Your ultimate guide to all things Christmas in Singapore 2018

Trees, Santa, tinsel, snacks, turkey and snowy destinations: we've got everything you need for Christmas in Singapore – and beyond – wrapped up and covered in fairy lights...

With so much festive info coming out of the HoneyKids’ HQ, we thought it only wise (almost as wise as the three wise men) to gather up all that merry fun, and put it in one easy place. Settle down with a steamy cup of coffee and take a mum time moment (and a break from moving that darn Elf on a Shelf) to read our ultimate guide to all things Christmas in Singapore…

First up, you’ll need to appease your excited little elves with an official Christmas countdown. Whether you want to go the traditional advent calendar route, or you’re after a festive app or website to do the trick, we’ve got you covered.

You’re also going to need plenty of bribery tactics to keep the kids out of too much mischief during the Christmas school holidays. A meet and greet with Santa and a December-long threat of the ‘naughty or nice’ list usually works a charm. There are also some really awesome mall shows happening throughout the month, so hop into our guide as to where they’re at. Don’t forget to bring your small elves to the biggest Xmas party of the year… the one we’re helping host with Plaza Singapura: Santa’s Greetings! It’s going to be fun, free and infinitely fabulous, for sure.

But before the kids’ behaviour turns into too much of a pantomime (here’s our guide to the best kids’ theatre shows from now until Christmas), tick off a day or two checking out all the blockbuster movies released in time for Christmas 2018. Popcorn, peace and quiet.

Whether you fancy a full on winter break to the ski slopes (check out our guide to where to buy cold weather wear before you jet off), or prefer spending Christmas on an easy getaway with the kids, it’s not too late to book a Christmas ho ho holiday! Don’t forget to work out the ‘packing for Christmas overseas‘ logistics before you leave: those excess baggage charges could really end the festive season on a sour note!

Aside from the gifts we mums really want, you’ll also need some stocking fillers for everyone from the babies through to the teens, and we have a few nice ideas for charitable gifts that mean the world to others. Because, let’s face it: most of us have enough stuff.

And if it’s baby’s first Christmas, chances are you’re itching to put bubba in an elf suit, hang a ‘first Xmas’ bauble and grab some gifts that mark this momentous occasion. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with this handy guide.

Still at a loss as to what to get the kiddos come Christmas morning? We’ve been busy helping Santa out this year and have come up the rather handy and oh-such-fun HoneyKids Quizmas – it’ll take you less than two minutes to find the gift you didn’t know you were looking for.

If you are staying in Singapore this year, then you’re going to need to know how to avoid all that cooking and washing up on Christmas Day by booking a fabulously festive brunch, buffet or lunch. Yule also need a Christmas tree to throw your tasteful tinsel and beautiful baubles at. The jollier the better  – it’s the perfect tonic (along with mulled wine) to help you avoid feeling a bit blue if it happens to be your first Xmas in Singapore as an expat. If you are dining at home this Xmas and you’re happy to do the meal prep, order in the turkey, ham and all the trimmings in plenty of time, and get your hands on a really decent Christmas hamper. We’ve also got recipes aplenty for you to make your own traditional mince pies, Christmas pud and stollen at home with the kiddos.

We’re all a little guilty of overindulging during the merry season, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to whip up easy Christmas party food and snacks with the kids as a fun school holiday activity. And while you’re waiting for your reindeer Rice Krispies to set, how about busying yourselves by making a delish non-alcoholic festive tipple? After all that culinary work, we say snuggle up together eating the goodies and watching one of the all time great festive family flicks. Round the day off with a lovely Christmas-themed bedtime read.

Next up: Christmas craft! Create your own pom pom wreath, throw lots of glitter at a DIY bauble and then colour in your own Xmas gift tags. Then move on to DIY Xmas cards (‘cos we all know how hard it is to find affordable, lovely greetings cards in the shops) and homemade decorations. Make sure the craft kit is full before you get started: there’s nothing more annoying than not having enough googly eyes when you rustle up a toilet roll reindeer.

If you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to make your own Christmas decorations, (s)no(w) problem: there are tons of cool Yule markets to browse and get all the gifts and baubles you’ll ever need. Lots of them have entertainment for the interlopers children, so make a day of it.

Parents, you’ve totally got this. Take a bough for being oh-so-festively organised. And if you’re not, then don’t worry a jot. We know all about life lessons learned during the Christmas season.

Oh, and if Christmas isn’t your thing at all, we’ve pulled something out of the (non festive) bag for you: 10 alternative ways to spend 25 December! And before you know it, it’ll be New Year’s Eve and you’ll be ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the 2019 countdown fireworks.

Ho ho hope you all have a very merry one!

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