Holidays are coming, which means that Singapore is gearing up to see 2022 out with a bang! There are lots of activities and fun events taking place across the island throughout November and December, from food pop-ups to full-on Christmas celebrations, so good times are guaranteed! Here’s our round-up of where to go and what to do in the forthcoming weeks.
This floral display is inspired by Nordic countries and set to return with larger-than-life candy canes, gingerbread decorations, a Christmas carriage and glittering luminarie installations.
9 November 2022 – 2 January 2023. Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 01. gardensbythebay.com.sg
Disney in Concert
Disney in Concert comes to the red dot this December with A Magical Celebration. Featuring Disney’s iconic movies alongside a 46-piece orchestra, the concert brings beloved stories and characters to life through musical performances synchronised to original film clips. Families of all ages won’t fail to be sucked into the joyful spirit!
17 December, 3pm. Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, 397691.
Prepare for Singapore’s biggest Christmas fair with Christmas Wonderland featuring luminarie light sculptures, rides, carnival games, festive market, Santa’s Grotto and more. The human-made blizzard, massive Christmas tree and Christmas carols add to the cheer. Elves are currently hard at work finalising details and dates, but we have it on good authority they’re not going to let us down.
30 November – 26 December. Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953. christmaswonderland.sg
The Christmas Special
This annual musical treat is making a sparkling comeback this year. Featuring Singapore’s Supertrees but make them festive, watch as they light up to classic Christmas tunes sung by local artists.
2 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023. Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 018953. gardensbythebay.com.sg
Prequel to STAR ISLAND
In the run-up to Marina Bay’s firework extravaganza on New Year’s Eve (see p6), eager beavers can get a sneak peek of the show at this exciting prequel. Expect DJ performances, family-friendly entertainment zones and gastronomic offerings at the food village.
25 – 30 December 2022. MBS Event Plaza, 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956. starisland.sg
Affordable Art Fair Singapore returns this November after a three-year hiatus. With thousands of contemporary artworks priced under S$15,000 from over 75 hand-picked international and local galleries, it’s a must for building up your art collection or learning more about defining your taste.
18 – 20 November. F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, 038975. affordableartfair.com
Get $5 off your tickets to AAF!
The kind folks at Affordable Art Fair are offering ANZA readers $5 off General Entry and Arty-Licious Evening tickets. To claim your discount, all you need to do is checkout with the code R-ANZA5OFF or follow the instructions below:
Scan the QR code below
* Click on ‘Tickets’
* Select the number of tickets you’d like and click ‘Checkout’. Two tickets can be redeemed at a time
* Fill in your contact details and click ‘Register’. You’ll be taken to the confirmation page and a printable e-ticket will be emailed your way.
You can also find the full fair schedule via the QR code.
A meal to moan about
For a completely bizarre dining experience, head to ‘Karen’s Diner’. This pop-up offers rude service, ungrateful staff and singing – but it’s all part of the fun! The concept is based on a genuine diner in Sydney famous for its terrible service, and replicas have popped from Manchester to Melbourne. Thankfully, the burgers, fries and cocktails are fabulous – and it’s great for the ’gram.
Launch date and venue TBC – 31 May 2023. explorehidden.com / bemorekaren.com
Jurong Bird Park Takes Flight
Bad news for bird lovers: Jurong Bird Park will welcome its final guests on 3 January 2023, exactly 52 years after opening in 1971. All is not lost as its avian residents and staff will be moving to a brand-new home in Bird Paradise at Mandai Wildlife Reserve. Until then, guests are encouraged to pay a last visit to pick up limited-edition terrariums, embark on a Nostalgic Signature Tour, join a dining experience with traditional pushcarts, and enjoy carnival activities.
2 Jurong Hill, 628925. mandai.com
They Will, They Will, Rock you!
Jump start your January with some rousing musical moments at We Will Rock You. This new uber-powered production of the musical by the remaining members of Queen features 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, including Under Pressure, We are the Champions and Another One Bites the Dust – and we challenge you not to singalong!
5 – 22 January 2023. Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, 038981. sistic.com.sg