Ready to get festive? Here are all the best events to do in the run-up to Christmas in Singapore. All together now: it's the most wonderful time of the year!
So, you’ve bought the Christmas tree, the advent calendars are ordered, and you’re close to making that all-important decision for a kid-friendly Christmas dinner. But with the seemingly never-ending December school holidays, how will you keep the mini ones entertained throughout the whole break? Enter our roundup of the holliest, jolliest Christmas events for kids in Singapore this festive season. From Christmas crafting to markets and winter wonderlands, we’ve got you sorted.
Christmas 2022 events in Singapore + festive things to do with kids
1. Get among the festive fun along Orchard Road
Get into holiday mode on Orchard Road, which will be chockful of Christmassy light fun. Pose for picture-perfect moments among the glittering reindeer and hollies in gold, white and blue!
When: Until 2 January 2023
Where: Orchard Road
2. Looking for Santa? Meet him at Tanglin Mall this Christmas!
Dreaming of a white Christmas in Singapore? You’re in luck because Tanglin Mall’s signature Snow and Avalanche shows are finally back after a two-year hiatus! Enjoy more festive fun in the mall – you can meet Santa, sit in for storytelling sessions, and get creative with WaterBeads and Bauble Painting craft workshops from now till 23 December. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the refreshed mall’s new retail and F&B offerings: including first-in-Singapore retailers like kids’ store Minene, Australia’s largest homegrown café C Australia’s Coffee Club, Korean grocerant Market Blue, Tasty Seoul, and more!
Pro-tip: You can also take this chance to go on a ride on the newly opened Thomson-East Coast line, Orchard Boulevard station and take Exit 1, which is just a few minutes’ walk away from Tanglin Mall!
When: Till 2 January 2023 (Snow and Avalanche shows); 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23 December (Santa Meet & Greet and crafts workshop)
Where: Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933.
3. Check out all the fun at Changi Festive Village
If you’re after festive fun with a sprinkling of dinosaurs, how about checking out the action over at Changi Festive Village? Changi Festive Village is back with more fun-filled activities for the whole family! Enjoy a magical glamping night with a majestic view of the HSBC Rain Vortex, cycle or walk down the dazzlingly lit Jurassic Mile in Changi’s longest-ever light-up and have an out-of-this-world adventure with Avatar-themed activities. Be sure to check out T3’s Underground Carnival for a rolling good time! Good luck getting the kids to leave!
When: 4 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Changi Airport
4. Gardens by the Bay – check out Seasons of Bloom at the Flower Dome
Seasons of Bloom is the final floral display marking Gardens by the Bay’s tenth anniversary. This is a special one as it pays tribute to the various seasons of flowers that Flower Dome has brought to visitors over the past decade. Snapdragons for Spring, delphiniums for Summer, zinnias for Autumn and cyclamens for Winter – these are just some of the colourful blooms visitors can look forward to!
In a nod to Christmas time, all things yuletide-themed take centre stage in the middle of the flower field. Towering over a landscape of snow is a dramatic Christmas tree made out of poinsettias, and an ice cavern houses beautiful seasonal blooms poignantly “frozen” in icicles – the kiddies will love this! In a season that is about giving, 10,000 Christmas ornaments used in the floral display have been handpainted by beneficiaries from the Salvation Army and Gardens by the Bay’s volunteers.
When: 10 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Gardens by the Bay
5. A Christmas pantomime! Catch Pinocchio at Wild Rice Theatre
In this cheekily on-the-nose musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Wild Rice brings one of the world’s most beloved characters to the Singapore stage. Pinocchio is a brand-new, original musical written by Thomas Lim, with lyrics by Joel Tan and music by Julian Wong, performed by a stellar cast including the adorable First Stage Kids
Based on the beloved fairytale about the little wooden puppet, Pinocchio, crafted with loving care by Geppetto – a kind, humble carpenter who has always dreamt of becoming a father. With a wish and a touch of fairy magic, Pinocchio springs to life… but there are some strings attached! A hilarious and heartwarming celebration of family, friendship and the importance of being true to yourself, Pinocchio is the perfect holiday treat for you and your loved ones. Wood we lie to you?
When: Thursday 17 November – Saturday 24 December 2022
Where: Pinocchio, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ Wild Rice, Funan
6. Mega Carnival at Downtown East
If you’re struggling to pick from all the festive events and want a bit of everything then look no further than the Mega Carnival at Downtown East. Marketed as the most value-for-money carnival, you’re bound to get bang for your buck with over twenty games, rides, activities and booths to check out. It gets even better if you have dino fans at home, as there are heaps of roarsome attractions such as dino rides, interactive dinosaur ball pits, sandpits, and so much more! Psst, don’t miss the ginormous animatronic dinosaur (let’s be honest, it’s hard to miss!).
7. Pinkmas at Museum of Ice Cream
Yep, Museum of Ice Cream isn’t one to miss out on the Xmas fun times. They’ve pulled out all the stops this festive season with larger-than-life installations, and they’ve also ventured beyond their Dempsey digs with popups happening around Somerset to look out for. Ice cream + festive fun = winning!
8. Don’t miss one of the biggest Christmas events of the year!
The one thing that makes Christmas in Singapore complete? Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, of course! There are plenty of things to do here: from spotting Christmas lights (including the Garden Rhapsody Light and Sound Show) to taking photos with Santa Claus and the enormous Christmas tree. You can even have a go at the carnival games (when was the last time we played those?) and tick off the Christmas shopping at the European-style market… there’s just so much fun to be had! Remember to book your slot before your visit…
When: 2 December 2022 – 1 January 2023
Where: Gardens by the Bay
9. Resorts World Christmas events – Universal Studios, SEA Aquarium, Adventure Cove and more!
Christmas is coming, and Resorts World Sentosa attractions are all getting into the Christmas spirit early this year! Experience A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore and watch the night light up in New York as their largest Christmas parade in two years takes place. Featuring floats, magical moments and an eclectic ensemble of 42 performers led by Ringmaster Santa as he heads to Santa’s Big Top in an epic yuletide performance! Have splashtacular fun at Adventure Cove, eat, drink and be merry at The Feastival, and delve into new (sea) depths of wondrous joy the Christmas at SEA Aquarium’s Sea of Merry Wonders!
Psst… Book online for these attractions at the links above to enjoy Christmas treats and food vouchers, and discount ticket prices.
When: Until 2 January 2022
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 0982691
10. Festive fun at The Great Bay Fiesta
Uncle Ringo knows how to put on a carnival, and this December, he’s bringing the fun to Marina Bay! If you want lots of fun and activities to entertain the kids – then hotfoot it to The Great Bay Fiesta at the Bayfront Event Space. Check out everything from traditional carnival fun with games and rides aplenty. Ice Magic is also here – win, win!
When: 1 December 2022 to 1 January 2023
Where: Bayfront Event Space
11. Have a bouncing good time at Jumptopia Festive Village
Back and bigger than before! Join Kiztopia Friends and wrap up the year with a bang at Jumptopia: Festive Village! Spanning 45,000 sq ft of space at Marina Bay Sands Expo Hall C, there will be not one, not two, but seven curated zones for an experience like no other! From mega inflatables and play areas, to stage performances, Christmas treats, a miniature Christmas market and even an indoor “snow” play area, families will get to play, feast, catch spectacular performances and shop all in one! Tickets from $36 per person, or book a family package for $128. Psst, you can also get in on the bouncing fun over at Jumptopia at Vivocity. We’ll see you there!
When: 22 November 2022 – 3 January 2023
Where: MBS Sands Expo® & Convention Centre, Hall C (Level 1)
12. Get festive with the animals at the zoo!
Venture into a Festive Wild-erland and celebrate the black and white animals of Singapore Zoo, River Wonders and Night Safari this Christmas. Get lost in Singapore Zoo’s Monochrome Maze, where little explorers can find out how everyday actions impact wildlife. Or if you’ve got a kid who just loves playgrounds, then make a beeline for River Wonders’ Panda-monium Playground, and for all the festive feels – don’t miss the Night Safari’s Snowfall at the Naracoorte Cave! Psst, watch out for festive park bundles, attractive prizes, and contests too!
When: 17 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Singapore Zoo, River Wonders and Night Safari
13. Movie time at ArtScience Museum this Christmas
We love the ArtScience Museum at the best of times and even more so at Christmas! Check out the festive films on offer, from classics like Home Alone to our all-time fave Love Actually. Grab the fam and bag yourself a ticket for the ultimate Xmas film fest!
When: 5 November 2022 – 5 January 2023
Where: ArtScience Cinema, Level 4
14. Check out IKEA food specials – Christmas fare has arrived, and kids eat free
If you’re after an easy-peasy meal out with the kids then look no further than IKEA! Kids eat free for selected meals. While you’re there, check out the Ikea family offers and the Christmas treats that have arrived in-store! More is always more at Christmas, and at IKEA, you’ll find everything you need to host a fun Christmas party.
When: Ongoing through December
Where: IKEA Alexandra and Tampines
15. Head to a Christmas market with the fam
Nothing puts us in a festive mood quite like a trip to a Christmas market. The music, the gifts, the food… what’s not to love?! If you’re on the same wavelength, then you’ll want to take a peek at our roundup of the best markets in Singapore this Christmas.
Christmas events you missed this season (but may be back next year!)
16. Take a pre-Christmas trip to the theatre to see everyone’s favourite musical, The Sound of Music
Tickets are selling fast for this beloved musical, coming to Sands Theatre in November. Kids in Singapore were invited to audition for the roles of the Von Trapp children, so you may see some familiar faces on the stage!
When: 22 November – 9 December 2022
Where: The Sound of Music, Sands Theatre, 4 Bayfront Ave, B1, Singapore 018973
17. Nutcracker Ballet performances in November and December
Got a little ballet-loving cutie in your household? This classic story of a magical evening one night before Christmas is being performed by two ballet troupes in Singapore! The Cheng Ballet Academy is performing The Nutcracker this November at NUS, and Singapore Ballet will be performing the same at Esplanade Theatre in December. Don’t miss your chance to see this stunning ballet, perfect for a pre-Christmas treat!
When: Various dates
Where: Various locations
18. Pre-Christmas concert magic: Catch Disney in Concert, A Magical Celebration
This December, Disney in Concert is back for one night only with “A Magical Celebration”! Experience wonderful musical pieces featuring Disney’s iconic movies as a backdrop with a 46-piece orchestra. Audiences will be transported to a whole new world as the concert brings beloved stories and characters to life through musical performances synchronised to the original movie clips.
Be transported on an enchanting journey as we awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a brave warrior who strives to bring honour to her family, sisters warming a frozen relationship and many more!
When: Saturday, 17 December 2022, 3pm
Where: Disney in Concert, A Magical Celebration, Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
19. Nordic Day at Gardens by the Bay + Christmas Crafts
Celebrate Christmas with friends from Nordic Countries on Nordic Day! Meet the beloved Santa Claus from Rovaniemi who is visiting Singapore, in person. Tell him your wishes this Christmas at a special Santa Meet & Greet, and deliver your Christmas letter to Santa Claus. There will be special performances and jazzy Christmas music from the Norwegian Inderberg Trio and the St Lucia Choir. There are also Christmas craft activities happening across December – check the Gardens by the Bay website for timings and more details.
When: 10 December 2022 (Nordic Day), various dates and times for craft activities
Where: Gardens by the Bay
20. Singapore Symphony Orchestra Christmas Fundraising Concert
The voices of the Singapore Symphony Choruses make a welcome return to the popular SSO Christmas Concerts! Join the SSO in a heartwarming family of joyful tunes from Handel’s Messiah to Pachelbel’s heavenly Canon, ending with a newly arranged Christmas sing-along in Baroque style!
When: Thursday 15 – Friday 16 December 2022
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
21. Get booking your family Christmas feasts for early bird specials!
Staying in Singapore this Christmas? We got you covered with all the best places for a festive feast with the family. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Keep your eyes peeled for more things to do with the kids this Christmas in Singapore – more family-friendly events will be announced soon!