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 started shopping for a Christmas tree, you’re ready to open up those advent calendars, you’ve worked out where you’re getting your photo with Santa, and you’ve even made a reservation for a kid-friendly Christmas dinner. But with the seemingly never-ending December school holidays coming up, how will you keep the mini ones entertained the whole break through? Enter our round-up 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 events in Singapore + festive things to do with kids
1. Christmas Wonderland
Christmas Wonderland returns for its seventh edition with a brand new digital twist that’ll excite visitors of all ages. Expect a digital wonderland packed with interactive content and games galore for peeps of all ages.
When: Until 31 Dec
Where: Christmas Wonderland
2. 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 check out our round-up of the best markets in Singapore this Christmas.
3. Christmas with Minions at Universal Studios
Head over to A Universal Christmas at Sentosa where you’ll get to hang with Gru and his Merry Minions. Don’t forget to say hey to Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street peeps, plus your furry friends from Madagascar, and Shrek and Princess Fiona. Stay ’til the evening for a glittery cityscape and the topsy turvy Christmas house light-up. Plus, try your luck at fun carnival games to win colourful souvenirs!
When: 5 Nov 2020 to 3 Jan 2021
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
4. A Season of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium
If your littles are more into marine life, they’ll love the refreshed experiences at S.E.A. Aquarium. For Christmas 2020, they’ve put up a gorge Christmas tree made from upcycled crate boxes, and they’ve also organised cool festive games!
When: 7 Nov to 5 Jan 2021
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
5. Learn how to be a princess at Princess Academy
Got a tot who’s obsessed with all things princess? They’ll get to fulfil their fairytale dreams at a three-day boot camp at the Andsoforth Princess Academy! Princesses-in-training will learn the ropes of etiquette, poise and craft from Cinderella, Mariah The Mermaid and The Fairy Godmother. They will also be tasked to complete royal duties like designing, decorating and painting their very own pumpkin carriage. And the highlight of it all? Turn into a real-life Cinderella by designing a princess gown and complete the transformation with a princess inspired make-up tutorial! To truly look the part, princesses will learn the waltz and be ready for the royal ball!
When: 11 Nov to 20 Dec 2020
Where: Andsoforth Academy, 200 Pandan Gardens Singapore 609336
6. Festive fun along Orchard Road
Get into holiday mode on Orchard Road, which is chockfull of Christmassy light fun as this year. Pose for picture-perfect moments amongst the glittering reindeer and hollies in gold, white and blue! Plus, you can share the beauty of Orchard Road with your loved ones with a virtual tour!
7. Hop aboard the Orient Express
This December, journey back in time as you explore the mysterious Orient Express at Gardens by the Bay. History buffs will love all the original, intricate details on the two original 1930 train carriages and a 158-year-old locomotive. You’ll experience exactly what it’s like to be onboard this iconic train! Top tip: check out the escape room and cafe when you’re done exploring.
When: 12 December 2020 to 13 June 2021
Where:West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay, $25/person; ticket sales open on 2 October 2020
8. Santa Run for Wishes
This year, run and do good with the Make-A-Wish Singapore’s Santa Run! This virtual run aims to accumulate 21,517km – the distance from Singapore to the North Pole, to bring Santa back to spread the festive joy. Participants will be able to contribute to the journey by submitting their distance through the 42Race application (available for download on App Store and Google Play). Choose between the 5km, 10km or 50km (accumulative) race categories for just $20 per race entry. All proceeds will go towards granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Do good and feel good!
Keep your eyes peeled for more things to do with the kids this Christmas in Singapore – more family-friendly events will be announced soon!