Oh yes this weekend IS the start of December. Christmas lights line every road that matters and the kiddos’ favourite cartoon characters have invaded the malls in all their mascot glory. If you’re smart, you’ve already procured an advent calendar ahead of time to stave off the kids’ Christmas jitters. But if they’re still bouncing off the walls, we’ve got just the parties, festive bazaars and Christmas displays to get them into the Christmas mood (and off your back)…
1. Create something sew fantastic
BERNINA’s first concept store just opened its doors in Singapore and no small number of our office is going cray-cray over the possibilities of a sewing machine with a touchscreen and fully-automated embroidery functions. You can try out one of these beauts for yourself at the workshops on Fashion and Accessories happening throughout December. These aren’t particularly kid-friendly but you can team up with older kids for them to be your own fashion designer and sew up an anita top, 360 skirt or make your own travel bag!
When: 1, 4, 6, 8, 15 and 22 December
Where: 38 Jln Pemimpin, #08-03 M38, Singapore 577178
Cost: $90 – $180
3. Check out a whole different kind of Christmas lights!
See the oceans come alight with all sorts of glowing sea creatures at SEA Aquarium’s Glowing Ocean. From Sea Jellies and colourful corals to light installations and LED-bedazzled divers, be immersed in a dazzling display of lights for the festive season. Can’t get enough of all the pretty sparkles? Arrange for a shimmering slumber party to sleep under a sky full of jellies!
When: 23 November 2018 to 6 January 2019
Where: SEA Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Cost: Adult: $34, Child (Age 4 – 12): $22, Senior (Age 60 and above): $22
4. Shop with a conscience at LOOP
This month-long fest is bringing together over one hundred local crafters, food and beverage and lifestyle products – all eco-friendly. Time to ditch the disposables and stock up on reusables, or learn how to DIY your own cloth wraps, chopsticks and other crafts for a sustainable lifestyle. There will also be weekly movie screenings by Popcorn and free sunset yoga sessions every Saturday evening for a relaxing weekend. Consume with a conscience and get perks like free metal straws, or BYO mug and get coffee for a dollar!
When: 1 – 31 December
Where: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive, Singapore 179682
Cost: Free entry
5. Celebrate St. Nikolaus Day at Brotzeit
Old St Nick is getting the birthday treatment this Saturday. Brotzeit will is celebrating St. Nikolaus Day at the VivoCity outlet with plenty of activities for the whole fam including face-painting and Christmas sock decoration. Kick back with a glass of mulled wine and tuck into the special festive platters as Santa Claus himself makes the rounds for some festive phototaking.
When: 1 December
Where: Brotzeit, VivoCity
Cost: Free entry
5. Step into a Christmas Wonderland
The annual festive flora event is back once again with Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree, a luminarie mirror maze, carnival rides, a festive market and an outdoor skating rink. Experience snow in the tropics with Blizzard Time and step into Santa’s Grotto for a quick snapshot with Santa. Don’t forget to pop into the flower dome to check out the adorable Disney Tsum Tsums!
When: 30 November – 26 December
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Cost: From $4
6. Take to the streets for Christmas
If you haven’t checked out Christmas on a Great Street yet then what are you waiting for? The malls of Orchard Road are fully decked out with lights and Disney set-ups and one awesome Christmas Village right outside Ngee Ann City. Chow down at the Timbre X Food Village and Bar, say hi to Santa and hop on a ride or take part in craft activities. Don’t forget to check out our guide to the best eats with kids in the Orchard area.
When: 15 Nov – 26 Dec, 11.30am – 10.00pm
Where: Outside Ngee Ann City
Cost: Free entry
7. ‘Tis the Season at Peranakan Museum
The Straits Family Sunday is taking on a festive spin this December. Come celebrate Christmas with carolling, special guided tours and create unique Peranakan-inspired Christmas ornaments for the tree.
When: 2 December
Where: Peranakan Museum
8. Explore the new galleries at ACM
Brand new permanent galleries themed as Faith and Belief are opening at ACM this Saturday. Grab one of the colourful activity booklets (complete with stickers and postcards) and embark on the new museum trails to discover how faith and belief have spread across Asia through religious art.
When: Opens 1 December
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum
Cost: Free for Singaporeans and PRs
9. Shop offline at Red Mart
Red Mart is holding an offline market this weekend complete with activities and masterclasses. This is your chance to sample the foods on offer, partake in wine and shop foodie gifts. Make your own coffee scrub or fresh smoothie and keep the kids busy with activities by Spring Maternity, Pilot Pen and Toppingskids
When: 1-2 December, 10am – 10pm
Where: The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Cost: Free entry
10. Head to the Good Hubs for the Season of Giving
Get into the spirit of giving with sport try-outs, games, carnival rides, fitness workouts, film screenings and shopping at the Sports Hub Community Play Day. There will be plenty of opportunities to give back and support the adopted beneficiaries while joining in the fun. When night falls, the Stadium Riverside Walk will illuminate with the neon ChariTrees for a festive finish. Who knew giving could be so much fun?
When: 1 – 2 December, 9 am – 7 pm
Where: OCBC Square, (Outside Stadium MRT, Exit A)
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