Dashing through the snow, On a one-horse open sleigh
off to these Christmas events we go, laughing all the way …
We may not be able to sleigh down white snow-covered hills this side of the world, but with all the Christmas events, Christmas markets and festive lights, the Christmas spirit sure is going strong! So you’ve planned your Christmas eats and bought the tree, chosen the Christmas cards, but the question of what to do with the kiddos during the Christmas season is still unanswered! It’s time to feel very jolly, mamas, ‘cos we have some ideas of where to take kids where the snow is guaranteed!
A Smurftastic Christmas in Zhongshan Mall
Got a kiddo who loves the Smurfs, mama? This Christmas, catch Papa Smurf and the lovely Smurfette as they put on a live musical show and Meet & Greet at Zhongshan Mall! Your favourite Smurfs Clumsy and Brainy will also be roving the mall and park – check out all the dates below. Plus, spend at least $30 (or $50 at FairPrice Finest) in a single same-day receipt and try your hand at the Christmas Dip & Win (4-27 December, 11am to 8pm at the Information Counter), where you can stand a chance to win $2,500 worth of shopping and F&B vouchers, or a buffet dinner at Ramada Singapore or Days Hotel! Simply spend at least $20 (or $40 at FairPrice Finest) in a single same-day receipt and you can redeem an adorable Christmas plush toy (different toy each week)- from 27 November -24 December.
Meet Santa: (18th – 24 Dec)
Smurfs Live Musical Show: 2 – 3 December, 9 – 10 December, 16 – 17 December – 2:30pm & 8pm
Meet Smurf Clumsy & Smurf Brainy as they rove around the mall and park*: 2 – 3 December, 9 – 10 December, 16 – 17 December – 1pm & 6pm *Limited to first 30 families sign-ups per session at Level 1 Atrium Registration Counter
Farmers’ Market @ Central Singapore in Zhongshan Park – 16 Dec – selling organic and healthy local products
Zhongshan Mall, 18 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329983, www.zhongshanmall.com.sg
Canadian International School
Join CIS for a magical family morning of Christmas carols, arts and crafts, student performances, and some tasty festive-themed refreshments! A little elf also told us that Santa might be dropping in to say hi… The celebration is the perfect opportunity to observe CIS’ arts programme in the kindergarten and primary years firsthand. Campus tours will also be available for parents wishing to discover more of what CIS has to offer.
When: 8 December, 9am at Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437128
14 December, 9am at Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, 649414
How much: Free! RSVP required.
Dream Cake Christmas Cookie & Gingerbread House Building Classes
Any budding junior bakers in the house, mama? Join Dream Cake Studio’s Christmas-themed baking classes to learn how to decorate cookies and build a gingerbread house!
When: Christmas Cookie Baking Decorating Class: 12 December, 4pm – 5:30pm, 19 December, 10am – 11:30am
Christmas Ginger Bread House Building Class: 14 December, 4pm – 5pm, 21 December, 10am – 11am
How much: $80 per child
Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium
Perfect for Christmas in the tropics – swap snow for water and have a Merry Fishmas at S.E.A. Aquarium! There will be five new fishy residents, including the endangered ornate eagle ray – the first of its kind to be featured in a wildlife institution. Plus look out for Scuba Santa and the Underwater Cheeky Elves delivering special Fishmas treats to the marine animals. Educational craft activities to up-cycle material into decor and gifts plus meet Santa meet (and Mai the Manta, and Sam the Shark) and if you have been very very good, Mrs. Claus will be baking her limited edition Christmas cupcakes for you to munch on too!
When: 1 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Where: S.E.A Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
How Much: Discounted tickets on offer for residents $30 Adult /$18 Child /$18 Senior plus 10% off SEAA Annual Pass and receive 2x $5 meal voucher
Seletar Mall’s A Tale Of Wishes Come True
Be prepared to have your wishes granted at Seletar Mall! Check out the mall’s mascot, Sir Little’s (sounds like ‘Seletar’, doesn’t it?) giant toy capsule machine to win SPH Malls vouchers and prizes, catch star-studded shows including the Sir Little Christmas Show, Enchanting Bubble Show and Magic of Christmas, participate in interactive games and activities and make sure to sign your kiddos up for A Night In The Mall 2 (15 December from 9:30pm) – The Seletar Mall’s popular overnight camp featuring exciting games and Sir Little as the special guest! Simply spend $60 to register one child (5-12 years old) and an adult. Limited to the first 50 pairs of participants. Plus, help to make a child’s wish come true this Christmas by donating $15 to support a child from TSM’s selected charity. With every donation, TSM will top-up the remaining $15.
When: 10 November to 31 December
Where: The Seletar Mall, 33 Sengkang West Avenue Singapore 797653, Tel: (+65) 6341 6252, open daily from 10am to 10pm. *Programmes may have individual timings. Check their Facebook page for more details!
The Amazing Toybox’s Year-end Show: Boogie Bug Music
The Amazing Toybox is by Singapore’s only professional kids’ music duo, former preschool music and drama teachers Mark De Silva and Reuben Tupaz are bringing the joy and cheer this Christmas to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. This year’s show is a special one as it marks 10 years of bringing joy to homes and little ones through their Boogie Bug music sessions. Now they come out of the homes and onto the big stage with dancers, mascots, and some very special guest appearances. Fun for the whole family guaranteed!
When: Sunday, 3 December 2017, 9.30am, 11.15am and 4pm
Where: The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, East Garden, Lobby Level
Cost: $48 per child and adult, $17 per additional adult, $33 per additional child. Includes juice, popcorn, cookie and Toybox Polo T as part of their entry. Book here
AMK Hub’s Christmas Jamboree
Could it really be snowing in the heartlands? On top of the Yuletide spirit, soak in the festive sights and sounds of a carnival at AMK Hub, complete with fun-filled (and free!) snow and bubble shows happening seven days a week from 24 November – 1 January, an impressive line-up of theme park rides suitable for kids, a Christmas Marketplace to shop for all kinds of festive trinkets, and chances to meet Santa and friends!
Shop at the Christmas Fair & Meet Santa at Cluny Court
Be sure to get your shop on mama, because Cluny Court’s Christmas Fair and Market will take place this year from 24 – 26 November and 1 – 3 December 2017! With an eclectic mix of stalls from original and authentic festive traders, the Christmas Fair is the perfect destination for those seeking unique Christmas gifts and decorations or the perfect party outfit whilst ordering that Christmas tree and festive goodies. Father Christmas will be there from 24 November – 17 December, ready to snap some photos with the kids! Professional photography packages will also be available at designated time slots.
When: Christmas Fair and Market – 24 – 26 November, 1 – 3 December 2017, Friday and Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm
Meet Santa Claus – 24 November – 17 December (appearance schedule available here!)
Where: 501 Bukit Timah Road Cluny Court Singapore 259760
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
There’s nothing quite like Christmas Wonderland (see full deets plus pictures here) to fill you with that festive holiday feeling. Inspired by European-style Christmas Markets, wander through quaint wooden huts offering a festive collection of crafts, boutique goods and speciality food and drinks. With the promise of a visit to Santa’s Grotto and outdoor ice-skating, the kids will enjoy themselves as much as you do.
When: 1 – 26 December
Where: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: From $4
Christmas in Cybertron at City Square Mall
City Square Mall transforms into a starry universe this Christmas, with appearances by the Transformers! Explore this new galaxy through a tunnel of stars and the mall’s first-ever action-packed laser light and music display, amidst a wintry backdrop of falling snow. Space explorers young and old will be transported to Cybertron to witness Optimus Prime and Bumblebee come to life on stage for a 20-minute show! Meet the Autobots pass holders will also be entitled to mask-making workshops to turn into their favourite Autobots.
When: 17 November – 31 December
Where: 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Merry Little Christmas Festival at Dhoby Ghaut Green
Celebrate Christmas and enjoy some indoor art play sessions, balloon twisting, face painting, ice cream and photos with the jolly old fella – Santa!
When: 6 – 10 December, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 11am – 5pm, Thursday & Saturday, 11am – 8pm
Where: Dhoby Ghaut Green, opposite Plaza Singapura
Snowfall and Carols at a Europe Inspired Christmas Market
Christmas in Queenstown returns for the second year with a beautiful vision of bringing festive cheer to the community. All are welcome to a magical experience of dazzling lights, an outdoor market with artisan goods and handcrafts, festive treats to eat, snowfall (every half hour!) and caroling at the Church of The Good Shepherd.
Christmas Carols: by the popular Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre, together with a 30-member choir and a string ensemble plus a night of music by bagpipe, harmonica, accordion and ukulele performers. Look out for the Children’s Carnival featuring a bouncy castle, train rides and exciting game stores.
When: 15-17 December and 22-23 December from 6-10pm
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, 2 Dundee Road, Singapore 149454
FREE Suzie & the Polar Bears Live at HarbourFront Centre
On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays catch free shows of Suzie & the Polar Bears Live at the L1 North Atrium. The bears Lulu, Lula and Lilo awake on Christmas morning but alas, no presents from Santa Claus! Are the bears on Santa’s Naughty list? Will the bears receive any gifts from Santa? You’ll have to watch the show to find out! Meet and greet sessions are available 10 minutes after the show and roving activities around the mall at 3pm – 3.30pm on show dates.
When: 2 – 24 December 2017, 2pm an 6pm
When: Harbourfront Centre, L1 North Atrium
Enchanted Christmas at Trehaus
Trehaus, our fave co-working space on Orchard Road is putting on their annual Christmas fun! Saturdays will see their Enchanted Christmas Market with festive goodies on sale from fashion, to kids items, homeware, accessories, skin and haircare, delicious holiday food and more. Plus there will be Enchanted Christmas Movie Screenings, and Enchanted Christmas Gingerbread Decorating sessions on Sundays, 26th Nov: 3rd and 10th Dec (The Peranakan, Level 2, 12pm – 3pm).
When: Saturdays, 25 November, 2, 9 & 16 December, Christmas Market (The Atrium, Level 1) – 1pm to 7pm
Christmas Movie Screenings at Trehaus – 4pm – 7pm,
Gingerbread Decorating sessions at The Peranakan, Level 2– Sundays, 26 November, 3 & 10 December, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879
Miss Petal & Bloom Christmas Workshops
Celebrate the festive season with paper artist Eileen from Miss Petal & Bloom by making pretty paper flowers that will never wilt! It’s the perfect time to DIY flowers for decorating the house for Christmas. Beginners welcome!
When: Crepe Paper King Protea Workshop – 3 December, 2pm to 5pm, $120
Christmas Poinsettias Workshop – 10 December, 2pm to 5pm, $110
Where: 9 King Albert Park, #02-06 KAP, Singapore 598332
Orchard Road: Christmas on A Great Street
Everyone knows the biggest Christmas party is happening on Orchard Road! The lights stretching 2.88km from Tanglin Mall shopping centre to Plaza Singapura have already gone up (they have been since late-October!) and will be lit up every day from 3pm until New Year’s Day! Be sure to pop by the first ever Christmas Village at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, which will feature a Great Carousel, lots of shopping, carnival rides, performances and photo ops with Santa. You also wouldn’t want to miss the Christmas Eve Countdown Concert featuring a line-up of local bands performing Christmas classics and all-time favourite hits, ending off with a pyrotechnics show at midnight!
When: Christmas Light-Up – Now till 1 January 2018, 3pm onwards
Christmas Village – 25 November – 25 December
Christmas Eve Countdown Concert – 24 December, 8pm
Where: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238874
ION Sky’s New Animation Show
Despite the telling name of ‘Orchard Road’, not many will know that the land was previously covered with nutmeg plantations and orchards! A new immersive experience awaits at the 56th storey of ION mall, taking you back in time to trace the transformation of Singapore and Orchard Road as the plantations and orchard of yesteryears made way for roads, houses and shopping malls. The animation begins the moment you step into the lift at Level 4, and follows you all the way through to Level 56 with a virtual ‘leaf-covered’ path. An interesting, visual and fun way for both adults and kids to learn about the history of Singapore and Orchard Road!
When: The multimedia shows are screened every 45 minutes with seven daily shows to choose from, between 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 7:45pm (last admission at 7:45pm)
Where: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn Level 56 (access the lift at Level 4), Singapore 238801
How much: To experience the new ION Sky, members of ION+ Rewards simply need to spend a minimum of $20 (up to four same-day receipts) to redeem an admission ticket. Shoppers who are not yet ION+ Rewards members can sign up for a complimentary membership either via the ION Orchard mobile app or at the concierge located on basement 3, level 1 or 4. Show bookings can be made on the ION Orchard mobile app or at Concierge counters.
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Expect the city’s business centre to be transformed into one giant wonderland 25,000 square metres of thrill rides and carnival games! Occupying The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space, there will be 40 rides and games – many of which have been brought into Singapore from various European countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany. Look out for The Star Flyer, the tower ride giving you uninhibited 360˚ views of the Singapore skyline from a 35-metres height as you “fly” above the clouds and The Booster Maxx, 55 metres above ground rotating at a speed that can reach 96km/hour under eight seconds. For the littler ones, the Log Flume with its gentle turns before heading down to a big splash and the Apple Coaster where kids can buckle up and get their first orientation to a rollercoaster ride.
When: 8 December 2017 – 1 April 2018, daily 4pm to 11pm, except Christmas and New Year’s Eve from 3pm.
Where: The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
How Much: Admission is free for all, and credits for rides and games can be purchased on-site and online via marinabaycarnival.sg.
Robocar-Poli Shows at Plaza Singapura
This school holidays, embark on an odyssey with Poli, Roy, Amber and Helli from the popular South Korean animated cartoon, Robocar Poli, with first ever thematic craft workshops and a tea party session! Expect lots of singing and dancing, featuring classic Christmas songs in celebration of the festive season. Plus make your own Robocar Poli badges at the craft workshops. Exclusive Robocar Poli premiums are also up for grabs for the first 4,000 people, with a min spend of $240.
When: 24 November to 10 December 2017, Showtime: Monday to Thursday: 1pm and 7pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
Where: Plaza Singapura, Main Atrium, Level 1 , 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
The Local People Christmas Art Market At South Beach Avenue
The Local People will be transforming South Beach Avenue into a huge one-stop Christmas Party, with Santa’s Workshop @ the South Pole! Expect art (there’s an art wall backdrop to colour in), design, food and live music inside plus festive tents where Singapore-made and locally-designed products will be up for grabs. Sing along with Christmas carollers on 17 December while at 7 pm daily a public screening of Lulu the Movie, Michelle Chong’s Best Director Win at the Canada International Film Festival 2017, will take place. For kids: a face-painting artist, a photo booth, fundraising carnival games by The Social Co., and LED Balloon giveaways plus Christmas workshops daily from 11 am to 10 pm.
When: 15 to 17 December 2017 (check their Facebook page for music timings)
Where: South Beach, 26/ 36 Beach Road
Parkway Parade Snowy Fun Activities – Guaranteed Daily Snow!
This is the season of snowy surprises at Parkway Parade! Shoppers can look forward to a subzero snowy retreat at the Snow Fun House – indoor snow experience, complete with a snow luge, snow pit and an igloo. Entry requirements, minimum spent of $50* in maximum 2 combined same-day receipts ($100* Cold Storage & Giant receipts). Free* admission for American Express ® Card Members, capped at 10 free slots per day. Long pants, gloves and socks are compulsory (bring your own or you will be charged for rental). Look out for the snow cannon blaster at the mall’s basement pavilion – we love guaranteed snow! Plus Artic Avengers mascots will also be in town to spread the Christmas cheer. Snowfall will take place daily right in front of the Snow Fun House. Mon to Fri at 8pm and Sat, Sun & PH 5pm & 8pm. No minimum spend is required. Look out for other prize draws and giveaways! *T & Cs apply.
When: 23 Nov – 25 Dec 2017
Where: Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road
Santa Run for Wishes 2017 by Make A Wish Foundation
Run for a good cause, mama! The fourth edition of the Santa Run for Wishes by Make A Wish Foundation is gearing up for another phenomenal day of festivities. Runners can look forward to new, spectacular merchandise and activities this year in collaboration with the Marina Bay Countdown 2018 party to usher in the jolly season. Look forward to the 2km trail, 5km run and carnival! All registration and donation proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation (Singapore) to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening conditions.
When: 9 December, 7:30am – 11am
Where: The Promontory @ Marina Bay
How much: From $42/child (age 4-11) and $52/adult (Family and Group packages available)
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2017 Kids Dash
The SCSM 2017 Kids Dash is back this Christmas season, happening under the Christmas lights at Orchard Road! IRONMAN Asia, invites littlies to get their tiny feet moving with a 600m dash down the vibrant street, where they will get a free T-shirt, finishers medal, luggage tag and candy while enjoying entertainment, carnivals, food and snacks as part of the whole celebration!
When: 2 December
Where: Orchard Road
How much: $25/child for the Kids Dash
Bearytale Christmas in Suntec City: Care Bears, Forever Friends & Paddington Live Shows
A Bearytale Christmas is coming to town at Suntec City. This is your kids’ chance to see their favourite cuddly toys come to life in true magical Christmas spirit. There’s so much on for kids at Suntec City – giving you the perfect excuse to do your Christmas shopping all in one place while your kids are kept happy with all the free kids’ activities from the bear parade to live shows, Care Bear dance classes, balloon artists and more!
When: 17 November – 25 December
Where: Suntec City, North Atrium (between Tower 1 and 2), 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore
How much: Free!
Urban Ventures Street Party X House of Noise 2017
With over 12,000 people in attendance at the last Urban Ventures Street Party, you know you can expect bigger and better celebrations for Urban Ventures Vol 8, mama! The last Urban Ventures event of the year, Urban Ventures X House of Noise will be taking over Keong Siak Road and Jiak Chuan Road, playing host to three stages shared by two DJs, 20 bands and a Christmas market!
When: 16 December, 4pm – 10:30pm
Where: Keong Siak Road and Jiak Chuan Road
How much: Free!
Lead image by Alkalom Eclat