Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé have officially woken up from their hibernation. Now that Christmas playlists have taken over malls and festive lights have littered the streets, it’s time to make plans for the holidays. From popular Christmas pop ups like Christmas Wonderland and Ice Magic, to the more niche character-themed Christmas events featuring Disney, Sanrio and LINE Friends, here are the best things to do in Singapore this Christmas.

1. Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland 2023 - What to expect
The iconic Spalliera. Photo: Christmas Wonderland

Perhaps the most popular Christmas event in Singapore, the highly-anticipated Christmas Wonderland returns to Gardens by the Bay with brand new installations this year.

On top of the iconic centrepiece Spalliera, the Italian handcrafted light display inspired by Mesola Castle, this year’s latest addition is the Holly Roger ship, where Santa Claus and his magical pirate elves navigate the seas of lights with approximately 127,000 bulbs.

Aside from taking Instagrammable photos, you can also shop at Christmas markets, indulge in festive delights and challenge yourself with carnival games and rides at three enchanted zones: Supertree Grove, Frosty’s Fairground at The Meadow, and Gingerbread Grove.

Tickets for Christmas Wonderland are available on their website and at $8 per adult, and $6 per child.

Christmas Wonderland

Date: 1 Dec 2023-1 Jan 2024

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 6:30-10pm

2. Museum of Ice Cream

Photo: Museum of Ice Cream

Where’s a better place to celebrate Christmas than one of the most Instagrammable places in Singapore?

Museum Of Ice Cream (MOIC) transforms into Pinkmas, a gloriously pink winter wonderland.

Visitors can expect many Christmas-exclusive installations for pretty pictures. Furthermore, the MOIC Cafe & Bar will also be launching festive desserts such as Peppermint Softserve, Toasted Magic, Naughty and Ice. This Christmas event is also pet-friendly, with the recent of opening of their Dessert Bar.

Tickets are available online from $46, with one free ticket per booking for your next visit between 18 January to 29 February 2024

Museum Of Ice Cream

Date: 17 Nov 2023-15 Jan 2024

Location: 100 Loewen Road, Dempsey, Singapore 248837
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Thu-Sun) 

3. Sunday Social Market X Sing See Soon

This Sunday marks the highly anticipated return of Sunday Social Market’s Christmas edition at the Sing See Soon.

Step into a celebration of a greener, more sustainable Christmas with over 30 curated brands, each showcasing craftsmanship that makes for the perfect gift. This market is not just about shopping. It’s an embodiment of community spirit, where families come together to create lasting memories. If you’re looking for things to do this Christmas, sign up for the Oshibana Workshop by Artlay Studio, or indulge in a delectable spreads.

Don’t forget to spin the wheel for a Lucky Draw, and take part in their Christmas tree giveaway.

Date: 10 December 2023

Location: 5 Simei Ln, Singapore 528710
Opening hours: 10am-6pm

4. Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland

Photo: Ice Magic Asia

Get ready for a frosty adventure as Ice Magic, Asia’s largest touring pop-up winter playground, returns to Singapore from 9 December 2023 to 21 January 2024, at the Bayfront Event area.

This year, the winter wonderland promises a unique blend of excitement and enchantment. Slide down huge slopes at a 98-meter stretch with a remarkable height of 6.5 meters or plunge down Singapore’s first Double-Lane Couple Ice Slide with your loved ones.

As the sun sets, Ice Magic transforms into Enchanted Nights at Ice Magic, bathed in Arctic winter lights, creating a romantic and breathtaking Arctic adventure — the perfect setting for a magical night out.

Beyond the ice, the Winter Food Village awaits with over ten winter-themed culinary delight kiosks, offering everything from Swiss Rostis to mulled wine. Meanwhile, an arcade beside it offers another layer of fun.

For those eager to dive into this winter wonderland, early bird tickets are available on SISTIC from 16 November 2023, at only $29 (UP: $39). Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come first-served basis.

Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland

Date: 9 Dec 2023-21 Jan 2024

Location: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018970
Opening hours: 10am-7pm (Winter Food Village closes at 10pm)

5. Orchard Road Christmas On A Great street

More than just pretty lights, this year’s Orchard Road’s Christmas On A Great Street hosts not one, but three enchanting Christmas villages, each with its unique offerings.

Located at The Shaw House, Plaza Singapura and Ngee Ann Civic Plaza, you can expect exciting carnival rides and games, gigantic Christmas inflatable slides and craft workshops, and live music and food trucks at the various Christmas villages.

The highlight of this year’s Orchard Road Christmas Celebration is its first-ever Christmas Eve Street Party on 24 December, promising continuous beats, enchanting lights, and a variety of festive activities.

Christmas On A Great Street

Date: 24 Nov 2023-7 Jan 2024

6. Christmas Wanderland

Marina Square has always impressed with their festive events, and this year tops with its Sanrio Christams Wanderland.

Take photos with your favourite chracters like Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, My Melody, Kuromi, and Little Twin Stars. The atrium houses a 6-meter-tall pink Christmas tree, with whimsical decors, a Little Twin Stars-themed ball pit, and a “skating rink”.

For an extra dose of excitement, participate in the Instagram Photo Contest. Snap a creative pose with any Sanrio character at the Wanderland, share it on Instagram with a caption about what Christmas means to you, and stand a chance to win shopping vouchers. The ten most creative entries will each receive a $50 Marina Square eVoucher. Simply follow @marinasquaresg and @sanriosingapore and use the hashtags #marinasquarexmas23 #SanrioSingapore to enter.

Christmas Wanderland

Date: 23 Nov 2023-1 Jan 2024

Location: Marina Square’s Central Atrium, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: 10am-10pm

7. The Enchanted Express

Robot Mickey at Aperia Mall. Photo: CapitaLand Mall

POP MART returns with its biggest collaboration yet. This Christmas, they are partnering with Disney and CapitaLand to present the Enchanted Express, an immersive train ride in Plaza Singapura and Raffles City.

In addition, 16 CapitaLand malls feature various Disney characters in their giant POP MART form. From the futuristic appeal of Robot Mickey at Aperia Mall to the regal Prince Mickey at Bedok Mall, each mall offers a unique take on iconic Disney characters like Dumbo, Jasmine and Mulan. Shoppers of all ages can relive their favourite Disney moments and create new memories surrounded by festive-themed decorations and activities.

Furthermore, in the spirit of giving, the first 10,000 shoppers at the Enchanted Express will even receive a Golden Ticket, providing exclusive perks and a chance to win 1 million STAR$®.

Embark on an Enchanted Journey

Date: From 15 November 2023

8. Pokemon-themed Cable Car

Photo: Mount Faber Leisure Group

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Singapore cable car unveils its festive-themed Pokemon cabin.

67 cable cars are adorned with vibrant Poke Ball designs, including the classic red and white Poke Ball, as well as new designs like the Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, and Love Ball. The interior of the cabins is also decorated into a Pokemon paradise, featuring beloved characters like Pikachu and Bulbasaur.

Enjoy free treats during your ride, and if you’re riding to the top of Mount Faber, take the opportunity to enjoy a hearty Christmas feast with a view at Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro.

Pokemon Cable Car

Date: From 1 November 2023

Location: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Mount Faber Peak, Singapore 099203
Opening hours: 8:45am-9:30pm

9. Holiday Wonderland with LINE Friends

Celebrate Christmas with your favourite LINE FRIENDS at Suntec City from 16 November to 26 December 2023.

This Christmas pop-up features Singapore’s largest LINE FRIENDS-themed mega ball pit, including a four-meter slides at the BROWN house, five-seater Carousel Bauble Swings, and Ball-mania Towers, promising a whole lot of fun for kids and adults alike. You can also indulge in carnival games and thrilling rides, such as a trackless train, carousel, and candy ship, with enticing prizes up for grabs.

Visit on the weekends to enjoy a realistic snowfall show at the giant Christmas tree outside the mall, live performances, and say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, who will be roaming the malls.

The pop-up includes exclusive LINE Friend merchandise, and Suntec+ members can redeem free gifts, including ceramic Food Containers, Tumblers, UV Umbrellas, and Chair Cushions, with a minimum spend of $50.

Holiday Wonderland with LINE Friends

Date: 16 Nov-26 Dec 2023

Location: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 10am-10pm

10. Raffles Place

Experience the magic of Christmas in the heart of Raffles Place as the precinct transforms into a festive wonderland with captivating light installations.

From 7pm to midnight daily, immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with larger-than-life decorations and interactive light displays. Wander through Raffles Place Park adorned with motion-sensor light displays, a towering Christmas Tree, and a gigantic Christmas Arch. Explore the 6000 sqm park, snap festive photos under the Christmas Light Arch, and interact with the “Walk with the Seasons” installation, bringing art to life in a symphony of colors.

Raffles Place

Date: 30 Nov-31 Dec 2023

Location: Raffles Place

11. A Very Smurfy Christmas

Christmas is not just red and green. Embark on a bright blue festive journey at City Square Mall, flooded with a sea of blue Smurfs and Christmas lights. Not only can you take part in exciting trivia quizzes located all around the mall, but if you’re here with your kids, you can hop on a 1-hour fun-filled adventure with with them at Airzone and Kidodo.

Location: City Square Mall, Level 5, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539
Opening hours: 10am-10pm

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