This Christmas, if you are staying in Singapore and wondering where to go to soak in the festive cheer, head downtown. With a plethora of activities from Christmas Wonderland at Garden by the Bay, to the annual Orchard Road Christmas light-up, there is so much to see and do! Singapore might not have snow or subzero temperatures, but come Christmas, the merry twinkling lights and fanciful ornaments will sure get you going, “Ho, ho, ho!”
Be sure to check out these 15 Christmas events in Singapore 2018:
1) Christmas Wonderland
Date: 30 Nov to 26 Dec 2018
Time: 4 – 11 pm
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Price: From $4
Come have a Merry Christmas at Gardens by the Bay! Aptly themed “Christmas Wonderland”, the highlights of the festival include Southeast Asia’s largest Luminarie mirror maze, a brilliant construction of lights hinged against white wood, delicately put together by Italian craftsmen. Against this golden backdrop, you’ll even get to experience ‘snow’ five times a day. Or perhaps go skating under the stars at the outdoor skating rink specially flown in from Switzerland? Even if you don’t skate, do it for the ‘gram – posing against a stunning backdrop of illuminated Christmas trees makes for a great end of year photo. Apart from that, catch the performances of a master illusionist, try your luck at the fun carnival games and shop at the Christmas market! This festival is definitely a Wonderland to explore.
Find out what to expect at Christmas Wonderland 2018!
2) Illuminate by the Marina
Date: Every Friday, Saturday 7 Saturday from 16 November to 30 December 2018
Time: 5 – 9 pm (Fri & eve of PH), 11 am – 9pm (Weekends & PH)
Venue: Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove
Immerse in a dazzling Christmas with Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove this year-end with a magical light installation with an interactive light arch that is activated daily between 7-9pm. Shimmer your way through this festive season and into the New Year with the ambient music and illuminations! This brand new photogenic and unique dining experience is bound to impress all photo enthusiasts, foodies, couples and families!
3) Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Date: Friday, 2 Nov 2018 – Sunday, 6 Jan 2019
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Venue: Flower Dome
Price: $8(child) $12 (adult)
Are you or loved ones fans of Disney Tsum Tsum? Then definitely head to the flower dome at Gardens by the Bay. The tallest live Christmas tree is on display here, all bedecked with your adorable Mickey and Tsum Tsum characters. Other festive blooms are also flowering here; spot speckled red and brown poinsettias, royal purple violets, bell-shaped Wintergreen berries, and many more flower varieties that only bloom in winter. Amidst this floral landscape, try to spot your favourite Tsum Tsum characters hidden amongst spruce and fir trees, take photos with Dumbo and Olaf, or redeem your tickets for some lovely Tsum Tsum wrapping paper if you’ve spent $40 and above.
4) Gotta Catch ‘Em All This Christmas
Date: 16 November – 26 December 2018
Time: Check schedule here
Venue: AMK Hub, Jurong Point and Thomson Plaza
Pokémon fans rejoice! This Christmas, Pikachu and friends are taking a trip to Singapore to bring us all the festive cheer. For the first time ever in Singapore, catch two of the most adorable Pokémon characters, Eevee and Pikachu, as they perform at the dance parade! Fans can look forward toSingapore’s first life-size Pokémon installation to a Christmas tree embellished with Pokémon ornaments, as well as plenty of eye-catching activities that you can look forward to, and many special edition merchandises to collect.
More activities for Pokémon fans? Take part in the monthly Pokémon Go Community Day!
5) Celebrate Christmas On A Great Street 2018 with Disney Magical Moments
Date: 10 November 2018 to 1 January 2019
Time: 6.30 pm – 12 midnight (Sundays to Thursdays), 6.30 pm – 2 am (Fridays and Saturdays), 6.30 pm – 6 am (Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Orchard Road, from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura Time of light-up
Alright, Christmas just got a whole lot cuter with the great Orchard Road light-up featuring Disney characters. Be bedazzled as you do your Christmas shopping – the shopping belt of Orchard Road is going to light up with illuminated 3D Disney characters. Here’s what you can expect to see: walk down Tanglin Mall to Shaw House to see charming Disney princesses, or meet Mickey and Friends from Ion Orchard to Mandarin Gallery; burst into “Let me go” when you see characters from Frozen at 313@somerset all the way to Orchard Central, and finally, Woody and friends from Toy Story greet you at Orchard Road, all the way to Plaza Singapura.
Find out what to expect here.
6) Christmas Village @ Downtown East
Date: Till 26 December 2018
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Venue: Downtown East
Hoping to avoid the Christmas crowds this year? Join the Christmas Village @ Downtown East and revel in the festivities with your loved ones for just as much fun! Check out the gorgeous festive decorations awesome deals and steals, and more at this Christmas market. Visitors will get multiple chances to win attractive prizes at the Giant Claw Catcher Machine too! There is something for everyone this holiday season at Downtown East.
Find out more here.
7) Royal Albatross Christmas Cruise
Date: 21 – 24, 28 – 30 December 2018
Time: 6pm onwards
Venue: Resort Worlds Sentosa
Price: $195(adult), $145(child)
Share the magic of Christmas with your family, friends and colleagues onboard a unique luxury Tall Ship. The Royal Albatross is permanently berthed at Resort World Sentosa. Expect to feel the sea breeze on her large open decks with plenty of seats and entertainment stages. Below deck, clink to the festive spirit in its fully air-conditioned Grand Salon with open bar. Have a feast at the delicious Christmas buffet, and admire the sunset as the ship sails to the city and through the beautiful Southern Islands before heading back to Resort Worlds Sentosa. Relax in the wonderful setting and expect a visit by Santa himself!
8) Skate Under The Moonlight
Date: 7 – 25 December 2018
Time: 4.30 – 10 pm (Mon – Thu), 4.30 – 11 pm (Fri – Sun, eve of PH & PH), 4.30 am – 1 am (21 Dec)
Venue: VivoCity, Outdoor Plaza, Level 1
Price: From $12 per 30-min session, $2 for viewing gallery pass
Don your skates at VivoCity’s first ever outdoor skating rink for a fun night out with family and friends! Look out for special themed nights, from Movie Mondays and Kpop Tuesday to Popping Sundays. On 24 and 25 December, join Santa and his helpers as they spread the Christmas cheer around the skating rink. Gather your loved ones to create precious memories under the moonlight with curated music and dazzling lights this Christmas!
9) Danish Christmas Market
Date: 24 November 2018
Venue: Danske Somandskirke Singapore, 10 Pender Road, Singapore 099171
Price: $2 for parking
Do your Christmas shopping or just soak in the cheer at this specially themed Danish Christmas Market. Held at the Danish Seamen’s Church located at the peak of Mount Faber, this bazaar will have stalls selling handmade decorations, Christmas foods and sweets, live music, and if you’re looking forward to see Santa, then your wish may just come true! Experience the Danish spirit of ‘hygge’ at this unique Christmas market.
10) Coastal Christmas Bottomless Brunch
Date: 25 December 2018
Time: 11.30 am – 2.30 pm
Venue: Tanjong Beach Club
Price: $128++ (adults), $58++ (children)
Wake up bright and early for a seaside Christmas brunch spread of the freshest catch from the sea. Indulge in the freshest catch from the sea such as Maine Lobster and Sakoshi Oysters along with all-time favourites from the live Carving Station – Roasted Striploin and Honey Glazed Baked Ham. You’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with Christmas Log Cake, Panettone and other festive delights here too! Kids will be kept enthralled with face painting, balloon sculpting and goodies from Santa Claus himself.
11) A Merry Conscious Christmas
Date: 17 – 18 November 2018
Venue: #01-36 to 42, The Green Collective SG, Kinex (formerly OneKM)
Price: Free, but bring your wallets!
If you prefer environmentally conscious gifts, then this market is definitely one to check out. Sustainable brands such as Matter, August Society, Zhai and many more will display their green wares at this market. That’s not all – you get to also experience how to live sustainably with a series of workshops that teach everything from batik printing to worm farming workshops.
Check out the other upcoming flea markets in Singapore.
12) A Universal Christmas
Date: 1 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
Time: Plan your visit here
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore
Price: From $51
Celebrate the Christmas holidays at Universal Studios Singapore and embark on a Christmas adventure with plenty of fun for the whole family! Spot the minions donned in their best Christmas outfits and have a whale of a time on the exciting rides.
13) Christmas at ArtScience Museum
Date: 1 Dec 2018 – 6 Jan 2019
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Venue: ArtScience Museum
Price: From $11 – 18
Those looking to quench their thirst for learning can head to ArtScience Museum’s permanent exhibition FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science to view a futuristic world of immersive and interactive artworks with a festive twist. As part of the Christmas at ArtScience Museum festivities, enjoy a fun-filled day and welcome Santa Claus in a special festive digital universe installation, Sketch Christmas, and watch him deliver presents across Singapore.
While you’re at the ArtScience Museum, do check out the super Instagram-worthy ongoing exhibition, All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life too!
14) Fröhliche Weihnachten in Brotzeit
No Christmas is complete without a sumptuous feast. Head down to Brotzeit this year for an authentic German spread this festive season! This year, Brotzeit’s special Christmas menu includes Brotzeit Christmas Platter 2018, which features a Christmas ham in black pan, venison & veal sausage, pork roulade, pork knuckle and side dishes, as well as a Christmas Medley Dessert, a delicious platter of poached pear in berry mullet wine, apple mullet wine in jar, baked apple stuffed with raisins and almond-flecked Chocolate cake, bee sting cake, candies nuts, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, orange- cranberry yogurt and vanilla sauce.
On top of an exciting Christmas menu, Brotzeit are also throwing two activities all in the spirit of Christmas:
St Nikolaus Day
Date: 1 December 2018
Time: 12 pm – 12 am
Venue: Brotzeit Vivocity Outlet
Brotzeit will be celebrating St. Nikolaus Day with family-friendly activities, such as a face-painting session and Christmas sock decorations for the kids. Santa Claus will also be making a special guest appearance where kids can bring the socks they’ve decorated to Santa Claus for a jolly photo taking session.
Christmas Woodhuts (15 November to 2 January 2019)
Date: 15 November 2018 – 2 January 2019
Time: Opening time varies across outlets
Venue: All Brotzeit outlets – VivoCity, Westgate, 313@Somerset, Katong and Raffles City
Christmas woodhuts will be available across all Brotzeit outlets. In addition, free samples of non-alcoholic mulled wine will be distributed to shoppers at the woodhuts!
15) Public Garden Christmas 2018
Date: 8 – 9 December 2018 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 1 – 7 pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 403
Head down to Public Garden’s Christmas edition where independent brands from around Asia come together and meet at one place. The event is a one-stop station specially for those are looking to gift inspirations! Pick unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones at Public Garden Christmas 2018.
More upcoming flea markets here.
16) SSO Christmas Concert
Date: 14 – 16 December 2018
Time: 7.30 pm (14 & 15 Dec), 4 pm (16 Dec)
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall
Price: $28 – 88
Nothing creates the spirit of warmth and love like the ever-popular SSO Christmas Concert. Join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and their family of choruses for a glittering evening of Christmas song and joy, with special guest singer Mandy Dickson. The concert will feature Christmas favourites such as Bless Our Show (from Sister Act), Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and more.
17) A $ingapore Carol
Date: 23 November – 15 December 2018
Time: Showtimes at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm
Venue: Victoria Theatre
Price: $45 – 85
This holiday season, W!LD RICE brings you its heartwarming, hilarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale about love, compassion and the spirit of giving! Directed by Hossan Leong, the year’s most eagerly anticipated musical extravaganza features a cheeky script by Jonathan Lim, a magical score by Elaine Chan and a stellar cast including Sebastian Tan (a.k.a. Broadway Beng).
Tan plays S.K. Loo, the richest businessman in town after creating an all-in-one app. To him, only money matters. Kindness? Forget it. Generosity? Never heard of it. And Christmas? #BAHHUMBUG! Will he survive being haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-To-Be? Don’t miss A $ingapore Carol – a brand-new musical for the entire family about the true spirit of Christmas!
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