CHRISTMAS DAY IN SINGAPORE
History of Christmas
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
Although only about 19% of the population of Singapore are Christians, Christmas is still a widely celebrated holiday.Christmas lights are very popular in Singapore.
Top 8 Places To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore
See the Lights on Orchard Road
Who does not love revelling in a spellbinding pyrotechnics display that instantly lights up the sky? Well, this year’s first-ever Christmas Eve Countdown Party promises nothing short of spectacular. Join other party-goers and be merry as you drink and dance this incredible night away! Featuring a stellar line-up of local bands, the concert will ensure you belt out to your favourite Christmas classics and English pop songs. It is a huge part of Singapore's Christmas traditions.
Christmas Village, Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Another great destination for some holiday light-ups this time of year is the Great Christmas Village, which will be set up in front of Shaw House Urban Plaza from November 23 to December 26. Featuring a collection of holiday events and activities throughout the season, this winter village has something for all ages including amusement rides, a two-level carousel, and visits from Santa Claus at the Santa House. Twenty-five different food vendors will also be on-site at the village's dining area.
Shop for Christmas presents
Whether you are looking for that perfect gift for your family or treating yourself to something you’ve been eyeing for months, Christmas season is the best time to shop; malls across the country are littered with sales! Here are our recommendations on the best places to go Christmas shopping in Singapore. If you don’t like crowded malls, take your retail therapy online to sites like Lazada and Qoo10.
Christmas Wonderland, Gardens By The Bay
This grand yuletide fair is making its fourth appearance this year right in the heart of Gardens by the Bay. The pièce de résistance here is none other than the captivating Italian Luminarie light sculptures! Be enthralled by how these multi-coloured colossal structures instantly brighten up the whole ambience. This is amongst the best places to visit in Singapore during Christmas.
Aside from the Festive Market, you should also check out the Arctic-themed Santa’s Grotto, hop on the thrilling carnival rides and skate under the stars. If you intend to visit the Conservatories as well, opt for the Christmas Bundle and enjoy massive savings!
Merry Fishmas, SEA Aquarium
If you are heading for A Universal Christmas, why not check out Merry Fishmas at the neighbouring SEA Aquarium! The kids will be very thrilled upon entering this massive water wonderland that doubles as an excellent educational outing. As of now, there are five new fishy residents that you can try to spot: the Ornate Eagle Ray, Argentine Humphead, Mauritius Triggerfish, Honeycomb Cowfish and Bat Ray.
As part of the Christmas programmes, witness Santa’s elves feed the fish or pose with Mai the manta ray and Sam the hammerhead shark mascots. At Scrooge’s Recycling Workshop, discover how you can turn unwanted products into unique Christmas ornaments that can be personalised as meaningful gifts. Who knew a trip to the Singapore aquarium could be so rewarding and fulfilling!
Have a luxurious Christmas meal
Christmas is also the time to indulge, and nothing spells decadence like a champagne brunch or a Christmas dinner overlooking the Singapore skyline. Bring your friends together for a round of secret Santa and classic festive treats at luxurious locales like Capella Singapore, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa or The Fullerton Hotel. Christmas brunches in Singapore gets snagged early, so be sure to gather your friends quickly.
A Universal Christmas, Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore (USS) has always been a theme park chock full of fun. The Christmas version is no different and in fact, you can enjoy even more attractions and special performance courtesy of the festivities. From the new and improved immersive Santa’s Workshop, light-hearted musicals and Christmas-themed snacks (hello Santa Sundaes and Santa-Minion popcorn buckets), there is something to entice everyone.
Photo opportunities are also abundant with the park tastefully decked in Christmas decor. You cannot miss the staggering 15-metre Santa’s Christmas Tree House!
Themed Light Show At Vivocity Singapore
Singapore truly lights up during Christmas, and the line of elaborate decorations and Christmas trees along Orchard Road are a true testament to the city’s love for the festive season. Soak in the bright lights, soothing music and occasional caroling as you stroll down busy Orchard Road with your loved ones. It helps that the setups are extremely Instagrammable too.