Our favourite time of the year is finally here…and with awesome Christmas events!
With gaily costumed figures, larger-than-life decorations, seasonal treats and more fairy lights than you can shake a candy cane at, it’s no wonder more and more Singaporeans are falling for their festive allure.
While Covid-19 has definitely threw a lot of our holiday plans off the rails, you can still (safely) enjoy the festive season these events. Whether you’re looking to recapture that good ole Christmas spirit, need to spruce up your Instagram feed with some festive-themed shots, or simply want to hunt down unique gifts for those near and dear, here are the best Christmas events, markets and festivals you shouldn’t miss for 2020.
The annual event – that’s usually all sparkles IRL – is back for its seventh year virtually to bring the magic of Christmas to all.
This year, the Wonderland experience will take place online with interactive content, games galore for all ages, festive performances, and shopping all from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
With 3 membership options: Blitzen ($8), Comet ($15) and Rudolph ($25), you can sign up as a Christmas Wonderland member to unlock a host of exclusive benefits including access to the virtual world via mobile and desktop apps. Also, stand a chance to win S$50,000 in cash and prizes in the Great Christmas Wonderland Giveaway, and a limited-edition Christmas Wonderland plush bear* delivered directly to your home!
You know what else is cool? The Rudolph membership option allows your kiddos to have a private video chat session with Santa Claus! That’s pretty sweet. Check out the highlights here!
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay
Till 27 December 2020
18 Marina Gardens Dr., 018953
Universal Studios Singapore: A Universal Christmas is bringing the Christmas joy this year with its Merry Minions of Christmas! Join the fun-loving Minions, together with other favourite characters from the Universal world and have an unforgettable time. Ticket prices are $66 for adults, $48 for children and $43 for seniors. For more details or to purchase your ticket, head here!
A Universal Christmas
Till 3 January 2021
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Nothing says Christmas like the sight of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree – especially one that’s 16 metres tall! The display will be at the Shiseido Forest Valley which will also be housing Santa’s Workshop, where you’ll find his helpers hard at work preparing for Christmas. There will also be various photo spots at the Canopy Park so you’ll definitely get a good shot! Canopy Park pricing applies.
Sparkling Christmas At Jewel
Till 3 January 2021
78 Airport Boulevard, 819666
Changi Airport T3 is also bringing you Dino Wanderland – a display that lets you get up close and personal with nine life-like dinosaurs!
In order to snap a picture with these majestic dinosaurs, you’ll have to redeem one complimentary photo-taking pass with a minimum spend of $30 at participating outlets in public areas at T1, T3, T4 or Jewel Changi Airport. You can then purchase a photo-taking pass for $5. More details can be found here. There’s even a Dino Kart and Dino Bounce activity @ Terminal 4 for the young ones!
Till 3 January 2021
Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall
The S.E.A Aquarium has been transformed completely with specially designed light effects and fascinating soundscapes to bring you a whole new immersive experience. Experience new zones such as “Shipwrecked!”, or simply admire the dazzling new light displays. The experience proves to be both stunning and educational – perfect for both you and your little ones. Tickets are $32 for adults, $28 for teenagers aged 13-17 and $23 for children aged 12 and below, as well as senior citizens. For more details or to purchase your tickets, head here.
SEAASON of Rediscovery
Till 5 January 2021
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
This year’s Sentosa Fair brings you a brand new theme and curated vendors for each week. From 8 – 12 December 2020, the theme is Gifting, and from 15 – 17 December 2020 it’s Events and Parties. You can find updates and more details here.
Sentosa Fair 2020
Till 17 December 2020
WTP, Kung Chong Rd., 159141
Check out the multitude of workshops and shopping opportunities available! There will be over 40 specially curated dance, music and theatre workshops available exclusively at Capitol Theatre. Interested in crafts? Personalise a leather good, make your own Christmas ornaments, decorate your own gingerbread man and more at the various workshops available. Gain a better understanding of meat roasting and baking techniques with the finest chefs from The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore at the baking and meat roasting workshops. You can also head to the Christmas Market at Capitol Singapore B1-34 for some last-minute shopping! More details on the various workshops can be found here.
Discover the Nutcracker and the Whimsical Realms of Christmas at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES
25 December 2020
13 Stamford Rd., 178905
Check out this festive pop-up which is selling clothes, accessories, jewellery and more, perfect for either some last-minute gift shopping or even for yourself! The pop-up will be at 43 Tanjong Pagar Road until 31 December 2020. More details can be found here.
TheAC Festive Wonderland
31 December 2020
43 Tanjong Pagar Rd.
Located on the second floor, Cluny Court has propped up a Christmas fair to bring in the holiday festivities! Until 31 December this year, the place will be filled with various brands (a.k.a. Santa’s Vendors) to cajole you into spending a buck or two for your holiday wishlist!
Christmas Fair @ Cluny Court
Till 31 December 2020
501 Bukit Timah Rd., 259760
For the first time, you can enjoy the dazzling display of street lights and decorations, both in-person and online. An all-new virtual 360° tour of Orchard Road with a user-controlled view takes you on a car drive in cyberspace down the 3.1 kilometre stretch from Tanglin Mall to Dhoby Ghaut, including Scotts Road. Experience it here!
Virtual 360° Orchard Road
Till 1 January 2021
By Chip Chen + Joy Fang / Updated by Muneerah Bee, December 2019 / Updated by Kirstie-mae Baptist, December 2020 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
By Kirstie-mae Baptist, November 2020 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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