DATES: 16 Nov 2019 – 1 Jan 2020 VENUE: Orchard Road
Christmas in Singapore is an experience not to be missed. The festive season truly begins when Orchard Road, the city’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination, gets dressed up with festive lighting and shopping malls put on intricate holiday displays for the yearly tradition of ‘Christmas on A Great Street’. Starting at Tanglin Mall, the entire stretch of Orchard Road will be adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. Snap photos while marvelling at the festive lights, décor and glittering mall displays. Visitors can also look forward to roving performances, experiential pop-ups along the pedestrian walkway and in-mall activities and promotions. The third edition of the Great Christmas Village will be held at *SCAPE and the Grange Road Carpark from 23 Nov to 26 Dec. There will be food, nightly performances, exciting amusement rides and also a countdown concert on 24 Dec, Christmas Eve.
DATES: 22 Nov 2019 – 22 Mar 2020 VENUE: Multiple locations
The 2019 Singapore Biennale returns, with Patrick D. Flores, curator of the University of the Philippines’ Vargas Museum, serving as its artistic director. The international contemporary visual arts exhibition has become a must-see event, with a wide range of work by East, South and Southeast Asian artists. The last Biennale featured the works of 63 artists and art collectives from around Asia. The event drew more than 600,000 visitors and included live performances, hands-on workshops and talks conducted by Biennale artists. Titled ‘Every Step in the Right Direction’, the Singapore Biennale 2019 will focus on the potential of art to impact and influence the world.
DATES: 29 Nov – 1 Dec VENUE: F1 Pit Building
Since it was first held in 2002, the Singapore edition of the Standard Chartered Marathon has now become one of the world’s most participated marathons. The marathon typically takes runners past the city’s famous landmarks. With a new evening race format this year, the event is divided into categories for different age groups and fitness levels.
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DATES: 29 Nov – 26 Dec VENUE: Gardens by the Bay
Soak up the festivities at the Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. With Christmas festive markets and a myriad of iconic Christmas-themed rides, games and attractive decorations, this extravaganza is a must-see for all ages.
DATES: 7 – 8 Dec 2019 VENUE: Sands Expo® and Convention Centre
Singapore’s largest pop culture event, which celebrates the world of toys, games, comics and anime, is back for another run. Highlights include exclusive collectable releases, meet-and-greets with comic artists and anime stars, and live entertainment.
MARINA BAY COUNTDOWN
DATES: 31 Dec VENUE: Marina Bay
Visitors can ring in the new year in spectacular style at Singapore’s biggest year-end party. Aside from the fantastic eight-minute fireworks display, a laser and fire show launches at midnight, with the beautiful Marina Bay skyline as the backdrop. Many hotels and restaurants in the vicinity organise New Year’s Eve parties, and have special menus and promotions. Alternatively, catch the fireworks for free at the Merlion Park or The Promontory@Marina Bay.
DATES: Ongoing till 9 Feb 2020 VENUE: Singapore Zoo
The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, Rainforest Lumina is a multimedia night-walk presented by the Singapore Zoo as part of its 45th anniversary celebrations. Visitors can look forward to a mesmerising, audiovisual experience with ten interactive zones. Merging story and setting, Rainforest Lumina will feature a distinctive narrative where visitors will meet the Creature Crew, a quirky group of unlikely heroes who will take visitors through a magical adventure like no other. The Creature Crew believes that nature, humans and animals all have the power to give back to the rainforest. Visitors are invited to come play, sing and discover the enchanted world of Rainforest Lumina.