Looking for a way to ensure decent behaviour from the kids in the approach to Xmas? A meet and greet with the big man in red is always a good way to start...
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 opportunities 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 hope you’ve made it!
Tanglin Mall and HoneyKids present Santa’s Village
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 Village singing along to carols, hanging out for photos and checking kiddos off the naughty or nice lists, while his elves help out with face painting and Xmas craft. Yule not want to miss this great event!
When: 30 November–22 December, every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-6pm
Where: Santa’s Village, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Besides catching the dazzling sights and lights at this year’s Christmas Wonderland, be sure to embark on a journey to the North Pole and visit Santa’s Workshop! 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. Walk through a forest and a ‘snow’-filled giant slow globe to find Santa before he heads off to deliver presents to kids around the world.
When: 29 November–26 December, various times
Where: Christmas Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Iconic mall ION Orchard will be hosting Santa at his workshop over the festive period, and he’ll be bringing so many fun-filled events for the whole family, too! There’ll be a roving brass band around the mall and festive live band next to Santa’s workshop itself.
When: 14–15, 20–25 December, for 45 minutes at 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
Where: ION Orchard, Level 1 (near the concierge), 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Easties rejoice! There’s no need to travel all the way to town to meet Santa – he’ll be making a special appearance at local heartland mall Bedok Point this Christmas to snap plenty of pictures with the whole family. The best part? He’ll also be giving out gift cards and vouchers for Each a Cup bubble tea, Starbucks drinks, GYMMBOXX, Saizeriya and more to Bedok Point Instagram and Facebook followers. Yay!
When: 7–22 December, 7pm–8pm
Where: Bedok Point, Level 2, 799 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 467351
Santa’s a busy man… so instead of working at his workshop, he’ll be roving around at The Centrepoint this Christmas! Catch him and his Santarinas as he gives out sweet treats and candies to those on his nice list. Don’t forget to take a picture with him, too!
When: 6–8 and 23–25 December, 1pm–6pm, 13–15 December, 6pm
Where: The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238843
A combo of a Christmas market AND the chance to grab a snapshot of Santa and the kids? Yep, Cluny Court has come up with the festive feels for the fifth 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!
When: 29 November–1 December, 6–8 and 13–15 December
Where: Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259760
Jewel Changi Airport
No Christmas is complete without paying a visit to the man in red himself. You could even chat with him over the phone in a magical phonebooth as you play in the snow at Topiary Walk, too! Be sure to head over to Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport to see him and share your Christmas wishlist. Psst, you won’t want to miss the Christmas light and sound show at the HSBC rain vortex, snowfall spectacular and other exciting themed activities, too!
When: 6–8, 13–15, 20–25 December, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm
Where: Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel, Airport Blvd, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Snow City Singapore
There’s no place better to meet Santa than at a place that snows all year round! That’s just the name of the game at Snow City Singapore – there’ll be hourly snowfall, storytelling, Xmas carolling and interactive meet-and-greet sessions with Santa this December. Head over to ‘A Winter Fairy Tale’ to catch all the snowy fun!
When: 16 November 2019–1 January 2020
Where: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Takashimaya @ Ngee Ann City
Have a holly jolly Takashimaya Christmas this festive season. Reward the kids after you’ve done your Christmas shopping with a picture (or two) with Santa and Santarina! Be on the lookout as they’ll be greeting shoppers around the department store and whip out your cameras and phones when he does to capture the holiday memory!
When: 19–20 December, 6pm–7pm
Where: Takashimaya, 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873
Go on your way to where the air is sweet: that’s right, Sesame Street – there are plenty of activities and workshops for the kiddos this Christmas. But that’s not what we’re here for! You’ll find the man in red walking around the mall, so be sure to pose for a photo with him. He might even have a sweet treat for you!
When: 14–15, 21–22 December, 4pm and 5.30pm
Where: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Yew Tee Point
Besides taking a picture with Santa, be sure to head to Yew Tee Point to snap a photo with the Snowman, too! They’ll be roaming the mall spreading the love and spirit of Christmas with sweet treats – you won’t want to miss them!
When: 7, 21 December, 2pm–3pm
Where: Yew Tee Point, 21 Choa Chu Kang North 6, Singapore 689578
Here comes Santa Claus! Pop by VivoCity this silly season with the littlies to get your family photos with St Nick. Don’t forget to head to the level 3 skydeck to check out the humungous Christmas tree and cute animal display while you’re there.
When: 7, 8, 14, 15, 22 & 25 December, 4pm & 6pm; 20 December, 8pm & 10pm; 21 December, 5pm, 8pm & 10pm
Where: VivoCity, Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
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. Plus, they’ve got an app now so it’s easy-peasy for you.
The Elf on the Shelf
With a North Pole Blog, tons of interactive games, fun trivia and letters to Santa options, The Elf on the 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 Fritz Frostchester help out in the office.
Letters to Santa
For younger kids with short attention spans, 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.