The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore

If you're celebrating Christmas in sunny Singapore, we've got you covered on what to do, where to eat and the best gifts money can buy

Chijmes Christmas dome
Photograph: CHIJMES

Never mind the tropics – Christmas is still the most magical time of the year in sunny, snowless and snowman-free Singapore. Read on to find out the best events, festive meals, Yuletide desserts and, of course, a gift guide filled with ideas for just about everyone. From all of us here at Time Out Singapore, here's to a very Merry Christmas!

Soak in the festive cheer

The most Instagrammable Christmas spots in Singapore
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The most Instagrammable Christmas spots in Singapore

Fact – everything is Instagrammable if you nail the angle, focus and lighting. But if you’re not up for the legwork, count your lucky stars as Singapore is a treasure trove of Instagram-worthy places. And this Christmas is no exception. The holiday season returns with more bauble-filled fir trees, super-bright light installations, and all the trimmings that scream Narnia, making your festive snapshot a magical one. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas and the best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

The best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore
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The best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

Santa Claus is coming to town (here's hoping the travel restrictions won't stop him) – and to make St Nick's visit a memorable one, the streets of Singapore is putting up a show with twinkling fairy lights, stunning festive displays and elaborated Christmas trees. Kicking in the holiday spirit, these Christmas light displays not only lighten up moods but also make excellent additions to the 'gram and idyllic backdrops while you shop or stroll through the man-made winter wonderland. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations   

The best Christmas events in Singapore
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The best Christmas events in Singapore

While snow (and travel) isn't on the list this holiday season, that doesn't mean sunny Singapore is anywhere short of festivities and Yuletide cheer. From virtual Christmas markets to dazzling lights and decorations – and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus – here are the best Christmas events decking the halls of the city. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

How to spend a tropical Christmas in Singapore
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How to spend a tropical Christmas in Singapore

A wintery Christmas isn't on the cards this year, but there's still a myriad of ways to celebrate yuletide in the tropics. This December, mesmerising light installations illuminate every street in town, Santa's making special appearances all around, our favourite hotels are bringing the festive joy right into their gorgeous guest rooms, festive menus are dished out at the best restaurants in the city, and you can still hunt down smaller-scale Christmas markets. A tropical Christmas ain't so bad after all, hey?  RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and The best Christmas events in Singapore 

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How to spend a British Christmas in Singapore
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How to spend a British Christmas in Singapore

A wintery holiday in the UK may be off the cards, but that doesn't mean you can't give your yuletide affair in tropical Singapore a British spin. From stuffing yourself with pigs in a blanket (we won't judge) and sharing a festive dad joke from a Christmas cracker to re-watching Love, Actually and staying glued to the Queen's Christmas message, here's our guide on how to have a full-fat British Chrimbo in Singapore. We'll even skip the pantomime this year, how about that? RECOMMENDED: How to spend a tropical Christmas in Singapore and How to spend a Japanese Christmas in Singapore

How to spend a Japanese Christmas in Singapore
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How to spend a Japanese Christmas in Singapore

When it comes to Christmas, the Japanese do things a little differently. Instead of the usual festive bird and stuffing, the meal is swapped out for gloriously crispy fried chicken. And instead of large gatherings with loved ones, the festive affair is more intimate in Japan; Christmas Eve is the equivalent of Valentine’s Day for them, and couples cosy up at romantic restaurants to share a meal, or take romantic strolls looking at Christmas light displays. And if all these sound like your scene, here’s how you can throw yourself a Japanese-esque Christmas this year, right here on our sunny island. RECOMMENDED: How to spend a tropical Christmas in Singapore

The best Christmas events in Singapore for kids
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The best Christmas events in Singapore for kids

Children beam at the mention of Christmas for a plethora of reasons – gifts, Santa Claus and the whole festive shebang. But it is the most wonderful time of the year, especially when school's out and families gather for the holidays. With plenty of Christmas events dotted around Singapore, families are spoilt for choice – they can witness snowfall in the tropics, build a snowman, and meet ol' Saint Nick - online and offline – without leaving the country for the North Pole. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and where to meet Santa Claus in Singapore

The best Christmas songs to play during the holidays
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The best Christmas songs to play during the holidays

You do the Thriller on Halloween, but the minute the clock strikes midnight on November 1, jingle bells are a-ringing. For the next couple of days, having yuletide tunes spilling from speakers around town is inevitable – from ye olde office Christmas parties (if you're allowed mini one this year) and holiday specials on the telly to gift shopping and festive feasting. To help you create the ultimate playlist to get in the Christmas spirit – and we’re not talking about playing Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album in its entirety – the Time Out team share their festive favourites to play during the holidays on top of the main highlights. Not even the biggest Scrooge could get sick of these. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas and the best Christmas movies to watch during the holidays

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The best Christmas movies to watch this festive season
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The best Christmas movies to watch this festive season

Christmas isn't complete without festive films. With another string of festive films – including yet another Vanessa Hudgens holiday special – snowballing onto streaming platforms this month, our voracious appetite for such films is anything but satisfied. Thanks to Netflix, HBO Go, and more, there are plenty of frothy movies to binge-watch in your ugly Christmas jumper. Whether you're in the mood for a cheesy rom-com, a cult classic, or an action-packed blockbuster, the most wonderful time of the year is best done with Christmas movies – besides the prezzies and turkey, of course. Relive your childhood, grab a bowl of popcorn and fix your eyes on the telly with eggnog in hand this holiday season. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best upcoming movies in Singapore

The best places to ice skate and catch some snow in Singapore
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The best places to ice skate and catch some snow in Singapore

There are only two seasons in Singapore: hot and hotter. And a combination of wet when monsoon season hits. But snow in Singapore? Keep on dreaming. While the city never reaches sub-zero temperatures for a white Christmas, it makes up for the lack of natural resources with indoor ice skating rinks and faux snow. Whether you're suiting up for snowy shoot-out or lacing up your skates for that Michelle Kwan moment, these cold spots will have you singing Let It Snow – or Ice, Ice, Baby. RECOMMENDED: The best places to see Christmas light and decorations in Singapore and the best Christmas events in Singapore

Where to meet Santa Claus in Singapore this Christmas
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Where to meet Santa Claus in Singapore this Christmas

No introduction is needed for the beardy man in red and white with a bag full of prezzies and a sleigh pulled by reindeers. While there are no chimneys in Singapore for ol’ Saint Nick to squeeze down and have his fill of milk and cookies, you can still find Father Christmas making his annual appearances from now until Christmas Eve. But due to restrictions, there won't be as many Santa visits as they were in the past year. Nonetheless, he has braved border controls to make an essential visit to selected spots in the city. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best Christmas events in Singapore

How to have a sustainable Christmas in Singapore
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How to have a sustainable Christmas in Singapore

As much as it is the season of abundance, there sure is a lot of waste at Christmas. Discarded packaging from gifts, rolls of wrapping paper that'll go in the bin after unwrapping presents, the log cakes that are for aesthetic purposes and all that plastic – it's time to sober up and curb the wastage.  We explore some ways to keep Christmas more meaningful, personalised and little more green this year. Whether it is making conscience dining choices for the Christmas meal or stopping yourself from buying a dozen rolls of wrapping paper, here's our idea of a sustainable Christmas in the city.   RECOMMENDED: Where to shop for eco-friendly products in Singapore and the best sustainable dining restaurants in Singapore

Dark Christmas: 9 seasonal monsters from myths and legends around the world
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Dark Christmas: 9 seasonal monsters from myths and legends around the world

Christmas has become synonymous with Santa Claus, and all things jolly. But it also comes with a dark side. Legend has it that Christmas Eve is traditionally a time for restless spirits to roam the earth – something Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol would know. It's even darker in some countries, with scary monsters popping up during the holidays to cause chaos and punishing anyone who has been naughty. It’s mostly stories to encourage little children to be good so as to receive their presents. Whether it's these nefarious characters or Singapore’s recent chilly weather, we're getting goosebumps. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best Christmas movies to watch this festive season

Eat, drink and be merry

The best Christmas takeaways in Singapore
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The best Christmas takeaways in Singapore

The best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore
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The best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore

The best cakes to get for Christmas this year
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The best cakes to get for Christmas this year

The best Christmas pop-ups to have a drink at this holiday season
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The best Christmas pop-ups to have a drink at this holiday season

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Season of gifting

The Christmas gift guide for families
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The Christmas gift guide for families

The best wellness gifts for Christmas
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The best wellness gifts for Christmas

The best Christmas gifts made in Singapore
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The best Christmas gifts made in Singapore

The Christmas gift guide for foodies
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The Christmas gift guide for foodies

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The Christmas gift guide for tech gadgets
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The Christmas gift guide for tech gadgets

The best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations
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The best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations

The best shops in Singapore for Christmas cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper
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The best shops in Singapore for Christmas cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper

The best advent calendars for Christmas in Singapore
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The best advent calendars for Christmas in Singapore

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