Don’t want to be cooped up at home this Christmas? No fret! Singapore’s buzzing with festivities and we have a list of some of the top places to celebrate Christmas in Singapore as 2022 comes to an end. Read on and let Christmas take you over!
No matter the perpetual 30 degrees celsius in this city, Singapore dives right into the festive spirit even before November wanes. Every street is adorned with decorations that glitter all night. Giant, fairy-lit Christmas trees stand tall on every corner. And suddenly you find yourself humming Christmas carols playing in the malls. So yes, while a traditional White Christmas isn’t Singapore’s style, the city is second to none in wrapping itself up in the festivities of the season. Find yourself needing a Christmas boost over this weekend? We have you covered! Here are the top places to celebrate Christmas in Singapore!
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1. Firstly, Don’t Miss Out On The Decorations!
The best part of Singapore being a tiny speck is that you can probably navigate most of it within a single day — and no better way to do that than enjoy the multitude of gorgeous Christmas decorations that sprawl from street to street. Here are some classic ones:
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Of course, one of the unmissable arrangements is definitely on Orchard Road which lights up in pink and white streamers from Orchard Boulevard all the way up to Plaza Singapura. On the Great Street, the plethora of malls also gets all dolled up for the occasion. And among carolling buskers, thrilling pop-up activations, and torrents of (equally excited) people, you can get the most wholesome Christmas experience.
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Look at Marina Bay Sands’ sublime Christmas decorations as the entire mall is enveloped in golden lights and a thousand bejewelled trees. The perfect Instagrammable spot shines on its giagantic snow globe that greets you on the waterfront side of the mall, with soft snow flurrying inside. Take it from personal experience, it will make your jaw drop.
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At Raffles City, have a look at the stellar golden “Fly to the Stars” tree in collaboration with Guerlain! Decked with glowing lights, the iconic Guerlain Bee sits atop the rings rimmed with foliage. Perched on the External Quartzite of the Mall, step inside the tree, look up and look right into the stars.
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Christmas on a Great Street here!
2. Christmas Wonderland Calls To You!
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Nestled in Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland returns to Singapore! Bright light displays inspire the beloved St Nick’s Square, Gingerbread Grove, Merry Lane, ELFresco, Mistletoe Alley, and Games Village. Check out the all-new Spalliera — 21 metres of Italian design and illuminated by 103,000 light bulbs. Take a photo with Santa, ride on the two-storey carousel, experience ‘snow’, and marvel at the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show. Tis’ indeed the time to be jolly!
Opening Hours: Daily, 6.30 PM – 11 PM
Address: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Entry Fee: Starting S$8
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Christmas Wonderland here
3. Have An Immersive Christmas At Jewel!
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To complement the sequel of the blockbuster Avatar: The Way of Water, Jewel has taken to the oceans to create the Christmas wonderland — Christmas Odyssea at Jewel! Immersive light installations and water effect projections create a Christmas like no other.
Up in the Canopy Park, on the topmost floor of Jewel, blue, purple, and teal lighting take over and the Petal Garden becomes bioluminescent. Dotted with mystical plants, you can weave in and out through glow-in-the-dark corals for a transcendental feel. To add to the fantasy, gentle snowfall occurs hourly between 7 PM and 10:30 PM — so you can have the most magical Christmas evening!
If you’re at Jewel, don’t forget to check out the Light & Sound show inspired by the very same film! It features the mystical creatures of the Avatar Universe through sound and choreography.
Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 10 AM – 10 PM. Fridays to Sundays, Eve & PH: 10 AM – 11 PM
Address: Airport Blvd, Level 5 78, Singapore 819666
Entry Fee: S$8
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Christmas Odyssea here
4. Have A Universally-Super Christmas
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Christmas cheers go up a notch at Universal Studios! As Singapore’s go-to theme park, spend Christmas amongst Santa’s Circus Extravaganza and have a bedazzled night in ‘New York’. As the float parade makes its way to Santa’s Big Top where snowfall awaits you, watch the iconic Illumination and Universal Studios characters meet and greet you along the way! With ample photo spots and an array of game booths, you’ll have plenty to keep you in festive spirit constantly!
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 AM – 8 PM
Address: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Entry Fee: S$98/Adult, S$78/Child
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Universal Christmas here
5. Have An Exhilarating Time At The Circus!
Image credits: The Great Bay Fiesta
Coming to Singapore with some of the best acts across Europe, ‘The Great Cirque de Cascades’ is a circus unrivalled by any other. Part of the Great Bay Fiesta, which is again one of the best festivals to visit this Christmas (read more about it here), the circus is a magical way to spend the weekend!
Behold Duo Adrenlina, recognised as the world’s most dangerous act, and Crossbow Slingers fire crossbows with utmost precision. Hear the roar of motorbikes in full-throttle complete unbelievable manoeuvres in the 5 m diameter of the Thunderdome with the Perez Motorbiker Troupe. With countless acts to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is perhaps the best Christmas gift for thrill seekers!
Show Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 7 PM. Fridays, 4:30 PM & 7 PM. Saturdays, Sundays, & Public Holidays: 2 PM, 4:30 PM, 7 PM.
Address: Bayfront Event Space
Entry Fee: Starting S$78
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about The Great Bay Fiesta here
6. Go Ice Skating!
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What better way to experience a White Christmas than to spend a day at the ice skating rink wearing thick winter coats? A perfect spot for wholesome family outings or your first date, nothing adds more magic to the Yuletide cheer than a bit of gliding (and sometimes, falling) across real ice — and you get to pretend you’re somewhere magical in Europe! Some rinks to check out: The Rink, Kallang Ice World, and Snow City.
If you’re at Snow City, you can also check out the Ice Hotel Gallery! Behold mesmerizing ice sculptures and the Ice Bar with 5 thematic ice and snow art installations. How about that wintry escapade?
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Universal Christmas here
7. Go Christmas Shopping!
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If retail therapy is your ultimate Christmas activity, check out the Christmas Extravaganza at Design Orchard. Featuring local brands such as Pinch Ceramics and Gentle Pup, showcasing works made and sourced with care, there’s no better deed than supporting local designers this Christmas. Perfect for gifting or just to pamper yourself, find the one thing that would make this Christmas even more special!
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Address: 250 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238905
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Design Orchard Christmas Extravaganza here
8. Party Countdown To Christmas!
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Tired of Mariah Carey resurfacing every Christmas and want something more dynamic? Show up at Blu Jaz Cafe’s Afrogroove Christmas Countdown Party and find yourself in some oscillating afrobeat and reggaeton on your Christmas eve. Blu Jaz is perfect for some good food and drinks, so yes, definitely a super concoction!
Date: 24 Dec 2022, 9:30 PM
Opening Hours: 9:30 PM – 3 AM
Address: Blujaz, 11 Bali Ln, Historic Kampong Glam Singapore 189848
Price: $15 (pre-booking) / S$100 (table-booking)
Top Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore 2022: Find more about Afrogroove Christmas Countdown Party here
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