15 Things to Do in Singapore – Winter Festive is Here!
Known as the Festival of Lights and celebrated by Hindus around the world, Deepavali is best experienced in Little India, where colourful lights and decorations line Serangoon Road and Race Course Road. Visitors to Little India can look forward to experiencing a host of vibrant cultural events, and taking their pick from festive delicacies and traditional garments.
Date: 22 Sep to 30 Nov
Venue: Little India
Nearest MRT: Little India
CHRISTMAS ON A GREAT STREET
Beautifully decorated with over street lighting and festive pop-ups, Orchard Road transform into a shopping belt during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Christmas on a Great Street invites you to enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities within the Christmas Village as well as promotions and events in the shopping malls to get you in the holiday mood.
Date: 10 Nov 2018 to 1 Jan 2019
Venue: Orchard Road
Website: Christmas on Orchard Road
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard and Somerset
GUARDS AT THE TAJ
This dark comedy’s witty humour and whirlwind of emotions won it the Obie Award for Best New Play in 2016. The Taj Mahal will be completed very soon, but can imperial guards Humayun and Babur stay out of trouble until then? The Singapore Repertory Theatre invites you to enjoy Guards at the Taj with its gripping twists and deep perception into the human condition.
Date: 14 Nov Onwards
Venue: KC Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road
Website: Guards at the Taj
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning
Embark on a wildlife adventure like no other at Mandai! Discover more about the fascinating animals in Night Safari through engaging activities for the whole family and top your night off with Rainforest Lumina, a multimedia night walk at Singapore Zoo.
Date: 17 Nov to 31 Dec
Venue: Night Safari
Website: Twilight Encounters
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio
Here’s your chance to admire luminescent marine life and enjoy glow-in-the-dark underwater performances. Held in one of the world’s biggest Oceanariums, Glowing Ocean also invites you and your family to meet its jovial mascots and take photos with them.
Date: 17 Nov 2018 to 20 Jan 2019
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium™
Website: Glowing Ocean
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront
DRAGONS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS
Be amazed by the Dragons and Mythical Beasts display at the Singapore Zoo, which will introduce you to many animals that inspired the tales of dragons. Learn about these legendary creatures and draw your own conclusions as to whether they are real or just a figment of human imagination.
Date: 17 Nov to 31 Dec
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Website: Dragons and Beasts
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio
C3 ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA SINGAPORE 2018
Enjoy concerts by anime performers and famous voice artists at this lively exposition. C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2018 is also your chance to collect rare merchandise, take pictures with colourful cosplayers and watch public screenings of popular anime.
Date: 30 Nov to 2nd Dec
Venue: Suntec City
Website: C 3 Anime
Nearest MRT: Esplanade
SENTOSA ISLAND LIGHTS
From 16 November until the end of the year, Sentosa Island Lights dazzles the night scene with a display of interactive day-to-night art installations by local artists, located along Palawan Beach. Featured installations include “The Leap of Faith” by Teng Kai Wei (featured at this year’s Singapore Night Festival) and “Harmony” by Tina Fung. Channel your inner artist with an exciting range of engaging activities and interactive installations. With quirky photo opportunities and neon-themed art displays, you will definitely be able to capture the most Instagram-worthy moments!
Date: 16 Nov Onwards
Venue: Palawan Beach
Website: Sentosa Island Lights
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront
A $INGAPORE CAROL
W!LD RICE brings you its heart warming and hilarious take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale about love, compassion and the spirit of giving. S.K. Loo’s All-In-One app has made him the richest businessman in town. To him, only money matters. He’s determined to spend Christmas as he always has – holed up in his penthouse, dreaming of hostile takeovers and retrenching staff. But this Christmas is going to be very different. Three very unexpected spirits appear to scare the Scrooge out of S.K. Loo.
Don’t miss this brand-new musical for the entire family about the true spirit(s) of Christmas.
Date: 23 Nov to 15 Dec
Venue: Victoria Theatre
Website: A Singapore Carol
Nearest MRT: City Hall
SENTOSA FAIR – XMAS EDITION!
Come and join shoppers at the first Sentosa Fair, and kick off the festive season in style. Hunt for gifts for yourself or for loved ones, and, while you’re there, relax with a cup of tea while checking out the fabulous selection of vendors on the day. You’ll find a brilliant curated collection of 30-plus vendors, with gift ideas from jewellery and art, to fashion, gift cards, bags and furniture!
The five-star venue is worth a visit in itself – and we’ve heard rumours that Santa may even be popping in on the day!
Date: 29 Nov
Venue: Woo Bar, W Hotel Sentosa
BARNEY’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS ‘LIVE’ SHOW
Our favourite purple dinosaur is back at City Square Mall with a brand-new musical show with BJ and Baby Bop. ‘Tis the season to be jolly so put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a song and dance extravaganza with a line-up of ultimate Barney hits along with some all-time seasonal favourites!
Date: 1 – 16 December 2018 (except Monday)
Venue: City Square Mall, L1 Stage
Website: Barney Christmas Shows
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 2018
Christmas Wonderland returns to Gardens by the Bay this November and December. Be greeted by Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree (measuring 20.7 metres) and illuminated in gold at the entrance. Weave through a maze of mirrors at the Supertree Grove in a majestic 22-metre high luminarie mirror maze. Head along to Santa’s Grotto and come across another festive installation featuring a mesmerising kinetic light installation from Germany.
There’ll also be a performance by America’s Got Talent 2018 quarterfinalist Rob Lake and look forward to a Christmas light and a brand new Garden Rhapsody – The Christmas Special light and sound show at the Supertree Grove. Experience snow in the tropics during Blizzard Time and browse gifts at the Festive Market.
Date: 30 Nov to 6 Dec
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Website: Christmas Wonderland
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE FILM CONCERT
Don’t miss the only official Star Wars concert in Singapore, with over 70 musicians performing the music live while the legendary film plays on the big screen.
Star Wars: A New Hope is the movie that started the legend, the first film in the original trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Created by five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, the epic music takes on a new dimension when played live while accompanying the full movie projected onto the big screen. Complete with all dialogue and sound effects, the powerful score of Episode IV will resonate like never before.
Date: 14 and 15 Dec
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Website: STAR WARS Episode IV
Nearest MRT: Esplanade
PRUDENTIAL MARINA BAY CARNIVAL
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival returns to Bayfront Event Space for its second year. From 22 December, enjoy 50 thrilling rides and games, including four new ones. Check out the roving food trucks, enjoy performances by buskers and pick up new skills from local artisans through the series of art and craft workshops.
The carnival will be open from 4pm to 11pm daily. There will be extended hours on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: 4pm to 2am.
Date: 22 Dec to 24 Mar
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Website: Marina Bay Carnival
Nearest MRT: Bayfront, Promenade
MARINA BAY SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN 2019
Welcome the New Year at Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019. Set against the iconic city skyline, the signature countdown event will be featuring activities for the whole family including light projections, a food truck festival, bazaar and fireworks at midnight. New this year is Avex Group’s multi-sensory fireworks and light show Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition that brings together larger-than-life pyrotechnics and lasers, 3D surround sound and world-class performance acts. Entry to The Float @ Marina Bay where Star Island will be held, at will be ticketed.
Date: 31 Dec
Venue: Marina Bay
Website: Marina Bay Countdown
Nearest MRT: Marina Bay
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Falak Amaar Khan is a member of Team FUCHSIA, heading the Fashion section in her capacity as a fashion designer, stylist and choreographer. As a writer, Falak covers fashion, community and entertainment. This super busy mother of two is working towards supporting a cause through her work. She would also love to integrate more into the Singaporean community, and explore the island in a more realistic manner. Her motto in life? GET ON WITH IT!