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The best things to do in Singapore this week (Dec 9-15)

The biggest and best things to do in Singapore this week

By Time Out Singapore editors |
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Gin Lane closing party
East Imperial Gin Lane

Looking for things to do? Read on for our guide to the week's best events and recommended things to do. If you manage to tick off all on this list, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, bars, events and whatever else Singapore has to offer before our next hotlist gets a refresher.

This week, have a gin-tastic night at East Imperial Gin Lane, savour the flavours at Epicurean Market, get down to the sounds of Martin Solveig, marvel at the outdoor exhibition of #FutureTogether, and more. 

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Gin Lane closing party
Things to do, Food and drink events

East Imperial Gin Lane 2019

Jam at Siri House, Tanglin

The grand finale of East Imperial Gin Jubilee is back on December 14 – and this year, it's free! Held at Jam at Siri House from 6pm to 11pm, the tropical G&T fest gathers 11 participating gin brands and over 30 of Singapore's best bars in one spot. Expect to find beloved brands such as Hendrick's, Monkey 47, Botanist and Bulldog alongside made-in-Singapore gins like Tanglin, Brass Lion and Compendium. Also expect cult producers such as Peddlers Gin from Shanghai, St. George Spirits from California and Okinawa Gin from Japan.

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Epicurean Market
Photo: Marina Bay Sands
Restaurants, Festivals

Epicurean Market

Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay

The sixth edition of the Epicurean Market is back, and this time it’s bringing some Christmas magic. Look forward to a gourmet celebration filled with over food and drinks from over 50 booths, including the latest Marina Bay Sands establishments like KOMA, Origin + Bloom, and Mott32. There are also masterclasses led by celebrity chefs, and a festive market to add to the holiday cheer.

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Martin Solveig
Photo: CÉ LA VI
Nightlife

Martin Solveig

CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay

Leave your inhibitions at the door as famed French house maestro Martin Solveig takes on spinning duties at CÉ LA VI's rooftop dancefloor. The Parisian hitmaker is known for irresistible party starters like Intoxicated, Do It Right, Places, and most recent release All Day and Night with Jax Jones, Europa and Madison Beer. As one of the world's most in-demand performers, Martin Solveig continues to keep crowds going at festivals, intimate clubs and national TV for millions of viewers, so expect a beast of a set at CÉ LA VI on December 13.

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#futuretogether
Photo: teamLab
Art, Public art

#FutureTogether at Gardens By The Bay

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Get your cameras ready as Gardens By The Bay illuminates with brightly lit outdoor and indoor artworks. Japanese art collective teamLab, famed for the Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum, is combining technology and art for the #FutureTogether exhibition in honour of Singapore's bicentennial. See the Dragonfly Lake scattered with brightly-hued ovoids or egg-shaped structures floating about on the water's surface, and more. #FutureTogether officially runs from January 16 to March 31 next year, but the outdoor artworks are on view from December 15.

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An Evening With Michelle Obama
Photo: Joyce N. Boghosian
Things to do, Talks and lectures

An Evening With Michelle Obama

Singapore Expo, Tampines

Join one of the most iconic, inspiring and compelling women of our era, Michelle Obama for an evening of intimate reflection of her best-selling memoir, Becoming. Listen to the former First Lady share her experiences firsthand, from her childhood to her years spent in the most famous address in the world: The White House.

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Toddler's Room, Imaginique
Photo: Florence Montmare
Kids

Imaginique

Multiple venues

Let imaginations soar further at the inaugural Imaginique Children's Festival. The innovative family affair draws inspiration from kids' festivals around the world, engaging tiny artists aged under 12 through theatre, dance, music and art. The exciting programmes featured use immersive, non-verbal performances, interactive responses and musical theatre to pique the curiosity of the young. Bond with the little ones through playful shows including Spain's Loo, Norway's Toddler's Room and the US's Airplay, as well as Australia's fun workshop Here I Am – Self-Portrait.

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Dylan Moran
Comedy

Dylan Moran

University Cultural Centre, Kent Ridge

Catch the Irish comedian as he brings his unique take on love, politics, misery and the daily absurdities of life to Singapore once again. The star of television sitcom Black Books has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy for his sharp wit, deadpan humour and crackpot lyricism.

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Jonas Blue, Zouk
Photo: Jonas Blue
Nightlife

One Dance presents Jonas Blue

Zouk, Raffles Place

Let loose to the sounds of five-time Brit Award nominee Jonas Blue who broke into the scene with his debut single Fast Car. Since then he has made his mark as a mainstage DJ, pop powerhouse and critically-acclaimed songwriter. The hitmaker has gone on to produce his first album Blue and more chart-topping singles with Tiësto and Rita Ora, as well as his very own label Electronic Nature. Catch him in the flesh as he takes over Zouk for one night only.  

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Yung Bae
Photograph: Collective Minds
Music

Yung Bae

Kilo Lounge, Tanjong Pagar

Drawing influences from disco, R&B and Japanese city pop, this LA-based producer is all 'bout bringing the funky times to town. Get groovy as Yung Bae spins his best boogie-worthy tracks to Kilo Lounge for one night only.

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Ed Banger Takeover
Nightlife

Ed Banger Takeover

Zouk, Raffles Place

Gear up for a party like no other at Zouk as Ed Banger Records hypes up the dancefloor with a star-studded lineup including party A-listers Justice, Busy P, Cassius, Breakbot, DJ Mehdi, Myd and Mr Oizo. Expect an electrifying mix of house, electronic, hip-hop, disco and funk sounds spilling through the speakers. For the uninitiated, Ed Banger Records is one of the most respected and acclaimed music labels bringing music lovers worldwide the tunes they crave.

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Trash Test Dummies
Photo: Meadow Theatre Show
Kids, Performance

Trash Test Dummies

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

The Trash Test Dummies are taking over Christmas Wonderland. Hailing all the way from Australia, this award-winning slapstick comedy and circus routine boasts various accolades, including Best Children's Presentation at the Adelaide Fringe 2015 and 2016, and runners-up for Children's Choice Award 2016. Witness an incredible spectacle full of laughs and bins full of surprises.     

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A Christmas Carol
Photo: British Theatre Playhouse
Theatre, Classical

A Christmas Carol

The British Club, Bukit Timah

This Christmas, British Theatre Playhouse and The British Club are bringing the spirit of love and thanksgiving with a reprise of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The Elizabeth Suite of The British Club is turned into a wintery London on Christmas eve. First published in 1843, A Christmas Carol tells the journey of self-discovery of cold-hearted and misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge – a one-man theatrical performance by acclaimed British stage, television and film actor Clive Francis.   

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The Snowman
Photo: ABA Productions Singapore
Theatre, Children's

The Snowman

Esplanade Theatre (Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), City Hall

Do you want to build a snowman? With this quintessential Christmas story based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved classic, you definitely do. The Snowman follows a young boy’s journey as his snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. The two set off on a night-time quest for adventure, where they meet Santa, dancing penguins, reindeer, crowds of the Snowman’s friends, and even evil Jack Frost. The question is, will they escape in time to make it back for Christmas? 

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Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Photo: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Music, Classical and opera

SSO Christmas Concert at the Esplanade

Esplanade Concert Hall (see Esplanade Theatres on the Bay), City Hall

An annual fixture on Singapore Symphony Orchestra's calendar since 1990, SSO's Christmas Concert at the Esplanade is one you shouldn't miss. Get into the Christmas spirit with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor Joshua Tan as they bring you yuletide greetings through a musical spectacular, with both much-loved Christmas music and modern classics including Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Star of Bethlehem from Home Alone.

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Epigram books, bookstore
Photo: Time Out Singapore
Shopping

Epigram Christmas Market 2019

Epigram Books, Toa Payoh

Expand your reading list this Christmas and pick up some titles at the Epigram Christmas Market. With 35 new titles on top of its existing catalogue of books, there's plenty for everyone. Cookbooks are great for gifts and those thinking of picking up a new hobby or choose a poetry anthology for a quiet reading sesh at a cafe. Book prices start from $1 so prepare your bookbags.  

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Great World City
Photo: Great World City
Shopping

Celebrate Christmas at Great World City

Great World City, River Valley

'Tis the season of giving. Peruse wonderful gifts – even sustainable ones for a greener Christmas – at Christmas Market. While you shop, keep your little ones busy with a carousel ride. Couple your gifts with wrapping papers specially designed by The Down Syndrome Association Singapore. Check out their handmade gifts while you're at it. Let SHacappella ease you through the entire experience with their beautiful Christmas caroling.

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Doraemon and friends
Photo: M Malls
Things to do

Doraemon Merry Christmas

Multiple venues

This holiday season, come and say hi to Doraemon and his friends at AMK Hub and Jurong Point. Relive your childhood memories on selected weekends as the adorable characters perform a live 30-minute song and dance. Let the kids run riot at the inflatable playland at Jurong Point decked with Instagrammable corners and a ball pit. Alternatively, your active tykes can jump around at the four-metre Doraemon inflatable at AMK Hub. There are also art workshops to design your very own tote or tee – just in time for Christmas.

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bedok mall a small small world
Photo: Bedok Mall
Shopping

A Small Small World Tour

Bedok Mall, Bedok

It's a small world after all. Hop on a train and travel around the world – sort of – as Bedok Mall brings the world to you this Christmas. For the festive month, Bedok Mall is redecorating its sweet digs with iconic global landmarks, all specially placed throughout the Atrium.

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illyus and barrientos
Photo: illyus & Barrientos
Nightlife

Re:Groove Feat. Illyus & Barrientos

CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay

Time to bust a move or two on the dancefloor. Glaswegian duo Illyus & Barrientos are rolling out their thumping house mix laced with their signature distinctive sounds. The duo are known for stellar releases like Shout, So Serious and M.E.A on Toolroom Records and Beatport chart-topping records on Defected Records and Mother Recordings.

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Cherry Discotheque
Photo: Cherry Discotheque
Nightlife

This Is The 90s X Converse X Tiger Crystal

Cherry Discotheque, Raffles Place

Feeling nostalgic? Revisit the yesteryears with remixes of hits from the 70s to the Noughties spun by DJs koligraffi and Chuinnn. That's not all – this Tiger Beer and Converse's joint jamboree also features a vintage clothing pop up, so you can shop until you drop and look the part. 

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Pinball Wizard
Photo: Pinball Wizard
Nightlife

Bonus Stage: Hip Hop Edition

Pinball Wizard, Rochor

The Pinball Wizard homeboys Ollie’des and Ya5th are about to drop it like it's hot. Stretch your dancing muscles as they fire up the dancefloor with hip-hop and R&B anthems all night long. Pop, lock and more for a slammin’ night out.

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Smoke & Mirrors buffet
Photo: Smoke & Mirrors
Restaurants, Buffet

Jingle & Mingle

Smoke & Mirrors, City Hall

Smoke & Mirror is spreading the Christmas cheer with a delectable buffet spread you can't resist even if you try. Enjoy old-world hospitality and dig into tantalising European classics whipped up with a contemporary twist. Soak up the view of the city with free-flow drinks paired with a selection of traditional European festive cakes.   

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East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2019
Photo: Gabe Chen Photography
Bars and pubs

East Imperial Gin Jubilee

Singapore City,

Raise and clink your glasses for the return of the East Imperial Gin Jubilee. Celebrating the world’s finest gins, the drinking affair plays host to a series of competitions, masterclasses, pop-ups, tasting sessions and distillery visits for gin fans to enjoy. Hop on over to participating bars to try their unique concoctions and vote for your favourites by uploading a pic of them on Instagram using the hashtag #GinJubilee2019. The shindig culminates in its signature Gin Lane closing party to keep the night going at Jam at Siri House, from 6pm to 11pm. We promise there's going to plenty of G&Ts ($12) going around, as well as other food and drink offerings.

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A Universal Christmas
Things to do

A Universal Christmas

Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – USS is decked out in bright lights and enchanting decorations, your favourite characters dressed in their festive best and everyone ready to spread the Yuletide cheer. Naughty or nice, Despicable Me's Gru and Minions are bringing a little mischief magic to spice up the holidays. Keep your eye out for Santa Claus as he makes an appearance in an all-new show featuring animated projection mapping, a massive meet-and-greet, and the largest snowfall. With dazzling fireworks to top it all off, celebrate the season by gathering friends and family for a fun and adventurous time at the magical theme park. 

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Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends
Photo: National Gallery Singapore
Art, Photography

Chua Soo Bin: Truths & Legends

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Look at the world through the lens of the remarkable photographer and Cultural Medallion award recipient, Chua Soo Bin. Featuring about 100 photographic works and archival materials, the exhibition highlights the camera master's ability to capture definitive portraits and sensitive images, as well as his position in the rise of photography in Singapore. Observe the iconic portraits of 14 established Chinese ink masters, giving you a glimpse of the nuances of their daily lives. A selection of ink paintings by these masters are also showcased alongside to deepen your appreciation for the art. 

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Christmas Fair & Meet Santa at Cluny Court
Photo: Cluny Court
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Christmas Fair & Meet Santa at Cluny Court

Cluny Court, Novena

Cluny Court is rolling out the red carpet for Santa Claus this festive season. During the weekends, share your wishlist with ol' Saint Nick and grab a selfie with him while you're at it – after all, he only comes 'round once a year. And if you're looking to snap the picture-perfect Christmas family photo à la the Kardashians, there are professional photography sessions available on selected weekdays. The festive fair is also loaded with a myriad of miscellaneous Christmas items to bag. From party dresses to furniture, you can count on this festive fair to get you more than ready for Christmas.  

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log cake, christmas
Phooto: Unsplash/Jill Heyer
Things to do

The Season of Joy

Capitol Piazza, City Hall

Get transported to a winter wonderland inspired by European Christmas markets. Follow the scent of chilled mulled wine and whet your appetite with various panettone, log cakes and stollen bread. The feasting continues as you feast your eyes on the centrepiece, the Kempinski Singing Tree, standing over eight metres. Alternatively, create figure eights at the new skating rink, visit Santa Claus and enjoy the sight of 'snow' while you're at it. 

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Monkey Shoulder Mixing Bar Tour
Photo: Monkey Shoulder
Bars and pubs

Monkey Shoulder Made for Mixing Bar Tour

Multiple venues

Calling all merrymakers, Monkey Shoulder Made for Mixing Bar Tour makes another happy round this year. The popular Scotch whisky brings back the party bus in time for the festive season. Happening over two weekends, hop on board for an unforgettable night around town. Choose from one of the two bus routes each night where you'll swing by three bars, each one presenting a special Monkey Shoulder cocktail. Participating bars this year include Don Ho, Loof, Potato Head, Mitzo, Employees Only, Tess Bar & Kitchen, Pinball Wizard, Fat Prince, Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall, The Other Roof, Tippling Club and The Bar at 15 Stamford.

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Christmas Wonderland
Things to do

Christmas Wonderland

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

See Gardens by the Bay dressed to the nines this festive season with whimsical décor, dazzling lights and more to add to the holiday charm. Not forgetting crowd favourites – Christmas carols under the stars, 'snowfall' in the tropics, carnival games and kiddy rides, and the charming stalls à la European Christmas markets for everything from hand-crafted gifts to festive grub. The annual Yuletide affair also ups the ante with the inaugural Christmas Parade, the new Santa's Workshop and over 40 magical luminarie sculptures including Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree and a 21-metre-tall Spalliera that will have Santa coming to town.

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Jewel Changi Airport
Photo: Jewel Changi Airport
Things to do, Quirky events

A Frozen Wonderland at Changi

Changi Airport, Raffles Place

Step out of the humidity and into the magical wonderland of Arendelle. Meander through Terminal 3 where you'll find Anna and Elsa's castle, various activity zones, and a Frozen 2-themed light show. Over at Jewel, have a white Christmas by taking a snowy walk around the Topiary Walk, Canopy Park, Petal Garden dome and Shiseido Forest Valley. While you're there, attend workshops like ukulele painting and leathercrafting with the kids. And what's Christmas without a cone-shaped tree? Though not as majestic as the biggest indoor waterfall in the world, the 16-metre-tall structure will undoubtedly amaze you.

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andsoforth
Photo: andsoforth
Theatre, Interactive

Valhalla and the Chambers of Asgard

Secret Venue, Raffles Place

Feast with the gods of mythology at Valhalla and the Chambers of Asgard, Andsoforth's latest multi-room immersive theatre dining experience format. In partnership with Highland Park, they're ready to introduce the mystical world of Norse mythology to local audiences, bringing heroes of yore – such as Odin and Freya – to life with the power of storytelling and theatre. Take on the role of Vikings and Shield-Madiens and traverse seven uniquely designed rooms – and feast on a Scandinavian-inspired five-course dinner fit for a Viking. Ever tried goat stew with Nordic Volcano Bread? 

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Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens
Photo: Wild Rice
Theatre

Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens

The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ W!LD RICE, Kallang

Go on a musical adventure with the boy who wouldn't want to grow up – with a local twist. Due to the pressures of school and growing up in Singapore, Wendy and her brother crave for an escape. After meeting Peter Pan, they journey towards Neverland where no adults are allowed. But little do they know that the wicked, buaya-fearing Captain Hook and his gang of pirates are just around the corner to stir things up.

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2219: Futures Imagined
Photo: Larry Achiampong
Art

2219: Futures Imagined

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

Wonder what our world will look like in the next 200 years? Peer into the future at this immersive and experiential exhibition that showcases the imaginary worlds hatched by various artists, architects, filmmakers, writers and theatre companies from Singapore and beyond. Echoing the structure of From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience, the exhibition takes you on a journey through five acts, exploring how climate change and lack of biodiversity can affect our future lives.  

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Children of the Sun
Photo: Khoo Sui Ho
Art, Galleries

Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia (1969-1989)

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Interested to find out the connections between art and architecture in Singapore, Bangkok and Manila? Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia illuminates the lesser-known links between art and architecture, and the role of institutions in the development of art in the region. The exhibition showcases artworks from the period (1969 to 1989) alongside archives, and newly commissioned and restaged works. 

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Collisions: Information, Harmony and Conflict
Photo: Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Art

Collisions: Information, Harmony and Conflict

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Bukit Merah

Singapore’s visual arts enclave Gillman Barracks opens the floor for Collisions: Information, Harmony and Conflict. Best known for his Aggregations – freestanding and wall-hung sculptural works made from thousands of triangular forms wrapped in antique mulberry paper tinted with teas or pigment – Chun Kwang Young showcases his solo exhibition on the heels of his recent one at the Brooklyn Museum in New York which ran for seven months. 

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Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia
Photo: Gajah Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Shaping Geographies: Art | Woman | Southeast Asia

Gajah Gallery, Habourfront

Showcasing works by leading contemporary women artists from Southeast Asia, the exhibition brings together a diverse set of art practices, highlighting the individual artistic responses to the conjunction of three key communal axes: Art, Woman and Southeast Asian. Marvel at the stunning works of artists such as Anida You Ali, Fika Ria Santika, Suzann Victor and many more.

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Asian Civilisations Museum
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Art

Singapore Biennale

Singapore City,

Singapore Biennale is an international contemporary art exhibition featuring over 70 international artists and art collectives. Get ready to chin stroke your way through multiple venues across the city including National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum and Gillman Barracks. Aptly titled Every Step in the Right Direction, it invites art lovers to not only appreciate the artworks visually but to feel inspired to change the world around them for the better.

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ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)
Photo: ASEAN Basketball League (ABL)
Sport and fitness, Basketball

ASEAN Basketball League

OCBC Arena, Kallang

This season, catch the best of basketball action in Singapore. Witness Singapore’s very own Slingers take it to the hoop against other professional teams in the 2019-2020 ASEAN Basketball League. Expect action and athletic highlights as the Slingers go head-to-head against quality teams from the ASEAN Region & beyond.

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SPARKLING WONDERS OF CHRISTMAS AT JEWEL
Photo: Jewel Changi Airport
Things to do, Quirky events

Sparkling Wonders of Christmas at Jewel

Jewel Changi Airport, Changi 

Ring in the festivities with endless fun-filled activities at Jewel Changi. Experience the magic of a White Christmas with Jewel’s Snow Walk and Snowfall Spectacular right here in our tropical paradise. Stock your socks at the Festive Market and capture some unforgettable Christmas memories by the 16-metre-tall Christmas Tree.

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Island Lights
Things to do

Sentosa Island Lights

Sentosa Island, Sentosa

Your nights are about to shine brighter than ever. The festival of visual treats and lit installations returns to Sentosa to wrap the year up. This time at Sentosa Cove Village for the first time, the Instagram-worthy installations include a 13.5-metre-long space where you can walk among illuminated art pieces focused around the theme of celebration.

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christmas on a great street
Things to do, Festivals

Christmas on a Great Street

Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, Orchard

Santa Claus is coming to town. See Orchard Road transform into a dreamy wonderland complete with a gorgeously illuminated Christmas village filled with fun rides, game booths, food trucks and live music performances, as well as interactive set pieces including a 4-metre-tall immersive tunnel.  

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Poinsettia Wishes
Things to do

Poinsettia Wishes

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Who says you need to leave this tropical paradise to enjoy a Nordic Christmas? This holiday season from now until January 2, hop into a sleigh for a whimsical adventure through five Nordic countries under one roof at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome. This year's Poinsettia Wishes feature the iconic landmarks of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and over 30 varieties of poinsettia plants. The festive spirit is further amped up with a choir of adorable Nordic gnomes, also known as Nisse.

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Points of Articulation
Photo: Yeo Workshop
Art

Points of Articulation

Yeo Workshop, Kent Ridge

Gillman Barracks presents Points of Articulation, Singaporean artist Solamalay Namasivayam’s first major retrospective exhibition. Look at more than 30 of his works done in a variety of mediums to render the human figure – whether it's monochromatic charcoal or ink on paper, to coloured pieces done in pastels or goache. These works were carefully selected from his extensive oeuvre, providing insights into his life and practice as both an artist and art educator. 

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Gardens by the Bay – Cloud Forest
Things to do

Orchids of the Amazon

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

All the way from the Amazon, 50 varieties of exotic epiphytic orchids are adorning the space of the Cloud Forest amidst ferns, aroids and bromeliads to mirror the Amazon rainforest. Navigate through the dense foliage and admire the Cattleya luteola, the smallest of all Cattleyas, and Warczewiczella Amazonica which is regarded as the largest and most beautiful of its genus. The display is topped off with replicas of animals endemic to the region such as capybaras, sloths and macaws.

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Children’s Season at ACM: Mr Dragon’s Great Escape!
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Kids, Exhibitions

Children’s Season at ACM: Mr Dragon’s Great Escape!

Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Gather the kids and prepare to be swept away by the magic of stories and adventure. Solve puzzles and embark on a quest to free Mr Dragon. Enjoy and meet the fantastical creatures through immersive installations, interactive story trails and many more free engaging weekly programmes at the ACM. Let your child uncover the exciting, inspiring and wondrous educational activities and discover a trove of Asian art and treasures through meaningful play.

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Green Fashion at One Raffles Place
Shopping

A Dazzling Christmas

One Raffles Place, Raffles Place

We may not have snow, but we can still have A Dazzling Christmas. Partake in DIY workshops to create your own cup holder or yarn necklace. There's also watercolour lettering workshop. Not confident with your art skills? That's alright – there's a range of unique handmade gifts to buy. Don't leave without capture the picture-perfect moment at the photo booth. There’s complimentary popcorn and candy floss to keep the festive spirits up.

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Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Art

Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor

Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Peep at a late businessman and calligrapher's massive art collection at the Asian Civilisations Museum's Living with Ink. The exhibition will present over 130 treasured Chinese paintings, porcelains, and scholars' objects donated to the museum since 2000 by the Tan family. This includes paintings by modern Chinese masters Ren Bonian, Xu Beihong, and Qi Baishi – as well as works made by artists in Singapore in the 1930s through the 1980s. 

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Racines
Photo: Miaja Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Racines

Miaja Gallery, River Valley

French-Vietnamese Artist Hom Nguyen presents his solo exhibition, Racines (or 'Roots'). Hom was raised in Paris by a single mother on the streets and was always in search of his ethnic roots and a place to call home. The collection of twenty artworks explores the artist's introspection of himself and his ongoing quest to make peace with his cultural identity and sense of belonging as an Asian immigrant in Europe. It also further strengthens Miaja's mission to establish a cultural link between the gallery's native Europe and its adoptive Asia with cross-cultural themed art.  

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Studio portrait of two young men 1910
Photo: Lee Brothers Studio
Art, Photography

From Brush to Lens: Early Chinese Photography Studios in Singapore

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena

A picture is worth a thousand words, even tales from the yesteryears. Let Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall transport you back in time in its latest exhibition featuring photographs taken by early Chinese photography studios. Uncover the stories of Chinese portrait painters who learned photography and later immigrated to Singapore to set up photography studios after the First Opium War. The early Chinese Photography studio contributed to documenting Singapore's colonial history from the 1890s.

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Wartime Artists of Vietnam:
Photo: Duong Ngoc Canh
Art

Wartime Artists of Vietnam: Drawings and Posters from the Ambassador Dato’ N. Parameswaran Collection

NUS Museum, Kent Ridge

Don't miss this remarkable collection of 1,208 wartime artworks – one of the largest known private collection of its kind outside of Vietnam. The pieces were loaned by Ambassador Dato' N. Parameswaran, and formed his collection during his tenure as Malaysia's Ambassador to Vietnam from 1990 to 1993.  The focus is placed on the works of eight key artists who were assigned to the front as war artists by the government in Hanoi, and includes supporting texts and excerpts of poems and memoirs. 

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Albert Yonathan Setyawan
Photo: Albert Yonathan Setyawan
Art, Galleries

Variations on Symmetry

Mizuma Gallery, Bukit Merah

A solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan Setyawan, Variations on Symmetry reflects the relationship between materiality, geometry and meditative art practice. Symmetry is inherently present in the domain of decorative arts. The exhibition showcases his new ceramic works and works on paper created between 2018 and 2019.     

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Disney: Magic of Animation
Photo: Disney
Art, Drawing and illustration

Disney: Magic of Animation

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes of Disney’s magical movies? Catch a rare glimpse into the world of artistry and technological innovation that have bippity boppity boo-ed Disney’s beloved characters to life. Marvel at over 500 artworks including original drawings, paintings, sketches and concept art from the highly anticipated sequel Frozen 2, the first Disney cartoon Steamboat Willie and other iconic classics.

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Kent Chan
Photo: NUS Museum
Art

tropics, a many (con)sequence

NUS Museum, Kent Ridge

Singapore-based artist, filmmaker, and curator Kent Chan's works explore the tropical imagination and the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works that have taken the form of film, text, conversations, and exhibitions. tropics, a many (con)sequence locates Kent Chan’s film Seni as the exhibition’s locus, inquiring on the tropical imaginary that continues to frame aesthetics and artistic identities.

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The Bubble Tea Factory
Things to do, Food and drink events

The Bubble Tea Factory

*SCAPE, Orchard

Thank our collective devotion to the milky beverage, the bubble tea gods have blessed us with an exhibition dedicated to all things bubble tea. It promises to be a multi-sensory experience: step into an enchanting world of larger-than-life boba trees, dive into a ball pit filled with 'taro pearls', or go all Miley in a room with nothing but a giant pearl swing. And when you're done, feed your belly with bubble tea-inspired treats and grab a cup of bubble tea (obviously) from curated vendors. There's even adorable bubble tea merchandise you buy.

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Malay Heritage Centre
Art

Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera, dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura

Malay Heritage Centre, Rochor

The Malay Heritage Centre is housing a very special exhibition that invites all to explore Singapore's significance in the maritime world. Go back in time and watch it all unveiled through the lens of various Malay world perspectives and indigenous material culture, juxtaposed against European colonial sources. Through resurfacing these earlier histories, narratives and representations, the exhibition showcases multiple contexts to reveal how the Malay community is formed in nineteenth-century Singapore, and aims to expand historiographies of Singapore and its connections to the region.

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Jalan Besar Salon
Art

Jalan Besar Salon

EOMM Emporium of the Modern Man, Kallang

The annual Jalan Besar Salon pop-up returns with more exciting art programmes that spark up conversations and discussions on the various creative ways humans cultivate a sense of place and belonging, adapt to change and aging, and develop social relations outside of comfort zones. Highlights include The Dry Bar, a play partly inspired by the French Salons and showcases people in communities performing care services to anyone willing to venture into their spaces. 

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An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819
Photo: National Museum of Singapore and National Heritage Board
Art

An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819

National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Travel back in time to the bustling trading port of the East Indies that drew the attention of the Dutch and British East India Companies. The East Indies were the centre of the spice trade, comprising the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago. But the European arrival is only a fraction of its longer history. Uncover the other factors at play leading up to the events of 1819 through this informative exhibition.

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City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
National Gallery Singapore
Art

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Imagine the secrets that lie behind the walls of City Hall. If your curiosity is piqued, journey through this immersive multimedia experience and uncover the lesser-known tales of Singapore’s most pivotal moments including major historical events that took place in the iconic building via the Gallery’s interactive digital wall.

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Pathfinder, From Singapore to Singaporean
Things to do

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

Fort Canning Park, City Hall

Delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.

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children's biennale
Things to do

Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

Take the kiddos on an art adventure through National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their very own tunes at Chance Operations or embark on an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.

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NUS Baba House - Glossaries of the Straits Chinese Homemaking
Art, Galleries

Glossaries of the Straits Chinese Homemaking

Baba House, Outram

Take a glimpse into what a Peranakan family’s domestic life was back in the 20th century at this eye-opening exhibition by NUS Baba House. The Baba House was established as a conservation project with the intention of mobilising research and study into a range of disciplines. Teaming up with the Peranakan Association of Singapore, this project has since afforded a range of perspectives relating to the building’s history. The interpretative display on the first and second floors is showcased as an identifiably Peranakan home with artefacts that typify early 20th century Straits Chinese materials and social histories, as well as the contemporary perspectives that may complicate them. This exhibition brings together artefacts, artworks, video and audio recordings, and textual sources that examine the myriad ways in which the Peranakan identity is constructed.

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Miaja Gallery - teamLab Installation
Art, Galleries

teamLab Installation at Miaja Gallery

Miaja Gallery, River Valley

Teaming up with Ikkan Art Gallery, Miaja Gallery is proud to present digital artworks by teamLab as part of its permanent installation. An art collective based in Tokyo, teamLab is widely known to create art that transcends boundaries. Feast your eyes on Waves of Light, a digital artwork consisting of computer-generated waves that are expressed as a continuous body of water, creating a new experience between humans, nature, and art. Inspired by nature, life cycles, and the infinite movement of particles, the artworks showcased in this gallery tell stories that resonate deep within the human essence.

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Asian Civilisation Museum
Museums, History

Southeast Asia in the World

Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall

Journey further into Southeast Asia – past and present – as the Asian Civilisations Museum opens three new permanent galleries Ancestors and Rituals, Christian Art and Islamic Art, along with new items on display in the museum's Trade galleries that explore the artistic exchanges within Asia and the rest of the world. The Ancestors and Rituals gallery shines its spotlight on a diverse range of Southeast Asian artefacts that reflect the barter of ideas and cultural interactions among various tribes and communities in the region. The Christian Art gallery exhibits intricate works of cross-cultural art created in Asia that are dedicated to the religion.  The Islamic Art showcases the wealth of artistic traditions that arise from the expansion of Islam in Southeast Asia. As part of Southeast Asia in the World, the museum is also hosting a new series of trails that provide visitors an understanding of Southeast Asia's role in the world through beautiful illustrations by local artist Muneera Malek.  

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