Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas 2015 | Santa’s All-Star X'mas @ Universal Studios Singapore {USS}, RWS

We enjoyed our Christmas experience at Universal Studios Singapore {USS} last year and were soooo excited to go again!!

Lil Pumpkin is officially no longer a preschooler {she had her last day of preschool on Tuesday *sobs sobs*} so on Wednesday the boy and I took leave to bring her to Santa's All-Star Christmas at the theme park! Kind of like a graduation celebration ✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧

Her grandma, cousin Big R & aunt came along too. They are very camera-shy {unlike me hahaha} so not many photos with them and won't be showing their faces.

Baby J is still too tiny to stay out in the crowd a full day {plus it's been pouring so badly lately} so she didn't join in the fun. I'm sure she'd love it next year though!!

It's fantastic that USS appeals to family members of all ages, from young to old.

My mother doesn't really like to sit the rides, but she loves watching the different shows, meeting the characters and soaking in the festivities with all the special holiday decorations that's even more magical at night. Not to forget the "snowfall" every hour!

Haven't had much opportunities to spend quality time with her lately due to our busyness, so was extremely happy she could join us for a truly multi-generational fun family time out (⁎⚈᷀᷁▿⚈᷀᷁⁎)

This year, our favourite characters at USS joined those from classical Christmas tales to put up 3 new shows just for the festive season! I was really looking forward to watching them but dang! I realised only when we were there that they are shown just during the weekends (ㄒoㄒ)

Mostly at night, the new shows for 2015 are:

1. A Hollywood Christmas Gift Show
Time / Venue: Lagoon Stage, Hollywood zone {Twice daily, 6.45pm and 8.55pm}
Details: The Penguins of Madagascar, King Julien, Marilyn Monroe and the Minions join the Toy Soldiers in a show where they embark on a gifting journey.

2. A Scrooge Christmas Splendour
Time / Venue: Sting Alley near the Waterfront, New York zone {6.45pm}
Details: Sting Alley is transformed into a Victorian Christmas scene right out of 19th Century England!! Interact with Scrooge, his neighbours and the Christmas carolers at Sting Alley.

3. Fairytale Remix Show
Time/ Venue: New York Public Library, New York zone {Twice daily, 7.20pm and 8.30pm}
Details: A unique Christmas story told through song and dance by an All-Star fairtytale cast, including Santa Claus, Frosty The Snowman, Snow Queen, The Gingerbread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Scrooge, The Little Match Girl and the Toy Soldiers.

Take note that actual show times might change on your day of visit so please check each day’s schedule for the show times.

Sometimes choosing the day to visit USS is such a conundrum! Should we go during the weekday when it's likely to be less crowded so we can sit the rides and meet the characters {slightly} faster? Or should we go during the weekends when there are special shows like these on but it'll definitely be even more packed with people???

Oh well. At least we managed to catch the usual Christmas specials like Winter Tales where a light show is projected on the façade of the New York Public Library and the award-winning Sesame Street Saves Christmas show at Pantages Hollywood Theater.

Those are still fantastic shows that we all adore (⌒▽⌒)☆

Something else I was looking forward to was to take photos with Santa Claus. Especially with this particular Santa at USS because he really does look and sound the part!

Is it just me or there's not really many places in Singapore that lets you get up and cozy with Santa? In places like US and UK, I think a lot of malls have "Meet Santa" sessions for kids to talk and tell him their Christmas wishes, but not really here. Honestly I'd rather have more "Meet Santa" sessions at the malls than cartoon character meet-and-greets during the Christmas holiday season. More festive and meaningful??

Anyway I made sure we were there at 12 noon for Lil Pumpkin to talk to him and take our family Christmas shots in case the weather turned bad later in the day or the crowd got too crazy.

Santa Claus is at his meet-and-greet area at the end of Hollywood zone every hour from 12 noon to 9pm. If it starts to rain, Santa will not be at the the meet-and-greet area but will walk around Hollywood zone instead to snap shots with the visitors.

We managed to see other characters that were specially dressed up for the Christmas season too!

... Including the Minions!! So so cute!! It's our first time meeting them during Christmas as they didn't have this meet-and-greet for last year's edition.

There are special Christmas specials available at the restaurants too.

We tried out Santa's Signature Burger set, which includes an uber-red beetroot grilled chicken burger {can't really taste the beetroot but the chicken was very tender}, fries and a drink of your choice for S$14.

If you're there for the festive Christmas season, don't forget to check out the Christmas-themed souvenirs. I spotted quite a number of new items for 2015, including the mini Cookie Monster gingerbread plushie I'm holding above. Comes in a mini Elmo design as well!

There's Christmas-themed souvenirs and gifts for the Minions collection too. Tree ornaments cost S$30 for 4 pieces, and the Minion with a Santa Hat popcorn bucket costs S$39 {S$35 without the hat, both includes popcorn}.

During this period, USS is open longer {10am - 9pm} for visitors to have even more time to enjoy all the park has to offer and we definitely made full use of it!!

I can't remember the number of times we went on Lil Pumpkin's fave rides, Puss In Boots' Giant Journey & Enchanted Airways, and the adults were so stoked to finally managed to sit on Battlestar Galactica again after it was closed for 2 years. Max waiting time was only 40mins yay!!!!!

Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular as it's only on from 19 - 29 Dec 2015 but it was a fantastic family day-out nonetheless. Lil Pumpkin's already asking when we can go again!! (*≧∀≦*)

Hmmm... maybe next year during her birthday in May?? ♥ See Lil Pumpkin playing with the "snow" at USS on my Youtube channel if the video above isn't working.

Santa's All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore, RWS
Event period: 1 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
Extended park hours: 10am - 9pm {For 31 Dec, NYE program will start from 7pm.}
Admission: Adults - S$74, Child - S$54, Senior Citizen - S$36 {After 5pm: Adults S$48, Child S$38}

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", where visitors can enjoy a Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles collected from across the resort, carol singers and a special feeding session from Scuba Santa! Children can also follow Santa’s clues through the aquarium to learn about marine life, and be rewarded with a gift at the end of the activity trail. There's a festive bundle deal to USS and S.E.A. Aquarium {from S$147} here.

P.P.S. If you're going to/ hosting a Christmas gathering, serve one of these 20 Christmas Tree Festive Food Ideas to fill your holiday season table with cheer!

P.P.P.S. If you're still looking for a place to dine outside for Christmas or New Year's check out Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium's Festive Buffet! Unlimited servings of traditional festive dishes, premium seafood and kids can eat free :)


Unknown said...

My son would love to meet those Minions - such a fan.
As for me I'm just wishing to get the chance to get back to Singapore.

An Apel a Day said...

Everything looks so fun. Isaak would love those Minions! The food looks good to me. Something for everyone there.

mail4rosey said...

Glad you and your mom got together despite the busy schedules. :) It does look like an awesome day out! We got our pic w/Santa this year, but it's the first year my son knows he isn't real. *sigh* ;)

Irene Soh said...

OMG... The minions are so CUTE!!! I wanna go and cuddle them!! Thanks for sharing all the good fun at USS this Christmas. Will want to head down when I find some time!

Waiwai Leung said...

It has been 4 years since I stepped into USS! There are Minions now! I believe that my children would love them. Merry Christmas to you and family in advance!

Beautiful Chaos said...

Believe it or not, I have not gone to USS before! Is there any difference for entry after 5pm and before other than price? I hope to bring my big kid and small kids there one day! :)

Vivien ( Beautiful Chaos )

Mum's calling said...

Looks really fun! Always love their Christmas 'edition'. Shall bring Js down soon. Hopefully not too packed on a weekday.

Unknown said...

You look so sporty in your new hairdo Ai! We love the Christmas atmosphere at USS too. It's really festive.

Cynthia said...

We love Christmas at USS, especially the Sesame Street show!

Stacy said...

I feel you on the dilemma! Going when the crowds aren't there doesn't have the same 'feel' and isn't that the whole point haha.

I'm feeling all Christmassy looking at your pics.

Ai Sakura said...

Sally-Ann: Oh do come and visit soon! Lots of new and exciting events and attractions have started.

Alissa: Yeah the Minions are a big hit!

Mail4rosey: I think Lil Pumpkin knows he isn't, but just likes to enjoy the magical feeling of Christmas with him around haha..

Irene: Yup do go if you've time! Love X'mas time at USS :)

Waiwai: Wahhhhh time to go back!! 4 years is a very long time haha

Vivien: I think it may be slightly less crowded as the tourists on tours will leave? The rides are still open and most of the shows are at night too so you won't miss out. Now they close at 9pm so that's a good 4 hours to enjoy the theme park!

Mums Calling: We went on a weekday. Still manageable!

Angie: thank you :))

Cynthia: You must catch the new shows and tell me how they went!

Stacy: It's just one week away!!!!

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

Waaa the minions so cute! They donned on santa hats!! I was expecting it to be more expensive but surprisingly, the admission costs the same as usual days? Looks like USS is another place to go for Xmas!!!

Danessa Foo said...

This is so magical, USS always do a fabulous job decorating for occasions and seasons! My family and I will be going for the All-Stars Christmas next week, I hope we get to see the Minions too!

May said...

Oh there are lots of Santas Meet in Malls! We sat on so many Santa laps until the kids were a little bored haha we enjoyed our USS Santa's all star too! It was really fun :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

It looks like you had a blast! I've been to the one in Florida twice because Mariah is obsessed with Harry Potter. Once they get the Harry Potter attraction up in California, we'll make a trip out there to visit that Universal Studios as well. Universal Studios sure does know how to put on great shows!

Masshole Mommy said...

Sounds like you guys had a BLAST!! I went to Universal in Florida in March, but my kids still have yet to go.

Stacy said...

Looks funnnn. I shall wait for Fox to open at Genting, hopefully it'd be good.