CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN ON ICE
Pretend it is winter by going skating at this Olympic-sized rink, which will have snow falling at the stroke of midnight on Christmas.
The minimum age of entry is three and children aged between three and five will need to be accompanied on the ice by a parent or a guardian.
Where: The Rink, Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
When: Tomorrow, 9.45pm to 12.45am
LEPARK TO A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
Head to rooftop bar-restaurant Lepark for an intimate night with Christmas classics sung live by home-grown singer-songwriters Maricelle and Shak’thiya Subramaniamm, who will be performing some of their original songs too.
The festive menu includes dishes such as a Christmas pork knuckle ($38) and The Grinch ($12) cocktail.
Where: Level 6, People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road
When: Tomorrow, 8pm to midnight
Admission: Free. E-mail email@example.com or send a Facebook message for group reservations of eight people or more
Unleash your inner child at the BounceOFF! Fiesta, where inflatables are spread over 40,000 sq m in the Marina Bay area.
There are 32 inflatables that are divided into three zones: bounce, slide and jump.
Highlights include the Skyscraper, a mammoth inflatable 16m tall, 70m long and 18m wide, as well as the Blobber, where you leap from a height of 7m onto a 3m-deep inflatable bag.
The fiesta will operate till later on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Where: The Promontory @ Marina Bay, 11 Marina Boulevard, and Bayfront Event Space, 1 Bayfront Avenue
When: 2pm to 2am tomorrow and on New Year’s Eve. Runs till Jan 1, 5 to 11pm on weekdays and 2 to 11pm on weekends
Admission: Pay-per-rides range from $3 to $40, or get an all-day pass from $48 to $128
SECRETS OF THE CHRISTMAS STAR
Christmas meets science in this planetarium show on the origins of the Star of Bethlehem, also known as the Christmas Star.
In the biblical account, the star led the three wise men to baby Jesus, but astronomers question whether it was in fact a supernova explosion or a comet instead.
The 30-minute show will be presented by a science educator while visuals are projected onto a 23m- diameter dome screen.
The show is recommended for children aged seven and above.
Where: Omni-Theatre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road
When: Till Sunday, 3pm
SANTA’S ALL-STAR CHRISTMAS
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Kids will love the range of special programmes lined up for Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore.
Three new festive productions, featuring the park’s all-star cast including Marilyn Monroe, the cheeky Minions and Ebenezer Scrooge, will take place at various spots and times in the park.
Visitors can also drop in at Santa’s Village, where Father Christmas, his wife and elves hang out.
To top it off, there is regular snowfall at select locations and times daily too.
Finally, families can end the day with a spectacular light display, which earned a Guinness World Records title last month for the largest light bulb display in an indoor venue.
There are 824,961 light bulbs spread across eight thematic zones, which range from a trippy time warp tunnel to an enchanted pine forest.
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa
When: Till Jan 2, 10am to 10pm daily (except for Dec 27, Jan 1 and 2, when it closes at 9pm and Dec 31, at 1.30am)
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Singapore’s largest Yuletide fair at Gardens by the Bay returns with a bigger edition that gives visitors more to see and do at the Supertree Grove and The Meadows grounds.
Organised by events company Blue Sky Events, the festival has a general admission fee of $8.
Certain attractions are separately ticketed.
The festival grounds are decorated with intricate handmade Italian luminarie, or sculptures of light. The centrepiece is a stunning 19.7m-tall Spalliera Castel del Monte at the Supertree Grove.
Visitors can also wander through a Magical Forest with 150 Christmas trees that are up to 4m tall or visit Santa at Santa’s Cottage at The Meadows.
There is also a market selling bites such as turkey burgers and durian churros, as well as handcrafted trinkets and items including artisanal perfume.
Activities that are separately ticketed include the popular Ice Palace, where there is an upsized snow playground, ice-skating rink and 25m-long ice slide; and the Hi-5 Funtastic House, where young children can play in a bouncy castle or sing along to their favourite Hi-5 songs.
Both are at The Meadows.
Where: Supertree Grove and The Meadows, Gardens by the Bay
When: Till Jan 1, 3.30 to 11pm daily
Admission: $8 for general admission, free entry for up to three children below 0.9m in height with each paying adult.
Buy tickets online before going to the event. There will not be ticket sales on-site.
Some of the activities are ticketed and visitors are recommended to pre-book online.
This story was originally published in The Straits Times.