WhattodoinSingaporeEOY2018

What to do in Singapore this end-of-year!

The festive season is a great time to rediscover home with your family. If you’re coming back home this Winter, get into the Christmas spirit by checking out the annual Orchard Road light-up or going on a charity run, or count down to the new year at Marina Bay! Read on for other fun activities you can partake in together.

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(Image credits: Orchard Road Business Association)

 

Back home this end-of-year festive season? Aside from catching up with loved ones and on your favourite hawker food, there are lots for you and your family to do and take part in, whether you’re into nature walks, art exhibitions or even sports matches.


 

There are some of our recommendations for fun events and activities that you can partake in!

 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

FOR CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR'S

FOR NATURE LOVERS

FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG ONES

FOR ART AND CULTURE BUFFS
FOR SPORTS FANS

 

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Here are some initiatives that you and your family can volunteer for back home, to spread some festive joy and cheer to our community:

 

Christmas Event with Seniors

Celebrate giving and be a befriender at this christmas event with seniors, organised by The Creight Company. Even if you’re a first-time volunteer, you can still do your part to bring a smile to their faces!

This event takes place at Pacific Senior Activity Centre in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 5 on 7 December, 10am-12pm.
Sign up here before 5 December, or check out other volunteering initiatives by The Creight Company here.

 

Volunteering with CCSS

 

(Image credits: CCSS)


Care Community Services Society (CCSS)
 run various programmes and initiatives as an outreach and support for the community. These include CareHut, school-based student care centres that cater mostly to low-income and/or single-parent families; and Senior Activity Centres (SACs) that provide elderly residents with meaningful social activities.

 

Take a look at various ongoing volunteering initiatives by CCSS here.


Other volunteering opportunities:


Mercy Relief’s 2018 Christmas Charity Drive @ Marina Square

Do your part to support this relief organisation by being a volunteer at their on-ground Christmas Charity Drive. From now till 25 December – learn more here.

 

Food Ration Packing
Roll up your sleeves and support this team on 20 December to unload and sort out food rations generously donated to the Boys’ Brigade’s donation drive. Note that volunteers should be physically strong, and a minimum age of 19 applies. Sign up here.

View more volunteering opportunities at giving.sg!


 

FOR CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S

Orchard Road Christmas Light Up 2018: Disney Magical Moments

 

(Image credits: Orchard Road Business Association)

 

Experiencing Christmas on A Great Street takes on a much cuter and lovable form this year, with beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar characters lighting up our famed shopping street – the first of its kind in Southeast Asia!

There are lots of Disney Magical Moments to be enchanted by across the 2.88km Orchard Road Christmas light up, which spans from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura. With four zones that carry distinct themes – like Disney Princess and Mickey Mouse and Friends – you can also admire the 14m tall main arch at Paterson Junction, pose for pictures at various Disney set pieces located at Wisma Atria, ION Orchard, Shaw House and Ngee Ann City, and check out various pop-up stores along the way.
Take a look at the installation and pop-up store map here (scroll down to Enchanting Highlights).

 

 

(Image credits: Orchard Road Business Association)

 

The Great Christmas Village makes its joyful return this year, and you’ll be glad to know that it will be operating two weeks longer than before! Back to bring festive cheer to visitors are the Santa House, amusement rides (including a duplex carousel, which has a special seat carriage for wheelchair riders), and a Food Village run by the Timbre Group, with live performances by local artistes.


Light up your festive season evenings at Orchard Road from now till 1 January 2018. The Great Christmas Village at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza runs till Boxing Day on 26 December. Visit the Orchard Road website here for more information.

 

 

Celebrate in the City

(Image credits: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival)


There are lots that you can do to celebrate the end-of-year season in our city! Check out Celebrate in the City, an array of marquee events and experiences in and around Marina Bay, to usher in the festive cheer. The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival makes its grand, luminous return to our Bayfront shores from 22 December, with its carnival games, rides and fun atmosphere!

 

 

(Image credits: Gardens by the Bay)

 

Over at Gardens by the Bay, the Tsums have taken over at the ‘Poinsettia Wishes featuring Disney Tsum Tsum’ Floral Display, adding an adorable, cuddly side to the Gardens. Come visit them from now till 26 December and see how they ‘stack’ up!

Other events at this year’s Celebrate in the City include Christmas Wonderland, Esplanade Presents Come Together and Christmas at ArtScience Museum, with Marina Bay Countdown 2019 being the grand finale. Find out more about each of them at the Marina Bay Countdown website here.



FOR NATURE LOVERS

Free entry to the National Orchid Garden

(Image credits: National Parks Board)

Good news for you orchid aficionados – the National Orchid Garden is offering free admission for Singaporeans as part of its school holiday promotions! This would be a good opportunity to bring your family there for a visit to learn more about the various orchid species, especially the Vanda Miss Joaquim, our national flower.

 

This special National Orchid Garden school holiday promotion ends on 1 January 2019. Note that terms and conditions apply and ID cards are required to be shown prior to entry into the gardens. Refer to the NParks website for more information.


Learning Forest Tour

(Image credits: National Parks Board)

 

Discover something new at the Singapore Botanic Gardens through its free Learning Forest Tour, which takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Visitors can go deep into various forest habitats – like lowland rainforests and fresh water forest wetlands – via elevated walkways and boardwalks, and view collections of tropical bamboos and wild fruit trees.

 

The next Learning Forest Tours take place on 8 and 22 December, 9.00-10.00am at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Free admission. Registration will be done at the Learning Forest. Visit the NParks website for more information.

 


Other events/activities:

Fun Walk along The Southern Ridges

Enjoy a healthy Saturday morning out with your loved ones along the historical Southern Ridges on 8 December. Registration for this Fun Walk closes on 2 December or when all slots are filled up. Sign up at the NParks site’s event page.



‘Grow with Nature’ Drama Series
Encourage your little ones to ‘grow with nature’ and learn more about its diversity through this fun drama workshop! Next event is on 18 December, and tickets are priced at $10 per child. Sign up at the
NParks site’s event page.

 

 

FOR FAMILIES AND YOUNG ONES

Under My Bed

 

(Image credits: Artistic Expressions Pte Ltd)

 

Presented by Artistic Expressions Pte Ltd and directed by Ms Chow Keat Yeng, this delightful theatrical production for children aged 3-6 years old tells the story of little Mat, who plucks up his courage one night to discover what hides under his bed! Is it a monster as he fears… or something else? Join him to find out!

 

Under My Bed runs from 11 to 16 December, at various times at The Artground. Tickets are priced at $12. Note that some shows have already sold out. Visit the Under My Bed ticketing page for more information.



Going Play-ces: A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands!

 

(Image credits: Playeum)

 

Your children can explore new frontiers at this interactive hands-on experience! Designed using everyday objects, little explorers can venture into various playscapes at this exhibition, such as the Evolving Ocean, Homeland and the Jungaloo (pictured above), which encourages them to step out of their urban comfort zone, and into nature.

 

Bring your little ones ‘Play-ces’ at Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity at Gillman Barracks from now till 28 April 2019, 10:00am-6:00pm. Entry for each child (aged 1-12 years old) is $22, with one adult able to accompany for free. Entry fee for additional adults is $10. Check out the Playeum site for detailed information on the exhibition.

 

 

Other events/activities:

 

A $ingapore Carol (till 15 Dec)

 

Enjoy a Singaporean twist to this Dickens’ classic – you won’t be leaving the Victoria Theatre saying #BAHHUMBUG for sure! Tickets from $45 available at SISTIC.

 

A Hullabaloo Christmas at TPC

 

This fun Christmas play scape at Tanjong Pagar Cantre (TPC) brings a colourful vibrancy to this downtown urban space. In collaboration with The Artground, from now till 25 December at TPC’s Urban Park. Read up more about the installation on the Tanjong Pagar Centre website.


FOR ART & CULTURE BUFFS

Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks

(Image credits: My Little Brick Shop Pte Ltd)

Over 110,000 LEGO bricks were used to recreate miniature models of some of Singapore’s iconic national landmarks, like the Central Fire Station (pictured above), Jurong Town Hall, and the historic Sultan Mosque, which weighs over 40kg! 

 

The final Building History: Monuments in Bricks and Blocks exhibition for 2018 will be held at Choa Chu Kang Public Library from 1-31 December, with only selected models on display. Admission is free. The full exhibition will be on the rove again next year, with details to be confirmed.

 


Passion @ Kampong Glam

Experience the charms of Kampong Glam like never before, as this cultural precinct comes alive with weekend cooking demonstrations, cultural activities, traditional games and indie music performances.   

 

Passion @ Kampong Glam takes place every weekend at 54 Bussorah Street, till 17 March 2019. Admission is free. Find out more from the official website here.

 

Other events/activities:

 

And So Forth: Marie and the Nutcracker
Enjoy a fun, interactive twist to the classic Nutcracker story as you immerse yourself into this 4-course multi-room dining experience. Till 5 January 2019 Tickets available at
the And So Forth website here (click ‘Book Now’ and scroll down the page for available dates).

 

Sentosa Island Lights
Venture through larger than life light installations along Palawan Beach for the ‘Gram. Till 31 December, 7pm-11pm. Read more about the installations and related programmes at
the Sentosa website here.

 

 

FOR SPORTS FANS

World Pencak Silat Championship

(Image credits: Singapore Silat Federation)

 

Singapore once again has the honour of hosting the World Pencak Silat Championship, 14 years since we last hosted it in 2004. This significant event will have silat (Malay for ‘martial arts’) athletes from over 50 countries – including host country Singapore – battle each other over the four-day event.


Support Team Singapore at the World Pencak Silat Championship from 13-16 December at OCBC Arena Hall 1, Singapore Sports Hub. Admission is free. Visit the official website here for more information.

 

HaBaWaBa Asia 2018 (17-20 Dec):

(Image credits: HaBaWaBa Asia)

 

The sky’s the limit at the Singapore edition of HaBaWaBa Asia 2018, which stands for Happy Baby Water Ball! This is the first time this junior water polo competition – held in Italy for the past 11 years  – is being held in Asia, with teams from Asia, Oceania and Europe. Aside from four days of junior water polo matches, there will also be fringe activities like beach volleyball and paddle boating.


The inaugural HaBaWaBa Asia 2018 will take place between 17-20 December at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore Sports Hub. Visit HaBaWaBa Asia’s official Facebook page here for more information.

ASEAN Basketball League 2018-19: Singapore Slingers Home Games

(Image credits: ASEAN Basketball League)

 

The Singapore Slingers are once again ready to roar at their home games in the new ASEAN Basketball League season, from now to March 2019. Be sure to cheer them on as they pit themselves against teams from around the region!

 

Cheer on our Slingers in their upcoming home matches against the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors on 9 December, and Hong Kong Eastern on 21 December. All home matches will be played at 4pm on respective days at the OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub. Ticket prices range from $8-$16. Visit the Slingers’ website here for their upcoming games schedule, and purchase tickets here.

 

 

We hope you and your family enjoy your time back home this end of year holidays, along with good company and delicious local food!

 

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