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2018 has been an exciting year so far, and if you have missed some of the top events in the first-half of the year, or are having some major withdrawals, don’t worry because the best is yet to come. Whether you’re a traveller or a Singaporean on the lookout for fun activities, we’ve got you covered.

Read on below to find out what exciting events lie in store for you in the next half of 2018:

 

1) Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

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Explore the concept of time, space and memories at Singapore Art Museum’s latest family friendly exhibition featuring the works of 10 contemporary artists from aroundthe region and internationally. The eighth edition of this annual exhibition provokes the senses, while allowing visitors to get a glimpse of what the fourth dimension mean to people and cultures through the screening of award-winning short films, interactive murals and intriguing installations to illustrate the mysteries of time -an eyeopening experience for both young and old. Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time is open from now to 26 August.

Opening hours: 10am-9pm (Fri), 10am-7pm (Sat-Thurs)
Venue: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Tickets: $6 for Adults, $3 for Students and Senior Citizens (Free admission for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Children under 6)

 

2) Singapore Night Festival

Image Cred: Singapore Night Festival Website

Watch Singapore’s Bras Basah and Bugis precinct come alive at night with a series of spectacular performances from 17 to 25 August 2018. The much anticipated annual street festival celebrates arts, culture and heritage with light installations, aerial displays, street performances, musicals and film screenings. Be sure to catch one of the festival’s highlights, Night Lights, which is an exhibition of attractive light displays that draws throngs of people to the festival each year.

Date: Night Lights from 18 -26 August 2018 Performances from 24 -26 August 2018
Venue: Bras Basah and Bugis
Time: 7.30pm to 12.00am Free admission

 

3) Singapore Food Festival

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July is the month where we celebrate all things food! From 13 to 29 July, embark on a culinary journey to discover the foods that Singapore has to offer in a series of delightfully delicious events at the annual Singapore Food Festival. Visitors get to learn about the culture and heritage behind the foods in Singapore, as well as delve into the realm of modern dining. For a more hands-on experience, you can take part in a variety of cooking classes and workshops to replicate some of these yummy dishes at home. For those with adventurous taste-buds, look forward to rare collaborations between renowned chefs for a creative dining experience.

4) Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix 2008, Singapore has been hosting the world-classmotorsport racing event and is also recognised as the world’s first country to hold a night race. Get ready for an action-packed weekend as you witness the world’s top racers conquer the bends on Marina Bay’s Street Circuit against the backdrop of Singapore’s breathtakingskyline. According to spectators from past races, there is a difference between watching it live versus on screen because you can really feel the speed and intensity of the race. The glamorous event also consists of a line-up of all-day performances and concerts by A-list stars, resulting in an unparalleled festival experience and certainly a night to remember.

Date: 14, 15 & 16 September 2018
 Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit

5) Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018

A marathon may sound daunting to some, but it is definitely a good way to train up your physical fitness and develop positive character attributes in order to undertake life’s challenges. Wrap up your 2018 with a personal challenge! Choose from the different types of races categories available that best suit your needs, and who says running must be alone? Grab a friend or two and train together! For mummies, there’s also a Kid Dash for young runners below the age of 13 if you want to get active with the family.

Date: 8 and 9 December 2018
Venue: Orchard Road
Register now at: https://singaporemarathon.com/register/

Nilufer Tea

After a long day out, it’s time to come home to a cup of Nilufer Tea. Made with pesticide-free herbs, flowers and premium dried fruit, Nilufer tea purifies and restores your body while offering a treat to your senses with its delightful fragrance.

It seems to me that it was just a few months ago that I was making New Year resolutions for 2017. And yet, here we are nearing the end of it. This year was an overwhelming one – we’ve had everything from controversial elections to royal wedding bells. But we’ve all made it to our favourite part of the year – the end. If you, like me, think the year passed way too quickly for comfort and want to let loose a little before greeting the brand new year 2018, here are 5 events happening around Singapore where you can let your hair down.

1. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

 

If you think New Year’s Eve is all about fireworks, then Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is where you should be at. But there aren’t just fireworks this year – you can expect carnival rides and games, a charity trail, fringe events and projection mapping displays. There are events happening all around the Marina Bay and Civic Districts so there would not be any chance of you getting bored sitting in one place.
Where: Marina Bay and Civic Districts; closest MRT is Promenade
Entry fees: Free entry

2. Haji Lane NYE 2018

 

Fireworks aren’t your thing? Perhaps you want to go back to the carefree days of the 80s and 90s and groove to the smooth beat of some RnB and Hip hop. If so, then head on over to the Haji Lane Street Party: NYE 2018. Hosted by Piedra Negra and Blu Jaz Cafe, with beats by DJ Jag and DJ Gravity, this is a party where you can dance your heart out.
Where: 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753; closest MRT is Bugis
Entry Fees: Free

3. Silent Disco Asia

 

The thought of dancing appeals to you and your friends but everyone wants different music. Well, you can dance to your own beat at Silent Disco Asia happening at the ArtScience Museum. You’ll be spoilt for music choice as you can dance to the tunes of three DJs spinning at the same time. Plus, being at the ArtScience Museum guarantees a spot to see the fantastic fireworks as well.
Where: ArtScience Museum; closest MRT is Bayfront
Entry Fees: Tickets cost $60. You can book here.

4. Super Night New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Ritz Carlton

 

Wouldn’t a sumptuous and extravagant dinner be a great way to wrap up the year and ready yourself for the new one? Not only would you be able to relish a great buffet dinner, there are unlimited pours of champagne and wine. Additionally, if you want to continue to party in style, there is live entertainment at the dance floor at Chihuly Lounge.
Where: The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore; closest MRT is Bayfront.
Entry Fees: Reservations required. From SGD 388 per adult. From SGD 194 per child (12 years and below)

5. A Wander Soirée: Countdown by The Quay

 

At A Wander Soirée, not only will you be entertained by our very own 987FM DJs – Sonia Chew, Joakim Gomez, Charmian Tan & Gerald Koh, you can also be pumped up by sets from a local band, Shirlyn & The UnXpected. With street drummers, Poi dancers and The Mirror Man, you can be sure to enjoy the festivities. If all that gets too boring for you, you can also party it up at the clubs nearby like Attica Singapore, f.Club Singapore, Get Juiced, Level Up and Zouk Singapore or grab a bite to eat at the myriad of restaurants and bars.
Where: Clarke Quay Fountain Square; closest MRT is Clarke Quay
Entry Fee: Free
So there you have it, a list of places you could go to usher in the New Year. No matter how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve – dancing at a party surrounded by friends, sipping champagne at a classy dinner or even at home with a glass of wine and fuzzy slippers on – you should relax and bask in the jubilation for all that you have done for the year. Now, onward to the next!
Happy New Year!

Written by Annmaria Patteri

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.

1. Christmas Wonderland Festive Market

Image cred: Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

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.

 2. Public Garden Christmas 2017

 

 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.

3. Santa’s Workshop @ The South Pole

Image cred: Santa's Workshop at The South Pole facebook event page

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.

4. The Great Christmas Village

 

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.

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