Christmas wonderlands have popped up all over the island not just offering all the festive feasts you can eat, but also a dazzling plethora of artisan markets to get gifts for yourself, your home and your loved ones; snowfall shows, musical extravaganzas and amusement park rides; and even an outdoor skating rink to skate under the stars. Here are our top picks to visit:
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
Where: Gardens by the Bay
When: Now till 26 December
What to expect: Besides flying reindeer? 80 enchanting light sculptures that form a medieval inspired illuminated world; a 13m-tall Christmas tree; an outdoor skating rink to skate under the stars; a jaw-dropping circus spectacular by the acclaimed Circus Abyssinia from Africa; carnival rides; a Festive Market and SAVOUR, with gourmet food stalls by Monti, Pollen, Shoukouwa, and Saint Pierre; and Blizzard Time, a snowfall show that’s pretty magical.
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“Endless Wonders” Christmas Village at Ngee Ann City
Where: Ngee Ann City
When: Now till 25 December
What to expect: Over 25 pop-ups including artisanal fashion stores and nine food stalls that dish out gourmet street grub with a festive twist that you can savour under the fairy lights; a Christmas Eve countdown concert; a Santa house where you can sit on the lap of the man himself; and amusement part rides for the kids.
Santa’s Workshop at The South Pole
Where: The South Pole and South Beach Avenue
When: 15-17 December
What to expect: A festive art and artisanal goods market in true The Local People style with movie screenings, fund-raising carnival games by The Social Co.; pop-ups by South Beach tenants including Vatos Urban Tacos, Quaich Bar and Caffe Vergnana 1882; and Christmas carolling nightly.
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FlashBang at Somerset
Where: Grange/Somerset Road open air car park
When: Now till 30 December
What to expect: A festive flea market of grand proportion, with over 120 buzzingly creative retailers and gourmet vendors; neon light art and virtual reality installations; live music; and a Glow-Up area where you can body paint, glitter and glow sticks to light up the night.
Crate and Barrel’s Christmas Market
Where: Crate and Barrel at ION Orchard and OrchardGateway
When: 16 December, 12pm-6pm
What to expect: All the festive decor and luxurious homeware you need, interspersed with yuletide-themed booths by artisanal vendors like mmerciencore and The Paper Bunny, and beauty brands like Clinique and Lab Series.