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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. After two years of enduring pandamic, 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!

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  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is back, and as usual, it's pulling out all the stops with stunning light displays, carnival games, Christmas shopping and a Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. After going hybrid in 2020, Christmas Wonderland is back as a fully physical event – all the better for visitors to immerse in that festive cheer. 

From December 3 to January 2, head down to the Gardens to bask in the glow of eight magical light displays. Highlights include the seven-storey high Spalliera, handmade in Italy to look like the circular rose windows found in Gothic churches; the romantic 44-metre Walk of Stars; and the magnificent Enchanted Bridge which is lit up with 100,000 LED lights. Over at the Supertree Grove, we've also got Supertree lights dancing in tune to your favourite Christmas jingles. 

If you're looking for more fun, then join the traditional carnival games and win prizes at Fishy Fishy, Darts, Blockbuster, Bowling and more. Or watch the world whizz by on the Venetian Double-Storey Carousel – a staple at carnivals and a must-ride for families with children. More activities and photo opportunities abound at Christmas Wonderland, including a meet-and-greet with Father Christmas himself and a free Sustainable Dough Making Workshop for kids. 

What's Christmas without some festive shopping? Pick up gifts for friends and family at the Mistletoe Alley Market. Modelled after the famous European Christmas markets, it has premium chocolates, teas, toys, wine and more from DFS, as well as great gifting options from Candescent Box, Goodwood Park Hotel and Sofnade. 

Due to capacity limits and social distancing measures, visitors must pre-book their visiting slots. There are four daily session times running from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with tickets starting at $7 for adults and $5 for children. Individual attractions like the Venetian Double-Storey Carousell are ticketed separately. For more information about Christmas Wonderland, visit christmaswonderland.sg

  • Shopping
  • City Hall

For Christmas this year, Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES have organized a slew of events for you to have some family festive fun. For starters, try out hands-on craft workshops including punch needling, knitting, embroidery and soap-making, or attend dessert-making classes hosted by The Capitol Kempinski Hotel chefs. Live carolling Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree will also be returning this year, sung in partnership with Voices of Singapore (VOS) and other carolling groups. Santa will also be making an appearance this year, in style of course. Look out for Sidecar Santa, and take Instagram-worthy photos with your loved ones. Did we also mention that there will also be a Christmas market, a skating rink, and heritage tour rides to take you on? 

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Orchard

Get into the spirit of Christmas this November with the dazzling annual light-up along Orchard Road. This year, the theme is Christmas in Bloom, representing the resilience of businesses along our famous shopping stretch and the hope for better things to come in the new year.

On November 13, 3.1 kilometres of roads from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura will come alive with lights, arches, and a medley of blooms. As you approach the junction of Orchard Road and Scotts Road, you’ll be greeted by the 12-metre-tall main arch, adorned with red, white and gold poinsettias and accompanying Christmas tree décor. Another welcome arch sits on Tanglin Road, adorned with red and rose gold poinsettias to welcome celebration and mirth. Meanwhile, Tanglin, Orchard and Somerset will be bathed in the warm glow of spangled lamp posts and grand LED decorations.

For that special Christmas touch, a giant outdoor projection will be cast on the face of Mandarin Orchard Singapore for the first time ever. Starting from November 1, catch Singapore's tourism mascots, Merli and friends, as they experience an extraordinary digital journey of Christmas on A Great Street. To amp up the fun, download the PopAR app to experience cool augmented reality effects. 

It's been a long time since we've enjoyed music broadcasts in public spaces – but music is in the air again this Christmas after a three-year hiatus. In November, explore and shop along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City to the jolly tunes of popular Christmas carols. 

There's no reason to miss out on Christmas On A Great Street, not when there's an immersive virtual tour you can participate in. From November 19 onwards, visit christmas.orchardroad.org to travel through 10 hotspots along Orchard Road to meet local buskers and bands, including Cold Cut Duo, Daniel Sid and Circus of Altrades, performing Christmas carols and covers of the latest hits. You can also catch the grand light-up via Facebook Live on Community Chest's Facebook page from 7pm to 8pm on November 13. For more information about Christmas on A Great Street, visit orchardroad.org.

Start the year-end holidays by heading over to A Universal Christmas at Sentosa, where you and your friends are in for a jolly good time. Meet Otto from Illumination’s Minions 2: The Rise of Gru or follow the Universal Rockin’ Railway and spot the festive Christmas trees along the way! While you’re there, meet and greet with other characters and party with Puss in Boots at the Milk Bar. For tickets, visit Resorts World Sentosa.

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Immerse yourself in this award-winning Candlelight Concert this Christmas, taking place on December 22 and 23. Watch and enjoy the talented string quartet performing wintertime classics from Tchaikovsky and other holiday pieces such as O Holy Night and Deck the HallsWonder at the stunning architecture of the iconic Victoria Concert Hall while you relish a beautiful evening of music and dance.

Changi Airport invites you to ‘Meet the World at Jewel this Christmas’, happening from November 19, 2021 to January 3, 2022. First, marvel at the 16-metre-tall Christmas tree before standing under an interactive arch that reveals whether you are Naughty or Nice this Christmas. The festivities continue at tokidoki Snow Holiday, where you can frolic in the snow and slide down the 12-metre long snow luge. Be dazzled by the festive decorations at the Canopy Park and Petal Garden, where gift boxes light up to reveal the magic of Christmas. Oh, also, don’t forget to pop out of the gift box and snap a photo with the famous rain vortex in the background. 

For all the Christmassy vibes

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