If you’ve been here in Singapore for quite some time now, you’d know that the events and festivities celebrated during the holidays (or other time of the year) here are nothing short of grand and extravagant. This can also be expected this time around since case rates and new infections seem to be going down in the country and in most parts of the world.
With that said, we will take a look at some of the most exciting attractions you can check out when you’re here in Singapore. Excited to know what these are? Keep on reading to find out more.
- Top Christmas Events in Singapore Worth Checking Out This 2021
- See The Poinsettia Wishes In Full Bloom Once Again At Gardens By The Bay
- Amp Up The Fun And Holiday Excitement With The Whole Family At The Universal Studios Singapore!
- Add A Chock-Full Of Laughter This Season At A Magical Christmas Comedy Show
- Bask In A Winter Wonderland Inspired Playground
- Go On A Holiday Staycation With the Family
- Bask In The Atmosphere Of A Christmas Wonderland In Singapore
- Watch Dazzling Christmas Waterfront Lights
- Get On Aboard The Orient Express
- Play on Ice
- Indulge your taste buds in a holiday feast
- Book a Holiday Getaway – For Real!
- Give yourself the pampering you deserve. C’mon, it’s year-end, a little R&R won’t hurt, right?
- Final Thoughts
Top Christmas Events in Singapore Worth Checking Out This 2021
Singapore isn’t the biggest of countries if you plan to go on days of vacation. Nevertheless, its size and charming familiarity give its people a sense of “home”, when they can expect to see familiar places “glow up” every now and then, especially during the Christmas season. Listed below are some of them.
See The Poinsettia Wishes In Full Bloom Once Again At Gardens By The Bay
This year, the annual Poinsettia Wishes event returns to Gardens by the Bay. This year’s display is inspired by the traditional holiday season sweets from Nordic countries, including candies, reindeer, and more. It also features a massive Ferris wheel and more. Oh, and don’t miss out on the chance to see real Christmas trees and luminous installations in the gardens!
Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens by the Bay, 26 Nov – 9 Jan 2022, 9am – 9pm;
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Amp Up The Fun And Holiday Excitement With The Whole Family At The Universal Studios Singapore!
For a truly magical year-end celebration, indulge in all-day extravaganza at the theme park. There are numerous ways to spend your money, including a one-day ticket (from S$59) that includes a fun-filled day with free retail vouchers.
A Universal Christmas, 25 Nov – 2 Jan 2022;
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Add A Chock-Full Of Laughter This Season At A Magical Christmas Comedy Show
A Magical Christmas Comedy Show is a festive evening of laughter and merriment. It features some of the best comedy talent in the country, including top performances from Sarah Peng, Matt Chalmers, Shalynn Hobelsberger, Adrian Saw and Sam See.
A Magical Christmas Comedy Show, $65, 9 – 12 Dec, 8pm;
Black Box @ Drama Centre, Level 5, National Library Singapore, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
Bask In A Winter Wonderland Inspired Playground
Located in the heart of Snow City, the Ice Hotel Gallery features over 20 sculptures made of ice, including furniture and artwork.
This ice-themed area features sculptures and furniture made from ice. There are also scenes of flora and fauna in the area.
Snow City has plenty of attractions for the kids, such as ice bumper car rides and shooting competitions.
Ice Hotel Gallery at Snow City, from $17, open from 3 Nov;
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Go On A Holiday Staycation With the Family
Treat the whole family to a year-end stay at The Capitol Kempinski Singapore. This luxury hotel features American-inspired amenities, including a fairy-lit tent for kids, a personalized Christmas tree, and take-home gifts.
A la carte breakfast, unlimited ice cream, and non-alcoholic drinks for children and adults. Plus, daily free-flow breakfast for two adults and two children.
Enchanted Christmas Family GlampKation, from $798 per night, for stays from now till 7 Jan 2022;
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Bask In The Atmosphere Of A Christmas Wonderland In Singapore
This year, Santa and his helpers are busy preparing for the Christmas Wonderland event, which will take place in Singapore from November to December.
Christmas Wonderland, Keep an eye out for updates on their website.
Watch Dazzling Christmas Waterfront Lights
This year’s One°15 Christmas Boat Light Parade features a brand new showcase, which will feature some of the boats that will be participating in the event.
One°15 Christmas Boat Light Parade, 4 Dec, 6pm – 10pm; One°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, 11 Cove Drive, Singapore 098497
Get On Aboard The Orient Express
The Orient Express is in town for its last stop before it hibernates for the winter season. This immersive train tour features original train carriage and artifacts, as well as a variety of attractions and merchandise.
Why You Should Check It Out: The Paris-Paris luxury train service debuted in 1883. It transported passengers to various cities such as Istanbul, Vienna, Munich, and across Europe. It then stopped operating in 2009.
The train has been a part of popular culture in various forms. From Murder on the Orient Express to Frankenstein, it’s been used in various forms of media.
Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express, from $25, until 5 Jan 2022;
West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Get Started On Some Holiday-Inspired Crafts
There are plenty of workshops in town that will help you make the most of the season. Pick up some of these fabulous products and get inspired to make something special for the season.
Whether you’re a passionate maker of handmade goods or just want to improve your skills, there are plenty of classes in Singapore that will teach you how to get started.
Here are some of the best workshops you can check out in Singapore.
- Play with Clay: Take a break from the daily grind and indulge in the fun of clay making at Tinkle Art Room. This workshop will teach you to create detailed clay works that are made with love.
- Get your hands on some Leather: Learn how to make the perfect leather goods at Crafune’s workshop, where you’ll make bags and pouches with various materials and tools. Stone For Gold is a place where newcomers can start their journey into leather crafting. There are also various classes and workshops that cater to every kind of leather lover. Finally, Bynd Artisan is a studio that specializes in leather crafting, bookbinding, and monogram printing. There are also various workshops and classes that are available to book.
- Try Making Art Using Resin: Discover the joy of resin painting with these classes by Resin Play. They’ll teach you how to create beautiful resin art pieces that will make you look good.
- Craft your own gin: Learn how to make your own gin with a simple step-by-step process. Step-by-step, you’ll identify your botanicals and spices, then distil the mixture in a mini copper pot. After about 20 to 30 minutes, it’s ready to be labeled.
- Try Your Hand At Silversmithing: At Fat Anvil Studios, we offer a variety of workshops and classes designed to introduce people to the art of silversmithing. If you’re looking to learn how to make jewelry, then sign up for their full experience, which includes everything from choosing the right materials to finishing and setting them.
- Pick up your brush and get Art Jamming: Art Jam Studio is a place where people can paint as entertainment, and it’s all about having fun with it. With a variety of classes and workshops, it’s a great place to get your creative juices flowing. My Art Space is a place where you can get in touch with your inner artist. With over 20 years of experience, they offer a variety of painting workshops for all levels of expertise.
- Strike a fancy calligraphy: Have you ever thought that your handwriting is a lost cause? This class will teach you how to improve it with a pointed nib. You’ll also receive a basic pen kit for making pointed pen calligraphy. This class is also for people who prefer to work with a brush.
- Make your mark with artsy stamps: The Workroom is a great place to learn how to carve rubber stamps. This workshop is ideal for people who love to make greeting cards and pattern making.
- Get a feel of making prints, etching, and silkscreen printing: Learn how to create images using traditional printing methods such as screen printing and drypoint. This course will help you improve your home Decor or gift-making. For more intensive classes, check out Screen-printing or collage workshops with Tyler Print Institute. Or, try fabric printing classes with Fictive Fingers.
- Learn the art of flower arrangement: With a few simple steps, you can easily arrange your own flowers and create a stunning floral arrangement for a special occasion. At Ask a French’s workshops, you’ll learn how to identify the most stunning flowers for Singapore’s tropical season.
- Craft some paper blooms for the season: If you prefer low-maintenance flowers, try making crepes. These flowers are a great alternative to regular flowers. In her Miss Petal & Bloom workshops, Eileen talks about making paper flowers that are both durable and natural.
- Design your very own flower pot: Pots are often neglected when it comes to decorative purposes. The Rain and Spain workshop will teach you how to paint them and use them for something other than their usual use.
- Pick up a photography course: With a passion for photography and styling, Kate and Charlie Cameron have created The Assembly Hall, a space where you can learn how to take great photos of your bouquets.
- Get into stitching, crocheting, and knitting: Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or just looking to improve your skills, sewing classes are the place to start. Joan has been teaching classes at Spotlight for over 30 years, and she can be found on her site at Cocovine. Learn how to make your own bag-stitching skills with this class. With the help of Jasmine of Applelulu Crafts, you’ll learn how to make these Japanese-style bags. Uyii is another great place to learn how to sew and make clothes in no time.
- Build clay sculptures and ornaments with your own hands: Creating a clay sculpture or ornament can be therapeutic and relaxing after a long day of work. At Goodman Ceramics Studio, you can do everything from making a clay mug to painting.
- Create a terrarium: Mini gardens are great for brightening up a room or a hallway, and cribs are low maintenance and can be made to last for years. Green Banana is a flea market-based company that has an extensive range of pre-designed terrarium accessories and a variety of classes. There are also opportunities to learn how to make small gardens with their own through The Plant Story.
- Work on some concrete stuff: At Concrete Everything, you can find a variety of workshops designed for everyone. Whether you’re planning on creating a new living area or a clock casting workshop, we have something for everyone.
- Dabble into bullet journaling: You’ve got a new notebook and are looking for ways to use it. CityLuxe has classes that will teach you how to use it properly. You’ll also learn how to create beautiful bullet journal entries and presentation pieces.
- Give your skin some TLC: With over 30 years of experience, Rough Beauty has created a wide range of workshops where you can create your own soap creations. They also offer classes that are geared towards helping you achieve a green beauty routine.
- Pick a fancy scent that fits your personality: Instead of buying a generic scent, create your own with the help of Oo La Lab. Its online fragrance mixology lab lets you create 20 unique scents that will form the base notes of your personalized perfume. Classes in candle-making are also available at Sally’s Room, where students can create their own creations using animal shapes and color gradation.
- Get dirty with your hands and play with print and paper: Tyler Print Institute offers a variety of workshops and classes on screen printing, paper pulp painting, and relief printing. Aside from these, it also holds intaglio classes for art geeks.
- Explore Singapore’s aristic and cultural colors: There are plenty of art galleries and workshops in Singapore, and some of these are held at the Goodman Arts Centre. Aside from art classes, there are also various workshops happening at the Nam Hwa Opera.
Play on Ice
Escape the heat and indulge in some winter fun at some of Singapore’s most popular ice skating spots. These include The Rink in Jurong and the Kallang Ice World.
Indulge your taste buds in a holiday feast
With so many new restaurants opening in Singapore in 2021, it’s hard to decide which one to start with. We list some of the new places here in Singapore you can contact or visit for your Christmas spread and holiday reservations:
- Thirty Six Brewlab & Smokehouse: With a selection of on-site and rotating guest brews, this restaurant and micro-brewery is a must-visit for anyone looking for a fun and relaxing place to sit and enjoy food.
- One Fattened Calf: There are so many great burgers out there, but only a few truly exceptional ones are worth celebrating. Enter One Fattened Calf, where the experience is second to none.
- Jidai: This unassuming izakaya is located in Boat Quay, and it’s got a unique design and an unusual menu. Its walls are adorned with Maneki-neko, and its dim violet lighting is a nod to the mysterious factor.
- North Miznon: North Miznon, which was opened by Eyal Shani, is the latest concept from the Israeli judge of the TV program MasterChef. It’s a modern Israeli restaurant with a sleek show kitchen and a modern menu.
- Corduroy Palace: Located in the heart of Uptown, the Corduroy Palace is a fine dining concept that features a wine hall and a full bar. Its maximalist aesthetic is evidenced by the various furniture pieces that can be found throughout the interior.
- Curate Cucina Pisana: Pisan is a new concept that’s set to join the Resorts World Sentosa’s various restaurants. Davide Bizzarri, the Italian native chef, is leading the cuisine at this new venture.
- Wild Child Pizzette: Wild Child is a new concept from The Cicheti Group, which specializes in 10-inch Neapolitan-style pizza. This fast-casual restaurant features a variety of fresh, Italian-style pizza dishes.
- Revolver: Revolver is the latest addition to Tras Street, and it features a wood-fired grill and tandoor oven. It’s the place to go if you want to experience Indian food with international influences.
- Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen: Inspired by the Italian tradition of grigliata, this new restaurant aims to recreate the same experience by serving up fresh food and grilled meats. Raw materials and wood pieces are used to create a warm and rustic atmosphere at this Italian restaurant. The colors are all about the grill, which is a nod to the quintessential grill fire.
- Pi Food: Pi Food is a Hong Kong restaurant that features dishes that are inspired by the city’s famous Harbour Harbourside. Some of its most popular items include stir-fried beef noodles, shrimp wanton, and rice dishes. Sip on drinks that are usually found in HK-style coffee and tea shops, like Cha Chaan tengs. When dusk approaches, the places serve up alcohol to go along with their wok hei sharing plates.
- Bedrock Origin: Bedrock Origin is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. With its wood-panelled walls and retro-inspired furniture, the venue is sure to impress. Beyond the main dining room, there are also patio seating areas and an outdoor terrace. There are also private dining rooms in the Applewood.
- Proper Slice: The team behind the highly acclaimed Lucali BYG comes together with another restaurant venture called Proper Slice. It’s a new take on the old-school neighborhood pizzerias of New York City. Located in Gemmil Lane, this unassuming pizza joint is a must-try for anyone wanting to have a quick meal. Its menu features a variety of pizza pies and a variety of Italian dishes.
- NAE:UM: There are more to Korean food than just rice, beans, and chicken. Louis Han shows us why with his new restaurant. The stories behind Louis’s episodes reveal his passion for food and his journey from South Korea to Abu Dhabi. There are also some of his restaurants that have earned multiple Michelin stars.
- Tim Ho Wan: This new addition to the Tampines is Tim Ho Wan, a dim sum joint that has a mural of its flagship store in Hong Kong. Some of the dishes that come in handy include pan-fried pork patty with salted fish, sweet and sour fried chicken, steamed chicken, beef stew, and rice pork chop.
- Swee Choon: This new venture by Swee Choon is located at Century Square. It features a variety of signature dishes such as mee suh kueh, Sichuan chilli oil wanton, and carrot cake.
- Coriander Leaf Singapore Polo Club: Coriander Leaf is a restaurant that specializes in Asian cuisines. Its second location is located at the Singapore Polo Club, and it’s open seven days a week. The menu features a variety of cuisines and is divided into five main categories: fresh, sweet, savory, and umami.
- Chura Sushi Bar: With a new twist, En Group brings us the beautiful nigiri set. It features 10 kinds of sushi, all topped with a variety of vegetables and seafood. There are also some killer rolls here.
- Firangi Superstar: Firangi Superstar is a modern Indian restaurant that draws inspiration from various cities across the country. Its elegant interiors are complimented by well-thought-out furniture and fixtures.
- Yen Social: With over eight years of experience in the Da Wan Yakiniku restaurant, Chen Jones is the head cook at this new venture. He’s been working with the likes of Yen Yakiniku and knows how to create top-quality beef.
- Dopo Teatro: The highlight of this new venture is the hand-stretched pizza, which is made from scratch and has been fermented for 36 hours. It’s a bit like a Japanese version of the pie, with a few tweaks here and there. The squid ink pizza is topped with a variety of fresh vegetables and fish, and it comes with a contrasting black crust. This dish is commonly paired with a salad or a wedge of beef.
- Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre: Located in the Chijmes, Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre is a new dining experience that takes advantage of the historic charm of this area. Its spacious dining room features a mix of natural colors and geometric designs. Inspired by the natural environment, Remy’s menu features fresh food and innovative cooking.
- Heart of Darkness: Heart of Darkness’s move to Keong Saik is just around the corner, and this place is revamping its menu with a new approach to Vietnamese food. The fruit and vegetable platter is a great way to start with a healthy selection of seasonal vegetables and fruit. Or try the bahn bao ga, which is filled with dumplings and chicken.
- Mirazur: Mirazur, a French restaurant with three Michelin stars, is coming to Singapore for a pop-up stint at the end of the year. The menu is divided into four rotating menus, with each focusing on a different phase of the lunar cycle. The dishes are inspired by the different phases of the moon and feature seasonal ingredients.
- Iko Restaurant & Bar: The name okinami refers to the word surf. This new bar features a mural of ocean waves that’s made up of neon lights. The name of this establishment refers to the word okinami, which means “offshore wave.” This is a nod to the area’s local ocean waves.
- Basque Kitchen by Aitor: Chef Aitor Jeronimo Orive’s Basque restaurant, which was one of the first establishments to serve authentic cuisine on the island, has moved to a new location at the Fullerton Water House. The restaurant’s design is inspired by the four elements of air, fire, earth, and food. It features a semi-open kitchen with a hearth and seating for around 30 guests.
Go on a hunt for the best gift for loved ones
The end of the year is typically a marathon of shopping. In 2021, there are plenty of stores that will have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for gifts for Santa or something special for yourself, there’s something for everyone in Singapore.
Book a Holiday Getaway – For Real!
With the new vaccinated travel lane, you can now travel to over 20 destinations in 2022!
If you’re not planning on going anywhere soon, Singapore has some secret places that will make you feel like you’re already there.
Give yourself the pampering you deserve. C’mon, it’s year-end, a little R&R won’t hurt, right?
Treat yourself to a spa day that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and glowing. Book a slot for one of the best facials or get your nails painted to impress.
As small as Singapore appears on the world map, there’s never a shortage of fun and exciting things to see, do, and experience in the city, especially when the holiday season kicks in. From a dozen Instagram-worthy spots and a long list of fun activities as well as dining places in the city listed on this guide, you are guaranteed to have a swell time this holiday season. The issue here would be, which ones should you go to or do first? But that’s a good problem. And it’s up to you to figure out what will suit your tastes and Christmas traditions. Just make sure to keep a copy of this guide on hand, so you’d get all of the ideas to match your plans for the holidays.
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