The festive season is upon us all in sunny Singapore. While the notion of a white Christmas may be still far away, Singaporeans are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit! Here’s a list of things to do if you’re visiting Singapore during this period
1. Orchard Road
Lights! Camera! Action!
That’s basically what you’ll be seeing when walking down Orchard Road during the Christmas season. Beautifully lit up at night, it’s practically a 2.2 kilometre light show that will leave you dazzled. The buildings light up one after the other as though participating in a pageant show, trying to outshine each other for the coveted Best Dressed Building Award.
Remember your camera because this will be one of the prettiest and liveliest sights you’ll catch in Singapore. Whether it’s a loved one posing with the Christmas decorations or a stranger being entertained by the street performances, many photo opportunities will behold on this stretch and it’s not something you’ll want to miss out on!
Lastly, action! The action comes in the form of street performers. From carol singing buskers to magic shows, a ‘carnival-esque’ air permeates and surrounds the street Allow the myriad of performances put a smile on your face as they entertain and enhance the joyous mood.
Singaporeans are known to love their food and love their food they shall! Best part? You get to join in the fun! Chances are, if you head to any food outlet, you’re bound to find some kind of Christmas promotion. We could write a whole book if we were to list out all the Christmas dining options so here are just two of the many that we’ve heard are awesome places to eat at for Christmas!
The 5 star Raffles Hotel serves one of the grandest Christmas feasts consisting of roasted chestnut stuffed turkey, glazed Christmas ham, traditional chocolate log cake, gingerbread ice cream and an array of seafood, cold cuts and even a cheese selection. The festive lunch and dinner will take place from 13 to 23 December 2014 and costs $78++ per adult and $35++ per child for dinner. Take a look at their menu if you’re still unconvinced!
For a Peranakan twist to the Christmas feast, check out Violet Oon’s Kitchen where a buffet lunch spread will be available on the 25th of December. However, make sure you book early, as there are limited seats available.
Since 1996, Tanglin Mall has been granting Singaporeans their wish for a white Christmas. With artificial snow and a gorgeous Christmas set-up, both adults and kids will have guaranteed smiles on their faces. Light foam mimics the action of snowflakes, as they fall slowly down to the ground culminating in knee-deep foam (for the kids of course) to wade through. Chances are your kids are bound to engage in some kind of ‘snow’ fight, so make sure you dress down and have loads of fun!
Another place to experience ‘snow’ would be at Universal Studios Sentosa . Showcasing the biggest snowfall in Singapore, Universal Studios Singapore will be experiencing snowfall hourly every day! Not only will the park be decked out in Christmas tinsel and holly, its characters will be dressed up in Christmas wear to complement the festive mood. With a Christmas tree made entirely out of plush toys, a dancing Christmas lights display and a Christmas themed Sesame Street show titled ‘Sesame Street saves Christmas’, Universal Studios Singapore takes Christmas joy to a whole new level. End off the night with Christmas Fireworks display to add some sparkle and shine to the day. And to make sure your tummy doesn’t lose out on Christmas goodies, Santa’s Kitchen will be opened with a delectable Christmas dinner buffet served!
4. Attend a Christmas Service
While we may all be in the rush of getting decorations up, ordering some turkey and wrapping gifts for your loved ones, Christmas isn’t necessarily all about that. For those who prefer to take this period to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, take a walk into one of the many lovely historic churches in Singapore and imbue yourself in the atmosphere.
St Andrew’s Cathedral will be holding a Christmas fair from 2pm on the 24th of December. There will be carolling, open-air performances and a Christmas trail around the grounds with life sized displays of the Nativity scene and Bethlehem. Make sure to check out the Armenian Church, the oldest church in Singapore. The Anglican St George’s Church is popular among expats especially on Christmas Eve. Most churches in Singapore would have Christmas services at midnight and Christmas pageants starting earlier.
5. Enjoy the Christmas Carols
What’s Christmas without some festive carols? Embrace the Christmas spirit with voices of angels (or humans with voices that sound like that of an angel’s).
Gardens by the Bay will not only be beautifully decorated but will feature carollers singing at the Casa Armonica every Friday, Saturday and Sunday all the way till 21 December 2014. There will be a two and half hour performance with a special line up of choirs from the different schools across the country.
Raffles Hotel will also be featuring carollers from the Victoria Junior College choir. While some of the performances are for hotel guests only, there will be others which are open to the public so be sure to catch those especially when you’re passing this historic building!
For those partying away in Clarke Quay, carollers will be cruising down the Singapore River in boats every Thursday to Saturday evening till 21 December 2014. Enjoy your drinks while listening to the carollers chime away.
Victoria Concert Hall will be treating their audiences to a free performance by the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir to celebrate their re-opening. Listen to the cherubic voices of the children and even join in with an obligatory carol sing-a-long. Registration is required so make sure to book a ticket for admission if you’re looking to attend this event! Make a note for the 8th of December 2014 in your calendars for this one!
For those along the Orchard Road stretch, Tanglin Mall will be featuring the choirs of National University Singapore, Raffles Hall and Vocca Inc Productions who will be carolling on the evening of 20th December and the afternoon of 21st.
On the 24th, Tong Building Plaza will be inviting Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (a group dedicated to bringing the festive spirit into Singapore) for a mass carolling and sing-along session. For those who just want to soak in the festive atmosphere and sing your hearts out, head to this event!
Not found what you’re looking for? More useful resources for things to do in Singapore at Christmas :
About Travel – Singapore Christmas Celebration
New Year’s Eve Blog – Top Cities in Asia for 2014 Christmas Celebrations