By Katie Baines
The sun is blazing, the average daily temperature is hovering around 30°C and the humidity levels are bringing everyone out in a dewy glow within seconds of stepping outside. It must be Holiday season in Singapore! While some of us may be traveling over the festive period, others may be staying put, so we’ve put together a rundown of activities on the island this December to get you in the mood.
Out and About
Lights on Orchard Road
Without doubt, the best place to admire twinkly Christmas lights in Singapore is on Orchard Road. Stretching from the Forum on the west side of Orchard to Orchard Gateway, Singapore’s busiest shopping street is also its most illuminated, displaying a different theme each year. If you were lucky enough to snap up a spot, the American Women’s Association will be touring the district aboard open top buses on December 7.
As paradoxical as it may seem so close to the equator, ice-skating is a holiday tradition that carries over into the tropics. This year, The Rink, one of two permanent ice rinks in Singapore, invites skaters to don a Christmas hat on December 28 for their ‘Icy White Christmas 2019’ themed skating sessions.
Meet & Greet Santa
Get an audience with Santa at his grotto as he returns to Cluny Court this season at their Christmas Fair & Market. Kids young and old will be able to catch him on Fridays to Sundays, between December 1 to 15 before he leaves to attend to business towards end of the month!
Want all things Christmas in one spot? Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, running from November 29 to December 26, is a one-stop shop for Christmas markets, carnival rides, Santa visits, faux snowstorms, caroling, ice skating, and extraordinary holiday light displays. christmaswonderland.sg
The American Club
The American Club will be putting on a decadent spread of traditional American Christmas feasts for diners to enjoy with family and friends on December 24 and 25.
Hard Rock Cafe
From December 1 to 26, Hard Rock Café will be showcasing their ‘Naughty or Nice Limited Time Menu & Cocktails’ to celebrate the Holiday. Guests will be able to choose from a selection of four different menu items that will include something ‘Nice and Healthy’ to something ‘Naughty and Delicious’.
W Hotel – Sentosa Cove invites you to celebrate the season at a variety of lunches, brunches, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, to their Festive Grazing and five-course set menu on New Year’s Eve. Guests can choose between The Kitchen Table and SKIRT restaurants to dine from December 24 to January 1.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Marriott Cafe, is celebrating with their festive buffets. A Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day lunch, both inclusive of free-flow alcohol, includes highlights, such as roast turkey with dried fruits and chestnut bread stuffing, maple glazed leg ham, slow-roasted Australian beef prime ribs, pan-fried duck foie gras and more.
Carols and Performances
Carols at St Andrews
Whether you are content listening to the melodies of others, or you can’t help but break into song, it’s not a real Christmas without carols! One of the most highly regarded of Christmas concerts are at St Andrew’s Cathedral where, between December 19 and 22, attendees will be treated to array of traditional carols at noontime and evening performances.
AWA Choir: Holiday Concert 2019
AWA’s International Choir are tuning up for their Holiday Concert to be held at the Hollandse Club on December 7, capping off their season of performances around Singapore. Sing along to old favorites and acquaint yourself with others you may not have heard of before.
Singapore American School
The kids at Singapore American School are going to be busy with performances and parties over the Christmas period! Festivities include, Holiday parties (December 20), the Middle School Holiday Concert (December 20), the High School Winter Collage Concert (December 13), and schoolwide caroling, where choir students from the middle school go to various locations on campus to sing Holiday tunes (various days).
Stamford American International School
Brought to you by their PTA, Stamford American International School’s ‘Stamford Winter Wonderland Festival’ will be held on December 7. The event will feature festive performances, as well as games, activities, crafts, a food hall, boutique market, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, lucky draws and much more. Be sure to see the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:30pm!
Charity and Volunteering
Toys for Tots
This is the highlight of the AAS Holiday season! On December 2, the team will be co-hosting the annual Toys for Tots event with The American Club in The Galbraith Ballroom. Join us for festive crafts, carols and refreshments. Meet the US Marines and enjoy a visit from Santa himself! aasingapore.com
Santa Run for Wishes
Santa Run for Wishes is getting ready for day of fun and festivities on December 7. Participants can join either the 2.5km, 5km or 10km race categories, with all proceeds raised during the event going towards Make-A-Wish Singapore to help grant wishes of children with critical illnesses. santarunforwishes.sg
The soup kitchen at Willing Hearts opens daily – including Christmas. Support a very worthy cause and give back to the community this Holiday season by spending a morning preparing and packing meals for those in need. You’ll be glad you did!
Animal lovers will be able to show their support at Christmas time by attending the ACRES ‘Save Our Wildlife’ organic vegan fundraising dinner at LivinGreens organic vegan restaurant on December 24. Children will get to make their own native animal masks and ACRES merchandise will be on sale for last minute Holiday gifts.
Email Andrew Tay at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Those aged 16 years old and above and who have two hours to spare, can ring in seasons of good cheer by volunteering as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army until December 23 as part of its Christmas Kettling 2019 drive. Sign up online and select and select your preferred location. tiny.cc/bellringers