Visitors traveling through Singapore’s Changi International Airport and Jewel are in for quite a cinematic experience this year-end, as the annual Changi Festive Village returns with the theme of the highly-anticipated movie due in December, Avatar: The Way of Water. Besides picturesque larger-than-life attractions, Changi Airport and Jewel will offer a range of festive activities till January 2nd next year.
Expressing his enthusiasm towards how Changi Airport and Jewel would be offering an unforgettable experience for visitors this year was Jayson Goh, Managing Director of Airport Operations Management at Changi Airport Group, as he said:
“With the return of air travel and the re-opening of terminals, 2022 has been an exciting and eventful year for Changi Airport. To continue on a high, the beloved Changi Festive Village is returning for the third year. This year, we have a myriad of exciting activities, and we hope many will join us at Changi Airport for the year-end festivities to soak in the holiday mood and create fond memories.”
Diving into ocean-inspired activities
Over in Terminal 3 of Changi Airport, stunning installations inspired by the movie are currently on show at the Departure Hall on level two. Featuring a giant-scaled replica of the home of the Na’vi, the iconic characters from the Avatar movie, visitors will get to see representations of the village residents as they explore the unique abode that towers over seven meters. And as nightfall approaches daily, visitors will witness marvelous light and sound shows during the evening.
Other than capturing social media-worthy pictures and learning more about life within the water-dwelling Na’vi clan, visitors can also visit the pop-up retail store within the structure to shop from an array of Avatar toys, figurines, and glow-in-the-dark apparel. And after doing some retail therapy, visitors can walk nearby to check-in row 11 for a chance to shoot archery arrows and win giveaway prizes.
Children can also get an opportunity to craft their own illuminated jellyfish, similar to the ones seen in the movie. And if arts and craft isn’t their cup of fun, children can head down to the basement to explore and play with over 30 carnival game booths and ride at the Terminal 3 Underground Carnival. No driver’s license is required for any kid looking to fuel their need for speed with the exciting go-kart racing.
Explore the glowing cave tunnel
While Changi Airport Terminal 3 allows visitors to explore the village of the Na’vi clan, Jewel will offer a different kind of experience, though it still revolves around the marine theme. Located at the topmost level of Jewel is the famous Canopy Park, which will be glowing into an ocean-themed sea of blue, pink, purple, and teal with bioluminescent light displays during the night. The park will also feature a cave tunnel lined with dazzling ceiling lights and water effects projections for an immersive underwater-like experience.
And over at Petal Garden, visitors will be in for another visual and immersive treat as they watch their footprints leave glowing blue bioluminescent waves on the interactive floor screen and stroll past the four-meter-high smoke bubble tree to complete the experience. If marine-themed isn’t your thing, fret not, as Christmas festivities are also in place with the ever-popular snowfall coming back this year with hourly snowfalls around the park between 19:00 and 22:30.
Photo: Changi Airport Group
Reigning in the Christmas spirit
Hourly snowfalls aren’t the only Christmas festivities that Jewel has installed, as the nature-themed retail and entertainment complex will boast another unique Christmas tree this year. The tree will stand 16-meters tall and still follows the underwater theme as it acts as a visual gateway for visitors to enter the Shiseido Forest Valley via its tranquil oceanic tunnel, complete with underwater visual projections and audio.
And the Petal Garden will not be the only location where visitors can experience the snowfalls. In the evenings between 19:35 to 22:35 daily at the Shiseido Forest Valley, visitors can witness the wonder of snowfall against the alluring light installations from the exclusive HSBC Rain Vortex Light and Sound show inspired by the Avatar movie. The 40-meter-tall indoor waterfall will display a combination of sound and light choreography that features characters such as Ilu and Tulkun from the film.
Photo: Changi Airport Group
After witnessing how empty Changi Airport and Jewel relatively were during the pandemic, it has been sensational to see waves of crowds returning to the once-empty spaces, and the return of the attractions and festivities has been just as reassuring. Whether in Changi Airport, Jewel, or both, visitors are certainly in for a unique, mesmerizing festive experience this year-end.
Singapore Changi Airport
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Lee Seow Hiang
- Passenger Count :
- 3,053,000 (2021)
- Runways :
- 02L/20R – 4,000m (13,123ft) |02C/20C – 4,000m (13,123ft) |02R/20L – 4,000m (13,123ft)
- Terminal 1 |Terminal 2 |Terminal 3 |Terminal 4 |JetQuay CIP Terminal