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December 2016

10 Malls to Bring Your Kids to For Fun Indoor (Mostly) Christmas Themed Activities

Malls are no longer just destinations for Christmas shopping – they also offer fun indoor activities for the season. We’ve rounded up the festive themed activities in store for families with kids at 10 malls here.


Air-conditioned malls have got to be the majority of Singaporeans’ favourite hangout. We frequent malls to eat, to shop, and to entertain ourselves on rainy (or scorching hot) days. Now you can add indoor Christmas fun to that list as malls here have been going all out to spread the festive cheer with unique Christmas themed activities year after year. What’s in store for families with little ones this year, you ask?

There are meet-and-greet sessions with adorable characters, mammoths of Christmas trees to ogle at, and even a snow fun house to experience a white Christmas in the tropics! Here’s what’s going on at 10 malls which are serving up child-friendly indoor (mostly) festive fun.

1. Have an All-star Nick Jr. Christmas Celebration at City Square Mall

All-Star Nick Jr Christmas at City Square MallJPG

Are your preschoolers glued to Nick Jr. when you let them watch television? Then you’ve got to pop by City Square Mall to let them join their favourite characters from Dora The Explorer, PAW Patrol, Blaze and The Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Shimmer & Shine and Team Umizoomi at the All-star Nick Jr. Wonderland! There’ll be fun games and activities inspired by these cartoons for little ones to try their hand at as well. Kids can also get up close with Dora & Boots, Chase & Marshall, and Gil & Molly at the Meet & Greet sessions for an Instagram worthy photograph.

Don’t forget to complete your magical festive experience with the enchanting nightly Snowfall Playtime sessions happening twice daily at 8pm and 9pm! Do also try your luck at winning passes to the All-star Nick Jr. Wonderland by taking part in our giveaway – hurry, it closes today!

When: 18 November 2016 – 1 January 2017
Time: 12pm to 10pm
Where: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, S208539

2. Say “Merry Nex’Mas” with Sesame Street

Merry Nex'mas with Sesame Street

Join your children’s beloved Sesame Street characters as they ring in the season’s festivities at Nex. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and the Count will be bringing you a ‘live’ show filled with familiar songs and catchy tunes. Feel free to get up and boogie along to the festive beats! What could be a better Christmas gift than a family vacation to the hometown of Sesame Street? Take part in the Nex’mas Lucky Draw – one lucky winner will score the grand prize of a 8D6N holiday to New York for a family of four!

All you need to do is to spend $50 in a single receipt at the mall to enter the Lucky Draw. Double your chances by charging your festive purchases to your Citi credit or debit card! And keep those fingers crossed!

When: 24 November – 31 December 2016
Time: 10.30am to 10.30pm
Where: Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, S556083

3. Usher in Christmas with The Moomins at Parkway Parade

Sweet Whimsical Christmas at Parkway Parade

Join Parkway Parade as it ushers in Christmas with a whimsical twist and a sugary landscape set to sweeten the holidays for everyone in your family. For the very first time in Singapore, the mall welcomes the Moomins, a family of white roundish, fairytale characters with large snouts that make them resemble hippopotamuses – super cute ones, at that! The lovable Finnish characters have been around for the last six decades! You can shop Moomin merchandise or sweeten your children’s day with exclusive treats at the Moomin Snack Bar.

Other highlights include ‘Fun In The Falling Snow’ at the Basement Outdoor Plaza (6pm and 8pm daily) and Candy King, a Michael Jackson inspired candy floss vendor who will be spinning fluffy treats for kids from 2 – 11 December! Yum!

When: 17 November – 26 December 2016
Time: 12pm to 9pm
Where: Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, S449269

4. Take Part in Raffles City’s CRAFTHOLIC Christmas Celebration

Raffles Citys Whimsical Christmas Celebration

Jingle into the festive season with the CRAFTHOLIC pop-up store at Raffles City that offers exclusive merchandise and fun hands-on activities for all in the family. On the weekends, shoppers can participate in CRAFTHOLIC activities which include 3D gift card making and hair-band making. You’ll also get to snap pictures with your kids’ (and maybe yours too) favourite adorable plush cushion characters in action as Rab Bunny and Sloth Bear will be making appearances during specific time slots!

If you’re a serious CRAFTHOLIC fan, consider treating yourself to something from the Limited Edition CRAFTHOLIC Denim Collection, ranging from $16 to $210. It’s available exclusively at this pop-up store!

When: 18 November – 27 December 2016
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Where: Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, S179103

5. Step Into The Pony Magical City at Suntec City


It’s a dream come true for My Little Pony fans – the North Atrium in Suntec City will be transformed into the Pony Magical City this Christmas! Saddle up and gallop down to meet your little ones’ favourite friends for a magical adventure at the mall. Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle and Spike The Dragon will be putting on a delightful show for the young and the young at heart. Kids can take part in crafting workshops to create a My Little Pony themed keepsake!

From gifts for your friends and loved ones to sparkling ornaments for that Christmas tree you’ve been meaning to set up soon, you’ll find something you need at the quaint Christmas market. So don’t forget to drop by!

When: 18 November – 25 December 2016
Time: 10am to 10pm
Where: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, S038983

6. Bask in Snowy Splendour at Plaza Singapura’s Outdoor Snow FunHouse

This year, Christmas will be more exhilarating than ever at Plaza Singapura’s very own Snow FunHouse that’s located right outside the mall (Front Plaza, Level 1)! It’s the first in Singapore specially designed by the folks at Snow City. What’s more, it’s made its way into the Singapore Book of Records as the Largest Snow-Filled Display House!

Bundle up (winter wear will be provided), step into a -7 degree world adorned with a twinkling Christmas tree, a jolly old Snowman, a polar bear sculpted out of snow and a snow slide specially for the little ones! Marvel at the snowfall or play in the soft snow by building a snowman or creating a lovely snow angel. To enter the Snow FunHouse, you just need to spend $30 in a single receipt to redeem an entry pass for two. It’s suitable for tots aged 3 and up!

Over at the mall, there’ll be dedicated Science workshops for curious little ones on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm. Watch how ice-cream is made and be awed by liquid nitrogen as it smokes, expands and evaporates! Kids can meet Santa Claus and Santarina on 24 and 25 December at 5pm for a quick picture and also take part in craft workshops that will be happening daily at the Main Atrium on Level 1.

When: 5 – 25 December 2016
Time: 11am to 9pm
Where: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, S238839

7. Relive The Good Ol’ Days at The Carnival of Surprises at AMK Hub

My Carnival of Surprises at AMK Hub

Mums and dads, remember the good old days when mini carnivals took place in your neighbourhood every week without fail? If you enjoyed them, here’s your chance to relive those memories this Christmas while introducing them to junior! The Carnival of Surprises at AMK Hub will feature a Classic Pirate Ship, a horse carousel, and even motorised bumper cars! The best part? These old-school rides will be absolutely free for everyone every Monday from 12pm to 6pm!

Jolly old Santa and his sidekicks will be performing musical interludes on weekends and you can also get some Christmas gift shopping done at the Christmas Trim Fair at the mall. Oh, and don’t forget to take a picture with or of the seven-metre tall lighted Christmas tree complete with life-size gift boxes!

When: 18 November 2016 – 1 January 2017
Time: 11am to 9pm
Where: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, S569933

8. Snap a Family Photograph From Inside a Christmas Tree at ION Orchard

ION Orchard Xmas 2016

Looking for a unique family photo experience? ION Orchard’s Tiffany & Co. Christmas tree this year features a walk-in interactive photo booth at the base of the whopping 20-metre tall outdoor tree. The camera is activated by a hug, kiss or an expression of love through touch, with the city skyline backdrop of New York and fireworks! So get the kids to show some love, won’t you? You don’t have to pay a cent at all for this – simply collect your photos at the Tiffany & Co. store at Level 1 of the mall.

A short distance from the tree is the Christmas maze dressed up with glittering ornaments, towering hedges, a larger-than-life reindeer centrepiece, toy soldiers and Arctic penguins – another perfect festive background for a family snapshot!

When: 4 November 2016 – 2 January 2017
Time: 10am to 10pm
Where: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, S238801

9. Make This The Merriest Season Ever at VivoCity

Let's Make This The Merriest Season Ever at VivoCity

VivoCity claims that it’s quite an evergreen itself following ten Christmases – yup, everyone’s favourite mall in the South is a decade old this year! That makes this Christmas an extra special one for the mall which has gone all out with its festive decorations. The 107 feet tall musical Christmas tree at the Sky Park is decked out in a carousel theme and will come alive every night with a dazzling light show! On weekends, transport yourself to a winter wonderland complete with falling snow!

Do also look out for the performances by carollers, hand bell musicians, as well as the roving Santa Claus and Santarina! Oh, and get your kids to keep their eyes peeled for Rudolph within the mall; if they spot him, snap a picture to stand a chance at winning a festive gift set from The Body Shop!

When: 28 November – 26 December 2016
Time: 10am to 10pm
Where: VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, S098585

10. Build Your Very Own Christmas with LEGO

Build Your LEGO Christmas Singapore

Do your kids adore anything to do with LEGO? Then you’ve got to drop by the LEGO Christmas pop-up events (18 Nov – 27 Dec: Robinsons Raffles City, 1 – 27 Dec: Bricks World Harbourfront Centre, 5 – 31 Dec: Robinsons The Heeren Glass House) where fun LEGO building activities await little hands. Parents, you can also snap pictures of your children with three unique LEGO Elf Photo Standees for them to become one of Santa’s Elves!

Submit those pictures with all three Elves on the LEGO Singapore Facebook page from 5 – 27 December 2016. The first 500 children to submit their pictures with all three LEGO Elf Photo Standees will snag a LEGO Building Toy Set for Christmas, redeemable at the Robinsons Raffles City pop-up event. Sweet!

When: 18 November – 31 December 2016
Where: Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, S179103

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10 Malls to Bring Your Kids to For Fun Indoor (Mostly) Christmas Themed Activities