Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas 2014 | Snowy Santa's Land @ Universal Studios Singapore {USS}, RWS

The boy and I took leave last Friday to bring Lil Pumpkin to Universal Studios Singapore {USS}. It's currently decked in tinsel and holly, and transformed into "Santa's Land" with extended hours until 9pm daily. We've never experienced Christmas in USS before so was really excited to check it out!!

Even though it was a Friday and Battlestar Galactica was still closed {set to be relaunched soon though *grins*}, it was still pretty packed at USS..  I guess because it's the school holidays. I'd usually try to avoid crowds at theme parks during the school holiday season but we wanted to have a happy family day out with Lil Pumpkin before the boy went into surgery today {for hernia again!} since he'll be down for a while. Good thing we went on Friday too because it was one of the rare days that had lotsa sunshine instead of heavy downpour!

Was absolutely delighted that we got to have a family photo taken with Santa Claus!! I think it's our first photo with him :))) He's out at the end of Hollywood zone on the hour from 12pm. I'd suggest getting your photos taken in the early afternoon though when the sun is still out but not that glaring.

One of the best part about celebrating Christmas at USS was being able to experience a "snowfall" every hour at three of their themed zones - Hollywood, New York and Sci-Fi City. Lil Pumpkin really loved that! In front of the New York Public Library was a also a HUGE Christmas tree made entirely of plush toys. There's a new show playing there now - Santa's Toy Soldiers, where toy soldiers came to life as if they marched to the beat of the drums. This show apparently takes place twice every evening during this limited period.

Lil Pumpkin was so excited the whole day that she didn't even take her afternoon nap! Oh well.. at least she wasn't grouchy because of that haha. We sat all her favourite rides like the Magadascar boat ride, Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase & Enchanted Airways roller coaster rides a few times!

The meet-and-greet sessions were also extra special as we got to see characters from Magadascar, Sesame Street, Shrek etc. decked out in Christmas outfits! So cute!!

The meet-and-greets at USS are very organised as everyone has to queue to take a photo with them, and the USS staff will also help you to take a photo with your own camera, if you wish. This ensures everyone that's queuing has a chance to take a nice photo with them, without any random photo-bombing or mobbing from the crowd!

At previous visits {here, here and here} we'll usually see Betty Boop, Puss in Boots, Kungfu Panda etc. but most of the characters we met that day were for the first time.. yay!!

We also caught the award-winning Christmas-themed Sesame Street show, Sesame Street Saves Christmas, at Pantages Hollywood Theater. It had all my favourite Christmas jingles, lovable Sesame Characters and a delightful storyline about the Sesame Street gang helping Santa and his elves keep Christmas out of jeopardy!

It was so entertaining that we watched it twice haha. The air-conditioned theatre was a nice respite from the heat that day too :P 

There were a lot of Christmas-themed limited edition souvenirs, mainly from the Minions and Sesame street range, on sale too. Was so tempted to buy everything... especially the cute Seasame Street tree ornaments! And Gingy! I love yooooooou~ 

Anyway, if you plan to go, try to visit during a Friday or Saturday as there's a Christmas Fireworks Spectacular set to light up the night with new music and pyrotechnics. It happens every Friday and Saturday for the month of December, with and additional show on Christmas Day :)

Snowy Christmas Celebration at Universal Studios Singapore, RWS
Event period: 1 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Extended park hours: 10am - 9pm {except 19 Dec 2014. For 31 Dec, NYE program will start from 7pm.}
Admission: Adults - S$84, Child - S$64, Senior Citizen - S$46 {includes Christmas set meal voucher}

P.S. Check out RWS S.E.A. Aquarium during this Christmas season as well as they will also join in the festivities with "Merry Fishmas". There will be appearances by Scuba Santa {!!} accompanied by an elf up to 3 times daily haha. I saw that you can get a festive bundle deal to USS and S.E.A. Aquarium for S$68 here.

UPDATE: Check out our visit to Santa's All-Star Christmas at USS in 2015.


Masshole Mommy said...

So fun! I have been to the Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, but not in about 10 years. I want to go back.

mail4rosey said...

Everything looks so fun!! And you've got warm weather in December... sigh. ;)

Good luck to your husband on his surgery. I hope he has a fast recovery!

Mum's calling said...

Looking good! Planning to go soon, hope we'll see as many characters as you did. Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves.

Stacy said...

Oooh nice nice nice. I've been to Universal Studios but Xmas just gives it that extra oomph!

Hey you guys spend quite a lot on admissions to these things?

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: Hope you get to visit it in Singapore ;)

Mail4rosey: Thank you! He looks much better today.

Mums Calling: Hope there's good weather for you on the day you go. It sure made a lot of difference!

Stacy: Yup Christmas decorations makes it seem even better! Depends, sometimes we buy packages, sometimes there's discounts, sometimes we get media invites so save there.

An Apel a Day said...

Tons of characters, shopping, food and fun! It looks like a great time!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

We are going to visit the USS soon for the very first time! Glad to read your post as you covered the stuff we will likely do as well. Do they provide the exact timings for the various shows? I was trying to do some planning but the website just says X number of shows after X time etc. Not so helpful!

Ai Sakura said...

Alissa: it was! Lil Pumpkin had so much fun :)

Corsage: wow your first time! Yes they provide a small sheet of show program timings with the theme park map. But for the special X'mas shows and Santa greetings, go to the venues where they are held to check the boards there :)

loh said...

Did you get the Christmas set meal? How is it like?

Ai Sakura said...

Loh: I think the set differs from restaurant to restaurant. We ate at the Dino one and it was Chinese food - chicken rice or laksa.