Just about every attraction in Singapore has jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, but which ones promise fun for the whole family? We bring you a list of those plus other festive happenings worth checking out.
With so many establishments rolling out something special for Christmas, it’s hard to decide on which ones to check out with the kids in tow. We understand that time is precious for parents and you’ll probably only want to head somewhere that will leave your precious little ones brimming with joy. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to narrow down the list for you! Some attractions (no, they’re not just for tourists) here have lined up festive activities that are perfect for families with kids.
From places that let you frolic in the snow to stores which offer hands-on Christmas workshops, there’s something for everyone. Oh, and don’t forget to try your luck at winning family passes to Pororo Park in our giveaway – scroll till the end!
1. Admire Festive Floral Displays at Merry Medley at Gardens by The Bay
Are you the sort who won’t pass up a chance to photograph gorgeous flowers? You’ve got to drop by the Merry Medley Floral Display at Gardens by The Bay sometime soon then! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in the crisp climate of the Flower Dome, where Christmas cheer takes centrestage in the flower field. Poinsettias, amaryllis, and Christmas roses grace charming yuletide scenes while majestic conifer trees fill the air with their woody scents!
A band of toy soldiers, a lovely ballerina cocooned within a giant glass globe, and an angelic choir make up the rest of the Merry Medley. Stay till night and you’ll be treated to a visual spectacle as the Flower Dome takes on a magical glow. No shortage of photo opportunities here for sure!
When: 11 November 2016 – 5 January 2017
Time: 9am to 9pm
Where: Gardens by The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, S018953
How much: Local residents – $12 (adults), $8 (children & senior citizens), non-local residents – $28 (adults & senior citizens), $15 (children)
2. Let Your Kids Meet Poppy & Branch at The Trollific Playcation at Sentosa
If you caught the latest Dreamworks animation flick, Trolls, you’d know just how adorable those cheerily coloured characters were. Take your kids to Sentosa this festive season where the area around Beach Plaza, Merlion Walk and the Merlion will be transformed into a Trolls themed playland of wondrous fun! Activities include a light installation at the Luminous Zone, a Shadow Play area, and photo points for selfies and wefies.
Little ones can meet Poppy and Branch on 10 December (Merlion Plaza) and 17 December (Beach Plaza) thrice a day at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 6pm! There’s also a special Trolls edition of the famous light show set against the 37-metre tall iconic Merlion, starting at 7.45pm daily!
When: 19 November 2016 – 2 January 2017
Time: 11am to 9.30pm
Where: Sentosa Island, S099705
3. Have Yourself Some Bubblicious Fun at Quayside Isle @Sentosa Cove
Embellished in decorative bubbles, Quayside Isle @Sentosa Cove creates that White Christmas ambience for you and your family to bask in. The waterfront location will be filled with food and entertainment for everyone this merry season. Admire the fairytale setting and embrace the calming breeze while riding the Choo Choo Train with your tots on weekends or check out the festive market set up by the boardwalk for some handmade trinkets.
The Bubble Play zones, bouncy castle and game stalls will make sure your kids won’t be complaining of boredom. Do also look out for Santa Claus during lunch hours on weekends to receive a candy cane – whether you’ve been naughty or nice!
When: 18 November – 31 December 2016
Time: 2pm to 9pm
Where: Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, S098375
4. See Your Favourite Characters at Santa’s All-star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore
What’s new at Universal Studios Singapore this festive season? Santa’s Village! This year, a quaint little village makes its debut at the park for you to explore and meet Santa’s little helpers, the elves and the talking reindeer (you read that right)! Another new addition is the ‘live’ show, Bah Humbug! A Christmas Spectacular directed by Ebenezer Scrooge. The singing and dancing extravaganza features your favourite characters from Sesame Street, the Minions, Gingerbread Man, the Snow Queen and more!
Don’t forget to enjoy the hourly snowfall everyday and put the icing on the cake by catching the dazzling fireworks on selected nights. There are also Meet & Greet sessions for you to take pictures with characters dressed up for the holidays!
When: 1 December 2016 – 2 January 2017
Time: 10am to 10pm
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, S098269
5. Test Your Imagination at Sketch Christmas at The ArtScience Museum
If you’ve visited the ArtScience Museum’s newest permanent exhibition, Future World, you’d know that the Sketch Town segment lets you try your hand at urban planning and design in a fun and innovative way. This Christmas, a special festive installation Sketch Christmas is set to thrill visitors of all ages. Colour Santa Claus and place your 2D art pieces on the scanner and watch him magically come to life in Christmas Town!
Little ones can also draw other parts of the town that Santa might just pop by, such as cars, skyscrapers and more! Interact with your sketches and have fun watching them respond!
When: now till 8 January 2017
Time: 10am to 7pm
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, S018974
How much: Local residents – $14 (adults), $11 (senior citizens), $7 (children), non-local residents – $17 (adults), $14 (senior citizens), $10 (children)
6. Look Back on ‘Memories Through Time’ at KidZania Singapore
Treat your children to a series of enjoyable activities at KidZania Singapore this December. Participate in Christmas themed in-park happenings – from a Christmas City Parade to creating their very own Christmas Snow Globes. The edutainment park encourages its visitors to usher in Christmas by remembering and reflecting on their best KidZania moments in 2016. Score a selfie at the Photo Booth, or meet KidZania’s RightZKeepers and Santa Claus at the main square at 11.40am and 2.55pm daily!
Kids also stand a chance to win return air tickets to London via Qatar Airways and exclusive KidZania Singapore prizes by sharing their Best KidZania Moment at the Christmas Tree in the park!
When: 1 – 31 December 2016
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: KidZania Singapore, 31 Beach View, S098008
How much: $58 (kids aged 4 to 17), $35 (adults aged 18 to 59), $25 (toddlers aged 2 to 3 and senior citizens aged above 60)
7. Make It a One-of-a-Kind Sci-sational Christmas at Science Centre Singapore
Come celebrate Christmas with the Jolly Elves at the Science Centre where you can catch the Elves & The Secret Sleigh Christmas Show! Everyone knows that Christmas is the busiest time of the year for Santa’s trusted helpers as they work hard to deliver presents to children around the world. But are all the gifts ready? Is the sleigh set to take off to make sure no child is disappointed on Christmas morning? Find out at this delightful performance sure to entertain your little ones!
There’s also a Christmas Gallery Trail to go on. Pick up a copy of the trail, explore the galleries, complete the activities and redeem a cool souvenir (while stocks last) at the end!
When: 5 – 25 December 2016
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road, S609081
How much: $6 (adults), $4 (children & senior citizens)
8. Watch Santa Dive Underwater at Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium
So your kids have gotten up close with Santa Claus before – probably in his cottage set up within an air-conditioned mall. They have told him what they’d like for Christmas and snapped the customary Santa’s Cottage memento while seated on his lap. Don’t you think that’s a little too mainstream? How about having a Merry Fishmas and watching Santa dive underwater to feed exotic marine life instead? Scuba Santa and his Elf will be feeding marine animals from a giant gift box – a sight you’ll want to capture on camera!
Mrs Santa will also be appearing at the Ocean Dome from 17 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 (at 2pm, 3.30pm and 4pm) to share enchanting tales that will encourage little ones to step up their conservation efforts!
When: 1 December 2016 – 2 January 2017
Time: 10am to 7pm
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, S098269
How much: from $30 (adults) and $18 (children)
9. Experience Real Snow for an Unforgettable Christmas at Snow City
Get into the winter spirit with an authentic snowfall experience at where else but Snow City! The Snow Blizzard, complete with heavy snowfall and strong wind, will let you have a taste of a snow storm without travelling an inch. Kids can also discover how the Northern Lights illuminate the Arctic Circle and sit down to a storytelling session to learn more about the Inuits, the brawny inhabitants of the Arctic. Find out how they survive the subzero climate!
Complete your festive experience at Snow City with the Meet & Greet sessions lined up for you. Snow City’s mascots, the Christmas Elves, Santa Claus and Santarina will all be present at selected times to pose for a photograph with tots regardless of whether they’ve been naughty or nice!
When: 9 – 25 December 2016
Time: 10am to 6pm (open till 9pm on 9, 16, and 23 December)
Where: Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, S609433
How much: $18 (Standard Rate), Singaporeans & Permanent Residents – $15 (adults), $12 (children)*
*for a one-hour snow play session
(See also: Experience The Arctic at The New Snow City!)
10. Look Forward to Christmas with Pororo Park’s “12 Days of Christmas” Countdown
From 13 – 24 December 2016, there’s something festive lined up for tots (and parents) every single day! A Magical Christmas Evening is set to take place on 23 December 2016 and members get 20% off tickets! Bask in the magic of the season as Pororo Park brings you a night of fun. Indulge in a 10-course scrumptious Christmas feast, try your hand at sand art, receive goodie bags personalised with your name and go wild with snow and bubbles under the stars!
Don’t forget to capture a family portrait with Santa Pororo before leaving! There’ll be lots of props to enliven your keepsake at the Snap & Print Photo Station. Take part in our giveaway at the end of this article to try and win Family Passes to Pororo Park!
When: 13 – 24 December 2016
Time: 10.30am to 9pm
Where: Pororo Park Singapore, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, S039594
How much (Magical Christmas Evening): $28.50 (adults), $56.50 (children aged 1 to 12), $167 (two adults & two children)
(See also: Pororo Park is Now in Singapore!)
11. Visit Our Biggest Yuletide Fair at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay
Been to Christmas Wonderland before? Quite a magical experience, wasn’t it? If you’re planning on returning this year, rejoice, for it’s a ticketed event for the first time to enhance visitor experience. Each paying adult can also bring in up to three children under the height of 0.9m free of charge.
Get ready to marvel at the Italian luminarie, have wintry fun at the Ice Palace and thread your way through a Magical Forest of Christmas trees. Little fans of Hi-5 will be delighted to know that the Hi-5 Funtastic House has made its debut this year! You can also look forward to a bigger festive shopping and dining experience, more fun carnival games and curated festive performances for a magical celebration with loved ones like no other!
When: 2 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
Time: 3.30pm to 11pm
Where: Gardens by The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, S018953
How much: from $4 per person
12. Get Hands-on with Festive Workshops & Activities by IKEA
Tis’ the season to be jolly, and that’s exactly what IKEA will be for Christmas! Feel the Christmas spirit and festive cheer when you head down to IKEA stores this December. Take a picture with Santa Claus and get a small gift, listen to the live story-tellers and even get your portrait sketched by skilled caricature artists! Plus, get hands-on by decorating your own tea light holders and making origami greeting cards for your loved ones!
Speak to IKEA’s Christmas experts for gift wrapping and baking tips to be the hostess with the mostess at that Christmas party you’ll be throwing. Head down for a merry good time with your family!
When: 3 – 4 and 10 – 11 December 2016 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Time: 1pm to 6.45pm
Where: IKEA Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Road, S159965 & IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, S528764
How much: FREE
13. Finish Your Festive Shopping at The Dempsey Christmas Market
The second Christmas Market at Loewen by Dempsey Hill is taking place this weekend! Over 20 amazing vendors offering gorgeous Christmas gift ideas, an indoor kids play area, and activities such as face painting and making balloon animals will be there to put you and your kids in the festive mood. Santa will be dropping in as well to check on who’s been naughty or nice this year – so keep a lookout for the jolly old man!
Parking at the venue is free, so you don’t have to worry about incurring extra charges. Just focus on your Christmas shopping and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere that awaits you at Loewen!
When: 9 – 11 December 2016
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Where: Loewen by Dempsey Hill, Block 71 Loewen Road, S248846
14. Catch The Festive Light Up and Skate Away at SAFRA Punggol
The Atrium at Level 3 of SAFRA Punggol has been transformed into a festive wonderland to delight visitors of all ages! Little ones can look forward to meeting Santa Claus, who’s taking time out of his busy schedule to spread the season’s merriment. Fun-filled festive activities like Christmas Tree Decoration and Christmas Ornament Making will be perfect for the adults to keep themselves occupied with. And what will the kids do in the meantime? Bounce away at the Christmas themed bouncy castle, of course!
Skating enthusiasts can glide around the beautifully lit up Christmas tree – the star of the show. To avoid disappointment, feel free to bring in your own skates and safety gear! The skating rink holds up to 20 people at any one time.
When: 14 November – 25 December 2016
Where: SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Cres, S828654
:: GIVEAWAY! ::
We have 5 Family Passes (5 winners x 1 Family Pass) to Pororo Park Singapore (each worth $71.80) to give away.
Date: 13 – 24 December 2016
Time: 10.30am to 8pm from Sunday to Thursday & 10.30am to 9pm on Friday & Saturday
Venue: Pororo Park, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-29, Singapore 039594
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Terms & Conditions:
- Family Passes are non-transferable, non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
- The redemption dates (13 – 24 December 2016) are final and Family Passes cannot be exchanged for an alternative date.
- Each Family Pass admits two adults and two children (aged 1 to 12) into Pororo Park Singapore.
- Family Passes allow winners 2 hours of playtime. A top-up of $95.20 is required if winners wish to attend the Magical Christmas Evening Party on 23 December 2016 from 6.30pm to 10pm.
- Family Passes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, promotions, and discounts.
- All winners agree to abide by the house rules of Pororo Park Singapore.
- The management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions at any time without any prior notice.
- Winners will be contacted for their name, NRIC, mobile number, email address and preferred date of visit.
- This Giveaway is applicable in Singapore only.
- Giveaway closing date: 9 December 2016