Christmas in the tropics doesn’t have to be blah or unspectacular. Sharifah Nursyafiqah shares how you can have a jolly good Christmas in Singapore this year.
1. Have a white Christmas at The Rink
Sure, it does not snow here, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a snowy ice-skating experience on an Olympic-sized rink. For two days only, on 24th and 31st December, The Rink at JCube will be filled with foam and snow to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Tickets for the three-hour session include one free hour of skating, as well as rental of your skates. Early bird tickets are $23 (till 11 December), so hurry and get yours now!
2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 3, JCube, Singapore 609731
2. Take a stroll through Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay
Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair is back, and better than ever. From 28 November 2015 to 5 January 2016, be sure to swing by this European-style market, filled with festive activities. This year, attractions include a vintage Carousel ($10 per ride), Swinging Chairs ($8 per ride), and even a Helter Skelter spiral slide ($8 per ride). Hunt down great festive finds at the Festive Market, where you can find boutique goods and vintage finds, perfect for last minute Christmas shopping. For more information on what’s in store at this fair, visit the official site here.
Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
3. Get shopping at Public Garden Christmas 2015
While you’re getting your shopping done, why not visit this annual Christmas market in town? From 12 to 13 December, head over to Public Garden Christmas 2015 at the F1 Pit Building to get your hands on unique fashion and beauty products, as well as goods from independent local businesses. If you are hunting down a gift for a fussy friend, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a great one here.
Public Garden Christmas 2015
F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Level 3, #03-04, Singapore 038975
4. Go skiing at Urban Ski
Yes, it is possible to ski in Singapore! Urban Ski at Millenia Walk lets you ski indoors, on a constantly moving 12.5m slope. While you wouldn’t be skiing on actual snow (the slope is made of white synthetic turf with an added lubricant to simulate real snow), it is great for skiers of all skill sets, and you can both ski or snowboard on the slope. Rates begin from $77 per person, for an hour of skiing, inclusive of instructor and rental of gear. For more information, visit their website here.
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-46/47/48/49 (beside TCC), Singapore 039596
5. Catch a special Christmas performance at the Esplanade
From 18 to 31 December, celebrate the holidays with a host of special free performances at the Esplanade. These include roving dance performances by SherePunjab Bhangra, interactive storytelling sessions for kids, and performances by Asian Contemporary Ensemble. You can also have a hilarious Christmas with Dream Academy’s “Crazy Christmas – A groundNUTCRACKER” performance. Featuring local favourites like the Dim Sum Dollies, Kumar, and Sebastian Tan (as a Hokkien-spewing Santa, no less), expect to be roaring with laughter as you usher in the holiday season with a few hearty “Ho ho ho”s! “Crazy Christmas – A groundNUTCRACKER” will be staged from 10 to 19 December, and tickets are available at SISTIC from $66 onwards.
1 Esplanade Dr, 038981