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Three magical Christmas events for the ultimate festive experience

From dazzling light-ups to festive markets – these Christmas events have it all

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Singapore Tourism Board
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Do you hear that? It’s the jingle bells ringing. Christmas is officially on December 25, but the celebrations are already well underway in Singapore. This is the time when the city lights up with dazzling lights and impressive projections, with cheerful Christmas markets and festive activities. We’re going all out in 2022 – so head out and soak up the Christmas spirit at three of the most magical events in Singapore. 

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The most magical Christmas events in Singapore

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Raffles Place

Soak in the festive atmosphere at Christmas on a Great Street, an annual blockbuster event on Orchard Road to ring in the merriest time of the year. From now till January 2, catch 3.1km of light-ups along the shopping street – including a spectacular teal and white arch at Tanglin Road and 104 brilliantly-lit trees. Another highlight is the Great Christmas Village, where you can take a spin on an all-white carousel and nostalgic carnival rides. Tap your feet to live performances by Jack & Rai, Fyrdaus Macbeth, and more, and shop for festive gifts from brands like Gucci Beauty and Braun Buffel. 

  • Things to do
  • Changi 

It’s an underwater Christmas like no other at Jewel Changi Airport. Part of Changi Festive Village, Jewel is making a splash with Avatar: The Way of Water-inspired activities and installations. Head to Canopy Park and descend into a mysterious marine cave – illuminated by bioluminescent lights, its walls are illuminated by projections of playful sea creatures that respond to your movement. Other stunning attractions include the iconic Jewel Christmas Tree – it towers 16 metres tall – and a special Avatar-inspired display at the HSBC Rain Vortex Light & Sound show. Here’s a tip: keep your eyes peeled for creatures like Ilu and Tulkun prancing about in the waterfall’s spray. 

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  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

Christmas Wonderland is a yearly festive affair, and as always, it promises to be a visual stunner. From December 2 to January 1, head down to Gardens by the Bay to get your fill of fun at six entertainment zones. Not to be missed are the 17-metre-tall Spalliera light installation at St. Nick’s Square and tons of Christmas shopping at Mistletoe Alley. For some family fun, hop on the Venetian double-storey horse carousel and win some prizes at Ring Toss, Bowling, and more in the Games Village. The forecast says it’s going to snow too – at Merry Lane’s Snowland, at least!

Head out and be merry this Christmas

It’s clear we do Christmas like no other, pulling out all the stops with festive entertainment, decorations and markets. Why, we even make it snow in tropical Singapore! Whether you’re heading out with friends or family, there’s bound to be some Christmas fun for you to enjoy.

If you’re ready to be jolly this December, start planning your Christmas festivities in Singapore here!

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