Christmas is the season of giving, and we never need much persuasion to go on a bit of a shopping splurge (we see it as doing our bit for the economy, and we’re sticking with that
excuse reason should the husband ask). But the festive markets, pop-ups and fairs really have us doing a happy little jig, and there’s tons happening all around Singapore. From charitable causes to European-style Xmas markets we don’t have to jet overseas for, there’s a festive fair for all when it comes to Christmas shopping on the Little Red Dot…
Cluny Court Christmas Fair
Heading into its four edition, the Cluny Court Christmas Fair’s set to be a family winner when it comes to Xmas market picks this year. You’ll not only pick up sleigh-loads of toys, tableware, Xmas munchies, Christmas trees and festive decor, but Santa will be hanging out there too for meet-and-greet opps.
When: 23-25 November, 30 November-2 December and 7-9 December, 10am-7pm
Where: Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Christmas Wonderland European Market
Those of us not lucky enough to be jetting away on holiday for Christmas were feeling resigned to just dreaming of visiting the fabulous traditional Christmas markets in Europe for our mulled wine and hog roast fix. Which is why it was merry news to our ears to learn that there is a European-style festive market popping up at the Christmas Wonderland event at Gardens by the Bay. Hurrah: our wishes have come true! Expect all the traditional trimmings being served up from wooden huts designed to trick us into thinking we really are in Germany!
When: 30 November to 26 December, 4-11pm daily
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Public Garden Christmas
If you’re into independent, local design, and handmade goodies this is one of the best markets for picking up unique gifts from fashion to homewares and cool stuff for kids. Think terrariums, concrete planters and marble trays, fashion by local designers, unique stationery, handmade ceramics and jewellery. Public Garden hosts several markets throughout the year, but the Xmas event, which draws independent brands from around Asia, is particularly good. You WILL end up shopping for yourself!
When: 8-9 December, 1pm-7pm daily
Where: Level 4, Suntec Convention Hall 403, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Epigram Xmas Market
Take home sack loads of stocking fillers for the kiddos with Epigram’s one dollar book deals and discounts going up to 90% off. Yep: you read that right. 90% OFF! Snag lovely reads with a local feel, gorgeous bedtime story books and plenty of mum-reads for when you finally get to put your feet up with a glass of mulled wine.
When: 7 Dec, 2-9pm; 8 Dec, 11am – 9pm; 9 Dec, 11am – 6pm
Where: 1008 Toa Payoh North, #03-08, Singapore 318996
A Green Christmas Popup
All vendors at this feel-good market will be setting some proceeds aside for selected charities and non-profit organisations, so we say come along and find a great gift amongst some super cool sellers while while learning more about local crafts, sustainability projects, all while tucking into authentic Swedish cuisine.
When: 8 Dec, 11am – 7pm
Where: Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539
Sustainable Christmas Fair
The Expat Fairs and Winestone are hosting 2018’s Sustainable Christmas Fair where you’ll find plenty of awesome goods and services, all which advocate sustainability and environmentally-responsible holiday season shopping. Fill your bags with fair-trade organic goodies, edible yums, statement fashion (mostly made by artisans) and heaps of eco-friendly home decor. There will also be a side-order of family activities happening, including teaching kids to grow a garden and cooking with the harvest.
When: 8 December, 12pm-7pm
Where: Winestone, Mercure on Stevens, 30 Stevens Road
A Jolly Holiday Christmas Fair
If you’re on the west side of our fair isle, pop by to the Christmas fair at the Canadian International School for truckloads of jewellery, bags, home decor, homemade crafts and plenty more. The kids won’t mind shopping this one either with a slew of games, crafts, a photo booth and activities for the little ones happening.
When: 8 December, 10am-3pm
Where: Canadian International School, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
Wildseed Festive Market
If you’re on a search for artisan and locally-made gifts, knick-knacks and special prezzies, head on over to the third edition of Wildseed’s Festive Market. There’ll also be plenty to keep the kiddos busy with fun workshops including terrarium building, gem soap crafting and clay jamming.
When: 9 December, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Summerhouse 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Christmas Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens
Whatever you do don’t miss the festive Christmas Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens. Not only will you be tempted to fill your stockings with goodies from vendors selling fresh foods including organic veggies, cheeses, wines and Xmas gifts, but there is also plenty of cool Yule entertainment for the kids too.
When: 15 December, 9am-1pm
Where: 75E Loewen Road Singapore 248844
Fur-babies can get festive too thanks to the Barkin Brew special Xmas market. Bring the whole fam, including the dog, and then shop, drink, mingle and be merry safe in the knowledge that anything you spend will be going towards Singapore’s dog shelters. And if you have room in your heart and home for a hairy family member this Xmas, do drop by the adoption drive by Exclusively Mongrels Limited and F7-Friends of Seven to see if your fur-ever friend is there. We adopted our own Singapore Special earlier this year from Exclusively Mongrels, and can’t sing its praises loud enough.
When: 16 December, 11am – 5pm
Where: Little Island Brewing Co, Blk 6 Changi Village, #01-01-02, Singapore 509907
The ones you missed…
Affordable Art Fair
If you are looking to buy the hubby (or yourself) something a bit more special than a pair of socks or a hankie this year, then head over to one of our favourite fairs of the year: the Affordable Art Fair. The festive affair brings together around 65 international and local galleries and you’ll be able to snap up wallet-friendly contemporary art starting from $100. Got a bigger budget to blow? Price tags on paintings, sculptures and prints range up to $15,000.
When: 16-18 November, various times, cost from $15 per adult
Where: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Organic-Friendly Farmers’ Market: Celebrate the Year
Pick up artisanal delights and fresh produce at this festive organic farmers market, all while the kiddos are kept amused with plenty of cool activities including hands-on art, face painting and performances by acoustic musicians.
When: 17 November, 9.30am-4pm
Where: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238858
ONE15 Christmas Boat Light Parade
Sentosa Cove is getting a Christmas village makeover this weekend, so head down for carnival games and rides, fabulous lights, roving acts, photo opps with Santa and plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied while you enjoy a sip of mulled wine or aloha rainbow drink. Don’t miss the Christmas Boat Light Parade, oh, and the Christmas market!
When: 17-18 November, 4-10pm
Where: Sentosa Cove Central Precinct
A Jolly Holiday Christmas Fair
It’s going to be a jolly holiday getting your Christmas shopping well underway with 70 vendors to choose from at this fun Xmas market. Expect a mix of fair favourites including Indii Breeze and Zarabelle as well as sustainable treasures from Neis Haus, Fabricate and Vegepod. See you there!
When: 24 November, 10am-3pm
Where: 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128
Christmas Bazaar at the Danish Seamen’s Church
Bring your family and friends to enjoy the spirit of a traditional Danish Christmas while you shop for handmade advent wreaths, Christmas decorations and unique Danish designed gifts all for a $2 admission fee.
When: 24-25 November, 11am-4pm daily
Where: Danish Seamen’s Church, 10 Pender Road, Singapore 099171
Netherlands Charity Association (NCA) Christmas Fair
Love the idea of gift-giving for a good cause? Get into the Christmas spirit over at the NCA Charity Christmas Fair, where you will find hand-crafted goodies, home-baked yummies and cool prezzies that make the perfect stocking fillers for your nearest and dearest. Proceeds will go towards supporting local charities, which we think gives us all the green light to go a little bit spend-crazy!
When: 29 November, 10am – 5pm
Where: Hollandse Club Singapore, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814
Tanglin PTA Christmas Fair
Honestly? Tanglin Trust School had us at ‘mulled wine’. But aside from our fave yuletide drink, you can also expect gift and books stalls, a craft area for kiddos, gourmet vendors, a raffle, Santa’s grotto and a $10 shop perfect for children to buy gifts for us at.
When: 30 November-1 December, various times
Where: Tanglin Trust School, 95 Portsdown Road, 139299
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Holiday Bazaar
It’s Christmas market time at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) and as well as the chance to get your Xmas shopping done and dusted, there are also free activities for your small elves.
When: 1 December, 10am-3pm
Where: 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039
GESS Christmas Bazaar 2018
Check out the awesome new campus and bring along the fambam for the GESS annual Christmas Bazaar for not only plenty of handcrafted knick-knacks, gifts and decor, but for music performances, festive food and drinks.
When: 1 December, 4pm-9pm
Where: GESS Campus, 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621
Christmas Glamour at The Fullerton
There’s a lot of Christmas magic happening over at the lower lobby of The Fullerton Hotel Ballroom where The Christmas Glamour at The Fullerton event will be jam-packed with unique and stylish products. Pick up home decor, fashion, accessories, arts, crafts, stationery and even food from home-grown brands selling quality products. Charity organisation, Caring for Cambodia, will also be there, so seize the chance to do some extra good this festive season, and help towards its goals of providing a better education for young Cambodians.
When: 3 December, 11am-7pm
Where: Lower Lobby, The Fullerton Hotel Ballroom, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
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