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The best things to do in Singapore this weekend (Dec 5-8)

Make the best of your weekend with our top picks of things to do, see and more in Singapore

By Time Out Singapore editors |
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East Imperial Gin Jubilee 2019
Photo: Gabe Chen Photography

Marking your calendar with the best things to see, do and go this weekend? Fill up your itinerary with our guide to the hottest parties, enthralling shows, immersive art exhibitions and more happening in the city this Thursday through Sunday.

This weekend, clink your glasses for East Imperial Gin Jubilee, party by the beach with Tiësto, Don Diablo and more at Legacy Festival, celebrate all things Latin American at Sky High Rumba, meet the Santarina at A Merry Market, and more.

RECOMMENDED: Top things to do this week

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.

Music

Legacy Festival

Siloso Beach, Central

End the year on a high and eat, sleep, rave, repeat at Legacy Festival. The two-day music festival is making its debut at Siloso Beach Sentosa where the dancefloor is sandy and the music is louder than the crashing waves. Delivering all-killer-no-filler big drops are Grammy Award winner Tiësto, the pioneer of dance music Don Diablo, and Dutch trailblazer Oliver Heldens who are all among the world's current top 10 headliners. Also bringing some sunshine to the decks are global superstars Zedd and Cosmic Gate, as well as Alok who is making his Singapore debut.

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Marina at Keppel Bay
Photo: Marina at Keppel Bay
Things to do

A Merry Market

Marina at Keppel Bay, Habourfront

Santa's sleigh is on the way, but in the meantime, you can jump on board the free shuttle bus from Harbourfont MRT (Exit D) for a Christmas affair at Marina at Keppel Bay. Meet and greet the Santarina with her surprise gifts, sample festive bubble teas and peruse through the gorgeous wares at the Christmas market. And in the spirit of giving, there are also gifts, attractive dining discounts and vouchers to be won.

Sky High Rumba, CÉ LA VI
Photo: CÉ LA VI
Nightlife

Sky High Rumba

CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay

Gather your amigos for CÉ LA VI and Latinada's sundown soirée Sky High Rumba where the fiesta fires up the dancefloor until midnight. High on Latino energy, the evening shindig is a celebration of Latin American food, music and culture. Sink your teeth into South American, Central American and Caribbean dishes specially whipped up by four Latin chefs. Then shake your hips like Shakira to the spicy salsa and Latin-pop cuts spun by Havana Social Club and CÉ LA VI's resident DJs – all against the stunning city skyline as the sun sets.

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A Universal Christmas
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
Things to do

A Universal Christmas

Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Universal Studios Singapore is decked out in bright lights and enchanting decorations, your favourite characters are dressed in their festive best and everyone’s ready to spread the Yuletide cheer. 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' to happen at USS. With dazzling fireworks to top it all off, celebrate the season by gathering friends and family for a fun and adventurous time at the theme park. 

Dream Wife, The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions
Photograph: Dream Wife
Music

The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions

Pasir Panjang Powerstation, Kent Ridge

Embark on a sonic adventure at this spankin' brand new music festival loaded with female-fronted acts. Catch Alma, Dream Wife, Goat Girl, and Singapore’s very own Vandetta and Ginette Chittick at an unusual heritage venue: Pasir Panjang Power Station. Read our interview with Mercury Prize-nominated artists Cate Le Bon and Soak, as well as Vandetta here.

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Culture Cartel
Photo: Culture Cartel
Things to do

Culture Cartel

F1 Pit Building, Marina Bay

Not just for hypebeasts – celebrate the diversity of street culture with the best of street brands, purveyors and talents from Asia and around the world. Look forward to interesting discussions, interactive exhibitions, engaging workshops, and other cool activities. Plus, you get to meet New York’s street art heroes Crash and Stash in the flesh.

Singapore Comic Con
Photo: Milton Tan
Things to do, Consumer shows and conventions

Singapore Comic Con

Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay

Geek out with fellow gamers and cosplayers at this mega pop culture event. Making an appearance is three-time New York best-selling artist Mark Simpson (aka Jock) who’s known for the Batman: The Black Mirror series, comic book artist and penciller Greg Capullo, and pop surrealist Tara MacPherson.

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Things to do, Sport events

Monster Jam

National Stadium, Kallang

Get ready for some nail-biting action as thrilling live motor sport event Monster Jam zooms back to our shores. Featuring Monster Jam superstars like the legendary Grave Digger, Max-D, the raging bull El Toro Loco, and Megalodon, you're in for an unexpected and unforgettable evening as these world-class drivers put on jaw-dropping performances which include gravity-defying backflips and vertical two-wheel skills in their 12,000-pound monster trucks.

Music, Punk and metal

Opeth

Clarke Quay, Raffles Place

Get ready for a night of headbanging as iconic prog metal outfit Opeth dominates the stage for one night only. The Swedish metal heroes recently released their thirteenth album In Cauda Venenum, an engaging, panoramic and intense piece of work with the ability to charm all metal fans – especially live.

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The Dangerous Summer
Photo: Taylor Rambo
Music

The Dangerous Summer

Decline, Geylang

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their hit debut album Reach for the Sun, The Dangerous Summer is dropping by Singapore to revisit the album in full. And it's not just that either – the Maryland three-piece is also performing tracks off their latest release Mother Nature

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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Sport and fitness, Running

Santa Run for Wishes

Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang

'Tis the season for giving. Do good and burn some calories this Christmas with the annual Santa Run for Wishes. Choose from the 2.5km or 5km Fun Run, or 10km Competitive Run and spread a little Christmas cheer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a community that helps children with medical conditions. Not in the mood to sweat it out? Join the festive fun at the Christmas Carnival and have the chance to win prizes at game booths or catch ol' Saint Nick for a photo.

Santa & SUPERDUDES
Photo: Diva Productions
Kids, Performance

The Super Santa Christmas Show

Sota (School of the Arts) Drama Theatre, City Hall

Gather the fam and catch Super Santa and the Superdudes in the flesh. Expect plenty of music, singing, and dancing. Get into the Christmas spirit and snap a selfie with Santa as well as the Superdudes. And if you do spot some familiar faces, they're most likely former Hi-5's Stevie Nicholson and Tanika Anderson. We did tell you Santa is coming to town, so don't pout if you are in the naughty list for not coming.

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Christmas Wonderland_Snow Play (UK)
Photo: Lyngo Theatre
Kids, Performance

Snow Play

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Catch this action-filled showdown between Winter and Spring in the highly interactive smash-hit London production, Snow Play. You'll have loads of fun making a giant snowman, covering a whole house in snow, and having a super snowball fight. You're guaranteed to have a white Christmas, no matter the weather. 

astrolabe1
Photo: Good Company Arts
Art

Astrolabe – whakaterenga

National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Before GPS, star charts were used to navigate the world. Now, watch this ancient art revived and digitalised at Astrolabe – whakaterenga. See how dancers move star charts through the lens of virtual reality, combining digital elements and performing arts into a spectacular showcase. Whakaterenga (Maori for to launch or float) will allure you to a dream-like, yet futuristic performance. 

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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 Capitol 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. 

chromeo
Photo: Chromeo
Nightlife

Chromeo – A Christmas Special

Monti, Raffles Place

Twas a couple of nights before Christmas, The Funklordz, better known as Canadian electro duo Chromeo, are setting the dancefloor ablaze with their killer DJ set – groovy basslines and funkadelic electro-pop tunes included. As the gift that keeps on giving, they'll be presenting a fire mix of their signature sounds, new tracks of their latest studio offering and plenty of tracks that will get you down to disco.

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Roger Shah
Photo: Roger Shah
Nightlife

Transfix presents Roger Shah

Zouk, Raffles Place

Known for trance hits like Going Wrong and Who Will Find Me, German trance DJ and producer Roger Shah is helming the decks at Zouk for one night only. His latest collab with Aly & Fila titled Unbreakable clinched the top spot on Beatport and even scored the title of A State of Trance's Tune of Year. Trust us, you'd want to let your hair down on the dancefloor with his signature Balearic style.

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 and you'll be swinging 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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microphone
Photo: Unsplash/Kane Reinholdtsen
Comedy

Haha Teahouse

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Co-presented by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and Sin Feng Xiang, Haha Teahouse is the place to be to eat, drink and be merry. Catch a hilarious crosstalk performance put together by a cast of young talents while you sip on tea and munch on some snacks. The outstanding cast includes theatre practitioners Audrey Luo, Sugie Phua and Rennard Ho, along with members of the National University of Singapore Chinese Society Crosstalk Club.

red cross mini figurine
Photo: Singapore Red Cross
Things to do

Singapore Red Cross Year End Carnival

The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa

Do good, feel good – Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is taking over the Coliseum with an exciting carnival that's open to all. Support the great cause while indulging in tasty, trendy treats, traditional bites and cool SRC merch. Bond with the little ones through a first aid sesh and fun public workouts. 

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Sweeney Todd
Photo: Singapore Repertory Theatre
Theatre, Musicals

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sands Theatre, Marina Bay

The demon barber of Fleet Street is packing all his tools for Singapore. This Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) production takes the Tony Award-winning musical thriller by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim from dark, dingy London to the iconic Marina Bay Sands for the first time. Follow an unjustly accused barber who is hellbent on revenge against the man who framed him. Playing the role of Mrs Lovett, the accomplice who bakes his victims into pies, is Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress Lea Salonga, best known for giving voice to Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as Disney characters Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan.

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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 Aquarist Raises His Hands To Cue Mika
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
Things to do

Glowing Ocean

SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa

What's the glowing underwater? This year's Glowing Ocean highlights the science behind the signs and signals given off by the vibrant tints of the ocean. But don't be fooled by the eye-catching hues – the luminosity of the ocean acts as warning signs on the adverse effects of global warming, especially on marine life. Immerse yourself in four interactive installations put together by various artists and learn how you can make a positive difference to marine life.

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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Bars and pubs

Hendrick's Gin Reimagined in a Parallel Universe as Orbium

Singapore City,

Explore a parallel universe and a completely new dimension of gin with Hendrick’s latest expression, Orbium. The limited release spirit ventures down a unique, experimental direction filled with quinine, wormwood, blue lotus blossom. The result is an intriguingly complex blend with a fragrant floral nose that spirals into an alluringly bitter finish. To sample these exquisite Orbium creations, drop by these participating bars: 28 HKS, Antidote, Atlas, Gibson, IB HQ, Idlewild, Jigger & Pony, Manhattan, Madame Fan, MO Bar, Nutmeg & Clove, Origin, Oxwell & Co, Skai, Tippling Club, and Barbary Coast.

Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Bar on 5 Happy Hour Anniversary Extravaganza

Bar on 5, Orchard

Located in the heart of Singapore's glitzy retail paradise, Bar on 5 at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of work or shopping. Happening every day (excluding Friday and the eve of Public Holidays) from 5pm to 9pm, the watering hole is offering unbeatable deals as a part of its Anniversary Extravaganza. Think $5 for house-pour spirits, Tenjaku Highballs, Carlsberg draught beer and Bar on 5's signature Rock-a-tini, a boozy beverage that gets the party started. Hop on down and experience this outstanding deal for yourself the next time you find yourself at Orchard Road.

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A Frozen Wonderland at Changi
Photo: 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 ruled by Disney princesses Anna and Elsa. Meander through Changi Airport which houses a massive centrepiece including Anna and Elsa's castle, four activity zones designed around the elements of earth, wind, fire and water, a Frozen 2-themed light and snow show, and a festive market. Get up close and personal with your favourite characters over the weekends of November 22 and 24 and November 29 and December 1.

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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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.

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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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?

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 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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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.

Irene Agrivina_Soya C(o)u(l)ture
Photo: NTU CCA
Art, Contemporary art

The Posthuman City Climates. Habitats. Environments.

NTU CCA Singapore, Bukit Merah

There's no escaping global warming but there are sustainable steps to reduce our carbon footprint. This eye-opening – and thought-provoking – exhibition combines art, design and architecture by 10 international artists to show how we can make good use of our natural resources and peacefully co-exist among nature in this urban world.

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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 of 1969 to 1989, alongside archives and newly commissioned and restaged works. 

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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Under the Arched Sky by Melissa Tan
Photo: Richard Koh Fine Art
Art

Under the Arched Sky

Richard Koh Fine Art, Bukit Merah

Unveiling her solo exhibition during Singapore Biennale week, local artist Melissa Tan was the only Singaporean artist to open a solo in Gillman Barracks during the week. Her impressive body of works explores the motifs of the arched coupled with further exploration into mythology and the attributes of goddesses.

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 plenty of action and athletic highlights as the Slingers go head-to-head against quality teams from the ASEAN region and beyond.

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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.  

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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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. 

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 adorn 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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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.

LINE FRIENDS World Tour exhibition
Photo: CapitaLand
Things to do, Exhibitions

Line Friends World Tour Exhibition

Multiple venues

This end of the year, travel to six city-themed exhibitions with the adorable Line Friends who are making their exclusive debut in CapitaLand malls. Catch the spectacular icons and landmarks of Istanbul, Las Vegas, Macau, New York and Singapore through the eyes of your favourite characters. Get festive this holiday season at Southeast Asia’s largest Line Friends World Tour.

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Things to do

Poinsettia Wishes

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Who says you need a flight ticket to enjoy a Nordic Christmas? This holiday season, 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.

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 presents 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.  

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. 

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 will showcase 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.

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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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.

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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Clear Light
Photo: The Private Museum
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Clear Light

The Private Museum, Rochor

Clear Light marks Australian artist Ian de Souza's debut showcase in Singapore after more than four decades of practicing art. The Malaya-born artist spent his early years in Singapore and Malaysia under colonial British and Japanese rule before moving to New South Wales at the age of 16. He then toured the world as a musician, performing alongside pop icons such as the Bee Gees before becoming a full-time artist in 1980. In this homecoming exhibition at The Private Museum, de Souza showcases his latest series of paintings which explore his contemplations on life, and a revisit of his Eastern heritage, spirituality, and harmony.   

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
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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.

City Hall: If Walls Could Talk
National Gallery Singapore
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City Hall: If Walls Could Talk

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall
4 out of 5 stars

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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Things to do

Rainforest Lumina

Singapore Zoo, Mandai

The family-favourite Rainforest Lumina returns with a second season that's packed with 10 new multisensory zones in a one-kilometre stretch of the lush tropical rainforest. Follow the luminous path that leads you to a quirky group of virtual animals known as the Creature Crew. Stay #woke on eco issues while you discover the enchanted world of Rainforest Lumina with an immersive audio-visual experience.

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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Things to do

Gallery Children's Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder

National Gallery Singapore, City Hall

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

Things to do, pop-ups

NAO (Night At Orchard) Pop-up

Ngee Ann City, Orchard

Enliven your Orchard experience with an all-new roving pop-up concept, NAO (Night at Orchard). Happening every first weekend of the month along the stretch between ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City, expect a showcase of talents across fashion, arts, dining, and music. Highlights include culinary offerings by popular brands like Old Chang Kee and Michelin-starred restaurant Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro, shopping options with the likes of up-and-coming brands such as oasis:skin and Indigo Culture, and busking performances from NoonTalk artiste Gavin Teo, One Moment of Glory winner Jill-Marie Thomas, and popular indie acts like Codie Loh, Raphael Leong and Yeo Ming Jun.   

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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.

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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