Good luck fitting in any Christmas shopping, what with this month’s fun-packed festive lineup. December in Singapore sees the city aglow with festive cheer: from twinkling trees and buildings on Orchard Street, to gingerbread-and-glühwein thrills at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, and, of course, the ultimate countdown on New Year’s Eve. Eat, drink and be merry…
Christmas On A Great Street
When: Mid Nov–late Dec 2017
Where: Orchard Street
Admire Orchard Street’s festive fairytale transformation from mid November until late December. Shopfronts, arches and trees from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura will glitter with lights; the most sparkly of them all will take home the coveted Best Dressed Building award. Orchard Street will also host some eye-popping street performances, tasty pop-ups and other celebratory events. If you’re here with little ’uns in tow, don’t miss Tanglin Mall’s wintry wonderland and the enormous Christmas trees that grace Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.
Christmas Wonderland 2017
When: 1 Dec–26 Dec 2017 (4pm–11pm)
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is getting its annual festive makeover; head to the sparkly playground to join the fun. Singapore’s Winter Wonderland will be better than ever: its expansion into the Meadow at Gardens by the Bay added 22,000 square metres of lights and celebration to the spectacle, backdropped by the Flower Dome and Dragonfly Bridge. Items to look out for include a giant illuminated Christmas tree (one of the many light sculptures, or luminaire, imported from Italy), family-friendly acrobatic performances by Circus Abyssinia Present Ethiopian Dreams, skating under the stars, plus more shopping, dining and drinking options than ever. Don’t leave without having gingerbread and glühwein (mulled wine). If you time your visit carefully, you might even get to experience snow in the tropics, thanks to the daily ‘blizzard’.
Insider tip Spend a night at a Singapore Stopover Holiday-discounted hotel near Gardens by the Bay. Don’t forget to use your Boarding Pass Privileges to get amazing discounts at lifestyle hot-spots such as Toni & Guy, Nankai Crocodile and Gordon Max throughout your time in Singapore.
When: 8–9 Dec 2017
Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island
Prefer psytrance to Santa? Join the other nocturnal party animals at ZoukOut, a celebration of the best dance music – and one of Asia’s biggest beach parties. The action takes place on Sentosa Island’s Siloso Beach; previous ZoukOuts have lured DJs such as Carl Cox, Afrojack, David Guetta, Avicii, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk, Masters at Work, Sven Väth and more. Obviously the music is the main event (the likes of Flume, Amelie Lens and DJ Snake are attending, after all), but there are plenty of food and drink stalls on the beach to keep energy levels high from dusk til dawn – and longer, if you can stay standing…
Marina Bay Countdown 2018
When: 31 Dec 2017–1 Jan 2018
Where: Marina Bay
Great things are on the cards for the 13th Marina Bay Countdown, including carnival rides and games, a charity trail, fringe events and crowd-favourite projection mapping displays. Pen your hopes and dreams for the year ahead in the online Make A Wish initiative; you might see your wishes for the future featured on the façade of the Fullerton Hotel. Of course, there’ll also be a spectacular fireworks display, plus buildings bedecked with lights around the Bay. The event’s theme this year is ‘Bay of Hopes and Dreams’; for the first time ever, event partners and stakeholders around the precinct will come together to give to those in need. That’s worth celebrating.
Insider tip Want a festive dinner without a wallet-wrecking price-tag? Enjoy discounts at a host of restaurants and bars with help from Singapore Airlines’ Boarding Pass Privilege programme. You could save money at wining-and-dining favourites such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Crystal Jade Golden Palace and Nara Thai Cuisine.