Thingstodowhenyourebackhomefortheholidayseason
10 Nov 2016

Lifestyle & Arts

Things to do when you’re back home for the holiday season!

The holiday season is a great time to rediscover Singapore, with lots of activities to do for the whole family. Here are some of our recommendations before 2016 comes to a close.

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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, going on a charity run, or count down to the new year at Marina Bay! Find out what other fun activities you can partake in.

1. Run for a good cause at Santa Run for Wishes

The Santa Run for Wishes participants gearing up to run for a good cause.
The Santa Run for Wishes participants gearing up to run for a good cause. (Image source: Make-A-Wish Foundation Singapore)

The third annual Santa Run for Wishes flags off at Gardens By The Bay East this year, after two successful editions held at Marina Bay and Sentosa. Participants can join the 2km or 5km Fun run, and are encouraged to dress up in Christmas-themed costumes. Try donning a Santa suit, or dress up as a Santarina, an elf, a reindeer, or even a Christmas present – just make sure you cross the finishing line! There will also be a Christmas carnival for the little ones to enjoy kiddy rides, bouncy castles and game stations.

All proceeds from registration fees and donations directly support Make-A-Wish Singapore, the only wish granting foundation in Singapore for children and teens with life-threatening medical conditions. Aside from making a donation, you can also bring a Christmas gift to make a Wish Child’s Christmas that much more special.

Santa Run for Wishes takes place on 26 November, at 5pm. Registration for the 2km and 5km Fun Run ends on 11 November. For more information on race details and registration, visit http://santarunforwishes.sg/. If you’d like to make a cash donation to Make-A-Wish Singapore, contact info@makeawish.org.sg.


2. Have an artsy Family Weekend

Let your kids have fun with art at National Gallery Singapore’s Family Weekend.
Let your kids have fun with art at National Gallery Singapore’s Family Weekend. (Image source: National Gallery Singapore)

Bring your little ones on a Family Weekend to the National Gallery, and get them interested about art through various activities organised by the Keppel Centre for Art Education.

Highlights include the ‘Standing Structures Workshop’, which allows children to build their own 3D structure out of everyday materials; ‘Historical Places‘, which sends participants on a hunt for clues to solve a puzzle; and illustrating plants and flowers with watercolours on ‘Sketch Sundays: Flora and Fauna’. There is also a storytelling session – based on the Gallery’s artworks – on Wednesday afternoons.

The Family Weekend series of activities runs till the end of the year. Most activities are free, while charges may apply for selected ones. Advanced registration may also be required. For more information on activities: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/learn/families


3. Take time to view the work on display at the Singapore Biennale

Admire artworks by local and regional artists, like Noah’s Garden II by China’s Deng Guoyuan.
Admire artworks by local and regional artists, like Noah’s Garden II by China’s Deng Guoyuan. (Image source: Singapore Art Museum)

This year’s Singapore Biennale will be a rather reflective experience. The fifth edition of this international contemporary art exhibition, titled ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’, showcases Asian perspectives of identity in relation to the world, and explores ‘shared histories and current realities within and beyond the region’.

Artworks by over 60 Singaporean and Asian artists will be spread across 8 venues, including the Singapore Art Museum, the National Museum of Singapore and SAM at 8Q.  

Projects and artworks in the Singapore Biennale will be on display at various locations till 26 February 2017. Tickets can be purchased via SISTIC or at the Singapore Art Museum. For more information on artworks and locations: http://www.singaporebiennale.org/


4. Enlist as a recruit in Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition

Read more about your favourite characters at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N’s exhibits.
Read more about your favourite characters at Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N’s exhibits. (Image source: Science Centre Singapore)

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Immersive Attraction, held at Science Centre Singapore, comes to South-east Asia for the very first time, after being showcased in cities like Paris, Seoul and New York. As an agent recruit, visitors are to complete a series of quizzes on a downloadable app called the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Mobile (which can be downloaded from the Apple Store/Google Play) as they go through the exhibition. This interactive exhibition – the largest yet at over 2,000 square metres (the size of 10 tennis courts) - will give fans of the superhero series a scientific insight into the origins of their favourite characters, and a chance to view the real costumes and props used in the movies.

Visit Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Immersive Attraction Singapore at the Science Centre Singapore from now till 5 March 2017, open daily from 10am-6pm. Tickets start from $25 for adults and $18 for children aged 3-12 (applies to Singaporeans and PRs only – excluding booking fee). Visit this page for more information and SISTIC for ticket purchases.


5. Get into the festive spirit at Christmas Wonderland

Visitors enjoying a choral performance at Christmas Wonderland, surrounded by the spectacular Luminarie lights.
Visitors enjoying a choral performance at Christmas Wonderland, surrounded by the spectacular Luminarie lights. (Image source: Christmas Wonderland)

Bring your family to Christmas Wonderland, and be enchanted by Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair! Back for its third year at Gardens By The Bay, this Christmas extravaganza will continue to charm visitors with stunning Italian Luminarie - Sculptures of Light, carnival games and rides at the Fairground. Enjoy ice skating and snow fun at the popular Ice Palace, and a bustling European-style Festive Market, among other attractions.

You can also enjoy a showcase of yuletide parades, choral performances, and singer-songwriter collaborations by local artistes, while your little ones can have fun at the Hi-5 Funtastic House, which makes its debut at this year’s event.

Christmas Wonderland will be held from 2 December 2016 to 1 January 2017, 3.30pm to 11.00pm. Admission starts from $4, and tickets must be purchased online prior to visiting the event. For more information on performance times, visit http://www.christmaswonderland.sg/


6. Enjoy the Christmas light-up at Orchard Road

Orchard Road glowing brilliantly for the festive season.
Orchard Road glowing brilliantly for the festive season. (Image source: Orchard Road Business Association)

Celebrate Christmas on A Great Street as Orchard Road lights up for the festive season once again. This year’s theme, ‘Spread the Joy’, is inspired by the celebratory shimmers of confetti and light rays.

Enjoy an evening stroll with your family from Tanglin Mall all the way to Plaza Singapura, which could even be a walk down Christmas memory lane for some. Admire the glowing reindeers and galaxy of sparkling stars that adorn the street, check out Christmas themed installations from Forum the Shopping Mall to Orchard Building, or pose for pictures in front of malls vying to be crowned this year’s ‘Best Dressed Building’!

An overview of the Christmas-themed installations along Orchard Road.
An overview of the Christmas-themed installations along Orchard Road. (Image source: Orchard Road Business Association)

Orchard Road will be lit up for the festive season from 12 November 2016 to 2 January 2017. Check out http://www.orchardroad.org/christmas/info for more information.

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We hope you enjoy your time back home this holiday season – be sure to relish the tropical weather and the delicious local food before you head back!

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