Winter Wonderland Singapore


Over the past couple of decades, Singapore has inexorably grown as both a tourist and business hub in the East. As Singapore has been welcomed into an increasingly globalised community, the city state has assimilated Western traditions. For the fourth year in a row, Singapore will host its annual Winter Wonderland Festival, a celebration that infuses Western and Eastern tradition. With accommodation across the beguiling city of Singapore, thesqua.re offers the ideal base to explore this new Singaporean tradition.

Winter Wonderland Singapore

Hosted at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s Winter Wonderland is the premiere yuletide attraction in the city. As you arrive at Marina Bay, you will first be attracted to the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures that illuminate the area. Delicately crafted by Italian craftsmen, there are over 100 light sculptures in the area, with the most prominent being the majestic 22.5 metre tall Spalliera.

Luminarie light sculptures

For a non conventional Christmas event, Ethiopian Dreams provide a jaw dropping circus extravaganza. Earlier in the year, Ethiopian Dreams was a sell out at the Edinburgh Festival. Offering a combination of gravity defying stunts, skills and adventure, ticket prices to Ethiopian Dreams vary depending on age.

Ethiopian Dreams Circus Singapore

For something more traditional, visit Santa Claus himself at the Alpine House. With over 100 presents given away on a daily basis- ranging from vouchers to free carnival rides to beverage tokens-pictures with Santa Claus are available.

Santa Claus Alpine House

Wander around the Supertree Grove, the home of a charming European style Christmas market. Including over 30 festive wooden huts, this market is styled on similar markets in London, Paris and Berlin. Shop for handmade crafts, souvenirs, boutique goods and vintage items before enjoying a glass of mulled wine and something delicious to eat.

Supertree Grove shop

If you’re looking for something more filling than traditional German sausage or mince pie, visit SAVOUR- Winter Wonderland’s gourmet village. Containing five restaurants, SAVOUR offers a sophisticated dining experience which will feature celebrity and award winning michelin star chefs.

Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonder 2017

This year, Winter Wonderland offers the biggest collection of carnival rides in their history. Featuring bumper cards, chair swings, a ferris wheel, a Christmas train and Tea Cups, the carnival rides are a great way to keep your children entertained during your visit to Winter Wonderland.

winter wonderland carnival rides singapore

Given Marina Bay’s central location, travelling to Winter Wonderland is simple. Take the Circle Line or Downtown Line and depart at Bayfront MRT Station before crossing Dragonfly or Meadow Bridge.

Enjoy Christmas with thesqua.re in Singapore.

Celebrating in New Year in Paris


Paris, the City of Light, offers countless options to usher in the New year. One of the most colourful and exciting places to bring in the New year, Paris is the ideal location to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Celebrate the New year in style, with a stay at one of thesqua.re’s luxury serviced apartments.

New Year Tradition in Paris

New Year Tradition in Paris

In Paris, as with the rest of France, the New Year also goes by the name St Sylvestre and begins on the 1st January and ends on February 1st. Consistent with tradition across the globe, French people start exchanging bises at midnight, with the theme continuing throughout January. So don’t be surprised to hear French people exchanging New Year pleasantries for the entire month of January.  

Where to visit?

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade:

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade

Known as the centre of the party, the Champs Elysees is flooded with revelers from around 21:00. From here, it is possible to get a great view of all the fireworks in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower flickering and sparkling in the lead up to the stroke of midnight. Unsurprisingly, the Champs Elysees is the busiest place in Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe new year night

This year, the head of Paris’ avenues- the Arc de Triomphe- will host a special event that starts at 11:00. Although one can expect fireworks, plans for this year’s show have been shrouded in secrecy, so head down to the Arc de Triomphe for an evening of surprises.

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Located in Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur is a Parisian favourite during the festive period. Slightly calmer than the perpetual buzz of the Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur offers stunning views of the city as the sky is illuminated by the effervescent flash of fireworks. At Montmartre, there are countless bars, cabaret shows, and clubs to explore.  If you’re looking for a unconventional way to celebrate New Year’s in Paris, partying in Montmartre may be the ticket.

New Year’s Eve Shows and Cabarets

New Year's Eve Shows and Cabarets

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a popular way of spending the evening, although very pricey. Starting at  680 Euros per person in 2017-2018, the evening includes a champagne dinner, music, dancing and caviar, with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra offers a delightful post-midnight show to cap off the evening’s events. There are less expensive packages available that offer fewer perks.

On the morning after the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade on the Champs Elysees is a shore way to remove any muggy heads from the previous evening.

Christmas in NYC


As soon as New York’s Thanksgiving celebrations come to a conclusion, preparation for Christmas begins in earnest. The City That Never Sleeps is a wondrous paradise during the Christmas season,  shedding its frequently tough exterior in place of a lights and decorations. Discover this festive wonderland during your stay with thesqua.re this Christmas.

The official start of New York’s holiday celebrations is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This year, the parade will run on the 23rd November and will be the parade’s 90th birthday. Head out onto the streets of central New York to witness balloons, floats and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Although there are several famous tree lighting centres across New York, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is the most famous by far. On the 29th November at 20:55 precisely, NBC’s Today hosts will light the iconic tree that sits outside the Rockefeller Centre. Adorned with over 50,000 LED lights, the event is broadcast live on television, but it is no replacement for seeing it in person.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park Winter Village

One of the most anticipated openings of the New York calendar, Bryant Park Winter Village runs from 28th October to the 4th March, getting increasingly busier over the Christmas period. With a 17,000 square foot ice skating rink, 150 kiosks, food vendors and mulled wine distributors, Bryant Park Winter Village is located outside the Bank of America.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas ballet has become synonymous with yuletide goodwill. Artistic director George Balanchine created a New York City infused version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which has been performed every Christmas at the Lincoln Centre since 1954. With shows running from November 28th through January 3rd, the closest subway station is the 1 train at 66th Street. There are performances most days, with two a day during most of December.

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets Chelsea

New York hosts several Christmas markets, where you can purchase handmade gifts, decorations and festive treats. A unique way of doing your Christmas shopping, the markets are incredibly popular on weekday evenings. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market and Grand Central Holiday Fair in addition to the Bryant Park Winter Village are some of the most popular, but New York is a city that rewards exploration and that is the same with Festive markets.

Take a Picture with Santa

Take a Picture with Santa

What is Christmas without a picture of Santa Claus? When in New York, Santa isn’t camera shy and is more than willing to pose for pictures with children and adults. Macy’s Santaland, Winter Wonderland and Bloomingdale’s are Santa’s favourite spots, so be sure to visit him there.

Unusual Things to Do in London


Despite being one of the biggest tourist destination on Earth, London can seem a little too familiar if you never try to expand your horizons and discover new things to do. Apart from the list of the most popular museums and galleries, there are a ton of unusual things to do in London. Here are just a few:

Clowns Gallery Museum

Clowns Gallery Museum

This unique museum is open on the first Friday of each month and allows guests to see photographs, props and costumes that were used by some of Britain’s most famous clowns. An unusual (and unofficial) rule used by clowns is that no two performers can have the same make-up. To make sure that no two clowns were wearing the same makeup, the practice of painting a unique design onto an egg was started. This led to the extensive collection of more than 200 painted egg shells which today sit in the museum. If you want to do something a little bit different, this is your answer.

God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

Not only is this bizarre and beautiful collection of salvaged neon signs absolutely refreshing, it is also the largest collection of neon signs in Europe, making it a must see.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

This unusual museum is a hidden treat for anyone that enjoys finding things off the beaten track. It is the only one of its kind and has been around for more than a century. It showcases animal skeletons, taxidermy specimens and other creatures that have been preserved in fluid. Don’t miss out on the elephant skull.

So there you have it,  a short but sweet list of unusual things that anyone can, and must, do on their next trip to London.

A Guide to the Best Museums in New York


New York: an iconic city defined by its contributions to the arts and American history. Although the city doesn’t possess such an extensive history as Paris or London, New York has undoubtedly shaped world culture. Experience New York’s culture by visiting the city’s variety of museums when you stay in the Big Apple with thesqua.re.

Metropolitan Art Museum

Metropolitan Art Museum

Known simply as The Met by locals, the Metropolitan Museum is perhaps the most famous in New York City. Located on the eastern side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Art Museum collections feature Greek, African, Egyptian, Byzantine and Roman galleries in addition collections from both the modern European and American masters. Furthermore, the Metropolitan Art Museum  has a roof garden with stunning views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Entry is free, but most visitors make a nominal donation.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Located on the west side of Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History features historical artefacts from the natural world. When you walk into the museum you are greeted by a full-size blue whale suspended in space. But the excitement doesn’t end there: the museum contains artefacts from the Galapagos, South America and countless other exotic locations. Unsurprisingly, at the weekend, the museum becomes incredibly busy. Admission is free, but visitors typically donate a small fee.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, this architecturally daring museum- designed by Yoshio Taniguchi- features one of the most influential exhibitions of modern art in the world. Pollock, Warhol, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, Cezanne and Van Goch are on display in the museum. In addition to the displays of modern art, MoMA features live performance art throughout the week. During 16:00-20:00 on Friday, entrance is free.

The Cloisters

The Cloisters NYC

Situated in a 1930s built cloisters overlooking the Hudson in Manhattan, The Cloisters features the Met Museum of Art’s Medieval extensive collection. Including statues, tapestries, stained glass and metalwork, The Cloisters are designed to resemble the abbeys of medieval Europe. During the summer months, take the horticultural tour of the herb gardens and sample some exquisite American cuisine at the New Leaf Restaurant. Entrance is free, but the suggested admission is $25.

Frick Collection

Frick Collection

An intimate museum containing works from the European masters, many locals consider the Frick Collection to be the best in New York City. Comparatively quiet in contrast to the larger museums in the city, the Frick Collection was the former home of notorious industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Located in the Upper East Side, many of the paintings have remained unmoved since Frick was alive.

Designers to Look out for During London Fashion Week


With London Fashion Week fast approaching, designers and curators are frantically preparing to impress the fashion world. As always, much anticipation surrounds London Fashion Week- one of the four major fashion weeks in the world along with Paris, New York and Milan.

london fashion week

From the 14th September to the 19th September, creativity, innovation and unabashed audacity take centre stage: but what designers should you be paying close attention to?

Who? Amanda Wakeley

When? 14th September, 19:00.

Why? Opening London Fashion Week Fall 2017 is Amanda Wakeley OBE. Born in 1962, Wakeley is best known for her cocktail dresses, evening wear and accessories. Purveying a “clean glam” signature style, Wakeley has recently developed everyday wear, including knitwear, day dresses and tailoring

Who? Ralph & Russo

When? 15th September, 20:30.

Why?  In 2014, Ralph & Russo became the first British brand to be selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for Paris Fashion Week in over 100 years. Since then, much excitement has surrounded the house, with Chambre Syndicale’s former president stating: “We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and Ralph & Russo have it”.

Who? Molly Goddard

When? 16th September, 12:00.

Why? This up and coming British designer has earned plaudits for her work over the past several years. The 2016 winner of the British Emerging Talent Award, Goddard is set to become a more recognised name across the fashion world thanks to her capsule footwear collection with Topshop and upcoming Topshop showspace.

Who? Emporio Armani

When? 17th September, 19:00

Why? Established in 1975, Emporio Armani is one of the most lauded houses in the world. Although the Armani house is currently offering much more than just sartorial elegance, the brand is built off the success of their fashion lines. Offering a wide range of clothes and accessories, Armani is perhaps the most widely recognisable name at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Who? Pringle of Scotland

When? 18th September, 12:00

Why? With over a 200 year history, Pringle of Scotland is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. However, the house has always possessed a thoroughly modern, pioneering outlook. Renowned for its cashmere products, Pringle has shaped the fashion industry throughout history and continues to do so to this day.

Who? Tommy Hilfiger

When? 19th September, 19:00

Why? One of the most respected designers in the world, Tommy Hilfiger has transformed into a cultural icon. Celebrating the essence of classic American style, Tommy Hilfiger, founded in 1985, delivers premium style, quality and value to customers. Closing this fall’s fashion week, Tommy Hilfiger’s collection is not to be missed.

Rated Apartment wishes all our guests and friends a very Happy New Year 2017!


Wishing You All Happy New Year 2017 by RatedApartments Team

As the new year rolls in, we reflect on the year gone by and look forward to what the new year may hold in store. It’s the time of the year to extend our warmest New Year Wishes and say thank you to all our guests and friends for being an integral part of ‘Rated Family’.

Filled with so much of goodness, 2016 has been a wonderful and rewarding year for our organization and we hope that it will end on a good note. We are delighted to embark on a new journey and explore new opportunities to achieve our goals but our greatest achievement will always remain to ensure ‘happy customers’.

With 2016 coming to a close, we would like to reach out to each one of you, who have been a significant contributor to our success stories, adding more credentials to our name. Team Rated Apartments wishes all its valued guests and friends lots of happiness, and good fortune in 2017. This year also, we look forward to introduce some special offers and events to make everyone merry and promises to offer brightest and cherished travel experiences in any endeavor that we pursue.

Rated Apartments appreciate your honest feedback, and it always motivates us to try and think of ways to improve our serviced apartments further.

Happy Holidays and wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2017!!