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Christmas in Singapore – your ultimate guide to Christmas in 2018

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

christmas wonderland, gardens by the bay
Christmas Wonderland

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

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

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.

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 – 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 best Christmas events in Singapore and five Insta-worthy malls to visit this Christmas    

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

With Christmas, comes gifts galore, family time, and most importantly, the feasts. Gather everyone for a proper sit-down meal this holidays. Choose from festive buffets or set meals with turkey, steak and plenty of seafood – these specially curated Christmas menus are sure to get you in the festive mood, whether you're looking for lunch or dinner. RECOMMENDED: The best communal dining restaurants for big groups and the best buffets in Singapore 

The best Christmas takeaways in 2018
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The best Christmas takeaways in 2018

Ready to take on responsibilities and commit to being a proper adult? It’s time to host your first Christmas dinner party. Don’t freak out yet, the hard work’s already been done. Get the food bit settled from these stellar spots in town so you don’t have to sweat it in the kitchen. Just remember to order it in advance and you’re on your way to being the hostess with the mostest. RECOMMENDED: The best Christmas meals and festive menus in Singapore and the best communal dining restaurants for big groups 

The ultimate Christmas gift guide 2018
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The ultimate Christmas gift guide 2018

December means it's time to play Secret Santa. Check out our gift ideas – we've got something for everybody, from your arty-farty best friend to your tech-loving baby brother. A word of warning, you might end up shopping for yourself. But hey, the more we give, the more we receive, right? RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas decorations

The best advent calendars in Singapore
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The best advent calendars in Singapore

The songs are playing in every mall in town, Christmas trees are up, the gift-buying session is in full swing – the Christmas spirit is definitely creeping in. Make counting down to Christmas a little more fun with these advent calendars. One gift for every day closer to Christmas doesn't seem like a bad thing, eh? RECOMMENDED: The ultimate Christmas gift guide 2018 and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas decorations

The best Christmas markets in Singapore for shopping and snacking
Shopping

The best Christmas markets in Singapore for shopping and snacking

Shopping for Christmas presents can be a stressful affair. These festive pop-up Christmas markets offer a wealth of options, without costing a bomb. Catch local crafters and creators at these holiday markets where you can avoid crowded Orchard road. There's also plenty of food stalls and other periphery entertainment to keep you fully occupied. Happy shopping! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in Singapore

The best shops to buy Christmas decorations
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The best shops to buy Christmas decorations

From department stores to quirky little finds, here’s where you’ll wanna do all your Christmas shopping

Insta-worthy shopping malls to visit this Christmas
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Insta-worthy shopping malls to visit this Christmas

‘Tis the season to go shopping and snappin'. Usher in the most wonderful time, and also the most Instagrammable time of the yeard by heading to these shopping centres that took great lengths to deck the halls in festive cheer. We brave crowds to take you to some of the most photogenic malls in town. Orchardgateway Though more understated than previous years, Orchardgateway's timeless White Christmas is still a standout in Orchard Road. Though we'll miss the wackiness of the Under The Sea Christmas a few years back, the elegant decor of this year is a refreshing take from the all-things-Disney the rest of the street is.  Orchard Central Keeping in with the theme, Orchard Central has stuck to the Disney's Frozen-themed decor of the street. Featuring frosty blue and white lights, Christmas trees and festive actual photo stations outside the mall, watch out for the crowds perfecting their selfies and we-fies. Somerset 313 Get starry-eyed at Somerset 313 because you're really going to be seeing stars in this mall. With two giant trees on the grounds, a photo backdrop of neon stars and an illuminated pathways, the decor does lend a hand to elevating the shopping experience.  Ngee Ann City  The heart of Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City's square turns into a Christmas market and carnival over the festive season. A sea of golden fairy lights, a two-storey carousel, a mini choo-choo train for the kids and a street busker serenading Ed Sheeran songs to an attentive crowd –

The best Christmas movies of all time
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The best Christmas movies of all time

Tired of hearing the movie Love Actually every time Christmas rolls around? You’re in luck. Because so are we. We’ve gathered six of our favourite holiday films that you can binge-watch over Christmas break.

The best Christmas performances to catch in Singapore
Theatre

The best Christmas performances to catch in Singapore

December is synonymous with Christmas lights, festive feasts and of course, Mariah Carey. But there’s also Yuletide magic waiting to be found at enchanting ballet showcases, literary adaptations, immersive theatrical dinners and live music performances that get a nod from St Nick himself. Gather the family and countdown to Christmas with these holiday hot tickets. RECOMMENDED: The best Christmas events in Singapore and upcoming theatre and dance performances in Singapore

The best Christmas workshops in Singapore for unique gifts and decor
Art

The best Christmas workshops in Singapore for unique gifts and decor

Instead of cracking your brain to find the best gifts, engage your inner artisan and create gorgeous wreaths, tabletop topiaries, greeting cards and other Christmas accessories at these workshops. With tools and refreshments provided at most of these classes, all you have to do is show up with an appetite to get crafty. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate Christmas gift guide and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas decorations

The best craft stores for all your DIY Christmas needs in Singapore
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The best craft stores for all your DIY Christmas needs in Singapore

How's your weekend hobby going? If you ever need more materials to finish the project, head out to these craft stores in Singapore to stock up on yarn, felt, feathers, fabric and paper. From Daiso to Art Friend, Spotlight to Overjoyed, these businesses know their stuff and craft. Oh, and if you're looking to create a special Christmas card, piece together a DIY gift or load up on the prettiest wrapping paper, ribbons and tags for the big wrap up, we've got you covered too. RECOMMENDED: 8 easy steps to live more sustainably in Singapore and the best home decor and furniture stores in Singapore  

How to throw an awesome Christmas party
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How to throw an awesome Christmas party

We know how stressful party season can be – but don't lose sleep over something that should be fun! We show you how to play the perfect host, what to wear to any soireé and what finishing touches to make your big bash sparkle.