Christmas always fills me with a sense of child-like wonder. The nights twinkle with fairy lights and soft jazz drifts through the air. It’s a magical season. This year, I’ve picked my five favourite festive experiences that you shouldn’t miss if you happen to be in Singapore.
High on my list this year is Gardens by the Bay, where toys and childhood fantasies come to life. The gardens have been carpeted with poinsettia, Christmas rose, winter heather and holly; and towering over these yuletide florals is an 11-metre tall pyramid decked with toys.
To add to the sense of festive magic, the Supertree Grove also features a Spiegeltent (a century-old travelling ‘mirror tent’ from the Netherlands); and hosts a European-style festive market with Christmas gifts and delicious food.
Don’t miss the nightly light shows at the Supertrees that are now synced with beautiful festive tunes; as well as the series of ‘live’ performances on the multi-tiered traditional German wooden carousel at the Flower Field. Look out for classical opera, stand-up comedians, string quartets and Enid Blyton storytelling. Schedule here.
The Iridescent River
Always alit with soft shimmering lights, The Singapore River is peaceful during weekdays, and a bustling hub of activities on weekends. It’s one of my favourite places for an evening stroll in Singapore.
This Christmas, it comes to life with a luminous forest of LED-lit tree-like structures from Robertson Quay to Boat Quay. Christmas carollers and roving festive troopers will also add to the merriment on specific days of the week. I’m really looking forward to the Artisan Pop Up Christmas Market at Clarke Quay’s Central Fountain Square from 5-7 December, and the fireworks display on 12 and 26 December at 9pm!
Party Under The Stars
December always puts me in a party mood, and Zouk Out is arguably one of the best dance festivals in the region. Last year alone, this sunrise beach festival welcomed more than 50,000 revellers from Singapore and around the world.
Besides a diverse and electrifying line-up of techno, trance, indie-electronic and hip-hop music, festival-goers can also expect ‘live’ performances, art installations, costumed buskers, food stalls, fireworks and endless fun from dusk to dawn. Zouk Out will take place from 11-12 December.
Christmas Movie Magic
If you love Christmas blockbusters as much as I do, here’s a chance to spend the yuletide season with your favourite characters. Universal Studios Singapore‘s programme this year is nothing short of amazing.
Catch the Sesame Street Saves Christmas Show, Dancing Christmas Light Show, Fairytale Remix Show, and other festive performances featuring beloved characters such as the Penguins of Madagascar, Marilyn Monroe, toy soldiers and Scrooge. Plus, it’s one of the few places to experience snow in Singapore, and catch a dazzling display of fireworks on 12, 19 and 29 December.
#5 Cuban Festival in Singapore
One of the things I love best about travel is experiencing festivals around the world. And this year, Capella Singapore re-creates a Cuban festival under the stars – El Ritmo de la Noche – for its New Year’s Eve Party.
Watch aerial performers whiz across the night sky, as well as fire dances, stilt walkers and magicians. In the tradition of the best Latin American parties, a ‘live’ Cuban band Havana Social Club will also serenade you as you welcome 2016 with the finest champagne. Join me on 31 December from 10pm!
For more exciting festive experiences around Singapore or Sentosa, speak to your personal assistants at Capella Singapore.