15 best things to do in Singapore in December 2018

Wrap up 2018 in style with plenty of Christmas and NYE events, beach parties, concerts, carnivals and more
Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018
Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2018
By Time Out Singapore editors |

There are two major events in December: Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. And Singapore has no shortage of Yuletide events and NYE parties to welcome the new year with a bang. Even if you're not getting into the festive spirit, we've got plenty of events that don't involve the tinsel trappings of Christmas. From dance music festivals like Zoukout and the Siloso Beach Party and the much-anticipated headline concert by The Weeknd to pop-up and markets at Christmas Wonderland, Public Garden Christmas Market and Loop to shop for unique gifts and fresh threads for a style update (cue: new year, new me), here's how to end 2018 on a high.

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Things to do

Christmas Wonderland

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

See Gardens by the Bay dressed to the nines this festive season with whimsical decor, dazzling lights and more to add to the holiday charm. The annual Yuletide affair ups the ante with brand new highlights including the largest luminarie mirror maze in Southeast Asia and a magical experience with world-class illusionist Rob Lake. Not forgetting crowd favourites, skate under the stars at the outdoor skating rink, experience 'snowfall' in the tropics, have a go at the carnival games and kiddy rides, and browse the charming stalls à la European Christmas markets for everything from hand-crafted gifts to all your favourite festive grub.

Photo: Popcorn
Things to do


icon-location-pin Esplanade Park,

Celebrate sustainability at this massive lifestyle festival featuring over 100 local craft makers, food and beverage vendors, environmentally-conscious retailers and various wellness experiences. The plastic-free pop-up event also hosts experiential workshops across five weekends, featuring local craftsmen, growers and cooks, as well as weekly sustainability-themed movie screenings by Popcorn and free sunset yoga sessions from 5.30pm every Saturday.    

Museums, History

Southeast Asia in the World

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Journey further into Southeast Asia – past and present – as the Asian Civilisations Museum opens three new permanent galleries Ancestors and Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art, along with new items on display in the museum's Trade galleries that explore the artistic exchanges within Asia and the rest of the world. The Ancestors and Rituals gallery shines its spotlight on a diverse range of Southeast Asian artefacts that reflect the barter of ideas and cultural interactions among various tribes and communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery exhibits intricate works of cross-cultural art created in Asia that are dedicated to the religion.  The Islamic Art showcases the wealth of artistic traditions that arise from the expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia. As part of Southeast Asia in the World, the museum is also hosting a new series of trails that provide visitors an understanding of Southeast Asia's role in the world through beautiful illustrations by local artist Muneera Malek.  

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay

A thrilling good time awaits at this gargantuan carnival. Unleash the kid in you and take a whirl on 50 rides and game stalls. After all, it's Singapore's biggest carnival ever with a plethora of rides like roller coasters and rotating towers with swinging chairs, as well as game stalls to keep the fun going. Fuel up by grabbing a bite at the food stations and be entertained by live performances courtesy of local buskers throughout the night. Alternatively, indulge in a bit of art with a curated series of art and craft workshops by local creators.   

marina bay countdown
Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority
Things to do

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

icon-location-pin Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, Marina Bay

Three, two, one – ring in the brand new year with a celebratory extravaganza set against the iconic city skyline at the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown. Wrap up the year with an exciting line-up of programmes that include light displays to illuminate the night sky, Food Truck Fest for tasty bites, and a bazaar to bag some quirky bits and bobs. But of course, the mainstay is the highly-anticipated firework spectacle that welcomes 2019 with a bang at the stroke of midnight. Don't blink an eye – Avex Group's multi-sensory technicolour fireworks and light show Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition is debuting at The Float @ Marina Bay with colossal pyrotechnic and laser displays, 3D surround sound and world-class performances that are sure to leave you awe-struck. Get your tickets via their website.

siloso beach party
Photo: Sentosa Development Corporation

Siloso Beach Party

icon-location-pin Siloso Beach, Sentosa

What better way to usher in the New Year than this raging beach blowout? Put on your party suit for a foam pool, music performances and fireworks to start 2019 with a bang. International and local DJs including DJs Jay Hardway, Kaylova, Luane and more are set to supply the night of revelry with all the choons and tunes.