Changi spreads holiday cheer with Avatar and marine-themed festivities

By Faye Bartle |

Avatar: The Way of Water-inspired Marui Pod as part of Changi Festive Village 2022.

Avatar: The Way of Water-inspired Marui Pod is a life-sized replica of the Na’vi abode, towering at over seven metres.

People can enjoy a range of activities including installations inspired by Avatar: The Way of Water (released in cinemas on 15 December 2022) at Changi Airport and Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) from today (11 November 2022) until 2 January 2023, as part of Changi Festive Village.

“With the return of air travel and the re-opening of terminals, 2022 has been an exciting and eventful year for Changi Airport,” said Jayson Goh, Managing Director of Airport Operations Management at Changi Airport Group.

“To continue on a high, the beloved Changi Festive Village is making a comeback for the third year running.

“This year, we have a myriad of exciting activities that will delight even the youngest of visitors, including a time-travelling carnival, the breathtaking Avatar: The Way of Water inspired centrepiece, relaxing glamps, sustainability-themed camps, workshops, and more.

“We hope that many will join us at Changi Airport for the year-end festivities, to soak in the holiday mood and create fond memories.”

The striking installations inspired by the new Avatar film are on show at Changi Airport’s T3 Departure Hall, with a larger-than-life replica of the home of the water-dwelling Na’vi characters (the Metkayina) from the movie.

Prudential Singapore Jewel Christmas Tre

The 16-metre-tall Prudential Singapore Jewel Christmas Tree is a fabulous festive photo opportunity.

Travellers can explore their abode, view replicas of the residents, and take in the light, sound and projection shows in the evenings.

An array of Avatar toys, figurines and glow-in-the-dark t-shirts are available from the Avatar: The Way of Water retail pop-up situated next to the Marui Pod (home replica).

Also in the T3 Departure Hall (near Check-In Row 11) is the Mangrove Adventures archery activity, where travellers can ‘save the mangroves from unwanted trash’ by shooting them down to win giveaways.

There’a also a crafting workshop to make an illuminated Mangrove Jellyfish to take home.

The basement level is dedicated to old fashioned family fun with over 30 carnival game booths and rides at the T3 Underground Carnival as well as go-kart racing.

Over at Jewel, the 16-metre-tall Prudential Singapore Jewel Christmas tree, which has an underwater theme this year, presents a fantastic photo opportunity. And there are plenty more attractions to discover besides.

“With the year-end festivities and holiday cheer drawing near, Jewel is excited to welcome back crowd favourite activities like the snowfall and Christmas Light & Sound shows, said James Fong, Chief Executive Officer, Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

“We are thrilled to reimagine and transform Canopy Park into a whimsical underwater world and showcase the specially composed Avatar: The Way of Water-inspired Light & Sound show.

“The uniquely designed Prudential Singapore Jewel Christmas Tree experience with the ocean tunnel reminds us all to take a breather and look after our mental well-being amid the festive rush.”

Snow is falling daily in the Shiseido Forest Valley (from 7:35pm to 10:35pm), and the mesmerising Avatar-themed Light & Sound show is taking place at the HSBC Rain Vortex.

In the evenings, Canopy Park (located at the topmost level of Jewel) transforms into an ocean-themed sea of blue, pink, purple and teal with bioluminescent light displays and water effects projections for an immersive underwater-like experience.

In addition, there are family camps to enjoy at the Changi Experience Studio.

Jewel’s Canopy Park

At Jewel’s Canopy Park, visitors immerse themselves in an ocean themed illuminated experience.

Changi exclusive Avatar: The Way of Water merchandise can be purchased until 2 January 2023 for S$9.90 (US$7.12) each when spending a minimum of S$50 (US$36.30) in Changi Airport terminals’ public areas, Jewel Changi Airport and on Changi Eats, or S$100 (US$72.62) in the transit areas or on iShopChangi.com.

Changi Rewards members can collect a complimentary set of seven merchandise when they accumulate a nett spend of S$1,500 (US$1,088.95), or S$1,200 (US$871.16) for Gold and Platinum members, at Changi Airport, Jewel Changi Airport, on iShopChangi.com and Changi Eats until the same end date.

Avatar: The Way of Water Merchandise

Consumers can redeem Changi exclusive Avatar: The Way of Water merchandise when spending at Changi Airport and Jewel.

The theme even extends to the iChangi app, with a free Oceantopia game to play with an iPhone 14 and 10 prizes worth more than S$400 (US$290.39) each up for grabs.

Participants can sign up for all of the main activities and more at the Changi Festive Village website.

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