Even though 2017 is coming to an end, there are still numerous exciting events popping up all across the island. With the children on their school holidays and the need to clear all your annual leave, stay in Singapore this festive season to see what’s in store for you. With 12 festive events, that’s one event/attraction every single day until Christmas!
1. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Get yourself into the festive mood by heading to Singapore’s largest yuletide fair! With a festive market, carnival games and rides and festive workshops, you’ll get the full European Christmas experience. Chock full of yummy food options as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options, your tummy will definitely be full and warm. Finish off your night with a performance from Circus Abyssinia and semi-acoustic performances by some of Singapore’s finest talents. The perfect ending to a perfect night.
Date: 1st – 26th December 2017
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Price: From $4
And if you get to the Gardens before 4pm, fret not. There are 14 prime locations within the Gardens that you absolutely have to check out! Not sure where these 14 are? Explore the Gardens with LocoMole and we’ll show you where they are!
2. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Dubbed Singapore’s largest carnival and boasting over 40 family-friendly rides and games, this is THE carnival of the year. The Carnival has rides specially brought in from various European countries for the very first time! Any Marvel and Pixel fans out there? There’ll be over 1 million plush toys up for grabs – so don’t miss out! And if you’re hungry, you’ll be able to grab your classic fairground favorites such as candyfloss and even local delights with a twist such as chendol soft serves. See you there!
Date: 15th December 2017 – 1st April 2018
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
3. Flashbang Singapore
The largest immersive neon light creative playground, Flashbang is also the first of its kind in Singapore. Hosting over 120 retail and f&b stalls, vintage arcade games and experiential virtual reality installation and interactive walls, Flashbang has just the right mix of old-school and modern. They even have 2 different sets of programs to tailor for the family crowd during the day and the party-goers in the night. With tons of neon lights and a photobooth, your instagram will be teeming with photos of your amazing night here.
Date: 9th – 30th December 2017
Venue: Grange Road Car Park
4. Penang Hawkers’ Fare
If you love Penang food as much as I do, then this is something that is definitely not to be missed! For 2 weeks, indulge in a buffet filled with 12 of Penang’s best hawker food – think Penang Laksa, Oyster Omelette and Nasi Lemak. You’ll even get to watch the chefs in action through the Show Kitchen and customize the level of spice that you want. But let’s not forget the desserts! I’m talking Chendol and Ice Kachang, sweet and sinful but oh-so-very good. And of course, the free-flow of Bandung and Calamansi to complete your delicious experience.
Date: 15th December 2017 – 1st January 2018
Venue: York Hotel Singapore
Price: $29++ on weekdays and $$33++ on weekends for adults, $20++ on weekdays and $23++ on weekends for children.
Still craving for food? Want to know Singapore’s best food places? Embark on LocoMole’s Must-Eat Food Trail and enjoy 15 of Singapore’s best.
5. Yoga & Movie Under the Stars
Grab a friend, a lover, or anyone really and have an unforgettable Christmas Eve date doing Yoga Under the Stars! Not only that, you get to watch a Christmas classic, The Polar Express, in 3D(!) in an alfresco setting as well. Enjoy a calming and peaceful night under the stars as you cuddle up with a loved one. You’ll even be provided with a complimentary glass of wine and free-flow of snacks and green tea. And because it’s Christmas Eve, sign up in a group of 5 and receive a complimentary bottle of Moscato on top of everything else.
Date: 24th December 2017
Venue: Suntec City
6. Orchard Road’s Very First Christmas Village
If you’re like me and have FOMO because you can’t experience Christmas at one of those European Christmas Villages, have no fear – welcome to Orchard Road’s first ever Christmas Village! Have your go on amusement rides, tasty treats and also shop for christmas gifts. There will be a total of 25 pop-up stores, ranging from food and beverages to fashion and quirky little trinkets. Dine in an alfresco setting in the open-air area set up in the middle and enjoy the christmas light-up at the same time. There is even a Santa house where you’ll be able to take a photo with Santa Claus himself!
Date: 25th November – 25th December 2017
Time: 11am-10pm (open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and during Christmas Week)
Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
While you’re already at Ngee Ann City, why not check out what else you might be able to buy? If you’re not sure on where else to look for presents, check out LocoMole’s Singapore Shopping Trail for ideas on where else in Orchard to go for the best shopping experience!
7. Trick Eye Museum Augmented Reality (AR) Christmas
Think you’ve seen all there is to see at the Trick Eye Museum? Well, the Museum is now equipped with augmented reality technology, making your photos pop even more than ever! You will now be immersed with sounds, lights and other effects that make the illusions even more realistic. Watch as art installations and paintings are brought to life before you. And if you visit the museum from now until the 31st of December, snap a picture or video of yourself with the augmented reality function and stand a chance to go to Seoul for free! Don’t say good deals we never tell you ah!
Date: 1st – 31st December 2017
Time: 10am-9pm (last admission at 8pm)
Venue: Trick Eye Museum at Resorts World Sentosa
Price: $25 for adults, $20 for children and senior citizens
8. Night Happenings at Sentosa
Immerse yourself in an Instagram-worthy ambience at Sentosa this year-end. Watch as Imbiah Lookout becomes filled with colour and neon lights from 7pm with its art installations! You’ll be able to get glowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or paint yourself fluorescent or doodle your wishes onto a neon doodle wall. Let the inner child in you be unleashed!
Date: 24th November 2017 – 1st January 2018
Venue: Imbiah Lookout
Singapore’s first ever out-door, free cinema series by the beach is located right in Sentosa! Every Tuesday evening, bring your family and friends and buckle down for a free movie screening. There will be free popcorn, drinks, food and music for everyone and all you have to do is show up and be ready to have a good time!
Date: Every Tuesday until April 2018
Time: 6pm – Late
Venue: Palawan Green
If you’re already at Sentosa for its amazing nightlife and you’re wondering what more can be done there, check out the Sentosa Must-See Trail! It’ll cover 10 of Sentosa’s best and show you what Sentosa truly has to offer.
9. Singapore Art Museum Open House
Explore thought-provoking and interesting works of contemporary art by artists from all over Asia for free at SAM at 8Q’s open house this Christmas. There will also be ongoing art and crafts workshops throughout the day. The workshops are inspired by their latest exhibition, Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image in Southeast Asia. There will even be a free movie screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Make sure to save the date! You definitely don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to spend some time with the little ones!
Date: 25th December 2017
Venue: SAM at 8Q
If you love museums and would love to see what else Singapore has to offer, check out the Singapore Museum Trail and traverse through 25 different museums! I bet you didn’t even know that Singapore has that many museums!
10. Themed Christmas at your Local Heartland Malls
You don’t have to go to town just to see the Christmas light-ups and decorations. Your local heartland mall will have them too! And they’re even better in my opinion. Where else are you going to find a Transformers-Themed Christmas or a Play-Doh Themed Christmas? Visit your local heartland mall to see the amazing themed Christmas decorations that they have put up this year. What’s even better is that they normally have the opportunity for you to take a photo with the theme mascots, stage performances, the chance to win some vouchers and take part in crafts or other activities as well! Don’t miss out!
Date: Ends 31st December 2017
Time: Your local heartland mall opening hours. Generally from 10am – 10pm
Venue: Your local heartland mall
Interested to look at even more amazing christmas decorations at different heartland malls? Check out the Bugis, Punggol and Bedok trails that we have on LocoMole and explore not only local heartland malls but also their surroundings!
11. Christmas Light-Up
It’s Christmas Eve! And what better way to spend the night than to be looking at the Christmas Light-Ups? Come down to Orchard Road and spend some time looking at the beautiful lights they have put up this year. The theme for this year’s Christmas decorations is Endless Wonder and how aptly named it is. Walk down from Forum Shopping Mall and you’ll even see 5 new sculptures that they have put up this year just for Christmas. This year’s light-up is not to be missed!
Date: 11th November 2017 – 2nd January 2018
Time: After 3pm until Late
Venue: All along Orchard Road from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura
And if you’ve still got some last minute shopping to do, check out the Singapore Shopping Trail to see where in Orchard or its surroundings you can head to to finish up that last bit of shopping!
12. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Charity Trail
It’s finally Christmas! On this day of giving, give not just to family and friends, but also to charities. This Christmas, spend some time and take a leisurely stroll on the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Charity Trail. You’ll not only get to explore 11 of the Marina’s hottest spots, but through the interactive trail app LocoMole, you’ll play games, do challenges and learn more about charity organisations. You’ll also have the opportunity to donate and/or volunteer with your choice of organisation(s) in 2018. But in giving, you’ll also receive! This trail is peppered with vouchers for you and all you have to do is take part in the walking trail. Don’t have FOMO – take part in the trail today!
Date: 10th – 31st December 2017
Time: All Day
Venue: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
This Christmas, Freely Receive, Freely Give! Find out more about this charity trail here!
As the year comes to an end, let’s not forget to take time-off from our busy schedules to spend some time with our loved ones. Let’s not forget to spread the joy to everyone this Christmas. Have a merry Christmas!