Christmas 2020: Events, Markets & Activities to Explore with Your Family!

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We bring you some of the best family-friendly Christmas happenings in both the physical and virtual realm in Singapore: Find your fun here! 

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of jingle bells! Yes, we still have to be cautious due to the current pandemic but that is no reason to store your festive celebrations in the back storage! 

This season is the perfect opportunity to create more memorable moments with your family, which is why we bring you this extensive list of family-friendly Christmas events, markets and activities! 

1. Christmas Celebrations 2020 at National Museum of Singapore

Christmas Celebrations 2020 at National Museum of Singapore
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore

Location: Online and On-site
Date: 12 Dec – 18 Dec 2020
Hour: Varies
Fee: Free & Paid

This year, National Museum of Singapore is ringing in Christmas through the spirit of giving and they’re inviting you to join in! Listen to a tale about giving in an online storytelling session by Roger Jenkins and sing along to Christmas tunes. Also, discover the secrets of making a traditional Eurasian Christmas pie and try your hand at making your own! 

2. Christmas Art & Craft Set from Mr Bottle’s Kids Party

Christmas Art & Craft Set from Mr Bottle’s Kids Party
Photo credits Mr Bottle’s Kids Party 

Location: - 
Date: Valid till 25 Dec 2020
Hour: - 
Fee: $20 (U.P. $25)

If you’re on the look-out for hands-on activities to engage your little ones in, Mr Bottle’s Kids Party, a one-stop party solutions provider, is offering a Christmas Art & Craft Set. With the kit, you’ll get to build and decorate your very own craft house! Once completed, you can even use it as a nightlight! 

Do note that the price is inclusive of normal mail delivery, for door-to-door delivery, an additional $5 fee is applicable. 

3. TLC Classic Christmas Stories [Inclusive Event]

TLC Classic Christmas Stories
Photo credits Singapore Repertory Theatre

Location: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd, Singapore 239035
Date: 15 Dec – 20 Dec 2020
Hour: 10 am | 11.30 am | 2 pm 
Fee: Circle seating - $28 | Stall seating - $33 (ticket)
Suitable Ages: 3 years and above

Ring in this Christmas with stories filled with kindness, generosity and the joy of Christmas! Following the success of TLC Classic Stories in the recent TLC Children’s Festival, The Little Company is now bringing their classics storytelling live for you! The special Christmas edition will be starring Julie Wee (Shakespeare in the Park – Julius CaesarThe Tempest). 

Join Santa’s little helper, Elf Julie as she recounts tales of a grumpy dwarf who turns out to be a kind soul, a baker who discovers the joy of giving generously and a wonderful adventure with Santa Claus on Christmas eve! 

TLC Classic Christmas Stories has integrated descriptive language of key visual moments into its script for blind and vision-impaired patrons. Also, all performances offer a relaxed environment as a standard which caters to children and adults on the autism spectrum and with learning difficulties. 

Additionally, there will be a signed performance on Sunday, 20 Dec at 2 pm, to cater for deaf or hearing-impaired patrons.

4. Storytelling Series by Gateway Kids Club

Storytelling Series by Gateway Kids Club
Photo credits Gateway Arts

Location: Online – SISTIC Live
Date: 12 Dec – 18 Dec 2020
Hour: 11 am – 11 pm 
Fee: Free

Every month, Gateway Kids Club presents Storytelling Series, bringing a new story every week through SISTIC Live Stream. This month, in celebration of the festive season, they will be bringing you The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman, which follows the adventures of young Clara in the magical Kingdom of Sweets, and The Star of Bethlehem, a retelling of the nativity story from the perspective of a star. 

5. A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore

A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore
Photo credits Resorts World Sentosa

Location: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 5 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021 (Thu – Mon)
Hour: 2 pm – 9 pm 
Fee (Singapore Residents rate): $66/adult | $48/youth or child | $43/senior

The denizens over at Universal Studios Singapore are ready to bring the festive cheer to you during this year-end holidays. Illumination’s Minions have ditched their overalls for something more Christmassy and they’ll be spreading some ‘despicable cheer’ from the Christmas stage! 

Step into interactive movie scenes over at the whimsical Christmas movie land where Santa is the director and catch Shrek and Princess Fiona, as well as Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks’ Trolls as they walk down the red carpet to give fans a star-studded meet-and-greet!

Also, don’t miss your chance to meet Gru, Lucy and the girls from Illumination’s Despicable Me, the fuzzy friends from Sesame Street - Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby, as well as the wild characters from Madagascar. 

Additionally, Singapore Residents get a free exclusive face mask with every One-Day Ticket purchased! Each adorable design is also available for purchase in adult or child size!

6. SEAASON of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium 

SEAASON of Rediscovery at S.E.A. Aquarium
Photo credits Resorts World Sentosa

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 7 Nov 2020 – 5 Jan 2021
Hour: Mon – Fri: 10 am – 5 pm | Sat – Sun: 9 am – 5 pm 
Fee: $23 - $32+

This holidays, S.E.A. Aquarium invites you to experience a SEAASON of Rediscovery! You’ll get to re-discover the aquarium which has been transformed with specially designed light effects and fascinating soundscapes. 

Head to new zones like ‘Shipwrecked!’, where you’ll see how a ship’s end of service leads to the birth of a thriving new habitat. Gently touch sea animals like the epaulette shark and the knobbly sea star at the Discovery Pool and expand your knowledge. 

Make a trip to the habitat of brightly coloured poison arrow frogs to learn how the ocean is interlinked with the rainforest. 

Also, learn about Christmas-themed animals—the bright-and-beautiful angelfish, snowflake moray eels, pinecone fish, scarlet skunk cleaner shrimps that look just like candy canes, and more—while you’re at the aquarium! 

7. Merry Adventures Staycation at Resorts World Sentosa

Merry Adventures Staycation at Resorts World Sentosa
Photo credits Resorts World Sentosa

Location: Resorts World Sentosa
Date: - 
Hour: -
Fee: From $538++

Resorts World Sentosa has also introduced some merry staycation deals for your festive celebrations. The 2D1N Merry Adventures for families starts from $588++ and comes with tickets to the newly expanded S.E.A. Aquarium and Universal Studios Singapore. You’ll get to stay in a Deluxe Room at your choice of either Equarius Hotel or Hotel Michael. 

Pack your bags for a celebration away from home and spend your day revelling in festivities with your favourite characters at Universal Studios Singapore or discovering the new zones at S.E.A. Aquarium. Before you start feeling the hunger pangs, duck into one of the many restaurants around to delight in the festive flavours. Check out Resorts World Sentosa for available packages and details. 

8. Poinsettia Wishes 2020 at the Flower Dome

Poinsettia Wishes 2020 at the Flower Dome
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: 27 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021
Hour: 9 am – 9 pm 
Fee (Singapore Resident rates): $10/adult | $5/child or senior (ticket)

Flower Dome’s well-loved annual floral display, Poinsettia Wishes returns this year, bringing a slice of European-holiday cheer to the tropics. Admire a reimagined Gouda City Hall, an iconic landmark in the Netherlands visited by many for an annual Christmas light-up, decked with nutcracker dolls that resemble toy soldiers. Spot the mischievous nisses from Nordic folklore amongst the Christmas trees, poinsettias, cyclamens, hellebores and other festive favourites.

To make the season of giving even more meaningful, the illustrated Plantkeepers of the Bay characters will share tips and tricks on how to celebrate the festivities sustainably! 

You can also look forward to a slew of festive programs such as meet-and-greet sessions with Santa & his friends, performances by local and inclusive acts, as well as programmes involving the four Nordic Embassies in Singapore – The Royal Danish Embassy, Embassy of Finland, Royal Norwegian Embassy, and the Embassy of Sweden – including a traditional Swedish Lucia Procession (13 Dec) right here in Singapore!

9. Christmas Wonderland 2020 at Gardens by the Bay 

Christmas Wonderland 2020 at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: Till 31 Dec 2020 (Virtual Wonderland) | 4 Dec – 27 Dec 2020 (Walk of Lights)
Hour: Walk of Lights - 6.30 pm – 11.00 pm (last entry: 10.30 pm)
Fee: $5

Christmas Wonderland 2020 introduces Christmas celebrations in a hybrid format. This seventh edition of the festive event will feature specially curated stunning light installations in brand new designs, including the Spalliera, Path of Tranquility, Cassa Armonica and more at Gardens by the Bay in the Walk of Lights, a one-way scenic route with designated entry and exit points. 

Complementing the physical display is an online digital wonderland packed with interactive content, games for all ages, festive performances, and retail options. 

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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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