Press release -
Travel the World at Changi Airport!
SINGAPORE, 2 December 2011 – Dreaming of visiting the world’s greatest landmarks and experiencing firsthand their awe-inspiring grandeur? This festive season, Changi Airport is giving its visitors a magical experience by recreating some of the world’s greatest sights!
Giant topiaries in the form of iconic world landmarks are now on display in both the public and transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3. Showcasing Changi Airport’s connectivity and its position as Singapore’s gateway to the world, the topiaries, which stand up to nine metres tall, include the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Temple of Heaven, and Singapore’s very own famous Merlion. Accentuated with decorative lights, these grand topiary displays promise visitors a memorable experience and great photo opportunities. At the biggest topiary display site at the Terminal 3 Departure Hall, where the Merlion topiary is located, quaint miniature figurines of the Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Egypt and other famous world landmarks complete the travel road map around the world. There, visitors can also get their photos taken at special photo kiosks.
To throw in an element of fun, adorable Angry Birds characters - from the popular smartphone game which has taken the world by storm - are a unique highlight of this year’s festive celebrations at Changi Airport. At the topiary display sites, Angry Birds riding on hot air balloons and blimps decorated with blinking lights provide fun photo opportunities for visitors. Furthermore, until 31 January 2012, die-hard Angry Birds fans can redeem adorable Angry Birds plush collectibles under Changi Airport’s festive shopping promotion.
Resplendent Decorations and Carolling
Throughout the airport, other vibrant decorations adorning the terminals’ interiors and their surroundings add extra magic to the holiday atmosphere. Along Airport Boulevard, visitors are greeted with the beautiful sight of shimmering Christmas ornaments and decorations donning the trees lining the boulevard, giving them very warm season’s cheer. In addition to the topiaries, there are floral displays of Christmas trees and flowers located across each terminal, featuring festive elements such as poinsettias, reindeers, sleighs, baubles and gifts.
And what better way to boost the holiday spirit than through music and song? A few times a day, airport visitors and passengers will be serenaded with beautiful Christmas favourites by carolling groups roving Changi’s main terminals, spreading holiday cheer with their singing. For instance, at the Merlion topiary site at Terminal 3, there will be carolling from 7pm to 7.30pm on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December, with the sessions extended to 9.30pm during the Christmas weekend (23 to 25 December).
Activities Galore for Children
Changi’s ever popular giant inflatable bouncy castle will make a return this Christmas! Measuring about 17 metres wide and eight metres tall, the massive inflatable castle provides kids with endless entertainment and delight as they bounce and slide on it. Located at Terminal 3’s Departure Hall Row 11, the castle is open from noon to 10pm daily, until 8 January 2012. To admit a single child, simply produce a receipt with any amount spent at Changi Airport, or present the Changi Rewards card.
Children can also look forward to Santa and his elves who will hand out goodies and treats several times a day at the main terminals. Children of up to 12 years of age can also participate in fun and engaging workshops to learn how to make Christmas baubles, decorate Christmas trees and design T-shirts. The workshops are held twice a day at 2pm and 4pm at Terminal 3’s Basement 2 until 2 January 2012. For a single entry into one of the workshops, simply present up to two receipts combined with a minimum spend of $80 ($50 for Changi Rewards members).
Late Night Christmas Shopping
To facilitate late night Christmas shopping, the opening hours of shops at the public areas of Terminal 3 will be extended on Friday and Saturday nights until 23 December 2011. On these nights, shops at Terminal 3’s public areas will close at 1am, instead of 11pm. During these two extended hours of shopping, shoppers can look forward to a series of exciting shopping promotions, including a Sure Win Lucky Dip with attractive prizes such as the iPad 2 and Changi Dollar Vouchers to be won. They will also enjoy perks like free parking or $10 taxi vouchers (limited to the first 150 shoppers daily, terms and conditions apply).
Win Exciting Prizes Online
Until 8 January 2012, visitors can visit the Fans of Changi Facebook page [www.facebook.com/fansofchangi] to take part in the ‘Snap and Win’ photography contest. By uploading their photographs taken of the Christmas celebrations at Changi Airport, they stand a chance to win attractive prizes including the iPad 2, Changi Dollar Vouchers and Angry Birds plush collectibles.
For more information on Christmas celebrations at Changi Airport, please visit http://www.changiairport.com/christmas.
 The topiaries will be on display till 29 February 2012.
 The Temple of Heaven and Merlion topiaries are located at the public areas of Terminals 2 and 3 respectively, while the Sydney Opera House and Eiffel Tower topiaries are located at the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3 respectively.
 To redeem an Angry Birds Plush, spend $50 by VISA or $80 by any other means in the public area or spend $80 by VISA or $100 by other means in the transit area. Please visit www.changiairport.com/christmas for more details.
 Two hours of complimentary parking in Terminal 3 for the first 150 shoppers daily who present a single receipt with minimum purchase of $20 ($10 for Changi Rewards members). Complimentary $10 Cab Vouchers for first 150 shoppers daily who present up to two combined receipts with minimum purchase of $30. Limited to purchases made between 11pm to 1am only.
About Changi Airport Group
Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. Through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, the Group invests in and manages foreign airports to spread the success of Changi Airport internationally.
Changi Airport (www.changiairport.com) is the world’s most awarded airport having garnered more than 380 accolades since it opened in 1981. To serve passengers and visitors from the world over, there are 290 retail stores and 130 F&B outlets across the airport's four terminals. Changi handled more than 42 million passenger movements in 2010, an annual record. Today, it serves some 100 airlines flying to over 210 cities in about 60 countries and territories worldwide. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 100 seconds.