Everyone dreams of a White Christmas with Santa Claus skiing through the sky and surprising you with a fancifully wrapped present at your doorstep (If you have been obedient all year). That was what we all imagined it to be when we were young. However, Christmas has turned out to be a festive season where gatherings with our loved ones are what really matters. Besides house parties, why not head outdoors for a fun-filled celebration?
A Magical Christmas at the Gardens
With its second return at Gardens By The Bay, the fairgrounds are where the Christmas fantasy of all come true. This year, visitors are bound to squeal in happiness as they zip down the tallest slide in Singapore standing at 14 metres, or go for a spin on Swinging Chairs that gives a breath-taking 360-degree view of the Gardens. The carousel, Ice Palace and skating rink are also not to be missed. Catch the debut of the Christmas Toyland Floral Display at the Flower Dome that will be displayed till early January next year. Though entry to the fairgrounds at Gardens By The Bay is free, normal charges to the Flower Dome still apply.
When: 21 November 2015 - 5 January 2016
Where: FLOWER DOME
The highly anticipated annual 2-day dance festival ZoukOut 2015 is finally approaching! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and feel the fleeting moment as you enter into the entertainment wonderland with the best dance music of all time. With a diverse of DJs spinning your favourite music non-stop, ZoukOut is a phenomenal event that disintegrate cultural barriers and gathers people from all of Asia and the world, truly embodying Zouk’s inimitable spirit - One World, One Music, One Tribe, One Dance.
When: 11 & 12 December
Where: SILOSO BEACH, SENTOSA
How does combining yoga and music sound? Bringing you this unique combination in one spectacular night, Bliss-Out is bound to bring you out of this world. Start your evening with two yoga sessions coached by renowned festival instructor, Sianna Sherman and our Official Yoga Studio, Space & Light Yoga. Slay your day in Bliss with the spellbinding tunes of indie electronic band, The Naked And Famous and local artiste, iNCH!.
When: 12 December
Where: THE MEADOW, GARDENS BY THE BAY
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2015
On every first Sunday of December, thousands of participants from all walks of life can be spotted running past Singapore’s iconic landmarks - Esplanade and Sentosa. Known as the marquee running event on Singapore’s sporting calendar, Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2015 is here once again. This time, 3 different start points and routes are specially marked out to cater to runners of all capabilities - Ekiden and Marathon (42.195km), Marathon (42.195km), Half Marathon (21.1km), 10km/10km Wheelchair and the Kids Dash (700m)
When: 5 & 6 DECEMBER
8th ASEAN Para Games Singapore 2015
ASEAN Para Games is a biennial multi-sport event held after every Southeast Asian Games for the less-fortunate ASEAN athletes who face any physical or psychological disabilities. With a range of 15 different sports, the organisation believes in empowering the Para-athletes’ characters and uplifting their spirits beyond physical fitness. The Games will provide a platform for enhancing inclusiveness, encouraging our people to embrace sports, as well as promote ASEAN solidarity. In lieu of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, the ASEAN Para Games will be hosted in our Lion City for the very first time.
When: 3 - 9 DECEMBER
Elton John - All the Hits Tour
Legendary singer-songwriter Elton John has embarked on his ‘ All the Hits’ Tour and will be making an extraordinary appearance with his long-established band in Singapore. The "All the Hits" Tour features iconic hits and classic album tracks that chronicles Elton John's phenomenal five decade-long career. Serenade to an anthology of songs from his highly-acclaimed album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which recently honoured its 40th anniversary with a Deluxe Edition. The Star Theatre's intimate ambience and state-of-the-art sound system will make the experience even more unforgettable.
When: 1 & 2 December
Where: THE STAR THEATRE
Halestorm Live in Singapore
Halestorm fans, heads up! The Grammy Award-winning American hard rock band will be making their debut performance in Singapore this December. Ever since the release of their third studio album ‘Into the Wild Life’, this will be their first ever show in South East Asia. Grab this golden opportunity to see your favourite band live.
When: 18 December
Where: THE COLISEUM AT HARD ROCK HOTEL SINGAPORE RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Frankly, It’s Christmas: A Jazzy Christmas
Singapore jazz icon, Jeremy Monteiro, presents its 11th edition of Jazzy Christmas this festive season. Join the master of feel-good jazz and a host of invited guests as they pay homage to the transcendent late jazz singer Frank Sinatra in this centenary celebration of his life and music. Immense yourself in timeless melodies that will definitely immense you with hope and Yuletide cheer.
Featuring Tina May, James Flynn, Nathan Hartono, Ryan Quigley, Shawn Letts, Andrew Lim, Ben Poh and Hong Chanutr Techatana-nan.
When: 18 December
Where: ESPLANADE CONCERT HALL
Crazy Christmas – A Ground NUTcracker
As Dream Academy commemorates its 15th Birthday Bash this year, expect appearances by all their wacky characters like the Dim Sum Dollies, Broadway Beng, Dr TCM and of course, comedian Kumar. Bigger and better, brand new hilarious moments like the Dim Sum Dollies celebrating Christmas with post-election fervour as Democratic Reformed Workers and Kumar plus the whole of the Crazy Christmas gang jamming to Christmas tunes with splendid harmonies are just half of what you can anticipate. By the way, does anyone miss Pam Oei’s Christmas infamous wannabe Bat? My instincts tell me that she may be back...
Based on the philosophy of collaboration and community, Neon Lights Music and Arts Festival will occupy all three main outdoor event spaces – Fort Green, Fort Gate and OMSQ. This event assures a premium multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory experience for people from all walks of life
For a whole line-up of music acts and the latest event updates, check out the official website.
When: 10 - 19 December
Where: ESPLANADE THEATRE
Singapore Café Week 2015
In celebration of Singapore’s local cafe culture, the Singapore Cafe Week features a comprehensive lineup of numerous pre-eminent cafes in Singapore. In this 2-week special, participating cafes will be challenged to surprise diners with newly inspired dishes using only fresh produce, local ingredients and new flavour pairings. Be it you’re a morning or a night person, fret not as all 3 menus - Brunch, Tea and Dinner will be available. So take part in this exciting cafe week and show some support for our local cafe culture.
When: 10 - 13 & 17 - 20 December