Yoo-hoo! It’s just one month to the most wonderful time for the year. Are you ready? Read on for our Christmas edition of ideas on things to do and places to go this holiday season, that are bound to have everyone in the mood for some absolutely fabulous festive fun! They’re listed by date (earliest first), and will be updated as and when new events and activities are announced. Do bookmark this page and check back regularly for all the latest deets on holiday fun!
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GET OUT & ABOUT
❄️❄️❄️ Changi Festive Village
Just being in Changi Airport this season will have you feeling like you’re out of this world! Immerse yourself in the world of Avatar: The Way of Water at T3, in a larger-than-life replica of the home of the Na’vi. Then head to the basement, where you can play games and go on rides at the T3 Underground Carnival. There’s even glow-in-the-dark go-kart racing for speed-meisters!
Over at Jewel, dive into a Christmas Odyssea and get bedazzled by Christmas sparkles, and get a headstart on festivities with family camps and workshops at Changi Experience Studio. Take a family photo with the iconic 16-metre tall Prudential Christmas Tree, and watch the HSBC Rain Vortex Light & Sound show inspired by Avatar: The Way of Water. Good news for winter fans: there’ll also be ‘snowfall’ again this year at Jewel. Experience the magic every half hour at the Shiseido Forest Valley from 7:35pm to 10:35pm daily.
4 Nov 2022 to 2 Jan 2023, Changi Airport and Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel). Find out more here.
❄️❄️❄️ Festive Wild-erland
Celebrate in not one, not two, but three wildlife parks this season. Festive Wild-erland celebrates the black and white animals of Singapore Zoo, River Wonders and Night Safari with brand new activities like a Black & White AR Animal Trail, close ups with your favourite animals, and ‘craftivities’ – like a terrarium, or festive wreath that you can take home. Make your way through Singapore Zoo’s Monochrome Maze, go wild at River Wonders’ Panda-monium Playground, and have a magical snowfall experience at the Night Safari’s Naracoorte Cave. Visit all three parks for maximum festive fun with the animals this season!
17 Nov 2022 to 2 Jan 2023. Visit www.mandai.com/blackandwhite for tickets, more details, and to download recommended itineraries for your grand adventure.
PinkMas at the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC)
Sprinkle all the way through a magical Pinkmas tree forest and a quaint gingerbread town, craft a take-home paper gingerbread house, and sample all the ice cream flavours of the season. There’s lots to warm the heart and fill the tum, from seasonal delights like pink hot chocolate and peppermint soft serve, a Pinkmas Sundae, and a Gingerbread Milkshake. Feeling naughty? Try the decadent Eggnog, which features kahlua, rum, and vanilla ice cream. It’s a sweet and creamy treat that’s the perfect way to top off your Pinkmas at MOIC!
18 Nov 2022 to 8 Jan 2023, 10am–10pm, 100 Loewen Road. Tickets from $40 (with free-flow ice cream) here.
❄️❄️❄️ Holly Jolly Christmas @ Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES
Visit an European-themed Christmas Market and shop for gifts and treats, and listen to Christmas tunes sung by carollers from Voices of Singapore and children from Emerge Arts & Media Academy at the Singing Tree, and catch snowfall and live performances by local bands and string quartets. There’s even a Secret Santa hunt! Spot St Nicholas at Capitol Singapore or CHIJMES and you could win mall vouchers.
Over at CHIJMES, bask in the wonder of the season with projection mappings of Christmas scenes, snowfall, carolling, and live string performances. It’s especially magical here at this time of the year!
Gingerbread House Children’s Workshop
Craft a delicious gingerbread house with your little one in this fun-filled 90-minute workshop, where you’ll be using frosting, cookies, and candies to decorate your very own take-home house. Each booking admits one child and up to two adults, and includes light festive refreshments, and a mini chef’s toque and apron for your child. What’s more, you’ll be able to bring back your edible masterpiece as well!
Saturdays and Sundays from 20 Nov to 11 Dec, 11am–12.30pm and 3–4.30pm. $128 nett per child (3 to 12 years old) with up to two accompanying adults. To book, visit https://bit.ly/gingerworkshop, call +65 6213 4398 or email [email protected]
Jumptopia™ Festive Village
Jump into the Yuletide season at a brand-new bouncy castle wonderland! Spanning over a 45,000 square feet, with seven curated zones and 10 giant inflatables that stand as high as nine metres, Jumptopia™ Festive Village will have little ones bouncing for joy this holiday. To add to the festive mood, there are stage performances, a ‘snow’ play area, a Christmas Market, and a delightful pizzeria cafe as well. Children 12 months old and below enter free with a paying adult. Walk-ins, subject to ticket availability, are welcome.
22 Nov 2022 to 3 Jan 2023, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall C. Tickets at $36 per kid/adult | Family of 4 package, $128, at Klook.
❄️❄️❄️ A Universal Christmas
Christmas magic comes to Universal Studios Singapore as the theme park transforms into Santa’s Spectacular Circus. Featuring a merry parade, live circus acts, acrobatics, meet and greets, themed photo booths and exciting rides, it’s an experience that you won’t want to miss! From 30 November, hit the streets of New York at nightfall for Santa’s Circus Extravaganza performance, which features a cast of more than 40 performers, including the Minions, and DreamWorks Animation’s Po, Tigress, Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond. Stay till the end for spectacular thrills and a magnificent snowfall. It’s bound to be epic!
23 Nov 2022 to 2 Jan 2023. A Universal Christmas is included with regular admission to Universal Studios Singapore. One-day tickets at $98 (adult) and child ($78) are available here. Each ticket comes with a Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Treats voucher and retail voucher.
❄️❄️❄️ The Great Bay Fiesta 2022
This is possibly the biggest festive event of the year, with over 20,000 sqm of merrymaking activities to enthral and entertain every age. Think heart-stopping thrills at The Great Cirque de Cascades, funfair games at The Great World Carnival, and sub-zero fun with snow at Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice.
Come for a truly arctic celebration in the tropics, where you can slide down a 4.5m-high figure-8 Ice Slide, cycle in an ice cycling rink, and try ice bowling and ice curling. What’s more, with snow created with the same snow-making machines used in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, you’ll be able to build a snowman, make snow angels, bounce off ‘snow clouds’, and experience snowfall. Hungry from all that play? Fuel up with mouthwatering bites at The Great Food Fiesta!
1 Dec 2022 to 1 Jan 2023, 1–10pm daily, Bayfront Event Space. Tickets are available at Trip.com
❄️❄️❄️ Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Hands-down the most breathtaking visual celebration in town, Christmas Wonderland is a photographer’s joy, and every child’s festive dream come true. This year’s edition features six different festive zones with new attractions such as a 10-metre tall Whimsical Windmill, and a field of 250 candy canes lit by more than 35,000 bulbs.
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Familiar favourites like the stunning 21m-tall Spalliera and the Venetian Double-Storey Carousel are back, as is the always popular Walk of Lights, which has been upgraded with 50,000 colourful LED lights along a 50-metre long tunnel.
Shop and play carnival games at Mistletoe Alley, feast at the ELFresco area, experience ‘winter’ in the tropics at Merry Lane’s Snowland, give Santa a hug, and sing along with the festive edition of the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show at the Supertrees!
Sci-Sational Christmas at the Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre’s Christmas activities are always lots of fun, and worth travelling all the way to the west for (if you’re not living in the area). This year, young explorers get to join the Science elves on An Icy Adventure (12 to 26 Dec 2022, for ages 5 and up) where they’ll be entertained by a mini ‘Show & Tell’, and learn more about the wonderful science of ice at Christmas activity stations.
If the kids love hands-on activities, sign them for for A Christmas Crisis (14 to 18 Dec, for 4 to 6 year olds), where they’ll get to tinker with simple circuits and help Santa build a new sleigh to deliver presents on time!
There’s also the Tech Funday – Christmas Candy Challenge (Balloon Pop 2.0) (17 Dec, for ages 5 to 8 years old) where budding creatives can learn to design battle shells for their robots to protect Christmas treats in a balloon pop challenge!
Quayside Isle (QI) @ Sentosa Cove
Celebrate the joy of the season at this Sentosa waterfront precinct with enchanting festive light displays and plenty to savour. An exciting line-up of activities that include enchanting Christmas lights installations, PAW Patrol meet and greet, exclusive rewards and new dining options with diverse gastronomic selections along the water.
18 Nov 2022 to 1 Jan 2023, Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove.
Dino Glow at Changi
Walk, cycle, or run along Dino Glow – Changi’s longest-ever festive light-up along the Changi Airport Connector. This magical path of lights is inspired by the colours and bioluminescence of the world of Avatar, and leads to a mystical world with creatures such as illuminated jellyfish, glowing fungi, sparkling trees, and dazzling dinosaurs.
If you’re visiting on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, fuel up before your adventure with food truck offerings outside Terminal 2 near Carpark 2A. Available till 1 January 2023, these will include Yakiniku, Teriyaki Chicken, Portobello Mushroom Blue Rice Burgers from The Halal Food Truck, The Black Tie truffle aioli plant-based burger from The Goodburger, and even a Blue Christmas Tree-shaped Puff from Old Chang Kee!
6 Dec 2022 to 31 Jan 2023, Changi Airport Connector, and outside Terminal 2 near Carpark 2A. More details here
Candlelight: Holiday Special
Listen to Christmas melodies and seasonal tunes performed by a classical quartet under the glow if hundred of candles. This holiday special includes medleys of festive favourites such as ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Deck The Halls’, as well as excerpts from The Nutcracker and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It’s an otherworldly experience, especially at this time of the year!
23 Dec, 6.30pm and 9pm, at the Victoria Theatre. Get tickets from $52 at FeverUp.
MERRYMAKING AT THE MALLS
PAW Patrol at City Square Mall
It’s PAW-sitively family-friendly at City Square Mall this festive holiday season with the one and only PAW Patrol pups! Catch Chase, Marshall, Skye and Rubble in action as they save the day in a new and exciting mall show. There’ll also be opportunities to meet and greet the pups and pick up some PAW-some goodies. Don’t forget to pose for photos with the PAW-some 6m-tall Chase inflatable, and 8m-tall PAW Patrol Christmas tree as well!
While you’re at the mall, check out 12 Christmas trees designed by students from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design using recycled materials from City Square Mall tenants. and help put a smile on a child’s face by adopting one of their wishes at the Tree of Hope and Wishes charity drive.
From 11 Nov 2022, various timings, City Square Mall. Get all the dates and the details here.
The Dior Enchanted Star at ION Orchard
Have a starry Christmas at this Orchard landmark with an outdoor Christmas masterpiece by Parfums Christian Dior, in-store exclusives, as well as shopping rewards and holiday deals. The Dior Enchanted Star is the largest in Asia, standing 15m tall, and with over 20,000 lightbulbs surrounding it. Step into ‘The Atelier of Dreams’ Pop-Up and witness the Dior Constellation come to life through AR filters. You can also customise holiday greeting cards with limited edition Dior stamps designed by local artist Tiffany Lovage, and feast on Christmas cupcakes by The Marmalade Pantry.
4 Nov 2022 to 1 Jan 2023. Visit ionorchard.com for more details.
Oh-So-Sweet Bean Christmas at Marina Square
Sleigh this Christmas at Marina Square with POP MART! See a life-sized Sweet Bean figurine collection, a five-metre tall Sweet Bean Gashapon Machine, watch live performances, and enjoy a slew of merry activities. Marina Square Rewards members can crank the Gashapon machine and get a surprise POP MART collectible (upon spending $180* at the mall) too. There’ll also be a Santa Meet-and-Greet, as well as Christmas carolling, to bring out all the festive feels!
18 Nov 2022 to 1 Jan 2023, various timings, Marina Square Shopping Mall. More details here.
Christmas Fair & Market at Cluny Court
It’s definitely beginning to look (and smell) a lot like Christmas at Cluny Court! Browse an eclectic collection of gift options at the Christmas Fair & Market, and meet and greet Santa at his grotto. It’s free, and there’s no need to register! There’ll also be donation boxes at the Fair and Santa’s Grotto to help spread the spirit of giving. Give generously if you can; all donations will go to the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
Fair & Market: 24 to 27 Nov, 1 to 4 Dec, 8 to 11 Dec, and 15 to 18 Dec, 10am–7pm (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) and 10am–5pm (Sunday) | Santa: 11am–6pm (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) and 11am–5pm (Sunday). More details here.
Pinkmas at orchardgateway and [email protected]
Everything’s sp-ice-y at Somerset as this part of the Orchard Road belt celebrates Pinkmas with Museum of Ice Cream. Feast your eyes on the pink melting Christmas tree topped with a cherry outside orchardgateway, and pop the kids into the pink sprinkle pool at Level 1 of the mall for some truly sweet playtime. Then head up to the Level 2 Horoscoops station to see what Santa has in store for you this Pinkmas!
Over at [email protected] there’s a arger-than-life snow globe to play with. Complete the activity there – as well as other activities at pop-up installations across the two malls – to redeem mall vouchers. Come 2 and 3 Dec at [email protected] (and at orchardgateway on 24 and 25 Dec), MOIC’s ice cream cart will be parked from noon to serve up scoops of scrumptious Pink Velvet Cake ice cream created exclusively with Ice Cream Cookie & Co. Only 100 cups are available each day so only the quickest elves will get to feast!
Get more details here.
EAT & SHOP
Christmas Fundaes by HaruPlate
If you’re looking for a way to indulge without guilt this holiday, why not try HaruPlate’s ever-popular Fundaes? There are two new flavours just for this season, both packed with lip-smacking flavour. Each is loaded with prebiotics to support little ones’ gut health, and made with natural ingredients – no refined sugar or artificial preservatives. Heartwarming Gingerbread is a comforting blend of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices paired with a hint of zesty orange and ginger, while Christmas Cake channels classic fruitcakes with yummy lemon zest and dried cranberries. It’s packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to boost the immune system! What’s more, the limited edition gift box can be turned into a mini animation cinema that the kids can continue to play with long after Christmas!
$32.80 per gift pack of four Christmas Fundaes, available till 21 Dec at HaruPlate.com, HaruPlate’s Qoo10 store, and select retailers.
FairPrice Finest Christmas Takeaway and Delivery Sets
No need to slave over the oven when you can have your festive feast delivered to you, right? We’re fans of the ones from FairPrice Finest, which offers a delectable selection of takeaway and delivery sets from Culina, Swiss Butchery, London Fat Duck, and The Soup Spoon. You can also customise your own cheese and cold cuts charcuterie board! Check out the catalogue here and pre-order from now until 16 December 2022 for collection from 22 November 2022 to 2 January 2023.
Cele-break and win with KitKat®
We’re making our lists, checking them twice (just like Santa!) and then taking a break with KitKat® and keeping our fingers crossed. That’s because for these three months till 25 January 2023, every $25 purchase of KitKat® could win you $100 in cash daily, or the grand prize of a 916 Gold Bar. Eat chocolate and win? Sure! Even better, share the joy with Kit Kat® festive products such as Cele-break Gift Pack, the Kit Kat® with Nescafe Gift Pack, as well as the KitKat® Festive Dark and Milk Chocolate Blocks, which the kids are sure to love.
*Only applicable for participating KitKat® products while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. Get more details at www.nestle.com.sg.
GIANT Christmas Pasar Malam
It can be tough on the wallet if you are planning multiple parties for the holidays. One place to save and earn rewards as you shop? Giant, where there’s a wide selection of groceries, festive decors and gift options starting from just $1! Pro-tip: Choose items from Giant’s Lower Prices That Last section, Meadows house brand, and use the yuu Rewards Club app to for the best savings. There’s also Giant’s first ever pasar malam at Giant Tampines Hypermarket from 19 Nov to 4 Dec to kickstart the festivities, with carnival games, over 24 claw machines, and food galore!
Jelilo Christmas on Genting Dream with Resorts World Cruises
Why venture to the North Pole when you can celebrate an ‘undersea’ Christmas at Jelilo, a magical underwater world? Created by Singaporean artist Lester, this whimsical world comes alive on Genting Dream cruises with festive activities, workshops, a Christmas Market, and more. There’s also a delightful Jingle Bells Christmas Escapade show that features lots of laughs and hijinks, stunning acro dance performances, thrilling Slack Wire jumps, and breathtaking aerial performances. Do remember keep your eyes peeled while on the high seas too; you could meet Santa!
Brick-tacular Holidays at LEGOLAND Malaysia
Build a brick-tacular Christmas with the power of LEGO® magic! Meet the LEGO® holidays crew, including Santa and The Toy Soldier, for merry meet-and-greet sessions. Watch dazzling holiday shows, build-a-Gift at Ollie’s Fun Factory, write a letter to Santa, join the Hunt for the Elves and more! Come evening, there’s even a giant LEGO DUPLO Christmas Tree light up. As a finale, hop on a LEGO sleigh with a life-size LEGO Santa that’s pulled by his reindeer. It’s a brick-tacular spectacular that the kids will love!
From 24 Nov 2022, 10am–6pm. Get more details here.
DO SOMETHING GOOD
NTUC FairPrice Share-A-Textbook
The annual FairPrice Share-A-Textbook project has collected 350,000 pre-loved textbooks over the past three weeks. But it is still 30 per cent short of its target to collect half a million textbooks to benefit about 25,000 underprivileged students this year. So if you have yet to clear out the kids’ old textbooks, do it now, then drop them off at any FairPrice store islandwide.
Till 7 Dec. Drop off pre-loved textbooks at FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, FairPrice Finest stores, Warehouse Club, and FairPrice Xpress outlets at Esso service stations.
The Boys’ Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG) 2022
Join the Boys’ Brigade in their annual food hamper deliveries. Each BBSG Food Hamper contains essential items such as beverages, rice, and biscuits, and brings festive joy and cheer to the Boys’ Brigade’s 43,296 beneficiaries across Singapore. All volunteers are welcome, and it’s a wonderful way to spend quality time together and getting the kids involved in meaningful charity work during the school holidays.
5 to 28 Dec (excluding the eve of, and public holidays). Session 1: 10am – 11am | Session 2: 12pm – 1pm | Session 3: 2pm – 3pm. BB/GB Campsite, 1200 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758526. Get more details, or register, at http://www.bbshare.sg
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