With sparkly lights lining Orchard Road and larger-than-life Christmas trees in every mall on the island, we don’t have to tell you that Christmas is a hop and a skip away. And what better way to ring in the festive season than a spot or two of shopping? We rounded up some of the best bazaars, fairs and markets so you don’t miss out on the best shopping in Singapore this year end!
A NAIISE CHRISTMAS POP UP STORE
Online retailer Naiise brings together some of the best local crafters, designers, artists and even food vendors for their fourth major pop-up event of the year and it is one you should definitely check out. Naiise will be selling design products from more than 150 independent designers from Singapore and around the world. On top of that, each weekend will see fresh menus headlined by food partners like The Cajun Kings, Park Bench Deli, Morsels, Burnt Ends, Artichoke and Kith Cafe. Coffee, artisanal foods and smaller food items will also be available throughout the week. In the spirit of giving, Naiise is partnering with Club Rainbow to grant Christmas wishes for 100 children who are suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Visitors to the pop-up store can grant any of these wishes displayed on the special Christmas tree.
When: 15 November – 24 December, 12pm – 7pm
Where: 72 – 74 Dunlop Street Singapore 209402
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
The Affordable Art Fair returns for the second time this year, and as always, you can expect thousands of paintings, sculptures and photographs represented by hundreds of galleries around the world. The artworks are priced between $100 and $10,000, with 75% of the artwork under SG$7500. Tickets are available on SISTIC.
When: 20 November, 12pm – 9pm; 21 November , 12pm – 6pm; 22 November, 11am – 8pm; 23 November, 11am – 6pm
Where: F1 Pit Building, No.1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
AWA NEARLY NEW SALE
Join the American Women’s Association at Stamford American International School and browse their fab stalls for everything from maternity-wear and baby clothes to toys and books. You’ll be sure to bag a bargain or two while shopping these “nearly new” pre-loved goodies, just don’t forget it’s cash only, mama!
When: 15 November, 10am-12:30pm
Where: Stamford American International School, 279 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 347691
CHRISTMAS FAIR @ THE BRITISH CLUB
With over 50 independent vendors, this year’s Christmas Fair at The British Club is set to be bigger than ever. Browse the stalls for unique goodies from clothing and accessories to trinkets and crafts. This is definitely one to shop for those nifty gifts, mama!
When: 25-26 November, 10am-5pm
Where: The British Club, 73 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289761
CLARKE QUAY TRADERS MARKET
The ever popular monthly Clarke Quay market will host a significantly festive vibe during December! While you’ll still be able to shop super-cool pop-ups for fashion, gifts, tasty treats and more, there’ll also be roving Christmas characters ready to pose for snaps with munchkins!
When: 5, 6 and 7 December, 5-11pm.
Where: Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square, Singapore 179024
FANCY FAIRE @ THE ORCHARD HOTEL
If you’re looking for something a bit different from the santa-heavy bazaars, make your way over to Fancy Faire at The Orchard Hotel, which has adopted an Asian crafts focus this year. Featuring fine art, paintings, antiques, ornaments, home décor, jewellery and clothing from collectors and exhibitors around the world, this year’s Fancy Faire will seamlessly merge culture with retail. Perfect!
When: 25 November, 10am-6pm
Where: Orchard Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879
GESS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
If this bazaar doesn’t get you in the festive spirit, you’re a total grinch, mama! But all joking aside, this fantastic annual Christmas bazaar at the German European School Singapore is the ultimate holiday fair. Stroll around, tuck into traditional German Christmas sweets, purchase handmade advent decorations for littlies, warm the cockles with mugs of mulled wine, listen to live christmas carols performed by the GESS’ own choir, and keep the festivities going with the after-bazaar social BBQ!
When: 29 November, 4-9pm
Where: GESS Junior School Campus, 300 Jalan Juring Kechil, Singapore 289760
KEEPERS EMERGENCY SHOPPING
If you’re looking for unique, homegrown and super-cool gifts for the clothes horses in your life you’ll definitely want to head over to KEEPERS over these two special weekends in December. With extended opening hours, you can browse some of Singapore’s best local independent brands, and pick up everything from accessories and apparel to edible gifts and cool knickknacks. Plus there will be food trucks, live music and funky entertainment, making it an event you don’t want to miss!
When: 12, 13, 19 & 20 December, 11am-11:30pm
Where: Orchard Green (Junction of Cairnhill Road and Orchard Road), Singapore 238854
Plan this Friday night wisely because you will definitely want to squeeze in a spot of shopping. The ever-quirky MAAD markets let you kick off your weekend in the midst of the local arts and design community. Expect everything from literature to fashion, toys, and art.
When: 12 December, 5pm – Midnight
Where: Red Dot Design Museum, 28 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069120
NETHERLAND CHARITY ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS FAIR
Fancy upping the Christmas spirit? Then you’ll definitely want to gather the fam and head down to this lively Christmas market. Featuring plenty of Dutch stalls selling festive treats, ornaments, toys, Christmas cards and more, there’ll also be cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, fashion shows and a fabulous lucky draw! Who could resist?
When: 20 November, 10am-5pm
Where: Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814
PUBLIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Public Garden is ending 2014 with a bang, with the largest series of Christmas markets they’ve ever had. With over 150 vendors setting up shop, you can expect everything from Instagrammable baked goods, to decorative homeware, kitschy jewellery and even locally-produced nut butters.
When: 22, 23, 29 and 30 November & 6, 7, 13 and 14 December, 1pm-7pm
Where: Level 16 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road Singapore 238164
TABITHA FOUNDATION SILK FAIR
Looking to stock up on fabulous silks and all for a good cause? Look no further mama, the Tabitha Foundation Silk Fair stocks the finest threads made by super-skilled Cambodian seamstresses, with all proceeds benefitting the Tabitha Foundation to help fund the development of schools, education and health care for families in need in Cambodia. Get your Christmas shopping done early and select choice silk accessories, scarves and home décor.
When: 19-20 November, from 10am
Where: Originals, 896 Dunearn Road, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, Singapore 589472
THE FAIR @ PAN PACIFIC ORCHARD
Time to shop till you drop, mama! If you’ve got a Christmas shopping list as long as Santa’s, you’ll more than likely find it all here at The Fair. From gifts, apparel, home décor, beauty products, health foods, art, furniture, jewellery, handmade crafts and more, each stall features unique pieces from all around the world, guaranteeing that there’s something for everyone. Phew!
When: 10 December, 10am-7pm
Where: Pan Pacific Orchard, 11 Claymore Road, Singapore 229540
UWCSEA DOVER HOLIDAY SHOPPING FAIR
A firm fave on the Sassy Mama shopping scene, UWCSEA Dover’s Christmas Fair returns, filled to the brim with fab jewellery, cool clothing, toys, accessories, handmade crafts, and gourmet goodies. It’s the ideal spot to stock up on gifts and stocking filers, as items are brought in by NGOs that have teamed up with the school so you’ll be giving back while shopping till you drop, mama!
When: 22 November, 10am-4pm
Where: UWCSEA Dover campus, Main Hall, 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654