In need of some festive spirit? Here are some Christmas events to check out this month!
If there’s one event to check out this month, it’s Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. The month-long affair, which is also Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, features a whole host of activities and attractions to get you into the festive mood.
Travel back in time with the amazing handcrafted Luminarie light sculptures reminiscent of the medieval period, or dine at the Spiegeltent tent topped with stained glass, brocade draperies and handcrafted masterpieces.
Other attractions include a European-style Christmas Market, a snow playground and skating rink, carnival rides and even a carousel (!!). This is probably as close to a white Christmas as you’ll ever get on our sunny shores, so don’t miss out on it.
For a full list of attractions, see here.
Dates: Runs daily until 3 January 2016
Time: 4pm – 12am
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
(Source: Gardens by the Bay)
If you’re in the mood for some Christmas gallivanting, check out the first ever Christmas Market at Resorts World Sentosa. The festive market, which is open daily throughout the day, features stalls selling Christmas novelty items from vendors like Yankee Candle, as well as food and drinks from Hard Rock Cafe and more.
Oh, and we hear that they also have a stall selling customisable macaron ice cream sandwiches. If that isn’t a reason in itself to check out the Christmas Market, I don’t know what is.
Dates: Runs until 3 January 2016
Time: 10am to 10pm
Venue: Bull Ring at Resorts World Sentosa (near the entrance plaza to Universal Studios Singapore), 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
(Source: Resorts World Sentosa)
Don’t want to venture out of the city area? Head down to the Christmas Pop-Up Market at CHIJMES, where you can pick up some handmade gifts for your friends and family. To add to the festive mood, there will also be Christmas carollers, strolling musicians and even a caricature artist on site (because you know you want one of yourself).
Dates: Runs until 24 December 2015
Time: 6pm to 11pm (Weekdays), 12pm to 11pm (Weekends)
Venue: CHIJMES (pave area by the Lawn), 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Get ready for a night of chuckles and cheekiness, as the sassy team at Dream Academy brings you some Christmas cheer with CRAZY CHRISTMAS – A groundNUTCRACKER. From Kumar to the Dim Sum Dollies, you can expect loads of laughter as the comedy musical pays homage to pop culture, local humour and of course, Christmas.
Dates: 10 to 19 December 2015
Time: 8pm (Tue to Sat), 3pm (Weekends, except 19 Dec)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Admission: $66 to $116 (excluding SISTIC fee)
Traditional Christmas carols are always fun, but how about changing things up with some localised carols? For one night only, The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and The Joy Chorale will be putting up a Christmas performance like no other – with Hokkien tunes and local references mixed in with traditional Christmas songs. Aiseh.
Date: 13 December 2015
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Admission: $15 (excluding SISTIC fee)
Doing some Christmas shopping in town? Pop by ION Orchard for some cheap thrills, like prancing around in fake snow during the shopping mall’s Bubble Snow Show. There is also a magnificent 20-metre-tall Swarovski Christmas walk-in tree there for you to camwhore with – and let’s be honest here, you know you want to Snapchat that.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you can also have your photo taken with Santa…as long as you buy something from ION Orchard and present a same-day receipt. For a full list of attractions at ION Orchard, see here.
Dates: Runs until 25 December 2015 (Thu to Sun only)
Time: 6.30pm, 7.00pm and 7.30pm
Venue: Level 1 ION2 Christmas Park (the open air area outside the Prada and Louis Vuitton stores), ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
(Source: ION Orchard)
Take a stroll along the Singapore River and enjoy the melodic voices of local choirs, as they cruise down in river boats while carolling (props to them for being able to stand on a shaky boat and sing at the same time).
There will also be a light installation at Boat Quay and a Luminous Forest (aka 8-metre tall LED Christmas structures) spanning from Robertson Quay to Boat Quay.
(Source: Singapore River One)
There may not be any major festive movies this year, but hey, what’s wrong with re-watching a Christmas classic? Relive the Christmas love and laughter at The Screening Room, as they screen classics like Love Actually, The Holiday and more. If you’re not in the mood for anything mushy, you’ll be pleased to know that The Screening Room will also be holding a Star Wars movie marathon as well – just in time for the launch of the highly-anticipated The Force Awakens.
Dates: 2 to 31 December 2015
Time: Varies (Check their Facebook page for updated schedule.)
Venue: The Screening Room, 12 Ann Siang Rd #03-00, Singapore 069692
Admission: Free, but you need to spend a minimum of $15 on food and drinks (per movie) at The Screening Room.
(Source: The Screening Room Facebook Page)
We know you love your Christmas presents, but you know what just might be the best present you’ll ever get this year? Good karma, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help others in need. This Christmas, give back to society by buying pillows as gifts. Yup, pillows.
Organised by local organisation Happy People Helping People Foundation, Secret Santa 2 is a charity drive to collect (new) pillows for the elderly cardboard box collectors at Toa Payoh. Leave a comment on their Facebook page if you wish to pledge a pillow (or two) – and don’t forget to wrap them up!
Date: 27 December 2015
Time: 3pm – 6pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Lor 8 Industrial Park, Singapore 319062
(Source: Happy People Helping People Foundation Facebook)
Craving for a Christmas adventure of a different kind? Try Christmas in the Dark, where you’ll eat, drink and play Christmas-themed games in the dark.
Organised by Dialogue in the Dark Singapore, which aims to raise awareness and facilitate inclusion for marginalised people in the community, Christmas in the Dark will challenge your senses – and perhaps even your perceptions of stereotypes. And hey, being in the dark means you’ll connect better with your friends too, since you won’t all be busy trying to Snapchat the moment.
Dates: 13 to 23 December 2015
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Dialogue in the Dark, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489
Admission: $20 (Adult), $12 (Student). Advanced booking is preferred – call 6460 6222 to make an appointment.
(Source: Dialogue in the Dark Facebook)
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