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Things to do this Christmas

It’s just not Christmas without sparkling lights, seasonal songs and some friendly jostling through excited crowds to finish your last-minute shopping. Here’s where to get into the festive spirit this month.

Christmas Wonderland
Admire light sculptures and stroll through a magical forest at Gardens by the Bay

Twinkling Lights

Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair returns to Gardens by the Bay from 2 December to 1 January 2017, and, if previous years are anything to go by, it’s set to be spectacular. Feast your eyes on Italian light sculptures, stroll through a magical forest adorned with festive baubles, sing along at choral performances or build a snow angel at the snow playground. Check out this European-style festive market from 3.30 to 11pm daily.

Sentosa Cove

You’ll find a Christmas wonderland at Sentosa Cove’s Quayside Isle, from now until 31 December. From magical bubble-themed light displays to choo-choo train rides and a yuletide market, there’s something to entertain the whole family. Look out for Santa during weekend lunchtimes to get your hands on some candy canes!

Orchard Road

Stretching from Tanglin Mall all the way to Dhoby Ghaut, this spectacular Christmas light-up is not to be missed. It’s one of the longest, grandest festive lighting displays in Singapore, so be sure to set aside some time to admire it on foot, by bus or by car.

Tanglin Mall

Get a taste of winter in sunny Singapore at Tanglin Mall’s evening faux-snow shows, until 2 January. Soak in the festive atmosphere with the family and get the kids excited with daily avalanches and ankle-deep snow.


Expect yet another towering Christmas tree at the VivoCity Sky Park this year. Until 26 December, watch the tree come alive each night with a spectacular light showat 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. There’ll be hand-bell and carol performances on weekends, and the chance to meet Santa Claus.

Christmas Carols

Cluny Court

Be treated once again to the beautiful voices of the children from Tanglin Trust School and Dulwich College this Christmas. On 10 December, don’t miss The Dulwich Singers as they perform at 10.30am and 11.30am. Before leaving, be sure to have a photo taken with Santa.

Cluny Court
501 Bukit Timah Road

Raffles Hotel

Enjoy Christmas carolling at Raffles Hotel this month, with various performances by Raffles Hall Voices and the Victoria Junior College Choir. Raffles Hall Voices performs on 10, 11, 17 and 18 December, with 20-minute shows at 12.30pm (North Bridge Road Atrium) and 5.30pm (Raffles Courtyard), while on 23 and 24 December, Victoria Junior College Choir performs at 12.30pm (North Bridge Road Atrium) and 2pm (Raffles Courtyard).

1 Beach Road

Orchard Road

Enjoy your favourite Christmas tunes on 17 December at Palais Renaissance on Orchard. Come by from 1 to 1.45pm and be mesmerised by the talent of the Emmanuel Choir from the Church of St. Bernadette.

390 Orchard Road

This is an article that first appeared in the December 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!

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