With only less than a month to go, Christmas is fast approaching. Soon, chilly winter weather will descend. That means it’s time for mulled wine and cosy nights by the fire; Christmas traditions that evoke that treasured, childlike festive feeling each year. Well, I'm sure that's how it goes, if you aren't celebrating Christmas day in the hot, humid sunshine.
Not to fret. There is no need to head to your local cinema, wrapped in your warmest winter woollies to catch a glimpse of what a bitterly cold winter month brings. Or submerse yourself in artificial snow outside Tanglin Mall, to feel the Christmas spirit. As we've got the lowdown on how to feel genuinely festive in tropical Singapore.
Christmas is a time of giving, but more often than not, Christmas shopping can seem like an arduous chore. And with uninspiring shopping centres, pushy sales associates and overwhelming crowds, our festive aura can easily dwindle. Thus, making Christmas markets here in Singapore a festive blessing. For traditional wood chalet atmosphere, head to the charming Christmas Wonderland Market—an enchanting, European yuletide fair where you can purchase unique craft goods for family and friends. Or, if you are more of a foodie, check out The Nordic-Asia Christmas Festival, which brings the finest food and artisanal products to Singapore with an added merry atmosphere. Our favourite one? The Season of Joy festive market, where you can sample chilled mulled wine and delicious yule-logs, while shopping for that special someone.
Eat festive, drink festive
Nothing exudes holiday spirit than eating, drinking and being merry with loved ones; no matter what the weather is. And if you aren’t feeling particularly festive now, Tis’ the season to indulge anyway. How about a traditional, festive feast? Heed our Christmas buffet guide, for guaranteed holiday season deliciousness. Embrace the festivities with an Asian twist and try the Feast@East Buffet Restaurant for South-East Asian favourites. Otherwise, grab a cocktail and be merry at Butcher boy. An Asian-inspired restaurant with liquid homages to Christmas—it's certain to feel festive in the blazing sunshine.
Nothing will get you into the festivities quite like a Christmas activity, even in the hot climate. Although binging Netflix's Christmas selections might begin to spark some Christmas joy, how's better to embrace the season than with a carol sing-a-long by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Esplanade? If that’s not enough, quest towards a New York City-inspired moonlit ice-skating rink at VivoCity or try the Christmas outfit themed event at The Rink SG. You can even catch Crazy Christmas, Crazy Grinch Asians, a highly anticipated Christmas show at Capitol Theatre with friends to celebrate the coming season.
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