Kids and parents can have a jolly good time at Wishing Stars, KidZania Singapore’s year-end event. Highlights include a Christmas Lightshow, 4-metre-high Inflatable Slide, Elves Station to teach kids how to wrap and donate their gifts for those in need, a 3D art installation of Santa’s House and KidZania Singapore’s first-ever Christmas Bazaar.
Tip: Every evening between 21 to 31 December, KidZania is offering free admission to everyone for its bazaar, special themed activities and more!
Looking for things to keep the kids occupied during the daytime this school holiday? On 6 and 7 December, Camp KidZania lets kids step into the shoes of a KidZania Zupervisor to learn what it takes to run this mini City in an overnight camp. (Find out how to get discounted tickets and plan an epic family holiday here!)
Read more about all of these KidZania events here.
Wishing Stars and Christmas Night Out at KidZania
19 November to 31 December
#01, 31 Beach View, 01/02 Palawan Kidz City, 098008
7 to 8 December
KidZania Christmas Night Out
21 to 31 December, 6 to 10 p.m.
This year, experience Christmas like you’ve never done before at S.E.A. Aquarium, which transforms into a mystical water wonderland filled with glowing sea creatures, stunning light art installations and a first-of-its kind underwater LED dive appearance.
Get ready to be wowed as divers don lighted suits and perform illuminated feats while swimming through the Open Ocean Habitat.
Look forward to five multisensory zones, too:
- The Glow Room
- Crazy Colourful Corals
- Joyous Jiggly Jellies
- The Abyssal Zone
Glowing Ocean at S.E.A. Aquarium
23 November 2018 to 6 January 2019
8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Gardens by the Bay’s fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland promises to be as exciting as its previous iterations. Be captivated by Asia’s tallest golden luminarie Christmas tree at the entrance before you head to their feature attraction: A spectacular 22-metre high mirror maze located at the heart of the Supertree Grove.
You’d also get to experience the wonders of ‘snow’ during Blizzard Time, take pictures with Santa at his Alpine House within the Santa’s Grotto and show some nifty moves at its outdoor skating rink.
Its Festive Market, which will see specially designed wooden huts adapted from European Christmas markets, is the spot to go for tasty treats, handmade crafts and boutique goods.
Tickets are available for purchase both online and on-site. Online ticketing prices start from $4 for one-time entry through Dec 6. To buy, go here.
November 30 to December 26
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953
If you love Christmas but are “bah-humbug” about shopping, head straight to the following holidays fairs – where you’ll find tonnes of gift-spiration, unique buys and great deals without having to the brave the malls. (For those of you who enjoy shopping, rest assured, these fairs have got the goods!)
Cluny Court Christmas Fair
30 November to 2 December, 5 to 9 December, 12 to 15 December, various timings
501 Bukit Timah Rd, 259760
Tanglin Trust School PTA Christmas Fair
30 November to 1 December, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
95 Portsdown Rd, 139299
GESS Christmas Bazaar
1 December, 4 to 9 p.m.
2 Dairy Farm Rd, 677621
Christmas Glamour Fair
December 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, 049178
The Sustainable Christmas Fair
8 December, 12 to 7 p.m.
30 Stevens Rd, #01-09, , 257878
Gathering the best street culture in and out of Asia, Culture Cartel 2018 – a consumer trade show – includes different sectors of art, toys, tattoo and fashion. “Hypebeast” fans will get to enjoy street art and graffiti done by underground artists, Mightyellow and Stash.
Don’t forget to look out for retail pop-up stores of brands such as Vans, Adidas and Pestle & Mortar Clothing. Tickets are $20 for either Saturday or Sunday and $30 for the whole weekend.
Visit the website for more information.
Culture Cartel 2018
1 to 2 December
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
By which we mean, Christmas lights, of course! A Universal Christmas returns to Universal Studios Singapore with dazzling light displays, all-new musical performances, spectacular fireworks and more. Park hours are extended till 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on select nights, in addition to its adrenaline-filled rides and other family-fun-tastic attractions.
Head on over to The Yard, which will be showcasing spectacular performances as part of the gymnasium’s annual Christmas Festival. Open to the public for a day, the event brings together all of its athletes to showcase their talents and hard work over the year. Grab this opportunity to also witness graceful acts on the balance beam by some recreational athletes from The Yard, Dulwich College and Canadian International School.
Aside from that, this event will feature jaw-dropping stunts and heart-thumping performances by competitive gymnasts and trampolinists between 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10, while admission is free for children under 3. Visit here to get your seats now.
Don’t miss December’s first and only Monday Morning Lecture, hosted by the Friends of the Museums!
What this one is about: In the heart of Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican, is the Sistine Chapel, where the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil is painted as a fig and not an apple tree. The choice of painted Prophets and Sibyls is uncommon, while colours, perspectives and shapes seem to have specific philosophy and concealed symbolism – Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti left some hidden messages for us to discover.
Monday Morning Lectures with FOM: Hidden Messages of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapels
3 December, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Pl, 179555
This inaugural Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival celebrates the lesser-known food and lifestyle scene in Finland and Estonia. Here, you can interact with artists, producers, farmers and craftsmen from Nordic countries, such as Estonia’s dairy farm production, AndreFarm and Finland’s sustainable lifestyle and home interior label, Gedigo.
Immerse yourself in the festive feels by taking a selfie with Santa, who will be making an appearance at the Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival on 7 and 8 December. Admission is free.
One of heavy metal’s most legendary acts, Judas Priest brings its latest album and same-named tour, Firepower, to Singapore, along with Japanese metal band, Babymetal.
“Originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is responsible for some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s British Steel, 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance, 1990’s Painkiller, etc.) and for decades have been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre,” states ticketing site SISTIC.
Tickets start at $118; get yours fast here.
JUDAS PRIEST Firepower World Tour with Special Guests BABYMETAL
4 December, 8 p.m.
ZEPP@BIGBOX Singapore, 1 Venture Ave, Level 3, 608521
Dive into the world of magic and mystery with this delightful exhibition that’s organised by Ode to Art. Featuring French artist Christian Pendelio, who’s known for his whimsical art style infused with witty allegories, grab your gal pals and appreciate his masterpieces that are filled with magical fairy tales about love, peace, dreams and fantasies. Artworks include “Run Between Two Gardens”, “On a World-Flower” and “The Bird Tamer”. Admission is free.
Heads up, alternative R&B lovers. Be prepared to move your body to the beat with an electrifying performance by Canadian singer and songwriter, The Weeknd, who is set to perform in Singapore as part of his first-ever tour in Asia.
We’re hoping three-time Grammy Award winner will play some of his fan faves and top hits like “Starboy” (2016), “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015) and “House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” (2011). Tickets start from $118 to $308. Click here to get them now.
Satiate your taste buds at The Great Clarke Quay FEASTival, which will feature pop-up stalls from 15 restaurants along Read Bridge. Feast on the must-try Tsui Wah’s signature pork chop buns ($7.50) and the Marisco Seafood Paella ($10) from Octapas. Adventurous types should try East Treasure’s double boiled tonic soup with crocodile meat ($8).
While you fill up your tummies, don’t forget to sip on some cocktails, wine and craft beers also available at the event. The festival starts from 6 p.m. onwards daily and admission is free.
The Great Clarke Quay FEASTival
5 to 9 December, 6 p.m.
Read Bridge, 1B Clarke Quay, 179023
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty: A spell that puts a young women into a 100-year-long slumber can only be broken by a true love’s kiss from a charming prince. See this enthralling childhood fairytale in a different light with an enchanting ballet production by the Singapore Dance Theatre performed to live music by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. It promises to be a visual spectacle with a rich score, stunning costumes and staging and brilliant choreography. Tickets are from $35 to $75. Get them from SISTIC.
Sleeping Beauty Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre
6 to 9 December, various timings
Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981
U.K. theatre production The Night Before Christmas opens in Singapore this December for the very first time. It follows a little mouse called Eddie, who couldn’t understand why only humans were allowed to celebrate Christmas and open presents.
So, he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly toy soldier and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree.
Promoted by Diva Productions, the live show promises a highly educational and immersive experience for both children and the entire family. Tickets range from $42 to $62; get your and find out show timings from SISTIC.
Using the beautiful facet of the chapel, CHIJMES is staging music performances and a Light Projection Show at certain timings from 7 to 25 December. At these shows, you’ll be able to win great giveaways, however, you do have to hunt for them!
How so? There will be QR codes (only available Fri-Sun) disguised among the falling “snowflakes”, and you have to catch them (with your smartphone) to find your way to your gift!
Christmas Music and Light Projection Show at CHIJMES
7 to 25 December
CHIJMES, 30 Victoria St, 187996
Inspired by New York’s iconic skating rink at the Rockefeller Center, VivoCity debuts its first-ever synthetic skating rink at the Outdoor Plaza. Skate along, hand in hand, around the 35-metre-by-10-metre rink that will be decked out in festive decorations complete with a big Christmas tree – the perfect backdrop for the ‘Gram!
Tickets start at $12, with Gallery Viewing Passes for just $2. Get your tix on Peatix here.
Relive the heydays of daytime disco with this contemporary edition at CÉ LA VI, where you can move your body to the beat from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., with tunes spun by Berlin’s very own house and techno DJ and producer, Emanuel Satie. Expect standout remixes and straight-to-dancefloor hits, which we hope will include Private Show (2017) and Come As You Are (2016).
Free entry before 5 p.m. will be guaranteed to those who RSVP prior. Pre-sale tickets cost $35, which includes one free drink, whereas ticket sales at the door costs $45 (with no drink). Make your booking or grab your tickets here.
Award-winning Singaporean dance troupe, Le’Mirage Performing Arts, is presenting a blend of oriental and contemporary dance with Voyage at Goodman Arts Centre this December. This production explores one’s relationship with the self, as well as one’s ever-changing dreams and values in life. Tickets are $58.37 for both performances. Children aged 5 and below can admit for free to the matinee performance.
This festive season, sign up to run the annual Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018, held at the F1 Pit Building. Its full marathon segment should be no stranger to running enthusiasts, but if you’re looking for something less strenuous that can still help you break into a sweat, go for its new 5K race category, which is a partnership with The National Steps Challenge.
All National Steps Challenge participants enjoy an exclusive rate when they sign up for the race. Prices start from $70 for a 5K individual run to $145 for its 42.195-kilometre marathon for individuals who are foreigners. It includes a race pack which will have a running singlet, a running mesh bag, sunglasses, a finisher medal and more. Register here.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018
8 to 9 December
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975
Whether you have sung to his songs in the shower or danced to his greatest hits with your friends, Johnny Hallyday has undeniably played a huge role in the French community. This December, Sing’theatre presents “Johnny, a Tribute” concert: featuring a unique series of performances from the French-speaking community to pay tribute to one of the most legendary French singers of all time, exactly one year after the national tribute was given at La Madeleine (Paris).
From «Allumez le feu», to «L’idole des jeunes» via «Toute la musique que j’aime», expect to sing along to Hallyday’s most popular songs, together with around 50 artists of all ages, a live band, a choir and more than 20 singers.
If you’re familiar with the phrases “Shante, you stay” and “If you can’t love yourself, how in the h*ll are you gonna love somebody else?”, you would definitely not want to miss the Shangela is Shook Tour.
Brought to you by LA Comedy Live, Shangela — best known for being on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 3) and Rupaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (Season 3) — is making a special stop in Singapore to entertain audiences with hilarious and witty anecdotes and games. The talented diva (aka D.J. Pierce), who created the catchphrase “Halleloo”, is also a budding actor, having appeared in shows such as 2 Broke Girls (2012), Glee (2012), and romantic drama A Star is Born (2018), which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
We’re hoping she’ll share some little-known tidbits she experienced while on set! Tickets are from $78 to $138, whereas Meet-and-Greet passes cost $188. Get your tickets from SISTIC.
Kevin Hart returns to Singapore for his latest massive comedy world tour “The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour”. Hart’s last multi-city domestic and international comedy tour sold out large venues all over the world, including being the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium, selling over 50,000 tickets in one show at Lincoln Financial Field.
Internationally, he sold out over a dozen arenas in the European market, selling over 150,000 tickets, and sold out arenas across Australia, selling 100,000 tickets. So, yeah, he should probably be pretty funny. Tickets start at $98; get yours on Live Nation here.
The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour
13 December, 8 to 10 p.m.
1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, 039593
Die-hard Star Wars fans will get a thrill out of this concert, which will see more than 70 musicians performing the music live and in sync with the 1977 film which will be projected onto a giant screen. Every scene will be brought to life in this epic performance that features powerful scores from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
We bet this nostalgic event will stir the heartstrings of aficionados. Tickets are from $69 to $235. Get them from Sistic.
Back for a second year, enjoy an exhilarating Christmas with your pals at this year’s Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, which is one of eight marquee events happening under the Celebrate in the City umbrella, organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and its key event partners. Spanning over 23,000 square metres and boasting up to 50 rides and games from all around the world, this carnival will progressively roll out three monthly themes — “Crazy”, “Loving” and “Epic”. Expect new rides and games, entertaining festive programmes, innovative promotions, and activities such as food challenges and a dance competition.
Entry to the carnival remains free, but you have to buy tickets to participate in the rides and game (plenty of adorable plushies up for grabs!). You can also skip the queue with fast track passes that will be made available for purchase at the event.
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
22 December, 2018, to 24 March, 2019
Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Ave, 018970
On 24 and 25 December, enjoy dinner entertainment with Capitol Piazza’s very own Stilt Walkers and Caroling. There will also be a special aerial silk performance held at Arcade@Kempinksi. The elegant performance will highlight the structural beauty of Capitol Singapore. Warning: You may break your Instagram account.
Embark on a historical journey through Thailand with performances, workshops and evening concerts at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), where you’ll be mesmerised by activities such as traditional Thai masked dance, as well as special workshops and demonstrations by experienced crafters and dancers from the South-east Asian country. Round up your authentic Thai experience with a Thai pop concert in the evening at the Empress Lawn. Admission is free.
Say goodbye to 2018 with a larger-than-life, multi-sensory fireworks musical at Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve presented by entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. This is the first time the Star Island extravaganza is presented outside of Japan. Experience a theatrical extravaganza, where a multi-layered story narrative will be choreographed to a myriad of artistic performances and futuristic hanabi (fireworks in Japanese) against the Marina Bay skyline, coupled with laser projection and 3D sound technology boosted by more than 200 special speakers as part of the sci-fi experience.
Every ticket holder will be able to enjoy their pre-party programme, which includes a marketplace with F&B stalls, family-friendly activities, as well as roving performances that will begin at 5 p.m. Tickets range from S$38 to S$148 (for VIP experience that includes catered F&B). Visit Apactix to get your passes.
Star Island’s Musical Fireworks Extravaganza
31 December, 5 p.m. (doors open)
The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave, 039805
If you’re looking to a little (or a lot) dancing, drinking, dining and debauchery to ring in the new year, you’ll got lots of parties to choose from come 31 December. Here are just some of our faves (click on event titles for more details). Stay tuned for updates!
Clarke Quay Block Party Countdown
From 9 p.m. onwards; admission is free
Clarke Quay Fountain Square
Electric Sky: 2018 New Year’s Eve Countdown Party
Tickets at the door will cost $50; reservations recommended
Kampong Boogie: New Year’s Eve Blowout
Early Bird tickets, $20; advance tickets, $30; cover charge, $50
Winter’s Garden Party
Early bird tickets, $30; cover charge, $35
Two-Day New Year Beach Revelry
Admission is free (alcohol is not!); RSVP required
Tanjong Beach Club
Calling all Potterheads! You’ll find your house at The British Club’s Harry Potter-themed New Year’s Eve celebration.
You’re encouraged to dress in theme, as you can enjoy a DJ spinning records by the poolside, entertainment for the kids and fab buffet spread. Party Novelties and Hats will be provided, as the clock counts down to midnight.
Tickets for members are $95 and up (adults) and $40 (children; 3 to 12 years of age); non-members: $105 and up and $45. Find out about the early-bird and other special promotions here.
The Ultimate Harry Potter NYE’s
Family Countdown Party
31 December, 7:30 p.m. till late
The British Club, 73 Bukit Tinggi Rd, 289761
By Sean Tham, Sara Lyle Bow, Mizah Salik and Sharlyn Tan; December, 2018
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