New Year’s Eve London


Once the over indulgence of the Christmas period concludes, London welcomes the new year in style. With fireworks, revelry and parties strewn across the city, London’s 2017 New Year celebrations are set to be the biggest yet. With accommodation across London, thesqua.re offers the ideal base for visiting the capital to conclude 2017.

London New Year Eve Fireworks

New Year in London is synonymous with the firework display on the banks of the River Thames. Although you require a ticket before attending the New Year’s firework display, you can watch the fireworks from almost anywhere in central London.  For something even more memorable, you can watch the fireworks from the river on a New Year’s Eve cruise, or from a restaurant with views over the London Eye.

Hollingsworth London New Years Eve party

If you don’t wish to spend your evening stood outside in the cold British winter, spending an evening partying in one of London’s sophisticated bars or clubs is an option. The Bourne and Hollingsworth London New Year’s Eve party features a 1940s themed Blitz Party and a 1920s Prohibition party. Similarly, the Southbank Centre’s Vintage New Year’s Eve Party is elegant and chic. For something more lowkey, try visiting London’s famous Natural History Museum.

Southbank Centres Vintage New Years Eve Party

After an evening of partying, London offers a host of activities during New Year’s Day.  Head down to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park to enjoy rides, performances, markets and ice skating. Alternatively, take your family to one of London’s top shows in the West End district- but be sure to check the schedule to see if the show is running.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Every year, central London hosts a New Year’s Day Parade, which sees approximately 8,000 performers every year. The parade first took place in 1987, but is now an annual fixture on London’s calendar. London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2018 starts at 12 noon on January 1st on Piccadilly, one of the capital’s most famous districts. Additionally, during the same time period, London New Year’s Day Parade hosts countless events, concerts and performances. Cadogan Hall, St John Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral and Trafalgar Square host a collection of shows, ranging from classical performances to contemporary classics.

Central London New Year Parade

During the hours of 11:45pm and 04:30am, travel on London’s public transport is free. Central London becomes very busy during these hours, so be sure to plan your evening out in advance.

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.

Winter Wonderland


The trees are up and the lights are on! The air is upbeat and the tunes are happy.  It’s the Christmas time. Put on those lovely pair of shoes. You have every reason to go out and let the festivities soak in.

Winter Wonderland ( 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016)

As one of London’s grandest and biggest events returns, it’s time to cheer and get in the holiday spirit. Winter Wonderland is back in Hyde Park. All through the months of November and December, a large part of Hyde Park gets beautiful transformed into a Winter Wonderland with fairground rides, giant wheels, circus, Christmas market, stalls and an ice rink. In its eight year, this magnificent event has become a favourite in the calendars of people wide and far. Other famous features are the Zippos Circus and 53-metre-high Observational Wheel. Christmas Market with wooden chalets and numerous Bavarian-style bars and cafes dominate the place and make it more exciting.

Winter Wonderland with Rated Apartments

This free-to-enter event includes Christmas-themed activities and an ambience that is totally unparalleled. The event offers something for everyone. You can experience the thrilling rides, take a trip to Santa Land or surf the Christmas markets. Skate around the ice rink and enter the Magical Ice Kingdom to see lovely sculptures and ice castle.

Something that shouldn’t be missed are Cirque Beserk and Zippos Circus. Entry to these places requires booking in advance. These assure fast entry in Hyde Park. These are available from token booths. There are carousels, funhouses and helter skelters for kids. High spirited roller coasters is meant for older children and adults. For those who want to enjoy a calm experience, take a seat and enjoy the lovely view.

It’s about eating, drinking and merriment at Winter Wonderland

Sip some delicious wine or try a hot chocolate. The area surrounding the event at Hyde Park offers such an incredible range of cafe, bars, restaurants and lounges.

One place that you must not miss during Winter Wonderland is the Christmas Market. The market is packed with jewellery, decorative items, trinkets and what not. It’s all about festivities here! Angels and Yuletide is another market you can’t miss if you want to experience all the flavours of Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland Tickets

Although the entry to the fascinating Winter Wonderland is free, you need tickets to see various attractions. Some of these are ice skating, observation wheel, Zippos Circus, Cirque Beserk and Magical Ice Kingdom.

The event is open from 10am to 10pm on all days except Christmas Day.

How to reach here

Marble Arch is the entrance point to Winter Wonderland. Green Park, Paddington and Victoria are the nearby underground stations. You can also book holiday apartments in Hyde Park, where the event takes place and is pretty close to popular places like Kensington and the happening Oxford Street.

The cool part is there is no dearth of accommodation options in this area. Hotels, serviced apartments suiting all budgets are plenty. There are so many reasons why Hyde Park makes for a perfect venue for an event as grand as the Winter Wonderland.

Go and let the festivities soak in @ Winter Wonderland.