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Christmas Events & Activities In Singapore 2019

From Christmas markets to carolling sessions to ‘snow’ fall, here’s a list of places where you and your family can soak up the X’mas spirit in Singapore!

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1. Soak in the Festivities at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES this Christmas

Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES will be joyously transformed into a whimsical wonderland for Christmas. Drawing inspirations from the Christmas Classic – The Nutcracker – the two historic developments will welcome the occasion with a joint light up this evening, turning into three magical realms.

Visitors to the two adjacently sited properties in the heart of the Civic District may seek the cure to their wanderlust by immersing in a series of fun-filled activities, including dining in domes experiences, 3D trick-eye and festive installations, light projection shows and a wide range of performing arts, crafts and lifestyle, and culinary workshops this holiday season.

Date: 20 November 2020 to 31 December 2020
Venue: Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES
For more information, visit Christmas at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES.

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2. Christmas Wonderland 2020 At Gardens By The Bay

Singapore’s biggest festive event will feature specially curated stunning light installations at Gardens by the Bay in the Walk of Lights – Brought to you by Christmas Wonderland.

Date: 19 November to 31 December (Virtual Christmas Wonderland 2020) | 4 to 27 December (Walk of Lights – Brought to you by Christmas Wonderland)
For more information, visit Christmas Wonderland 2020 At Gardens By The Bay.

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3. Winter Experience at Changi Festive Village

Be thrilled by ginormous dinosaur displays and a winter holiday house at Terminal 3 (T3), and a fun-charged carnival at Terminal 4 (T4). For those who want a different staycation, there are unique glamping experiences at Jewel’s Cloud9 Piazza and Shiseido Forest Valley as well as overnight family stays at Changi Experience Studio.

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Date: 19 November 2020 to 3 January 2021

For more information, visit Winter Experience at Changi Festive Village.

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4. Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens by the Bay

This year’s Poinsettia Wishes features the creative input of the Dutch Ambassador to Singapore Her Excellency Margriet Vonno, and highlights include a replica of Gouda City Hall, an iconic landmark in the Netherlands visited by many for a yearly Christmas light-up, as well as a wishing well.

Date: 27 November 2020 to 3 January 2021
Time: 9am – 9pm

For more information, visit Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens by the Bay.

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5. Light and Projection at Marina Bay

Representing hopes of a new beginning, Shine a Light comprising 60 light beams projecting from The Promontory will illuminate the Marina Bay skyline nightly from 1 December to 31 December 2020. With a collective formation of light rays projected into the sky – designed to symbolise unity, positivity and resilience – the display represents a guiding beacon that underpins Singaporeans’ spirit in navigating through the pandemic and determination to emerge stronger in the new year together as a nation.

Date: 1 to 31 December 2020
Venue: Marina Bay
For more information, visit Light and Projection at Marina Bay.

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6. Santa Run For Wishes

Make-A-Wish Singapore, a non-profit organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, invites members of the public to kickstart the festive season with the first virtual Santa Run for Wishes 2020. An annual community and fundraising event by Make-A-Wish Singapore, Santa Run for Wishes returns for its seventh edition this year from 2-19 December 2020 with a brand-new format and exciting activities lined up for all participants.

Date: 2 to 19 December 2020
For more information, visit Santa Run For Wishes.

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7. ArtScience Museum Christmas

Get into the holiday mood with the free screenings of Adventures from Moominvalley as part of ArtScience on Screen! Meanwhile, Santa Claus will be flying his magical sleigh into Future World to bring virtual festivity cheers at Sketch Christmas.

View some of Singapore’s most talented contemporary photographers at Margins: drawing pictures of home, and do not miss works by the enigmatic Nguan which portrays Singapore as a mythical, dreamy wonderland.

Date: 4 December 2020 to 10 January 2021

For more information, visit ArtScience Museum Christmas.

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Note: All details are correct as at the time of publishing. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information, no guarantee is given nor responsibility is taken for errors or omissions in the compilation. Readers are advised to check with the respective event organisers for the most updated schedules, venues and details.


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Kid-friendly holiday activities in Singapore you can enjoy this Christmas 2020, Lifestyle News

‘Tis the season for some Christmas fun with the whole family! It may be a bummer that travelling for the holidays has been put on hold, but you can still plan an unforgettable Christmas day for your kids with the many festive activities in Singapore.

These kid-friendly events, installations and activities will surely raise you and your little one’s holiday spirits for this year. So make sure to catch them before they’re gone and bring the entire family along for a magical Christmas celebration!

Things to do on Christmas day with the family


  • A Universal Christmas, Universal Studios Singapore

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Your favourite Universal Studios characters are ready to celebrate the holidays with you as they spread festive cheer all over the theme park.

A Universal Christmas is an event you won’t want to miss this season for they have fun holiday-themed meet and greets as well as special festive bites from savoury mains to sweet desserts. The park has also ensured safety for their visitors and they even offer FREE themed face masks for Singapore Residents.   

Dates: Until Jan 3, 2021

Location: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269


  • Christmas Wonderland, Gardens By The Bay

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Take a stroll through the magical Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By The Bay with their new installation of magical lights that will make your kids feel like they’ve stepped into a real fairytale.

Their Walk of Lights event is worth visiting and would be the perfect location to spend your Christmas day. Before leaving, make sure to take as much family photos together under the twinkling lights and amazing displays. 

Dates: Until Dec 27

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953


  • Genting Cruise Lines’ Magical Christmas Activities

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Travelling may still be restricted for now but you can still board on a cruise and join the holiday festivities at the Magical Christmas event aboard World Dream.

You can join their Festive Celebration or have a Sumptuous Holiday feast with the whole family. Stay aboard and you may even meet Santa Claus himself! Afterwards, you can also grab a signed souvenir from Santa to commemorate your visit. 

Dates: Until Jan 1, 2021

More information here

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If your kid is a big fan of LEGO building, this may be the perfect place to take them. The largest LEGO Festive Carnival is now open for people to visit and the whole family will certainly be in awe at the fantastic life-size LEGO installations.

It’s also a great place to take your annual Christmas family photo with its holiday and carnival-themed displays that make you feel like you’ve shrunk as a toy yourself. 

Dates: Nov 11 – Dec 31

Location: Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Funan, IMM, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Plaza Singapura, SingPost Centre, Tampines Mall and Westgate

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Hop on board the Orient Express as two original 1930 train carriages along with a 158-year-old locomotive have been installed for the very first time in Singapore for all families to enjoy. The pop-up attraction “Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express” is an exhibit you have to check out this holiday season.

Their cafe is a perfect place to have a calm Christmas brunch, lunch, dinner or just a simple tea time with the kids. For more exciting activities, the centuries old installation also includes an Escape Room to make you experience the mystery of “Murder on the Orient Express”. 

Dates: Until June 13, 2021

Location: Gardens by the Bay, West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza), 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953


  • SEAASON of Rediscovery, SEA Aquarium 

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If you’re planning another visit to the SEA Aquarium, make sure to catch their festive decorations and designed light effects installed for this Christmas season.

Their SEAASON of rediscovery will let you celebrate Christmas underwater with all you sea friends as you learn more about the wonders of the deep blue. They have also displayed their very own unique Christmas tree made out of recyclable materials as a reminder to keep our beloved earth safe and clean. 

Dates: Until Jan 5, 2021

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269


  • Sketch Christmas, ArtScience Museum

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The Future World exhibit is a must-see at the ArtScience Museum, most especially this holiday season where they will be holding a special interactive installation where you can colour a building, a car or Santa then see them come to life in front of your very eyes.

Your coloured creations will then go around a fictitious Christmas town inspired by the popular landmarks of Singapore.

Dates: From Dec 1

Location: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

ALSO READ: 10 kid-friendly activities to try for a Christmas holiday in Singapore

This article was first published in theAsianparent.

How To Celebrate Christmas in Singapore

Season of gifting | © Pexels / Flickr

If you are used to celebrating Christmas in western countries, then you should know that building snowmen in Singapore is virtually impossible. Despite its differences in climate, Christmas in Singapore is taken very seriously, and there is plenty that do and traditions to embrace to fully ring in the festive season!

There is something magical about lighting up a Christmas tree in your living room, even if it means renting an artificial one. Good news is there are plenty of places where you can rent a Christmas tree in Singapore like FarEastFlora, Vanda Win or Masons. Some of these companies also offer installation and collection, so you can focus on other things like wrapping gifts and getting your Christmas dinner ready.

Dress up your home with Christmas essentials | © Marco Verch/Flickr

Whether you are looking for that perfect gift for your family or treating yourself to something you’ve been eyeing for months, Christmas season is the best time to shop; malls across the country are littered with sales! Here are our recommendations on the best places to go Christmas shopping in Singapore. If you don’t like crowded malls, take your retail therapy online to sites like Lazada and Qoo10.

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You’ve got your tree, so show it off and host an epic Christmas dinner party for your close friends and family. Dinner parties are the best way to reconnect with the people that matter, especially if you know anyone celebrating Christmas away from their families. It’s never too late to spread the Christmas cheer!

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Christmas is also the time to indulge, and nothing spells decadence like a champagne brunch or a Christmas dinner overlooking the Singapore skyline. Bring your friends together for a round of secret Santa and classic festive treats at luxurious locales like Capella Singapore, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa or The Fullerton Hotel. Christmas brunches in Singapore gets snagged early, so be sure to gather your friends quick.

Singapore truly lights up during Christmas, and the line of elaborate decorations and Christmas trees along Orchard Road are a true testament to the city’s love for the festive season. Soak in the bright lights, soothing music and occasional caroling as you stroll down busy Orchard Road with your loved ones. It helps that the setups are extremely Instragrammable too.

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Don’t just celebrate Christmas, live in the fantasy of the festive season. Theme parks like Universal Studios Singapore offer immersive and elaborate Christmas-themed houses that pack tons of activities and cheer, making this a perfect activity for families. Besides, this is a great time for the kids to meet Santa.

Things to Do for Christmas in Singapore

In Singapore, Christmas is a mostly secular affair. Celebrated around shopping, entertainment, and spectacular Christmas lights, even Santa doesn’t mind showing up in his full furs despite Singapore’s famously humid weather.

If you have a hankering for celebrating the holidays in the tropics, here’s a rundown of what you can do during Christmas in Singapore. From the the shopping districts of Orchard Road and the light spectacles at Marina Bay, Singapore pulls out all the stops and offers plenty of things to do for the holidays.

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Every Christmas in Singapore, Orchard Road’s streets glow with stunning light shows that blaze through the island’s prime shopping and entertainment districts. This, combined with the late mall hours and promotions put in place during Christmas season, make nighttime shopping in Singapore way more fun.

The Orchard Road Light-Up, a spectacular street-length light show that stretches about two miles down from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura. Fortunately for tourists, there are a number of great hotels on or near Orchard Road where guests can stay among the Christmas lights.

To see as many light-ups as possible during your trip, you can also opt to take a guided bus tour aboard a two-decker bus operated by Duck & HiPPO Tours, which takes guests through some of Singapore’s most popular lighting displays.

Another great destination for some holiday light-ups this time of year is the Great Christmas Village, which will be set up in front of Shaw House Urban Plaza from November 23 to December 26. Featuring a collection of holiday events and activities throughout the season, this winter village has something for all ages including amusement rides, a two-level carousel, and visits from Santa Claus at the Santa House. Twenty-five different food vendors will also be on-site at the village’s dining area.

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Shop the Holiday Sales

Shopping is the central activity for Christmas in Singapore. Outside of the Great Singapore Sale, the promotions and the freebies offered by Singapore’s shopping centers are some of the lowest in the region. The tax-free shopping in Singapore also benefits tourists who come to spend Christmas in town; they can redeem the tax they pay on their shopping as soon as they leave the country.

The ION Orchard Shopping Mall on Orchard Road is a great place for holiday deals, especially at pop-up stores on Level 1 and Basement 4 and during the Europe Fair at B4 ION Station. Other great Singapore Christmas promotions include Christmas rewards at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, the Christmas Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay, and MasterCard promotions at Paragon, Centrepoint, Forum The Shopping Mall, and Takashimaya SC.

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Bring in the New Year With a Bang

Singapore holds a number of parties to ring in the new year, one at Marina Bay and the Esplanade waterfront, and another to be thrown at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island:

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is Singapore’s foremost New Year party and happens at Marina Bay on the evening of December 31, with fireworks and performances bursting forth against a highly-modernized backdrop. To mark the countdown celebration, a Wishing Spheres visual art installation will pour into Marina Bay. Singaporeans write their wishes for the New Year onto thousands of giant “wishing spheres”, and the spheres are set afloat on December 31.

At Siloso Beach on Sentosa, an island resort, a far more raucous party will ring in the New Year. At the Singapore Sentosa Countdown stilt-walkers, dancers, and fire-eaters will amplify the excitement launched by the fireworks.

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Festive Things to Do in Singapore This December — Christmas Light-Ups, Magical Go-Karts, and Snowball Fights

It’s finally Christmas!

As 2020 draws to a close, we can’t help heaving a sigh of relief. What a year it’s been!

Singapore’s Christmas celebrations may be less flashy this time (thanks, COVID) but they’re still pretty magical, with festive villages, stunning light-ups, and real-istic snowfall. Who knew this was possible in sunny Singapore?

So put on your Santa hats for these festive things to do in Singapore this December:

1) Changi Festive Village

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Since we can’t travel out of Changi Airport, they’re bringing exciting new experiences to us!

The Changi Festive Village has transformed Jewel Changi, Terminal 3, and Terminal 4 into a fun-filled winter wonderland.

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Step into Santa’s Workshop at the Shiseido Forest Valley, and admire its 16m-tall Christmas tree. From 6:30PM, the area transforms with sparkling lights and a magical snowfall. While Changi’s glampcation options are currently sold out, you can still enjoy a luxe picnic overlooking the HSBC Rain Vortex.

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If you can’t get enough of the new Changi Jurassic Mile, try out the new dinosaur-themed activities. Strap into the Dino Kart and zip around neon-lit tracks, going up to 24km/h!

For something more chill, stroll around the Dino Wanderland and grab pics with life-sized dinos. Kids between five to 12-years-old will enjoy the Dino Bounce, a bouncy castle with a wave wall, tree maze, and four-metre-tall slide.

Photo credit: Changi Festive Village

Tokidoki fans can explore the themed plane cabin, or build a snowman at the double-storey snow house.

Photo credit: Changi Festive Village

Read also: Everything You Need To Know About Jewel Changi Airport — 25 Stores And Attractions Worth Travelling (To The East) For

Entrance fee: Most attractions are free with minimum spend of S$30 in a single receipt
Event period: 20 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021. Check attraction timings here
How to get there: 2min walk from Changi Airport MRT Station

2) Festive Domes at CHIJMES and Capitol Singapore

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Wouldn’t mind social distancing in these dreamy domes!

These air-conditioned bubbles will get you in the festive mood, with beautiful backdrops and lights. You can enjoy al-fresco dining, take pretty photos, and even rent complimentary board games for a fun chillout session!

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This experience is currently available at the CHIJMES Lawn and Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza, two spots in Singapore that are already super aesthetic.

Photo credit: CHIJMES

Best of all, admission is practically free. Simply purchase food or drinks from the respective CHIJMES or Capitol Singapore restaurants, and enjoy it in the dome!

Dome dining at CHIJMES
Cost: Free with purchase of food and drinks from CHIJMES
Event period: 2hr slots from 20 Nov 2020 – 3 Jan 2021. (Booking required)
How to get there: 3min walk from City Hall MRT Station

Dome dining at Capitol Singapore
Cost: Free with purchase of food and drinks from Capitol Singapore or Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski
Event period: 2hr slots from 20 – 25 Nov 2020. (Booking required)
How to get there: 3min walk from City Hall MRT Station

3) Christmas Wonderland 2020 at Gardens By The Bay

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Lucky for us, Christmas Wonderland 2020 is still happening, albeit with a few changes. There are two ways to enjoy the experience — onsite or virtually (i.e. from the comfort of your bed).

Visit the Walk of Lights at Gardens By The Bay, featuring state-of-the-art light installations. Each piece is handmade by Italian craftsmen with white wood from the South of Italy.

If you’d rather explore from the comfort of your home, visit the Christmas Wonderland: Virtual Edition. It’s filled with festive performances and interactive games, with over S$50,000 in cash and prizes to be won! Do note you’ll have to sign up for a Virtual Christmas Wonderland Membership first.

A taste of what to expect: Christmas Wonderland 2019 at Gardens By The Bay.

Entrance fee: S$5 for the Walk of Lights (reservations required). From S$8 for Virtual Christmas Wonderland Membership
Event period: Walk of Lights is open for over 9 sessions from 6:30PM – 10:30PM daily, from 4 – 27 Dec 2020. Christmas Wonderland: Virtual Edition is running from now till 31 Dec 2020
How to get there: 10min walk from Bayfront MRT Station

4) Orchard Road Light-up: Christmas On a Great Street

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The dazzling Orchard Road lights are a must-see every Christmas. While this year’s light-up is scaled-down, it’s still a beautiful sight, with glittering snowflakes, reindeer, and mistletoe.

This year also includes a virtual experience, where you can ‘drive’ along Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura. This 2.9km route features 360° views of the festive lights.

Photo credit: Orchard Road Business Association

With the theme ‘Love This Christmas’, the light-up is dedicated to Singapore’s front-line workers. Nominate a front-line hero and share their story on the virtual microsite — you might win prizes for them and yourself!

Event period: Now till 1 Jan 2021. Or enjoy the virtual drive-through here
How to get there: Across Somerset, Orchard, and Tanglin precincts

5) Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express

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Now that Christmas in Europe is off the cards, recreate the experience at Gardens by the Bay! Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express is a limited-time pop-up that’s perfect for the festive season.

The Orient Express was a legendary train service from back in 1883. The train became a symbol of the height of luxury travel and world-changing exploration.

Explore the train’s original carriages, and experience exotic stopovers along the route, with over 300 restored historic artefacts!

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Besides the museum, enjoy themed activities like a ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ escape room, and a replica restaurant car helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.

Singapore is the first destination to host this exhibition outside of France, so don’t miss the chance to see it!

Entrance fee: From S$25
Event period: 12 Dec 2020 – 13 Jun 2021
How to get there: 10min walk from Bayfront MRT Station to the West Lawn, Gardens by the Bay

Bonus: Shine a Light Show at Marina Bay

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To celebrate the end of a challenging year, Marina Bay is launching a special light display this December. Called Shine a Light, the show symbolises unity, resilience, and positivity, and the hope to emerge stronger in 2021.

The three-minute show is visually spectacular — comprising 60 light beams dancing across the sky.

While the beams will be projecting from The Promontory @ Marina Bay, you can watch the show at most spots around Marina Bay. Perfect if you’re also visiting the other festive activities on this list!

Entrance fee: Free
Event period: In 15min intervals from 8PM – 10:30PM from 1 – 31 Dec 2020. The show lasts till 11:45PM on 31 Dec
How to get there: 3min walk from Downtown MRT Station to The Promontory @ Marina Bay

Celebrate Christmas With These Festive Things to Do in Singapore

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As rough as this year has been, we’re lucky we get to go out and celebrate. Do remember to stay safe as you enjoy these festive things to do! After all, Christmas cheer should be the only thing we spread this season.

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What’s your favourite festive thing to do in Singapore? Let us know in the comments below!


10 Kid-friendly Activities To Try For A Christmas Holiday In Singapore

As the year 2020 draws to an end, and the year end break fast approaching, there’s no reason you can’t plan for a Christmas holiday in Singapore. And the good news is that there’s a myriad of festivities to choose from, and you can even find one of them right here in Bukit Panjang itself.

While there’s a long list of holiday-befitting activities, we’ve rounded up the kid-friendly ones for your family too. From a gingerbread house workshop to special Christmas and lighting ceremonies. Take a look at the 10 kid-friendly activities compiled by Asiaone.

       
They’re Gifting BIG Thrills This Holiday Season!

It’s the jolliest time of the year again at Universal Studios Singapore! Come meet the Merry Minions of Christmas, enjoy fun photo moments with Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks’ Trolls, immerse in interactive movie sets, and experience our biggest lucky draw giveaway yet! Oh, and don’t forget to let loose on the thrilling rides to make it a season to remember.

They’re gifting you whole-new experiences this holiday season!

Immerse yourself in sights and sounds like never before – we’ve transformed the aquarium with specially designed light effects and fascinating soundscapes. Head to new zones like ‘Shipwrecked!’, where you’ll see how a ship’s end of service leads to the birth of a thriving new habitat. Be dazzled by the Coral-ful Wall, which isn’t just educational, but visually stunning – perfect for photos that you’ll want to share.

Check out what else you’ll get to explore here during this joyous S.E.A.A.son!

Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express offers visitors a chance to embark on a fascinating journey through the history of the Orient Express, reliving the experience of travellers who boarded the train more than 100 years ago.

Spanning over 2000sqm, the pop-up attraction will feature two original train carriages, classified as National Treasures of France and a 158-year-old locomotive shipped from France to Singapore, along with 300 precious items such as uniforms, shields, a pullman car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage, priceless porcelain, and more.

The attraction will also feature an exclusive Orient Express shop, Orient Express road cafe, Orient Express restaurant and lounge and escape room experience*.

Step into a virtual magical realm and explore an immersive world of wonder and enchantment! The all new Members Only area of the Christmas Wonderland 2020 and mobile and desktop apps features hyper-realistic graphics and interactive content to get you in the mood for the ho-ho-holidays from the comfort of your own home!

Sign up as a member to unlock a host of exclusive member highlights including access into the virtual world app and a chance to win $50,000 in cash and prizes!

Go on a “Singapoliday” and have a memorable festive shopping experience with never-before-seen carnival-themed LEGO® sets and designs across 13 participating malls – Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bugis+, Bugis Junction, Funan, IMM, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, Plaza Singapura, SingPost Centre, Tampines Mall and Westgate.

For the first time ever in Singapore, immerse yourself in multiple whimsical scenes entirely built out of LEGO® bricks as you complete your festive shopping across participating CapitaLand malls. Here is the proposed itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out any photo spot:

    • Capture classic moments with Gingerbread Man and Santa Claus under Singapore’s largest LEGO® Christmas tree carousel, measuring 7 metres in height and 10 metres in width, at Bugis Junction.
    • Strike a pose with the enchanting animals lining the one-of-its-kind elongated carousel spanning 20 metres at IMM.
    • Catch Santa Claus, the jester and the ringmaster on a decorative winch as they run the show at the LEGO® circus display at Bedok Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza and Bugis+.
    • Hop on a round-trip to nowhere on the Rock & Roller Coaster measuring 20 metres and 15 metres respectively at Plaza Singapura and Junction 8.
    • Taste the thrill of acceleration 4 metres above ground at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall.
    • Then proceed to SingPost Centre and Westgate to be wowed by a whale-ly good tropical-themed Christmas display.
    • Finally, snag a shot with a breath-taking Ferris Wheel overflowing with gifts at Tampines Mall, Funan and JCube, as you cross off your festive gift checklist.

6. Danish Christmas Bazaar

7. Crane Festive Weekend

8. Gingerbread House parent-child workshop

9. Christmas Celebration Special: Virtual craft workshop at National Museum

10. Genting Cruise Lines’ Magical Christmas activities

Click here to find out more about these 10 kid-friendly activities in Asiaone.

Best Christmas Events in Singapore to Explore in 2020

With the Christmas season and its merriment approaching, most of us would probably be giving a lot of thought about where to spend the time during the season. With the Singapore Tourism Board taking necessary precautionary measures for everyone’s safety from Covid-19, attending Christmas events in Singapore is made easier. 

Christmas is a huge celebration for us that allows us to do what we love the most – eating, shopping and exploring. Here are a few events to explore during the time of Christmas in Singapore: 

Festive Light Up at the Orchard Road

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Festivities in Singapore get into a full swing much before the Christmas season arrives – mostly from mid-November. The official light-up ceremony happens on 16th November letting everyone soak in the holiday mood way before Christmas. After the light-up, the Orchard Road becomes a wonderland of lights, colors, and sounds. 

The Orchard Road gets decorated with lights – for 3.88 kilometers – from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura. It includes the Orchard Link, Scotts Road, and Grange Road, and the decorations remain until New Year celebrations giving you all the necessary feels of a sensory feast. 

Christmas Wonderland

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The annual Yule affair of Gardens by the Bay holds a special place in Singapore’s events calendar. Like every other year, Christmas Wonderland is reimagined as a hybrid event this year also. Lit up with dazzling lights at the Iconic Gardens, we can now enjoy an enchanting online experience at the comfort of our homes. It will be exciting to engage in interactive content and play fun games; we can also check out retailers selling festive wear and purchase them using a click.  

The Great Christmas Village

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The Great Christmas Village in Singapore brings you the much needed festive cheer and communal vibes. It starts from 23rd November and ends on the day after Christmas at Shaw House Urban Plaza, and Grange Road Car Park. The place is an excellent choice to have fun and explore a wide range of street food and festivities. The young-hearted ones who are on the lookout for good Christmas events in Singapore should check out Mini TOYBOX by Hasbro – it features activities such as obstacle courses and makeovers that are mainly themed around nostalgic brands such as NERF and My Little Pony. 

Universal Studio Singapore

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Head to the theme park to meet all your favourite characters for a joyous Christmas celebration. You can walk around the Merry Minions of Christmas who are out for the season along with Seamside friends, Princess Fiona, and Madagascar characters. You can walk around and enjoy the festive twists on foods from the eateries, participate in carnival games, and win attractive souvenirs. 

Get On the Orient Express

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The iconic train – Orient Express – comes to the town for a pop up during the Christmas season. It lets you witness historical artifacts, original train carriages, and international stopovers in addition to the scenic cities on the route. We can also get to check out a replica restaurant car and cafe – the escape room experience. 

The Changi Airport in Singapore

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Changi Airport is not just an airport people visit while traveling; the airport is a fun destination during the festive season with a lot of enchantment activities such as glamping stays, weekend festive markets, tokidoki-themed activities, craft workshops, and much more. You can embark on a go-kart race at the place decorated with Christmas lights, and even have a ‘snow holiday’. You can also get to enjoy a glamping picnic or a staycation at the Jewel Changi Airport. 

Sentosa Fair

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The Christmas season is made much merrier at the Sentosa fair as it features many curations of vendors each week till December. Irish-themed festive events and gifts are the main attractions of Sentosa fair, but there is a lot to discover from made-in-Singapore goodies to sustainable products.

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Christmas (Christmas) is a major Christian holiday that is widely celebrated in Singapore, despite the fact that the country never snows and there are no deer that are part of the traditional Santa Claus carriage. Nevertheless, Christmas celebrations are organized here according to all the rules: with colorful decoration of streets and houses, noisy carnival performances and mandatory sales in stores.

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Huge Christmas trees made of glowing lights are being installed in Singapore for Christmas

A celebration of Christmas for all Singaporeans, regardless of their actual religion, gives them the opportunity to do their favorite things – good food and shopping. After all, for almost the whole Christmas month, Orchard Road stores organize a colorful festival with sales and promotions, and special festive dishes appear on the menu of all restaurants and eateries on the island.

And, of course, for the Christian community of Singapore this is a special day of the year when they celebrate their most important and brightest holiday, gathering at the festive table and presenting their loved ones with pleasant gifts and surprises.

On the outside, Christmas festivities consist of fun games with artificial snow, crowds of people in Santa Claus costumes on the streets of Singapore and other themed carnival performances.

As befits any multinational country, the classic traditions of celebration always undergo some innovations.So don’t be surprised when the taste of Christmas turkey is flavored with Asian spices, ginger and chili sauce.

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In December, Singapore sparkles with lights and festive bustle. Snow falls on schedule here, shopping centers surprise with Christmas discounts, and restaurants are preparing to welcome guests. There is a festive mood everywhere! Below is our selection of interesting events in December.

Christmas on a Great Street

This year, Orchard Road has become a magical kingdom inhabited by Disney characters.The famous Christmas lighting on Singapore’s main shopping street plays on 4 themes: Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney Princesses, Frozen and Toy Story. In the Wheelock Place shopping center, you can plunge into the world of Disney’s Cinderella, and if you look in Orchard Central, you can get into “Frozen”. On Orchard Road, you can find gifts for family and friends, as well as plunge into the holiday atmosphere.

Date: to 1 January 2019

Location: Orchard Road

Website: www.orchardroad.org/christmas


New Year’s fireworks on the Marina Bay waterfront

All Singaporeans are happy to celebrate the New Year. In stores – holiday discounts, restaurants delight with a special menu. And on the main night of the holiday, fireworks are thundering on the Marina Bay embankment and on Sentosa Island.

Date: December 31, midnight

Location: Marina Bay


Christmas Wonderland Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay hosts the Christmas Wonderland.She has already managed to fall in love with Singaporeans, which is not surprising. After all, there are many activities and entertainment for both children and adults. A European-style Christmas market awaits us, with a food market as expected. And also – an ice skating rink under the stars, almost real snow and a very real Santa Claus, a carnival with games, children’s attractions, stunning light installations by Italian artists, a magic show, and many other exciting entertainment.

Date: to 26 December

Website: www.christmaswonderland.sg


Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Do dragons exist? The exhibition at the Singapore Zoo tells about those real animals that could serve as inspiration for fairy tales about them. Find out the truth and legends, and draw your own conclusions about whether dragons really exist.

Date: to December 31

Location: Singapore Zoo

Website: www.wrs.com.sg


Exhibition “Minimalism: Space. Light. Object ”/ Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.

The motto of the exhibition is to see the big through the small. The exhibition brought together Asian and Western artists and their brightest works.

Date: until April 14, 2019

Location: National Gallery and ArtScience Museum

Website: www.minimalism.sg


Twilight Encounters

The new Night Safari show for the whole family is a magical walk through the night jungle with special effects. Try to be in time, the show will be over soon!

Date: to December 31

Location: Singapore Zoo, Night Safari Park

Website: www.twilightencounters.sg


Glowing Ocean

An amazing show in one of the largest oceanariums in the world showcases underwater life at night, with many amazing glowing and twinkling creatures.

Date: to 20 January 2019

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium

Website: www.rwsentosa.com


A Craftsman’s Journey: From Dream to Reality Exhibition

Traditional craftsmen of Singapore are participating in this interactive exhibition. From Peranakan embroidery to local cuisine, everything can be seen, touched and tasted. Also, there are always master classes where you can learn interesting things, even if you have never held a brush or a chef’s knife in your hands.

Master classes are held from Thursday to Sunday, at 10.30 and 11.30 am, no prior registration is required.

Date: until January 27, 2019

Location: Singapore Visitor Center

Website: www.visitsingapore.com


Singapore Experience Lab

Singapore Experience Lab is an exhibition dedicated to tourism in Singapore. It takes place in a renovated historic shophouse, which is interesting in itself.On it you can get an idea of ​​the interesting sights and activities of the city. You can join a 30-minute guided tour that introduces unusual routes. The tour runs daily at 10.30 am, 11.30 am and 4 pm.

Date: to May 2019

Location: Singapore Visitor Center @ orchardgateway

Website: www.visitsingapore.com

Chinese New Year in Singapore 2020

Chinese New Year in Singapore is always celebrated on a very large scale and is eagerly awaited. Chinese New Year 2020 falls on the lunar calendar on January 25 and will be celebrated in a fantastically decorated city for 15 days!
We have already written about how it is customary in Singapore to celebrate the Chinese New Year , and today we will tell you exactly what festive events await Singaporeans and guests of this fabulous country in 2020.

From January 4, the city will be everywhere decorated with magnificent illumination and a festive mood will overwhelm you immediately upon arrival at the world’s best airport in Singapore Changi.Traditionally, the center of New Year’s events will be Chinatown Chinatown .

Chinatown New Year Festival

During the 2020 New Year Festival , a brisk trade in New Year’s souvenirs will be launched, symbolizing good luck, prosperity, prosperity, health and happiness. This year, the main heroine of the souvenir shops will be the mouse – the symbol of the coming year. The abundance of red, bringing strength, love and joy will warm everyone who looks into New Year’s Chinatown …

Festive events in Chinatown will be held from January 4 to 24.For the schedule of all New Year’s events, starting with the official ceremony of switching on the festive illumination, see here.

Chingay Parade

Every year on Chinese New Year, Singapore hosts the main event of the year – the grandiose Chingay Parade . This bright procession, which can be watched from the stands of the famous night race of Formula 1 Singapore , creates an unusually festive mood and leaves an unforgettable experience.No wonder spectators from all over the world come to Chingay Parade !

In 2020, the parade will be held January 31 – 1 February . Beginning – 20:00 (pre-parade at 19:00).

Venue – F1 Pit Building (this is where Formula 1 races take place, around Singapore Flyer Singapore Flyer ). The nearest metro station is Promenade.

Ticket prices – from S $ 28.50 to S $ 50 (buy tickets – here ).

New Year’s Festival in Marina Bay

In the Bay Marina Bay, world famous for its hotel-resort Marina Bay Sands Singapore You can walk among spectacular lights 9000 installations, personifying the characters of Chinese legends and zodiac animals, with which they personify the years in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese horoscope.

The Marina Bay Floating Stage will host the traditional River Hongbao festive performance with incredible fireworks for an unforgettable experience.

Every evening, at 21-00, visitors to Marina Bay will enjoy a magnificent laser show with festive fireworks. Also, festival guests will be able to taste New Year’s delicacies Singaporean cuisine at the famous Singapore kiosks at Food Street .

New Year’s events will take place from 14 to 24 February 2018 from 14-00 to 23-00 (on New Year’s Eve on the 16th – until 1 am) admission is free, details and schedule are here .

Chinese New Year on Sentosa Island

New Year’s mood will capture all areas, including the famous Sentosa Island of Fun. The Resorts World Sentosa , where Universal Studios Singapore is located, will host many exciting entertainment events dedicated to Singapore’s favorite holiday.

Hotels in Singapore for Chinese New Year 2020

A hotel room for Chinese New Year must be booked in advance as demand is very high. Most hotels in Singapore make reservations for this period only on condition of full prepayment. You can find a suitable hotel with the best price offer using this convenient online service – its confirmation of booking is accepted by the visa center for obtaining an electronic visa to Singapore:

90,000 TOP-12 events in Singapore in December and January

Exhibitions, shows, concerts, dancing, sports, and of course a couple of places where the best parties are expected.Stock up on gifts and good mood!

✔️Christmas on Orchard Road

During the Christmas and New Year holidays, Singapore’s main shopping artery traditionally shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow. With almost 4 km of shining lights and decorations, it’s definitely worth seeing! The malls, as usual, compete, whose New Year’s showcase is more interesting. And, of course, the shops offer delicious discounts and gifts. When: Before January 2, 2017 / Where: Orchard Road

✔️Underwater Christmas at S.E.A. Aquarium

Shows featuring Santa Claus as a diver surrounded by rainbow marine life will be held in one of the largest aquariums in the world. The show is not only fun, but also informative: it will allow you to learn more about the life of underwater animals. When: Before January 2, 2017 / Where: S.E.A. Aquarium

✔️A Starry Christmas at Universal Studios

Snow, fireworks, multimedia installations and, of course, Christmas shows – and much more in the festive program of Universal Studios Singapore.This Christmas is predicted to be hot! When: Before January 2, 2017 / Where: Universal Studios Singapore

✔️Wonderland in Gardens By The Bay

Incredibly beautiful light sculptures and installations adorn Gardens By The Bay right now, coexisting with giant Super Trees and making the landscape even more fabulous than usual. Evening shows with real snow, and various family entertainment that will delight both young and old guests, are already waiting for you! When: Before January 2, 2017 / Where: Gardens by the Bay

✔️The final countdown and celebration of the New Year at Marina Bay

Traditionally, all of Singapore flocks here to celebrate the first minutes of the New Year.The most beautiful musical performances and fireworks last all night. The best views of the New Year’s fireworks open from the SkyPark observation deck. When: December 31 / Where: Marina Bay

✔️New Years on Siloso Beach

You can spend the old and meet the new year with electronic sets from the world’s best DJs, watching an impressive fireworks display from a huge pool filled with foam. How do you like this beginning? It is known that as you meet a year, you will spend it)). When: December 31 / Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

✔️Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is always very bright and fun.Moreover, this time the Year of the Rooster is celebrated. The entire Chinatown will shine with magic illumination, every evening you can watch various performances, a tournament for the best lion dance, and a festive bazaar will also work. The peak of the holiday will be on January 28th. When: January 7, 2017 – February 25, 2017

✔️Pongal

When Little India celebrates the Harvest Festival, it must be seen, heard and felt. Celebrating livestock, creating traditional paintings, and of course the Festival Village on the Hasting Roads with a festive market and folklore scenes – don’t miss it.Oh, and don’t forget to try pongal, a sweetness made from rice and sweet milk. When: January 7, 2017 – February 12, 2017 / Where: Campbell Lane

✔️Taipuses

Tourists from all over the world are eager to get to this eerie and exotic celebration. Taipusam is a traditional Hindu religious festival. Believers on this day bring offerings to the temple of one of the many deities. The offerings are very beautiful and very heavy, they need to be carried in the procession for quite a long time. Many also pierce their skin with iron hooks.It is believed that to withstand the way to the temple in such a state means to perform a rite of moral cleansing and receive divine blessings. When: January 9, 2017 / Where: Starts at Little India, ends at the Temple on Tank Road

✔️Singapore Art Week 2017

Singapore Art Week is now in its fifth place and again promises a great program. Exhibitions, performances, workshops, art walks and parties will sweep through the best galleries and museums in the city. When: 11-22 January 2017

✔️ SMBC Singapore Open

Golf Tournament

The best golfers in the world including Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia will compete for the $ 1 million prize at the Sentosa Golf Club.This is the battle of the season, keep in mind. When: January 19-22 / Where: Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club

✔️River Hongbao Festival 2017

Spectators at this incredibly colorful water festival await the traditional lantern show, evening performances, fireworks, fun boat races, and delicious street food. When: January 26, 2017 – February 4, 2017 / Where: The Float at Marina Bay

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How life works in Singapore: a look from the inside :: Life :: RBC Style

Singapore is the most powerful economic power and the most important port and transport hub in Asia, occupying an area of ​​only 724 sq.km. For comparison: this is three times less than Moscow.

Lee Kuan Yew is the name of the man who, in just 35 years, turned Singapore from an island of swamps and slums into a miracle of civilization, although the whole world laughed at his idea. After gaining independence in 1965 and secession from Malaysia, the country began to strengthen its economy.

Today Singapore is a powerful Asian Atlantean, on whose shoulders three ethnic groups are comfortably settled: people from China, India and Malaysia, as well as expats from Europe and America.They coexist peacefully with each other, harmoniously complementing each other. Generation after generation, they acquired their own identity, mentality and even stereotypes, becoming a single nation – Singaporeans.

Singapore Natives

Samantha Chi was born in Singapore to Malay parents and a Chinese grandfather. The family lives in a small apartment in a residential area. Every day at 9:00 AM, Chi commutes to work at an advertising agency, where he generates ideas for campaigns. On weekends, he relaxes with friends in a bar or resort areas of the city (the temperature here does not drop below 30 ° all year round).

Samantha refers to herself as the first generation of Singaporeans in her ancestry, but in general there are three generations in the country: the first immigrants in the country were people who are now about 50 years old, or their parents.

A person who was born in Singapore has quite wide linguistic opportunities – the country has four official languages. Most likely, the choice will depend on the origin of the family: if the parents are from China, then, as a rule, they speak among themselves in Mandarin (Mandarin), if from Malaysia – in Malay, while the Indians speak Tamil, but not Hindi.English generalizes everyone and serves as the main language of communication.

Samantha Chi is fluent in English, with a bit of an accent, weaving a local slang called Singlish, a mixture of English and some other official language.

Singapore multi-storey buildings

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that works well, that rests well

Labor is the national value of Singapore.First of all, because highly intelligent professionals are valued in the country – to become such, you need to work hard. Here everyone understands perfectly well that your standard of living directly depends on how you work. The working day officially runs from 8:00 to 18:00, but frequent overtime is common.

30 years ago, Singaporeans dreamed of being doctors and lawyers, which is generally very popular in the developed countries of Asia. Today everyone wants to work in finance and be involved in the economic sector.

Another so-called national dream job is state institutions. Officials have impressive white salaries (the highest in the world), while the level of corruption is practically zero.

Despite the “labor dependence”, Singaporeans are not averse to rest. The country has three main national holidays. The first is Chinese New Year, because most of the inhabitants are of Chinese origin.

The second big holiday is Independence Day. The state puts on an impressive show on August 9th on the Marina Bay Sands floating platform.It has already become a tradition that every family comes to see what is happening with their own eyes or watches a show on TV.

The third holiday is Catholic Christmas, but rather a commercial one. On the eve, it is customary to walk and enjoy the Christmas lights that decorate the city. At this time, Singaporeans have their longest holidays. And although several religions profess at once in the city-state – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, and each of them has its own traditions – all three holidays are celebrated everywhere.

City dwellers prefer to spend their days off on the beach and in shopping centers (Singaporeans are big shopaholics). They do not neglect tourist attractions, the most popular of which are the Museum of Art and Science, Spiral Bridge, Marina Bay with the complex of the same name and Clarke Quay. Residents of the city go to the same restaurants and bars as tourists. “Singapore is too small to hide,” says Samantha, who searches for new bars on Google Maps.

Singaporeans can travel virtually anywhere in the world without a visa.For a short vacation, perhaps even a weekend, they choose neighboring Malaysia, Thailand or Bali. There are also cheaper destinations – Taiwan and China.

In search of something unusual, Singaporeans fly to Europe – including Russia, which seems extremely exotic to them. Samantha Chi had a chance to visit Ulan-Ude and Baikal: “Russia took me by surprise. I was surprised how warm people live in such a cold country, they are not at all what Andrei Zvyagintsev portrayed them in the film “Dislike”.I saw that the country is replete with distinctive culture, TV projects and shows, and this finally saved me from thinking about it as a cold, depressed, post-communist country, as it is portrayed in the Western media. ”

Food in Singapore

Food courts, unlike restaurants, are one of the most popular holiday destinations among Singaporeans of all incomes. Here you can meet both students and top managers, expats, tourists and families who have come to dinner will sit mixed together.

The prices please everyone – $ 3-5 per dish. There are many food courts in the city, but the most popular ones are on Smith Street in Chinatown and Tiong Bahru market. In the evening, there is no place to be found here, in each corner there is a queue of 5-6 people.

On the dining table of a local you can probably see the following dishes: oyster omelet hokkien mee, Chinese style ho fun noodles, Singaporean chicken curry, toast with kaya coconut jam and soft-boiled egg, chicken skewers with peanut butter sauce.Singapore’s gastronomic diversity has been influenced by traditional dishes from China, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.

During the day, the locals drink iced tea, the names, variations and tastes of which are innumerable, and it is sold at every turn. In the evening, the townspeople go to a bar and indulge in a $ 15–20 cocktail.

“I can say that we are actually drinkers. But everyone understands that drinking is very expensive. We often get drunk, but in our understanding of the word, probably not at all like the Germans, the British or the Russians, ”admits Samantha.

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Housing issue in Singapore

Most of the townspeople (about 80%) live in apartments provided by the state. Not everyone can afford to rent a house: it is not as profitable as taking out a loan or saving up for an apartment.

“This is partly why no one will look askance at you if you are 35 years old and you still live with your parents,” says Samantha.“It may be late enough for the Western world, but we need a long time to get back on our feet. In addition, Singaporeans are quite conservative and mostly move out of their parents if they get married. ”

Renting an apartment in the city center costs $ 1-3 thousand, far from the center – about $ 800. If you rent an apartment, you need to earn at least $ 2,500 per month to feel comfortable. A family will need about $ 6 thousand for each parent, because about $ 4 thousand can go to various kinds of educational programs and public schools, not to mention private ones.

Most Singaporeans live in apartments

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The Singapore Agenda

Singapore is a really comfortable country with a perfectly adjusted economic and state system and a zero crime rate. What then is the agenda and what worries the average Singaporean?

Taxes, of course.This is usually the main topic in news reports – where the government is going to invest and how it will affect the taxpayers.

“The word“ tax ”is like a red rag to a bull for us,” Chi says. “Taxes are already very high, and changes in this area are always significant.”

Singaporeans are also heatedly discussing what the state budget will go to, how the ban on the sale of alcohol after 22:00 will affect, which will lead to an increase in cigarette prices. From world news, there is an active debate about the activities of Donald Trump and the continuously growing economy of China.

Technologies and fines in Singapore

You may not know absolutely nothing about Singapore, but there are two things that are probably associated with this country: high fines and high technologies built into everyday life. Face, speech, and fingerprint recognition systems are becoming more and more common in everyday practice: in any public place, you can put your phone on charge in a special box, and then come back for it.

There are legends about Singapore fines, but a European cannot understand most of the prohibitions, and some defy the logic of the Singaporeans themselves.It is also unclear how violators are tracked, for example, the ban on walking naked in the apartment with open windows or the law on mandatory flushing after oneself (if it is not automatic).

By the way, Singaporeans consider public toilets with no direct contact to be one of the most practical things. Absolutely everything works automatically there: doors to the entrance and exit, the supply of soap, flush, etc. No need to touch anything, which reduces the risk of catching any infection.

In general, Singaporeans have a rather tender relationship with toilets, because it was here that a man named Jack Sim established Toilet Day and created the World Organization dedicated to this type of premises.Aside from jokes, she does useful things: she educates about hygiene, helps maintain a sanitary environment in the city, and Tony Robbins himself will envy Jack Sim’s motivational slogans.

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Singaporean Approach to Education

After leaving school, Singaporeans have a choice: go to college or polytechnic school.The college adopted the classic British model of education, where first there are two years of general base, then specialization and a diploma.

Every year, most Singaporean teenagers go to college, but those who do not want to sit with books go to the polytechnic school – a public institution where you can choose a specialty and start studying right away.

It is easy to combine study at the Polytechnic with work. “Since I immediately wanted to work in the creative industry, where it is not so much education that is important as acquaintance and experience, I went to a polytechnic school,” explains Chi.- I wrote my thesis in the field of communications and visual arts, because I originally wanted to become a designer. But then she changed her mind and began to study copywriting. I was lucky with the leaders who first of all taught how to be useful in this area. ”

Creative Industry in Singapore

Samantha Chi works for the marketing agency Societal, which is more like a startup – there are only nine people in the team, the rest are project-based. In the Singapore advertising market, the name of an agency means nothing, the name of a specific specialist is important, so applicants do not chase the brand.The approximate salaries are as follows: a newcomer receives at least $ 500, a more experienced junior employee – $ 2.5 thousand, and if you have more than five years of experience, then the salary is $ 3-6 thousand.

“Despite the fact that our agency is small, we work with large brands such as Unilever,” says Samantha. – Probably all over the world big clients choose small startups because they are more flexible and can come up with a cool idea and implement it for little money. Another trend is that experienced professionals are leaving large companies to start their own smaller ones.This is how the story of our agency began. ”

One of the latest projects Samantha Chi and her agency has worked on is an advertisement for Sunlight dishwashing liquid for Indonesia and Thailand. The creators thought about women who constantly wash dishes in the kitchen, instead of pursuing their careers, self-development and children. What would real women spend their time freed from washing dishes on?

One elderly lady would like to learn English despite her age, another would like to start a Balinese dance school, and a third would like to open a bakery that uses only gluten-free ingredients.This is how the slogan “Less dishes, more life” appeared.

In general, advertising on Singaporean television is no different from Russian – the same family values. Typical plot: mom, dad and two children – a boy and a girl – walk in a park or a shopping center and enjoy simple things.

When asked if Singaporeans are as creative as they are in IT, Samantha honestly replies: “We have the ability to do great ads, but many of us are extremely old-fashioned and rather geared towards everything when it comes to numbers and technology.From the creative side, we are bypassed by our neighbors – Korea, China and Taiwan. They are more culturally advanced and invest much more in art education. ”

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Stereotypes in Singapore

Many, getting acquainted with Singaporeans, exclaim: “Oh, right, you are Chinese!”As a rule, foreigners believe that the locals are very smart and wealthy, which, however, is not so bad. The citizens of Singapore are open to everything new and constantly want to learn something, so they like to communicate with newcomers. True, if it’s not the Chinese who took the package tour.

For Europeans, they came up with their own name – angmoh (“ongmo”), which means “red heads”. The inhabitants of Europe, who stand out from the locals, are associated here with white skin and red hair.

Singaporeans are pragmatic and hardworking, they are idealists, a little spoiled and, most likely, honest – this is how Samantha Chi defines her nation. “We don’t have many ‘Singaporean’ traditions, because in fact we are a group of immigrants. But for me personally, living the Singaporean way means buying small biscuits drizzled with topping in the form of colored ice, which we call “ice jam”; playing classics in high school; live in apartments, because country houses are not accepted in our country; understand and accept the languages ​​and cultures of the different nations that live in our country.This is perhaps one of the best traditions. ”

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90,000 Top cultural events, festivals and other events in Singapore in 2017

Legendary sports competitions, world-class music and art, tasting of delicacies and drinks from all over the world – throughout the year, Singapore offers guests entertainment for all tastes.

Moscow, January 30, 2017 – In the new 2017, Singapore presents travelers with a rich calendar of events and festivals that will allow everyone to find something to their liking, discover something new, plunge into their favorite entertainment and share their impressions with others. A wide variety of activities await guests in the country, from shopping and dining to family activities and parties.

In 2017, several new discoveries await guests of Singapore.For example, Eat the World Singapore will showcase the best local and international street food, while the Michelin Chef Showcase Dinner at Shisen Hanten, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, will offer a special Chinese New Year menu with a Japanese accent. Another novelty this year is the opening of COMO Dempsey, a trendy quarter, which will host the conceptual restaurant and bar of French chef Jean-George Wongerichten, the Peranakan restaurant Candlenut and the first monobrand boutique of the Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo – Dover Street Market in Singapore.

This year’s Grand Prix season kicks off in Singapore on a grand scale: the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race celebrates its 10th anniversary! The event will literally overwhelm the entire city – it is not surprising that it is considered the main pearl in the series of Formula 1 races and traditionally attracts the attention of numerous spectators from different parts of the world. In the coming year, the residents and guests of Singapore will also enjoy concerts of world-famous stars. First, the Worldwired Tour 2017 will feature Grammy Award winners and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – musicians from Metallica.For the first time in Singapore, one of the best-selling rock bands in Guns N ‘Roses history will also perform, and British rock group Coldplay will triumphantly return to the Singapore Sports Hub stage with two A Head Full of Dreams Tours, which usually sell out very quickly. … In addition to these highly anticipated events, Singapore will host the annual Laneway Festival Singapore, Neon Lights and ZoukOut music festivals.

List fun activities and plan your trip to Singapore in 2017 in advance.New events will appear on the YourSingapore.com calendar throughout the year.

JANUARY

  • Enjoy some of the best indie music at Laneway Festival Singapore 2017, headlined this year by Norwegian singer Aurora, British Glass Animals aka Chet Faker, Australian Nick Murphy and many more.

  • Sing your favorite rock songs at the legendary Metallica concert as part of the 2017 Metallica Worldwired Tour.

  • Join the ranks of art lovers and enjoy the masterpieces of artists during the Singapore Art Week (SAW), the brightest events of which will be the popular art fair Art Stage Singapore, the Art After Dark event at the Gillman Barracks art cluster and the Aliwal Urban Art Festival.

  • NEW! Enjoy mouth-watering dining at Shisen Hanten Restaurant at the world’s first Michelin Chef Showcase Dinner.

  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere and joyful mood of the Chinese New Year at the holiday fairs along the beautifully lit streets of Chinatown and the River Hongbao platform.

FEBRUARY

  • NEW! To get started, shop in COMO Lifestyle in Dempsey at Dover Street Market, which opened in Singapore after New York, Tokyo and Beijing. After shopping, indulge in dinner at Jean-George Wongerichten’s French Bar and Restaurant or Candlenut, the world’s only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant.

  • Visit the Singapore Biennale, a contemporary art exhibition dedicated to the history, culture and modern life of South, East and Southeast Asia.The exhibition will run until February 26, 2017.

  • Don’t miss one of the most anticipated events of the century, Guns N ‘Roses’ first show in Singapore on the Not in this Lifetime Tour.

  • Experience the heritage of Singapore’s diverse cultures at the colorful Chingay Parade.

  • Visit the Hindu Thaipusam Festival: in confirmation of the oaths to the god Murugan, the destroyer of evil, its participants walk 4.5 km, get pierced and carry spiked kevadi designs and jugs of milk.

MARCH

  • Enjoy jazz in all its amazing variety at the Singapore International Jazz Festival.

  • Check out the four-day HSBC Women’s Golf, Music and Food Festival.

  • NEW! Attend the Orchard Road Style Festival of fashion, arts, design, music and food on Singapore’s main shopping street.

  • Taste craft beer at CRAFT Singapore.

  • NEW! Savor the best local and international street food at the first Eat the World Singapore.

  • Savor haute cuisine and the finest wines and experience a unique dining experience at the 21st World Gourmet Summit.

  • Visit the much-anticipated show by British rock band Coldplay as part of the Head Full of Dreams world tour.

  • Light a fire in your heart at i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s premier sustainable light festival, featuring stunning art installations throughout the city.

  • Take part in one of the comedy, family or entertainment activities of the Singapore Festival of Fun.

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

  • Enjoy shopping, great prices and discounts at The Great Singapore Sale.

  • Taste 500 craft and industrially produced beers and ciders at Beerfest Asia.

  • Visit the Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai districts and the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities.

  • Follow the drumming and sample delicious dumplings at the Dragon Boat Festival.

  • Dance to some of the best electronic dance music at Ultra Worldwide, once again in Singapore, one of only two Southeast Asian cities on the festival route.

JULY

AUGUST

  • The

    Singapore Night Festival, an annual street performance festival, will transform the Civic, Bras Basah and Bugis neighborhoods with art and musical performance.

  • Experience the best of the many stellar restaurants of the Epicurean Market at the iconic Marina Bay Sands.

SEPTEMBER

  • Try cosplay, dress up as your favorite character and go for the latest toys at the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention.

  • Discover the performing arts of Singapore and around the world at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

  • Attend the Gillman Barracks Anniversary Party celebrating the birthday of Singapore’s premier contemporary art center.

  • Build the pace for the start of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix season, the highly anticipated Night Race and a host of trendy events and events taking place throughout the city on the race weekend.

  • Join the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown with traditional handmade lanterns illuminating the streets.

OCTOBER

  • Have a great time competing with the world’s top tennis players, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore Presented by SC Global, who will compete for the most prestigious awards of the year.

  • Discover the mod in you at Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW).

  • Discover the finest jewelry from around the world at the Singapore JewelFest.

  • Enjoy a true culinary adventure during Singapore Restaurant Week.

  • Enjoy hundreds of wines from around the world at the Wine Fiesta.

  • Enjoy the vibrant colors and flashes of the Deepavali holiday on the streets of Little India.

NOVEMBER

  • Go to Neon Lights, an open-air music and art festival that spans multiple stages.

  • At Anime Festival Asia, you can see the finest examples of Japanese pop culture and manga.

  • Check out the Light to Night Festival hosted by the National Gallery of Singapore on the streets of Singapore for 2 weeks from morning until late at night.

  • Take part in Whiskey Live Singapore 2017, the first whiskey and spirits tasting in Southeast Asia.

  • Capture the spirit of Christmas at the annual Christmas Light-Up Festival on Orchard Road with a host of colorful lights, holiday decorations and street performances.

DEC

  • Check out Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s largest Christmas market.

  • Dance the night away at the ZoukOut electronic music festival.

  • Celebrate the new year with the traditional annual Marina Bay Singapore Countdown, which takes place from Marina Bay to Civic from early evening until morning.

Further information on Singapore events in 2017 is available at www.yoursingapore.com

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