Enjoy the last lap of 2018 with these fun activities.
Arguably the best month of the year, December is the time for celebrations, gift exchanges and countdown parties. And on top of all that, the calendar is jam-packed with other fun active events that will reinvigorate you and the fam. From indoor fairs to beautiful outdoor installations, here are the events you have to partake in before bidding farewell to 2018.
1. Christmas Specials at Paragon — Nov 9 to Dec 31
Step into the realm of radiance with gorgeous Christmas decor inside and outside Paragon. There will be exclusive trim decorations, personalised baubles, and special chocolates at the mall atrium. And for the first time, Paragon will be displaying a dazzling five-metre Christmas tree, complete with lights, ornaments and the beautiful fragrance of fresh pine. There will be product discounts and promotions during this time too. Visit the website for more information.
2. Christmas Wonderland, Gardens By The Bay — Nov 30 to Dec 26
The fifth edition of Christmas Wonderland promises to be as exciting as its previous iterations, with plenty of new and improved offerings that will win over both repeat and new visitors. Be captivated by Asia’s tallest golden luminaire Christmas tree at the entrance before you head to the feature attraction: a spectacular 22-metre high mirror maze located at the heart of the Supertree Grove. You’d also get to experience the wonders of ‘snow’ during Blizzard Time, take pictures with Santa at his Alpine House within the Santa’s Grotto, and show some nifty moves at its outdoor skating rink. Its Festive Market, which will see specially designed wooden huts adapted from European Christmas markets, is the spot to go for tasty treats, handmade crafts and boutique goods. Tickets are available for purchase both online and on-site. Online ticketing prices start from $4 for one time entry from Nov 30 to Dec 6. To buy, visit here.
3. Ben & Jerry’s x The Yoga Co Ice Cream Yoga Class — Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
In collaboration with The Yoga Co, Ben & Jerry’s will be hosting Singapore’s first Ice Cream Yoga Class! Savour the creamy goodness while you move into your postures. For a sign-up fee of $30, participants will be able to walk home with a full-range of Moo-phoria pints (worth $44) – they contain 36 per cent less fat than a standard dairy ice-cream – and a yoga session. You can sign up here.
4. Loop — Dec 1
This large pop-up event is a month-long lifestyle festival featuring local craft and wellness experiences that champion sustainability awareness. In this plastic-free event, you will be able to find lots of brands offering eco-friendly products. Enjoy special perks when you join in the conscious consumption community, such as free metal straws when you hashtag #LoopSg at the event or coffee for just $1 when you bring your own cup. Activity highlights include making your own chopsticks, terrarium, and lip balm! Find out more on their Facebook page.
5. The Great Clarke Quay Feastival, Read Bridge — Dec 5 to 9
Satiate your taste buds at The Great Clarke Quay Feastival which will feature pop-up stalls from 15 restaurants along Read Bridge. Feast on the must-try Tsui Wah’s signature pork chop buns ($7.50) and the Marisco Seafood Paella ($10) from Octapas. Adventurous types should try East Treasure’s double boiled tonic soup with crocodile meat ($8). While you fill up your tummies, don’t forget to sip on some cocktails, wine and craft beers that will also be available at the event. The festival will start from 6pm onwards daily and admission is free. Visit Clarke Quay’s website for more information.
6. Aromatherapy and Candle-Making Experiential Workshops @ The Star Vista — December 8 & 15
Have fun making personalised hand-made gifts with your friends, family, and little ones at this candle-making workshop. It’s the perfect heartfelt gift for this festive season. There will also be an aromatherapy workshop where you can learn all about essential oils including the best oils for specific skin types, how to use, and extraction methods. Book early because there are only 10 slots per session. Find out more about every workshop on their website.
(Also read: 5 DIY Natural Beauty Recipes Using Essential Oils)
7. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018, F1 Pit Building — Dec 8 to 9
Prevent the bulge this festive season by signing up for a run at the annual Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 that will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Its full marathon segment should be no stranger to running enthusiasts, but if you’re looking for something less strenuous, try the new 5km race category, which is a partnership with The National Steps Challenge. All National Steps Challenge participants enjoy an exclusive rate when they sign up for the race. Prices range from $70 for a 5km individual run to $145 for the 42.195km marathon (foreigner rate). It includes a race pack which will have a running singlet, a running mesh bag, sunglasses, a finisher medal and more. Register here.
8. Lenovo Yoga x Pure Yoga: Boost in Yoga Style — Dec 16
This fun yoga event will allow you to do yoga, donate to charity, and be part of a Guinness World Record Challenge! Admission costs $30 and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to Singapore Heart Foundation. Besides taking part in yoga activities, you will be able to check out the art engagement activity and Lenovo’s new yoga premium products. Plus, you’ll walk away with a mat, t-shirt, and a bag. More information can be found on their website.
9. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival — Dec 22 to March 24
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Brace yourself adventure-seekers because you’re in for a big treat! Returning for the second year, Prudential Marina Bay Carnival is Singapore’s biggest outdoor carnival, bringing up to 50 thrilling rides to the year-end festivities. Ring in the new year onboard four new thrilling rides this year. Roving food trucks will be at hand to satiate hunger pangs, buskers will roll out entertainment, and visitors can learn new skills from local artisans through a curated series of art and craft workshops. For more information, visit their website.
10. Star Island’s Musical Fireworks Extravaganza, Marina Bay — Dec 31
Say goodbye to 2018 with larger-than-life, multi-sensory fireworks musical at Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve presented by entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. Titled Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition, this is the first time the Star Island extravaganza is presented outside of Japan. Experience a theatrical extravaganza, where a multi-layered story narrative will be choreographed to a myriad of artistic performances and futuristic Hanabi (fireworks in Japanese) against the Marina Bay skyline, coupled with laser projection and 3D sound technology boosted by more than 200 special speakers as part of the sci-fi experience. Every ticket holder will be able to enjoy their pre-party programme, which includes a marketplace with food and beverage stalls, family-friendly activities, as well as roving performances that will begin at 5pm. Tickets range from S$38 to S$148 (for VIP experience that includes catered F&B). Visit Apactix to get your passes.
11. Clarke Quay Block Party Countdown, Clarke Quay Fountain Square — Dec 31
This will be the mother of all block parties. Gather your friends and ring in 2019 together at Clarke Quay’s annual New Year’s Eve Countdown. Navigate your way through huge blocks that are fabricated to represent the four Clarke Quay enclaves and be entertained by roving dancers dressed as toy soldiers and towering unicorn stilt walkers. Onstage, emcees Gerald Koh and Kimberly Wang from 987FM will host the party, along with live performances by Singapore band Shirlyn & The UnXpected. They will hype up the party atmosphere at Clarke Quay’s Fountain Square, so you can expect hopping good fun before you toast your glasses to the song of Auld Lang Syne at midnight. From 9pm onwards, admission is free. Click here for more information.
12. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019 — Dec 31
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Many people gather at Marina Bay to ring in the hopes, dreams and aspirations for the new year with activities including student-collaborated light projections and a food truck festival. Do not miss the magnificent firework display proudly choreographed by Star Island, a ticketed multi-sensory fireworks musical that brings together larger-than-life pyrotechnics and lights, 3D sound and world-class performance acts. To find out more, visit their website.