Hello Christmas month! While we fill up our bellies with all the feasts and buffets, remember that December is more than just all things yuletide. While the mood is still all celebratory in Singapore, check out farmers’ markets and sustainable fairs, some choice gigs in town, and of course, lots of food happenings around town this December!
The carnival’s in town
15 Dec 2017 – 1 April 2018
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
Party like it’s NYE… with us!
We’re saying farewell to 2017 surrounded by a few of our favourite things: free-flow wine and sparkling, live music all night, and fantastic food. We’re doing it with our friends Maggie Joan’s (seriously one of Singapore’s best restaurants) and epic online wine retailer Vinomofo, and just because we can, we’re taking over a laneway for a NYE street party set to be one of Singapore’s hot end-of-year tickets. Are you in?
Honeycombers Presents: Maggie & Mofo’s Street Eats and Underground Beats, Vol 2. – NYE PARTY, 31 Dec, party starts at Maggie Joan’s, 110 Amoy St, Singapore 069930
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 this December. 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)
Get inspired at the Market
This one-day shopping event at the National Design Centre will feature creatives and makers who will inspire with the idea of ikigai – the Japanese concept of finding purpose in life through the balance of passion, mission, vocation and profession. There’ll be workshops and sharing sessions led by social enterprises and creative entrepreneurs, including an Urban Farming for Happiness workshop by Super Farmers, design books and magazines from Basheer Graphic Books, handmade jewellery by Dusk Jewelry and WoonHung, ceramic wares by In Between Hues, upcycled and handmade accessories by Purnama, scarves by Le Tierra, notebooks by Salt & Sweeter and more.
Inspiration Market, 2 Dec, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Rock out like it’s the 60s again!
In case you didn’t already know, Singapore always had a vibrant music scene, way back since the 60s. In this extravagant one-night show, experience the local iconic rock n roll bands from the 1960s. Some of these home-grown bands include Jerry & the Neufaces, The Dukes, The Silver Strings, The Easybeats, The Bee Jays and The Revival Band who are pioneer singers that have contributed to the moulding of our local music scene. Here’s one for the memories!
Rock and Roll Music Festival 2017, 23 Dec, Kallang Theatre, Stadium Walk, Singapore 397688
Burgers + Beer = Bliss
What else could be better than chowing down on one of Singapore’s best burgers? Pairing it with top-choice craft beers of course! Burger Joint will be celebrating Beerstyle’s 10 years of distribution at the store. Expect 15 of the finest beers up on the board, with Melvin Brewing (Gold medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival, also awarded as Great American Beer Festival small brewpub & Brewer of 2017) being launched in Burger Joint!
Xtremevaganza II, 2 Dec, Burger Joint, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935
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
Get cultured by Culture Club
Since 1981, Culture Club has sold more than 50 million records worldwide: who doesn’t know their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon” ? Fronted by THE Boy George, who has reunited with the original lineup, fans can relive the glorious 80s once again this December.
Culture Club Live in Concert, 11 Dec, The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
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
Sunday vibes only
Camp Kilo’s backyard BBQ and feel good music session is back. Whether you are hungover from the night before or out spending time with family this is a day to relax and pass the day with family and friends. Kick back to DJs spinning easy tunes (think Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Isley Brothers with some reggae vibes sprinkled in the mix. Feast on hearty roasts and knock back a cocktail or two!
Soul Vibe Sundays, 10 Dec, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, 66 Kampong Bugis #01-01, Singapore 338987
Let Shawn Mendes serenade you… and thousands of other fans
Having started out as a teenager putting out covers of songs on YouTube but has gone international and selling our arenas now. Still a teen (but an older one), he takes his music to a new level, coming off as a bona fide rock star. His guitar playing has advanced, his song writing has matured and his vocals are crisp: This kid’s the real deal – and he’s coming to serenade Singapore soon in December.
Shawn Mendes Illuminate World Tour 2017 Singapore, 9 Dec, The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #04-01, Singapore 138617
All in for Asia’s biggest beach dance party ZoukOut
When it comes to gargantuan music festivals in Singapore, ZoukOut takes the cake every year. The flagship event of the iconic Singapore club, Zouk, this beach festival held every December attracts legions of ravers from all over the region to prance and party through a two-day marathon of dance music. ZoukOut’s final line-up this year includes French EDM superstar DJ Snake, Asian hip-hop crew 88rising, Belgian techno proponent Amelie Lens and Dutchman MaRLo. They join the acts previously announced, such as fellow Dutchman R3hab, Australian DJ-producer Flume and masked DJ Marshmello.
ZoukOut 2017, 8-9 Dec, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
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 this December, 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
Be impressed by the Colours of Impressionism
Until 16 Mar
If you’re a fan of the Impressionist palette, from the soft pastels in the paintings of Renoir and Monet to the deep blacks of Manet’s Spanish-influenced painting, this exhibition will trace the importance of colour to the Impressionists’ radical reshaping of painting in the 19th century. Featuring over 60 masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, including key works by the great Impressionists, this is one exhibition you need to catch.
Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces From The Musee D’orsay, 16 Nov 2017-11 Mar 2018, National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, Singapore 178957
It ain’t over till the dancehall queen sings
Ophlin Russell, known as Sister Nancy, the first female vocalist of Dancehall music and the dominating female voice for over two decades will be coming to Singapore for the first time to perform as part of Singapura Dub Club at Hard Rock Cafe. Sway to the rhythms on this International Reggae night this December, with special guests from around the world and region.
Sister Nancy Live at Hard Rock Cafe, 3 Dec, Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road #02-01 HPL House, Singapore 249724
Sci-fi is art too
Fantasy cult favourite novel Dune by Frank Herbert comes alive through virtual reality, paintings, prints and projection mapping at this dedicated exhibition. Though the exhibition runs throughout the month, you know that the opening night is going to be the fun one. You can buy art inspired by Dune and its fantastical elements at the event, and immerse yourself in the planet through virtual reality. Dune-themed food and drinks? You can bet on that.
Dune: A Sci-fi Art Show, 1-30 Dec, Kult, Block C2-5, Emily Hill 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
Delve deep into Penang hawker fare
15 Dec 2017 – 1 Jan 2018
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
Get your fresh produce, country-style right here
Singapore has a countryside too, and one that’s keeping the homegrown (literally) spirit alive. Back for the 11th edition in December, The Farmer’s Market and Farm Festival will see your friendly local Farmers with their best produce, farm-to-table bites, live entertainment and a thing or two to learn about agriculture. Get to know where the food on your plate comes from, it’s about time!
Singapore Farm Festival x Kranji Countryside Farmers’ Market, 2-3 Dec, Kranji Countryside, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
Merry ethical Christmas!
The First Sustainable Christmas Market in December is a free event that advocates sustainability, promotes ethical products and edible produce, as well as craft by local start-ups. Exclusive local vendors will be showcasing their products and crafts that promotes sustainability. There’ll also be exciting activities planned out for you and your kids so there’s no time for a dull moment.
The First Sustainable Christmas Market, 9 Dec, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, 28 Stevens Road, Singapore 257878
Uncover the treasures of the natural world
Until 29 Apr
Definitely one to bring the whole family to – the exhibition will bring the wonder of the Natural History Museum in London, to Southeast Asia. This year is the first occasion the museum has allowed its treasures to travel to Southeast Asia, offering an exclusive opportunity for visitors in Singapore to over 200 precious items from the Natural History Museum’s star collection like animals and insects, works of art, gems and minerals, and books and artefacts belonging to some of the world’s greatest scientists, including Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace.
Treasures of the Natural World, 25 Nov 2017 – 29 Apr 2018 , ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
A Christmas ballet
What’s Christmas without seeing the well-loved festive spectacular, The Nutcracker? Relive your favourite childhood tale through dance, theatre, and not forgetting the vibrant, iconic tunes by Tchaikovsky. This enchanting ballet by the Singapore Dance Theatre features a breath-taking costumes and spectacular sets by local designer Aaron Yap, as well as characters that will dance their way into your hearts!
The Nutcracker by Singapore Dance Theatre, 6-10 Dec, Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Meet Madam White Snake
Until 16 Dec
This December holiday season, W!LD RICE proudly presents Mama White Snake, the perfect musical for the entire family! Full of heart, humour and home truths, this epic adventure puts a cheeky, charming spin on the classic Chinese folktale, Madam White Snake. Directed by Pam Oei, Mama White Snake features a sparkling script by Alfian Sa’at and a delightful score by Elaine Chan. For the first time in 30 years, theatre veteran Glen Goei returns to the Singapore stage in the title role – forming a celestial sister act with Ivan Heng as Green Snake.
Mama White Snake, Until 16 Dec, Drama Centre Theatre, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
Come together for The Beatles
Venture back in time to the era that made The Beatles one of the greatest in history. What better way to honour them than celebrating their treasured music at the highly acclaimed Esplanade, Annexe Theatre. An all-star cast of the talented and charming students of premier music school Thunder Rock, will have you singing, dancing and reminiscing to The Beatles’ greatest hits throughout their celebrated career.
The Beatles: A Tribute Concert by Thunder Rock School, 17 Dec, Esplanade Annexe Studio, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
The biggest, brightest Christmas experience in town
Christmas Wonderland, Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, returns with its fourth edition this December 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
Book in for Christmas at the book sale
Ethos Books is busting out of its sleepy corner in Bishan this December to bring the annual festive book sale closer to you! With books as low as $2, a special vintage book section ready for you to scour, a series of author programmes, and food and drinks, this is not just a book sale… it’s a proper fair all right!
Ethos Books Festive Sale, 1-3 Dec, The Substation Gallery, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
A Farmers’ Market in the city
The Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens is a great way to kick start your weekend. This Christmas edition will include vendors selling fresh foods including Fresh Organic Vegetables, Olive Oil, Cheese Bread and Wine as well as Christmas gifts and treats.
Christmas Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens, 2 Dec, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248844
Get artsy while you party
Grab a brush, easel and canvas and get painting! Head to Kult Kafe for an art jammin’ session on the hill. Go solo or team up with a friend to produce your take-home masterpiece for only $30 (for up to two people). The stage is also open for any musician or DJ to take, so not pressure and no rules! Just turn up and do your thing!
Sunday on the Hill: Art jammin’, 3 Dec, Kult Kafe, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road,, Singapore 228120
Strut your stuff on the Runway
If events like Fashion Week intrigue you but intimidate you, here’s a much more accessible fashion event for you to try on for size. Runway Asia is a celebration of the local fashion scene’s newest movers and shakers, where Singapore’s up and coming designers will showcase their work with an exciting runway show. This year, there will be an array of amazing designers, ranging from menswear, swimwear, and modestwear. Shop these designers at the Marketplace Bazaar and meet the talented designers in the flesh.
Runway: Catwalk and Market Bazaar, 1 Dec, The Hive Lavender, 1 Kallang Junction, Singapore 339263
Grow a superfood in your backyard
Probably the only plant that contains all the nutrients that our body need. Protein, amino acids, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins, chlorophyll, fibre and more. Moringa (also known as the drumstick tree) is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far identified and is not genetically modified and altered by humans. Come learn more about this new “superfood”, Moringa, from farmer Martin who grows his own Moringa organically in Malaysia and make his own Moringa products without any preservative, artificial colouring and additive. There will be a demonstration on how to grow Moringa from cuttings, specially grown by Martin as well as Moringa tea samples for participants to try.
Moringa workshop, 16 Dec, NONG by Edible Garden City, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
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