Does your kid want to meet Santa this Christmas? We’ve just received a special message from the North Pole (yup, us Sassy Mamas have a direct line!) and have info on where Santa’s making pitstops in Singapore for photo ops and gift requests!
Christmas is right around the corner, so Santa Claus and his merry elves are ready to hop in their sleigh to meet kids in person! Do your kids still believe in Santa? If you’re looking to keep the magic alive (and we discuss here different views on that topic!) then here are all the places your little one can meet Santa in Singapore this Christmas; but before that, help them prep their Dear Santa letters and Christmas gift wish lists!
Keep scrolling to see where Santa’s making an appearance!
Where to meet Santa in Singapore in person!
Take pics with Santa at Cluny Court (FREE!)
Put on your best festive outfit and head to Cluny Court, where you’ll get to meet Santa at his grotto. Snap a jolly family Christmas photo (with your own cameras – there’s no professional photographer on hand this year) or get a pic of Santa with your kiddos, as he ushers in the festive season at the mall’s annual Christmas fair. For many in Singapore, this Santa is the Santa to get pics with – he’s the most realistic of the lot! Also, in the true spirit of Christmas, donation boxes will be placed at the fair and at Santa’s Grotto for all to contribute to the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
When: Christmas fair: 23 – 26 November 2023, 30 November – 3 December 2023, 7 – 10, 14 – 17 December 2023; Thursdays to Sunday, 11am – 6pm
Santa’s appearance is scheduled during the Fair hours. This is on a first come, first served basis, so get there early to avoid a long queue!
Where: Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
How much: Free!
Meet & Greet and Storytelling with Santa at Tanglin Mall (FREE!)
This Christmas season will see Tanglin Mall complete with Christmas-themed events and activities for the whole family, including Christmas carolling, daily snow shows and more. Keep a lookout for Santa on selected weekends in December, where he’ll be hosting special meet and greet sessions, including storytelling of some of his favourite Christmas stories! His elves will also be making their way around the mall to spread festive cheer on 10 & 17 December, so be sure to look out for them!
When: 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 23 December, 2pm (roving Lil’ Elves: 10 & 17 December, 3pm)
Where: Tanglin Mall, L1 Atrium, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933
How much: FREE!
Visit Santa at Christmas Wonderland
We’ve heard from Rudolph that the man in red himself is making an appearance at Christmas Wonderland this year! Head over to St Nick’s Square within Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, to meet Santa and take pictures with him before he heads off to deliver presents to boys and girls all over the world.
When: 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024
Where: Christmas Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: No extra charge for pics with Santa once you have a Christmas Wonderland ticket: Click here for ticket deets!
Meet Santa at Changi Festive Village
Head over to Changi Airport Terminal 3 for candy-licious fun at the annual Changi Festive Village! From amazing IG-worthy photo ops with a giant teddy bear and a life-sized Gingerbread house to a candy-themed carnival with rides, go-karts, inflatables and claw machines. Plus a highlight is the snow house with ice slides and real ‘snow’! On special days look forward to roving performances, plus don’t miss a meet & greet with Santa at Candy Carnival and Candy Wonderland.
When: Fridays to Sundays and PH from 15 December – 25 December 2023
Where: Candy Carnival (5:30pm – 6:30pm) & Candy Wonderland (7:45pm – 8:45pm), Changi Airport, Terminal 3
How much: No info on charges yet to meet Santa (it could be free!)! Check back here for more deets.
Take Pics with LEGO Santa Mascots
Do you have a LEGO fan at home? This Christmas, The LEGO Group will be bringing fun-filled festive adventures of play to Parkway Parade, Jem and 313@Somerset. Embark on a journey to help Santa and his Elves get ready for Christmas by searching for the missing presents. Plus, keep an eye out for LEGO Santa Mascots who will make special appearances at selected times over the weekend.
When: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2023 (Parkway Parade), 11 – 31 Dec 2023 (Jem), 18 – 31 Dec (313@Somerset)
Where: Parkway Parade, Jem and 313@Somerset
How much: Free!
Meet Santa at IKEA
Who doesn’t love a trip to IKEA? This Christmas, there are a lot of exciting Christmas events happening for the whole family from a hide-and-seek Santa hunt to a chorale performance from Santa Lucia choir and more. Plus, kids can snap photos with Santa Claus at his meet-and-greet session on 16 to 17 December at all three IKEA stores.
When: IKEA Tampines: 16 December: 2pm – 3pm, 4pm – 5pm; 17 December 4pm – 5pm, 7pm – 8pm
IKEA Alexandra: 16 & 17 December, 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
IKEA Jurong: 16 & 17 December, 2pm – 3pm, 4pm – 5pm
How much: Free!
We’re still keeping our eyes peeled for more deets on Santa appearances this year, so be sure to check back again later.
Get a personalised video from Santa
Portable North Pole (PNP)
PNP has free personalised Santa videos for kiddos where Santa even says your kid’s name! They are really good too! Fill in the form with your little one’s name (there are different pronunciations to choose from!) together with a picture and PNP will create a customised Christmas greeting from Santa. Try a simple video for free, or pay for an interactive video or live call. The videos are wallet-friendly.
Portable North Pole, www.portablenorthpole.com
Find proof that Santa exists
Catch a Character
Catch Santa in the act of delivering presents! If “proof” of Santa existing is what you’re after, this is it! Download the easy-to-use Catch a Character app. Snap a picture of your Christmas tree, child’s bedroom or the family living area and then choose a Santa to superimpose into your image. You can create an unlimited amount of images on your smartphone for free, and opt for Santas in a range of ethnicities. Good news: You can reuse the app with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
Catch a Character, www.catchacharacter.com
Meet Santa Claus virtually in Singapore
Meet Santa Claus in Singapore over a 7-, 15- or 30-minute, interactive Zoom call (from $35) with That’s Santa! One kid can meet Santa one-on-one or siblings can share a chat with Santa; you can even invite the grandparents to join in. You can even record this virtual visit so you can capture the Christmas magic with Santa.
That’s Santa!, www.thatssanta.com/virtual
Virtual Santa Claus Visits
This meeting with Santa Claus is about 5 to 15 minutes in length, and you can extend the time if there’s more than one child who wants to meet Santa in Singapore. Depending on the package you purchase, you can expect activities such as a Q&A session with Santa, sing-alongs of popular Christmas songs and more.
Use promo code VSCV20DC to get 20% off your virtual Santa meet and greet. Valid while booking space lasts.
Virtual Santa Claus Visits, www.virtualsantaclausvisits.com
See where Santa is
Santa Tracker Programmes
Every year since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has run this Christmas-themed programme. Essentially a tracking simulation for Santa Claus, the NORAD Santa Tracker opens each year on 1 December. However, the real fun doesn’t begin until Christmas Eve, when kids can follow his journey from the North Pole to houses around the world live. Alternatively, follow Santa’s journey around the world on the Google Santa Tracker all through December; the website also had fun, educational and interactive activities for the whole family. Kids can play and learn with Santa’s elves through these virtual games.
Get handwritten letters from Santa
Can’t be fussed with new-fangled tech for your child’s interaction with Santa Claus? If you’ve downloaded our free “Dear Santa” template for your kids to fill out, they may be hoping for a reply. Reach out to Santa’s Letter Factory for a personalised letter from Santa to your child. In addition to a customised letter, each letter package also includes a special map showing the route he’ll take from the North Pole to your home, a Nice List certificate for your child and more, all wrapped in a decorative Santa envelope. There are other packages too with more magic – think door hangers with special messages from Santa, window stickers, collectible plates and mugs, a magical bell from Santa’s suit, reindeer food made by Mrs Claus herself and even a packet of magic snow. Alternatively, browse through Etsy for handmade letters.
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