Feature

Christmas in Singapore: The best of the city this holiday season

By Anjali RaguramanEvents - 18 December 2013 12:00 AM | Updated 1:42 PM

Christmas in Singapore: The best of the city this holiday season

If you’ve already seen every Christmas tree, light show and department store window this festive season, get another dose of holiday cheer at these alternative happenings.

TROPICAL CHRISTMAS

Even though we don’t get snow round these parts, there are other ways to experience a ‘winter wonderland’.  Foam makes a slightly convincing alternative for snowfall as it pumps out of machines, and forms waist-high piles that you can wade through. Though it isn’t icy cold, its loads of fun for the kids (just follow the thrilled shrieks). This year, both Tanglin Mall and City Square Mall (8pm & 9pm every night, until 29 December) are having a snowy playtime for the public. Admission is free. 

A Christmas wonderland, complete with snow, lights and music at City Square Mall

If you’d rather some really convincing -15°C -weather, there’s Ice Art 2013/2014.

cry baby
You can even fly down ice slides at Ice Art 2013/2014

Occupying almost 60,000 square feet at Bay Front Avenue, both clear and coloured ice blocks have been carved to recreate iconic buildings and sculptures that are up to 3 metres tall. Besides the snow-making machines (real ice), there’s also an ice bar with drinks served in ice mugs. It’s fun for the whole family.

Singapore is also home to three ice-skating rinks at Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink, Kallang Ice World and The Rink at JCube. It’s no Rockerfeller plaza in the wintertime, but it's still hours of fun slipping and sliding on the ice.

MUSICAL MERRYMAKING

With christmas, comes carolling. On Christmas day, sing along to familiar carols and feet-tapping pop, rock and evergreen tunes with Polka Dot + Moonbeam and Ukes Avenue at the Merlion Plaza in Sentosa. At the end of their performances, you can try your hand at playing the ukulele. Who knows? You may unearth some hidden musical talent. More details here

FAMILY FUN

Thankfully, the Singapore Zoo is open all year long (even on Christmas day!) Even though we are nowhere near the Arctic, Singapore is home to the first polar bear born in the tropics, Inuka. With the newly opened Frozen Tundra exhibit, you can come close to Inuka and other creatures from the Arctic Circle. 

CHRISTMAS FEASTING

There are lots of options for Meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas day here by our friends at HungyGoWhere.com, but why not celebrate Christmas at the with a beachfront meal? It sure beats shivering in the cold. 

Christmas fare with a view of the waves. Sounds like a great way to spend Christmas day. 

And after chowing down on all that rich food, there’s nothing quite like a run to burn off the excess calories. Here’s a whole list of ways to battle the holiday bulge

LAST LADIES' NIGHT OF 2013

This year, Christmas falls on Wednesday, which just happens to be the last Ladies' Night of the year. Naturally, Christmas-themed parties are aplenty on the night. Here are a few establishments to check out. Various prices and offers apply. 

Zouk: The Great TGIW: Metallics with Ghetto, Matthew feat. MC EJ

The Butter Factory: Butter Cookies feat. DJ Andrew T and DJ Dave Does

The Vault: Soul Sisters 

Mink: Ladies Night

Avalon: Bottle Throttle

Club Kyo: Play

Attica: Ladies Night

Ku De Ta: Diamond Life

So whether you're hanging out with the kids or partying the night away, there's plenty to do on Christmas day this year. So season's greetings and cheers to a Merry Christmas!