Best Things To Do In Singapore In December 2022 — Carnivals, Christmas Markets & More Activities For The Whole Family
Time to plan for the final month of 2022.
You know the end of the year is here when the island is absolutely buzzing with activities, from Christmas market pop-ups and family-friendly carnivals to street culture festivals and exhibitions. Take your pick from this month’s plethora of happenings.
What’s on in Singapore in December 2022:
When: Dec 1 (1pm-10pm), Dec 2-4 (11am-10pm)
Where: *SCAPE Singapore,2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978
For any bona fide street culture fan, this is what dreams are made of. The prominent four-day street culture convention returns as a physical event, finally. For the first time, it’ll be held at *SCAPE Singapore — spanning across three floors, too — and will bring almost 200 brands and talents and showcases from the art, fashion, tattoos, toys, music and NFT worlds in one place. Among the highlights: the launch of 500 NFTs in a collab between Culture Cartel and Heineken Silver, exclusive first-in-the-world collection releases, and panel discussions and music performances. Tickets are priced from $25 (before Nov 30) and $30 at the door from Dec 1 — available via the ShopBack app.
Ice Magic: The Great Fantasy on Ice
When: Dec 1, 2022 to Jan 1, 2023. Three sessions daily: 10am-2pm, 3pm-7pm and 7pm-10pm
Where: Bayfront Event Space
From Dec 1, Bayfront Event Space will shapeshift into a winter wonderland, the biggest winter-themed pop-up in Singapore, sprawled over 2,400 sqm. Do you wanna build a snowman, make snow angels or just frolick in real snow? The folks at Ice Magic will be creating snow from the same snow-making machines used in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 — these doodads will start pumping out fresh, fluffy snow as early as 20 days prior to the event opening so you can experience snow cleaner than natural snow in daily snowfalls at a 70m snow slope. Tickets are $25 to $45. More info
This Christmas ice-travaganza is part of the Great Bay Fiesta, a mega merry extravaganza spanning over 20,000 sqm at the Bayfront Event Space. Besides Ice Magic, marvel at circus acts at The Great Cirque de Cascades inside the Big Top (tickets from $72). Or hop on one of the nostalgic rides at Uncle Ringo’s The Great World Carnival before refuelling at one of the stalls at The Great Food Fiesta. Perfect if you’re looking to pack your day with a full-day of fun festive activities. Admission tickets from $10. More info
When: Dec 2, 2022 to Jan 1, 2023; 6.30pm-10.30pm daily
Where: Gardens by the Bay
Everyone’s favourite Christmas festival is back at Gardens by the Bay from Dec 2. It’s spread out over six different festive zones, but for the snow-starved, get maximum winter feels at Merry Lane’s Snowland, where an illuminated igloo, polar bears and fluffy white snow await.
There’s a ton to explore at Christmas Wonderland, including countless Instagrammable installations, carnival games, Santa meet-and-greets, a Christmas market and F&B stalls. This Christmas glow-up includes all-new exquisite hand-crafted Spalliera installations, including one towering at 21 metres. Hop on a Venetian double-storey carousel, traipse through a 50m-long tunnel lit up by LED lights, enjoy the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show or marvel at a 10m-tall windmill in a kinetic light display field. Yup, be prepared for endless photo opps.
Tickets from $8. More info
Dior The Atelier of Dreams
When: Til Jan 1, 2023. Open Sun-Thur at 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat at 11am-10pm.
Where: Level 1 Outdoors, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Get enchanted by Dior’s immersive pop-up at ION Orchard. It’s hard to miss — just look for the visually stunning Dior Enchanted Star that towers at 15m and is surrounded by 20,000 lightbulbs. The Atelier of Dreams teleports visitors into a magical realm by way of three experiential zones. Start at The Exceptional Chandelier adorned with J’adore Eau de Parfum bottles, then meander through the Immersive Room where you’ll be greeted with twinkling stars and snowflakes. Finally, round off the journey at the La Colle Noire Dining Hall where you’ll find gifting options from the brand’s holiday collections, gift-wrapping stations and more.
Today at Apple Sessions – Coding Lab for Kids
When: Dec 2-14 (select dates)
Where: Apple Orchard Road, Apple Marina Bay Sands and Apple Jewel Changi Airport
Parents looking for fun and productive ways to entertain the little ones this school holidays, look no further. As part of its Today at Apple series, the tech giant is holding free coding workshops for kids in its stores islandwide.
Introduce your kids to the world of coding with Coding Skills: Getting Started with Swift Playgrounds, an hour-long session to get them started with coding using the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift is a programming language launched by Apple, and has been used to create popular apps. Recommended for kids aged 12 and above. You may choose to bring your own iPad or use one provided in-store. There are seven sessions happening this month on select dates between Dec 2 to 14 at Apple Orchard and Apple Jewel Changi Airport (full schedule and registration here).
Coding Lab For Kids: Code Your First App is the latest addition to the Today at Apple line-up. Designed for children aged 10 and above, this session allows them to experiment with coding and designing an app with Swift Playgrounds using the iPad, allowing them to customise their app with fonts, colours, Memoji, and more. All devices will be provided during the session; pre-registration required. There are four sessions in total happening on Dec 6, 10 and 11 at the Apple stores in Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Jewel Changi Airport (full schedule and registration here).
A Universal Christmas
When: Nov 23 to Jan 2
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Santa’s Spectacular Circus takes over USS this festive season from Nov 23 to Jan 2, 2023, with the theme park’s festive shindig featuring a very merry parade, live circus acts, meet-and-greets and themed photo booths.
Your hunt for snowfall here will lead you to one of the glitziest highlights, Santa’s Circus Extravaganza, happening at 7.30pm daily from Nov 30. The massive parade sees Ringmaster Santa lead over 40 performers, spectacular floats and the likes of the Minions, Po, Tigress and Poppy around the park, and culminates in magnificent snowfall. Snow far snow good? There’s still more snow at the Let It Snow photobooth, where you can snap pics with Santa, Snowgirls and Snowmen amid snowfall at four sessions daily.
Other activities at Santa’s Spectacular Circus include an interactive meet-and-greet session with the adorable Gingy, who’s helping Pastry Pat set up a new bakery for Christmas, and a host of merry carnival games at the Jolly Game Booths.
Tickets from $98 (adult) and $78 (child), and include a $20 USS Christmas Treats voucher and $5 retail voucher. More info
Pinkmas at Museum of Ice Cream
When: Till Jan 8, 2023. Open Wed to Mon, 10am-10pm
Where: Museum of Ice Cream, 100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248837
How do you make the most wonderful time of the year even sweeter? With ice cream, of course. The pink-tastic Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is celebrating PinkMas this year with a special treats for visitors during this festive season. Pinkmas sundaes, gingerbread milkshakes and even festive eggnogs will have your tastebuds tingling with excitement. Parents can even get the little munchkins to pick up a new skill by enrolling them in Sundae School, an hour-long ice cream making class, to earn them certified Scoop Master status. Yup, no harm in starting ’em young.
Tickets from $36, available here.
Trip.com’s Mega Carnival
When: Nov 19 to Feb 5, 2023
Where: Let’s Play @ D’Marquee Downtown East, Downtown East 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
With over 20 stations with games, rides and game booths sprawled over 50,000 sq ft at the funfair, this is perfect if you’re looking for a family fun day out in the east. Hang out with a giant animatronic dinosaur that’s a towering 4m tall, or deep dive into dino-themed rides, ball pits and even viking rides at the carnival. Virtual reality games will instantly transport you to outer space or even the ski slopes, while giant bouncy castles, inflatable ball challenges and arcade stations will entertain the young and young at heart, and a food truck dishing up delish bites will keep hunger pangs at bay. While pre-booking of slots is required when you buy a ticket (prices from $28), visitors get unlimited play within their timeslots (at least 210 minutes on weekdays and 150 minutes on weekends, school holidays, eve of public holidays and public holidays).
Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia
When: Dec 2, 2022 to Aug 20, 2023
Where: Level 3, City Hall Wing, National Gallery Singapore,
In this age of ubiquitous selfies, it’s easy to forget the role that photography played throughout history. This exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore, which traces the history of photography in Southeast Asia, is a reminder of that. Split into five thematic zones, it features over 300 works from the mid-19th century until present day — start your journey delving into colonial and war archives, through to today’s digital age.
Majulah Holiday Special
When: Dec 10, 7.30pm
Where: Somerset Youth Park, 121 Somerset Road
Want to get into the festive spirit with a free concert by some of the best local talents? Pencil in Majulah Holiday Special, a special holiday-themed local gig held in conjunction with Somerfest, the refreshed Somerset Belt’s festival spotlighting the aspirations of youth. Five homegrown acts, including Benjamin Kheng and Marian Carmel, will take the stage to bring you hit tunes and Christmas faves. Gig-goers will also stand a chance to bag gifts from the likes of W Hotel, Foot Locker, Benjamin Barker, escentials and CRU. Admission is free, but pre-registration required (link below).
Free entry with pre-registration. More info
NFT ASIA Chapter 2: Crossing Worlds
When: Dec 21-23
Where: Somerset Youth Park, 121 Somerset Road
Whether you’re NFT-curious or clueless, there’s much to be gleaned from NFTASIA, Singapore’s first IRL metaverse festival, also part of Somerfest. Visitors can expect an immersive experience that mixes the virtual with reality. Six metaverses will be created in 13 shipping containers at the youth park, and will feature art installations, music projects, and local DJs and artistes like Glenn Yong and Tosh Rock will take to the stage.
Jumptopia: Festive Village
When: Nov 22 to Jan 3, 2023. Open Mon-Thur at 10am-8pm, Fri-Sun, PH eve and PH at 10am-10pm. Black-out date/time: Nov 27, 6pm-10pm.
Where: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall C, Level 1, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Kids and kids at heart will be jumping for joy knowing that Kiztopia’s festive bouncy castle wonderland, Jumptopia: Festive Village, is back. Occupying a whopping 45,000 sq ft of space, the mega bouncy castle wonderland features 10 new giant Christmas-themed inflatables, some towering up to 9m-high. Visitors can expect to bounce their way through life-sized gingerbread man cookies and pretzels, challenge Santa’s reindeer to a race, and more. Each bouncy castle has a maximum capacity of 50 kids (aged two and above) at any one time. A tamer, but still as adorable, Toddlers Zone is open to children aged one to three.
Need a break? There’s plenty happening on terra firma too. Soak in festival vibes and catch live dance, magic and juggling performances, take plenty snaps at the IG-worthy ‘snowing’ zone or with cute mascots, or refuel at a pizzeria café. Need to multi-task and finish up your Christmas shopping? The Christmas market in the festive village has you covered.
Tix from $36, promo bundles available. More info
Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition 2022
When: Dec 31, 2022. Doors open at 5pm.
Where: The Float at Marina Bay
The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) will be held on Dec 31 at The Float at Marina Bay for the final time on New Year’s Eve (the venue will undergo redevelopment soon). Held in conjunction with MBSC is the Star Island Singapore Countdown, which makes its return after two years. So of course, things are going to be extra special at this year’s countdown. The 80-minute fireworks and music extravaganza will light up the skies at Marina Bay with 10 special firework bursts which were awarded the ‘Prime Minister’s Award’ at what’s been described as “Japan’s Olympics of fireworks” — plus there’ll be a kawaii special guest (find out more here).
Mental: Colours of Wellbeing
Guiding visitors to delve deeper into stereotypes around mental health is this exhibition features 24 interactive exhibits, large-scale installations and art projects, seven of which were created by homegrown artists. It’s as much as a personal, intimate journey as it is gaining perspectives of mental health and making connections in this day and age — be prepared not only to marvel at the installations, but also to reflect on this introspective journey.
When: Until Feb 26, 2023
Where: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave
Tickets from $18 (adults). More info
A Flight to Remember
Jurong Bird Park’s last day of operations will be on Jan 3, 2023, exactly 52 years since its opening. From Sep 3 to Jan 3, 2023, it’s holding a series of events to celebrate the park before it moves to its new nest at Bird Paradise in Mandai Wildlife Reserve in the second quarter of 2023.
Go on a self-guided trail of Jurong Bird Park and take time to explore with heritage displays along the way that illustrate the park’s milestones. Launching in November is a Nostalgic Signature Tour where seasoned guides guide visitors through the park’s history (tour bookings open Oct 19), as well as a nostalgic food festival with traditional pushcarts selling hawker fare and carnival activities.
When: Until Jan 3, 2023. Open Thur to Sun, eve of PH and PH until Nov 2, 2022. Open daily from Nov 3, 2022 to Jan 3, 2023.
Where: Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill
Tix at $34.20 (adult) and $22.50 (child) for Singapore residents. More info