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The best family-friendly things to do to end 2022 with a bang

Anime festivals, themed weekends, and New Year countdowns

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board
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This year flew by in a flash – its practically the end of 2022. While some are planning for far-flung holidays around the world and others are planning festive parties, we have no intention of slowing down whatsoever. Thankfully, Singapore has a lineup of exciting year-end events. From anime festivals to themed weekends, these are the top seven family-friendly activities to spend quality time together. 

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Family-friendly events in Singapore

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

As inspired by Avatar, the highest-grossing film globally of all time, there is now an exciting Avatar-themed event at the Gardens by the Bay. Already, the Cloud Forest bears a certain resemblance to fictional world Pandora, a landscape thats forever filled with lush greenery and majestic waterfalls. But now, its all the more impressive with five different zones, featuring bioluminescent backdrops, ethereal creatures, and plenty of flora and plantlife. No Navis in sight – but youd half expect one to leap out of the bushes. Whether its flying your own mountain banshee through the Hallelujah Mountains or meeting new marine creature Ilu, this is one event that you want to make your way down for. 

Buy your tickets (from $27) here.

  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

Theres no better way to ring in 2023 than partying it up at Marina Bay – its the largest and most iconic countdown celebration in Singapore. At the stroke of midnight, its the display of fireworks that takes centre stage, with vibrant bursts lighting up the night sky. Theres sure to be a buzz of excitement in the air, so make sure to soak in the festivities with the crowd while counting down to the new year. You can also buy tickets to Star Island @ The Float to view a 70-minute fireworks show up close – it uses ghost effect shell fireworks, which beautifully presents a red-to-white colour fade across the sky. 

Find out more here.

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  • Things to do
  • Consumer shows and conventions
  • Marina Bay

With a treasure trove of limited-edition collectibles and rare comics, Singapore Comic Con is every collectors dream come true. Head over to the Sands Expo Convention Centre from December 10 to 11 – its all about the pop culture here, from Genshin Impact to The Transformers. Add on special guest appearances like visual artist Martin Simmonds and comic book writer James Tynion IV, and you know that its going to be a memorable weekend. Therell even be an esports arena, autograph alleys, exclusive merchandise, and fan-based zones. Since theres a full-fledged cosplay competition, take the chance to dress up in your favourite superhero gear or video game character fit. 

Buy your tickets (from $30, only available online) here.

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • City Hall

"Ah ah ah, I love you very much, Doraemon!" goes the theme song of beloved Japanese anime Doraemon. If you can sing along to every word – then rejoice – because The Doraemon Exhibition is coming to National Gallery Singapore in a first ever showcase outside of Japan. In this exhibition, the character of Doraemon as a cat robot in both the popular anime and manga series, is displayed through the eyes of 28 leading Japanese contemporary artists and arts groups. Its how they see Doraemon, with multiple perspectives on the iconic Japanese character in paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, exclusive merchandise and other mediums. There will also be a special dedicated feature titled Manga Doraemon Original Drawing Exhibition, a first-ever public display of Mr Fujiko's original illustration.

Buy your tickets ($30) here.

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  • Things to do
  • City Hall

Its Anime Festival Asia thats the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in all of Southeast Asia – from popular anime series to cult-favourite graphic novels. This three-day festival at Suntec City Convention Centre has a lineup of well-known anime exhibitions including Arknights: Prelude to Dawn and Attack on Titan, video games like Obey Me!, as well as manga series like Chainsaw Man and Hells Paradise.

Buy your tickets (from $21) here.

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  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

Christmas Wonderland is a yearly festive affair, and as always, it promises to be a visual stunner. From December 2 to January 1, head down to Gardens by the Bay to get your fill of fun at six entertainment zones. Not to be missed are the 17-metre-tall Spalliera light installation at St. Nicks Square and tons of Christmas shopping at Mistletoe Alley. For some family fun, hop on the Venetian double-storey horse carousel and win some prizes at Ring Toss, Bowling, and more in the Games Village. The forecast says its going to snow too – at Merry Lanes Snowland, at least!

Find out more here

Family-friendly activities in Singapore 2022

2022 is near done and dusted, but our little red dot will still be ending the year on a high. Whether its dressing up as a popular video game character or exploring an Avatar-themed Gardens by the Bay, these festivals and events are perfect for spending quality time with the entire family. Our calendars are bound to be packed this year-end – heres to seeing you in Singapore! 

Plan for your year-end holidays in Singapore here.

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