There isn't snow or winter in sunny Singapore, but there's certainly no lack of the festive cheer. From Instagram-worthy glittering illuminations that line the streets, visiting Christmas markets for last minute gift shopping to giving back during this season of giving, read more for our top 5 things to do in Singapore during the jolly season of Christmas.
1. Head outdoors to bask in the festive cheer
Revel in the festivities at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, from 29 November to 26 December 2019. Magical luminaries lights transform the fairground into a stunning wonderland complete with Yuletide favourites and 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! Tickets start from SGS$6 for admission.
Celebrate the joyous spirit of Christmas at Orchard Road where Singapore's famed shopping district will be gloriously lit up with stringed lights and decorations until 1 January 2020. Visit the Great Christmas Village around Orchard for Christmas carols, fun rides, game booths, food trucks and live music performances, as well as interactive set pieces including a 4-metre-tall immersive tunnel. Stay at Grand Park Orchard to be steps away from the festive illuminations.
2. Gift shopping at creative Christmas markets
Christmas markets make a great one-stop shop to browse for unique gifts while also supporting independent businesses and craftsmen. Thinking of getting that special someone a gift to kickstart their environmentally friendly journey? The Green Collective’s Christmas Market event at Funan Mall on 24 and 25 November features over 45 brands and a wide selection of eco-friendly products from zero waste options to organic beauty products to sustainable fashion.
Another mainstay creative markets in Singapore, Public Garden will be back for a Christmas special on 21 and 22 December at Suntec Convention Center. Here, unexpected treasures can be found as both local and regional independent designers will be showcasing their works ranging from jewelry, pottery, plants and more.
3. Plan for a Staycation
Travelling overseas during the peak period in December can be expensive and stressful. How about taking some time off for some R&R in your own city instead? Get away away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge for the New Year in a comfortable room nestled amidst lush greenery at Park Hotel Alexandra.
Planning for a family staycation and need a space to fit the kids? Grand Park City Hall's Family Suite is perfectly designed for the young and the young-at-heart where kids can have fun in the children’s room furnished with an activity wall, low desk, swing chair and bean bag while parents can sleep soundly in a separate room with interconnecting doors to the children's room.
Need more options? Check out our list of hotels in Singapore to find a space that fits your needs.
4. Indulge in yuletide feasts
Christmas season is the peak period for most restaurants, so be sure to start your research early to make reservations. Take a pick from Park Hotel Group’s range of specialty restaurant and bars to celebrate the festivities. Savour a dazzling array of tantalising roasts, chilled seafood, decadant sweets and handmade wood-fired pizzas at The Carvery's Christmas buffet, starting from S$51++ for lunch and $61++ for dinner. For a boozier option, book PORTA's 4-course festive seafood-themed dinner paired with Cattier champagne at S$116++ per person.
Celebrating in the conform of your home? Take the pressure off your party with festive takeaway offerings from Tablescape Restaurant & Bar. Jazz up the Christmas dinner table with tender Prime Ribs fragranced by garlic and rosemary ($148++) and a succulent Pork Belly Roulade paired with spiced pineapple ($248++) that's sure to delight. Pre-orders for the festive takeaways are open with collections available from 28 November 2019 onwards with an advance order of five days.
5. Do Good, Feel Good
Spread a little festive cheer by participating in the annual Santa Run for Wishes, organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Bond with your family as you run together for a meaningful cause, as all proceeds from the event go towards Make-A-Wish Singapore to help grant wishes of children with critical illnesses.This year's edition will take place on 7 December at the Singapore Sports Hub. For more ways to give back to your community during this season of giving, explore over 500 non-profits in Singapore and donate, fundraise or volunteer to the causes you're passionate about at giving.sg.
Photo credits: Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay, Orchard Road, Park Hotel Alexandra, Grand Park Orchard, The Carvery, Tablescape Restaurant & Bar, Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore