Festivals and events in Singapore
Wrap up November and welcome the last month of the year with a bang this weekend! Whether it’s Asia’s first-of-its-kind street culture convention, one of Southeast Asia’s largest anime festival, or a unique theatrical dining experience in a secret location, there’s definitely something for everyone – along with plenty of Christmas light-ups to get into the festive mood.
1. Culture Cartel 2018
Immerse yourself in a world of street culture at Culture Cartel 2018, Singapore’s first all-encompassing street culture convention that boasts everything from fashion, art, toys, tattoo, and more.
The Dissected POPek by Whatshisname x Jason Freeny, two of the headliners at Culture Cartel. Source:@mightyjaxx
Curated by prominent industry leaders like Jackson Aw, founder of Mighty Jaxx and Augustine Nezumi, founder of Singapore Electric, the event features brand and retail showcases, art exhibitions, live performances, workshops, and panel discussions, with headliners like international artists Stash, Jason Freeny, Whatshisname, and Alex Face’s first showcase in Singapore.
On top of that, exclusive collaboration merchandise between Culture Cartel and brands like Subcrew, SBTG, Few & Far, CHPLCO, and New Era will also be released, and ticket-holders can look forward to copping original and limited-edition goodies too!
Get your tickets here.
Address: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
Date & Time: 1st – 2nd December | 11AM – 9PM
Ticket Pricing: From $20
2. Anime Festival Asia
Source:AFA – ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA
If you can’t get enough of Japan’s pop culture, make your way down to Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2018, one of the region’s largest celebration of all things J-pop! Already in its 10th edition, fans can look forward to a massive exhibition, a day stage, and an anisong concert.
Source:Anime Festival Asia
Known as Akiba Town, the exhibition hall will house one of the largest collections of original anime merchandise, a plethora of booths, a Food Street for when you get peckish, and a Creator’s Hub dedicated to budding artists to sell fan-made merchandise.
The Day Stage will hold special anime screenings and showcases of popular animes like A Certain Magical Index III and the GUNDAM series, and the concert will see opening acts like violinist Ayasa, Real Akiba Boyz, and angela, with an exclusive autograph session for VIP ticket-holders!
Purchase your tickets here.
Address: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Level 4, 1 Raffles Boulevard Suntec City, Singapore 039593
Date & Time: 30th November – 2nd December | 10AM – 8PM
Ticket Pricing: From $15
3. Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition
Source:Resorts World Sentosa
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
4. 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”!
5. 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!
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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