With loads of enchanting Christmas events in Singapore, it's easy to join in the merrymaking and soak up those festive vibes!
Done with Christmas decor? Look up from your Christmas playlist, ‘cos we’ve picked out our fave Christmas events in Singapore – complete with the most magical festive lights to keep you occupied till the main event and even after. Here are all the fun things to do for Christmas 2023 in Singapore…
Best Christmas 2023 events in Singapore
1. Changi Festive Village
So you’ve been a sweetheart this year? Reward yourself with an adventure at Changi Airport’s Candy Wonderland! Situated at Terminal 3’s departure hall, this saccharine space is home to a 5m-tall cuddly bear, a 7m-tall cupcake Ferris Wheel, a sprinkle pool, and a candy cane lane. Plus, there’ll be buskers, jugglers and a marching band performing holiday tunes on selected Friday and Saturday evenings.
Meanwhile, at the T3 arrival hall, the Candy Carnival features games, rides and lots of confectionery-themed prizes. Challenge your friends to virtual reality shooting games, jump on the Candy Bounce inflatable castle of desserts, zoom along the go-kart course and more. Little ones can also hit up the merry-go-round or candy-coated train at Basement 2. When the hunger pangs hit, munch on carnival treats like corndogs, nachos and that viral Korean cheese coin pancake.
For a winter experience without leaving our tropical city, head to Candy Snow House for carved ice sculptures that glow, a 5m-long snow slide, and a 3m-long ice luge. Other activities include snow bowling, mini golf on ice, snow scooting, and riding on a hand-pulled sleigh. That’s your winter wonderland fun sorted.
Changi Festive Village, 4 November 2023 – 1 March 2024; various locations around Changi Airport
2. A Universal Christmas
For the ultimate Christmas theme park event, head to Universal Studios Singapore and soak up all the festive feels. What’s new this year, you ask? Santa’s North Pole Headquarters, of course! Nestled in New York, the space is home to the North Pole Flying and Toy Divisions, where you can meet the Penguins of Madagascar, Po, Master Tigress, and the Minions. When evening falls, that’s when the W.I.S.H show comes alive with singing, dancing and enchanting snowfall.
If you’re a fan of DreamWorks’ Trolls, you’ll be happy to know there’s a new show called the Trolls Tree Trimming Party this year. It’ll feature a holiday soundtrack, tree-decorating action, and end with a meet and greet with Poppy and Branch. Don’t forget to indulge in festive foods all over the park for Christmas!
A Universal Christmas, 2 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, $98 per adult, $71 per child, includes a $5 retail voucher and a Christmas combo meal for the adults; Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
3. Christmas Wonderland 2023
Singapore’s biggest Christmas event returns for more whimsical magic at Gardens by the Bay and we’re psyched! We can’t wait to see what Santa and his elves whip up for 2023 since it’ll mark the event’s 10th edition. Taking over 27,000 square metres of space, the fairground covers three zones: Supertree Grove, Frosty’s Fairground at The Meadow, and Gingerbread Grove. Expect to gaze at 13 illuminating light displays, experience “snow” in the tropics, enjoy carnival rides and games, meet Santa Claus and more.
Of course, the main attraction is the Spalliera at the Supertree Grove, as well as the popular Blizzard Time when flecks of “snow” rain down on the crowd. Don’t forget about the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show, too!
Other highlights include the new Holly Roger ship light display, the 65-m long Walk of Lights tunnel, an LED-lit playground called LumiLand, the craft market at Mistletoe Alley, and the new Gingerbread House in a field of candy canes and dessert stalls. Oh, and you’ll be well-fed with festive fare from the likes of Burger & Lobster, Brewerkz, Sofnade and more.
Christmas Wonderland, 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, from $8 for adults, $6 for children aged three to 12, four daily sessions each hour starting from 6.30pm; various locations around Gardens by the Bay
4. Poinsettia Wishes – A Nordic Christmas Adventure
One of the must-see Christmas events in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay’s popular year-end Yuletide showcase brings festive vibes to our island once again. This time, you’ll be whisked away to a Viking-inspired winter, with miniature Nordic Nisses dotting a landscape that incorporates elements of fishing villages along the coastlines of Nordic countries in its design. Of course, there’ll be magical Christmas fir trees as part of the display, alongside over 20 varieties of poinsettias.
Poinsettia Wishes – A Nordic Christmas Adventure, 24 November 2023 – 1 January 2024, 9am – 9pm; Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
5. TA Community Festive Market
This cosy shopping and dining spot transforms its retail space into an enchanting winter-inspired market for the holiday season. Think Yuletide decor, floral garlands and gorgeous Christmas trees. Got a gift list you need to tick off? Head here to pick up pretty bundles and boxes featuring everything from whisky and gin to candles and festive treats. Best of all, you can customise gift sets from an array of mugs, kitchenware, boozy beverages and lifestyle items.
When you’re done shopping, pop by the dining area to enjoy Christmas platters loaded with pickled herring, sausage, meatballs and more. Wash it all down with sips of Swedish mulled wine served with almonds and raisins.
TA Community Festive Market, 14 November – end-December 2023; 594 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218208
6. SmileyWorld at Downtown East
Get into the cheery spirit at SmileyWorld Town. This family-friendly space features a 5m-long ball pit with themed floats, a super-sized interactive board, giant foam Jenga blocks, and claw machines for extra fun. Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth and choose from six designs to snap those pics!
SmileyWorld at Downtown East, 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, 10am – 9pm, free admission; E!Avenue Event Square, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
7. Whimsical Sea-mas Water Park
Make a splash at Sengkang Grand Mall this year-end. Yup, you heard that right. It’s playing host to the city’s first pop-up in-mall inflatable water park, so round up the fam for aquatic adventures, kid-friendly fun and LED-lit marine creatures. Dive into the whimsical obstacle course to leap on bouncy floats and climb over high walls, check out the LED paddle boat experience, race your friends on a giant hamster wheel, and enjoy the LED water boat ride to spot flamingoes and seahorses.
Once you’ve dried off, swing by the carnival game stalls to try your hand at Can Smash, Hook a Duck, Goblet Toss and Lobster Pot. You might just win sea-themed plushies!
Whimsical Sea-mas Water Park, 15 November – 9 December 2023, 1pm – 9pm on weekdays, 11am – 9pm on weekends, tickets $22 from Mondays to Fridays, $28 for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays; Level 1 Atrium, Sengkang Grand Mall, 70 Compassvale Bow, Singapore 544692
8. Get Crafty – Christmas Tree with LED Lights workshop
Learn how to make a mini tree with twinkling lights in this craft workshop. It’s all about reusing items and celebrating Christmas the sustainable way. Run by Happy Hands Can, the team will teach you how to create your own design with pipe cleaners, mini pom poms and LED lights.
Get Crafty – Christmas Tree with LED Lights workshop, 25 & 26 November 2023, 10am – 6pm, $15 per pax; Australian Garden in Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
9. Whimsical Enthrallment at Ion Orchard
You can’t miss Ion Orchard’s iconic tree. Each year, the mall doesn’t disappoint, and 2023 is no exception. Towering above shoppers at 21 metres high, the Louis Vuitton Holiday Tree at Ion’s Level 1 outdoor space is embellished with over 900 LV ornaments. This walk-in wonder also features a one-minute animation film created just for the festive occasion. Oh, and for the month of December, look forward to being serenaded by pop, jazz and classical music performances at the Level 1 Atrium.
Whimsical Enthrallment at Ion Orchard, 15 November 2023 – 1 January 2024; 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
10. Silent Disco: Christmas Moon
Get into the Christmas mood with a Silent Disco party under the full moon this December. Grab your friends, put on those headphones, and rock out to DJ beats of pop, rock or dance. It’ll be a night to remember!
Silent Disco: Christmas Moon, 16 December 2023, 10pm – 2am, tickets $38 – $50; Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Level 56, Tower 3, Sands SkyPark, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
11. Crane Festive Market
Round up the fam for a lively shopping experience where you’ll find goodies from independent Singapore-based businesses. Plus, OCBC card members will get special privileges!
Crane Festive Market, 18 – 19 & 25 – 26 November 2023, 11am – 7pm, free entry; Crane OCBC Wisma Atria, #04-01, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
12. Boutique Fairs: The Gifting Edition 2023
Our favourite shopping extravaganza returns for its holiday pop-up, featuring 300 brands and designers including new names and exclusive launches. From apparel and accessories to home decor and toys, there’s something for everyone here. The line-up spotlights brands you know and love, such as Artisan of Sense, Binary Style, Curious Creatures, Eden + Elie and Maison Q. Plus, keep an eye out for fresh faces like Anya Active, Eden Living, Heyhappypuff, Lara & Ela, and More Than Peachy.
Boutique Fairs: The Gifting Edition 2023, 17 – 19 November 2023, 10am – 8pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am – 6pm on Sunday, $6/ticket; F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
13. Christmas Pop-up Market @ Tiong Bahru Plaza
Head over to Tiong Bahru for the festive edition of Makers’ Market, where you’ll stroll through Christmas-themed creations by brands based in Singapore. It’s the perfect place to go gift shopping followed by a cuppa at a nearby cafe.
Christmas Pop-up Market @ Tiong Bahru Plaza, 4 – 24 December 2023, 11am – 8pm, free entry; Outdoor area at Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 1687323
14. DIY Xmas Gift Set workshop
If you love getting hands-on and personalising your gifts, do it the DIY way at this session. Each participant gets a kit full of materials to make their own lotion, sea salt scrub, spray and bath bomb all infused with essential oils. Those with a long list of presents can buy more DIY boxes to keep on crafting.
DIY Xmas Gift Set workshop, 18 November 2023, 2pm – 4pm, $28/ticket; #12-27, TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Road, Singapore 238164
15. Christmas in Italy
Okay, so it’s not quite an Italian winter wonderland. But close your eyes and this intimate Christmas concert will transport you to the enchanting country with Baroque festive classics such as Corelli’s Christmas concerto, Vivaldi’s Il Gardellino flute concerto and Marcello’s oboe concerto.
Christmas in Italy, 15 December 2023, 7.30pm, tickets from $19.95; Victoria Concert Hall, #01-02, 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179558
16. Makers’ Market @ Marina Barrage
For a sustainable spin on Christmas shopping, hit up this eco-friendly market to browse through the selection of knick knacks and trinkets that are kind to the Earth.
Makers’ Market @ Marina Barrage, 9 December 2023, 1pm – 7pm, free entry; Level 1, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
17. Christmas Glass Art workshop
Get creative with the kids at this fun session run by White Canvas Studio, where you’ll learn how to create a glass painting for the festive season. Best of all, you can bring home your finished work of art to showcase as a handmade creation.
Christmas Glass Art workshop, various dates and times in November and December 2023, $70/ticket; 229A Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574361
18. Hit the ice
Escape the heat and imagine you’re twirling around in a winter wonderland at the ice skating rink in Kallang Ice World. Want to try your hand at more unconventional activities this festive season? Head this way for unique things to do in Singapore…
19. Indulge in fancy feasts
Whether you’re planning a house party or making a reservation at one of the best restaurants in Singapore, there’s no doubt the festive spreads will be decadent. Start off with Christmas feasts and boozy brunches before you work your way through the list of new restaurants that have opened in 2023.
It’s fun times ahead at these Christmas events in Singapore!