The month of December involves a few key things – cheerful Christmas music, a large number of very tempting sales, and the need for most employees to clear their leave for the year. If you haven’t been able to take time off to spend with your family during the year, now is the best time due to the numerous festive events that pop up around the island. Here are a few fun activities that you can do together instead of lounging around in your pyjamas.
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay
An annual event held at the sprawling Gardens by the Bay, Christmas Wonderland is Singapore’s biggest Christmas fair and stretches across 57,000sqm. An European-style Christmas market with food and craft stalls gather within the Supertree Grove to provide sustenance and entertainment to visitors of all ages. Luminarie light sculptures handmade by Italian craftsmen shine amongst the greenery, as scheduled choir performances entertain the crowds with calming Christmas carols.
Date: 1 – 26 December 2017
Opening Hours: 4:00pm – 11:00pm daily
Admission Fee: S$6 – S$8
Savings tip: Buying a ticket online saves you $2, so plan ahead and save that spare cash for one of the many fair booths instead.
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Touting itself as Singapore’s largest carnival, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival boasts over 40 rides and games that include thrilling coasters and family-friendly entertainment. The carnival promises to be a great time for all ages with all it has to offer. If action is not your thing, you could opt to take a free stroll around the carnival to bask in the ambience.
Date: 15 December – 1 April 2018
Opening Hours: 4:00pm – 11:00pm daily
Admission Fee: Free (rides are separately chargeable)
Savings tip: Using the Klook mobile app to purchase your tokens saves you S$1.70 on your first purchase.
Universal Studios Singapore
Speaking of thrilling rides, Universal Studios Singapore is one place that many of us have either been to or have on our bucket lists. The theme park is having “A Universal Christmas”, which includes seasonal discounted ticket prices along with special performances and experiences. For those that have not visited the park in a number of years, there are some new additions along with the perennial favourites that ensure a fun day out.
Date: 1 December – 1 January 2018
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm (1 – 30 Dec 2017), 10:00am – 11:30pm (31 Dec 2017)
Christmas Fireworks Spectacular Showtimes
- 9:30pm (2, 9, 16, 23 – 30 Dec 2017)
- 12:00am (31 Dec 2017)
Admission Fee: From S$55
Savings tip: The Singapore resident bundle has a 5% discount and comes with an S$5 retail voucher. Mastercard also offers 10% savings that result in a ticket price of only S$68.
Explore Something New
By far the most cost-effective thing you can do, walking along the streets of Singapore is an often overlooked activity that can lead to new and unexpected discoveries. Even though Singapore isn’t very large, it’s still possible to find an area that you or your family have never explored. If everyone in the group is physically inclined, maybe a hike at MacRitchie reservoir or cycling at Pulau Ubin would appeal to them. Adults can find time after that to try out a new cafe, or check out one of the many Christmas light-ups in town that may come with good shopping offers.
Savings tip: Many of Singapore’s museums also offer free or discounted admission to residents in case you feel like indulging your artistic side.
A fun day out and about doesn’t have to be expensive as there are plenty of things you can do that won’t break the bank. Your family is not really going to care how much something costs, they would much rather spend quality time with you. With only a few weeks left until the end of 2017, do take this opportunity to relax, reflect, and refresh yourself in preparation for the year to come.