All the 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 your advent calendars, you’ve worked out where you’re getting your photo with Santa (it’s a no-brainer: it’s our free event at Tanglin Mall!) and you’ve booked you and the fam in for a kid-friendly Christmas dinner. But with the expanse of time that is the school holidays, how are you going to keep the mini ones entertained? Enter our round-up of the holliest, jolliest Christmas events for kids this festive season. From Christmas crafting to markets and winter wonderlands, we’ve got you sorted.
Meet Santa Claus
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a photo with the man in red, so be sure to check out our article of where you can head to for a snapshot with Santa. Of course, it goes without saying that we’ll be seeing you at our free Santa’s Village event over at Tanglin Mall. As well as meet-and-greet sessions with Father Christmas himself, there’ll also be festive face-painting, cool crafts and awesome carol singers to really get you in the mood.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until 22 December, 12pm–6pm
Where: Santa’s Village, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933
Who doesn’t love Gardens by the Bay? Whether it’s the super-cool Supertrees, wonderful wet play area or fabulous florals, this is one Singapore hotspot that always delivers the goods. And Christmas is no exception! Christmas Wonderland returns for its sixth edition with new highlights that’ll excite visitors of all ages. Expect a brand new interactive Santa’s Workshop, a parade, stunning light installations, theatrical performances, a festive market and loads of noms. Happening until 26 December 2019, its sixth edition will see Gardens by the Bay come alive with beautiful illuminations and exciting activities that are guaranteed to put a happy spell on visitors.
When: Until 26 Dec
Where: Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Cost: From $6
Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens
Fancy a bit of panto action? Book your tickets, sprinkle on your pixie dust and head for the second star on the right and straight on until morning… it’s time for Peter Pan! This time the classic tale gets a taste of Singaporean flavour. With all the pressures of school and growing up in Singapore, Wendy and her brothers would rather be anywhere else than their stuffy bedroom in Serangoon Gardens. Enter Peter Pan, who promises to take them on an adventure of a lifetime! Click here for our HoneyKids review.
When: Until 28 December
Where: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre @ WILD RICE, Funan Level 4, 107 North Bridge Singapore 179105
Cost: $30–$90, click here for ticket options.
Pororo Park Singapore’s Winter Wonderland
Celebrate the Christmas season by taking the kids to what they love best… indoor play! And over at Pororo Park, the festivities are fun, fun, fun. On select days this month, the one and only Santa Pororo will be making twice-daily appearances to hand out presents from his stash of goodies – make sure you’re around at either 12.30pm or 4.30pm to meet the penguin pal himself! There is also a themed bubble party, Christmas shows and a DIY ornament class to enjoy. We gave this one a go ourselves and the kids were SOLD – we were hard-pressed to drag them away!
When: 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 24-25 December, gift-giving at 12.30pm and 4.30pm (4.30pm and 6.30pm on 21 Dec)
Where: Pororo Park, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29, Singapore 039594
Cost: Normal park admission applies.
Season of Giving at Tayo Station
It’s full steam ahead over at Tayo Station this Christmas! If you’re there at the weekend between now and the big day, be sure to stand in line to receive a present from none other than Santa Tayo. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also bubble party fun to get amongst. Yas.
When: 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 24-25 December, gift-giving at 12pm and 7pm
Where: Tayo Station, Market Square,@ Downtown East, E!Hub, Level 3(#03-112, 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
Cost: Normal park admission applies.
Head to a Christmas market with the fam
Nothing quite puts us in a festive mood than 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 some of the best markets on offer.
A Frozen Wonderland at Changi Airport
A fabulously festive event for all you Disney fans is happening over at Changi Airport from now until 5 January, so you’ve got plenty of time to head down there and take in the magic. And surprisingly, Changi with kids makes for a great day out… even when you aren’t jetting off somewhere on your Christmas holidays! Start your celebration off this silly season by heading over to Changi Airport’s A Frozen Wonderland for Frozen-themed activities for the whole family… and don’t forget to snap a picture with a three-metre tall Olaf and give Anna and Elsa a squeeze at a meet-and-greet session!
When: 21 November–5 January 2020
Where: A Frozen Wonderland, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Airport Blvd, Singapore 819643
Sparkling Wonders of Christmas at Jewel
How about celebrating Christmas for the first time ever at Jewel? After doing a spot of Christmas shopping, ring in the festivities with endless fun-filled activities, such as the Snow Walk and Snowfall Spectacular, plus take in the festive market and whopper of a Christmas tree (it’s 16 metres tall!)!
When: Until 5 January
Where: Jewel Changi, 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel, Airport Blvd, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Hatchlings of Joy at Suntec City
Need to do Christmas shopping? Need to keep the kids happy too? Then fly on over to Suntec City to meet Red and the Hatchlings from Angry Birds! There are tons of exciting activities your kids will love, plus exclusive Angry Birds merch to redeem and lots of family photo opportunities. You can also enrol your kids in the uber-fun Hatchlings Academy for some hands-on, creative fun. On select dates, there’ll also be a parade and live show – so flap your wings with glee and head on down!
When: Until 25 December
Where: Hatchlings of Joy, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Cost: Free, otherwise minimum spend applies to certain events. Hatchlings Academy is $10, which allows for one child and one adult.
The Snowman, the longest-running Christmas Show in London’s West End, is descending on Singaporean shores and we are STOKED! Watch as Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book is brought to life on the stage. The story in case you can’t remember? A young boy’s snowman comes to life and takes him on an adventure to meet Father Christmas. Along the way, they encounter all sorts of cuteness… and of course there’s the classic “Walking in the Air” song to sing along to!
When: 12–15 December, Thu And Fri: 7pm, Sat & Sun: 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Where: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Cost: $58–$138, book here.
Disney Tsum Tsum River Escapade
It might not be Christmas themed, but there is still fun to be had this holiday season over at River Safari, courtesy of Disney Tsum Tsums. Take Insta-worthy pics of the characters in their cute river animal costumes, have fun in an exciting River Escapade Bingo challenge, and bring home exclusive goodies. Psst… if you’re a local resident, you can also save 20 per cent off your admission fee when you purchase online!
When: Until 29 December
Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
PJ Masks Save Christmas at NEX
Are your kids as crazy for PJ Masks as ours? If so, scoop ‘em up and take them to NEX, quick! Catboy, Owlette and Gekko (not forgetting supervillain Romeo) will be there to meet and greet, plus there’ll be live musicals featuring the superheroes. Not only that, but kids will love the workshops, games and tea party sessions… there’s even a superhero training session!
When: Until 8 December 2019
Where: NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Cost: Free or free with minimum spend.
Festive specials at buds by Shangri-La
Usher in the season with some crafting and creative fun over at buds by Shangri-La. Over at Muddy, mini artists can personalise their own tote bags, while twinkle-toed tots can hotfoot it down to the Stage Room for Christmas Jigglybuds, where they can jingle away to classic Christmas hits. There’s also a Christmas Storybuds with craft session, where littlies can enjoy a reading of Last Stop on the Reindeer Express and craft their own light-up Christmas card. Sign. Us. Up!
When: Activities run until 1 Jan. Buds open 9am–9pm (extended opening hours on New Year’s Eve until 12.30am)
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
Cost: Activities cost $10 each, and buds admission fee applies to the above activities. Child (4 to 12 years old) price is $48 on weekdays and $58 on weekends, public holidays & school holidays); Toddler & Baby (below 4 years old) price is $28 on weekdays and $36 on weekends, public holidays & school holidays).
Gingerbread House Children’s Workshop
Who doesn’t love decorating a gingerbread house?! Grab the kids and embrace the fun of Shangri-La’s popular Gingerbread House Children’s Workshop – good times guaranteed! Children and parents can whip up their personalised gingerbread dream house, adorning it with frosting, cookies and candy. There are only 20 spots per session (and only two sessions per day), so be sure to book this one in advance, folks.
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until 15 December; Two sessions per day (11am–12.30pm & 3–4.30pm)
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350, p. 6213 4398
Cost: $128 per child (3 to 12 years old) with a maximum of 2 accompanying adults per child (each additional adult will be chargeable at $30). Book here.
A Universal Christmas
Celebrate the holidays at Universal Studios Singapore, and make it the merriest Christmas yet. Join Gru, Lucy, and the girls from the Despicable Me family along with the mischievous Minions. Accompany Santa on his sleigh, then watch as he takes you on a magical storytelling journey. Meet Sesame Street neighbours and wild friends from Madagascar, catch a collection of Christmas shows, then immerse in our largest snowfall ever. Plus, experience world-class rides and attractions as you make it a December to remember.
When: Until 1 January 2020
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
PS Snow Fun House
Now us parents can lark about with our littlies in the snow… without having to jet off on holiday! That’s right: all you need to do is head to Plaza Singapura, where you can enjoy a two-storey high snow chamber with sub-zero temperatures, falling snow and meet-and-greet Santa sessions while you’re at it.
The Nutcracker drama workshop
If there’s one stage show that sums up Christmas for us, it’s The Nutcracker. Which is why we’re pretty excited that the ACT 3 Drama Academy is running a holiday workshop that’s inspired by the gorgeous fairytale. Ideal for littlies aged from seven months all the way up to 15 years, this specially written stage adaption of the tale provides numerous opportunities for children to explore, discover and be expressive on stage.
When: Until 21 December
Bounce-a-saurus Fiesta at VivoCity
Got a dino-mad kid at home? Then they’ll have a roaring good time this Christmas at VivoCity’s first-ever, large-scale inflatable event! Join the adorable and playful dinosaurs at the outdoor Plaza for a holly jolly good time and bounce your way into the festivities. Slide down a thrilling five-metre tall wet slide, make your way through various play zones and obstacle courses, and stand to win attractive prizes when you show off your skills at the game booths.
When: Until 25 December 2019; Weekdays (Mon–Fri): 4–9pm, Weekends (Sat–Sun) & PH: 2–10pm; extended hours until 12am on 20 & 21 December
Where: VivoCity, Outdoor Plaza (Level 1), Harbourfront Walk
Cost: $5 weekdays, $8 weekends; book tickets here.
The Super Santa Christmas Show
Join Santa as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year in this very fun show from Diva Productions and The Superdudes. There’ll be hijinks and giggles galore as the funniest silliest superheroes on the planet help save Christmas. And kids will LOVE the special song – complete with dance moves, of course! – they’ll learn.
When: 6-8 December (6 December at 5pm; 7 December at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm; 8 December at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm
A Very Merry Minions Christmas Party
We don’t know about your lil’ tykes, but our kids go all kinds of bananas for the Minions. This holiday season, they’ll be glad to know that the Minions will be hanging out at Frasers Property malls on selected weekends until 24 December. Activities include a Tic Tac Toe game, ball pit, and an ice fishing game. Ba-na-naaa!
When: From now till 24 December
Where: The Centrepoint, Bedok Point, Changi City Point, Causeway Point, Anchorpoint, Waterway Point, YewTee Point and Northpoint City.
Christmas fun at Great World City
Not going anywhere this season? No worries – Great World City will keep you all entertained! There’ll be a Christmas market featuring handmade gifts by the Down Syndrome Association Singapore, gorgeous stationery, festive hampers and quirky presents galore. Not only that, but there’s a full-on carousel for the kids and the vocal talents of National University Singapore’s Sheares Hall Acapella to help you get into the festive mood.
When: Christmas market runs from 1st to 25th December from 11am to 8pm.
Where: Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
The Villa Fiesta Christmas Market
From festive treats to gift ideas, expect a gathering of local and international artisanal providers during this special Christmas edition at The Villa Fiesta.
When: 15 December, 9am–3pm
Where: The Villa, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens (via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore 259569
Got some mini foodies at home? Head on down to Marina Bay Sands… and be sure to go hungry! Get set to sample yummy food and stock up on gourmet food and gifts. The kids will also get a kick out of the free activities, including a bouncy castle, balloon sculpting, face painting, claw machines, carnival game classics and a gingerbread decorating station. A little elf also told us Santa will be dropping by too!
Where: Epicurean Market, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Exhibition Hall A-C, Level 1, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
When: 14–15 December: Saturday 12pm–10pm, Sunday 12pm–9pm
Cost: Two-day pass for adults: $49; two-day pass for children aged 6-12: $25.
Festive fun along Orchard Road
Get into holiday mode on Orchard Road, which is chock full of Christmassy fun and treats this year. Pose for picture-perfect moments before stepping into The Great Christmas Village, which is filled with thrilling rides, tasty treats and captivating performances. And, if you’re stumped over what to get the kids for Christmas this year, why not let them pick out their favourites at Mini Toybox at the Great Christmas Village? There are tons of options to choose from, and the kiddos will certainly have a ball of a time – don’t miss the candy cane slide, too!
When: Until 26 December, 12pm–10pm weekdays, 12pm–11pm weekends. Please note that all rides will be closed from 3pm – 4pm daily for cleaning and sanitisation.
Christmas Fair and events at Science Centre Singapore
Are you ready for a sci-sensational Christmas? Then head on up to the Science Centre Singapore for a festive line-up of fun and learning with a Christmas twist. Running for three consecutive weekends between now and the big day, the Christmas fair promises family-friendly hands-on activities, festive food and drinks… and lots of shopping, from potted plants to woven quilts and even wine. There’s also the once-in-a-lifetime annular solar eclipse to catch on Boxing Day in the Ecogarden, and an interactive adventure workshop with some fun and quirky elves.
When: See website for timings of individual events.
Where: Science Centre Singapore
Cost: General admission fee applies, plus a separate admission fee for select events. Please check website for details.