Not everyone celebrates Xmas by attending midnight mass or having massive family dinners and exchanging gifts. Having said so, that doesn’t deprive the rest of the population from sharing the joy of this festive season! Here are 10 alternative ways to celebrate Xmas in Singapore. (I believe some applies even if you’re somewhere else!)
Tis the season to be jolly.
1. Visit the Ice Palace (Narnia Style)
One of the world’s greatest festival is coming to Singapore! The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival which features fantastic (massive) ice sculptures is bringing part of their exhibition to this tropical island. The exhibition will be held in a specially insulated ice cold compound and it also features an ice bar! Check out the promos on their facebook page or visit their website!
photo credit: 2 Degree Ice Art Facebook
2. Go Artsy
With the Singapore Biennale 2013 stretching to the following year, there is bound to be some artsy fartsy exhibition going on during Xmas. The museum will sadly be closed on public holidays, but there are several outdoor installations for your admiration. If art isn’t your thing, stick to the Xmas lights all around Singapore. There’s plenty for your viewing pleasure and #instamoments.
photo credit: Singapore Biennale Facebook
3. Binge Watch Xmas Movies on the Couch
Christmas is the one festival that has the most movies made after it. It’s a season of love, family and warmth and nothing beats just staying at home and laughing to “the Grinch” or cuddling to “Love Actually”. Xmas films are feel good films and you can just watch them over and over and over again AND I always anticipate the new upcoming Xmas films!
PS: Rise of the Guardians will be screening at City Square Mall on the 14th of December, 8pm, at the Basement 1 Fountain Square. (If you haven’t caught it, it’s such a great Xmas animation and it’s worth watching!)
4. Frolic in the Snow or Twirl Around on Ice
We haven’t exactly got snow or a frozen lake to skate on but that doesn’t stop us from frolicking in the “snow” or twirling around on ice! Tanglin Mall has been giving children in Singapore the wonders of a White Christmas on a tropical island. This year is no exception.
Also, we have plenty of ice skating rinks here in Singapore! The biggest one is The Rink at JCube. The Rink even has something special to spice up Xmas eve and Xmas day. Expect a series of “snowfalls” as you whizz around with your loved ones and don’t be alarmed if Santa crashes your party!
5. Catch A Musical
Musicals and theatric performances are the best. There’s music, there’s lights, there’s action and it’s live! If you haven’t got anything planned this Xmas, there are a few shows that will be running throughout the Xmas season. Check out Sistic for the options available! It’s a great way to spend the evening with your friends and family.
6. Hop about Singapore Xmas Markets
We may not have markets that equate the scale of European Christmas markets but we definitely have plenty of Local Xmas Markets for you to hop about. For starters, Public Garden is organising weekend Xmas markets at Tripleone Somerset till the 15th of December 2013. You can find knick knacks and homemade jams. Here’s a compilation of other fairs and markets for this festive season by SassyMama.
photo credits: Public Garden
7. Party with the Crowd
When you’re celebrating a festival, it’s the best time to party! It is one of the rare moments where Orchard Road will be blocked and you can roam about to enjoy the street performances. To enhance the party spirit, Singapore River, which runs along Clark Quay and Boat Quay is adorned with gorgeous candy canes and other Xmas ornaments to hype up the exciting Xmas parties going on in the various establishments.
8. Visit the Xmas Village
Situated around the world’s largest ferris wheel lies a Christmas Village. Take pictures with Santa in his house or his reindeer sleigh dressed in LED lights. Complementing the world’s largest wheel would be Singapore’s tallest Xmas tree. In addition, Singapore Flyer together with popular Celebrity Chef, Eric Teo, has specially prepared a Xmas menus for guest opting for the Singapore Flyer’s Sky Dining experience. Don’t stop that kid inside you from embarking on this delightful experience!
photo credit: The Christmas Village
Who loves cookies and other sweet treats? EVERYONE! Get together and have lots of fun baking and decorating your dessert. I don’t know what else to say apart from “what a great idea!!” Here’s a recipe for a Giant Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie to get the ball rolling! And if you need to know where to get your baking supplies, check out this list!
10. Good Ol’ Potluck Session
So what do you do if you baked too much? Organise a Potluck! Potluck is essentially a gathering of people where each person or group of people contribute a dish prepared in advance. First of all, it saves you the trouble of cooking for everyone if you haven’t got the time and patience to, and above all, food brings people together. What better way to celebrate this special festive than gathering and having good food? I suggest a good ol’ potluck session.
So you can see, there are plenty of ways to spend your Xmas and it definitely goes beyond this list. Whatever you end up doing, whether you’re with your friends, family or lover, I hope that you will have a fair share of this wonderful and joyous occasion. Be happy and merry.
Peace & Love,