Festivals and events in Singapore
Indulge and reward yourself this weekend! Whether you’re a bibliophile, seafood lover, or an ultimate dog person, we’ve got just the thing for you – think lobsters and oysters festival, Singapore’s largest book fair, and a first-ever Singapore Dog Festival.
1. Lobsters, Oysters, Wines & Spirits Festival
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Live it up at the Lobsters, Oysters, Wines & Spirits Festival happening at habitat by honestbee this December as you shop from over 10 different types of fresh oysters, live Boston lobsters, and 300 wine and spirit labels!
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Each lobster ($19.90) is freshly grilled-to-order and can be enjoyed either on its own or as a lobster thermidor, and to cater to true-blue oyster connoisseurs, oyster variants ($1.70 each) featured aren’t just the usual milder, sweeter Canadian ones, but also their stronger-tasting Irish counterparts.
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These include the meaty Gillardeau oyster, which has a distinctly crunchy texture with a briny, nutty taste, the Fine de Claire oyster, easily identified by its elongated shell and slightly salty flesh, and the Pacific oyster, which are smaller and sweeter than most.
To go with your grub, unique brews like coffee gin and apple pie whisky from indie distilleries like Melbourne Moonshine Company, Paper Lantern Distilling, Brass Lion Distillery, Rebel Yell Bourbon, and more are also available!
Address: habitat by honestbee, 34 Boon Leat Terrace, Singapore 119866
Date & Time: 8th – 26th December | 11AM – 9PM
2. Jalan Jalan Makan Makan 2018
Foodies, feast to your heart’s content at Jalan Jalan Makan Makan, an enormous Halal food and retail bazaar with over 150 Singaporean and Malaysian vendors selling everything from food and drinks to apparels and home decor!
Some of the drinks available at T.I.T! Source:@titsingapore
Some of the delicacies to look out for include the classic Ramly Burger, salted egg chicken chop from Hellocs.Co, Dutch baby pancakes from Cake Love, and Thai beverages from T.I.T, and the best part of it all is that admission is entirely free-of-charge.
Address: Marina Bay Sands Expo Hall A
Date & Time: 14th – 16th December | 10AM – 10PM
3. BookFest@Singapore 2018
If books are your thing, rejoice – Singapore’s largest book festival BookFest@Singapore is back once more for its biggest edition yet! Covering a whopping 130,000 sq ft, hunt for new reads from various themes like Health and Wellness, Literature, For The Fans, Home & Self Improvement, Food Glorious Food, and more.
There’ll also be plenty of other activities for you to participate in, ranging from meet-and-greet sessions with authors and celebrities like Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong himself, to a special Pokemon stage with Pikachu and live workout parties!
As an added bonus, minimum spendings of $60, $120, and $280 in a single receipt will be generously rewarded with vouchers, so don’t hesitate to snag all the good deals.
Find out more about the programme schedule here.
Address: Suntec Convention Centre, Hall 401 – 406, Singapore 039593
Date & Time: 14th – 23rd December | 10AM – 10PM
4. Singapore Dog Festival 2018: A Canine Christmas
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a dog owner or just someone who absolutely adores dogs – the inaugural Singapore Dog Festival is finally here and it’s the first-ever night market just for these critters!
Featuring over 50 local and international brands like illustrator Muffinsaurs, bakery The Barkery, European pet accessory maker Owned & Adored, and Japan’s top dog treats seller Asuku, festivalgoers can also expect event highlights like complimentary training workshops, free nail clipping services, a professional photo booth, and food tastings!
The festival will also be Christmas themed to tie-in with the festive period, so dog owners can look forward to customising their own Christmas greeting cards and dressing up their furry friends in the best yuletide outfits to win up to $500 in prizes at the Best Dressed Contest!
Address: The Grandstand Outdoor Event Space, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994
Date & Time: 14th – 15th December: 3PM – 11PM | 16th December: 11AM – 7PM
5. #PlayatJCube Kawaii Christmas Market
Westies, you’re in luck – without spending a few hundred bucks on a plane ticket to fly 5246km across the sea, you can now experience “Japan” right here in Singapore at JCube’s first-ever Japanese-themed #PlayatJCube Kawaii Christmas Market!
Featuring all sorts of Japanese-inspired activities, craft workshops, snacks, and accessories to immerse yourself in, keep a lookout for brands like Bakery Cuisine’s Dora Keiki, Jiji Jaja, Bon Japan, Canvas Avenue, Endxiety Clothing, Dysfunctional Room, and more.
Cosplayers can also participate in a Christmas-themed cosplay costume on 15th December to win up to $1000 worth of CapitaVouchers and get up close and personal with famous senpais DJ Haru and Yuyu Monster, and if you’re not into cosplaying, make sure to pop by the #PlayatJCube photobooth!
Just snap a selfie, upload it to Instagram and hashtag #PlayatJCube and @JCube_Mall, and you might bag 30,000 STAR$, which can then be used to exchange for CapitaVouchers or deals from the CapitaStar mobile app.
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, Level 1, Singapore 609731
Date & Time: 10th – 16th December | 11AM – 10PM
6. Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition
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One Piece fans, this one’s for you – Singapore’s first-ever One Piece exhibition is finally opening its doors at Resorts World Sentosa! Hailing from Japan, visitors can get up close and personal with manga creator Eiichiro Oda in this exhibition.
Explore a gallery of illustrations by Eiichiro, view an intricate replica of his work desk, and peer into his mind with a unique virtual reality experience! Of course, other highlights include original merchandise for sale.
Purchase your tickets here.
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date & Time: 27th – 30th November: 10AM – 7PM (Mon – Fri) | 1st December 2018 – 1st January 2019: 9.30AM – 7PM (Mon – Sun)
Ticket Pricing: From $15
7. Andsoforth presents: Marie & The Nutcracker
For those of you who are bored of the usual dinner dates, spice up your night and dine in an interactive play at Andsoforth’s Marie & The Nutcracker, a one-of-a-kind theatrical dining experience!
Hidden away in a secret location that’s only revealed to guests the night before the show, diners take on the role of “toys” accompanying Marie on her journey to defeat the Mouse King and break the Nutcracker’s curse. Expect beautifully-designed sets, intricate costumes, amazing actors, and a delicious 4-course meal with specially concocted “liquid courage”!
8. Christmas Wonderland 2018
Last year’s Christmas Wonderland. Source:Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay
Celebrate the festive season at Christmas Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay once more! Back with its 5th edition, the Christmas extravaganza features dazzling Italian light sculptures such as a 7-storey high luminarie mirror maze and Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree, a live performance by world-class illusionist Rob Lake, a Santa’s Grotto bigger than last year’s, and an outdoor skating rink to get your blood pumping.
Apart from that, gourmet treats as affordable as $6 by Slice of SAVOUR will also be available for you to munch on, and a charming Festive Market made up of 24 specially-designed wooden huts will be open for you to shop for handmade crafts, boutique goods, and vintage gems!
9. Island Lights 2018
Get your cameras ready for a magical stroll down the Palawan Beach because large illuminating art installations will be lining the shore for Island Lights 2018! Featuring 10 Instagrammable masterpieces by local artists, you’ll be able to enjoy live band performances while you’re exploring, and snack on tasty bites when you get peckish at the Chill N’ Cheers area.
Plus, if you’re a Pokemon fan, make sure to mark your calendars for 14th – 16th December and 21st – 23rd December – the very first Pikachu night parade outside of Japan will be happening along a 100-metre route, and they’ll be dressed adorably in LED lights!
Address: Palawan Beach, Sentosa
Date & Time: 16th November – 31st December | 7PM – 11PM
Address: Palawan Beach Walk, Sentosa
Date & Time: 14th – 16th & 21st – 23rd December | Friday: 7.30PM, Saturday: 7.30PM & 9PM, Sunday: 7.30PM
10. A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi
Potterheads, rejoice – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Changi Airport with life-sized mock-ups of the iconic Hogsmeade Village, Diagon Alley, Whomping Willow, and Newt’s Menagerie!
Some of these setups will even have daily snow and light shows, and avid fans can try on Hogwarts robes and take GIFs in front of a Magical Photo-Taking Mirror. There’ll be games for you to try your hand at too, such as the Wand Challenge where you’ll learn spell-casting movements, the Quaffle Toss, where you can challenge your friends to a game of Quidditch, and the Niffler Challenge Game, where you’re supposed to stack as many coins as possible atop a giant Niffler replica!
As an added bonus, there’ll be exclusive Harry Potter merchandise to bag home as well, including Wizarding World-inspired plush toys, scarves, and travel pillows. The best part of all? Admission is free!
Address: Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date & Time: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019
11. The Great Christmas Village
Following the success of its first edition last year, The Great Christmas Village is back again at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza! Soak in the festivities with amusement rides, a gourmet feast by Timbre’s tenants, and a free meet-and-greet with Santa himself.
Some of the rides include a 52-seater duplex carousel, the staple Viking Ship, and a carousel swing, and food choices at the Timbre X Food Village & Bar consist of juicy lobsters from Pince and Pints, Salted Egg Yolk Wings from Two Wings, and even BBQ Stingray from Jiao Cai BBQ Hotplate!
Santa will be residing at the Hitachi Santa House, which will also have complimentary craft activities for the younger kids. On top of that, there’ll be live music performances for you to groove to as well, with the likes of local bands like 53A, SuperSonic, and Sweatshop Jam.
Check out the Village Map here! Source:Christmas On A Great Street
Address: Ngee Ann City, Civic Plaza
Date & Time: 15th November – 26th December | Sun – Thurs: 11.30AM – 10PM | Fri & Sat: 11.30AM – 11PM
12. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
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Great news for those who missed the adorable Disney Tsum Tsum installations during the Mid-Autumn Festival – they’re back again this time at Gardens by the Bay for the floral Christmas display “Poinsettia Wishes”!
Expect plenty of magical light installations, festive baubles, beautiful “snowy” landscape, and a giant Christmas tree adorned with Mickey and his Tsum Tsum buddies! Other Disney characters that will be present include Chip and Dale, Olaf, Dumbo, and more.
Address: Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date & Time: 2nd November 2018 – 6th January 2019 | 9AM – 9PM Daily
Ticket Pricing: Adult: $12, Senior Citizen (≥60 years old): $8, Child (3-12 years old): $8