The best Christmas events in Singapore

It’s not Christmas without the trimmings – treat yourself to these festive events
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By Time Out Singapore editors |
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While snow isn't on the list this holiday season, that doesn't mean our sunny island's anywhere short of festivities and Yuletide cheer. From Christmas markets to carolling sessions to 'snow' fall, here's where to find the X'mas spirit in town.

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Things to do

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by The Bay

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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Back again for their fifth edition, Gardens by the Bay's annual Yuletide affair ups the ante with brand new highlights like Southeast Asia's largest luminarie mirror maze, and a world-class magical experience with illusionist Rob Lake. Not forgetting crowd favourites, visit Santa at his grotto, skate under the stars at the outdoor skating rink and sample wine and food whipped up by gourmet chefs from Monti, Shoukouwa and Saint Pierre. Experience 'snowfall', hope on the carnival games and kiddy rides, and peruse the festive market for that one of a kind Christmas gift.  

Things to do, Festivals

Christmas on A Great Street

icon-location-pin Orchardgateway, Orchard
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See the iconic Orchard Road shopping belt – stretching from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura – transform itself into a dreamy Christmas wonderland featuring enchanting festive pieces such as a 20m-long tunnel that’s made out of fairy lights and a Christmas tree that counts down to the big day. Visit the iconic Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie, admire the Disney-inspired designs decking the streets of Orchard and have a photo session with the beloved Frozen characters. Catch Elsa and Anna spreading a little bit of Christmas cheer in the streets of Orchard, so keep a look out!

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Things to do, Festivals

The Great Christmas Village

icon-location-pin Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Orchard
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Christmas Village is back this year with an even grander line-up of live performances and food and drinks. Go beyond the Sam Willows and explore other local talents such as Raw Love, Supersonic, The Common People and many more. Make a trip downtown for a stroll through the  Disney themed streets, stop by the Timbre X Food Village Bar for some quick bites as you spend this Christmas with your loved ones. While you're at it, visit the Hitachi Santa House and rub shoulders with Saint Nick, and bring the kids to the Double Storey Carousel and ride the high of this festive season.

Artscience museum, Future World
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Things to do, Exhibitions

Christmas at ArtScience Museum

icon-location-pin ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay
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Santa Claus is coming to the ArtScience Museum. Catch Future World's festive installation, Sketch Christmas where good ol' St Nick delivers presents with a simple tap of the screen. Immerse yourself in 10 new interactive artworks on display including Sanctuary an oasis of calm in the otherwise bustling space. While you're at the museum, drop by the Minimalism: Space, Light, Object, a joint exhibit with the National Gallery Singapore that showcases a huge range of minimalist art, as well as All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life, for insight into the Nobel Prize winner's brilliant mind.

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Sport and fitness, Running

Santa Run for Wishes

icon-location-pin Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang
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'Tis the season for giving. Do good and burn some calories this Christmas with the annual Santa Run for Wishes. Choose from the 2km Fun Run or 5km Run and spread a little Christmas cheer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a community that helps children with medical conditions. Not in the mood to sweat it out? Join the festive fun at the Christmas Carnival and have the chance to win prizes at game booths or catch ol' Saint Nick for a photo.

Things to do

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

icon-location-pin Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay
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The Disney Tsum Tsum family heads to Gardens By The Bay this Christmas season, bringing a touch of magic and shine to the floral display. Watch as our Tsum Tsum friends dance alongside the festive décor and fairy lights illuminating the tallest live Christmas tree in the Flower Dome. Take in the relaxing festive mood amidst the poinsettias, Christmas berries and holly alongside everyone’s favourite snowman Olaf, and our childhood buddy Dumbo.

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Theatre, Comedy

A $ingapore Carol

icon-location-pin Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, City Hall
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Here’s one ‘yule’ remember – W!ld Rice is giving a local twist to the the Charles Dickens’ classic in time for Christmas. Helmed by funnyman Hossan Leong, the musical charts the story of a multi-millionaire Singapore Scrooge who receives a surprise when three unexpected spirits appear before him to thaw his cold, frozen heart. Bah humbug!

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Attractions, Zoos and aquariums

True Colours

icon-location-pin Jurong Bird Park, Boon Lay
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Penguins are the stars of this year-end holiday festive season. Learn interesting in-depth information about the various species of penguins and finally figure out why penguins are black and white. Grab the chance to hand-feed the penguins for yourselves and catch them take part in the activities that could lead to you winning a collectible penguin pin to bring home.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

River Safari: Tales Of The Fearsome Creatures

icon-location-pin Mandai Reserve Area, Raffles Place
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This school holiday, make a trip down River Safari and experience the Tales Of Fearsome River Creatures. Here's your chance to get up close with Mother Nature's formidable creations. Witness tigerfish leap out from the water to snatch their prey, alligators stalk their unsuspecting dinner and deadly piranhas chew through flesh straight to the bone. If that's too scary for the young ones, take part in games like the River Lockdown. There you'll take on the role of an adventurer stuck in time who has to evade the river's terrifying creatures – if you make it out alive, you win a shiny Pin of Honour. Indiana Jones would be so proud.

Hullabaloo Christmas at Tanjong Pagar Centre
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Things to do, Festivals

A Hullabaloo Christmas at Tanjong Pagar Centre

icon-location-pin Tanjong Pagar Centre, Raffles Place
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Inspired by the bright colours of Hullabaloo by The Artground, watch as the Tanjong Pagar Centre transform into the vibrant Urban Park this holiday season. Soak in the festivities and cheery atmosphere with a line-up of lifestyle activities, local artists and performers such as Sherraine Low, Jarrell Huang, and KAYNA from Ecuador. Gather the whole fam for handicraft workshops by Pompom Pets and Bead by Bead that will keep your little rugrats busy.

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Kids

Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc – An Evening Of Disney Delights And Season’s Greetings

icon-location-pin Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, City Hall
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Brought to you by Licha Stelaus Productions, delight your ears with the melodic voices of The Saint Marc Children's Choir and slip into the festive mood with a night of captivating Disney tunes and Christmas carols. Feast your ears on popular carols such as When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio, Colours Of The Wind from Pocahontas, Can You Feel The Love Tonight from The Lion King and the ultimate kids' favourite Let It Go from Frozen.  

Things to do, pop-ups

Hansel & Gretel’s Winter Adventure

icon-location-pin Snow City, Jurong East
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Embrace the winter Christmas spirit with Hansel and Gretel this Christmas. Enter into Snow City and be enthralled by Christmas carols by acapella singers and get blown away by Snow City’s very own snow fall and blizzard experience. Don’t miss out on the photo opportunity with Santa Claus, as well as Hansel and Gretel.  

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Things to do, Festivals

Singapore Dog Festival: A Canine Christmas

icon-location-pin The Grandstand, Bukit Timah
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The first ever Christmas-themed night market for man's bestfriend, the inaugural festival aims to bring dog lovers from all walks of life to get together and share their love for the irresistible fur-friends. This festival also hope to celebrate the unique local dog culture through hosting educational talks, sharing sessions between dog owners and specially curated animal products for your pet. Be part of the canine community this Christmas and spread the love.  

Things to do, Festivals

Junction 8: Gateway To Space

icon-location-pin Junction 8, Bishan
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This Christmas, Junction 8 goes the extra mile to bring you to infinity and beyond. Adopting a space concept, the mall goes down the milky way to create a magical experience for all shoppers. Embark on a retail therapy journey at Junction 8 and redeem a free pass to the spaceward adventures with every $50 spent. Immerse yourself in the VR ride Straight Into Space or Galaxy Explorer and float into space. Alternatively, walk the road of stardom in Reach For The Stars and prepare to be left starry-eyed by the 'star-lit' path. Feeling lucky? Try your luck in winning up to $20,000 in the rocket claw machine. 

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Music

Esplanade Presents Voices - A Festival of Song

icon-location-pin Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, City Hall
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Back for their sixth edition of Voices – A Festival of Song, the non-ticketed three-day celebration is happening from December 7 to 9 to bring you a wide variety of forms and styles of singing, such as choral, acappella, musical theatre, show and pop choir, xinyao – a uniquely Singaporean genre – and many more. Through this magical journey of music and words, gather your fellow singers and kindred spirits to soak in the beautiful atmosphere.  

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

icon-location-pin Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay
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The countdown begins here. With over 50 rides and game stalls across two locations, a thrilling good time awaits at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival 2018. Afterall, it's Singapore's biggest carnival ever with a plethora of rides like roller coasters and rotating towers with swinging chairs, game stalls, and even four new additions to keep the adrenaline pumping. Fuel up by grabbing a bite at the roving food trucks 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. 

Get your Christmas sorted

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