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9 Exciting Events In December You Can’t Miss If You’re Stuck In Singapore


Atiqah •  Nov 30, 2017


It's finally December and unlike most of your (lucky) friends and family members, you're stuck in Singapore and wondering what's there to do to curb your boredom. Or, if you're a traveller who's in Singapore for a quick getaway, you're on the look-out for fun activities to make your trip worthwhile.
Credit: giphy Fret not, as we've compiled a list of must-visit events happening in Singapore starting from the first week of December! Your holidays will no longer be a bore after reading this ? [inlinewidget id=37766]
1. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Did you hear? The BIGGEST carnival is coming to Singapore and we can't be more excited! Officially opening on 15 December, you can expect over 40 (!!) awesome amusement rides, fun carnival games (with over a million adorable plushies up for grabs!) and more when you make your way down to The Promontory at Marina Bay ?
Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival Have a splashing good time sliding down the Log Flume, defy gravity on-board the Star Flyer and be propelled 55 metres high up in the air (that's higher than the tallest Supertree at Gardens By The Bay ?)! Get your adrenaline pumping and hop on thrilling rides like the Booster Maxx (a massive spinning frenzy!) and Cyclone Coaster ?
Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival Admission is free, whereas the cost of both the games and rides start from SGD4. Oh, and you can skip the endlessly long queues by preordering your carnival credits here! Grab your friends and family and head on down to The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival for a night full of good eats, fun and games ?
Credit: Prudential Marina Bay CarnivalAddress: The Promontory and Bayfront Event SpaceOperating hours: Daily; 4.00pm to 11.00pm, Christmas & New Year's Eve; 3.00pm to 2.00am Admission: FREE! Website
2. Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Camp Fest
Want to be like Kai Kai and fall asleep to the lullaby of the wilderness?
Credit: @dakiedoodles on Instagram For an adventure like no other, take on this unique excursion of camping among the wildlife in Singapore! As part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Living Classrooms programs, these overnight camps allow you to bond as a family while going on an educational journey about the animal kingdom. For parents, this is a great way to spend time with your child while getting involved in their learning process.
Credit: @muntazarfadhli on Instagram There are three different camps to choose from: Sleep with the Beasts at Singapore Zoo, Sleep with the Manatees at River Safari and Sleep with the Night Critters at Night Safari. You’ll be pitching tents, going on Behind-the-Scenes tours and play camp games as a family all while learning more about the interactions of animals and their environment.
  • Sleep with the Beasts @ Singapore Zoo When: 2 – 3 December 2017, starting from 3.30pm on Saturday until 11am on Sunday.
  • Sleep with the Manatees @ River Safari When: 25 - 26 November 2017, starting from 4pm on Saturday until 11am on Sunday.
  • Sleep with the Night Critters @ Night Safari When: 9 – 10 December 2017, starting from 5pm on Saturday until 10am on Sunday.
For more details on camp itineraries and costs, visit the WRS official website here.
3. Jalan Jalan Makan Makan
From 8-10 December, head on down to Jalan Jalan! Makan Makan! at the Suntec Convention Centre for a fun-filled day of shopping, meeting your favourite local celebrities and savouring delicious eats ?
Credit: @luqdhaniel on Instagram Being the biggest halal food and shopping fair in Singapore, there'll be over 150 booths selling everything from clothes, cosmetics, beauty products to of course, yummy food! [ P.S. Not sure where to start? Here's 6 tasty eats you need to try at Jalan Jalan Makan Makan! ]
Credit: @asian_sweets_jp on Instagram Best of all, with any purchase from the retail booths, you’re entitled to a chance to win the grand lucky draw of $2000 cash ? No minimum spending needed ? Venue: Hall 401-402, Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Date: 8 Dec – 10 December 2017 Time: 10am-10pm Facebook | Instagram
4. Singapore International Film Festival
Film buffs, this one is for you! The 28th edition of SGIFF is an 11-day celebration of independent cinema with events ranging from film screenings, talks, panel discussions and masterclasses. With a focus on Asian cinema this year, SGIFF showcases works from both established and aspiring filmmakers.
Credit: Singapore International Film Festival – SGIFF on Facebook
Credit: Singapore International Film Festival - SGIFF on Facebook Catch over 100 film screenings or attend panel discussions gather insights from guest directors, producers and even the actors themselves. There will also been screenings of two iconic Singaporean films – Jack Neo’s I Not Stupid and Colin Goh and Joyceln Yen Yen Woo’s Talking Cock The Movie under the Singapore Panorama section. At SGIFF, it is more than just viewing a film or appreciating Asian talents and stories; it is an immersive experience into the world of cinema specific to the Asian context. Website | FacebookWhen: 23 November – 3 December 2017. Where: Various venues. Admission: TBC* *The full Festival line-up and ticketing details will be announced in end October 2017. [ P.S. Here's the only halal food guide to Singapore's best attractions you'll ever need! ]
5. The Addams Family Musical
If a live musical performance is more like your cup of tea than films, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this! This spooky family is no stranger to most, and they’ll be gracing these sunny shores with a coming-of-age story in a fun and lively comedic musical!
Credit: Visit Manchester on Facebook Fans of the family would remember Wednesday Addams as the iconic stoic daughter but has grown into a young woman in this musical, with a boyfriend from a “normal” family. With these two different worlds colliding, can love triumph? Only one way to find out – get tickets to the show! When: 15 November – 3 December 2017. Where: MES Theatre at MediaCorp. Admission: Tickets start from $65. Get them on Sistic
6. Merlion Magical Lights
Witness the majestic Sentosa Merlion comes to life with a spectacular light show! Colourful animations will be projected onto this 37-metre-tall mythical creature that would reflect the holiday celebrations theme of the month. As the sun sets over Sentosa Island, expect a mesmerizing light and sound display that would sure leave a cheerful and lasting memory.
Credit: Reg Chia on FacebookWhen: 3 November 2017 – 1 January 2018. Where: Merlion Plaza, Sentosa Island. Admission: Free, although admission to the island applies.
7. Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
There is nothing quite like the Singaporean way of life than joining in the festivities of other races and religions. Fulfil your winter desires here in sunny Singapore when you step into the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay! Well, at least there would be a snow machine and an ice-skating rink even though the temperature would not be at sub-zeros ?.
Credit: Park Hotel Group on Facebook
Credit: Gov.sg on Facebook See the festival grounds sparkle as handmade Italian luminarie (sculptures of light) illuminate the space. Be enchanted as the Garden is lit up with spectacular light shows and feel the merriment of fellow visitors as they soak up the festive joys. There will be a European-style festival market, carnival rides and music performances too.
Credit: @shirlyhamra on InstagramWhen: 1 Dec - 26 Dec 2017, 4PM - 11PM Daily Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 Admission: From 1-7 December 2017: SGD4 online, SGD6 at the gate, From 8-14 December 2017: SGD6 online, SGD8 at the gate, From 15-25 December 2017: SGD8 online, SGD10 at the gate Tickets are already on sale online here
8. NCA Charity Garage Sale
What is the holiday season without some shopping? Help the under privileged while you shop around at the Netherlands Charity Association’s bi-annual Garage Sale! Amazing bargains for pre-loved books, toys, electric appliances and clothes awaits you at this unassuming sale. Other gems you are likely to find include unique bric-a-bracs.
Credit: NCA on Facebook
Credit: NCA on Facebook All proceeds from the sale will go to supporting local charities. Whether you buy a gift for yourself or a loved one, your act of charity at the same will sure help make a change for someone else in Singapore. When: 3 December 2017, 9am to 12 noon. Where: 42 Jalan Kampong Chantek Website[ P.S. Check out these 10 gorgeous secret islands near Singapore you have to visit (no plane ride needed)! ]
9. National Gallery Singapore Exhibitions
If you didn't manage to catch the wildly popular Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the National Gallery earlier this year, here's your chance to make up for it! This November, National Gallery Singapore will be launching a fascinating exhibition on the transformation of art in 19th-century Europe and Southeast Asia.
Credit: National Gallery Singapore on Facebook No need to travel all the way to France to get a taste of classic European art: works loaned from world-famous museums all over the world will be on display, including several impressionist art pieces from the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris! Just for the kids, you'll want to head down for the "Play with Mozart: The Big Blue", a concert specially designed for toddlers and families. Kick back and relax with your children as you listen to the soothing musical notes and let them transport you to across tranquil seas and raging tides alike.
Credit: National Gallery Singapore on Facebook Check out the National Gallery website for more details! ? BONUS!
10. Glamping in Singapore
Maybe you’ve had a staycation or two in a luxurious hotel or a fancy boutique one. How about opting for a different experience by going on a glamorous-style camping – aptly named glamping – here in Singapore!
Credit: @glampingcity on Instagram Sleep under the stars in a gorgeous tent that is all decked out with comfortable amenities like an airbed, fluffy cushions and even carpeted flooring! Everything you need for a luxurious-like stay in a camp environment will be set up for you so all you need to do is prepared to be awed ?.
Credit: @glampingcity on Instagram This bohemian aesthetic is what popular Tumblr posts look like. Whether it is for a birthday, a wedding anniversary, a bridal shower or even a family get-together, glamping will definitely wow your guests. See, you don’t have to miss out on enjoying your December vacation whilst still in Singapore! Contact:Website | Instagram [inlinewidget id=37766] So, there you have it! There's more than enough events happening in December that'll fill up your entire month, which is great because you don't have to think too hard about what to do for the day ? Did we miss out on any other events? Let us know in the comments!