It’s December! Are you and the kids in the mood for Christmas yet? If you need a little help, here’s where you can meet Santa, experience ‘snowfall’ in Singapore, sing carols with professional vocalists, and get the most Instagrammable photos of Christmas 2019. These are the places to go, and the things to do for maximum festive fun in Singapore — all kid- and family-friendly, of course!
I WANT TO MEET SANTA
Have a Winter Fairy Tale at Snow City
Go on a whimsical adventure with Mr Frost, catch the royal debut of Snow City princesses, pose with enchanting snow sculptures, and dress up to become a little prince or a little princess for the day! Kids can meet Santa on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm, in the Snow Chamber, as well as Snow City’s very own Arctic Avengers Oki, and Suki.
When Till 1 January 2020, 10am – 6pm
Where Snow City Singapore
Cost Complimentary admission for certain activities with Snow City admission ticket
Enter a Christmas Candy Land at KidZania Singapore
End the year on a sweet note at KidZania Singapore’s Christmas Kandy Land! At Santa’s interactive Candy House you can go on a sensory walk through the Candy Forest and cross the Candy River to catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves. Listen to enchanting Christmas Tales, join the Snowfall Party (11:15am, 1:15pm and 4:15pm), and create your own Christmas tree ornament. Finally, let the kids experience the joy of giving by using their earned KidZos to make a purchase from the Gift Donation Kiosk. They can then wrap and decorate it for donation to Breakaway Holiday Charity Singapore and Singapore Children’s Society.
When Till 31 December 2020, 10am – 6pm (closed on selected Wednesdays). *Park opening hours are subject to change. Refer to www.kidzania.com.sg for the latest updates.
Where KidZania Singapore
Cost Regular admission charges to KidZania Singapore apply
See the Sparkling Wonders of Christmas at Jewel
Jewel Changi Airport celebrates its first Christmas and it’s everything spectacular! Have a white Christmas at the Snow Walk (step into the phone booth and pick up the phone to hear a message from Santa) in Jewel’s Topiary Walk and Petal Garden, pose for a photo at the 16-metre-tall Christmas Tree in front of HSBC Rain Vortex, hunt for yummy treats at the Jewel Festive Market at Cloud9 Piazza, and meet Santa and Santarina at Petal Garden! Don’t miss the Snowfall Spectacular at Shiseido Forest Valley, and the Christmas Light and Sound Show at the HSBC Rain Vortex. Get those cameras ready!
When Till 5 January 2020
Where Various locations across Jewel Changi Airport
Cost Usual admission charges apply for Canopy Park. Spend $50 in a single receipt for entry to the Snowfall Spectacular at Shiseido Forest Valley.
Explore a dual-storey PS Snow House at Plaza Singapura
Put on your winter wear and get set for sub-zero fun — in Singapore! At the PS Snow House you can glide down snow slides, and relax on the soft snow to watch the ‘aurora’ and enjoy a snowfall experience (7 & 8pm). You can meet Santa too, on 14, 15, 21, and 22 Dec at 3pm or at 3.30pm. Do note that entry passes to PS Snow Fun House are required for the Santa Meet & Greet.
When Till 26 December, 11am – 9pm (last entry at 8.30pm)
Where Level 1, Outdoor Front Plaza
Cost Min. $45 spend in a single receipt to get a pair of entry passes. Get 2 pairs of passes when charged to American Express CapitaCard.
Bask in a Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Hands-down the most stunning Christmas event every year, thanks to the jaw-dropping luminarie light structures. This year’s has 40 majestic light sculptures, including Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree and a 21-metre tall Spalliera. For the very first time, there’ll also be a Christmas Parade with festive characters on three roving floats. Wander through the gardens and step into the North Pole at Santa’s Workshop (you can take photo with Santa too), browse for gifts at the Christmas Village, play traditional carnival games, and enjoy carolling and other performances. Don’t miss the Christmas edition of Garden Rhapsody. It’s magical!
When Till 26 December, Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 11pm | Friday to Sunday, Christmas Day (25 Dec), Boxing Day (26 Dec): 4pm to 11pm | Christmas Eve (24 Dec): 4pm to 12.30am
Where Gardens by the Bay
Tickets www.klook.com now, or at on-site ticketing booths from 29 November 2019. Standard Admission (Online): $6 (29 Nov – 12 Dec), $8 (13 Dec – 26 Dec) Standard Admision (Onsite): $10Concession – for senior citizens (Onsite): $6 (29 Nov – 12 Dec), $8 (13 Dec – 26 Dec)
Have A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore
The most wonderful time of the year here includes all-new shows, festive décor and dazzling fireworks. And that’s on top of all the usual USS thrills okay? Star in a Christmas movie directed by Santa, make merry with Gru, Lucy, and the girls from Despicable Me, and stay to watch the man in red unravel The Great Christmas Invention. What do you think it’ll be?
When Till 1 January 2020, 10am – 6pm (extended till 9 and 10pm on selected nights)
Where Universal Studios Singapore
Cost Admission charge to USS applies
Enjoy European-inspired Revelry at the Capitol ● Kempinski Christmas Market
Browse food stalls, play at game booths, and shop for seasonal trinkets at the Capitol ● Kempinski Christmas Market. There’ll even be an ice skating rink to transport kids to a real-life ‘winter wonderland’ as they slide and glide on the ice. Gracing it all is the first-ever eight-metre tall giant Capitol ● Kempinski Singing Tree. Remember to get a photo with Santa, and catch ‘snow’ fall – three times a night! Want to celebrate a little more? Book a Christmas staycation package at the Capitol Kempinski Hotel and let the kids play on!
When From 6 December, 8pm; 7 to 24 Dec, 11.30am- 9.30pm
Where Outdoor Plaza & Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski
Cost $6* per half an hour session for ice-skating or spend a minimum of $50 in Capitol Singapore and/or CHIJMES for a complimentary half an hour session. *Admission fee does not include the rental of skating shoes, skating aids, helmet, knee/elbow guards and socks
Visit Santa’s Village at Tanglin Mall
Little ones will have tons of fun at this fantastical village with craft workshops, storytelling, sing-a-long sessions, and Santa Meet & Greet sessions! There’re also Tanglin Mall’s iconic avalanche and snowfall sessions to look forward to from 16 Nov to 1 Jan 2020, at the level 1 entrance, outside Starbucks.
When 7-8 Dec, 14-15 Dec, 21-22 Dec, 12pm, 3pm, & 5pm
Where Level 2 Atrium
Step into the Enchanted Forest at LEGOLAND® Malaysia
The Enchanted Forest begins as soon as you step out from the Hotel to the Theme Park. Walk through a winter woodland, post for pictures with the Giant LEGO® Christmas Tree, visit Santa’s Grotto, help the elves build LEGO® gifts, or build and display your own magical LEGO® Toadstools at the Pixie village. Remember to make time to join in the Daily Enchanted Spectacular Farewell Parade and march with your favourite LEGO® characters too!
When Till 31 December, 10am – 6pm
Where LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort
Cost Usual admission charges apply. For this holiday season, kids go free with every two paid adult tickets bought.
I WANT TO CELEBRATE WITH MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS!
Have A BEARy Merry Christmas with We Bare Bears at City Square Mall
Watch the world premiere of Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears right here in Singapore at City Square Mall! Catch Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear on their wild and hilarious adventures, snap a welfie with them, and get a big warm hug from your favourite bros during the Meet & Greet session. The World Premiere of We Bare Bears Christmas Adventure ‘Live’ Show is at City Square Mall’s L1 stage from 30 November to 15 December (except 2 & 9 December), 2pm and 7pm (Tues to Fri) and 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (Sat & Sun).
While you’re there, soak in the Christmas atmosphere with a light tunnel and neon light decorations at the We Bare Bears Christmas Square, have a bounce at the We Bare Bears-themed inflatable, and snap a photo with them in the foamy ‘snow’ (7.30pm, 8pm & 8.30pm). There’ll also be We Bare Bears Christmas wrappers, as well as We Bare Bears glass mugs up for grabs! *While stocks last, T&Cs apply.
When Till 29 December, various times
Where City Square Mall
Cost Redeem a pass with every $30* spent at City Square Mall, limited to 3 passes per redemption for We Bare Bears Bounce House.
Meet Doraemon at AMK Hub and Jurong Point
Say kon’nichiwa and bounce with Doraemon on his Dorayaki inflatable playground at Jurong Point, or pose with a four-metre tall Doraemon at AMK Hub’s frosty Christmas village (level three). Redeem Doraemon pillow and blanket sets, Doraemon-themed gift wrapping paper, watch the Doraemon and friends show, and meet them too! You can also unleash your creativity at the Doraemon-themed workshops and design your very own Doraemon T-shirt or tote bag. The workshops will be held at on 7 December (1pm at Jurong Point, 4pm at AMK Hub) and 14 December (1pm at AMK Hub, 4pm at Jurong Point).
When Till 24 December, various times
Where AMK Hub and Jurong Point
Cost Spend $30 to redeem one workshop pass
Meet some Very Merry Minions at Frasers Malls
Celebrate the season with the Minions at Frasers Malls, and enjoy activities such as Tic Tac Toe, a Ball Pit, and a Banana Ice Fishing game. You’ll also get to sweat it out by cycling on stationary bicycles to generate energy and power up the Minions Christmas Tree, and craft cards with your favourite Minions embossed on them. Check the website for Meet-and-Greet dates and times at a Frasers mall close to you!
When Till 24 December, showtimes: 2, 4, and 6pm
Where The Centrepoint, Bedok Point, Changi City Point, Causeway Point, Anchorpoint, Waterway Point, YewTee Point and Northpoint City
Cost Spend $30 to redeem one workshop pass
Travel the world with LINE Friends at CapitaLand Malls
Travel around the globe with your favourite LINE FRIENDS on Southeast Asia’s largest LINE FRIENDS exhibition! See if you can find all 11 thematic installations of BROWN and FRIENDS in iconic landmarks from around the world at the various CapitaLand malls islandwide. Don’t miss the Singapore-themed installations in Funan and Bugis+! Spend a minimum of $30 to redeem a photo-taking session with BROWN and CONY at selected malls (till 25 December 2019), and stand a chance to win prizes through the CapitaLand app!
When Till 25 December
Where All 13 CapitaLand Malls
Cuddle up to A Frozen Wonderland at Changi
It’s a Frozen wonderland at Changi Airport but Elsa, Anna, Olaf and friends are giving us the warm fuzzies! From now to 5 January 2020, you can pose for a photo with Disney’s Frozen 2 decorations, watch the Light Show (T3 Departure Hall), meet-and-greet Frozen 2 characters, play in the Enchanted Forest, and more. Remember to collect the exclusive Frozen 2 premiums and plushies too! Detailed dates/times/cost of activities here.
When Till 5 January 2020, various times
Where Terminals 2 and 3 (public areas), Changi Airport
Cost Spend $50 in a single same-day receipt to enter the Enchanted Forest
Have a Sesame Street Christmas at Marina Square
Celebrate the season AND Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary with a jump into a Sesame Street Ball Pit! You’ll also get to snap photos in front of the iconic Hooper’s Store, 123 Building, Big Bird’s Nest Area and 3D sculptures, dance and sing along with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and more. There’ll also be live Christmas acts and performances, as well as themed photobooths, a roving Santa Claus, and interactive parent-child workshops to enjoy.
When Till 1 January 2020, various times
Where Marina Square
Save Christmas with PJ Masks at NEX
Supervillain Romeo makes his very first appearance in Asia! There’s no need to panic though, as the masked crusaders of PJ Masks – Catboy, Owlette and Gekko — save the day. Bring the kids to catch these Disney Junior masked crusaders in action at live shows (Tuesdays to Sundays), meet the life-sized characters for photo-ops, and enjoy workshop sessions, a mini flying-fox experience, and video games. P/S: Mums and dads, you could win Dyson bundles in the mall lucky draw!
When Till 8 December, various times
Cost Minimum spend required to redeem passes
I WANT FESTIVE MARKETS & CHRISTMAS CHEER!
Add Fireworks to the Bvlgari tree at ION Orchard
Bvlgari’s signature 18.5m-tall Fireworks Tree, with 100 mini “fireworks”, is in Southeast Asia for the very first time, at ION2, – the outdoor space at the entrance of ION Orchard. It’s a brilliant sight and you can light it up with your choice of colours using the free BVL-Fireworks app! Step in to enjoy festive treats from ION merchants, performances, and the new show at ION Sky – Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl® and FriendsTM at 2pm, 4pm, and 7pm daily.
When 8 November 2019 to 1 January 2020
Where ION Orchard
Cost Spend a minimum of $20 per receipt at ION Orchard to obtain an ION Sky ticket. Blackout dates and other T&Cs may apply.
Celebrate Nordic-style at Poinsettia Wishes
Stuck in Singapore this Christmas 2019? Head to Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens by the Bay for a Nordic-styled winter wonderland experience in the tropics. You’ll get to go on a magical adventure through five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and discover some of their most famous landmarks like Denmark’s Bolgen building, the Santa Claus Village in Finland, Iceland’s Hallgrimskirkja church, the Vennesla library in Norway, and Sweden’s Triangeln train station — all within 7,500 poinsettias!
When 8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020, 9am – 9pm
Where Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Details Admission charge to Flower Dome applies: $12 (adult); $8 (child aged 3 – 12 years)
Bask in Christmas Cheer at VivoCity
The 107 ft Christmas tree at Vivocity’s Sky Park (level three) is so tall, it can be seen as you return to mainland on the Sentosa monorail! Light-up starts at 7pm every night till 25 December. Keep a lookout for Santa and his merry friends too, as they make their way around the mall! Finally, do your part to share the joy by having your presents wrapped at the ‘Love for a Dollar’ booth (13 to 24 December) opposite the Customer Service Counter on Level 1. All donations go to the Care Community Services Society.
When Till 24 December, 7pm onwards
Where Sky Park (level 3), VivoCity
(See also: Safe Christmas Feasting for Pregnant Ladies)
Step into a Psychedelic Tree at Raffles City
The City has the world’s only Coach-branded Christmas tree this year and it is glorious. Enter it and be dazzled by the holographic crystal ornaments, beautiful geometric interiors, and psychedelic lights (from 10.30am to 9.30pm). There’s also a Christmas market (level three Atrium, 5 to 26 December, 10.30am – 9.30pm) and lots of gifting options all around the mall. Take a photo with the hashtags #RafflesCityxCoach, and stand a chance to win prizes including Samsung Gear 360 camera and Daniel Wellington watches.
When Till 26 December, 10.30am – 9.30pm
Where Raffles City Singapore
See Island Lights at Sentosa Cove
Get your Christmas glow on at Island Lights, which is happening at Sentosa Cove this year. Apart from the 3D light installations, the walkway of the Cove is lit with Christmas lights and decorations for ‘illuminate by the marina – Snowflakes Symphony’, which features 300 colour-changing neon snowflakes twinkling to festive tunes. There are also alfresco movies, performances at Cove Plaza, and LED dancers and carollers on the days leading up to Christmas!
When Till 31 December, 6.30 – 10.30pm
Where Sentosa Cove
Cost Free. Does not include admission to Sentosa
Elevate at VivoCity’s Bounce-A-Saurus Fiesta
Spring into the season at VivoCity’s first-ever, large-scale inflatable event, Bounce-A-Saurus Fiesta, where kids can slide down a five-metre tall wet slide, navigate play zones and obstacle courses, and stand to win attractive prizes at game booths.
When Till 25 December, 4 – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 2-10 pm (Sat & Sun). Extended hours till 12am on 20 & 21 December 2019
Where Outdoor Plaza (Level 1), Vivocity
Cost $5 (weekdays), $8 (weekends and public holidays)
Be Dazzled at One Raffles Place
Make a T-Shirt Yarn Necklace (6 & 10 Dec) or Crochet a Cup-Holder (13 Dec) for someone at the DIY workshops, or buy something at the Christmas Craft Market (16-20 Dec). There’ll also be popcorn and candy floss giveaways, Christmas carolling, and a photo booths where you can capture your perfect festive memory!
When Various dates from 6 December
Where One Raffles Place
Cost Spend $80 to redeem a pair of passes to a workshop
Visit the North Pole at the Shangri-La Hotel
Go on a Yuletide adventure to ‘A North Pole Wonderland’ where kids can craft a gingerbread house in a fun-filled session led by Area Executive Pastry Chef, Hervé Potus, and be a celebrity at the buds x ShuShu & Sassy Christmas Holiday Workshop (7 & 8 Dec). Little ones can enjoy the buds Festive Package which includes entry to the indoor playground buds (3 hours), choice of one activity, and one train ride.
When From 30 November (gingerbread house), various dates and times
Where Shangri-La Hotel
Cost Depending on activity
Glow on at the S.E.A. Aquarium
Four new light-art installations beckon for attention at Glowing Ocean, the S.E.A. Aquarium’s special showcase for the festive season. These convey the impact of climate change and show us how we can make a positive difference to marine life. There’ll also be talks, feeding sessions, and meet-and-greets with mascots. Don’t miss Meet the Mantas (11am daily) where aquarists dive into the Open Ocean Habitat to feed three of the aquarium’s largest and most iconic species – the reef manta rays — by syringe!
When 30 November 2019 to 1 January 2020
Where S.E.A. Aquarium
Cost Free with S.E.A. Aquarium admission tickets. Singapore residents and families enjoy an online promotion of S$78 (U.P. S$98) for a Glowing Ocean Family Bundle, which includes two adult and one child one-day tickets from 11 November 2019 to 1 January 2020.
Get Trigger Happy at Instagram Wonderland at CHIJMES
Seven art installations and a Laser Projection Show of festive animations on the façade of the historic CHIJMES Hall make this the best backdrop for DIY family photoshoots. Muse over olden-day Christmas scenes, try to spot Santa waving from the balcony, watch the Ice Princess sing and dance with animals in her snowy kingdom, and more! Remember to scan the QR codes during the shows for a chance to redeem gifts too!
When 6 to 25 December, light-up from 7pm, laser show from 8pm
Discover the Magic of Christmas at Science Centre Singapore
Celebrate the holidays at the Science Centre Singapore’s Christmas Fair. Everyone can enjoy family-friendly activities, indulge in festive-themed food and drinks, and complete Christmas gift shopping at local artisan stalls. From potted plants to woven quilts and even wine, the fair features close to 20 curated vendors, and is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas mood!
When 7–8, 14–15, 21–22 December, 10am – 6pm
Where Science Centre Singapore
Cost General admission fee applies: $6/Adults, $4 Children
Share your Christmas Story with My Christmas Chronicles
Everyone has their own unique Christmas story. What’s yours? What customs and traditions does your family practise? Share them with My Christmas Chronicles at the National Museum of Singapore, and learn about how other people celebrate the season. You could learn something new to try this year!
When 21 December, 10am – 5pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Shorter Concourse, level 1
I WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED!
Have a Sci-sational Christmas!
Let fun and quirky elves take you on sci-sational adventure through their headquarters in the heart of Christmas Village. See spectacular flaming combustion explosions (done in a safe manner of course!) and learn how to make your very own scented Christmas candle to bring home. You could even catch a glimpse of Santa’s top-secret office!
When Till 26 December, 10am – 6pm
Where Annexe Hall 1, Science Centre Singapore
The Super Santa Christmas Show
The Superdudes are really excited about Chirstmas. And as they get ready for the season, they receive a phone call from Santa! He needs an audience and The Superdudes to help save Christmas. How will the funniest, silliest Superheroes on the planet help Santa? This wacky song and dance show by Diva Productions and The Superdudes is bound to keep the everyone in stitches throughout. Meet and greet with the cast and Santa in the foyer after the show! Suitable for kids from three years and above.
When 6 to 8 December, various times
Where SOTA Drama Theatre
Cost $45 – 65
Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates
Young Robinson Crusoe works in the family fish and chip shop but seeks treasure and adventure. But while he’s stuck with his old mother, his washed up father, and his silly billy brother, will the evil Captain Blacktashe find the lost Temple of Treasure first? The Stage Club’s fun-filled pantomime is guaranteed to get everyone in the family laughing out loud as you sail the high seas together!
When 8 December, 2pm and 5pm
Where Alliance Française
Cost $28 (adults), $18 (children aged 12 years and below)
By Candlelight: A Baroque Christmas
Join Red Dot Baroque as they perform selections from Charpentier’s Noëls sur les instruments, works by Biber, Vivaldi, Valentini and Francesca Caccini, and a variety of Christmas folk tunes from the Renaissance and Baroque periods! Best for six years and above.
When 14 December, 7.30pm
Where The Arts House
Craft a Christmas Tree
Make your own mini Christmas tree from a cinnamon stick and festive embellishments! This is a craft that kids from age four can do, either on their own or with some handy help from mum and dad! No registration required. While stocks last. Last admission at 4.45pm.
When 21 December, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 5pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium level 2
Listen to carols at the National Museum
Revisit Singapore history and get unto the mood for Christmas as carollers from The Crescendos perform choral music from diverse genres and cultures. Schedule: 2.30pm at the Rotunda, Level 1 | 3.00pm at the Entrance of Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 | 3.30pm at The Platform, Level 2
When 21 December, various timings
Where National Museum
Visit The Ghosts of Orchard Road’s Christmases Past by Jerome Lim
You love the Christmas light-up along Orchard Road, but did you know that this shopping stretch used to be filled with plantations that produced a certain spice that was worth more than its weight in gold? Find out what it is, and learn the stories behind the Orchard Road Christmas light-up from Jerome Lim of the award-winning blog, The Long and Winding Road. Suitable for ages 13 and above.
When 21 December, 2 – 3pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Seminar Room Level 2
Cost $5 per person, including a presentation and light refreshments
Watch the Annular Solar Eclipse on Boxing Day
Okay this is not a Christmas event, but it happens on Boxing Day and you get to witness the Sun turn into a Ring of Fire in the sky! This is a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event where day turns to night — in real life, not the movies — as a result of the moon moving in front of the sun. Don’t miss it! Remember to get a pair of solar glasses from the Science Centre’s Curiousity Shop before you go. P/S: We hear that the next annular solar eclipse will happen in 2063!
Learn more about this event at The Sun, The Moon and Everything in Between workshop from 9.30am to 11.30am. Register online here ($100 per parent-child pair, inclusive of Science Centre admission).
When 26 December, 11am – 3pm
Where Ecogarden, Science Centre Singapore
Cost Science Centre admission applies
Christmas 2019 is going to be a blast!
We have 21 days to Christmas! With so many fun activities to do from now till that day, it’s easy to make this a festive season to remember for you and the kids — right here in Singapore. From all of us to you and all of yours: happy holidays!!!
Header and featured images credit: Gardens by the Bay