Are you up for #TheGivingWeekChallenge? Giving Week is a national movement in Singapore encouraging everyone to give back. Throughout the week, corporates, non-profits and individuals across the country are encouraged to come together to make a difference by donating, volunteering, fundraising or heading down to one of the events organised. Find out more here.
Giving Week 2019
1 to 7 December
Time to deck the halls with boughs of Prosecco! Get together with your crew over a good roast and succulent meats at Butcher Boy every Sunday this December and enjoy their Signature Roast Chicken, Christmas Baked Honey Glazed Ham, Cranberry Jam, Pigs in a Blanket and homemade Yorkshire Puddings. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Expat Fairs is back at the historic Fullerton Hotel for its annual Glamourous Christmas Fair.
Take a luxurious time indulging your Christmas spirit, with help from the hotel’s tranquility and heritage style, away from the hustle and bustle. You will find an exquisite seasonal spread throughout The Fullerton’s expansive Grand Ballroom.
Choose from a thoughtful curation of edible treats, sustainable crafts, women’s and men’s fashion wear, women’s and men’s accessories, stationery, home décor, furniture as well as Christmas themed gifts from over 100 local businesses and vendors.
Partipicating retailers include Artisan Of Sense, Indiigo Culture, Scarlet Merchants, Paper Lantern Distilling, SALA Essentials, Fashion By Peggell and The Honey Colony.
Singapore Dance Theatre brings this sensational timeless classic once again! Staged by Janek Schergen after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Swan Lake will be performed to the brilliant live Tchaikovsky music played by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
This two-day music festival combines globally famous acts with a uniquely Singaporean spirit to bring you an accessible world-class event. What’s in store? The world’s current top 10 headliners and the biggest acts in dance music for a year-end party by the beach! Headliners include Tiësto, Zedd and Don Diablo.
Supreme for the hypebeasts? Missed out on Yeezys? Planning on some new ink? Limited edition collectables? Look no further. Culture Cartel has it all. You can expect a line up of ingenious creatives and legendary stalwarts of the scene in this unapologetic celebration of street culture.
Culture Cartel 2019
6 to 8 December
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
Expect a night of magic and wonder of a great British Christmas! The Great British Ball combines the rich history of the British Club and British Chamber Of Commerce Singapore to bring the community together for the festive season.
Opening with a champagne reception featuring the Dover Court International School choir, guests will be treated to a three-course Christmas dinner in the Island Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel, elegantly decorated for the evening with a Christmas theme. With a live auction featuring amazing prizes and more Christmas fun and games, the evening builds to a crescendo with live music from The Countdown Band and DJ.
This adrenaline-pumping family-friendly motor sport event returns to the National Stadium featuring eight Monster Jam trucks including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco , Megalodon, Wonder Woman and more. Get ready for a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement for the entire family!
You’re invited to indulge in a variety of delectable African cuisine and have a taste of what the continent has to offer — even from a thousand miles away. You’ll be in for a night of great food and music! Online reservation is strongly advised.
Got green thumbs? Here’s your chance to swap your plants at this fun free event. Just bring your seedlings or seeds to swap and share with others, and use this opportunity to exchange ideas and tips on urban farming in Singapore. Do remember to bring your own container to collect composts and coffee grinds.
If you’re looking for a guilt-free and socially impactful shopping experience this holiday season, head over to the Sustainable Christmas Fair for fair-trade organic produce and edible treats, statement artisanal fashion and jewellery, environmentally-friendly home decor and accessories. Held at Winestone, this family-friendly puts the spotlight on small businesses, artisans and social enterprises with one common goal: Sustainable Living.
Join buds by Shangri-La’s first-ever workshop in collaboration with South Korean kids’ lifestyle and culture brand – ShuShu & Sassy this weekend. Themed ‘Be a Celebrity’, the Christmas holiday workshop has a series of fun-filled activities and pampering treats lined up for kids to bond with their parents, designed for kids to express their imagination and their personality in their own way. Take part in series of fun learning activities such as a bath bomb making class and a K-pop dance choreography by Beatyou Jo from South Korea. Recommended for kids from 5 to 12 years old. Register here.
Remember hits such as “End of the Road”, “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee” from this four-time Grammy award-winning group? Known for their immaculate vocal harmonies, Boyz II Men will be treating fans to their certified classics and fan-favorite songs, along with new show elements on stage.
This enchanting live show has been appearing on stages around the world for more than 20 years. Based on Raymond Briggs’s well-loved book, the story of The Snowman centres around a young boy’s snowman who comes to life on Christmas Eve. The duo embarks on a night-time adventure to meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins and reindeers, and more of the Snowman’s friends. But they also encounter perils on their quest – will they escape the evil of Jack Frost and make it back home in time for Christmas morning?
As part of the popular Kidsfest, it’s only in town for four days. Don’t miss out! Get tickets here.
We all love fast fashion but how much do you know about the people and places behind your clothes? This groundbreaking documentary pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in various countries, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, it also features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva and many more.
Get wild with American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, music producer and DJ, Skrillex at one of the hottest partying spots in town. This Grammy-nominated electronic musician has made a name for himself in the dubstep community with his own music and by producing for other artists since 2010.
The former President and First Lady of the United States of America will be gracing Singapore this December.
Mrs Obama will share her experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her years spent in the White House.
Drawing on the themes that shaped his presidency, President Obama will share remarks on his time in office as the 44th president of the US and his thoughts on leadership in the world.
Is your 2020 resolution to declutter? How might your life be better with less? This documentary examines the elements of minimalism by taking you inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life — families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker — all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS is back in Singapore this December! Don’t know how the story goes? On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. This magical musical will definitely be an unforgettable memory.
The circus is coming to town! Led by ring mistress Hayley Gandey, a fourth-generation descendant of a circus dynasty, you can expect outstanding showmanship by a stellar cast of circus performers from Romania, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Colombia and Mexico right here in Singapore for the first time. There will also be family-friendly carnival games, thrilling rides and delectable delights at the food street for the whole family to enjoy. Step right up!
The Great Circus of Europe
20 December to 1 January
From 4 pm
Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, 018970
Come experience a unique traditional French market in Singapore! Petit Marché sets to be the ideal place for people to come together and enjoy the best fresh products shipped directly from France and other Mediterranean and European countries.
Fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit and stand a chance to win prizes at the Winter Carnival-themed game booths such as feed the polar bear, polar bowling, stick-on tattoos, origami making and more. Also, enjoy special movie screenings daily at 4 pm featuring Christmas classics such as Polar Express and Christmas Chronicles. Open to all guests staying at the hotel, $20 for public guests.
Huddle up and indulge in a plethora of casual nosh in a communal setting with your fam and friends surrounded by SG’s spectacular city skyline. Sip and swirl your way into Christmas with the exclusive Yuletide-themed cocktails, concocted with the familiar and warm flavours of Christmas!
Want to relive your youth on Christmas eve? Warm up your vocal cords, put on your best dancing shoes, and get ready to sing your hearts out to your favourite hits and rock your body right (all night)! Yup, this night is going to be larger than life. Don’t worry if you’ve already made plans that night because it’s free entry all night long!
Now That’s What I Call Boyband Music! – Christmas Eve Party
9 pm to 3 am
Pinball Wizard, Sim Lim Square, #B1-29, 1 Rochor Canal Road, 188504
Shut the streets down once again at this annual New Year’s Eve celebration along the popular Haji Lane. There’ll be 90s R&B, hip hop, top hits, Corona, tequila and margarita. But you probably already knew that by now.
Singapore’s biggest countdown event is ready to welcome you with a plethora of activities that extends from the People’s Bay to the Civic District on the last day of 2019! The annual iconic New Year’s Eve celebration will feature spectacular fireworks display that can be viewed from around the bay, 3D light projections on the facades of key Singapore landmarks and an array of outdoor activities as you usher in a new decade.
Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2020
From 5 pm
Marina Bay and Civic District
Bid goodbye to the old and ring in the new! End the year by exploring ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum)’s galleries of exquisite Asian art. (The museum stays open till 10 pm so there’s plenty of time of explore.) For a late night breather, create some fun crafts with your kids, then round off 2019 by catching the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the ACM Green.
You see them on your phone all the time and now here’s your chance to experience the world of LINE FRIENDS. Spot your favourite characters across 13 Singapore malls in 11 thematic exhibitions, featuring iconic landmarks from around the world. Don’t be surprised if you find them gliding down snow slides in sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica or taking a spin on a mini go-kart in Las Vegas!
End the year on a cool note as KidZania Singapore ushers in the fun festivities at Christmas Kandy Land! Swing by Santa’s interactive Candy House to catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves, listen to enchanting Christmas Tales, join in the Snowfall Party, and partake in Christmas Crafts. Amidst the festive celebrations, your kids will also learn how to help and give back to those in need by gifting at the gift donation and wrapping station.
Celebrate Christmas at Jewel Changi Airport for the first time ever and ring in the festivities with endless fun-filled activities there! Experience the magic of a ‘White Christmas’ with Jewel’s Snow Walk and Snowfall Spectacular right here in SG’s tropical paradise and capture some unforgettable Christmas memories at the Festive Market and 16-metre-tall Christmas Tree. Wow!
With the highly anticipated Disney’s Frozen 2 coming out in cinemas, Changi Airport is bringing the freeze right to sunny Singapore this December school holidays! Watch Changi Airport transform into a Frozen Wonderland right before your eyes in the public areas of Terminals 2 and 3, and meet your favourite Disney’s Frozen 2 characters!
By Muneerah Bee, November 2019 / Photos: respective events and Facebook
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