In this special Christmas edition of our monthly list of all things good for families in Singapore, get ideas on things to do, places to go, and where to find all things delicious this season — that’ll have everyone at home in the mood for some absolutely fabulous festive fun. We’ve included #stayhome activities for some creative festive crafting as well. This list will be updated as and when new events and activities are announced, so do check back regularly for all the latest deets on festive fun this Christmas 2021.
Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay
Singapore’s biggest yuletide event is back with its spectacular light displays, Santa Claus, carnival games, a double-storey Venetian carousel, Mistletoe Alley, the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, and more. You won’t want to miss the brand new seven-storey high Spalliera from Italy, the Walk of Stars, and the Enchanted Bridge, which is illuminated by 100,000 LED lights.
3 December to 2 January 2022, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tickets from $7 ($5 for children under 12 years) at KKday and www.christmaswonderland.sg. Note: pre-register for children below three at https://bit.ly/CWtoddler five working days prior to your visit.
Sci-sational Christmas: Santa’s Surprise Party Science Show
It’s Christmas again! While all other elves are busy making toys, two elves are busy planning a surprise party for Santa. Other than cleaning and decorating, they also need to prepare some of Santa’s favourite food and drinks. Will they succeed? Join the elves this festive season and get ready to be “surprised”!
1 December 2021 to 3 January 2022, 11am and 3pm, Maxwell Auditorium, Science Centre Singapore. Get tickets ($5 for show, Science Centre admission charges apply) here.
Multicultural Christmas in Nature
Diggersite is partnering with Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) to organise a “Multicultural Christmas in Nature” where kids can discover how Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Go on Christmas-themed Diggersite rides, explore multi-cultural exhibits and games, do craft activities (e.g. Gingerbread House, Woodwork, Cookie decoration), Freeplay activities (e.g. Bouncy Skid Loader, Obstacle Course, Gingerbread Playhouse) and more! Add-on Ground-up Initiative Craft Activities: $10 per activity, $25 for bundle of 3 activities (U.P $30)
11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26 December 2021 (Saturday, Sunday), 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, at Diggersite @ ORTO. Tickets at $25 (child), $10 (accompanying individual) available here.
The iconic Sketch Town at Future World has transformed into Sketch Christmas, just in time for budding artists to celebrate the season! Draw your favourite Santa Claus and watch him come to life as he delivers gifts to everyone in a virtual Christmas wonderland. Want to find out more about the installations created in collaboration with interdisciplinary art collective teamLab? You can do so on public guided tours on 11, 13, 20, and 27 December, from 4-5pm. Book tickets ($5) here.
Sketch Christmas is on till 6 January 2022 at the ArtScience Museum. Pre-purchase tickets here before going.
DO SOMETHING GOOD
Volunteer with the Boys Brigade
‘Tis the season of giving but why not go beyond that and volunteer as a family to support the Boys Brigade in delivering food vouchers or food hampers to a record 44,167 beneficiaries this month? Volunteers can drive their own vehicles, or borrow one for a few hours to help deliver the vouchers or food hampers, and children are welcome to join in as well.
6 December to 29 December 2021 (excluding eve of and on Public Holidays). Register at http://www.bbshare.sg/
Be a Secret Santa with UNIQLO
UNIQLO has partnered the Community Chest to gift 2,021 young beneficiaries between 7 and 12 years old this festive season. You can join in by donating $5 via PayNow in stores and online. This will purchase a UNIQLO gift worth between $12.90 and $14.90 for a child. Choose from AIRism face masks to kids’ T-Shirts and socks. Each gift will be packed with a greeting card designed and printed by BizLink, a non-profit which serves disadvantaged individuals in Singapore. Psst! At just $5, this is an easy and affordable way for kids to use their savings from their pocket money to help other kids too.
Get more details and be a Secret Santa with UNIQLO here.
#STAYHOME (& GET CREATIVE)
We saw this #IRL and can’t get over how adorable and cute it is! This is perfect for a morning of hands-on decorating with the little one, and the end product adds a gorgeous (and subtle) Christmas vibe to the home. The kit comes with everything you require to create this small but perfectly proportioned festive centrepiece: a fresh mini fir tree (30cm), decorative ornaments, floral wires, a can of snow spray, and ribbon. Psst, add your own fairy lights for a magical, twinkly effect!
$79, including delivery, at Ji Mei Flower. Shop here.
Decoupage X’mas Soap
Create your own unique soap, with your favourite photo on it, in this online parent-child Decoupage workshop. The soap base used is natural and chemical-free, making it suitable for use on the whole body, and safe for children too.
From $38. 19 December, 2–3.30pm. Book here.
EAT & SHOP
“Little Joys, Giant Celebrations”
If you only have time to head down to one place to get all your Christmas necessities, go to Giant. They have trees (from 30cm to 210cm) to fit all rooms, ornaments, wrapping paper, and lots of last-minute Christmas gift ideas, such as cute plushies. Then make that year-end get-together a fuss-free one with the Hearty Holiday Feast ($90, feeds 5-6). This includes Rosemary Roast Chicken stuffing (2.2kg), Honey Turkey Ham (2kg), Smoked Garlic Chicken Sausages (200g), Ribeye Roast Beef with Italian Herbs (800g) in a cooler bag, and requires minimal prep (perfect for busy mums). Just heat up the items, and your feast is done!
Order here from now till 20 December, collect from now till 24 Dec 2021 at Giant.
The Bub Fair Holiday edition
Looking for unique gifts for little ones? Come here. Themed ‘A Gift from the Heart’, this pop-up curates products built on quality, design and sustainability for young families. With over 60 brands featured, you’ll definitely be able to find something for everyone: from heirloom inspired children clothes by Elizabeth Little and reversible kids wear by Maison Q, to sustainable playthings from Noah’s Toys and environmentally friendly bedding by Sunday Bedding. Check @thebublist Instagram for details on new collections, online giveaways and exclusive fair promotions.
10 to 12 and 17 to 19 December, 10am – 7pm, Social Affinity at 219 Kallang Bahru, Chutex Building, Level 3, Singapore 339348. Register for tickets ($5) here.
“Spend and Redeem” at Kallang Wave Mall
If you’re getting Christmas presents or daily essentials from Kallang Wave Mall this month, remember to redeem your receipts (max of 5 same-day ones) for a limited edition Tayo the Little Bus Umbrella and a $20 tenant voucher. Redemptions must be done at the Concierge on the date of the receipt, and are limited to one redemption per shopper on a first-come, first-served basis, while stocks last. Other Terms & Conditions apply.
Find out more here.
HAVE A FESTIVE STAYCATION
Holiday Magic at The Fullerton
Experience Holiday Magic at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore with this newly-launched festive family package. Included are daily breakfast and in-room Afternoon Tea for the family, Christmas gifts including a Fullerton Christmas bear and hand-painted Christmas bauble. Specially for little ones aged 5 to 12 years are a range of Fullerton Kids’ Club activities, including Christmas art and craft workshops, cookie decoration workshops, and more, available exclusively to guests who book the Holiday Magic room package.
Staycation in the Wild
End the year by sleeping with the beasts? Why not? This unique staycation at the Singapore Zoo includes feeding sessions with Zoo’s residents, a hearty dinner, a mesmerising trail through the symphony of lights at Rainforest Lumina, and a night’s stay in an air-conditioned dome. Wake with the birds beside the tranquil Seletar reservoir, then wrap up your stay at a meet-and-greet with a mystery animal ambassador. There’s also a River Wonders’ Staycation with the Manatees with behind-the-scenes sessions too!
Are you ready for Christmas 2021?
With COVID-19 still casting a lingering shadow over the world, Christmas festivities may be the last thing on your mind. Still they can be a fun way to take time out and have a break before gearing up for the year ahead. Our advice? Take it easy and make it small, intimate, and cosy. With safe management measures that limit us to groups of five, that’s the thing to do, and wise at this time too. Here’s us wishing you and yours a peaceful, blessed, and joyful season this Christmas.
Featured image: Artscience Museum