Here’s the lowdown on how to do Christmas, Honeycombers-style! From festive buffets and gourmet takeaways to groovy playlists and gift guides, we’ve got you completely covered.
All month long, we’ve been scouring the island, collecting all the intel on how to have the best Christmas in Singapore. Think festive fun, shopping sprees, party outfits and feasts galore. Behold, our nifty one-stop guide to the Yuletide season…
The countdown is on
With the end of 2019 just around the corner, we’re gleefully ticking off the days to December 25. Join us and get into the holiday spirit at charming Christmas markets for one-of-a-kind gifts to satisfy all your retail therapy needs. Or watch as the entire city glows with dazzling lights! For more lighthearted cheer, experience snow in Singapore or stroll by these delightful Christmas events around town to get in the bubbly mood.
Deck the halls
What’s the festive season without a lush Christmas tree? Big or small, fresh or faux, there are plenty of nurseries around the city for you to pick out the perfect one to fit your space and budget. Now that you’ve got the main attraction settled, spruce up your home with seasonal decor. Think twinkly lights, shiny baubles, boughs of holly and all that jazz. Just ‘cos we’re celebrating in the tropics doesn’t mean we can’t make merry in style! Once you’ve got the vibes down pat, put on a classic festive flick and snuggle up with a mug of mulled wine (or eggnog) for an evening of warm fuzzies.
Feast in style
If you’re planning a grown-up Christmas dinner party with friends and family, you’ll need all the takeaway help you can get. Whether it’s a small get-together or a full-blown rager, you can easily cheat at Xmas with glorious hampers of ham, beef roasts and turkey from these special Christmas packages. Save space for dessert though – this year’s log cakes are a dream. (Sugar rush ahead!)
So you want to glaze your own ham or roast a turkey the traditional way? We get you, which is why we’re sharing our little black book of the best butchers in Singapore for all your protein needs. And if you need a bottle of vino (or five) delivered to go with that feast, get your boozy fix here.
Those who prefer to avoid wasting time on cooking and clean-up duties can leave the mess behind and just head out. Restaurants and hotels around town have magnificently rolled out all the epic holiday menus, buffets and Christmas cocktails, so just pick a place (preferably with free-flow booze) – and dress for the occasion!
Nail the party look
Serve up some festive glamour – from skincare and hair prep to mani-pedis and makeup, we’ve got all the beauty tips (and organic faves!) to help you look your best for all the parties and get-togethers. Once you’re all glammed up, throw on an elegant outfit or rent a sophisticated dress. Slip on some sparkling shoes, throw your essentials into a glossy clutch, and off you go!
‘Tis the season for presents
With Christmas sales going on left, right and centre, it’s peak shopping season right now. But before you get overwhelmed by all the stores and their stylish selections, scroll through our curated gift guide for all your budget needs. We’ve got sleek tech gadgets, gorgeous beauty buys, sweet home accessories, wellness kits and loads more. No matter if you’re grabbing a pressie for Secret Santa or feeling particularly generous this year – our recommendations start from under $50 and go up to splurge-worthy faves. Really stumped on what to get? Take our Quizmas and we’ll reveal the perfect gift for your loved ones.
It’s also the time of year to give back…
Behind all the feasting and gift-buying, Christmas is really about the spirit of giving. If you’d like to do something different this year and help out your local community, have a look at these volunteering opportunities where you can lend a hand for a good cause. Those taking the last few weeks of the year to declutter and reset for 2020 can check out local charities to donate pre-loved clothes and household goods.
And, of course, we all need a jolly Xmas jingle
Resistance is futile, folks. Embrace the groovy tunes and start dancing around the tree with our jolly Christmas playlist on full blast (Mariah Carey, we’re lookin’ at you). While you’re at it, throw on your ugliest Xmas sweater. You know you want to.