Check out: Christmas and NYE Special!

Tis’ the season to be jolly and Singapore knows how to celebrate the festive season. From the Orchard Road lights, to a Nordic floral display in Gardens by the Bay, there’s plenty of cheer for everyone to enjoy.

1. Poinsetta Wishes
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
gardensbythebay.com.sg
Take a whimsical journey through the Nordic countries at Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes floral display, featuring poinsettias, Christmas trees and winter blooms in shades of red, blue, yellow and white. This year’s yuletide display features the Santa Claus Village in Finland, Santa’s post office and a reindeer station. Don’t miss the charming choir of Nordic gnomes called Nisse. Open until Sunday 5 January.

2. Let it Snow
Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, 24933
tanglinmall.com.sg
Want to experience snow in tropical Singapore? Over the festive season Tanglin Mall stages regular snow falls of fake, foamy flakes, with a side of shopping and Santa appearances. Check their website for times and be sure to dress the kids in their swim gear and goggles, with a towel and a change of clothes.

3. Orchard Road Lights – ‘The Greatest Gift’
Orchard Road – Various Locations
This year’s Christmas light-up on Orchard Road will go for a more traditional feel, following criticism that last year’s Disney-themed decorations were too commercial. Santa Claus will be the mascot, with heaps of fantastic set pieces, archways and decorations. Three festive villages will offer fun rides, yummy food stalls and loads of selfie opportunities.

4. Christmas Wonderland
Gardens by the Bay
christmaswonderland.sg
Revel in the festivities at Christmas Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay.
Magical lights transform the fairground into a stunning wonderland with festive fun for everyone. Meet Santa, experience ‘snow’ in the tropics, enjoy carnival games and rides, sing along to your favourite Christmas carols, shop at the charming Festive Market, and more. Until 26 December 2019.

5. Cluny Court Christmas Fair & Market
501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
clunycourt.com
Cluny Court comes alive during the Christmas season, complete with Santa appearances and festive buzz. Take your kids down for a Father Christmas meet and greet, then do some stocking shopping at the pop-up vendors on three festive fair weekends, up to the 13-15 December.

6. A Winter Fairytale
Snow City
snowcity.com.sg
Take the kids to the coldest place in Singapore for lots of Christmassy fun. Experience realistic snow blizzards and falls, meet Santa and the Arctic Avengers, listen to Mr Frost’s storytelling, and enjoy Christmas carols sung by an acapella group. Until 1 January, check the website for timings.

7. Novena Catholic Church Christmas Services
300 Thomson Road, Singapore 307653
novenachurch.com
Christmas is a deeply religious and spiritual time, and Novena Catholic Church offers several welcoming Christmas services, with a strong sense of family and community. Check the website for details of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services – which in the past have featured carols and a Christmas pageant.

8. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen
willinghearts.org.sg
Willing Hearts operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations island wide, 365 days a year – including Christmas Day. Put your hand up to brighten up December 25 for those less fortunate.

New Year’s Eve

9. Marina Bay Countdown
Marina Bay area
marinabaycountdown.sg
The countdown party at Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay is the highlight of the year-end festive calendar. Join thousands of revellers to welcome in the new year with music, live performances and one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in Asia.

10. Siloso Beach Party
6pm-6am
Siloso Beach, Sentosa
sentosa.com.sg
The 13th edition of Siloso Beach Party is back with a splash. Join Singapore’s biggest party animals as they go wild on the beach, with two stages featuring 12 hours of music from dance to R&B and hip hop. Toast 2020 with food and drinks, a midnight fireworks display, water jets and a Foam Zone!