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Photograph: Christmas Wonderland
Photograph: Christmas Wonderland

The best Christmas events in Singapore

Treat yourself to the holl-iest events and spread the festive cheer!

Written by
Izza Sofia
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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! If you plan to stay in sunny Singapore for the holidays, the Little Red Dot has an array of events that will definitely get you in a celebratory mood. Treat yourself to some fun and enjoy this festive season.

Here's a roundup of the jolliest Christmas events where you and your family can soak up the Christmas spirit in Singapore!

RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

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  • Marina Bay

Be mesmerised by magical light displays at Christmas Wonderland! The biggest Yuletide affair is returning to Gardens by the Bay this December 2 to January 1 2023. Look forward to brand new light displays influenced by various Christmas themes – Jolly Express, Poinsettia Castle and a Gingerbread House – with tons of photo opportunities to light up your feed. Meet Santa, see ‘snowfall’ and have a go on the Venetian double storey carousel. Try your hand at the carnival games and enjoy the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. There’s also festive shopping and food on offer and daily performances of festive tunes by local artists throughout the event. One of the highlights of the event is the Spalliera. Standing at 21 metres tall, the display is intricately handcrafted by Italian artisans and boasts 103,000 light bulbs. See the Spalliera in all its splendour at St. Nick’s Square within Christmas Wonderland.

For more information about Christmas Wonderland, visit christmaswonderland.sg

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Raffles Place

Orchard Road’s iconic festive light-up, Christmas On A Great Street, returns to Singapore this year. The Great Christmas Village will also make a comeback to Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. Check out the dual-façade giant outdoor projection on the external walls of Mandarin Gallery, where the main projection will face Ngee Ann City, whilst the secondary projection will face the Somerset area, lighting up Orchard Road for all to see. Back by popular demand is the spectacular 10-minute multimedia 3D projection show that takes place each night starting from 1 November, between 7pm - 10pm. Christmas comes Alive with additional AR features too. Visitors will experience a special visual treat via the PopAR Live app by scanning the stars and sparkles on the 27 glass panels lining the pedestrian walkway in front of ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery. 

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  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

Celebrate the holidays at Universal Studios Singapore as A Universal Christmas returns to everyone’s favourite theme park. Be dazzled as Santa’s Circus Extravaganza lights up the night at New York and catch the float parade led by Ringmaster Santa Illumination’s Minions, DreamWorks Animation’s characters and more, as they make their way to Santa’s Big Top where a snowfall is waiting at the North Pole. Try out the fun-filled games at the Jolly Game Booths, do some Christmas shopping, or simply indulge with Santa’s Wonderful Treats, including desserts. For more information, visit Resorts World Sentosa.

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

This floral display pays tribute to the various seasons of flowers that Flower Dome has brought to visitors over the years. Snapdragons for spring, delphiniums for summer, zinnias for autumn and cyclamens for winter – these are just some of the colourful blooms visitors can look forward to. In a nod to the holidays, Yuletide-themed decorations are also seen in the flower field. Check out the Christmas tree made out of poinsettias, and an ice cavern that houses beautiful seasonal flowers that’s “frozen” in icicles. In a season about giving, 10,000 Christmas ornaments used in the floral display have been handpainted by beneficiaries from The Salvation Army, It’s Raining Raincoats, Migrants x Me and Gardens by the Bay’s volunteers.

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  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

Set to take place at the Bayfront Event Space, the Great Bay Fiesta comprises three key segments – a carnival, a circus show and a food festival. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with family-friendly rides such as Bumper Cars and Flying Dumbo at the Great World Carnival. Try your hand at classic carnival games including Pyramid Cans, Basketball and Hook a Duck. Next to the carnival is the Great Cirque des Cascades, a brand new circus entertainment show featuring performers from all over the UK. Presented by international circus act Gandey’s Circus, Around The World in 80 Minutes invites you to step inside the Big Top for a breathtaking journey filled with thrills, laughter, and excitement. Indulge in the best of global and local fairground eats here. Try the Thai cuisine from TikTok famous Indy Pancake Cartoon, and an ice cream booth serving all-new Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough peace pop. Wash it all down with a cold beer at the beer garden. 

The magical event also includes Singapore’s largest indoor winter pop-up experience – Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice. Look forward to different snowy activities, a chocolate cafe and plenty more. Make snow angels, build a snowman and slide down the snow slope at the Snow Zone, or try out a range of winter games such as curling or cycling on ice at the Ice Zone.

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  • Changi 

Reminiscent of good ol’ amusement parks and a go-karting arena with disco lights, the Changi Festive Village 2022 brings a wide array of activities and experiences that’s not to be missed. Running now to January 2, marvel at Changi’s Jurassic Mile – a 3km dinosaur-themed light-up complete with food trucks. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream, local delights, burgers at the food arena in Terminal 2. Experience the heyday of the 60s’ Tua Seh Kai Great World Amusement Park filled with nostalgic vibes. Get on the dizzying spinning cups, Uncle Ringo games and even a snack zone with retro favourites. The fun continues indoors, with Jewel celebrating an underwater Christmas with a 16-metre Christmas tree taking centre stage at the Shiseido Forest Valley, complete with an exclusive Avatar-themed light show and realistic light projections that will make you feel like you’re in Pandora.

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  • City Hall

There’s so much to keep you entertained this festive season. Head to Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES where multiple celebrations await. Take part in Secret Santa hunts and sing along to Christmas classics during live band performances. Don’t forget to snap pics with The Capitol Kempinski’s Singing Tree and frolic with the little ones during ‘snowfall’. Shop your way through the Christmas market at Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza. Stop by CHIJMES for cool projection-mapped Christmas scenes against the landmark’s facade, Christmas carolling and loads more.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than at one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore? Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) transforms into a pastel pink wonderland equipped with a sprinkles pool, Instagrammable festive installations and Christmas-themed desserts. Tuck into a comforting cup of pink hot chocolate and a scoop of peppermint soft serve upon arrival, and begin on a journey through a magical pink forest and gingerbread town. Jump into sprinkles pool, play bean bag tossing at the carnival area or leave a message at the customisable letter wall. There’s also a nostalgic potong installation that you can pose with. Indulge in coconut or chocolate from Ice Cream & Cookie Co. If you wish to have more sweet treats, the Scream Diner serves Peppermint and Apple Pie ice cream. Christmas-themed desserts are also served throughout. Head down to the cafe and bar and enjoy the Gingerbread milkshake, Pinkmas sundae and a comforting mug of Eggnog. Tickets start from $40, and it includes free flow ice cream.

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  • Marina Bay

Get into the spirit of Christmas with Marina Bay Sands. The mall is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with illuminations and special events. Witness a light up featuring a Christmas floating forest illuminated in shimmering lights at The Shoppes, alongside an ensemble of 1,000 Christmas trees decorated in fairy lights and giant snow globes. Catch the musical, The Sound of music, performed by 18 local cast members chosen to play the von Trapp family children. They join Jill-Christine Wiley, the actress who plays Maria Rainer in the upcoming musical at Sands Theatre from Nov 22. The towers of Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum will also be lit up with animations and laser projections every night in the season’s colours. The Art Science Museum will also be screening films including Die Hard, Love Actually and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Free and paid tickets can be reserved on the ArtScience Museum’s website.

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Take pictures with life-sized Disney character figurines such as Star Wars and Cars at CapitaLand’s Disney-themed festive celebration across 16 CapitaLand malls. The malls have specific Disney themes – snap photos with Star Wars figurines such as the Stormtroopers at Raffles City. Snippets of Star Wars: Andor will also play every 15 minutes from 7pm to 9.45pm. You can expect characters like Iron Man, Lightning Mcqueen, Woody and Buzz Lightyear at different malls as well. Limited edition Disney merchandise is also up for grabs at these pop-ups.

 

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