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Places to Visit During the Festive Season


Photograph: Gardens by the Bay


In a blink of the eye, it’s that time of the year again. Put aside your work and grievances, because we have put together a list of fun places for you to visit! Complete with magical twinkly lights, gorgeous Christmas decor, and exuberant atmospheres, they are sure to keep you duly entertained.


Come bask in the holiday mood and enjoy the festive cheer with us!


1. Changi Festive Village


Spread across T3, T4 and Jewel Changi Airport, this is certainly a one-stop destination for festivities. With a range of activities from go-karting to glam-picnicking, you will certainly be spoilt for choice!


Photograph: Mothership


If you are looking for an exhilarating adrenalin rush, stop by T4’s Dino Kart. Till 31 December, you can experience the thrill of go-karting, either in the Novice Circuit ($8) or the Pro Circuit ($10). In the latter, the electric karts go up to 24km/hr. T4 also boasts Dino Bounce ($8 or free with every $30 ($80 for supermarkets) spend), a bouncy castle with 30m of play area, especially for you to unleash your inner child!


Photograph: Changi Festive Village


In T3’s departure hall, a 2-storey snow house awaits you. With temperatures as low as -10°C, this tokidoki Snow Holiday ($13.90 or free with every $30 ($80 for supermarkets) spend) would definitely be a welcome respite from Singapore’s sweltering heat. Spend your time riding the 12m snow luge, playing with snow, and getting photo opportunities with cute tokidoki characters!


Photograph: Singapore Changi Aiport


Next, head over to Jewel Changi Airport for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a Glampicnic in the Clouds (from $160). In luxurious tents set up at the Cloud9 Piazza, feel free to bring and enjoy your favourite festive meals, or simply lounge around.


2. Gardens by the Bay


A classic place for celebrations, Gardens by the Bay never fails to disappoint us. Christmas Wonderland is back once again, albeit with a slight online spin. Step into a virtual winter landscape. Participate in online snowball fights with your friends or even have a private video call with Santa himself!


Photograph: The Straits Times, Ariffin Jamar


Head down in-person to view the extraordinary Walk of Lights! Embark on a magical journey through 8 stunning Luminarie light installations in brand new designs, handmade by Italian craftsmen. This 370m self-guided tour ($5) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Do remember to pre-book your tickets as on-site tickets are unavailable due to Covid-19 regulations.


Gardens by the Bay is also hosting a slew of new activities — Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express and Otah & Friends.


Photograph: Time Out


Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express ($25) is a pop-up exhibition at the west lawn, showcasing the iconic long-distance train. Originally exhibited in Paris, Singapore is the first country outside of France to display this spectacular train in its full glory. Hop onboard to be wowed by the 2 original 1930 train carriages and a 158-year-old locomotive! Historical artefacts and sights of international stopovers will also be available. Don’t forget to check out the escape room and the replica restaurant car helmed by a Michelin-starred chef!


Photograph: El Masnou


Swing by Bayfront Plaza to catch Otah & Friends ($15), the first-ever otter themed escapade in Singapore! Team up with your friends to hunt for Otah the otter, before time runs out. Put on your thinking caps and look for clues in vibrantly-decorated and Instagramable rooms. Rest assured, you will be finely rewarded with Otah’s favourite snacks and a refreshing drink!


3. Capitol Singapore & Chijmes


Photograph: Chijmes


This year, the grounds of Capitol Singapore and Chijmes have been transformed to reflect the dazzle of the holiday season. Inspired by The Nutcracker, this festive wonderland would be filled with light installations, Singing Tree carols, Nutcracker soldiers, and even snowfalls!


To further enhance your festive experience, visit Capitol’s Outdoor Plaza or Chijmes Lawn. Igloo-like, air-conditioned bubble fixtures can be found there for a magical night of dining under the stars, at absolutely no charge. These private domes have stunning backdrops — a surefire way to jazz up your Instagram feed!


So, what are you waiting for? End off your year on a high note with these exciting activities! We all certainly deserve a sweet break from the turmoil of 2020.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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