From sustainable fashion brands and organic farmers markets to the best present ideas for that hard-to-buy someone. This guide will put an end to all your gifting woes.
Can you believe that Chrismas is almost here? Yup, we’re already rounding up NYE parties and booking a table for festive feasts – another fun but sometimes gruelling task we can’t skip? The shopping. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year to treat yourself or spoil your loved ones with gifts. To ease things a little, we’ve put together a bangin’ Christmas quiz (you can thank us later!) and also sussed out the best Christmas markets in town.
Christmas Market at Bugis Junction and Bugis+
30 Nov – 30 Dec
If your mind goes blank when it comes to gifting, make a beeline to Bugis Junction for some gifting inspo. With a bevvy of food, lifestyle, accessories, toys and collectables booths extended all the way to the fountain area, you’re sure to find something. Make your gifts extra special by getting them customised at the #YouDoYou Customisation Service booth at Bugis+.
Christmas Market at Bugis, 12 noon to 9pm, Bugis Junction Hylam Street Level 1 and Bugis Junction Bugis Square Level 1, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Naiise Xmas pop-up
Out and about in the CBD? Seek refuge from the blazing hot sun or rainy weather (we really don’t know at this point) for a sweet pop-up by Naiise. Enjoy a special 10% discount for every $100 spent and free-gift wrapping service at the booth.
Naiise Xmas pop-up, 11am-4pm, OCBC Centre Foyer, 65 Chulia Street Singapore 049513
Go Katong Live Christmas 2018
21 – 23 Dec
Katong Square is coming to life with a sparkly lineup of performances, fun activities and a flea market for the whole crew. It’s gonna be a jolly affair of tea and kueh pairing by Camilla Tea Bar & Kim Choo, shows by Wolfgang Maestro Orchestra and a chance to burn some holiday weight with a Brazilian Jui Jitsu class by Gentle Arts. Yup, quite an eclectic mix but rest assured you’ll be entertained throughout the night.
Go Katong Live Christmas 2018, 3-10pm (Christmas Flea Market), Katong Square, 88 East Coast Road, Singapore 423371
Loop’s Christmas Pop-up Market
21 – 31 Dec
Deck the halls with boughs of holly-day spirit as Loop champions sustainability and craft this gifting season. You’ll get the chance to meet environmentally conscious businesses and participate in upcycling workshops. Complete the festivities by dropping by the retail market where you’ll discover vendors like Trickavu x Cosmicqweens, SeiroSecca, SticOnArt and The Better Straw Company.
LOOP’s Christmas Pop-up Market, weekdays, 4pm-10pm, weekends, 10am-10pm, The Incubator, Esplanade Park (off Connaught Drive), Singapore
Craving for a little French? Drop by Petite Marché for a true French farmers market. Be prepared to stock your pantry with fresh fish, seafood, meat, cheeses and baguette that’ll make even Julia Child squeal with joy. Admission is only a dollar with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army.
Petite Marché, 8am-12pm, 356 Tanglin Road, The Salvation Army, Singapore 247674
Winter Wonderland Marketplace
Admit it, receiving one thoughtful gift trumps being gifted a handful of obvious last-minute prezzies. And where can you find ‘em? At Overjoyed’s Winter Wonderland Marketplace. Get your hands on hand-painted watercolour floral artworks, hand-crafted leather goods, customised calligraphy and loads more. Plus there’s also a series of activities waiting for you.
Winter Wonderland Marketplace, 10am-6pm, Overjoyed, 89 Short Street B1-08, Singapore 188216
Christmas Market by Greenwood Fish Market
Pockets of joyful surprises are waiting for you at Greenwood Fish Market’s Christmas fair. Think vendors ranging from food, makeup, to even bespoke travel planning services – yup, quite an eclectic mix. Word has it that Santa Claws (a lobster Santa) will be paying a visit. Intrigued? So are we.
Christmas Market by Greenwood Fish Market, 12pm-5pm, Block 8D Dempsey Road, Singapore 249672
Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition
Yes, this Xmas market might be happening after the festivities but it isn’t over until we say so! Grab some artisanal gifts and festive bakes made by local crafters like Stonedge, Livet & Co., Party Modern, Nuffypuffy, Just Julia and enjoy foot-tapping melodies by live musicians including buskers, Johan Lee and Jason Yu at the festive edition of Wheeler’s Estate’s market.
Wheeler’s Market, 9.30am – 6pm, Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
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A Merry Conscious Christmas
17 – 18 Nov
Be merry in a conscious way this holiday season as The Green Collective makes the joy of gifting an eco-friendly one. Get your goodies from sustainable brands among the likes of Matter, August Society, Zhai and Wellness Within. It’s not all shopping though. Get a hands-on experience with a series of microgreens and worm farming workshops and learn the art of batik printing and African style head wrapping.
A Merry Conscious Christmas, 11am-9pm, #01-36 to 42, The Green Collective SG, Kinex (formerly OneKM), Singapore 437157
Organic-Friendly Farmers’ Market – Celebrate the Year
One thing we’re eagerly waiting for this festive season? The food! Where better to pick up artisanal delights and fresh produce than an organic farmers market. Just imagine pillowy sourdough bread, organic veggies and refreshing kombucha for an organic feast. Yum! Gather the whole fambam for this – plenty of fun hands-on art and face painting activities and performances by acoustic musicians are also on the agenda.
Organic-Friendly Farmers’ Market – Celebrate the Year, 9.30am-4pm, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road #10-01, Singapore 238858
Wool Craft’s Christmas Fair
20 – 21 Nov
Mention cookies and mulled wine and we’re there! But hold up, Wool Craft’s Christmas Fair will also help you get cracking on that shopping list. Stock up on Koppart’s festive postcards and wrapping paper, snuggle up to some comfy cushions by Wool Craft and have your eyes set on unique home and fashion accessories by Simply Eclectic. Plus, there’s always room for statement jewellery by Amabilis Style and resortwear-inspired numbers by Sol Y Mar.
Christmas Fair, 20 Nov, 4-8pm; 21 Nov, 8-12pm, 18 Chestnut Crescent, Singapore 679373
A Jolly Holiday Christmas Fair
Have a jolly holiday as the one-stop holiday shop fest is back with over 70 vendors to rile up your shopping game. Expect a mix of fair favourites like Indii Breeze and Zarabelle to sustainable treasures from Neis Haus, Fabricate and Vegepod. Mark your calendars.
A Jolly Holiday Christmas Fair, 10-3pm, 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128
Danish Christmas Bazaar 2018
24 – 25 Nov
Get into the festive mood, Danish-style at this Christmas Bazaar. What to expect: handmade decor for your home, Christmas grub and sweet treats, open-faced sandwiches, hot dogs and beer as well as live music, lucky draws and children’s creative corner and a visit from Santa himself. You don’t want to miss this.
Danish Christmas Bazaar 2018, 11am-4pm, Danske Somandskirke Singapore, 10 Pender Road, Singapore 099171
Sentosa Fair – Xmas Edition
You know you’re bound to find some incredible gifts when there are 30+ curated labels at one gorgeous venue. For the first time ever, Woobar at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is hosting a Christmas fair and we’ve already blocked our calendars. Bring home everything from bags and jewellery to cosmetics to Chinese furniture.
Woobar at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 10am – 4pm, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374
NCA Charity Christmas Fair
Earn good karma points this festive season and score a return ticket to Amsterdam at NCA’s charity Christmas fair. There’s going to be over 50 stalls of brands waiting for you. That’s 50 stalls worth of homewares, beauty products, fine wines and even some homemade cakes. Yes, please! Get to know more about the five charities you’ll be supporting (The Breadline Group, Good Sheperd, H.O.M.E, Project Pari and SILRA) and stay inspired.
NCA Charity Christmas Fair, 10-5pm, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814
The 1880 General Store
If shopping with a glass of champagne in your hand sounds like the kind of retail therapy you strive for, 1880 is your jam. Wait, isn’t this the exclusive members-only club? – you might ask. Well, you’re in for a treat as the club is opening its doors to the public for a special edition festive pop-up. Indulge in an evening of tipples, music and local lovin’. Shop the best homegrown brands including Mmerci Encore, House of Sheens and Scent by Six. Admission is free but don’t forget to RSVP to secure a spot.
The 1880 General Store, 8pm-11pm, 1880, 1 Nanson Road, Level 3, Singapore 238909
The Great Green Marketplace
Go green this holiday season. WeWork, the co-working space, has rounded up the best gift ideas that your eco-friendly friend will appreciate. While you’re at it, enjoy tunes by The Next Movement, make a pledge on their Coral-tree by World Wildlife Fund and take part in handmade beeswax wrap, DIY concrete planter and upcycled no-sew zipper pouch workshops.
The Great Green Marketplace, 5pm – 10pm, WeWork, 8 Cross Street, Singapore 048424
Cluny Court Christmas Fair
30 Nov – 2 Dec, 7 – 9 Dec
You know it’s a hit when a Christmas Fair’s onto its fourth year. It’s going to be a multi-sensory experience with real pine and fir Christmas trees, festive decor and ornaments, organic home scents, toys, handmade ceramic tableware, and truckloads of Christmas munchies for sale. They so aren’t kidding when they promised an eclectic mix of treasures. And you’ll get to meet Santa – double yay!
Cluny Court Christmas Fair, 10am-7pm, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760
Epigram Christmas Pop-Up Store
7 – 9 Dec
Calling all bibliophiles, this is one Christmas pop-up you don’t want to miss. Why? Take home whole lotta books with Epigram’s one dollar book deals and discounts going up to 90% off (O.M.G?). Get your hands on the best in Singaporean literature including bestsellers like Marriage and Mutton Curry, Don’t Call Me Mrs Rogers, This is Where I Won’t Be Alone to new releases The Minorities, Lion City and If It Were Up To Mrs Dada.
Epigram Christmas Pop-Up Store, 7 Dec, 2-9pm; 8 Dec, 11am – 9pm; 9 Dec, 11am – 6pm, 1008 Toa Payoh North, #03-08, Singapore 318996
So Gelam Market
7 – 9 Dec
Our favourite kampong street market is back again for one last hurrah of the year, this time for a special Christmas version. Shop the most unique gifts from home-grown brands, feast on good food and enjoy unforgettable kampong moments with the whole fam.
So Gelam Market, Baghdad Street, Singapore, 7 Dec, 8pm-11pm; 8 Dec 2pm-11pm, 9 Dec, 2pm-9pm
Christmas Pop-up at Tiong Bahru
8 – 9 Dec
Home-grown labels, Ame Studio, Comme Home, Bakes by Jolenekcw, Le Loop, Mmerci Encore and Yi Lian Ng Floral Atelier have joined hands for a pop-up and we’re so here for it. Join them for amazing Christmas gifts (how does Moroccan homewares, fashion accessories and aromatherapy sound?) along with mulled wine and nibbles.
Christmas Pop-up at Tiong Bahru, 11am-6pm, 78 Guan Chuan Street #01-33 (beside PS. Cafe), Singapore 160078
A Green Christmas Popup
Come on down and support local vendors like Our Bralette Club, Bamboo Straw Girl, The ZeroWays and Kombynation Co as they do their part to do good. All vendors will be setting some proceeds aside for selected charities and non-profit organisations. Pick a unique gift for your loved ones, discover what goes behind local crafts and enjoy some amazing Swedish cuisine.
A Green Christmas Popup, 11am – 7pm, Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, 257 Beach Road, Singapore 199539
A Sustainable Christmas Fair
Another sustainable Christmas fair? We ain’t complaining. The Expat Fairs and Winestone are joining hands to bring you an environmentally-friendly Christmas with guilt-free fair-trade produce, artisanal fashion and jewellery, home decor and accessories. You’ll only feel guilty if you don’t turn up for the event. Participating brands include Box Green, The Maker Journal, Gift-it-Forward and ArtSE. Dining in? Enjoy 25% off your lunch or dinner.
Sustainable Christmas Fair 2018, 12noon – 7pm, Winestone, 30 Stevens Road, #01-09, Singapore 257840
Fancy an indoor picnic with a (surprise, surprise!) socially conscious spread by Sonder Social? Head on down to our current bookstore crush, The Moon for a night of uplifting stories and #goodvibesonly. Plus, get your shopping fix at the #seriouslyconscious Christmas Market Fair where proceeds will be going to less privileged youth at Beyond Social Services.
Sonder Soiree, 5 – 8pm, The Moon, 37 Mosque Street Singapore 059515
Christmas Fair 2018
Drop by the Christmas fair at the Canadian International School (great for Westsiders!) for a stream of apparel, jewellery, bags, home decor and homemade crafts worth nabbing. It’s going to be one for the fambam with fun games, crafts, a photo booth and activities for the little ones. Plus, admission is free!
Christmas Fair 2018, 10am – 3pm, Canadian International School, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
Public Garden Christmas 2018
8 – 9 Dec
As much as we love the season of giving and gifting, shopping for our loved ones can be a hassle. But Public Garden Christmas’s got your back. Shop all your gifts under-one-roof – and indulge in some retail therapy – at this mega shopping event that’s going to be a tropical-themed edition. Vendor applications are still open so watch this space for a list of brands.
Public Garden Christmas 2018, 1 – 7pm, Hall 403, Level 4, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Wildseed Festive Market
Load up your stockings with artisan and locally-made gifts and knick-knacks at the third edition of Wildseed’s Festive Market. Alternatively, you can fuel creative juices by taking part in terrarium building, acrylic pour dish, gem soap crafting or clay jamming workshop.
Wildseed Festive Market – Festive Edition, 10am – 4pm, The Summerhouse 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387
Christmas Market at The Working Capitol
No such thing as Monday blues when you’ve got yourselves a cool pop-up to check out. The theme? Treat yo self! Say yes to scented candles, artisanal goods, care packages and fashion accessories from Artisan & Fox, Curated Creations, Hush Candles, Oasis:skin and Tumbleweed Plants.
Christmas Market at The Working Capitol, 2pm-5pm, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Christmas Bazaar Open House
So 11 unique brands are coming together in Katong to bring you a variety of conscious gift ideas. Stock up on fashion items and bed linen from Frangipanee and Orient and Traditions; bags and accessories from Art by YJ and Creations by Magali, just to name a few. We’ll see you there…
Christmas Bazaar Open House, 11am – 8pm, 6 Thiam Siew Ave, Singapore 436844
Loewen Garden Christmas Market
Muscle in on the fun at the Lowen Garden’s last market of the year. In one sweep, you can find the freshest produce from local farmers, Christmas goodies and homemade treats for your next party. Watch this space…
Loewen Garden Christmas Market, 9am – 1pm, Farmers Market at Loewen Gardens, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248844
Don’t stop your furbabies from having a jolly good time. Shop, drink and mingle with other doggos and humans at this special Christmas market. Spend as much as you can ‘cos a percentage of the sales will be given to dog shelters. Looking to adopt? Yay for you! Drop by the adoption drive by Exclusively Mongrels Limited and F7-Friends of Seven and take a furbaby home.
Barkin Brew, 11am – 5pm, Little Island Brewing Co, Blk 6 Changi Village, #01-01-02, Singapore 509907
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