How, oh how, is it December already? 2018 has passed in a blink of an eye and if your 11 months have been fun-filled, look forward to more exciting activities to wrap up 2018 with a bang! From concerts to workshops and year-end countdowns, here’s what Singapore has in store for you this month.
Christmas Wonderland, Gardens By The Bay — Nov 30 to Dec 26
The fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland promises to be as exciting as its previous iterations, with plenty of new and improved offerings that will win over both repeat and new visitors. Be captivated by Asia’s tallest golden luminarie Christmas tree at the entrance before you head to their feature attraction: A spectacular 22-metre high mirror maze located at the heart of the Supertree Grove. You’d also get to experience the wonders of ‘snow’ during Blizzard Time, take pictures with Santa at his Alpine House within the Santa’s Grotto, and show some nifty moves at its outdoor skating rink. Its Festive Market, which will see specially designed wooden huts adapted from European Christmas markets, is the spot to go for tasty treats, handmade crafts and boutique goods. Tickets are available for purchase both online and on-site. Online ticketing prices start from $4 for one-time entry from Nov 30 to Dec 6. To buy, click here.
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ZoukOut, Siloso Beach @ Sentosa — Dec 1
Annual dance and music festival ZoukOut has been a highly-anticipated event among party-goers since 2000. This year, instead of a two-day shindig, it will be a one-night-only party held at the start of the month (instead of the usual middle of the month). Still, the beach-fest at Siloso Beach promises to be jam-packed with exciting performances by international DJs and stunning pyrotechnic displays. Look forward to dance pop duo Galantis, award-winning brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as electro-house gargantuan KSHMR. Tickets for general admission cost $158, while a bundle of four costs $620. VIP tickets are priced at $248 each. Visit their website for more information. General admission tickets are $20 more if your purchase them at the door ($178).
Image: ZoukOut’s website
Culture Cartel 2018, F1 Pit Building — Dec 1 to 2
Co-organised by Habitual, Axis Group Asia and Division Communication, this event is seen as Asia’s first all-encompassing street culture convention. Gathering the best street culture in and out of Asia, this consumer trade show will include different sectors of art, toys, tattoo and fashion. “Hypebeast” fans will get to enjoy street art and graffiti done by underground artists, Mightyellow and Stash. Don’t forget to look out for retail pop-up stores of brands such as Vans, Adidas and Pestle & Mortar Clothing. Tickets will cost $15 for either Saturday or Sunday and $20 for the whole weekend. If you’re interested in their opening preview that’s happening on Friday (Nov 30), their GOAT pack will grant you VIP access for all three days at $80. Visit their website for more information.
Image: Culture Cartel
Calligraphy x Christmas Wreath Workshop, Tiong Bahru — Dec 1
Are you looking to jazz up your apartment with Christmas feels? Learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath with a workshop organised by Ask A French Flowers. Having trained in Paris, founder of Ask A French Flowers, Aude Giruad, will provide you with the necessary florals and foliage, as well as neat tips to create the perfect, one-of-a-kind festive ornament. Furthermore, this workshop features talented Singapore calligrapher, Marilyn Chew, who will equip you with the knowledge, tools and techniques that will get you started on brush pen calligraphy. Flaunt this new skill to your besties this year with calligraphy Christmas cards. The three-hour workshop is priced at $198. Visit their website to book your slot.
Image: Ask a French Flowers’ website
The Weeknd Live in Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium — Dec 5
Heads up, alternative R&B lovers. Be prepared to move your body to the beat with an electrifying performance by Canadian singer and songwriter, The Weeknd, who is set to perform in Singapore as part of his first-ever tour in Asia. Not only is this 28-year-old the beau of supermodel Bella Hadid, he is, more importantly, a three-time Grammy Award winner. We’re hoping he’ll play some of his fan faves and top hits like “Starboy” (2016), “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015) and “House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” (2011). Tickets start from $118. Click here to get them now.
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The Great Clarke Quay FEASTival, Read Bridge — Dec 5 to 9
Satiate your taste buds at The Great Clarke Quay FEASTival which will feature pop-up stalls from 15 restaurants along Read Bridge. Feast on the must-try Tsui Wah’s signature pork chop buns ($7.50) and the Marisco Seafood Paella ($10) from Octapas. Adventurous types should try East Treasure’s double boiled tonic soup with crocodile meat ($8). While you fill up your tummies, don’t forget to sip on some cocktails, wine and craft beers that will also be available at the event. The festival will start from 6pm onwards daily and admission is free. Visit Clarke Quay’s website for more information.
Sleeping Beauty Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre, Esplanade Theatre — Dec 6 to 9
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty: A spell that puts a beauty into a 100-year long slumber can only be broken by a true love’s kiss from a charming prince. See this enthralling childhood fairytale in a different light with an enchanting ballet production by the Singapore Dance Theatre performed to live music by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. It promises to be a visual spectacle with a rich score, stunning costumes and staging, and brilliant choreography. Tickets are from $35 to $75. Get them from Sistic.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018, F1 Pit Building — Dec 8 to 9
Overate this festive season? Burn calories by signing up for a run at the annual Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 that will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Its full marathon segment should be no stranger to running enthusiasts, but if you’re looking for something less strenuous that can still help you break into a sweat, go for its new 5km race category, which is a partnership with The National Steps Challenge. All National Steps Challenge participants enjoy an exclusive rate when they sign up for the race. Prices range from $70 for a 5km individual run to $145 for its 42.195km marathon for individuals who are foreigners. It includes a race pack which will have a running singlet, a running mesh bag, sunglasses, a finisher medal and more. Register here.
Image: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon’s Facebook page
Shangela is Shook Tour, Shine Auditorium @ Shaw Tower — Dec 12
If you’re familiar with the phrases “Shante, you stay” and “If you can’t love yourself, how in the h*ll are you gonna love somebody else?”, you would definitely not want to miss this. Brought to you by LA Comedy Live, Shangela—best known for being on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 3) and Rupaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (Season 3)—is making a special stop in Singapore to entertain audiences with hilarious and witty anecdotes and games. The talented diva (aka D.J. Pierce), who created the catchphrase “Halleloo”, is also a budding actor, having appeared in shows such as 2 Broke Girls (2012), Glee (2012), and romantic drama A Star is Born (2018), which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. We’re hoping he’d share some little-known tidbits he experienced while on set! Tickets are from $78 to $138, whereas Meet-and-Greet passes cost $188. Get your tickets from Sistic.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Film Concert, Esplanade Theatre — Dec 14 to 15
Die-hard Star Wars fans will get a thrill out of this concert, which will see more than 70 musicians performing the music live and in sync with the 1977 film which will be projected onto a giant screen. Every scene will be brought to life in this epic performance that features powerful scores from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. We bet this nostalgic event will stir the heartstrings of aficionados. Tickets prices range from $69 to $235. Get them from Sistic.
IU 10th Anniversary Tour Concert, The Star Theatre — Dec 15
UAENAs (that’s her fan club members, for those not in the know), mark your calendars. K-star Lee Ji Eun, also known by her on-stage alias, IU, will be holding her first-ever concert in Singapore this month. After making her debut in the music industry at the young age of 15, she now has four studio albums, nine extended plays, 41 singles, 40 music videos and six K-dramas—including Dream High (2011) and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)—under her belt. And she’s only 25! Be charmed by her syrupy-sweet vocals as she serenades the crowd with some of her top hits, such as “Palette” (2017), “You and I” (2011) and “Good Day” (2010). Tickets are from $148 for Category 4 and 5 seating to $268 for Category 1. Visit Apactix to purchase your passes.
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Festive New Year Buffet Dinner, Blue Jasmine @ Park Hotel Farrer Park — Dec 28 to 31
Get ready to welcome 2019 with open arms by having a grand feast with your loved ones during the last four days of the year. Enjoy Blue Jasmine’s indulgent New Year buffet menu ($65++ per adult, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm) which includes a smorgasbord of Thai delicacies such as a Spicy Grilled Beef Salad with Thai Herbs and Neam Kai Tod (Marinated Chicken Wing with Thai Herbs) for appetisers, and Red Curry Chicken with Pumpkin, Basil and Lime Leaf and Massman of Lamb with Sweet Potato for mains. Want to celebrate with a tipple? If you’re there on New Year’s Eve, head on over to the poolside bar after dinner for a free-flow of house pour wines and draft beers, which will be available from 9pm to 1am for an additional $30 nett (for diners of the New Year buffet) and $50 nett (for non-diners). There will be non-alcoholic beverages available as well. Visit their website to make a reservation.
Image: Park Hotel’s website
Star Island’s Musical Fireworks Extravaganza, Marina Bay — Dec 31
Say goodbye to 2018 with a larger-than-life, multi-sensory fireworks musical at Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve presented by entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. Titled Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition, this is the first time the Star Island extravaganza is presented outside of Japan. Experience a theatrical extravaganza, where a multi-layered story narrative will be choreographed to a myriad of artistic performances and futuristic hanabi (fireworks in Japanese) against the Marina Bay skyline, coupled with laser projection and 3D sound technology boosted by more than 200 special speakers as part of the sci-fi experience. Every ticket holder will be able to enjoy their pre-party programme, which includes a marketplace with F&B stalls, family-friendly activities, as well as roving performances that will begin at 5pm. Tickets range from S$38 to S$148 (for VIP experience that includes catered F&B). Visit Apactix to get your passes.
Image: Star Island
Clarke Quay Block Party Countdown, Clarke Quay Fountain Square — Dec 31
This will be the mother of all block parties. Gather your friends and ring in 2019 together at Clarke Quay’s annual New Year’s Eve Countdown. Navigate your way through huge blocks that are fabricated to represent the four Clarke Quay enclaves and be entertained by roving dancers dressed as toy soldiers and towering unicorn stilt walkers. Onstage, emcees Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM will host the party, along with live performances by Singapore band Shirlyn & The UnXpected. They will hype up the party atmosphere at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square, so you can expect hopping good fun before you toast your glasses to the song of Auld Lang Syne at midnight. From 9pm onwards, admission is free. Click here for more information.
Image: Clarke Quay
Text: Sean Tham