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Christmas markets in Singapore: Our 2014 guide to festive fairs and bazaars

In case you’re not already in the know, the Christmas shopping madness starts extra early this side of the equator – as if wandering in and out of malls day in, day out in a somewhat bewildered state isn’t quite enough for you. But the fun part of festive shopping in Singapore is that plenty of fantastic fairs and markets pop up, spoiling you with gift options spanning fashion, homeware, accessories, jewellery, arts and crafts, and much more. Mark these dates in your diary and get into the holiday spirit (they’re in chronological order, because we’re helpful like that). (Psst… for something with vintage charm, take a look at our list of second-hand shops.)


Modern Eclectic Living 

Chillax Market
This hip permanent indoor lifestyle market (opening later this October) boasts 25 upmarket fashion and lifestyle vendors selling everything from shoes to baby bedding and party decorations. Head here for a look at the bounty of gifts, festive supplies and workshops that’s available during the season.

When: Open daily, 9am-8pm
Where: #03-07 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road


Boutiques at Pit Building 

Boutiques at The Pit Building
The well-loved Boutiques fair is back at The Pit Building this November. This is the place to come and walk away with shopping bags of top-notch fashion, jewellery, accessories, stationery and more. The fair is known for rallying together a line-up of fantastic independent and local designers.

When: 6 November, 10am-8pm; 7 November, 10am-3pm
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard

Tabitha Silk Fair
Shopping for a cause? We can do that. The Tabitha Silk Foundation Fair an exquisite spread of silk accessories, scarves and home décor made by seamstresses in Cambodia. Proceeds go to the Tabitha Foundation; an organisation that helps fund the development of schools, education and health care for needy families in Cambodia.

When: 19-20 November, from 10am
Where: Originals, 896 Dunearn Road, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre

Netherland Charity Association Christmas Fair
Drop in to this lively Christmas Fair for a good cause, featuring stalls filled with festive Dutch food items, toys, specially made Christmas cards, wreaths and unique gifts. They’ll also be holding cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, an eveningwear fashion show and a lucky draw.

When: 20 November, 10am-5pm
Where: Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park

Affordable Art Fair
With the aim of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, this annual fair will have over 100 galleries presenting a range of contemporary works including painting, sculpture and photography. With prices ranging from $100 to $10,000, there’s something to suit every budget. Tickets are now available on Sistic.

When: 20-23 November, various opening hours
Where: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard

Holiday Shopping Fair at UWCSEA Dover
Swing by UWC South East Asia’s cosy market for jewellery, clothing, toys, bags, gourmet treats, and handmade crafts brought in by NGOs that have teamed up with the school.

When: 22 November, 10am-4pm
Where: Main Hall, Dover Campus, 1207 Dover Road


EL's very own Beatrice sometimes sells her illustrated prints and stickers at Public Garden 

Public Garden Christmas Markets
Artsy, upmarket bazaar Public Gardens will be setting up a series of Christmas markets (their largest ever!) in November and December. Over 150 vendors will be setting down their anchors here, selling everything from kitschy, one-of-a-kind gifts to baked goods and decorative homeware. You can even get your palm read by a famous fortune teller to usher in good tidings for the year.

When: 22, 23, 29 and 30 November, 6, 7, 13 and 14 December, 1pm-7pm
Where: Level 16 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road

Christmas Fair at The British Club
Take your time to wander through over 50 venders peddling a fantastic range of upmarket goods, from clothing to accessories and knick knacks.

When: 25-26 November, 10am-5pm
Where: The British Club, 73 Bukit Tinggi Road

Christmas Bazaar at GESS
Stroll through the annual Christmas bazaar at the German European School Singapore for traditional German Christmas sweets, handmade advent decorations, mulled wine and more. As you shop, the school’s children choir will be delighting your ears with joyful carols. All visitors are welcome to stick around for a social barbecue after the bazaar winds down.

When: 29 November, 4pm-9pm
Where: GESS Junior School Campus, 300 Jalan Juring Kechil



Christmas Fair at Raffles Town Club
On show at this fair will be booth after booth of gourmet food, wine and cheeses from around the world (tasting samples galore!), as well as fashion, jewellery, baby and kids clothing, Christmas gifts and festive home decor. With over 100 vendors taking part this year, we’re sure you’ll have plenty of options.

When: 2 December, 10am-6pm; 3 December, 10am-7.30pm
Where: Ballroom, Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Avenue

Clarke Quay Traders market
The monthly market’s special Christmas edition will have a bumper crop of unique fashion pop-up stores, gifts, food and lots more for your loved ones. While you wander through, keep an eye out for the roving Christmas characters, who will happily leap into a selfie with you.

When: 5, 6 and 7 December, 5pm till 11pm.
Where: Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square


Just some of the nifty finds at DREAM Christmas Market 

DREAM Christmas Market
Chic furniture store DREAM is hosting a cosy Christmas market in their stylish showroom and outdoor space in River Valley, full of artisanal treats from buzzworthy local brands and start-ups. Expect a bevy of edibles and creative crafts, as well as designer furniture at immensely marked-down prices. (Psst… fancy a peek at what’s in store? Head here to check out some of the vendors’ goods.)

When: 6 and 7 December, 11am-7pm.
DREAM Showroom, 456 River Valley Road

The Fair at Pan Pacific Orchard
Enjoy a day of frenzied shopping at The Fair at Pan Pacific Hotel. Here, you’ll find an array of enticing gifts, fashion, home décor, beauty and health products, art, furniture, soft furnishings, carpets, jewellery and handcrafted items. Each stall features items that have travelled a long way from famous markets across the globe.

When: 10 December, 10am-7pm
Where: Pan Pacific Orchard, 11 Claymore Road

MAAD Pyjamas at the Red Dot Design museum
The monthly fair, which promotes local designers and artisans, will have a special nook dedicated to Christmas bits and bobs. Pick up and browse original works of art, unique gifts, handmade and heartfelt creations and with lots of love and soul.

When: 12 December, 5pm-midnight.
Where: Red Dot Design museum, 28 Maxwell Road