Presenting you our last guide of 2020... Looks like December will be a fun-filled month!
Can you believe it’s already December? Let’s take this month by storm! What are the best things to do in December, you ask? We’ve got a calendar full of Yuletide feasts, Christmas events , NYE shenanigans and more. Just scroll down our December guide for the full deets!
Best things to do in December
Christmas: Christmas Wonderland
17 Nov – 31 Dec 2020
Singapore’s biggest Christmas event is going virtual for the first time since its conception. This seventh edition brings all the family-friendly, festive fun to your home through its digital portal. Highlights include a private video call with Santa Claus himself and online fun such as the multiplayer Midnight Snowball Fight and traditional carnival games. Plus, look out for interactive activities like 360-degree Christmas lights and festive e-cards. You can also enjoy carolling performances in the comfort of home. So fun!
All you need to do is sign up for the Rudolph membership at $25. This membership tier will include the highly popular private video call with Santa (presented by Cisco Webex) and a limited-edition Christmas Wonderland plush bear delivered right to your doorstep. Oh, and don’t forget to sort out all your last-minute shopping needs online at Bells Market. Get this – all members will automatically be part of the weekly giveaway and stand a chance to win amazing prizes over $50,000. Psst: Those dreaming of a physical festive experience can soak in Yuletide vibes at the Walk of Lights (4 – 27 Dec) at Gardens by the Bay!
Christmas Wonderland, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 and online
Arts and Culture: Convey
27 Dec 2020
Literary and visual arts collide at Pasir Panjang Power Station. Commissioned by #BuySingLit, Convey draws inspiration from Cadavre Exquis for this one-of-a-kind performance. For the uninitiated, the French name is actually a collaborative process where a collection of words or images are created in sequence by various artists. In this case, four poets and two illustrators will create two collective pieces simultaneously. Talk about drawing creative energy from one another.
Convey, 2pm and 3:45pm, Pasir Panjang Power Station, 27 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 117537
Experience: Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express
The iconic train comes to town for a pop-up this Yuletide season, making Singapore the first country outside France to host a showcase featuring the mysterious and magnificent Orient Express. Expect to see original train carriages, historical artefacts, glimpses of international stopovers and scenic cities on the train’s route, and a merch corner for collectors’ items. Plus, check out the escape room experience, a replica restaurant car with a Michelin-starred chef, and a cafe.
Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express, West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Eat: Chinatown Food Street reopens!
From 1 Dec 2020
Known for housing signature homegrown dishes under one roof, Chinatown Food Street is back in action with six new steamboat and BBQ dining concepts. So gather your foodie squad and take your pick from Chinatown Laksa Steamboat, Hongdae Korean BBQ, Mala Steamboat, Nabemono Shabu Shabu and S88 Mookata Steamboat. For traditionalists, you still can have your fill of roast meats, chilli crab, satay and beyond from a multitude of food stalls.
Chinatown Food Street, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335
Drink: SGCF X Pisco Nights
Get a taste of Peru with Pisco Nights. Held in conjunction with Singapore Cocktail Festival and presented by Promperú (the export and tourism agency for Peru), top-notch bars like Bar Stories, No Sleep Club, Gibson and Manhattan are spotlighting Peruvian pisco-based concoctions. Who’s ready to travel vicariously through booze?
SGCF X Pisco Nights, various locations
From 1 Dec 2020
With the help of Makers Inc. Studio, Crib Society – a non-profit social enterprise that aims to empower women through entrepreneurship – is spotlighting homegrown women-led businesses as part of its social media campaign, #SGLoveLocal. It features over 80 influencers donning local brands, and you can view all of them from 1 December. Like what you see? Just add to cart! The best part is, 15% of all proceeds from sales will go to Aware Singapore.
Virtual fun: Fort Siloso – The Quest for Lost Gold
This virtual game will take you through Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort, Fort Siloso. Grab your friends and family, and try to find the hidden treasure that holds actual prizes. Or you can participate in the Lost Treasure of Sarang Rimau game where you have to help evacuate a fellow trooper and stand a chance to win staycation vouchers for hotels in Sentosa.
Fort Siloso – The Quest for Lost Gold, online
Drink: Whisky Journey
11 – 20 Dec 2020
Organised by The Whisky Store, this 10-day boozy trail sees selected restaurants and bars teaming up with over 16 international whisky distilleries. Names include Bunnahabhain, Tomatin and Loch Lomond, with over 300 whiskies on show. From unique tasting menus to whisky pairings to elusive bottles (which are on sale), this one is for whisky lovers. But hey, if you’re a novice, look out for the experts who will be more than happy to share their nuggets of wisdom.
Whisky Journey, various locations
Eat and Drink: Lucali BYGB Smashable Sessions Series Volume Three
22 Dec 2020
Vino lovers, listen up! The popular Smashable Sessions at Lucali BYGB is back for its third edition. This time ‘round, the spotlight goes to winemakers under the age of 35. So kick back and unwind as you savour glasses of vino from the likes of Michael Gindl, Badenhorst Secateurs and Jean-Michel Gerin over fun pizza games and good company.
Lucali BYGB Smashable Sessions Series Volume Three, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Level M, 66 Kampong Bugis, Singapore 338987
Experience: Dino Fest 2020
Till 27 Dec 2020
Dino lovers, make your way to Changi Airport Terminal 4 for some prehistoric fun. From inhaling dino-inspired fare to shopping for cute kitsch souvenirs by local artisans to photo ops with a raptor and giant dinosaur eggs, Dino Fest will transport you back in time.
Dino Fest 2020, 3pm – 11pm, Changi Airport, Terminal 4
Experience: Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2021
While we will miss the fireworks display at the New Year’s Eve countdown at Marina Bay, we can look forward to a dazzling light show throughout the month of December. Aptly called Shine a Light, the three-minute light animation will irradiate the Marina Bay Skyline with 60 light beams. Let it be the beacon of hope as you step into 2021.
Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2021, every 15 minutes from 8pm – 10:30pm, The Promontory @ Marina Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018940
Festival: My Community Festival
4 – 20 Dec 2020
Think you know Singapore? Well, think again. Organised by non-profit organisation My Community, this festival takes a closer look at the hidden heritage stories of the Lion City. Ditch the tourist spots and take a walk off the beaten path with guided tours at Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory, Tai Hua Sauce Factory and funeral parlours. Other programmes include learning how to cook local dishes, visiting places of worship and discovering the art of kopi-making.
My Community Festival, various locations
Eat: Baileys Treat Bar
Sweet dreams are made of these… Baileys is taking over Apiary for a one-of-a-kind experience. The pop-up features two limited edition flavours: Red velvet cupcake and strawberries with cream. Both are highlighted in new ice cream creations like Baileys Cheery Cupcake and Baileys Strawberry Swirl respectively. There are also sweet cocktails (it’s a Bailey Treat Bar, after all) and luxurious drinks like a boozy hot chocolate to get you in the festive mood.
Baileys Treat Bar, 84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Watch: Canadian Film Festival
Till 25 Dec 2020
Enjoy the best of Canadian cinema at The Projector. Presented by The High Commission of Canada, the Canadian Film Festival sees diverse films directed by women. Highlights include Kuessipan, a coming-of-age story that takes a closer look at the Inuit community in a remote Arctic town; and Meditation Park, a poignant film that revolves around an Asian-Canadian family.
Canadian Film Festival, The Projector, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589
Virtual fun: Murder at Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens
Sight Lines Entertainment and local director-playwright Chong Tze Chien have brought back the immersive live theatrical production: Murder at Mandai Camp. The new edition sees Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows fame as the key CID officer who reopens the case. You can also booze up on themed bottled cocktails from Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall while you try to solve the case.
Murder at Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens, online
Art: Lite On!
Get your dose of ‘gram-worthy art fix at Downtown East this weekend. Lite On! highlights dazzling IG-worthy works by local artists like Speak Cryptic, Bod, Space Objekt and Shophouse & Co. Taking inspiration from imagined landscapes, existing spaces and everyday objects, the vibrant displays are a reflection of our world.
Lite On!, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Christmas: Changi Festive Village
20 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021
Changi Airport isn’t just a place you visit when you’re travelling. It’s all about fabulous fun this festive season, with plenty of enchanting things to do in December. Think dinosaur experiences, tokidoki-themed activities, glamping stays, craft workshops, weekend festive markets and loads more. You’ll get up close to majestic prehistoric creatures, admire beautiful Christmas lights and decorated trees, embark on a go-kart race, have a ‘snow holiday’ without leaving the country, and even enjoy a staycation or glamping picnic at Jewel Changi Airport. How’s that for a unique way to end the year?
Changi Festive Village, various locations around Changi Airport
Eat: A festive feast at The English House, by Marco Pierre White
24 – 26 Dec 2020
Dreaming of traditional English Christmas foods? Marco Pierre White has curated a three-course meal that will whisk you away to the lush countryside of England. Whet your appetite with a choice of starters, including cod fish fingers, beef carpaccio, fresh crab cocktail and foie gras terrine. For mains, you’ve got choices like roast turkey, lamb fillet, pan-seared salmon and veal chop. They’re all accompanied by roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, sauteed veggies, pigs in a blanket and gravy. End the Christmas dining feast on a sweet note with options like Christmas pudding and apple and orange tart.
The English House, by Marco Pierre White, $125; 28 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238972
Eat: Festive dining at The Knolls at Capella Singapore
24 – 25 Dec 2020
Escape the city this Christmas season with a spectacular spread of holiday classics at The Knolls. Depending on the day, you can look forward to appetisers like Scottish smoked salmon and Alaskan king crab, roast turkey with winter vegetables and sauteed chestnuts, and wagyu beef short ribs for mains. Desserts come in the form of upside-down apple pudding and chocolate cranberry tart. Psst: Vegetarians can get in on the feasting as well. There’s a dedicated vegetarian set menu which includes the likes of porcini and cheese ravioli with black winter truffle, roasted winter vegetables and tomatoes with burrata mousse.
The Knolls, 24 Dec, $85 (lunch), $158 (dinner); 25 Dec, $158 (lunch), $85 (dinner), top up $98 for free flow of champagne, wines and beers or wine pairing; Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, Singapore 098297
Eat: New Year’s Eve dinner at Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore
31 Dec 2020
Enthral your taste buds with Lawry’s six-course set dinner spanning from seafood like octopus with white truffle and lobster bisque with Hokkaido scallop, to classics like the signature roasted USDA prime rib of beef and duck leg confit. Come before 4pm and 5pm to enjoy 20% and 15% off the menu respectively.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore, from $178, 4pm onwards, #04-01/31, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
NYE party: White Hot New Year’s Eve at Ce La Vi
31 Dec 2020
Head to the rooftop hotspot’s Sky Lounge dressed head-to-toe in white and blow kisses to 2020 as you welcome the new year with stunning views. Pop by early to catch the last sunset of the year and stay on late to toast the beginning of 2021. The party lasts past midnight, but don’t forget to drink up before the clock strikes 10.30pm!
Ce La Vi Sky Lounge, 4pm – 1am, Level 57, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Art: An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season
As part of the Proposals for Novel Ways of Being initiative, where art institutions are sticking it to the pandemic with a wide range of exhibitions and programmes, National Gallery Singapore showcases a slew of mixed-media installations and moving image works. What’s the theme? It’s a reflection of the state of being, as an individual and a collective, in light of the current pandemic.
An Exercise of Meaning in a Glitch Season, City Hall Wing, Level 3, Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery C, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
And there you have it, all the best things to do in Singapore this December are right here…
What you missed!
Digital Collective: 7 easy digital marketing hacks
9 Dec 2020
Want to grow your business? Our next free online event might just be for you. Join the Founder of Digital Collective, Chris Edwards, and Honeycombers’ Editorial Director and Digital Strategist, Sophie Cullen, as they spill the beans on the secret sauce to digital marketing. From email marketing to copywriting to ad strategy, you’ll be taking your business from zero to hero overnight.
7 easy digital marketing hacks, online
Watch: 31st Singapore International Film Festival
26 Nov – 6 Dec 2020
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns for its 31st edition. Providing a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema, it features a line-up of 22 local films, including the opening film Tiong Bahru Social Club by homegrown filmmaker Tan Bee Thiam. Delving into the meaning of Happiness in the Lion City, this comedy tells the story of protagonist Ah Bee who quits his office job to join the club, a data-driven programme that aims to create the world’s happiest neighbourhood. Also, look forward to international films, Q&A sessions and panel-led discussions.
31st Singapore International Film Festival, various locations and online
Watch: Israeli Film Festival 2020
3 – 13 Dec 2020
Another international film festival hits The Projector with four Israeli titles available on demand. Get acquainted with the rich culture of Israel with movies that have garnered numerous accolades from the Israeli film festival circuit.
Israeli Film Festival 2020, online
True Colours Film Festival
3 – 12 Dec 2020
The True Colours Film Festival makes its debut on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In line with this year’s theme of “One World, One Family”, the online event will showcase 30 award-winning films and documentaries. They’ll shed light on human experiences like hope, connection and dreams. Also, all these films are free to stream.
True Colours Film Festival, online
Shop and experience: Culture Cartel
5 Dec 2020
Get a load of art, tattoos, toys, fashion and music behind the screen. For the first time ever, Culture Cartel is going online for its third edition. The virtual street culture convention sees a line-up of cool activities. Think masterclasses with subculture creatives, a tattoo competition, exclusive drops from streetwear faves, sick musical performances from homegrown and international DJs and more.
Culture Cartel, 1pm – 12am, online
Festival: Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival
28 Nov – 6 Dec 2020
Tea lovers and java junkies can finally come together in peace for the Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival. Part online, part offline, the 2020 edition sees over 50 tea and coffee vendors, livestream events, digital workshops, a virtual marketplace and a physical experience at participating cafes.
Singapore Tea and Coffee Festival, offline and online