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Christmas 2020: 20++ fun places to find the X’mas Spirit in Singapore this festive season

Can you believe it? It’s Christmas 2020 already. Where did the year go? Whether you’re opting to keep things quiet this year, or planning an all-out celebration to mark the occasion, here are some places in Singapore to soak in the Christmas spirit and celebrate all things merry and bright. We’ll continue adding to this list as more events are announced so do check back regularly for more festive fun ideas.

:: New :: Have a Sci-Sational Christmas at the Science Centre

It’s a magical season at the Science Centre Singapore with Sci-Sational Christmas! We attended this series of scientifically-curated Christmas activities and workshops last year, and learnt a lot while having so much fun. Can’t wait to go for this year’s as well, which has elves painting Santa’s workshop with a splash of Liquid Nitrogen in A Supercool Sci-Sational Christmas Show! Kids can also make holiday candles, an LED light-up Christmas card, and also go on a trail to help Santa on his Christmas journey!

When 7 to Dec, 10am – 1pm & 2 – 5pm
Where Science Centre Singapore
Web www.science.edu.sg/

:: New :: Sketch Christmas at Future World

If you’ve not been to Future World yet, you’re in for a treat. The exhibition, created in collaboration with TeamLab, takes visitors on a wondrous journey though themed digital installations. Kids love Sketch Town, where they can see their drawings come to live from wall to wall! This December, Sketch Town transforms into Sketch Christmas, a virtual Christmas Wonderland. Kids can bring their favourite Santa Claus to life watch him deliver special gifts to everyone in the winter wonderland!

When Till January 2021
Where ArtScience Museum
Web https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/future-world.html

1. Dine in a bubble dome at Capitol and CHIJMES

Note: Bookings are full at the moment, but check back in case of cancellations. Score major points with the kids by giving them an experience they’ll never forget — dining in one of the whimsical see-through igloo-style bubble domes at Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza or at The Lawn at CHIJMES. These air-conditioned domes sit within gorgeously photogenic backdrops — the Land of Snowflakes for everything Christmassy at Capitol Singapore with Nutcracker-themed decorations, and the ultra-romantic Land of Flowers at CHIJMES. Domes are on a first-come-first-served basis, and you need to order only food and/or beverages from Capitol Singapore outlets and Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski restaurants, or CHIJMES restaurants.

When 20 Nov – 25 Dec, 12pm – 10pm (Capitol) | 20 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021, 12.30pm –10.30pm (CHJMES)
Where Capitol Singapore and The Lawn at CHIJMES
Web www.bit.ly/CapitolDomes & www.bit.ly/ChijmesDomes

2. Enter a Christmas Wonderland at Capitol Singapore

Visit the Land of Snowflakes here, meet Nutcracker soldiers, and have fun figuring out the 3D trick-eye installation. Travel to a winter wonderland with thrice-nightly snowfall, and let your heart and mind sing as you enjoy piped-in carolling by Voices of Singapore at the 8-metre tall Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree.

Browse for the perfect festive gift at the Land of Sweets, at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski and the retail mall where there are Christmas booths showcasing holiday gifts, fashion and lifestyle items as well as food products that will put smiles on everyone’s faces. P/S You can also shop the Christmas market online! Spend $50 onsite or online and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore as well as Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES vouchers.

When 20 Nov to 25 Dec, 12pm – 10pm (Christmas market); 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm daily (snowfall)
Where Capitol Singapore
Web www.christmas.capitolsingapore.com

3. Feel the magic at CHIJMES

Step into a Land of Flowers here, where you can also dine in a dome (make your reservations early) under a canopy of fairy lights. As the sun sets, the lights and music come up, and Nutcracker-themed Christmas scenes are projected on the facade of CHIJMES Hall. Whether you’re dining, or just strolling and taking photos, it’s bound to be a magical evening under the stars!

When 20 Nov to 25 Dec, 8pm – 11pm (projection mapping)
Where CHIJMES, The Lawn
Web www.christmas.capitolsingapore.com

Travel to Changi Festive Village

Christmas has come to Changi and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to experiences here. From ginormous dinosaur displays to a winter holiday house at Terminal 3, a fun carnival at Terminal 4, and unique behind-the-scenes experiences around the airport, this is one festive celebration that you won’t want to miss.

4. See a Sparkling Christmas at Jewel

There’s no missing the 16-metre tall Christmas tree at the Shiseido Forest Valley, which marks your entry into Santa’s Workshop. Here, find out how Santa’s helpers prepare for season’s festivities. Over at Canopy Park (charges apply), find the photo spots to pose with, and keep a lookout for giveaways every hour (tip: they’ll be at the carts!). If you managed to get a slot to go glamping at Jewel’s Cloud9 Piazza and Shiseido Forest Valley, or for the overnight family stays at Changi Experience Studio, congrats, and enjoy!

When Till 3 Jan 2021
Where Jewel Changi Airport
Web www.changifestivevillage.com

5. T3: Take ‘flight’ on Air tokidoki

Take ‘flight’ in a tokidoki-themed plane cabin for picture-perfect shots with your favourite tokidoki characters! There’s also a retail pop-up where you can shop for all things tokidoki.

When Till 3 Jan 2021
Where Terminal 3, Basement 2, Opposite Kopitiam
Web www.changifestivevillage.com/en/see/air-tokidoki.html

6. T3: Go on a tokidoki snow holiday

Meet Kaiju and his tokidoki friends at Singapore’s largest double-storey snow house. Put on some winter wear, ride on a snow luge or slide down a snow slide, build a snow man, and enjoy the light and sound show. Each session consists of 20min of briefing and preparation and 20 min of play time. Note: Redeem 1 activity pass for every $30 ($80 for supermarkets) spend with a maximum of 4 activity passes in a single receipt at public areas at T1 and T3, or purchase each activity pass at $13.90. Terms and conditions apply.

When Till 3 Jan 2021
Where Terminal 3, Departure Hall, next to check-in row 11
Web www.changifestivevillage.com/en/play/tokidoki-snow-holiday.html

7. T3: Visit the Dino Wanderland

Get up close and personal with nine majestic and life-like dinosaurs, and have a roar-some good time! Note: you have to redeem a complimentary photo taking pass with a minimum spend of $30 at participating outlets in public areas at T1, T3, T4 or Jewel Changi Airport, or purchase a photo taking pass at $5. (Redemptions are based on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply).

When Till 3 Jan 2021, 3pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & PHs)
Where Terminal 3, Departure Hall, in front of Departure Immigration
Web www.changifestivevillage.com/en/see/dino-wanderland.html

8. T4: Race a Dino Kart

Rev up for the first-ever airport go-kart race! This exhilarating and heart-pumping experience is open to all from age 9, 1.3m in height. You’ll have to be wearing covered shoes too, though helmets are provided. Redeem one activity pass at a discounted price for every $30 ($80 for supermarkets) spend in a single receipt at public areas at T1, T3, T4, or purchase activity passes directly (from $12 for novice drivers, on weekdays).

When Till 3 Jan 2021, 3pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & PHs)
Where Terminal 4 Arrival Kerbside, taxi waiting area
Web www.changifestivevillage.com/en/play/dino-kart.html

9. T4: Dino Bounce

Dinosaurs are adorable? Oh yes, if they are the ones at this massive dino-themed Bouncy Castle! Let little ones work off their energy at the two specially curated play zones – Dino Bounce Land and Dino Bounce Sea. Keep those cameras ready! Note: Each 20-minute slot includes a five-minute briefing. This is best for children aged five to 12 years old, with a minimum height of 1 metre. Redeem one pass for every $30 ($80 for supermarkets) spend, or purchase a pass for $8. 

When Till 3 Jan 2021, 3pm – 10pm (Mon – Wed), 2pm – 11pm (Thu – Sun, eves of PHs & PHs)
Where Terminal 4, Departure Hall (opposite check-in row 1)
Web www.changifestivevillage.com/en/play/dino-bounce.html

10. Visit the ChariTrees

Bask in the luminous glow of these 27 specially-designed Christmas trees, read the heartwarming stories of 10 community heroes, and donate to the ChariTrees cause. This year’s beneficiaries are the #ENGAGE Initiative and The Samaritans of Singapore.

When Till 26 Dec
Where Marina Bayfront Waterfront Promenade
Web www.giving.sg/the_rice_company/charitrees2020

Gardens by the Bay

11. Get festive at Christmas Wonderland 2020

Look our for a brand new edition of Singapore’s largest festive event this year, with stunning light installations at the Walk of Lights ($5 per entry) and an online digital wonderland packed with interactive content, games galore for all ages, festive performances, and shopping experiences from the comfort of home.

When 4-27 Dec, 6.30 – 11pm
Where Online and SuperTree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
Web www.christmaswonderland.sg

12. Meet Santa, and make Poinsettia Wishes

The well-loved Poinsettia Wishes returns to the Flower Dome, with highlights and programmes from the four Nordic embassies in Singapore. See a replica of the iconic Gouda City Hall in the Netherlands, a wishing well, and festive plants and real Christmas trees. Meet Nordic Santa (12 to 13 Dec), and take part in a traditional Swedish Lucia Procession too — right here in Singapore.

When Till 3 Jan 2021; 5 to 26 Dec (certain events)
Where Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Web www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

13. Kids! Charge Up with Bloom!

This is a fun educational programme for children that focuses on the 3Rs — reducing, reusing and recycling. Kids and families go on an outdoor garden trail to find out how the Gardens’ Plantkeepers do their part to conserve our environment through the use of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3R) practices in their daily activities, and learn the simple practices they themselves can adopt in their daily lives to to make a positive impact on the environment. Share your 3R pledge to sustainability, and be rewarded at the end of the quest as you help Everlasting Eric charge up his Supertrees!

When 27 Nov to 6 Dec, 10am – 6pm
Where Gardens by the Bay
Web www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/whats-on/calendar-of-events/charge-up-with-bloom.html

14. Surround yourself in a Floral Fantasy

Get your cameras ready as this extremely photogenic attraction has re-opened in time for the festive season. Come see who preserved, dried, and fresh flowers such as orchids, begonias, fuchsias, impatiens, and more, are put together in scenes of floral artistry – perfect for that ‘gram. Admission from $5 (child and senior citizen, Singapore resident) and $10 (adult, Singapore resident).

When Ongoing. 10am – 7pm (8pm on Sat, Sun, and public holidays)
Where Bayfront Plaza, Gardens by the Bay
Web www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/attractions/floral-fantasy/

15. Meet the Minions at A Universal Christmas

Meet the merry Minions Kevin, Dave, Bob, Stuart, Jerry and Tom, and join them in their festive hi-jinks! Photo-ops are also available with Dru and his family, the always adorable cast of Sesame Street — Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and friends — and of course, Alex, Gloria and King Julien – in Madagascar – A Tropical Christmas; Shrek, and Princess Fiona. You can salso teleport to the glamorous streets of New York and visit Santa’s own magical movie land with interactive movie sets, step into a hot air balloon at Up! Up! And Away With Christmas, and try to keep your balance in A Topsy Turvy Christmas! P/S: Don’t miss the carnival games where you can win great prizes!

When Till 3 January 2021
Where Universal Studios
Web www.rwsentosa.com/

16. Have a SEAASON of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium

Did you know that some marine creatures look like they’ve dressed up just for Christmas? Keep your eyes peeled for the scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp with its bright red stripes, let the snowflake moray eel transport you to a winter wonderland in your imagination, and see the pinecone fish, aptly named after the woody conifer fruit on Christmas trees. Spot the “snowflake”, take photos of the light boxes, answer questions, and get an exclusive S.E.A. Aquarium recyclable tote bag! Do dress up in your festive best too, as there are lots of new photo spots to pose with, such as a life-sized gift box, a coral wall, and a spectacular up-cycled Christmas tree.

When Till 5 Jan 2021
Where S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Web www.rwsentosa.com/

Shopping Malls

17. Have Brick-tastic Fun with LEGO at Capitaland Malls

See Singapore’s largest LEGO Christmas carousel with Gingerbread Man and Santa Claus. Strike a pose with a LEGO Rock & Roller Coaster. Marvel at a LEGO Ferris wheel (and wish you could fit in it!), and have a whale-ly good tropical-themed Christmas display. No matter where you live in Singapore, you’re definitely close to one of these carnival-themed LEGO installations. They’re in 13 CapitaLand malls from Bedok to Bukit Panjang, and every single one is different so be sure to visit them all!

Where CapitaLand Malls islandwide (Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Funan, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Plaza Singapura, IMM, SingPost Centre, Tampines Mall, and Westgate)
Web www.capitaland.com

18. Have a Roaring Dino Christmas with PAW Petrol at City Square Mall

Celebrate the howl-idays with your favourite heroic rescue puppers! Go on an e-treasure hunt — the Dino Rescue Treasure Adventure — that will test your knowledge on T-rex, put together an e-puzzle, go on virtual Augmented Reality (AR) sessions, and more. Complete all five activities and spend $20 to redeem a PAW Patrol Dino Rescue gift set (4 to 27 Dec, 10am – 10pm). Then step into the Christmas wonderland at City Green Park and get ready to snap way with the holiday arches, life-sized baubles, and PAW Patrol pups with themed decorations!

When 20 Nov to 27 Dec
Where City Square Mall
Web www.citysquaremall.com.sg or www.facebook.com/citysquaremall

19. Celebrate Together at Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay’s Christmas deals are made to put a smile on every face, from ThirstFreeDays where you can enjoy your first drink or appetiser on the house, to festive flashbacks on every $120 spent, and even delivery treats for celebrating at home with family! #celebratetogether #clarkequaysg

When Till 31 Dec
Where Clarke Quay
Web www.capitaland.com/sg/malls/clarkequay/

20. Give the Gift of Giving at the malls of Frasers Property

It’s a season of giving at these malls this Christmas, and we like it! There are fun virtual activities for families, over $500,000 worth of rewards, and contests, as usual. But till 24 December, you can also donate non-perishable food items at Food Bank Singapore boxes across participating malls, and these items will be redistributed to a thousand needy families across Singapore. Alternatively, shoppers can also choose to pledge a Jolly Food Kit filled with merry treats through a $30 donation.

When Till 24 Dec
Where Anchorpoint, Bedok Point, Causeway Point, Century Square, Changi City Point, Hougang Mall, Northpoint City, Tampines 1, The Centrepoint, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Waterway Point, White Sands, and YewTee Point.
Web www.FrasersExperience.com

21. See magical pinwheels and dinosaurs at ION Orchard

Marvel at the 250 pinwheels as they spin and generate a light sequence at the first-ever Magical Pinwheel Tree outside the mall. Then go inside and head up to ION Sky for jaw-dropping views of the city, and the first Jurassic World cafe in Southeast Asia. This pop-up cafe, which also has a shop selling limited edition collectibles such as Mattel’s Snap Squad and Jurassic World-themed dinosaur Lego sets, is only here till 3 January 2021, after which it goes the way of the dinosaurs, so make haste!

When Till 3 Jan 2021
Where ION Sky
Web https://www.jurassicworldcafe.sg

22. Turn the Lights On at M Malls!

Download the M Malls app and become a member to take part in an immersive scavenger hunt game to fix Santa’s sleigh by finding and scanning QR codes in the malls. You could win e-vouchers, coupons, deals, and a chance at the Gachapon machine to redeem a gift on site. There are also mall redemptions for customised tote bags and gift wrap sets, flash deals to look forward to, and more!

When 16 Nov to 27 Dec
Where Jurong Point, AMK Hub and Swing By @ Thomson Plaza
Web www.jurongpoint.com.sg | www.amkhub.com.sg | swingbythomsonplaza.com.sg

23. Meet Holographic Santas at Marina Bay Sands

Image: Marina Bay Sands

Keep and eye out for the Looking Glass installations around the mall where you can interact and have fun with animated 3D Santas through holographic screens! There are three to find — Dapper Santa, Gourmet Santa, and Joyous Santa — to play with. Get a Shoppes postcard the Santa’s Box and retail concierge counters for your little ones to pen their letters to Santa, pick their gift wish from the list, and drop them into a magical Santa’s Box (in front of Hamleys of London toy store). They could be one of four to win!

From 1 to 27 December, visit two of Marina Bay Sands’ most popular attractions – the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck and Digital Light Canvas is only $10 for Sands Rewards LifeStyle (SRL) members, and $15 for non-members. This includes five complimentary digital photos and two animated videos at the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. The kids will love this!

When Till 27 Dec
Where Marina Bay Sands
Web https://www.facebook.com/marinabaysands

24. Get Joyous at One Raffles Place

If you’re going to be at the central business district, swing by the Christmas Market (at B1) for Christmas goodies and gifting ideas, and enjoy seasonal treats like Iberico Specials from Gochi-So Shokudo, Gingerbread Milk Tea from Old Tea Hut, and new puff flavours — Chicken Pie Puff and Apple Puff — from Tip Top. You could even get an Oxygen Revival Facial, or a new K-inspired look for your tresses, at special prices.

When Till 30 Dec
Where One Raffles Place
Web www.onerafflesplace.com.sg/shopping

25. Sparkle at Raffles City

You can’t miss the 15-metre tall Raffles City x Swarovski tree standing tall at the junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road. Inspired by traditional Christmas trees in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria, the tree has shimmering snowflake ornaments, twinkling fairy lights and a large brilliant snowflake on top. Try to get that into your photos! You can also receive a Sparkling Holiday $20 Voucher with every photo of the Raffles City x Swarovski Christmas Tree uploaded on Instagram with tags @Swarovski @RafflesCitySG and hashtag #Swarovski125years. Present the screenshot of the Instagram upload for voucher redemption in store.

When Till 31 Dec
Where Raffles City (junction of Stamford Road and North Bridge Road)
Web www.instagram.com/rafflescitysg/

26. March into A Christmas Story at VivoCity

It’s a shopper’s dream as VivoCity goes virtual with four nights of fun at its first ever Christmas Livestream Fiesta where you can enjoy discounts, take part in giveaways, and collect lifestyle tips from well known personalities. If you do make it to the mall, don’t forget to visit A Christmas Story at the VivoCity SkyPark, where a 15m tall tree adorned with ornaments from the tale of the Nutcracker and friends lights up the evening sky every night at 7pm. There’s also the first Pokémon Christmas store that’s only here till 26 Dec so catch it while you can!

When Till 27 Dec
Where VivoCity
Web www.facebook.com/vivocity.sg/

27. HighFive with Singa at Waterway Point

Choose kind all day, everyday, but most of all, at Waterway Point this season, which partners the Singapore Kindness Movement to spread the Christmas spirit to one and all. Take a #HighFive photo with the four-metre tall Singa Christmas Tree and post it on Instagram with a message that spreads kindness, encouragement and positivity. Remember to include the official campaign hashtags “#High5Singa” and “#WWPXmas20”. For every photo posted, Waterway Point will donate a 5kg bag of rice to needy families through The Food Bank Singapore.

When Till 31 Dec 2020
Where Waterway Point
Web frasersexperience.com/

Christmas 2020: a reason to celebrate

COVID-19 may have shaken the world and stirred up our lives this year, but it has also taught us to be resilient, and brought out strengths that we never thought we had. That’s something to celebrate, isn’t it? So here’s to boundless hope, joy, and love for one and all this festive season and all the way into 2021. Happy holidays!

Events details accurate at time of publishing.

Featured image: Gardens by the Bay

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