It still seems like yesterday when we were just making our New Year resolutions for 2019, and now we have come to the end of the year. With Christmas and the countdown to 2020 approaching, December is jam-packed with happening events and epic parties for you and your loved ones to get into the festive mood. Wrap up the year with these exciting events happening in Singapore this December.
Get your Christmas cheer on at this highly popular year-end event. Back for its sixth edition, Christmas Wonderland hosts its first-ever Christmas Parade where visitors can say hi to beloved festive characters such as Santa, Santarinas and Christmas elves on parade floats. Be awed by the iconic handcrafted luminarie sculptures and don’t forget to catch ‘snow’ which will fall daily at the Spalliera, which stands at 21m and is the tallest luminarie Christmas tree in Asia. You can also catch performances at the Meadow Theatre, shop and eat at the Festive Market, and try your luck winning a prize at the carnival games. Tickets start from $6.
From now till Dec 26, at Gardens By The Bay. Tickets are available via its website.
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Uncle Ringo is a familiar sight in the heartlands and this December, they will be holding a large-scale carnival at the Bayfront Event Space which promises to bring even more fun and joy to everyone. If you haven’t been to a circus, here’s your chance to catch acrobats, contortionists and clowns in action when The Great Circus Of Europe circus troupe performs in Singapore for the first time at the carnival. Not only will there will be plenty of thrilling games and rides, there will also be a food street that houses over 50 food stalls where you can try all kinds of food and snacks to satisfy your appetite. Entry to the carnival is free while tickets to the circus starts from $70.
From Dec 20 to Jan 1, at Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay. Tickets are available via its website.
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Party till the sun comes up with big-name DJs like Tiesto, and Don Diablo when they perform at this upcoming two-day music festival in Sentosa. Making its debut at Siloso Beach, the locally produced festival is set to be an epic beach party as the hard-hitting line-up which includes world-famous acts like Zedd and Cosmic Gate, will be sure to give you a party experience to remember. Girl’s Generation member Kim Hyoyeon will also be performing under the stage name DJ HYO on December 7. You can win a chance for a meet-and-greet session with her and more details can be found at their Facebook page. Besides international DJs, you will also be able to catch local DJs such as Andrew T and The Doppelgangzer spinning their sets. Tickets are priced at $130 for a 1-Day Pass and $180 for a 2-Day Pass.
Korean songstress IU’s first-ever concert in Singapore last December was a rousing success and this time round, she’s back for 2 nights. Originally slated to perform only on December 7, tickets were completely sold out within one hour of going on sale and a second show was added to cater to the overwhelming demands from her fans. The multi-talented artist also most recently starred in the hit K-drama, Hotel del Luna which has become one of the highest-rated dramas in Korean cable tv history. Besides fan favourites like Good Day and BBIBBI, fans can also expect to see her perform new music from her latest album, which is also titled Love, Poem. Tickets start from $148.
From Dec 6 to 7, at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available via APACtix.
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Don’t miss your chance to catch the hottest rookie K-pop girl group ITZY perform at their first showcase in Singapore. The group made their debut in February this year and have achieved great success with their catchy singles Dalla Dalla and Icy. In fact, they are the fastest girl group to achieve their first music show win which they won only nine days after their debut, and also broke records on Youtube for having the most viewed K-pop debut music video within 24 hours. Members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna will meet their fans in a series of showcases across Asia before embarking on their first tour in the United States. Tickets start from $148.
On Dec 13, 8pm, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Halls 601-604. Tickets are available via APACtix.
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Musical fans, you are in for a treat. The award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical CATS will be coming to Singapore this December for a limited run. It is based on famous poet T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and tells the story of the Jellicle tribe of cats who have come together at the annual Jellicle ball to decide who will ascend to The Heaviside Layer, their version of heaven, for a chance to be reborn. The highly-acclaimed musical is one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and West End and has been translated into multiple languages all over the world. A film adaptation featuring stars like Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo and Taylor Swift will be out later this month too. Tickets start from $50.
It’s not every day that you get a chance to attend an event where you can listen to one of the most inspirational women of our times speak. The former First Lady of the United States of America, who has written a best-selling memoir Becoming, will be in town to share about her extraordinary journey and how events and experiences in her public and private life have shaped her. The interview-style discussion will see Mrs. Obama engaging in conversation with a moderator sharing on topics such as the challenges of being a working mother as well as her time spent at the White House. Her husband, President Barack Obama will also be in Singapore to speak at a separate event on Dec 16. Tickets start from $341.
Get your hands on exclusive merch and toys and meet renowned comic artists at one of South-east Asia’s largest pop culture events. Previously known as Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC), the event will showcase the finest of Western and Asian pop culture, and also host cosplay competitions and e-sports leagues. There will also be an Artists Alley where you can get one-of-a-kind art from both professional and amateur artists. Tickets start from $21.
From Dec 7 to 8, at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Level 1, Halls A, B & C. Tickets are available via their website.
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Looking for a Christmas present for mum or older sister? Book them tickets to this concert, so they can take a trip back to the ‘90s when iconic R&B vocal group Boyz II Men lands in Singapore this December. Known for classics like “I’ll Make Love To You”, “End of the Road” and “On Bended Knee”, the four-time GRAMMY award winners are one of the best-selling artists of all time. Singapore is part of their long-anticipated Asia tour after their U.S. tour and residency in Las Vegas. Other stops in Asia include Bangkok and Manila. Tickets start from $88.
Be transported into the magical world of Swan Lake when you catch this romantic year-end production by the Singapore Dance Theatre. Swan Lake is one of the most well-known ballets in the world and has continued captivating audiences with its enthralling tale of love, betrayal and deceit. Get swept away by the story of the Swan Queen Odette, the Black Swan Odile and Prince Siegfried as they perform to the famous music of Tchaikovsky played by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. Tickets start from $40.
From Dec 5 to 8, at Esplanade Theatre. Tickets are available via Sistic.
JJ Lin is one of Singapore’s most popular home-grown music artists and he has proven his popularity once again when tickets to his latest concert sold like hot cakes the moment they went on sale. The huge demand prompted concert organizers to add on a second night and he will be performing to a total of 60,000 fans at the iconic National Stadium, an amazing feat in itself. Fans can expect to be treated to a grand show as the production will feature exciting elements such as moving extension stages and eye-catching lighting and visual effects. Get ready to sing along to crowd favourites such as “Those Were The Days” and “Little Big Us” and we can’t wait to see what special surprise he has in store for his fellow Singaporeans! Tickets start from $148.
From Dec 21 to 22, at the National Stadium. Tickets are available via SportsHubTix.
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Looking to wine and dine? Head down to Marina Bay Sand’s annual Epicurean Market where you can taste over 60 popular dishes at pop-ups from their award-winning restaurants such as Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and the Michelin-starred CUT by Wolfgang Puck. There will also be 12 free masterclasses where you can pick up cooking tips from celebrity chefs like Waku Ghin’s Tetsuya Wakuda. Get in the holiday mood and pick up festive treats including toffee fudge vodka, craft beer and wines at the Festive Market. If you visit the market on Dec 14, be sure to join the exciting after-party at the hottest nightclub in town, MARQUEE. Be one of the first 500 visitors to register at the MARQUEE DJ booth and you will get free entry the nightclub as well as a complimentary drink. Tickets start from $49.
What is a new year countdown without amazing fireworks? Gather your friends and family and usher in the new year with them at this fireworks festival from Japan! Part of Marina Bay Singapore Countdown’s celebration, STAR ISLAND will not just wow you with their stunning display of traditional fireworks from Japan, 500 drones will also be synchronized with the fireworks and light displays to give you a spectacular show never seen before in Singapore. You can also catch thrilling performances featuring Olympians and ex-members from famous circus troupes and grab a bite at the Food & Beverage Village. Tickets start from $88.
On Dec 31, Doors open at 5pm, at The Float @ Marina Bay. Tickets are available via APACtix.
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If you prefer the sand and the sea, countdown to 2020 at Siloso beach at the only beach countdown party in Singapore. From 6pm to 6am, top international and regional DJs will take turns spinning their music at two stages providing non-stop entertainment and fun. The Main Stage will feature the hottest dance tracks from DJs like Mashd N Kutcher and Julian Jordan, while the second stage at the signature Foam Zone will see DJs like DJ Jade Rasif and DJ Kaylova spinning R&B tunes and crowd favourite tracks. You won’t have to worry about running out of energy at the 12-hour party as food and drinks will be available at the Food Zone. When midnight comes around, start your new year with fireworks lighting up the sky and catch the first sunrise of 2020 after a night of epic partying. Tickets start from $68 and include one complimentary drink.
On Dec 31, 6pm, Siloso Beach, Sentosa. Tickets are available via their website.
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Still playing the Disney Tsum Tsum mobile game or just a fan of these adorable stackable characters? You will have to pay a visit to River Safari this December. The Disney Tsum Tsums will make their appearance at the wildlife park and visitors can enjoy fun-filled activities and photo ops. Take part in The River Escapade Bingo while exploring the park and complete at least two lines to redeem exclusive Disney Tsum Tsum tote bags. You can also try out party games in the new Disney Festival Tsum Tsum Nintendo Switch game which launched exclusively at River Safari. There’s more. Snap away at the 8 photo spots throughout the park featuring the characters or at the Disney Tsum Tsum Festival Booth and upload them to Instagram. The most creative photos will win exclusive prizes worth up to $400. There will also be plenty of merch at the gift shop for you to bring home too. Tickets start from $28.80.
From now till Dec 29, at River Safari. Tickets are available via their website.
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Soak in the festive atmosphere at Universal Studios Singapore this Christmas. The theme park will be decked out in beautiful Christmas décor and visitors can catch fireworks, exhilarating shows with dazzling special effects and 3D projection, a massive snowfall, meet-and-greet with your favourite Universal characters and more. Funky street performers and live stage performances of your favourite Christmas songs will also hype you up as you spend the day enjoying the rides, shows and attractions Singapore’s premier theme park has to offer. Prices start from $79.
From Dec 2 to Jan 1, at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets are available via their website.
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Drink and feast to your heart’s content while showing off your best kitsch sweater at Andaz Singapore’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The sumptuous festive buffet will be full of delectable delights including premium roast and grill selections such as Glazed Kurobuta Ham, Roasted Turkey and Prime Rib Roast Beef, fresh seafood such as Oysters, Tiger Prawns, Tuna Tartare, and unlimited Mulled Wine, Delamotte Champagne, and Wines and Beers. End your dinner on a high note with extravagant desserts that include Marizpan Stollen, Brandy Fruit Cake, and a festive cake created just for this season, the Christmas Morello Cherry Pandan Chiffon Cake. This Andaz special has a pandan chiffon core and features a refreshing tart cherry mousse covered with a pastel pink glaze. If you would like to have the cake for your own home party, it will be on sale at Alley on 25 for $34 (large, serves 4-6 pax) and $16 (medium, serves 2-3 pax), and online at http://andazshop.oddle.me/ from Nov 1 to Jan 31 2020. The buffet is priced at $148 with free-flow non-alcoholic beverages and $188 with free-flow alcoholic beverages
On Dec 24 and 25, 6pm, at Andaz Singapore. Make your reservations at their website.
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Get ready for a blast from the past and celebrate with ‘90s-themed party organisers This Is The 90s as they team up with Converse and Tiger Crystal to commemorate their first anniversary with a smashing party that will be their biggest yet. As a treat to their guests, the first 200 party-goers will get a free Tiger Beer Crystal on top of their complimentary drink with entry and sofa reservations come with a free bucket of Tiger Crystal. Tag @converse_sg and @thisisthe90s__ in your Instagram Story taken at the party and receive 30% off Converse discount vouchers in your DMs. Cash vouchers will also be given to the best 10 outfits rocking Converse at the party. If you are looking to get your hands on some ‘90s swag, check out the vintage clothing pop-up where 5 vintage clothing vendors will showcase their wares. All this on top of the best music from the ‘70s to early 2000s where you can sing out loud to familiar tracks from your favourite singers growing up. For table reservations, message them on their Facebook page or send them a dm on Instagram.
On Dec 13, 10.30pm, at 133 Cecil Street, Singapore 069535, Cherry Discotheque. Visit their Facebook event page for more information.
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Looking to get some unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas? Head down to the CRIB Market at Trehaus where you can do your Christmas shopping at over 20 booths offering goods ranging from fashion and accessories to home décor and lifestyle products. Participating business include haircare brand Clynn By Nature, bespoke fashion label Lily & Lou and handcrafted leather jewellery brand Blithe & Merry.
On Dec 21, 12.30pm, at 109 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179097, Trehaus. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
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