If you’re celebrating Christmas in Singapore, there’s plenty of things to do with (or without) the kids. We’re especially looking forward to the lineup of festive activities at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, which will take place from 6 to 24 December. There’s some exciting stuff happening there, including a massive Christmas Market, an ice skating rink, a “singing tree” and even visits from Santa Claus!
Christmas at Capitol Singapore
Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza will be transformed into a European-inspired Capitol Kempinski Christmas Market, where you can shop from over 50 festive booths selling Christmas goodies like stollen, panetonne and chilled mulled wine. Find your Secret Santa gift at the fashion and lifestyle booths, with items spanning across jewellery, accessories and decorative ornaments, or have a ball of a time at the games stations! Standing at the centre of it all is an eight-metre tall giant Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree, the first-ever at Capitol Singapore. Watch it come to life with the voices of over 30 carollers, who will be singing live carols on schedule.
Another highlight is the Capitol Kempinski Skating Rink measuring over 1,700 square feet, flown in all the way from Switzerland! Also located at the Outdoor Plaza, the rink is open from 7 to 24 December from 11.30am to 9.30pm. Good news for all shoppers: spend at least $50 at Capitol Singapore or CHIJMES to enjoy a free half-hour session! Otherwise, admission fee is $6 (without equipment rental).
Kids – and those young at heart – can look forward to meeting Santa Claus, who will make his appearance at the Outdoor Plaza. Here are the timings to bookmark: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December from 2pm to 6pm; 9 to 13, 16 to 20 December from 6pm to 8pm. Snap a photo with Santa ($5, or free if you spend $50) and look out for surprise pressies from the jolly old man himself!
What’s happening at CHIJMES?
After you’re done exploring the Christmas offerings at Capitol Singapore, walk over to CHIJMES for more festive fun! Serving as the perfect backdrop for selfies, the Instagram Wonderland (the lights go up from 7pm) will display seven art installations for you to discover.
On intervals, shoppers will be treated to a laser projection show (starts at 8pm) featuring festive animations on the façade of the historic CHIJMES Hall. (Psst… Look out for QR codes flashed during the show and scan them for a chance to redeem gifts!) On top of that, roving musicians, carollers and mascots will be roaming the shops during this period, adding to the festive cheer.
Capitol Singapore’s upcoming retro-themed New Year’s Eve countdown party on 31 December at 6pm! Look forward to great grub, drinks, live music and more at these three venues: Capitol Theatre, Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski and Outdoor Plaza of Capitol Singapore.
Photos by: Michael Bernabe
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