Looking for fun ways to enjoy SG’s festivities with your LOs? Don’t want to (completely) drain your wallet?
Parents, we’ve got you covered! Here’s where, when and how to enjoy the Lion City’s exciting events and activities during the festive season and throughout the year.
If there’s one thing Singapore knows how to do, it’s festive light-ups. There are several major ones year-round. This Christmas, start with the Christmas on A Great Street, Orchard Road’s yearly holiday lights display (this year’s theme is Disney!) before making your way to Gardens by the Bay’s annual Christmas festivities – think beautifully lit decorations, Santa’s workshops and festive fairs. It also hosts stunning floral displays and activities for Chinese New Year and beyond.
Come CNY 2019, which is the Year of the Pig, stroll around Chinatown to see whimsical themed street lanterns, and participate in the festive street bazaar, countdown parties, nightly stage shows and more. Keep an eye out for lion dances, which typically happen at SG’s major shopping malls.
Bonus tip: Later in the year, swing by the Geylang Serai district to savour traditional Malay food and hipster cuisine at the annual Hari Raya Bazaar, and view the spectacular Hari Raya decorations. Do the same in October 2019 for Deepavali, which sees Little India explode in vibrant colours and lights.
UK theatre production The Night Before Christmas stars a little mouse called Eddie, who searches for Father Christmas to find out why only humans are allowed to celebrate Christmas and open presents. Or, check out British pantomime Corporal Crumble’s Christmas Crisis, which tells the tale of a hapless but heroic soldier in his quest to win the heart of the beautiful Christmas Star – all while being pursued by the awful King Rat and his silly sidekick Humphrey Bograt. Craving for a classic? Catch Singapore Dance Theatre’s staging of Sleeping Beauty instead. Tickets and details for each of these shows are available online at SISTIC.
Editors’ Pick! To gain some me-time for yourself and entertain the kids, sign them up for one of Inspired Arts’ holiday camps. Choose from themes such as Wizarding World or Deep Space Adventure, or Christmas traditions and gifting workshops. (446A Joo Chiat Rd, 427659)
Hurry up and register your fam for the 2 December, 2018, Santa Run For Wishes, featuring 2.5-, 5- and 10-kilometre runs and a Christmas carnival. All proceeds go to the Make-AWish Foundation (Singapore).
Alternatively, give when you gift – by doing your holiday shopping at The Expat Fairs. Peruse through edible treats, fashionwear, arts and crafts, jewellery, home decor, stationery and more at its upcoming seasonal fairs, which support a range of charitable causes. Check The Expat Fairs website for a full schedule.
Vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu (Chinese martial arts) masters and tonnes of multicultural performances? That’s what Chingay Parade is all about. One of Asia’s largest street parades, Chingay is typically held during the first weekend of the Lunar New Year. In 2019, the Parade will take place on 15 and 16 February at the F1 Pit Building. Visit the website for ticketing info. (1 Republic Blvd, 038975)
The official res of SG’s Pres, The Istana’s grounds are open to visitors five days a year: Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, National Day, Deepavali and Labour Day. In addition to a wide range of performances, you can tour the function rooms within, take part in a guided nature tour, buy souvenirs and even have a picnic on the lawn. The tour starts at The Istana’s main gate. (Orchard Rd, 238823)
One of the most convenient parts of living in SG? You can easily reserve a BBQ pit to host your next party at East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park, Pasir Ris Park, Sembawang Park, West Coast Park or Labrador Nature Reserve. Even better, it only costs $12 to $20 per pit! Or, opt to pony up to get your thrills at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) or Adventure Cove Waterpark (ACW) with a day of roller coasters or water slides.
At the Build-A-Bear Workshop, each guest gets to create his or her own stuffed animal – from selection to stitching, dressing and naming. In addition to classic bears, your child can build other animals (think lions and bunnies) as well as Disney Princess- and Star Wars-themed bears, dragons from How to Train Your Dragon and more.
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, Sara Lyle Bow, Pinky Chng and Kathleen Siddell / Additional Reporting: Christopher Ong; from The Finder Kids, Vol. 25, November 2018
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