Poinsettia Wishes 2019


  • Embark on a whimsical journey through the Nordic countries at Gardens by the Bay's Poinsettia Wishes floral display this Christmas. With creative direction by the Ambassador of Denmark to Singapore, Her Excellency Dorte Bech Vizard, this year’s yuletide display lends a Christmas twist to iconic landmarks in the Nordic region. See if you can spot the distinct architecture of the Bolgen building in Denmark, Santa Claus Village in Finland, Hallgrimskirkja church in Iceland, Vennesla library in Norway and Triangeln train station in Sweden, ingeniously interwoven into each scene - from Santa's post office to the reindeer station. Amidst a landscape of poinsettias and winter blooms in shades of red, blue, yellow and white, a charming choir of Nordic gnomes called Nisse adds to the festive cheer.  

Event Details

  • Fri, 8 Nov 2019 – Sun, 5 Jan 2020

  • 9.00am - 9.00pm

  • Flower Dome

  • Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.


A Nordic Christmas

Nordic Christmas roots can be traced back to the pagan holiday of Yule, a days-long feast in celebration of the winter solstice. It was something farmers looked forward to after a hard day’s work in the fields, and it lifted spirits and gave hope to people riding out the toughest time of the year. The season is still referred to by its pagan name in the region – Jul in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, Jól in Iceland, and Joulu in Finland.

Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

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  • A living symbol of the festive season, no plant says Christmas like the Poinsettia. The showy, coloured parts that most people think of as the flowers are in fact bracts (modified leaves), while the actual flowers are tiny and borne in the centre of the modified leaves. A member of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family, there are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias, in colours such as red, white, pink, and yellow. Some are even marbled or speckled.

     

    Keep an eye out for poinsettias in unique hues like green, gold, and speckled red and yellow around the Flower Field!

The Family Hearth

  • Borrowing from “The Wave”, or Bølgen in Danish, a modern residential building complex by the Skyttehus Bay in Vejle, Denmark, the family hearth at the viewing gallery is framed to create the perfect photo spot for you to gather with your loved ones around the Christmas tree.

The Kitchen

  • The largest church in Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja, has been transformed into a kitchen filled with wares and appliances all fired up for the preparation of a grand Christmas feast!

The Reindeer Station

  • The expressive timber ribs which define the interior space of the Vennesla Library in Norway bring together the various elements of the reindeer station – the reindeer food trough, flight schedule display, and main control station. Are the reindeers ready for their trips across the world?

The Chimney

  • Climbing down a chimney has become the route to take while making a gift delivery! Incorporating the striking façade of Grundtvig’s Church in Copenhagen, Denmark, reminiscent of the exterior of a church organ, the chimney is accompanied by pretty poinsettia trees, shaped to look like bonsai.

The Post Office

  • Looking very much like a futuristic portal into another world, the post office features the geometric shape of the Triangeln station in Malmö, Sweden. Here is where all Christmas gifts are sent to and picked up for delivery!

The Repair Shop

  • Is Santa’s sleigh looking a little worse for wear? Don’t fret! The repair shop, with its nuts, bolts, ropes and pulleys, is where things are made new again! You don’t need to cross the Arctic Circle to set your sights on Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. 

The Centrepiece

  • No Christmas display is complete without Christmas trees! Alongside these conifers you will see triangular arches, inspired by the aluminium-coated concrete panels on either side of the roof of Tromsdalen Church, also known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), in Tromsø, Norway.

The Choir Stage

  • Be enchanted by the angelic voices of the nisse choir trolling the ancient Yuletide carol! Join in and sing along to your favourite Christmas tunes!

Curious to find out more?

  • Pick up a “Poinsettia Wishes" Garden Trail for more information or join us for “ASK Me!” tours by our friendly Display Interpreters as they share fascinating facts and anecdotes about the floral display.

  • 8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020

  • Daily at 11.00am and 3.00pm (2.00pm – 5.00pm on 16 & 17 Nov, 7 - 8, 21 - 22 Dec)

  • Details:

    • Guided tours are free, but admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
    • Tours last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • Tours will begin when a group of 5 or more visitors are assembled.
    • To participate, gather at the “ASK Me!” poster near the Flower Field.
    • Tours will not be conducted on Flower Dome closure dates.

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