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Christmas Shopping Made Easy at Gifts & Electronics Fest @ Santa’s Village

Singapore, 16 November 2009 – Sphere Exhibits, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), will be launching its inaugural Christmas fair at Suntec Convention Halls 401 – 402 from 20 – 22 November 2009. Admission is free and the show opens from 11am to 9pm daily.

The Gifts & Electronics Fest @ Santa’s Village will house more than 120 booths, offering a wide assortment of festive goodies from "live" Christmas trees, eye-catching decorations, novel gifts, to delectable foods and wines.

Decked with real trees and dazzling decorations, the two convention halls will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. The stage area will be converted into Santa’s Living Room, where visitors will be entertained with performances and appearances by Christmas characters like Santa Claus, The Magical Elf, Alex The Magician and even a Toy Marching Band.

Children may also come face to face with Santa Claus, have their pictures taken with him and pick a present from his sack! At 7pm daily, Santa Claus will fire his goodies cannon, showering visitors with coupons that are redeemable for novelty Christmas treats.

For the first time in Singapore, fresh potted Christmas trees that will last beyond the festive season will be available for sale at the fair. There will also be a display of artistically-trimmed Christmas trees of rare varieties and visitors can learn to make their own Christmas wreaths and table decorations from the experts.

At the three-day fair, visitors will also be treated to a preview of the Hollywood Dinos, where life-size dinosaur exhibits will move, growl, blink their eyes, walk and even dance! Tickets for the Hollywood Dinos event in December will be on sale at the fair.

Visitors will also be inspired by the showcase of original creations by talented artists and designers, who will be on site to customise purchased merchandise. Great bundle deals and purchase with purchase promotions await shoppers at the electronics bazaar section.

On Friday and Saturday, early-bird shoppers will be able to buy limited quantities of items such as collectible plush toys, coffee makers, watches, Christmas trees and decorations, digital cameras, laptops and other electronic gadgets at special prices.

Sphere Exhibits’ executive director, Mr Chua Wee Phong, said, “It has been a challenging year and we hope to bring a smile and spread some festive cheer to everyone through the comprehensive offerings that we have at our Christmas fair. Be it a present for a loved one or for themselves, there is something for everyone here."

Besides making it easy for shoppers to do their Christmas shopping, Sphere Exhibits is offering a convenient way for visitors to do their part for charity. Collaborating with The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore, the three-day event will also serve as a drop-off point for those who wish to donate basic food and household items to The Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box project. It will also house a Sharity Wish Tree for visitors to fulfil the wishes of the needy children and elderly.

For more information, please visit www.santasvillage.com.sg. Please refer to Appendix A for the stage activities for the three-day Christmas fair.



Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Co. Regn. No: 198402868E


For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Elaine Chia
Marketing Director
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6319 1696 / Hp: 96259962
Fax: (65) 6741 1683
Email: echia@sph.com.sg


Ms Selina Esther Lim
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1872 / Hp: 94352856
Fax: 6319 8150
Email: limyl@sph.com.sg


About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

Incorporated in April 2008 and wholly owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading lifestyle event company behind exciting and innovative fairs, shows, events and exhibitions for mid to high-end consumers.

Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of advertising platforms, these events with unique concepts will not only draw local audiences but also regional participants. Sphere Exhibits is committed to building memorable and quality events which will be founded on research, planning, an established network of resources, and a wild but solid imagination.


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 79 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video-on-demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.


Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Corporate citizenry
As an industry leader, SPH is an active corporate citizen and supports a wide range of community and charitable causes, ranging from education, arts and culture to conservation and sports. For its contributions to the community, SPH was named the Top Corporate Giver by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre in 2005 and has been bestowed the Distinguished Patron of the Arts award by the National Arts Council every year since 1993. It also received the Partner of Heritage award at the 2008 Patron of the Heritage Awards ceremony organised by the National Heritage Board.