As Andy Williams sang – “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”, the long-awaited Christmas season is finally here!
Against an unprecedented year, this Christmas is a time to give and indulge in the festive cheer, while feasting to your heart’s content with loved ones. Oh yes, let’s not forget our favourite activity – presents and gifts from your Secret Santa!
Let us bring you on a trip around the world as we explore how the Christmas season is celebrated in different countries. Perhaps, you might want to gift an experience to your friends and families this year and take them on a virtual trip!
First stop, Italy! With the festive season spanning across 4 weeks, this country is home to magnificent Christmas markets. In the squares of Italy, it is a common sight to see children carol singing and pairs of shepherds playing the bagpipes (Don’t be frightened, they are merely locals dressed like shepherds!). During this season, pasta and panettone breads are commonly found on every table.
Fun fact! According to Italian folklore, instead of Santa, the ‘good witch of Christmas’ La Befana delivers presents to children if they’ve been well-behaved on the morning of Epiphany Eve (January 6th). Kids, you know what to do! Buon Natale (Merry Christmas)!
Want more of this beautiful country? Explore the magnificent Italian city of Florence here with us at the comfort of your couch on 27 December! What’s more, the package now comes with a 1-for-1 ticket promotion!
Christmas in Japan remains largely a novelty rather than a religious celebration. This special day is known as a time to spread happiness. Japan is home to a quirky tradition where the Japanese people often indulge in a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) feast on Christmas Day (thanks to a marketing campaign in 1974), followed by a strawberry shortcake. It is also known as a holiday for lovers to go on a romantic date and admire the Christmas lights. Even though it is not a national holiday, Japan has no lack of the Christmas spirit! Meri Kurisumasu!
Similar to Singapore, huge Christmas trees are displayed in shopping malls around the country accompanied by carols. However, Indonesia takes it up a notch by broadcasting Christmas concerts on a majority of its local television stations for the festive spirit. Other than the traditional food, cookies such as ‘Snow White’, ‘Nastar’ and ‘Kastengel’ are a necessity during this holiday season as a gift or personal consumption. Selamat Natal!
Indonesia is indeed a hidden gem in Southeast Asia. The capital of Indonesia’s West Java Province, Bandung, in particular, is a dazzling city known for its picturesque views. Experience the wonders of the country with us here.
With travel rather much restricted strictly to business in Singapore, all work and no play can make us a dull boy or girl.
Regardless, Christmas remains the most magical time of the year here in our homeland. Though there might be no reindeers or snow, it is still a big celebration filled with happiness. Experience the magic of Christmas at several attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore and Gardens by the Bay or walk along Orchard Road to soak in the holiday mood with the stunning festive lights. Otherwise, check out our experiences specially curated for you and your loved ones.
From all of us here at WalkWalk, we wish you a Merry Christmas!