Things To Do This Weekend (30 December – 1 January)

2017 is finally here, and what better way to ring in the new year than with a great party. If parties are not your cup of tea, here are other activities where you can learn about another culture, like the Japanese New Year Fair, and Peranakan needlework exhibition.
1. New Year’s Eve Countdown Parties

We have rounded up a list of NYE parties for you to choose from, be it a booze-filled one, or one where you would be comfortable bringing your family. If that’s not your thing, check out these prime locations where you can catch the fireworks without having to jostle with the expected hoards of people.
2. Mileage New Year Run 2017


Take part in this fun run to work off all the calories gained over this season of feasting. Their family fun run is back by popular demand to encourage family participation of all ages. Prizes for this category are not awarded to the fastest family, but via lucky draw – all participants will thus have an equal chance to win something. There will also be pacers for 10km runners to help achieve a personal best record.
Date: 1 January 2017
Venue: Punggol Waterfront
Time: 7AM – 10AM
Admission: 2KM family fun run from 30$, 5km competitive run from $35, and 10km competitive run from $40. Tickets available here.
(more information here)
3. Japanese New Year at Liang Court


Learn more about the Japanese culture at Liang Court with an array of activities and showcases of how they celebrate the new year. Japanese goodies will be on sale for those who love Japanese food and snacks, an Okiagari display will be on at the main atrium for you to learn about the icons of the Japanese New Year, and there will also be a Japanese Machiya filled with festive decorations and even some optical trick eye illusions. This Sunday, there will be Taiko drum performances, drum displays, caricature on Okiagari, and a miniature clay sushi making workshop.
Date: Ongoing till 5 January 2017
Venue: Liang Court
177 River Valley Road
Singapore 179030
Time: 10AM – 10PM
Admission: Free
(more information here)
4. Danh Vo – Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Commission


Head down to the National Gallery for its newest installation on the roof garden. The series of new sculptures by Vietnamese-born Danish artist Danh Vo draw upon his personal experiences, and touches on historical, social or political themes especially in relation to 20th century Vietnam.
Date: Ongoing till 31 August 2017
Venue: National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Rd
Singapore 178957
Time: 10AM – 7PM
Admission: Free
(more information here)
5. Nyonya Needlework: Embroidery and Beadwork in the Peranakan World


Check out the excruciatingly detailed needlework of the Peranakans on curtains, hangings, purses, handkerchiefs, and slippers – all painstakingly stitched on with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads. This is a central aspect to their culture, and beaded items are often given away on special occasions as gifts. Some of the finest nyonya needlework, from the Peranakan Museum and major international collections will be displayed for public viewing.
Date: Ongoing till 26 March 2017
Venue: Peranakan Museum
39 Armenian St
Singapore 179941
Time: 10AM – 7PM
Admission: Free – $10
(more information here)

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