Arguably the best month of the year, we shouldn’t look at December as the month that’s chock-full of celebrations, gift exchanges and countdown parties. Sure, there’s that. But December, too, has her schedule jam-packed with other fun-filled activities that we bet you’ll never forget.
From the highly anticipated beach party (you know we’re talking about ZoukOut!) to an edgy street culture convention, here are the events you have to partake in before you bid farewell to 2018. Go all out with a bang, we say!
Week 1 (Dec 1 to 9):
1. Christmas Wonderland — Nov 30 to Dec 26
Photo: Blue Sky Events Pte Ltd
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 luminarie Christmas tree at the entrance before you head to their 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.
Venue: Gardens By The Bay
2. ZoukOut — Dec 1
Photo: ZoukOut’s website
Annual dance and music festival ZoukOut has been a highly anticipated event among party-goers since 2000. This year, instead of a two-day shindig, it will be a one-night-only party held at the start of the month (instead of the usual middle of the month). Still, the beach-fest at Siloso Beach promises to be jam-packed with exciting performances by international DJs and stunning pyrotechnic displays.
Look forward to dance pop duo Galantis, award winning brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as electro-house gargantuan KSHMR. Tickets for general admission cost $158, while a bundle of four costs $620. VIP tickets are priced at $248 each. Visit their website for more information. General admission tickets are $20 more if your purchase them at the door ($178).
Venue: Siloso Beach @ Sentosa
3. Culture Cartel 2018 — Dec 1 to 2
Co-organised by Habitual, Axis Group Asia and Division Communication, this event is seen as Asia’s first all-encompassing street culture convention. Gathering the best street culture in and out of Asia, this consumer trade show will include different sectors of art, toys, tattoo and fashion. “Hypebeast” fans will get to enjoy street art and graffiti done by underground artists, Mightyellow and Stash.
Don’t forget to look out for retail pop-up stores of brands such as Vans, Adidas and Pestle & Mortar Clothing. Tickets will cost $20 for either Saturday or Sunday and $30 for the whole weekend. If you’re interested in their opening preview that’s happening on Friday (Nov 30), their GOAT pack will grant you VIP access for all three days at $100. Visit their website for more information.
Venue: F1 Pit Building
4. Calligraphy x Christmas Wreath Workshop — Dec 1
Photo: Ask a French Flowers’ website
Are you looking to jazz up your apartment with Christmas feels? Learn how to make your very own Christmas wreath with a workshop organised by Ask A French Flowers. Having trained in Paris, founder of Ask A French Flowers, Aude Giruad, will provide you with the necessary florals and foliage, as well as neat tips to create the perfect, one-of-a-kind festive ornament.
Furthermore, this workshop features talented Singapore calligrapher, Marilyn Chew, who will equip you with the knowledge, tools and techniques that will get you started on brush pen calligraphy. Flaunt this new skill to your besties this year with calligraphy Christmas cards. The three-hour workshop is priced at $198. Visit their website to book your slot.
Venue: Tiong Bahru
5. The Yard Christmas Festival 2018, — Dec 2
Photo: The Yard
Head on over to The Yard, which will be showcasing spectacular performances as part of the gymnasium’s annual Christmas Festival. Opening their doors to the public for a day, the event brings together all of their athletes to showcase their talents and hard work over the year.
Grab this opportunity to also witness graceful acts on the balance beam by some recreational athletes from The Yard, Dulwich College and Canadian International School. Aside from that, this event will feature jaw-dropping stunts and heart-thumping performances by competitive gymnasts and trampolinists between 6pm to 8pm. Tickets cost $10, while admission is free for children under three.
Venue: The Yard Jurong
6. Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival 2018, — Dec 3 to 9
Photo: The Next Twenty Private Limited
Conceptualised by The Next Twenty Group and Nordic Nature Singapore, the inaugural Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival celebrates the lesser known food and lifestyle scene in Finland and Estonia. Here, you’d get to interact with artists, producers, farmers and craftsmen from Nordic countries, such as Estonia’s dairy farm production, AndreFarm, and Finland’s sustainable lifestyle and home interior label, Gedigo. Furthermore, the festival also features artisanal brands from around Asia, such as Singapore’s Teaspec (South-east Asia’s largest collector of top-grade Pu’er tea from Yunnan).
Immerse yourself in the festive feels by taking a selfie with Santa, who will be making an appearance at the Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival on Dec 7 and Dec 8 as part of a partnership with Finnair. What’s Christmas without Santa? Admission is free. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Venue: Millenia Walk
7. Exhibition by Christian Pendelio, — Dec 4 to 31
Photo: Ode to Art’s Facebook page
Dive into the world of magic and mystery with this delightful exhibition that’s organised by Ode to Art. Featuring French artist Christian Pendelio, who’s known for his whimsical art style infused with witty allegories, grab your gal pals and appreciate his masterpieces that are filled with magical fairy tales about love, peace, dreams and fantasies.
Artworks include Run Between Two Gardens, On a World-Flower and The Bird Tamer. Admission to this exhibition is free. Keep yourself in the loop with more information at their Facebook page and website.
Venue: Raffles City Shopping Centre
8. The Weeknd Live in Singapore — Dec 5
Photo: Instagram/ theweeknd
Heads up, alternative R&B lovers. Be prepared to move your body to the beat with an electrifying performance by Canadian singer and songwriter, The Weeknd, who is set to perform in Singapore as part of his first-ever tour in Asia. Not only is this 28-year-old the beau of supermodel Bella Hadid, he is, more importantly, a three-time Grammy Award winner.
We’re hoping he’ll play some of his fan faves and top hits like Starboy (2016), Can’t Feel My Face (2015) and House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls (2011). Tickets start from $118 to $308.
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
9. The Great Clarke Quay FEASTival — Dec 5 to 9
Photo: Clarke Quay
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.
Venue: Read Bridge
10. Sleeping Beauty Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre — Dec 6 to 9
We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty: A spell that puts a beauty into a 100-year long slumber can only be broken by a true love’s kiss from a charming prince. See this enthralling childhood fairytale in a different light with an enchanting ballet production by the Singapore Dance Theatre performed to live music by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
It promises to be a visual spectacle with a rich score, stunning costumes and staging, and brilliant choreography. Tickets are from $35 to $75. Get them from Sistic.
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
11. Epigram’s Christmas Pop-Up Store, — Dec 7 to 9
Photo: Epigram Books
Bookworms, this is the time to stock up your collection. Head to Epigram’s pop-up store and grab a great book (or three) for yourself at their annual year-end sale. Featuring some of Singapore’s best literature novels, such as Ning Cai’s Misdirection, Inez Tan’s This is Where I Won’t Be Alone and State of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang, steal these reads at up to 90 per cent off. Some books will even be sold at $1 — what a steal! If you’re looking to get a gift for your fellow bibliophiles, free gift-wrapping services will be provided at the pop-up store. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Venue: Toa Payoh North
12. Noon to Moon Electro Daytime Rooftop Party, — Dec 8
Photo: Sunshine Nation
Relive the heydays of daytime disco with this contemporary edition, where you can party from day to night (yup, you heard us right). Held at CÉ LA VI, move your bodies to the beat from 12pm to 10pm, with tunes spun by Berlin’s very own house and techno DJ and producer, Emanuel Satie. Expect standout remixes and straight-to-dancefloor hits, which we hope will include Private Show (2017) and Come As You Are (2016). Free entry before 5pm will be guaranteed to those who RSVP prior.
Pre-sale tickets cost $35, which includes one free drink, whereas ticket sales at the door costs $45 (with no drink).
Venue: CÉ LA VI
13. Voyage, An Oriental Dance Production — Dec 8
Photo: Le’Mirage’s Facebook page
Award-winning Singaporean dance troupe, Le’Mirage Performing Arts, is presenting a blend of oriental and contemporary dance with Voyage at Goodman Arts Centre this December.
This production explores one’s relationship with the self, as well as one’s ever-changing dreams and values in life. Tickets are $58.37 for both performances (at 2pm and 7pm). Children aged five and below can admit for free to the matinee performance.
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre
14. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018 — Dec 8 to 9
Photo: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon’s Facebook page
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 that can still help you break into a sweat, go for its 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 start from $70 for a 5km individual run to $145 for its 42.195km marathon for individuals who are foreigners. It includes a race pack which will have a running singlet, a running mesh bag, sunglasses, a finisher medal and more.
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Week 2 (Dec 10 to 16):
15. Shangela is Shook Tour, Shine Auditorium — Dec 12
If you’re familiar with the phrases “Shante, you stay” and “If you can’t love yourself, how in the h*ll are you gonna love somebody else?”, you would definitely not want to miss this. Brought to you by LA Comedy Live, Shangela — best known for being on RuPaul’s Drag Race (season 3) and Rupaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (Season 3) — is making a special stop in Singapore to entertain audiences with hilarious and witty anecdotes and games.
The talented diva (aka D.J. Pierce), who created the catchphrase “Halleloo”, is also a budding actor, having appeared in shows such as 2 Broke Girls (2012), Glee (2012), and romantic drama A Star is Born (2018), which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. We’re hoping he’d share some little-known tidbits he experienced while on set! Tickets are from $78 to $138, whereas Meet-and-Greet passes cost $188. Get your tickets from Sistic.
Venue: Shaw Tower
16. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Film Concert — Dec 14 to 15
Die-hard Star Wars fans will get a thrill out of this concert, which will see more than 70 musicians performing the music live and in sync with the 1977 film which will be projected onto a giant screen. Every scene will be brought to life in this epic performance that features powerful scores from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.
We bet this nostalgic event will stir the heartstrings of aficionados. Tickets are from $69 to $235. Get them from Sistic.
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
17. IU 10th Anniversary Tour Concert — Dec 15
Photo: Instagram/ dlwlrma
UAENAs (that’s her fan club members, for those in the know), mark your calendars. K-star Lee Ji-eun, also known by her on-stage alias, IU, will be holding her first ever concert in Singapore this month. Making her debut in the music industry at the young age of 15, she already has four studio albums, nine extended plays, 41 singles, 40 music videos and 6 K-dramas — like Dream High (2011) and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) — under her belt.
And she’s only 25! Be charmed by her syrupy-sweet vocals as she serenades the crowd with some of her top hits, such as Palette (2017), Friday (2013) and You and I (2011). Tickets are from $148 for Category 4 and 5 seating to $268 for Category 1. Visit Apactix to purchase your passes.
Venue: The Star Theatre
Week 3 (Dec 17 to 23):
18. Pay Your Age, — Dec 21 to 23
Since December’s all about the season of giving, why not give a thoughtful gift back to society? At Plaza Singapura, you’ll be able to purchase a present at a selected pool of shops, such as Muji, Marks & Spencers and Choco Express. These stores will be donating products to “Pay Your Age” booth, where you’ll have to make a simple payment for an item according to your age. All the proceeds made will be donated to Blossom World Society. It’s for a good cause, so why not? By the way, CapitaLand Hope Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar for all the funds raised through this initiative (yes!). Click here for more details.
Venue: Plaza Singapura
19. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, — Dec 22 to March 24, 2019
Photo: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Back for a second year, enjoy an exhilarating Christmas with your pals at this year’s Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, which is one of eight marquee events happening under the Celebrate in the City umbrella, organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and its key event partners. Spanning over 23,000 square metres and boasting up to 50 rides and games from all around the world, this carnival will progressively roll out three monthly themes — “Crazy”, “Loving” and “Epic”.
Expect new rides and games, entertaining festive programmes, innovative promotions, and activities such as food challenges and a dance competition. Entry to the carnival remains free, but you have to buy tickets to participate in the rides and game (plenty of adorable plushies up for grabs!). You can also skip the queue with fast track passes that will be made available for purchase at the event.
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Week 4 (Dec 24 to 31):
20. Asian Culture and Music Series – Thailand, — Dec 28 to 29
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
Embark on a historical journey through Thailand with performances, workshops and evening concerts at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), where you’ll be mesmerised by activities such as traditional Thai masked dance, as well as special workshops and demonstrations by experienced crafters and dancers from the South-east Asian country.
Round up your authentic Thai experience with a Thai pop concert in the evening at the Empress Lawn. Admission is free. Visit ACM’s website for more details.
Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
21. Festive New Year Buffet Dinner — Dec 28 to 31
Photo: Park Hotel’s website
Get ready to welcome 2019 with open arms by having a grand feast with your loved ones during the last four days of the year. Enjoy Blue Jasmine’s indulgent New Year buffet menu ($65++ per adult, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm) which includes a smorgasbord of Thai delicacies such as a Spicy Grilled Beef Salad with Thai Herbs and Neam Kai Tod (Marinated Chicken Wing with Thai Herbs) for appetisers, and Red Curry Chicken with Pumpkin, Basil and Lime Leaf and Massman of Lamb with Sweet Potato for mains.
Want to celebrate with a tipple? If you’re there on New Year’s Eve, head on over to the poolside bar after dinner for a free-flow of house pour wines and draft beers, which will be available from 9pm to 1am for an additional $30 nett (for diners of the New Year buffet) and $50 nett (for non-diners). There will be non-alcoholic beverages available as well. Visit their website to make a reservation.
Venue: Blue Jasmine @ Park Hotel Farrer Park
22. Star Island’s Musical Fireworks Extravaganza — Dec 31
Photo: Star Island
Say goodbye to 2018 with a 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 F&B 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.
Venue: Marina Bay
23. Clarke Quay Block Party Countdown — Dec 31
Photo: Clarke Quay
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.
Venue: Clarke Quay Fountain Square
24. Electric Sky: 2018 New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, — Dec 31
Photo: Bar Rouge
With the theme “silver glam”, this party is where you can rock your best and most dazzling futuristic outfits without standing out like a sore thumb. Atop Swissôtel Hotel, the venue will be decked out in electric metallic hues and will feature an interactive balloon installation and a troupe of roving performers. Usher in 2019 as you move your bodies to the high voltage EDM beats by Bar Rouge’s resident DJs, all while enjoying the dazzling fireworks display above the panoramic city skyline. What a great way to end 2018! Tickets at the door will cost $50, which includes a glass of champagne. Make a reservation by calling 9177 7307, or send an email to email@example.com. Visit Bar Rouge’s Facebook page for more details.
Venue: Bar Rouge
25. Kampong Boogie: New Year’s Eve Blowout, — Dec 31
Photo: Colossal Photos
Teaming up with local party collective, Kampong Boogie, Overeasy Orchard injects a sense of nostalgia with a New Year’s Eve party inspired by the old-school kampong spirit. As the theme suggests, the underground diner discotheque will bring together a stellar lineup of local and international DJs to celebrate the year-end extravaganza. Headliners include Singapore’s FUNK BSTRD from Darker Than Wax and DJ Joshua P from A Phat Cat Collective, as well as Portugal’s DJ Alx from Skalator Music.
Enjoy a night filled with beats mixed with an eclectic combination of genres, like afrobeat, house and disco, before the ball drops. Early Bird tickets cost $20 while advance tickets cost $30. Purchases from the door will cost $50, which includes one complementary drink. Grab your tickets here.
Venue: Overeasy Orchard
26. Winter’s Garden Party, — Dec 31
Transport yourself to a white alpine splendour this New Year’s Eve at LuLu’s Lounge, where you can rave to the beats in an enchanting winter wonderland party. Be prepared for a night’s worth of quirky and theatrical surprises, where party icons will make a special appearance. These stars include Lykie and her burlesque acts, Becca D’Bus, one of Singapore’s most iconic drag queens, as well as international bar superstar duo, Julyan Philips and Tertius Wharton, who will be serving you their best bartending performance yet.
Join in the fun at Winter’s Garden by donning white. Early bird tickets cost $30 with a free glass of Moët Rosé. Cover charge costs $35 each, and a free glass of Moët Rosé will be provided if you arrive before midnight. Book yours at Peatix now.
Venue: Lulu's Lounge
27. Two-Day New Year Beach Revelry, — Dec 31 to Jan 1, 2019
Photo: Colossal Photos
If a day’s worth of partying isn’t enough for you, Tanjong Beach Club’s two-day affair is just what you need. Gather your posse and groove to DJ Orio’s tropical beats at its New Year’s Eve countdown pool party, where you get to toast to the last moonlight of the year with copious amounts of champagne and a whole lot of confetti.
Then on New Year’s Day, enjoy a hearty seaside brunch with a cocktail as you soak in the chill beats of Sivanesh Pillai. Bonus? Admission is free! But of course, the alcohol isn’t. RSVP at Tanjong Beach Club’s website, stat.
Venue: Tanjong Beach Club