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Celebrating the Festive Season in the Lion City

December 14, 2016 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

ingapore is celebrated for its diverse yet harmonious melting pot of cultures, including people of Chinese, Eurasian, Indian, Malay and Peranakan backgrounds. No matter what their cultural background, Singaporeans pay respect and homage to each other’s religious days of significance with Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu and Christian holidays included within national public holidays.

Christmas takes its place alongside Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Hari Raya as a significant celebration and must-see festival of experiences.  Just like Australia/New Zealand, visitors can take in the festive spirit whilst enjoying tropical weather in Singapore, but there is also a range of exciting events too, set against a fun and exciting backdrop of lights and decorations .  If you know where to look… you may even be lucky enough to spot Santa himself, his reindeers or some real snow! See below for our top picks of celebratory Christmas (and New Year!) activities.


Christmas On A Great Street

12 November – 2 January 2017

World-famous Orchard Road lights up again in the highly anticipated Christmas On A Great Street.  With over two kilometres of activities, visitors can marvel at the colourful displays of interactive light installations and Instagram ready buildings spruced up with Christmas themed decorations and cheer.   The annual tradition provides a tropical take on Christmas, allowing you to shop whilst enjoying a surreal playground of fun, food and fashion.

Santa’s All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore

1 December – 2 January 2017

Experience festive cheer at Universal Studios Singapore (USS) with the spectacular Santa’s All-Star Christmas. Having won the Guinness World Record for the largest light bulb display in an indoor venue (17 November 2016), USS’ Christmas offering consists of eight thematic zones, which feature over 820,000 illuminating lights.  The park is a perfect option for families, with live shows and performances from iconic characters, hourly snowfall, and a chance to visit the man in the red suit at Santa’s Village. Interact with delightful elves, talking reindeer and watch out for fireworks on select evenings.

Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium

1 December 2016 – 2 January 2017

The magic of the season meets the wonders of the ocean in Merry Fishmas. Come catch Scuba Santa and Elves in action, listen to the stories told by Mrs Claus, and embark on the Enchanted Sea Trail to discover marine animals that inspired Water Type Pokémon! And don’t miss the fun and interactive Pokémon Research Exhibition, held for the first time outside Japan!

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
2 December – 1 January 2017

Yuletide spirits are in full swing at Singapore’s iconic Gardens by the Bay.  The stunning Supertrees provide a fantastical backdrop to a charming, European style festive market with a range of stalls including arts and crafts, food, boutique goods and vintage finds.  Enjoy a ride at the festive Fairground, take in over sixty light installations on display throughout the gardens or head to the Ice Palace where you can enjoy ice skating and a ride down the ice slide.  Little ones can also enjoy a visit to Hi-5 Funtastic House to enjoy some edu-tainment.


BounceOFF! Fiesta

2 December – 1 January 2017

For more interactive fun, end your year at Asia’s largest outdoor inflatable play space BounceOFF! Fiesta.  Activating an estimated 40,000 square meters across Marina Bay, the pop-up features 15 gigantic inflatable obstacles and slides, as well as interactive bazaar activities.  Great for all ages, the Feast Zone offers international and local cuisine, while adults can enjoy inflatable beer pong and children can participate in special activities.

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
31 December 2016

Ring in the New Year at Marina Bay at Singapore’s annual iconic New Year’s Eve celebration. With a magnificent firework display and a spectacular orchestral music score, the stunning countdown is one to remember.

Siloso Beach Party

31 December 2016

Singapore’s one and only New Year beach party will be hosted on Sentosa’s hip, Siloso Beach. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s Siloso Beach Party will offer 12 hours of non-stop celebrations from 6am to 6pm with fireworks, music and a foam pool. International and local DJs are set to perform to an over-18s crowd of revellers.

Clarke Quay Supernova Countdown Party
31 December 2016

Rock-in the New Year from 9.30pm along the historic Singapore River starting with Clarke Quay’s Larger-than-Life Boombox Party, followed by live performances in the heart of the action at Fountain Square.

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