There’s Now a Website to Check Crowd Conditions at Orchard Road on 24 Dec Night

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

By that, we mean that the crowds are starting to flood Orchard Road to catch a glimpse of the Christmas lights and decorations. Not quite a white Christmas, but it’s the classic Singaporean Christmas.

We have a tip for you if you’re looking to head out to the shopping belt on Christmas Eve. There’s a website to check the crowd conditions at Orchard Road.

Here’s what you need to know about it.

A Website to Check Crowd Conditions at Orchard Road on 24 Dec

A digital map will go “live” on 24 Dec for you to check crowd conditions on the shopping belt.

You’ll be able to see how congested a particular area is and avoid having to find yourself in a situation where you have to shout “excuse me” ten times.

The digital map highlights areas with significant crowds and will be updated in real-time. Just refresh the page for the latest crowd updates.

Image: Crowd@Orchard Road

Is the area you’re looking to be in too crowded? The digital map’s got you covered as well. It suggests alternative locations with smaller crowds, so you can head there and enjoy your Christmas Eve nonetheless.

The digital map will be up from 6 pm on 24 Dec until 1:30 am on 25 Dec. You can access the map via computer or a mobile device.

Large Crowds Expected on Christmas Eve

Large crowds are expected at the Orchard Road area on Christmas Eve.

So if you want to avoid squeezing with half of the Singaporean population on Christmas Eve, here’s a suggestion: avoid Orchard Road as a whole lah.

Officers, crowd control barricades, and direction signs will be deployed at the shopping belt to manage the Christmas Eve crowd. Bag checks might also be conducted by security personnel.

Street buskers will also be limited to performing at four locations along Orchard Road: The Heeren, 313@Somerset, Knightsbridge and Mandarin Gallery. If you’re looking for a live Christmas Eve concert, you know where to go.

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If you’re taking the train to Orchard, you could consider alighting at nearby MRT stations like Dhoby Ghaut or Somerset MRT instead of Orchard MRT.

Or, you know, you could stay home on Christmas Eve and watch a Christmas movie. We don’t judge.

Crowd Controls Come After Recent Crowd Disasters Overseas

These crowd controls come in light of the recent crowd disasters in Korea and Indonesia.

In October, more than 150 partygoers died while making their way to Halloween parties in Seoul’s Itaewon district.

Now infamously coined the “Halloween stampede”, videos of the tragedy spread through social media like wildfire and grabbed the world’s attention.

Even earlier in October, hundreds of soccer fans died in a stampede in Indonesia. More than 300 people were rushed to hospitals from the scene of the tragedy as well.

So, please stay safe this Christmas weekend. Have a holly, jolly Christmas.

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Featured Image: Crowd@Orchard Road + Lifestyle Travel Photo/