Visit Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore and featuring Universal Journey, an all-new festive light display!

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Media Invite: Visit Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore and featuring Universal Journey, an all-new festive light display! 

Ho ho ho … Christmas is coming! One of the best places to visit and be immersed in festive joys definitely has to be at Universal Studios Singapore! 

Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore will be held from 1 December 2016 to 2 January 2017.

Our Parenting World team brings to you highlights of this year Christmas activities to look out for when you visit Universal Studios Singapore:

1) Universal Journey

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Entering into the dazzling Universal Journey and be amazed with the largest light bulb display all in the comfort of a nice and cooling indoor environment.

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Universal Journey holds the Guinness World Records title for the largest light bulb display in an indoor venue. The title was presented to Universal Studios Singapore on Guinness World Records Day, a global celebration of record-breaking that takes place every November. Bravo, what an achievement! 

We spend some time at Universal Journey admiring and taking lots of pictures with the beautiful, dazzling and colourful lights. 

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It is really a spectacular sight with the whole exhibit filled with world record-breaking 824,961 twinkling light bulbs! 

Here is an overview video of what you can expect when you embark into Universal JourneyYou will walk through 8 thematic zones from the Enchanted Pine Forest to the quaint European town of Herald’s Square.

Take a walk and embark on an enchanting journey, along the way admire the colourful spiral topiaries, towering trees of the Enchanted Pine Forest, the fantasy dreamscapes of Haven of the Pixies, the quaint town of Herald’s Square and the Land of Great Gifts which is decorated with larger-than-life Christmas presents. It is really a spectacular and unforgettable sight! 

The Universal Journey took 2 months to complete and this marked the second Guinness World Records achievement for Universal Studios Singapore in 2016. Congratulations!

2) Live show “Bah Humbug! A Christmas Spectacular”

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Catch the brand-new production titled Bah Humbug! A Christmas Spectacular that will showcase 17 all-star cast in one musical extravaganza at the Pantages Hollywood Theater!

This brand new show is filled with songs, music and dance directed by Ebenezer Scrooge, featuring the cast of the Minions, Gingerbread Man, the Snow Queen, Sesame Street, and more!

The story started with Philanthropist-turned-budding director Ebenezer Scrooge is calling in popular characters such as the Minions, Little Match Girl, Snow Queen and Sesame Street friends who will delight audiences with magical song and dance moments. Audience cheer and participate eagerly when the huge balloon balls are thrown around the theatre. It is a highly entertaining and interactive musical show that brings Christmas cheers to everyone with our favourite characters especially the very popular Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street.

3) Santa’s Village 

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Visit the magical Santa’s Village where you will be surprised to see the village comes to LIVE with various interactive stations. At the village, you can come up close and personal with Mr and Mrs Santa Claus, super friendly elfs, Mr Shoemaker, the Gingerbread Man and more! They are all ready to Meet and Greet the visitors. Get your camera ready and take lots of pictures with them! 

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Watch the talking reindeers at the Reindeer Barn

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Meet the friendly Elf at the Reindeer Barn

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The very Cheeky Gingerbread Man

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Take a ride on Santa’s sleigh

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Having fun at the Interactive station sending a Christmas card to Santa. You can send your request to Santa what you would like to have for Christmas. 

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We managed to get hold of Mrs Santa Claus when she popped by a visit to Mr Shoemaker at his giant shoe house. Here Mr Shoemaker shared with us, his interesting story of making shoes.

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Meet the handsome Toy Soldier and the friendly elfs. 

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Ho ho ho … meet Santa Claus and take a picture with him! Santa Village is open from 2 pm to 8pm, be sure to pop by and visit them! 

4) Christmas Tales

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Look out for the beautiful multimedia light shows showing at the New York Public Library at night!

5) Let it Snow!

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Catch the snow every hour from 12pm onwards

6) Under The Mistletoe!

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Marilyn Monroe

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Betty Boop

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Experience Hollywood glamour with the captivating performances by Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop and friends will make you fall under their spell. They will sing out Christmas hits and enjoy this entertaining song and dance performed at the New York Public Library. Check the announcement board located at the New York Public Library for the latest show times on the day of your visit. 

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Have your photos taken with the beautiful cast after the show.

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In addition, look out for the following activities happening at Universal Studios Singapore, you can tune into DJ Eddy Elf’s Rocking Radio Station and take part in wacky games such as CAROL-OKE and the Candy Cane Limbo Rock to win prizes located at the Lagoon Stage in the Hollywood zone.

On select nights, there will be firework displays, as well as hourly snowfall and multimedia light shows. Park hours are extended till 9pm every night for visitors to experience thrills on blockbuster rides and attractions.

Families can savour a wide variety of festive dishes at KT’s Grill for a get-together party with log cakes, delicate desserts and pastries. Visitors can also take home exclusive Christmas merchandise at select retail outlets. 

Tickets are available at S$74 (Adult), S$56 (Child) and S$36 (Senior). An after 5pm family bundle is available at S$134 this festive season. This bundle includes park admission for two adults, one child as well as retail and dining vouchers. More information can be found on www.rwsentosa.com/uss

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Here from everyone in Our Parenting World team, we would like to wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Enjoyable Family Getaway at Marina Mandarin Singapore 

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Media Invite and Hotel Staycation Review: Enjoyable Family Getaway at Marina Mandarin Singapore 

Our Parenting World team went to another hotel staycation during this year end school holidays, this time is at Marina Mandarin Hotel. There are a number of luxury hotels around Marina Square and Marina Mandarin is one of them. We are delighted to stay in this 5 star hotel!

Marina Mandarin Hotel is conveniently located at the heart of the City with easy access to Marina Square Shopping Mall which is connected to the hotel. It is also within walking distance to other shopping malls like Suntec City which has many restaurants, boutiques and more to satisfy your shopping needs and to popular attractions like Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.  

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Many hotel guests and visitors to Marina Mandarin hotel love to admire its natural sunlit atrium. Throughout the daytime, the natural sunlight streams from the glass roof all the way to the atrium area. The architecture design of the hotel is certainly one of the most unique in Singapore. In fact, it’s open atrium is one of the highest among all the hotels in Southeast Asia at 21 storeys.

Marina Mandarin has 575 rooms and each room is connected to wireless or broadband Internet access and comes with city skyline view. 

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In the morning, we are surprised to hear birds chirping merrily! Guests can enjoy listening to the beautiful birds singing as they relax around the atrium. 

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We checked into our Executive Deluxe Marina Bay View Room at Marina Mandarin. The Executive Deluxe room is spread over 11 to 15 floors. Our room is fitted with a King bed and an extra bed. The additional bed is available upon request and subject to additional charges per night. 

The room is so spacious with the size of 31 – 33 square metre! It can easily accommodate a family of four comfortably! 

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This comfortable, elegant and luxurious room comes with a large work space, flat screen TV with 42 local and international channels and offering complimentary WIFI for up to 4 devices, the rooms are also designed to cater to the business or leisure traveller. 

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A “Handy” smart phone is provided at the hotel room. You can use it to make phone calls and surf the Internet, free of charge. 

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Tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled mineral water are supplied daily and a well-stocked up minibar are available.

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The spacious hotel bathroom comes with separate bath and shower, dual vanity and bidet in most rooms. Toiletries are from Marina Mandarin own in-house brand. If you require additional toiletries and or towels, you can call housekeeping service and they will attend to your request quickly. 

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Our hotel room balcony oversees a stunning scenic view of the city, the beautiful Marina Bay and National Stadium. We can step outside of our room to enjoy the cool year end weather, relax and enjoy the scenery. 

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Having a room with a balcony is quite rare for hotels in Singapore nowadays due to land constraint and this additional balcony certainly makes the stay more enjoyable. We even saw the beautiful Singapore skyline during the sunrise period at around 6.45am in the morning.

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We love our hotel room! It is very spacious, comfortable and cosy!

To find out more and to book the Executive Deluxe Room at Marina Mandarin Hotel, please click HERE

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We checked out the Meritus Club Lounge* located at level 21. Guests can enjoy dining at this lounge where it provides a wide spread of full breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapes. The lounge at the Meritus Club is very spacious with a number of rooms, one with couches and sofas, one with work desks for you to do surfing or work, one with tables and chairs for you to dine. 

*Children aged 12 years and under are not permitted in the Club Lounge. 

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We visited the Club Lounge during the evening cocktails starting from 6pm to 8pm. It serves a wide spread of delicious food which include 3 hot dishes like sugar crane prawns, mini chicken satay pizza with pineapple puree and prawn paste chicken lollipop. Other food items like cold cuts, assorted breads, cheeses, pastries and many more! A variety of drinks are available including a selection of wines and cocktails. 

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Enjoy your food and drink while overlooking a scenic view of the City. It is a good place to relax and chill out. 

Special mention to the excellent services at the Club Lounge, we are very impressed with the attentive and friendly services provided by the staff! 

The Meritus Club Lounge benefits and privileges include:

  • Exclusive check-in and check-out
  • VIP Welcome amenities
  • Buffet Breakfast from 6.30am to 11am
  • Light snacks and refreshments
  • Daily evening cocktails from from 6pm to 8pm
  • All-day coffee, tea, and refreshments
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary use of the Meritus Club Boardroom for 2 hours per day; subject to availability (non-accumulative)
  • Complimentary pressing or normal laundry of 2 pieces per day (non-accumulative)
  • Complimentary local telephone calls
  • Complimentary local newspaper
  • Late check-out up to 2pm; subject to availability

To find out more about Meritus Club Lounge, please click HERE

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Eat too much, want to burn off excess calories or just to keep fit, head off to the well-equipped Fitness Centre gym located at Level 5. 

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When you stay at Marina Mandarin, you must try out its mineral water pool located at Level 5. The pool water is purified by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) patented Carefree Ionisation system to create a pool of 100% mineral water. The mineral pool does not use chlorine and is very popular with hotel guests.

This water pool is one of the first in Singapore and at Marina Mandarin, it boasts a 25-metre mineral water pool. Have fun, go swimming and enjoy the mineral pool! 

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Rise and Shine! 

Breakfast is served at the very popular AquaMarine Restaurant located at Level 4 Atrium. AquaMarine has Halal-certified food buffet stations. The buffet spread is extensive, and you can feast on both Asian and Continental choices. For Asian, there are Japanese sushi, Indian rice and curry and Chinese noodles. You could also order different types of eggs from the eggs station. Whatever your preferences are, you can be sure to find your favourite food at the Breakfast buffet. 

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We have such a sumptuous and delicious breakfast at AquaMarine. What a great way to start the day!

Our Parenting World team have always been impressed with the delectable food and impeccable services at AquaMarine. We have earlier reviewed the food at AquaMarine, you can read about them as follow: 

1)http://ourparentingworld.com/indulge-in-detectable-buffet-spread-at-aquamarine-at-marina-mandarin-for-lunar-new-year-celebrations/

2)http://ourparentingworld.com/festive-feasting-at-aquamarine-marina-mandarin/

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This is not the first time we have been to Marina Mandarin Hotel and each time, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are impressed with its services. It is definitely suitable for busy family who wants to have a short relaxing weekend getaway from home. Most importantly, it is a great way to spend family time together at this beautiful and luxurious hotel! 

We would like to thank the organisers and all at Marina Mandarin for the wonderful stay at the hotel. Here, we would like to wish everyone, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Marina Mandarin Singapore

6 Raffles Boulevard
Marina Square
Singapore 039594

Tel: (65) 6845 1000
Fax: (65) 6845 1001

To find out more about Marina Mandarin Singapore, please click HERE

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