The road from Scotts Paterson Junction to Bideford Junction will be closed every first Saturday night of each month between 6pm and 11pmÂ and transformed into a giant pedestrian walkway!
Check out our guide on what to see, do and eat in Singapore!
It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year where spirits are high and celebrations are in the air. Travel is also at the peak during this time of the year. If you have planned a trip to Singapore or will stopover in Singapore during your travels in December, here are a list of things to do in the little red dot.
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By the Bay
Go on a whimsical Christmas journey at this impressive city in a garden; expect to enjoy a multitude of activities with various attractions to discover. The annual event – Christmas Wonderland – promises to be double the fun with an extended fairground. Get into the spirit with performances and carnival activities, shopping and dining options and be amazed by the Italian luminarie light sculptures.
Enjoy the cool climate of the Flower Dome, where Christmas flowers are the star of the show, including poinsettias, Christmas roses featuring yuletide scenes, conifer trees and amaryllis, among others. At night, the Flower Dome is transformed and Italian Luminarie Lights create a magical setting.
Get your tickets; you will certainly not be disappointed.
Christmas on a Great Street
Looking for last minute Christmas gifts for loved ones or family? There is no better place to get your shopping done than at Singapore’s prime shopping destination, Orchard Road. Soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the decorations along the street and outside selected malls as locals and travellers indulge in retail and dining on Singapore’s Great Street.
With a mix of international luxury labels to local designers, this is certainly a shopping haven for presents for loved ones. Why not treat yourself to a gift as well while you are at it! “Spread the Joy” and join in the festivities along the street; from performances such as carolling, to interactive installations, young and old will be kept entertained.
With all the crowd tackling and walking expected, come prepared with comfortable footwear and sling on a crossbody bag for hands-free convenience. Take part in the Best Dressed Building Contest and stand a chance to win shopping vouchers.
Festive Bazaars & Festive Fairs
We know how gift shopping can get frustrating especially if you are looking for something unique to surprise that creative friend or if you want to move away from common present options. For inspiring fashion, homeware, art & craft or gifts for little ones, these fairs will have something for each budget.
For art aficionados, you should pay a visit to the Affordable Art Fair at the F1 Pit Building. Featuring local, regional and international talents at affordable prices, gifting that creative painting or sculpture will certainly not blow a hole in your pocket and you know that it will certainly brighten up the recipient’s room (and life). The fair is held from 18-20 November.
Families can shop together too, at The Expat’s Weekender Fair at PasarBella. This community-based market is perfect for families to have fun. Expect vendors in art & craft, design, food and more. Fill those stockings (and tummies) at this shopping event, from 9-11 December.
For those looking for gifts with a local twist, KEEPERS – Singapore Designers Collective is home to local labels of fashion, jewellery, home décor and more.
Be a Local Chef
There is no better way to enrich your holiday than with a cultural cooking class that will equip you with knowledge on how to whip up some local cuisine. Learn about Singapore’s rich cultural heritage through hands-on sessions with friendly instructors. Surprise your friends and loved ones with a different menu when you return home. It will certainly make you the hostess with the mostest!
You will be pleasantly surprised at the things you can do, while in tropical Singapore!
Visit The Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore's first World Heritage site and the third Botanic Gardens to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padua Gardens in Italy.
The Gardens was set up by Sir Stamford Raffles back in 1822 and boasts many different species of plants. From climbers to ornamental plants and even carnivorous plants can be found at the various cores in The Gardens.
Children will have fun at the Jacob Ballas Children's Gardens. Through exploration and play, children will get to experience nature while they interact with the many features in The Gardens.
For more information, visit The Singapore Botanic Garden's official website
The Dumpling Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar (20 June 2015). A long long time ago, there was a great poet, Qu Yuan, who lived in the Chinese kingdom of Chu. He was a good minister and well-loved by the people. Qu Yuan apparently became so upset with the acts of corruption within his government that he threw himself into the Mei Lo River in despair. The village fishermen took their boats out to the river beating their oars on the water to drive away the man-eating fish as they tried to rescue him. Others threw rice dumplings into the river believing that the fishes will eat their dumplings instead of Qu Yuan's body. In this day and age, the cooked rice dumplings wrapped in silk or banana eaves are no longer thrown into the river but are eaten as a holiday tradition. Dragon Boat races are known to represent the search for Qu Yuan's body and is a popular event in todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s festival activities. Head over to Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall on 20 June 2015 to try your hands at the dumpling making booth, do some craft activities and participate with your friends and family in a Ã¯Â¿Â½Dragon Boat RaceÃ¯Â¿Â½! Looking for more excitement? Join the Dragon Boaters on 11 & 12 July 2015 at Bedok Reservior as they speed down the reservoir in various competitive events. For more information, check out the Singapore Dragon Boat Association Website.
Come join in the celebrations as Singaporeans put on their party hats for the slew of activities that Singapore has planned for her 50th birthday!
Stay tuned for the list of activities!
First up,Â book your hotel stays to avoid any last minute disappointments!
Furama RiverFront isÂ a stone's throw away fromÂ Tiong Bahru, one of the hippiest neighbourhoods in Singapore, rankedÂ #4 on Vogue's World's Coolest Neighbourhood.
Head toÂ Shaw House Urban Plaza on Nov 15 for the Christmas Light-Up ceremony byÂ President Tony Tan Keng Yam. The entire street from Plaza Singapura to Tanglin Mall, 2.88km long, will be lighted up withÂ multi-coloured Christmas trees and glittering blue snowflakes! The lights will be on till 1 Jan 2015, from 6.30pm daily. It's touristsÂ must-visit spot at this time of the year.
Be sure to catch a glimpse of the 12 decorated malls, that went the extra mile, in vying for the title ofÂ Best Dressed Building.
In addition, this year a stretch of Orchard Road will be closed to vehicles on 6 Dec. There will beÂ outdoor screenings of local films, bouncy castles for children and photo opportunities with Christmas mascots!
Source: straits times
From 4 October - March 2015, Orchard Road will be a temporary pedestrian street between Scotts Paterson Junction and Bideford Junction, every first Saturday night of each month, from 6pm -11pm. Â
Find out more atÂ Official website
See here for roads affected.
For the month of November..Â Bring your own mat and join in onÂ Singapore's largest hip hop yoga event - lululemon athletica's Yoga Beat @ Orchard Road.Â
Find out more atÂ event page
This September, the first ever Cafe Fest would be happening at The Waterfront Promenade in Singapore, with over 10 cafes serving their best coffee, food and cakes all in one place.
Great coffee all in 1 place.. Need to be convinced more? Here are 8 more reasons to go on down...
Great news for all Singapore Citizens and PRs!
Free admission for Citizens and PRs to 7 museums!
Museums and institutions that offer free admission:
Ever wondered what theÂ official residence of the President of the Republic of Singapore looks like on the inside? Well, you can visit the Istana grounds on the following dates whenÂ Â it isÂ open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year; Deepavali; Hari Raya Puasa; Labour Day; and National Day.
1. Chinese New Year (2nd Day) - 1 February 2014 (Saturday)
2. Labour Day (Actual Day) - 1 May 2014 Thursday)
3. Hari Raya Puasa & National Day - 2 August 2014 (Saturday)
4. Deepavali (Actual Day) - 23 October 2014 (Thursday)*
*DateÂ is subject to confirmation.Â
There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.Â For an entrance fee of $2, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and MonumentsÂ (PSM) volunteers.
Time: 8.30am - 6pm
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents
S$1 for non-Singaporeans and non-Singapore Permanent Residents
Entrance:Â main gate at Orchard Road
For more information, visit the Official website.
Interested in finding out a little piece of Singaporeâs heritage? Go on one of the trails that the National Heritage Board (NHB) launched as part of their ongoing efforts to being heritage closer to the community.
The Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail features 10 markers, including graves of Tan Tock Seng, Chua Seah Neo and Wuing Neo. You can also drop by the cafe scene that have sprouted up in Tiong Bahruâs pre-war architecture buildings. While there, do check out the local food at Tiong Bahru Food Centre.
Find out more from NHBâs website.
Halloween Horror Nights 3 is back at Universal Studios Singapore!
Itâs three times the fear this year as Singaporeâs most terrifying event returns at Universal Studios SingaporeÂ®âfeaturing the Sisters of Evil, who have forged an evil pact to trap unsuspecting victims.
Date: 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31 Oct, 1, 2, 3 Nov 2013
Time: 7pm - 1am
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore
For more details, check out their website.
Sentosa Spooktacular is back! For the first time ever, Sentosa will be teaming with the renowned Thai movie production studio, GTH, creator of Coming Soon, Shutter, Pee Mak, Body and Dorm, to set up 5 haunted trails, inspired by GTHâs internationally acclaimed films, bringing the ghost characters to live!
- Event is not suitable for children aged 12 years and below.
- Guests aged 13-15 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 21 years and above.
Date: 19,25,26 & 31 Oct, 1 & 2 Nov 2013
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Venus: Fort Siloso, Sentosa
For more details, check out their website.
Sentosa has several other Halloween themed activities going on.
Race the Dead - a 5km Zombie Obstacle Run where hordes of zombies will be waiting to grab a hold of you at every corner and every turn. Day 1 of the run is already sold out. Day 2 is now open! Visit website.
Sentosa 4D AdventureLand -Â Halloween Fright Night. Tickets on sale at sistic.
On the must do list Â for adrenaline junkies visiting New Zealand together with bungy jumping, ZOVB is now in Singapore!
Unfortunately, they only provide the services for parties, get-togethers and corporate activities.
Zovbing involves being strapped inside an enormous clear plastic, air-cushioned ball. The ball will be rolled down a long grass-covered slope, with you strapped inside the ball!
View their website.
River Safari is Asiaâs first and only river-themed wildlife park, and is the newest addition to Wildlife Reserves Singaporeâs portfolio of award-winning parks. Occupying 12 hectares, it houses one of the worldâs largest collections of freshwater animals. The park is home to over 150 plant species and 5,000 animal specimens representing 300 animal species.
Take a leisurely stroll and meander through the park on an exploratory river adventure of the Mississippi, Congo, Nile, Ganges, Murray, Mekong and Yangtze rivers. With the pristine Upper Seletar Reservoir as a backdrop, River Safari is also home to the Giant Panda Forest, Squirrel Monkey Forest and the enchanting Amazon Flooded Forest.
More details @ website: River Safari
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a dynamic and living monument to the foresight of the founding fathers of Singapore.
Featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, this tropical garden becomes a picnic ground for families and friendly gatherings during the weekends.
Check out their website for events happening in the garden.
Learn more about the heritage of Singapore's Malay community.
Stroll through the galleries in the Museum of an insight into the milestones in the history of the Malays.
Guided tours are available.
Visit their website @Â http://malayheritage.org.sg
The Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore.
It is a precious and important part of Singapore's history and heritage, and has borne witness to Singapore's many historical milestones.
Catch theÂ Changing of Guards Ceremony held on every first Sunday evening of the month, approximately at 5.45pm.Â The Ceremony was held in 1969 and has continued ever since. However, the ceremony will not be held in the months of July and August.
The Istana grounds isÂ open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year; Deepavali; Hari Raya Puasa; Labour Day; and National Day.
For more information, check out the website.
An iconic attraction in itself, the Singapore Cable Car presents bird's eye view of Singapore's city skyline, the harbour, and Sentosa.
Photo opportunities are abundant with the cabinâs 360Â° panoramic windows - making it the best ride with the best view to Sentosa. The new cabins have also been enhanced to offer guests a World-leading experience in terms of comfort, design and technology.
For more info, visit website.
Experience heart-stopping action of G-Force that is similar with a rocket launch at the G-MAX Reverse Bungy.
You will be propelled up into the city's skyline reaching a height of 60m and speeds of up to 200km/h!
Address: Clarke Quay 3E River Valley Road Singapore 179024
The Singapore Flyer is the worldâs largest observation wheel.
Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground,Â The Singapore Flyer is taller than the Star of Nanchang and the London Eye.
CatchÂ breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay skyline as well as glimpses of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Originally the Flyer rotated counterclockwise, however, its direction was changed 6 months after opening in 2008 on the advice of feng shui masters who said it should rotate the other way, to bring fortune into Singapore instead of out to sea.
Check out their website for booking information.
Spotted these fun looking buses along the road and wondering what they are?
The red open-top double decker buses are part of the HiPPO Tours fleet.
It is easy to enjoy Singapore with the City Sightseeing open-top touring system. The hop-on and hop-off system allows you to tour at your own leisurely pace. Spot an interesting place or sight? Simply hop off and walk around and you can continue the tour later by hopping on the next bus. With 1 bus arriving every 20 minutes, theÂ City Sightseeing systemÂ links you to major sights, attractions and hotels which doubles as a transportation system and makes it easy and convenient for you to move around!
Fancy a ride on the Wacky Duck?Â There is no better way to tour Singapore than catching a ride on the ORIGINAL DUCKtours! Embark on a land and sea adventure on a remodeled WWII amphibious Vietnamese war craft that promises you the best tour experience. This hour-long journey brings you up close to Singapore's famous skyline, historical landmarks and gorgeous bay view.
There are various tours on offer, check out theirÂ websiteÂ for route details and pricing.
Embark on a fascinating journey through the worldâs first wildlife night park with an exciting tram safari experience, spectacular shows & up close animal encounters!
The star of the Night Safari experience is a guided tram ride that takes you across 7 geographical zones of the world. From the ruggedÂ Himalayan FoothillsÂ to the swampy banks of theÂ Asian Riverine ForestÂ and more, your tram guide will share fascinating facts and tales about the animals and habitats along your journey.
Take the walking trails to see animals not visible from the tram journey. Get up close to the Malayan flying foxes and giant flying squirrels. Marvel at theÂ stealthyÂ big cats.
More than just Singaporeâs No.1 Nightspot, Night Safari has also been achieving success in their effort to support the conservation of biodiversity. Over the years, Malayan tigers, Asian elephants, fishing cats, Malayan tapirs and Asian lions, among other endangered species, have been bred in the park.
Itâs an after-dark wildlife adventure that is truly one-of-a-kind.
Get the Park Hopper Specials if you're headed to the Singapore Zoo and the Jurong Bird Park as well.
The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay is Singapore's foremost performing arts complex.
Singaporeans nicknamed its twin domes "The Durians", due to its resemblance to the spiked tropical fruit.
The Esplanade houses a 1,600 seat Concert Hall, a 2,000 seat theater, recital studio, theatre studio, drama centre and Singapore's first performing arts library - aÂ one-stop resource library for the performing arts, library@esplanade also offers information and services in the areas of music, dance, theatre and film.
The site is historically significant, since the 1800s the area has beenÂ synonymousÂ with leisure and recreational activities.
Jurong Bird Park is one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries with some of the largest free-flying aviaries in the world.
In habitats that mirror their naturalistic environments, Jurong Bird Park is home to the colours of the world, as Asiaâs largest bird park with a collection of more than 5,000 birds across 380 species.
Visit key attractions like the Bord Discovery Centre, African WaterfallÂ AviaryÂ Lory Loft Aviary, Southeast Asian Birds Aviary and the award-winning African Wetlands.
For the kids
Thereâs also lots of fun in store for children. AtÂ Birdz of Play, soak in and get wild in this bird-themed playground with wet and dry playzones for families with kids of all ages. Toddlers and kids can wade in the shallow pool and zoom down water slides, while older kids can revel with squirt sprays and wait under the giant tipping bucket for a humongous splash!
Hop onboard the guided trams or take a leisurely stroll around the Park and explore the lush jungles. Youâll be swept off your feet in the colourful paradise of unforgettable experiences and personal encounters with the feathered friends.
Info from Jurong Bird Park website
Get the Park Hopper Specials if you are heading to the Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari.
If you are into sky high places, head over to Marina Bay Sand's SkyPark for a breath-taking view of Singapore.
Crowning the three hotel towers of Marina Bay Sands at 200 metres in the sky, the Sands SkyParkÂ stretches longer than the Eiffel tower when laid down.
The SkyPark is also home to the worldâs largest public cantilever housing a public observatory deck, lush gardens, exclusive restaurants such as The Sky on 58 and KU DÃ TA; with a 150-metre infinity-edged swimming pool to complete the luxurious experience.
Guided tours are available daily for Observation deck guests. However do register early to avoid disappointment asÂ tour is limited to 50 guests and last approximately 15 minutes.
Do check ifÂ The Observation Deck is closed due for private events or commercial commitments before heading over.
Step into S.E.A. Aquariumâ¢ and be awed by the magical marine world seen through the worldâs largest âwindow to the oceanâ.
Come face-to-face with a myriad of extraordinary marine species ranging from baby sharks, jellyfish, manta rays and much more!
Also, if you are an avid sea adventurer, be enthralled by the Maritime Xperiential Museumâ¢ - worldâs first 4D multi-sensory typhoon theatre â that is sureÂ to sweep your feet away.
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Discover the secrets and chronicles of the migrants who made the perilous journey from their homeland to Singapore.
The Chinatown Heritage Centre houses a wealth of memories and untold stories of the past over 13 stations. The Chinatown Heritage Centre breathes the stories of the original tenants at 50 Pagoda Street, from the tailor and his apprentices, to the Samsui women and the coolies.
Catch Jia Jia and Kai Kai, a pair of male and female pandas that have taken up residency in the Singapore Zoo.
The new Giant Panda Forest houses the Golden Pheasant Exhibit, the Red Panda Exhibit and the Giant Panda Exhibit.
Related posts: Singapore Zoo
Universal Studios Singapore features 7 zones, covering genres like Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar.
Every zone has its own street entertainment, character meet and greet, dining and shopping, unique to the each specific zone.
Take pictures with Frankenstien, Kungfu Panda, Marilyn Monroe etc.
Plunge into total darkness on the Revenge of the Mummy, an indoor roller coaster ride.
Located on Sentosa, allocate a full day to explore Universal Studios Singapore!
View Official Website
The Marine Life Park opened its doors on 22 November 2012.
There are 2 parks to this attraction, the Adventure Cove Waterpark and the S.E.A. Aquarium.
The latter features the world's largest oceanarium, atÂ 8ha which currently has 40,000 animals from 500 species.
The Adventure Cove Waterpark is a themepark where thrill-seekres and families can look forward to a full day of splashing fun in the sun with 6 waterslides and many more!
View Official Website
Singaporeâs newest garden,Â Gardens by the Bay, features 7 distinct attractions.
Step into the Flower Dome and be awed by plants from deserts around the world. The place is kept cool to similate the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean regions.
The Supertree Grove features a 128m long walkway that connects 2 25m Supertrees. Stroll along this OCBC Skyway and be captivated by the panoramic views of the Gardens and the Marina Bay area. Come nightfall, the Supertrees come alive with a dazzling display of lights bursting across the sky.
Thereâre lots more to see and do at the Gardens by the Bay. Come and see what the buzz is all about!
Experience Southeast Asia's largest light and water show at the Marina Bay Sands.
Wonder Full is an amazing display using water, surround sound, video projection, LED lighting, spot lights and other special effects. You will be wowed by the stunning visual effects.
Make sure you arrive early to secure a spot! Giant water screens will screen the 13 minutes show, one that aims to capture the spirit of Singapore.
Alternatively, you can catch the display from the opposite banks at One Fullerton complex.
For latest show times, please visitÂ Marina Bay Sands Website.
The Singapore Zoo is a must see attraction for all tourists!
Allocate a full day for visiting the zoo. Don't miss the Rainforest Walk, Elephants of Asia, the Australian Outback and the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia.
Check showtimes and feeding times for a more in-depth knowledge of the animals. Feeding times are available at the entrance of the zoo.
Ride an elephant or canter around in a horse carriage! Hop on the tram or get a quiet boat ride round the zoo. You can rent an Adventure Scooter to get around the park as well.
See the ferocious White Tiger. Catch a glimpse of the free ranging Orang Utans. Be reminded of the Lion King when you see the Warthog, Meerket and Lion enclosure side by side!
Let the kids have a wet and wild time at the rainforest kidzworld. Remember to bring swimming gear!
For a more memorable experience at the Singapore Zoo,
Do not be deceived by this tiny island known worldwide for its world class infrastructure, skyscrapers and business efficiencies, there are many things to see and do in Singapore. Numerous attractions have been sprouting up all over country, the newest being the Universal Studios theme park on Sentosa.
Allow an entire day for exploring Sentosa Island. Experience the thrills of a simulated free fall parachute jump, and conquer aerial obstacles at MegaZip Adventure Park. Fans of marine life can swim with the dolphins or immerse in a whole new world under the sea at the Underwater World. There are beach activities as well as back to nature trails and bits of Singaporeâs history to be discovered on this little island teeming with surprises! End the day at Songs of the Sea for a mesmerizing show with water jets, flames bursts and pyrotechnics.
Love the animals? Spend the day at the Singapore Zoo, have breakfast with the orang utans, Asian elephants and snakes! See the animals in their night habitat over at the Night Safari. Fly on down to the Jurong Bird Park for a tweeting good time with the feathered creatures.
Hike on over to our green spots for some back to nature greenery at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a lush primary rainforest. Stroll along the tree-top walk in MacRitchie Reservoir or the Southern Ridges trail from Mount Faber to Henderson Waves to Alexandra, enjoy the vast biodiversity of flora and fauna. Have a green thumb? Be sure to check out the HortPark for some gardening ideas and solutions!
If you are in the mood for some island retreat, take a bumboat to Pulau Ubin for a rustic village experience. Bike rentals are available for exploring the kampong lifestyle of early Singapore. St Johnâs Island feature swimming lagoons, trekking routes and picnic grounds for recreation.
Hop on to the Singapore Flyer, the worldâs largest observation wheel, for breathtaking panoramic views of the Marina Bay. Take it up to the highest heights at Marina Bay Sands Sky Park for an unobstructed view of the Singapore Island, you can even catch a glimpse of our neighbours on a clear day!
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