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ION Orchard Christmas tree 2017

(Photo: ION Orchard and PANDORA)

PHOTOS: ION Orchard's Christmas tree lights up

Christmas is already here at ION Orchard, with Basement 2 of the mall transformed into a train terminal while the Christmas tree dazzles above ground.

Decorated by Pandora and featuring 72 rose gold snowflakes and over 130,000 fairy lights, the 20m-tall ION Orchard Christmas tree also allows shoppers and visitors along Orchard Road to walk in and experience an animated winter wonderland.

Meanwhile, the “train terminal” in Basement 2 takes inspiration from stations in Paris, London, and New York.

The ION Sky observation deck on Level 56 also unveiled a new look, which aims to educate visitors on Orchard Road’s humble beginnings as a collection of nutmeg farms, spice gardens and fruit orchards in the 1830s.

Through an 11-minute-long multimedia animation spanning four chapters, visitors can experience the evolution of the area into the modern shopping haven that it is today.

Admission to the new ION Sky experience, which opens to the public in late November, is redeemable for ION+ Rewards members who spend a minimum of $20 on the same day.

The shows are screened every 45 minutes, with seven shows to choose from daily.

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