It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Singapore, with Orchard Road decked out in sparkling street lights, gorgeous Christmas trees adorning the shopping malls, and festive markets popping up all over the city. Christmas is a season of giving and sharing with your loved ones and those less fortunate than ourselves, so plot the perfect surprise for your nearest and dearest with a visit to the loveliest Christmas markets on the Little Red Dot now.
A white Christmas may not happen in our little tropical island ever but live the experience of a European Christmas market at Garden by the Bay’s massive Christmas Wonderland. Step into Santa’s Grotto to say hello or choose to wander around the wooden German-style huts for traditional treats and a steamy mug of mulled wine. Otherwise, put on your skates for a spin around the synthetic skating rink, get on some carnival rides and catch the new circus act, Circus Abyssinia. Christmas Wonderland is an absolute must-go for a lavish feast of sights and sounds.
If you’re on a gift-hunt, ditch the usual retail mall run and scout for a unique gift at Public Garden – a one-stop destination that will fulfil all your festive shopping needs.
Independent traders all over Asia will congregate at Public Garden to peddle their artisanal, handmade wares. In search of unconventional treasures made with lots of love and soul? Public Garden is where you have to be.
The Local People team is about to transform South Beach Avenue into one huge Christmas party for you! Expect a slew of art and craft workshops, fundraising carnival games, LED balloon giveaways, movie screenings and homegrown live music. If that’s not your jam, local food vendors will be there to churn out some hearty holiday grub too. Soak up the yuletide spirit and keep partying on because all proceeds from the carnival games will benefit several non-profit organisations.
With over 25 vendors, amusement rides and a stellar line-up of live performances, The Great Christmas Village at Civic Plaza is indeed a great seasonal attraction. Remember to visit Santa at the Hitachi Santa House to snap a quick holiday memento and don’t miss the Christmas Countdown Concert because it has been said there would be a grand display of pyrotechnics at midnight (hooray!).
Heads up: Save this for a late afternoon or early evening visit so that you and your family will not have to bear the brunt of the heat.
5. Food For Tots’ Children’s Christmas Market
For a jolly good day of fun, bring the little ones to Food For Tots (Food For Thought restaurant group’s newest concept) and join their one-day Children’s Christmas Market where your children can participate in various hands-on activities. Learn to bake Stained Glass Cookies with The Little Things, a local programme that trains children to manage and thrive in the kitchen, or pen down some thankful thoughts with Festive Letter Writing. Afterwards, enjoy Food For Tot’s delicious brunch items amidst the lush greenery in Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and take home some balloon sculptures to celebrate the merry holiday season.
Make this magical year-end count with your loved ones and have a ball of a time at any of the Christmas markets listed above. Wishing you and yours all the love, joy and warmth that this festive season has to bring.