. The artificial snow here is similar to that found in the Christmas Market. Also, there is also a cool flower wall with pop flowers in and out of a hedge wall.

Popping flowers from the hedge wall
Popping flowers from the hedge wall.

Snow Trek among Wildlife

Snow trekking gear for the Snow Topiary walk. It is not as slippery as I though it to be
Snow trekking gear for the Snow Topiary walk. It is not as slippery as I though it to be!

Moving on in the Changi Jewel canopy park is the Topiary Walk Snow Walk Spectacular. This walk is a small section of park with several animal flower Topiary displays. Also, this floor in this area had been covered with artificial snow.

You be given snow equipment to don for this part of the park. Namely, a pair of snow shoes and trekking sticks to help with your “trek” through the snow.

A snow trek
A snow trek!

These Topiary displays are stylised plants. They were a staple of formal European gardens in past centuries, and still have the power to amaze and amuse today. You get to see the Jewel mall’s own creative topiary versions here.

Various animal Topiary displays, like this stylised plant shaped like an orang outan
Various animal Topiary displays, like this stylised plant shaped like an orang outan.

Also, there are a mix of animals and bird display, with some placed around water elements. You exit the walk by returning your snow equipment and carry on with your journey. Waits to trek is not long and are about 10 minutes on average.

Flower Buaya
Flower Buaya!

Amid the greenery, how many animals do you spy? It is a selfie and photo paradise with rather adorable animals that’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

A pair of love birds
A pair of love birds.

Notably there is a red phone booth said to provide a “direct line” to the North Pole. Pick up the phone inside the booth and listen to the greetings and have a chat with Santa. Also, the Topiary Walk is included in the Canopy Park ticket with the discovery slides.

Got snow shoes?
Santa box
Make a call?

Moving on, do note that some of the attractions next up are not unique to the Changi Jewel Magical Frozen Christmas, but rather part of the canopy park package you can get on a regular visit. This includes the Discovery slides and Foggy bowls.

Xmas slides and Foggy Bowls

You can't miss the Discovery slides, with a its eccentric wall of mirrors
You can’t miss the Discovery slides, with a its eccentric wall of mirrors.

Next up is the Discovery slides. The slide structure sits over a part of the canopy Park pathway. It is a rather eccentric looking colourful contraptions of yellow and reflections. Notably, there are 3 variants of Discovery Slides up here.

The exit of one of the Discovery slides
The exit of one of the Discovery slides.
The slides are the hit with kids, who can't seem to get enough of it
The slides are the hit with kids, who can’t seem to get enough of it.

One being a standard sloped yellow slide. Climbing to the top of the discovery slides structure brings you other more challenging slides, as well a nice view of the Water vortex waterfall from the top.

Top of the slides
Slide tubes
View from top

Notably, there are no changes to attractions like the foggy bowl and rope jungle. Also, the foggy bowls large open manicured lawns great for kids to runs about. At times the bowls will fog up, much to the bewilderment of curious kids.

Alright who farted
Alright who farted?

Frozen Christmas Petal Garden

Kids in the bowls
Cartoon areas
Got bonsai?

Topping up the end of the canopy park is the Petal Garden. Here, you find rows of lit Christmas trees here and encased flower displays. Also, this sector also hold the Santa Meet-and-Greet. Moreover, the Petal Garden is themed to Disney’s Frozen Christmas colours, complete with a snow sled for photo opportunities.

The petal garden has a livery of decorated and lit Xmas trees, topped with shiny stars
The petal garden has a livery of decorated and lit Xmas trees, topped with shiny stars.

Let Santa know what you want for Christmas. Notably, the schedule states that he is available 4 times daily till Xmas day at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Do check even schedule before attending.

Foggy bowl overview
Petal Garden displays
Santas sled

Notably, Changi Jewel frozen christmas wonderland runs from Nov 21, 2019 to Jan 5, 2020. Also, it is quite a gem in the east if you are around town if you wish to the Christmas festive out of town.

Nice reflections in the canopy park garden at night
Nice reflections in the canopy park garden at night.

In conclusion, Changi Airport still retains much it’s charm as a place for a meal and night out, made better with the transformation of a whimsical winter wonderland with shows, snowy scenes. Changi Jewel magical frozen christmas is truly one of the best Xmas experience in a mall this year.

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