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Christmas in Singapore: Where to feel cold and wintery on the island

By: Cherylene Chan

Although we love wearing summery togs all year round and getting our recommended daily dose of Vitamin D by simply walking to work, spending Christmas in sky-high temperatures can feel a little off sometimes (sorry, Australia). Being fed one snowy scene after another by our favourite Christmas flicks doesn’t help either (you heard, Richard Curtis). If you miss feeling nippy or playing in the snow, our little island has a few spots that, well, hit the spot – even if it’s just for a few hours!


Marina Bay Sand's synthetic ice rink's just as fun as the real deal
Marina Bay Sand’s synthetic ice rink’s just as fun as the real deal


Go ice skating
Bundle up in toasty layers and thick socks for a leisurely glide on the ice at Marina Bay Sands and JCube, currently the only spots with skating rinks in Singapore. The Rink at JCube provides just about all the skating gear you need (plus adorable penguin-shaped skating aids for wobbly little ones), making for an amusing, slippery afternoon for the whole clan. Meanwhile, Marina Bay Sands’ rink is smack next to their perpetually crowded food court – perfect for more confident skaters who want to show off their speed and style.
The Rink, Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 | Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave


Singapore's biggest 'snowfall'
Singapore’s biggest ‘snowfall’

Spend a day at Universal Studios Singapore
From 1 December to 4 January 2015, while you explore the holly-decorated realm of Universal Studios Singapore, foam-like ‘snow’ will be drifting into three of its themed zones – Hollywood, New York and Sci-Fi City – every hour. The park’s hours will also be extended to 9pm each night, so we’ll have plenty of chances to lark about in the snowfall. Cuddly costumed characters like Puss In Boots and everyone’s favourite Despical Me Minions will also be coming out to play and pose in festive outfits.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa | 6577 8888


The slippery slope to fun and giggles
The slippery slope to fun and giggles


Dive into ‘real’ snow
For a snowball-slingin’ good time in sub-zero temperatures, make the lope to Snow City. Armed with a special snow ‘gun’ that pumps out the icy stuff, the main chamber has plenty of room to cavort, plus a giant slide and three-storey high slope for tube sledding. If your rug rats go ape over dinosaurs, their Dino World Ice Gallery holds 20 large frozen sculptures of prehistoric beasts, including the T-Rex and woolly mammoth.
21 Jurong Town Hall Road | 6560 2306


This counts as bath time, right? (Photo: Choo Yut Shing, Flickr Commons)
This counts as bath time, right? (Photo: Choo Yut Shing, Flickr Commons)


Visit Tanglin Mall’s ‘snowfall’
Every December, Tanglin Mall is a hit with families for its artificial snow amid a fabulous Christmas display. The ‘snow’ cannons planted outside the entrance cover the ground in fluffy mounds of foam deep enough for kids to wade in – just make sure they don’t try to catch some on their tongue. It’s a safe bet that the mass of little rascals will fling the stuff at everyone in sight, so dress down and prepare to get soaked.
163 Tanglin Road | 6736 4922


Never seen a cinema this clean when the lights come on...
Never seen a cinema this clean when the lights come on…


As a last resort…. hit the cinema
We’re not quite sure why, but all of Singapore’s movie theatres freeze us like popsicles. Perhaps the air-condition has to be cranked up to Arctic levels to keep the machines in working order, or maybe it’s all a clever ploy to sell warm trays of nachos and cheese. Whatever it is, it’s a convenient way to feel nippy, seeing how almost every MRT stop has a cinema and there’s bound to be something you like on loop. Just grab three cardigans (yes, it is that cold), snuggle into the soft seats and warm your hands in a bottomless tub of popcorn. Easy!
(Psst… looking for a cinema? Head here for Cathay Cineplexes’ outlets.)