The countdown to Christmas and the New Year has started! If you’re not yet tied up with festive shopping, gift-wrapping and party planning, check out these fun family-friendly events happening around town.
1. Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonderland
Till 3 Jan 2016, 4 pm to midnight
Supertree Grove, The Meadow and The Flower Dome
There’s no way a list of family activities this period can exclude this giant yuletide fair. Apart from the light sculptures, “snow blizzards”, toy-themed floral displays and festive market, there are also old-fashioned funfair rides, Christmas-themed light shows and even an indoor snow playground and skating rink. Read more here.
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2. Cinderella, A Fairly True Story
10 Dec to 4 Jan 2016
Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
What’s Christmas without a little fairytale magic? This new take on the familiar classic, told through the eyes of an inquisitive reporter, puts an modern twist on the story and features spectacular visual effects, such as the famous pumpkin and dress transformation scenes.
3. Christmas Market at the National Museum
19 to 20 Dec, 12 pm to 6 pm
National Museum of Singapore
Indulge in festive shopping for family and friends, while young ones enjoy some fun and educational activities like storytelling, making and writing with your own Egyptian cartouche and learning about old-time kampong games. Do note that all the the children’s activities take place on 19 Dec.
4. Kids Craft: My Fireworks @ Esplanade
19 to 20 Dec, 1 pm to 5 pm
PIP’s Festival Corner, Esplanade
As part of its Celebrate December campaign, the Esplanade has organised a series of free music performances, activities and craft workshops for kids such as this. Using provided craft materials, you and your kids can learn to create your own firework artpiece.
5. Downtown East Toy Swap
19 Dec, 12 pm to 6 pm
Downtown East Event Square
Want to get your kids some new toys without spending a fortune or adding to the clutter in the home? Then bring along your cleaned and complete toys which are in good working condition and exchange them with other like-minded families. You can also swap five of your toys for a new one with the organiser. Details here on the criteria for swapping.
6. Visit the koalas at the zoo
8:30 am to 6 pm
The four furry guests from Down Under will be heading home soon and the zoo has lined up a series of koala-themed events in their honour, to be held during the weekends in December. There’s face painting, glitter tattoos, magic shows, party games and more to look forward to. Find out more about what’s in store here.
7. Beautiful Sunday – It’s Party Time!
20 Dec, 3 pm to 4 pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Part of the Esplanade’s series of free concerts by homegrown music groups, this performance by the Mus’Art Youth Wind Orchestra puts a symphonic twist on popular party anthems, including songs byMaroon 5, The Village People, Bon Jovi, Earth, Wind and Fire, Donna Summer and many more.
8. Christmas Pop-up Market
Till 24 Dec, 6 pm to 11 pm
CHIJMES, The Lawn
Treat yourself and loved ones to handmade Christmas gifts, and indulge your sweet tooth along the way with gourmet creations by local vendors. There is also face painting, caricature drawing, carolling and performances by roaming musicians for a fun, festive vibe.