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Holiday Season in Singapore: 16 Best Things to Do & Places to See!

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Holiday Season in Singapore: 16 Best Things to Do & Places to See!

Fill up your calendar season with all these festivities.

Chow Cheng Yang
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With the end of the year coming up, there are plenty of holiday events in to fill your calendar! From a fireworks musical and a world-class carnival to gorgeous light shows and beach countdowns — the holiday season promises to be a time of fun and celebration.

If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a dilemma, fear not! We’ve got many neat ideas to keep busy during the 2022 holiday season in Singapore. Without further ado, here are the best holiday events in Singapore to spice up your holiday season.

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Experience the best Christmas events in Singapore

1. Be enchanted by monochrome animals at Mandai Wildlife Reserve

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Kicking off our list of Christmas events in Singapore, Mandai Wildlife Reserve’s first three-park campaign, Festive Wild-erland, proves that black and white is anything but dull! The event celebrates the monochromatic animals of the Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, and Night Safari. From 17 Nov 2022 to 2 Jan 2023, embark on a spectacular journey across the three wildlife parks to learn more about these fascinating animals. 

2. Celebrate Christmas on A Great Street 2022

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After a two-year hiatus, the beloved Great Christmas Village is back with a bang! From 12 Nov 2022 to 2 Jan 2023, glistening light displays and a variety of immersive attractions will adorn Orchard Road. Celebrate the magic of Christmas by walking down Singapore’s most famous shopping street while engaging in various activities. Great Christmas Village is the perfect way to spice up your Singapore holiday season!

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3. Head down to The Great Bay Fiesta

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While generally synonymous with decorating Christmas trees and exchanging gifts, Christmas celebration in Singapore promises to be an exciting time with The Great Bay Fiesta 2022! This entire event will be held at the Bayfront Event Space.

Marvel at the death-defying stunts of the international circus troupe — The Great Cirque des Cascades. Alternatively, engage in a day of fun and games at The Great World Carnival. With Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice, you’ll even have the chance to experience snow in sunny Singapore with the biggest pop-up winter-themed attraction to ever set foot in the country! 

4. Experience the magic of Christmas Wonderland

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Since its debut in 2014, the annual Christmas Wonderland has been an integral part of Christmas celebration in Singapore. From 2 Dec 2022 to 1 Jan 2023, soak up the magical atmosphere as the most popular holiday event in Singapore returns to Gardens by the Bay. There are plenty of things to do at Christmas Wonderland. Marvel at the light display, take photos with Santa Claus, or try your hand at some carnival games!

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5. Smell the holiday blooms at the Flower Dome

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Not one to miss out on Christmas events in Singapore, the Flower Dome celebrates the holidays with Seasons of Bloom. Seeing the poinsettias in this Gardens by the Bay attraction has become somewhat of a tradition for many Singaporeans. This season, these red plants take the form of an eight-metre-tall Christmas tree. Besides the iconic plant, other Yuletide blooms have been “frozen” in icicle-shaped displays!

6. Dive into Pandora at Changi Festive Village

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Changi Festive Village is back for more family-friendly fun! Explore the wonderful world of Pandora through the magical installations at Changi Terminal 3. Inspired by the movie Avatar, the installation features life-sized replicas of characters from the movie. 

Take photos with these realistic replicas to beef up your Instagram feed! Then, watch a light and sound show at Shiseido Forest Valley. Don’t miss out on this popular Singapore holiday event!

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7. Get your adrenaline pumping at Universal Studios Singapore

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This is one for the thrill-seekers. Universal Studios Singapore is known to celebrate the festivities with holiday-themed events. This Christmas, USS puts a unique twist on the holiday with the event, A Universal Christmas! Besides the usual adrenaline-pumping rides the theme park is known for, this event promises live circus acts, Christmas parades, and more. Be sure to catch special performances by Santa and friends! 

8. Be transported into a pink wonderland at the Museum of Ice Cream

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The holidays promise to be a time of delicious desserts and drinks. If you’re looking to satisfy your Christmas cravings, look no further! The Museum of Ice Cream’s Pinkmas celebrates the season with unlimited festive treats and interactive installations. 

The Pinkmas experience will be filled with interactive moments as guests make their way through MOIC’s Pinkmas tree forest, craft a paper gingerbread house, and sample all the flavours that celebrate the spirit of the season. Then, head to the cafe for delicious treats like the Pinkmas Sundae, Gingerbread Milkshake, and Eggnog.

9. Shop at the European Christmas Fair

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Want to experience Christmas abroad… without hopping on a plane? Located at HUONE Singapore, the European Christmas Fair brings the continent’s festive spirit to the Little Red Dot. Sip on a cup of warm mulled wine as you catch up on your Christmas shopping with the wide variety of European products on sale at this market. Munch down on some delicious gingerbread to get into the Yuletide cheer! 

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10. Soak in the Christmas spirit at CHIJMES

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CHIJMES is looking to celebrate Christmas with a bang! Look forward to a dazzling projection mapping of Christmas sceneries, live snowfall, and carolling. Then, sit back and enjoy the Spirit of Strings, a performance by the Global Strings Federation. Featuring over 100 string performers of all ages, their soulful performance will surely put you in a festive mood.

Fun ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore

11. Catch a fireworks musical in Marina Bay

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There is no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore than counting down in the iconic Marina Bay. This year’s fireworks musical spectacular, STAR ISLAND promises to be “bigger and bolder.” Purchase a ticket to enjoy the performances and pyrotechnics choreographed to an immersive soundtrack. Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display as you ring in the New Year! 

12. Party through the night at Siloso Beach Party

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Looking for other exciting ways to cap off the holiday season in Singapore? Head over to the famous Siloso Beach Party at Sentosa. This raging celebration started in 2007 and continues to attract many party-goers today. Party from dusk till dawn amidst amazing fireworks to adrenaline-pumping EDM. Undoubtedly, the Siloso Beach Party is the ideal way to countdown to the New Year!

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13. Enjoy a private countdown on The Singapore Flyer

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The Singapore Flyer is one of the most iconic attractions in Singapore. To nobody’s surprise, it’s also a great way to spend New Year’s Eve. Watch the skyline light up with a myriad of colourful fireworks from the comfort of a spacious capsule for a relaxing countdown. You can even book their Premium Champagne Experience to toast the start of 2023!

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14. Indulge in carnival rides at The Promontory

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What better way to usher in the New Year than by indulging in carnival games and rides? The Promontory offers a plethora of activities, with 40 carnival rides, family dinners, and much more. You’ll even be able to catch their countdown concert, Let’s Celebrate 2023, at this open space. With so many things to do at The Promontory, it’s no wonder the place remains one of the most popular places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Singapore!

15. Explore the Civic District

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The Civic District is another popular destination for holiday events in Singapore. This iconic area features many historical, architectural and cultural gems. During New Year’s Eve, this historic spot bursts into life and greets visitors with vibrant music, exciting parties, tantalising food, and more. What’s more, you can even catch free movie screenings and fitness dance parties!

16. Attend a New Year’s Party at Mount Faber Peak

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On 31 Dec 2022, Mount Faber Peak will morph into the pinnacle of New Year celebrations! At 100m above sea level, this extraordinary hilltop destination offers spectacular views of the Singapore skyline. Immerse in dance performances and stunning fireworks while sipping on your alcohol of choice. Partying here is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season in Singapore!

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And that concludes our list of the best holiday events in Singapore! The December holidays are a time of celebration, filled with many exciting New Year’s and Christmas activities. Rest assured, there are many activities to fill up your holiday calendar however you prefer!