Festivals and events in Singapore
Whether you’re a foodie, shopaholic, or huge fan of pretty light displays, it seems like Christmas has arrived early for you – this weekend, there will be massive light installations lighting up the night sky, exclusive food pop-ups, life-sized setups of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, and a chance to exchange wardrobes with your favourite influencers and brands like Victoria’s Secret!
1. 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
2. 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
3. The Great Grill Out
Foodies, this one’s for you – Guinness is hosting The Great Grill Out and it’s 2 days worth of good music, ice cold beer, barbecued meats, and a delectable spread of grilled, roast, and smoked dishes specially created by popular restaurants like Artichoke Singapore, Sidecar Sausages, Decker Barbecue, Red Eye Smokehouse, and Camp Kilo Charcoal Club!
Dishes will start from $4 each, and Butler Koffee will be around to serve some Guinness-infused Irish Coffee for those in need of a quick pick-me-up. To end off your meal on a sweet note, keep a lookout for Annette Ice Cream’s tuk tuk!
There’ll even be a pop-up Guinness restaurant with an exclusive 5-course food pairing menu hosted by renowned Beer Sommelier Ian Colgan, and complimentary interactive masterclasses will be available for those who wish to learn more about grilling meats and meat pairing.
Free entry registration is already maxed out, so make sure to head down early to get your hands on walk-in tickets or purchase the 5-course Food & Beer Pairing Feast package here!
Note: Each ticket comes with a complimentary pint of Guinness.
Address: Kult Kafé, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Date & Time: 24th – 25th Nov | 12PM – 10PM
Ticket Pricing: $20 (At door)
4. The Green Friday Swap
For those of you looking to revamp your wardrobe before the holidays, swap out your old clothes for new ones at The Green Friday Swap! Held in collaboration with Mandarin Gallery, you can expect a wide array of good quality apparels, shoes, and accessories from brands like Victoria Secret, as well as popular fashionistas like Ming Bridges, Hanli Hoefer, and Brie Benfell.
Besides the swapping, “shoppers” can also sign up for other activities like a sustainable fashion show, hair styling services worth over $100 for just $15, and an illustration workshop where you can design your own tote bag or a t-shirt!
Read here to register and find out how to swap your clothes!
Address: Mandarin Gallery, Level 4
Date & Time: 23rd November: 2PM – 5PM | 24th & 25th November: 11AM – 2PM, 4M – 7PM
Registration Fee: From $10
5. 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
6. Shiok Shack Burger x Belgian After Work Craft Beer Pop-Up
The Cheeseburger. Source:Shiok Shack
Known for crafting honest-to-goodness burgers with quality meat and the freshest of ingredients, their no-frills menu includes The Shiok Classic, The Cheeseburger, and their signature cheesy-loaded fries.
The Shiok Classic. Source:Shiok Shack
Everything is priced below $18, you won’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket as well!
Address: MOJO Singapore, 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640
Date & Time: 24th November | 16PM – 12AM
7. Silent Disco X Airzone
Thrill-seekers, double the adrenaline level at the usual Silent Disco Asia sessions with Silent Disco X Airzone! Groove to your favourite blood-pumping beats with 3 DJs spinning live on 3 different channels – there might be disco tracks on the green channel, electronic dance music on the blue channel, and rock music on the red channel – and bounce away on the nets while being suspended 5-storeys high!
8. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Source:Gardens by the Bay
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