If you have a small believer in the house, there really is nothing more magical at Christmas-time than snapping a family photo with the jolly big man in red! So to appease our excited little elves, we’ve taken a sleigh ride to all corners of Singapore in search of the grottos and meet and greet opps with Father Christmas. We know exactly where to find Santa Claus (and how to celebrate if this is your first festive season in Singapore), but it’s up to you to get onto his good list. Ho ho ho-pe you’ve made it!
HoneyKids presents Santa’s Greetings with Plaza Singapura
It’s a well known fact that we love throwing a free party here at HoneyKids, so it will come as no surprise that we’re throwing a festive shindig, complete with Santa himself. He’ll be at our Santa’s Greetings party reading stories, hanging out for photos and checking kiddos off the naughty or nice lists, while his elves help out with face painting and Xmas craft. See you there, folks!
When: 22nd & 23rd December, 2pm-5pm
Where: Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839 – Level 1 (we will be located in front of Sephora!)
Finnair Christmas Challenge
Finnair is flying Santa Claus straight from his hometown in Rovaniemi to Singapore’s sunny shores so bring your believers down to meet the jolly fella himself at the inaugural Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival. Snap a pic in front of the special light wall for the perfect backdrop for a fab photo opportunity with Santa, and then get busy with a line-up of fam-friendly activities to keep the young ones entertained.
When: 7-8 December, 3pm-9pm
Where: Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Grand Hall (Main Atrium), Level 1, Singapore 039596
Tanglin Mall Santa’s Workshop
Hang out with Big FC at Tanglin Mall, and when the kids are done reeling off all the stuff they fancy finding in their stockings this year, join in with band performances, storytelling, singalongs, festive craft activities (minimum spend required) and photo fun (you’ll need to snap your own pics). It’s going to be a Christmas cracker for sure!
When: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 December 2017, Santa meet and greet at 12pm, 3pm & 6pm on these dates only
Where: Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933; www.tanglinmall.com.sg
A combo of a festive market AND the chance to grab a snapshot of Santa and the kids? Yep, Cluny Court have come up with the festive feels for the fourth year running with a Christmas Fair chock full of seasonal goodies. Bribe good behaviour from the kids (because we know they hate shopping) with a meet and greet with Santa, and, since Xmas is the season of giving, look out for the donation boxes dotted around where you can pop a coin or two in the pot for charity.
When: Weekends throughout December 2018
Where: 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259760
The Great Christmas Village on Orchard Road
Not only will Santa be sleigh-riding into town for meet-and-greets with the kids every Friday and Saturday evening, but you’ll also find plenty of other festive fun to up the Christmassy feels. Head over to Santa House for free arts and craft activities, hop on an amusement ride and take a spin on the duplex carousel (brownie points for this being wheelchair-friendly).
When: 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 December, 7pm-9pm for Santa meet-and-greets
Where: Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Santa is taking time away from his Lapland workshop to meet and greet the children of Singapore over at Christmas Wonderland, and we can’t wait. Ticket holders can pop in to say hi to Father Christmas and his fleet of flying reindeers and be mesmerised by the kinetic light installation that’s come all the way from Germany.
When: Now until 26 December 2017, 4-11pm daily
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
Snow City Singapore
Hourly snow fall, storytelling, Xmas carolling and interactive meet-and-greet sessions with Santa are the name of the festive game over at Snow City this December. Head over to ‘Hansel and Gretel’s Winter Adventure’ to catch all the snowy fun.
When: 8-9, 15-16, 22-25 December, 3pm daily
Where: Snow City Singapore Snow Chamber, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Online options (also known as ways to use Santa as a threat when the kids are misbehaving)
If you don’t have time to squeeze in a visit to a grotto, these online options are perfect for bringing a big heap of festive magic to your small elves…
Portable North Pole
The Portable North Pole will deliver a sleigh-load of festive cheer and have everyone in the family believing in the magic with its personalised videos and telephone calls from Santa’s Village. It is also an easy way for kids to find out whether they are on the good, the maybe or the naughty list. It works a charm. Every. Single. Year. Heck, it even has us believing.
The Elf on a Shelf
With a North Pole Blog, tons of interactive games, fun trivia and letters to Santa options, The Elf on a Shelf is so cute we want to be kids again ourselves. Please will someone send us an Elf? We’ve already used the Elf Name Generator, and would love nothing better in the run up to Chrimbo than to have Firtz Frostchester help out in the office.
Letters to Santa
For younger kids with short attention spans wanting a response to their letter to the man in red, check out Letters to Santa. Simply plug in their deets (including name, naughty or nice status and present request) and you’ll receive an immediate written response. The site also has online colouring, games, and an interactive Q&A section – perfect when we just don’t have the answer to how Santa fits his sizeable bottom down the chimney.
Norad Tracks Santa
Kids these days don’t have to take a guess at where Santa might be at any given time during Christmas Eve – Norad tracks him (and his reindeer) from the time he leaves the North Pole until the time he gets back again with live video footage of his mighty mission. There are also fun festive games to try in the lead up to the Most Wonderful Night of The Year from 1 December.
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