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 one fun part of festive shopping in Singapore is that plenty of fantastic fairs and markets pop up, spoiling you for choice 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).
The Fair at Orchard Parade Hotel
Enjoy two days of shopping at The Fair at Orchard Parade Hotel. Here, you’ll find an array of exclusive gifts, fashion, home décor, beauty and health products, art, furniture, soft furnishings, carpets, jewellery and handcrafted items.
When: 2 December, 10am to 7pm; 3 December, 10am to 4.30pm
Where: Antica Ballrooms, Orchard Parade Hotel, 1 Tanglin Road, 247905
Christmas Fair at Raffles Town Club
On show at this fair will be a winning combo of gourmet food, wine and cheeses from around the world, as well as plenty of festive decorations for the home. With over 90 vendors taking part this year, we’re sure you’ll have plenty of options for gifts.
When: 5 December, 10am to 7.30pm; 6 December, 10am to 5pm
Where: Ballroom, Raffles Town Club, 1 Plymouth Avenue, 297753
Public Garden Christmas Markets
Held in the centre of town, this will be Public Garden’s largest market to date since its first in 2011. Kids will love the venue too, as it will be decorated especially for Christmas. Aside from the large variety of vendors, there will be lots of cooked food, baked goods and Christmassy drinks on offer to get you in the festive mood.
When: 23-24 November; 30 November-1 December; 7-8 December; 14-15 December; 1pm to 7pm.
Where: Level 16, TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, 238164
Fancy Faire at the Orchard Hotel
Held over two days at the Orchard Hotel, this year’s Fancy Faire will showcase a range of fine arts, paintings, antiques and furnishings from exhibitors from all parts of the globe. For something a little different and for pieces with a cultural spin, this is one to visit.
When: 26 November, 10am to 7pm; 27 November, 10am to 5pm; 10 December, 10am to 6pm; 11 December, 10am to 5pm.
Where: Orchard Ballroom & Lavender Room, 3rd Floor, Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road, 238879
Pick up and browse original works of art, unique gifts, handmade and heartfelt creations and with lots of love and soul.
When: 13th December, 5pm till midnight.
Where: Red Dot Design museum, 28 Maxwell Road, 069120
For last minute gift-grabbers, head on down to shop unique fashion pop-up stores, gifts, food and lots more for your loved ones.
When: 20 and 21 of December, 5pm till 11pm.
Where: Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square, 179024
You’ve missed out on these markets – but be sure to look out for them next year!
The Tabitha Silk Foundation Fair
Shopping for a cause? We can do that. The Tabitha Silk Foundation Fair will showcase silk accessories and clothes in vibrant colours and materials, all handmade 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: 20-22 November, from 10am
Where: Originals, 896 Dunearn Road, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, 589742
Affordable Art Fair
With the aim of making art affordable and accessible to everyone, this fair will exhibit a range of contemporary works in a number of mediums including painting, sculpture and photography. With prices ranging from $100 to $10,000, there’ll be something to suit every budget. You can buy tickets for entry here.
When: 21-24 November
Where: F1 Republic Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, 038975
UWCSEA Holiday Fair
There will be lots of activities and games for the kids at the UWCSEA fair this year, with plenty of unique presents on offer – a great idea for a family day out.
When: 23 November, 10am to 4pm
Where: UWCSEA Dover, 1207 Dover Road, 139654
Boutiques at Gallery Hotel
The well-loved Boutiques fair is back at Gallery Hotel this year. This is the place to come if you want to shop for quality fashion and accessories. The fair is known for its array of fantastic local designers and retailers, bags, jewellery and other stylish pieces on offer.
When: 27 November, 9am to 8pm; 28 November, 9am to 6pm
Where: Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road, Robertson Quay, 238909
(Psst…. looking for festive fairs and bazaars popping up in 2014? Head here for our handy round-up.)