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The best things to do in Singapore in December

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Cheryl Sekkappan
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In a city full of events and excitement, there’s never a dull moment this December. With no shortage of Yuletide and festive affairs, you will definitely welcome the new year with a bang. If you are keen to see Christmas decorations, walk down Orchard Road, which has been ornately decorated for the entire stretch.

Other attractions that don’t involve the tinsel trappings of Christmas include an exhibition by local artist Yip Yew Chong and a landmark showcase of Mars at the ArtScience Museum. And of course, the spectacular celebrations and fireworks to ring in the new year. Don't miss out on these awesome things to do in Singapore this December.

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The best events in December

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If there’s any doubt that Orchard Road is Singapore’s most bustling street, then Christmas on A Great Street will put that to rest. On November 16, Orchard Road lit up in a dazzling display of Christmas lights – marking the start of month-long festivities. Visit three Christmas Villages along Orchard Road, which have carnival rides, games, pop-up stores, and food and drink stations. Augmented reality displays will run till January 1 – there’s one that you can find projected on 25 glass panels along the walkway from ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery. And on Christmas Eve, turn up for the first-ever street party which will feature lively dance performances, Christmas carolling, and a bustling Christmas market.

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It’s a white Christmas dream come true at Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland, a pop-up snowy playground at Bayfront Event Space. This year’s edition features an all-new eight-metre merry-go-round on ice, a double-lane couple ice slide, as well as an exhilarating snow slope that you can whizz down on skis or a float. Dotting the indoor wintry landscape are giant ice sculptures, a cosy wooden cottage, as well as a Winter Food Village with festive treats like Swiss rosti and mulled wine. Stick around too – the last hour of each session will see multi-hued lights coming on to illuminate the snowscape in a romantic Northern Lights-like display.

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Christmas Wonderland returns this December in its biggest edition yet. The annual fixture at Gardens by the Bay is spread out over Supertree Grove, Frosty’s Fairground, and Gingerbread Grove, bringing captivating light displays, carnival rides, and festive activities. The highlight is Spalliera at Supertree Grove, a handcrafted light display modelled after Italy’s Mesola Castle. Experience snowfall at Blizzard Time, and take a romantic walk down Walk of Lights, now longer than ever. Win some prizes at the many carnival game booths over at Frosty’s Fairground. Meanwhile, the life-sized gingerbread house at the new Gingerbread Grove will make for a precious picture.

If you’re wondering when’s the best time to party in Singapore, it is, without a doubt, 8.10pm. Partnering with Schweppes, well-loved bar chain Harry’s has a series of happy hour promotions kicking off exactly at 8.10pm on December 1,7,8,14, and 15 at their Harbourfront, Boat Quay, and Marina Bay Link Mall outlets, running for two hours each time. Once the clock strikes, you’ll get to enjoy special prices on an exclusive limited-edition Schweppes Citrus Raspberry cocktail made in collaboration with Hendrick’s Flora Adora gin. Light, fruity, and refreshing, this is one drink that just about anyone can enjoy. Try it at just $14 for one, or $24 for two – clearly a steal.

If you’re inspired to create your own concoctions at home, snag bottles and cans of Schweppes variants hereOr let the experts mix it up for you by heading down to selected Harry’s bars, where you can get this exclusive cocktail at $16 for one and $26 for two for the rest of the month. Head to this official website for more details about Schweppes bar activations around town. 

Please Drink Responsibly.

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The best airport in the world is putting on a huge Christmas bash, and this year's theme is simply sweet. Changi Festive Village sees the terminal transformed into candy-themed playgrounds, the highlight of which is Candy Wonderland at Terminal 3’s departure hall. Marked by a seven-metre-tall cupcake Ferris wheel, candy cane lane and gingerbread house, it’ll get your teeth rotting in the best way possible. Over at T3’s arrival hall is Candy Carnival, which has inflatable castles, go-kart courses, and more carnival games. There’s even a Candy Snow House, where you can have hours of fun sliding down snowy slides and riding in hand-pulled sleighs.

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Go on an island-wide Disney hunt with Asia's largest Pop Mart event. Life-sized Disney installations are popping up at 16 CapitaLand malls – a welcome sprinkle of magic dust, we say. The whimsical 3D displays take after three versions of the Pop Mart Disney blind box series – Disney Classic Fairy Tales Series, Disney 10th Anniversary Mickey Ever-Curious Adventure Series, and Disney Princess Fairy Tales Friendship Series. There will also be character meet-and-greets: meet futuristic robot Mickey at Aperia Mall, Tinger Bell at Bugis Junction, and Bambi at Bugis+, among many others. There's even a unique Enchanted Express train experience at Raffles City and Plaza Singapura, alongside merchandise shopping opportunities across selected malls. 

 

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