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Things To Do In Singapore That Get You The Most Bang For Your Buck (December 2020)

Jayeeta Mazumder
·15-min read

So, the tickets for the Singapore-Hong Kong flights are in limbo again or cost a small fortune (probably your entire year’s coffee’s worth). But, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Not getting on a plane doesn’t mean you have to mope about these last few weeks of the year. 

Here’s showing you the many things to do in our beautiful island country, as you make your bookings on the right credit card and earn rewards, points and cashback while you’re out having a gala time.

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In this article, we aim to capture the best activities in Singapore every month, so you can mark your calendar and plan your week around them. We will try to cover a range of our recommended options for the outdoorsy, the adventurous, the artsy, the closet food connoisseur, and the leisure-loving souls. At the risk of quoting a cliche — there’s something for everyone here.

Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 circumstances, events often change timings and dates without prior notice. We request you to check and confirm the schedules before heading out. Last updated: 8 December 2020.

Things to do: Christmas activities

Source: Gardens By The Bay
Source: Gardens By The Bay

Walk of Lights at Gardens By The Bay

Back for its seventh edition, the Walk of Lights features brand-new luminarie light installations handmade by Italian craftsmen using stunning white wood from the South of Italy.

Visitors can view a total of nine light-ups that will illuminate the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. The 370 metre long walk will take visitors 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and you can pick from 9 daily sessions between 4 to 27 December, 6.30pm to 10.30pm when you pre-register online.

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Price: $5
Till December 27

SingSaver Promotion: Receive a Garmin Venu Sq Watch (worth $299) or a set of Apple AirPods with Charging Case (worth $239), when you apply for the Standard Chartered Unlimited or Standard Chartered Rewards+ credit card!

To be eligible for this promotion, you’ll have to be a new Standard Chartered Bank cardholder and activate your new card within the first 30 days of card approval. Also, a min. spend of $80 is required. If you already have a Standard Chartered credit card, you’ll be rewarded with $30 cash via PayNow when you sign up. Promotion is valid till 28 December 2020, T&Cs apply.

Source: Christmas Wonderland 2020
Source: Christmas Wonderland 2020

Virtual Christmas Wonderland 2020

But if you’re icky about crowds, you can always join the festivities online.

You will need to purchase membership (starting from $8) to access the virtual land, which includes hyper-realistic graphics, interactive content, games and activities for the whole family.

Depending on your membership tier, you’ll even get a three-minute private call with Santa and a limited edition 25cm Christmas Wonderland plush bear.

Also, you’ll get a chance to participate in the grand draw, in which you can stand to win up to $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Do note that Virtual Christmas Wonderland 2020 membership is separately ticketed from the Walk of Lights. The Virtual Christmas Wonderland 2020 membership does not provide access to the Walk of Lights at Gardens by the Bay.

Address: Online
Price: From $8
Till 31 December

Source: Changi Airport
Source: Changi Airport

Changi Festive Village

Changi Airport is pulling out all the stops this Christmas with Changi Festive Village, which features exciting dinosaur and tokidoki-themed activities, fun-filled stays, educational camps, craft workshops, a weekend festive market filled with indulging treats and more.

At Dino Wonderland, get up close with nine majestic and life-like dinosaurs and take some shots for the ‘Gram. After that, step into a tokidoki-themed plane cabin and continue your photo-taking ventures your favourite tokidoki characters.

There’s so much more activities to do, check them out on Changi Festive Village’s website!

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Price: Free admission, activities chargeable
Till 3 January 2021

Source: Sentosa
Source: Sentosa

Island Lights with Sanrio characters

Bond with your family and loved ones while walking down memory lane at Sentosa’s festive light-up, Island Lights with Sanrio characters. Featuring seven larger-than-life light installations on Siloso Beach, the event is set to welcome favourites such as Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, My Melody and Little Twin Stars, as they whisk you back to the past with classic icons from Sentosa over the years. The best thing? Admission is free.

You are required to reserve a slot prior to your visit and you may register up to 5 people per visit from the following sessions every night until 3 January 2021:

• Session 1: 7.30pm to 8.30pm
• Session 2: 8.30pm to 9.30pm
• Session 3: 9.30pm to 10.30pm

Sessions are available for booking 5 days in advance, with the first session open for booking on Monday, 7 December 2020.

Address: Siloso Beach
Price: Free
Till 3 January 2021

Things to do: Art and culture

Source: Scribble Town
Source: Scribble Town

Scribble Town

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall has opened its doors to run an exhibition featuring comic artwork on bullying, especially for kids aged between 9 to 12. With an insightfully-made fictional world called ‘Scribble Town,’ inhabited by Sam, Dan and Lydia, this exhibition aims to educate its audience about bullying, its types and effects. This is one interactive exhibition you wouldn’t want to miss (yes, even adults).

Address: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Price: Free
Open till January 31, 2021

Source: Elaine Roberto-Navas and Fost Gallery
Source: Elaine Roberto-Navas and Fost Gallery

Elaine Roberto-Navas’ new paintings

Think lush landscapes, the magic of nature’s hues blending into one other, evoking a sense of movement. Filipino artist Elaine Roberto-Navas’ inaugural exhibition is the art show to be at if you’re intrigued by abstract art. This contemporary artist looks at the sky, the water, and the earth from a whole new perspective and you would want in on it, especially if you’re into art that evokes emotions. These artworks were inspired by the photographs of fellow artist Mawen Ong, and were created to inject optimism during the circuit breaker period. Make sure to check their schedules before planning your visit.

Address: 1 Lock Rd, #01-02 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108932
Price: Free
Open till January 31, 2021

Source: Sistic
Source: Sistic

Murder at Mandai Camp: The Case Reopens

Pore over evidence and meander through the spine-chilling narrative as you navigate the crime scene of Asia’s first virtual horror-mystery escape room. Oh, and if you’re lucky, you’ll also get to encounter the fabled Pontianak who is mysteriously linked to the case.

With live-action gameplay, immersive surround sound and 360 degrees views, you’re definitely going to be in for one helluva time.

Address: Virtual site
Price: $20
From 22 December to 2 January 2021

Source: National Museum of Singapore
Source: National Museum of Singapore

Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures In Singapore

Charge up your phones for a full day of selfies because Doraemon has landed on our shores! Fans would be glad to know that a total of 14 statues of the lovable Japanese character would be scattered across the museum, each with an iconic gadget from different eras.

Address: National Museum of Singapore (NMS), 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Price: Free
Till December 27

Source: Sistic
Source: Sistic

Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express

Through this pop-up attraction, visitors can relive the emotions of travellers who have boarded the Orient Express through a reconstituted train platform and showrooms where they can embark on a fascinating journey through the history of the Orient Express.

The exhibition will present some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries old history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing guests to also discover events that transformed the world and shaped the map.

It will also feature an exclusive Orient Express shop, Orient Express road cafe, Orient Express restaurant and lounge and an escape room experience, which has to be book separately.

The event may start in December, but tickets are already open for booking so do snap them up before it’s gone!

Address: Gardens by the Bay – West Lawn
Price: From $25
From 12 December 2021 to 13 June 2021

Source: My Community
Source: My Community

My Community Festival

We bet most of you haven’t heard or been to the Russian Orthodox Church of Singapore. Well, now you can go on a tour and discover more about this little-known Christian community and their unique rites and rituals for just $8.

If this doesn’t tickle you fancy, you’d be glad to know that My Community Festival has other programmes lined up as well, including tours at Tai Huay Soy Sauce Factory and Singpost Mail Processing Centre.

Address: Various locations
Price: From $8
Till 20 December

Source: Malay Heritage Centre
Source: Malay Heritage Centre

Malay CultureFest

This year’s Malay CultureFest, held in conjunction with the ‘Urang Banjar: Heritage and Culture of the Banjar in Singapore’ exhibition, focuses on the diversity in Malay artistic and cultural expressions.

The online event spans across three weeks, featuring performances, talks, workshops, trails and cultural activities that you can enjoy for free, as long as you have internet connection.

Address: Online
Price: Free
Till 13 December

Things to do: Eating out

Source: Jurassic World Cafe
Source: Jurassic World Cafe

Jurassic World Cafe

With prices starting from $6 for a cup of latte and $20 for mains, we’ve gotta admit that Jurassic World Cafe isn’t exactly the cheapest dining option out there. But hey, it’s an exclusive event and you’re paying for the experience of skyline dining at the ION Sky, which to us, it’s pretty worth it. As the pop-up cafe is open to guests by reservations only, be sure to do so before heading down.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, Singapore 238801
Price: From $6
Till January 3, 2021

Source: AndSoForth
Source: AndSoForth

Around the World in 80 Days

Trotting the globe in 150 minutes is entirely possible, all thanks to AndSoForth’s Around the World in 80 Days multi-sensory, theatrical dining experience.

Immerse yourself in seven wondrous rooms, each themed to look like London, Egypt, India, Hong Kong, Japan and New York. Feed your stomach with international cuisines inspired by each country, and then feast your eyes on the whimsical set designs and colourful costumes by the actors.

Address: Secret, to be revealed 24 hours before workshop
Price: From $128
Till February 2021

Things to do: Films

Source: Zouk
Source: Zouk

Zouk Cinema Club

We get it. Your movie experience is not the same when the screen isn’t massive, the sound isn’t booming, and the overpriced caramel popcorn isn’t losing its crunch by the minute. While we wait for great movies to hit the screen again, you can still find an elevated movie experience in the meantime. Enter Zouk Cinema Club, a pop-up cinematic experience from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

The nightclub turns into a cinema with one screening session a night, showing two movies. Zouk’s famous screen, that normally belts out trippy visuals accompanied by the DJ’s turntable, now plays classics like Moulin Rouge, Grease, and The Greatest Showman. Grab your date, a bottle of sparkling, some hors d’oeuvre to share, and hit Zouk to experience the magic of old romances on the big screen.

Address: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05 to #02-06, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
Price: Call to book your seats. Packages range from $75-$350
Ongoing

Source: <a href="https://truecolors2020.jp/en/program/true-colors-film-festival-2020/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:True Colors Film Festival" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">True Colors Film Festival</a>
Source: True Colors Film Festival

True Colors Film Festival

Absolutely love world cinema? You’ll have to join True Colors Film Festival. Presented by The Nippon Foundation, this event is a free online film festival that offers a selection of films that reflects the “One World, One Family” theme.

Through features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, and post-screening dialogues, True Colors Film Festival will showcase these issues and lift your spirits with beautiful, thought-provoking and award-winning works by talented filmmakers from Asia and beyond.

Address: Online
Price: Free
Till December 12

Things to do: Explore Singapore

Source: Changi Airport Group
Source: Changi Airport Group

Changi Jurassic Mile

And you thought Changi was done with its newest marvellous offering? Nope. Hit Jurassic Mile  with your family for a fun day out with the kids. Singapore’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs with more than 20 different prehistoric creatures from nine different species — all stretched over one kilometre of the cycling and jogging path. 

The tallest dinosaur stands at almost 5 meters high, and there’s one that even flies! The best part is you can get there on foot or by renting a bike from GoCycling or from East Coast Park via the Changi Coastal Park Connector. And the even better part? It’s free and open 24 hours.

Address: Drop-off point inside the Hub & Spoke car park (right opposite the café) or at Changi Airport Terminal 2, beside Car Park 2A. The on-ground signage will lead you to Hub & Spoke.
Price: Free (no booking required on weekdays, but you will need to pre-book your entry on Changi PlayPass if you’re visiting on Fridays to Sundays, between 9am to midnight, till January 3)

Source: One Faber Group
Source: One Faber Group

Gai Gai Tour

You’d want to wake your kids up on a breezy weekend morning for this one. Book your slot now to relive the nostalgia and joy of scaling the highest point of Mount Faber with your family. What you get — a guided tour around Mount Faber Park to Faber Point, the highest point on Mount Faber, the rich history around the mural wall and mini Merlion. 

Want more? You’d also get an exclusive peek into how the Singapore Cable Car operates. The 2-hour tour has 2 slots every Saturday and Sunday (10am and 2pm) and it ends with a joyride on the Singapore Cable Car. End result: ecstatic kids. 

Address: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Tour Timings: Departs every Saturday & Sunday at 10am and 2 pm (please call to check timings) 
Price: $20 for adults, $15 for a child
Till December 27

Source: Sentosa
Source: Sentosa

Marine ConservAction

Discover more about the Sentosa turtles, the potential dangers they face and how to save them via this meaningful yet interactive tour.

Together with your loved ones, contribute to marine conservation by picking up litter along the beaches and learn to determine some of the common types of litter with a quick analysis of the rubbish collected.

Address: Sentosa beaches
Timings: 11am to 12pm and 4pm to 5pm on Thursdays, excluding public holidays and eve of public holidays
Price: $25
Till May 27, 2021

Things to do: Fitness

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Source: Zouk Singapore

Absolute Cycle x Zouk

Looks like you don’t need to wait until Phase three to hit the dance floor at Zouk. Partnering with rhythm cycling studio, Absolute, get your spin on up to seven days a week (if you really miss clubbing) with their iconic “Absolute 45” high-intensity spin classes hosted in a club-like atmosphere with epic Zouk lighting and heart-pumping music for the ultimate workout.

Address: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05 to #02-06, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
Price: From $49
Until further notice

Source: Santa Run For Wishes
Source: Santa Run For Wishes

Santa Run For Wishes

Choose to run between the 2km, 5km, 10km, or 50km race at your own pace and own time for Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Santa Run For Wishes 2020.

The distance you run will be part of the 21,517km goal set for this year’s virtual marathon, the distance between Singapore and the North Pole.

It costs $20 to enter the race, and all proceeds will go towards granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Price: $20
Till 19 December

Things to do: Year-end festivities

Source: Mediacorp
Source: Mediacorp

Let’s Celebrate 2021

Yeah, 2020’s been tough. But the good news is, 2021 is just around the corner! Ring in the new year on an upbeat note by joining Mediacorp’s yearly countdown show from the comfort and safety of home.

Hosted by 987 DJs Sonia Chew and Joakim Gomez, Let’s Celebrate 2021 promises be a musical extravaganza featuring a stellar combination of international and local acts. Residents can also look forward to spectacular shots of fireworks from the heartlands and the “Shine a Light” display beamed live from The Promontory at Marina Bay.

Address: Your TV, at home
Price: Free
31 December

Marking your calendars and booking your next weekly or weekend activity? Then you’ll want to make your money work harder for you by charging it on the right credit card to earn cashback or rewards that can help offset your next purchase, or to chalk up air miles for your travels next year. Apply for one through us today and get rewarded* with attractive prizes and cash! 

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Jayeeta
Jayeeta

By Jayeeta Mazumder
A good book, a clean home, and new leaves in an old plant spark immense joy for Jayeeta. She loves thrift shopping, recycling, and day-dreaming about travels yet to be planned.  

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Avid promo code hunter and haggler. Kendra doesn’t like paying full price for anything. She’s the best person to bring along if you’re travelling on a budget.

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