Carnivals, Christmas lights and markets, we’re entering full Christmassy mood now and just want to have fun (and shop).
It just a few more weeks to Christmas now! We’ve got our food ready, we’ve shopped them Christmas markets for unique gifts and we’ve gone to pamper ourselves with some beauty picks, so it’s time to get out and check out what’s happening around town this weekend! It also includes a creepy trek in one of Singapore’s rainforests…
The carnival’s in town
Singapore’s “biggest carnival”, The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival will occupy an area the size of three-and-a-half football fields. Expect rides galore (over 40 rides and games brought in from various European countries), indulgent festival grub, music and entertainment, and lots of fun. Bring the whole fambam!
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, 15 Dec 2017 – 1 Apr 2018, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
Looking to make a difference this Christmas?
Placeholders is an arts festival with purpose. First of all, you need to load up with a hearty feast from food stalls such as The Fish Schnack, Springleaf Prata and Meet & Melt. Enjoy some live music from Ethel Yap and Jean Tan, hop on a bouncy castle, shop the artists’ market and take part in some art workshops. Proceeds raised from the event will go towards the Kampong Siglap Life Skills Training & Retreat Centre, an initiative by New Hope Community Services, a voluntary welfare organisation that provides shelter for displaced families.
Placeholders Art Festival, 16-17 Dec, 4 La Salle St, Singapore 456930
Dance like the old days at Poptart
It has been 12 years of indie dance party, EATMEPOPTART. Stemmed from a basic ethos of ‘we love to share the music we like and we hope you’d like it too’, the party has grown from a tiny night with a trio of over-enthusiastic music selectors playing for our friends into a noisy brand with club shows, bar nights, festival headline spots and our own outdoor event. Their 12th birthday party will be a homage to the local community and its talent. If your feet are itching to dance to indie pop anthems, you know where to go!
Do You Remember The First Time: 12 Years of Poptart, 16 Dec, Esplanade Annexe Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Save room for Park Bench Deli’s last pop-up for 2017
We always look out for the Park Bench Deli pop-ups and collabs and it looks like we’ve reached the very last one for the year. They’re going big! Featuring a Sri-Lankan takeover by Chef Rishi Naleendra of Cheek By Jowl (Michelin-starred Contemporary Australian Restaurant), this pop-up is also a fundraising event in support of the Happy People Helping People Foundation for The Elderly Cardboard Collectors. Come support the cause and enjoy some great Sri-Lankan street snacks and beers by Pirate Life Brewing.
Cheek by Jowl x Park Bench Deli: Charity Event, 16 Dec, Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068627
Stayin’ Alive with the Bee Gees
The music of the Bee Gees is Stayin’ Alive! Bee Gees Gold, the ultimate Bee Gees tribute band is heading straight from Las Vegas to Singapore this month to recreate the unique look and sound of the 60s and 70s. John Acosta (Barry), Michael Welsch (Robin) and Jeff Celentano (Maurice) come together as the ‘Gibb brothers’, complete with the falsettos that made them legends and detailed vocal stylings to wow. Put on your disco outfits, Bee Gees lovers!
Bee Gees Gold, 15-16 Dec, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018973
Everyone’s favourite street party is back!
Keong Saik Road’s famous street party is back again in December for the Christmas edition. Need to do last minute Christmas shopping? There’s plenty of pop-up booths to buy you gifts from with vendors like organic skincare Katfood, pin-makers Pins & Pongs, HUSH scented candles and more. Hangry? Get your fix from the food stalls which include Park Bench Deli, Bao Makers, and Lime House. Kick back with the many musical performances happening, and top of that, pamper yourself with an express manicure from Vaniday.
Urban Street Ventures x House of Noise 2017, 16 Dec, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Delve deep into Penang hawker fare
They say that Penang hawker food is one of the best by far. Try it for yourself at this December special at York Hotel Singapore. Journey through the flavours of Penang Hawkers’ Fare and enjoy best-known street food classics like Penang Laksa, Char Kway Teow, and more. High notes of the buffet include Char Koay Kak (fried rice cake), where the Koay Kak is first steamed before cut into cubes and pan-fried with soy sauce, chopped Chye Poh (preserved radish), prawns, bean sprouts, eggs and chilli paste. Save room for sweet treats such as the sinfully crispy Ban Chang Kueh, Ice Kachang, Chendol as well as free flow of Bandung and Calamansi drinks to complete the dining experience.
Penang Hawkers’ Fare, 15 Dec – 1 Jan, York Hotel Singapore, 21 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228516
The flashiest, most bangin’ flea market is here
Brought to you by the same folks behind the wildly popular flea market Artbox Singapore, Flashbang will be Singapore’s first and largest creative retail playground in Orchard Road. Promising to the biggest multi-sensory event of the year, it will feature feature a well-curated F&B and retail market, interactive exhibitions, light art installations, music performances, creative workshops, games and more! Flashbang will also have two different sets of programmes; a family-friendly one for day-walkers, and party vibes for the night-dwellers.
Flashbang Singapore, 9-30 Dec, Grange Road Carpark (between 313 Somerset and H&M)
The biggest, brightest Christmas experience in town
Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, returns with its fourth edition with the biggest, brightest and most magical experience ever. From 1 to 26 December 2017, the 57,000 sqm event grounds will offer a dazzling array of activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages this festive season. Catch fun family-friendly attractions at The Meadow, including a circus with acrobatics and gravity-defying stunts, skating under the stars and tantalising offerings by celebrity chefs.
Christmas Wonderland 2017, 1-26 Dec, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Take a walk on the spooky side
Curious to see what Macritchie Reservoir is after dark? Join the Awaking Supernatural Investigation crew for a supernatural walk around the vast grounds. You’ll be exploring other trails and also make a quick stop to pay respect to our WWII hero, General Lim Bo Seng. Be warned, this is an overnight adventure (although you can leave anytime you wish) so be brave and hike at your own risk!
Supernatural Walk At MacRitchie Reservoir, 16 Dec, MacRitchie Amenities Centre, Reservoir Road 570000
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