Christmas in Clarke Quay Central
The season of giving has already begun, with the grand finale - Christmas - a mere few weeks away. Yet the work year hasn’t quite ended - meaning that most of us head to the malls to jalan jalan with the family and get our Christmas shopping done after work or on weekends.
And Clarke Quay Central is a fantastic place to visit, as you can shop for meaningful gifts at its Christmas market and diverse plethora of shops. You’ll have a jolly good time at it, too, with the mall’s fun-filled Christmas activities line-up.
From train rides for the little ones to an infinity room for a next-level family portrait, the mall is bustling with activity within. The magic doesn’t end here, spilling out to the river banks with roving acts such as juggling and bubble shows. Here’s why you should grab your fam and friends along:
1. Train rides - where the young ’uns live out their dream of being train conductors
If you’ve got little tikes in tow while shopping, you can expect them to tire out easily after exploring the shops together. Reward them for their patience by treating them to a kid-sized train ride - the lucky child who hitches a ride in the conductor’s booth gets to act as the driver, complete with a bell for him or her to ring!
To get a train pass for your child, simply spend a minimum of $20 in the mall and pick it up at the concierge!
Dates: Now till 1 Jan 2019
Time: 11AM-8PM daily
2. Weekend candy buffet - treat your kids to candy
Christmas just got a whole lot sweeter with this weekend candy buffet, where the kids can fill up a bag with candy like cola gummies and marshmallows - a great way to reward them for having bravely conquered yet another school year.
To snag a pass for the candy buffet, simply spend a minimum of $50 on weekends in the mall, and you’ll be able to fill a bag with candy to your heart’s content.
Weekend Candy Buffet
Dates: Weekends from now till 30 Dec 2018
3. Redeem gifts like a personalised pouch, postcard, scented candles, and hampers
Your name will be emblazoned on the reverse side of the pouch in cursive font
Now here’s something that’s not just for the kids - you can also join in on the fun and reward yourself with a personalised canvas pouch - this comes complete with your name stylised in gold calligraphy.
This device irons your name onto the pouch to keep it smooth
You’ll even get to watch the intriguing process, where your name is first entered into an iPad to be “fancified” before being printed on the spot. It is then ironed on and -voila!- your very own pouch is complete!
That’s not all you’ll get here, as you’ll also receive special postcards to send to your loved ones - especially useful if they’re overseas this season. The best part? Delivery of the postcards is FREE with a mailbox set up near the concierge.
Clarke Quay Central's giveaway continues with its scented candles. These come in 3 scents - Lavender, Pine and Cedarwood, perfect for putting you, your family, and your guests in the right mood for Christmas.
Christmas Hampers are also available for redemptions in Clarke Quay Central, and come packed with festive treats like chocolates and cider. The mall will even deliver them to an address of your choice!
Below are the spend requirements to redeem each item:
- Pouch and postcard: $80*
- Scented candles: $200^
- Christmas hampers: $400+
*Pouch is fully redeemed, personalisation is still available for shoppers who have redeemed the pouch.
^Limited to first 750 redemptions.
+Limited to first 300 redemptions.
Clarke Quay Central Giveaways
Dates: From 24 Nov onwards
Location: Christmas Market at Atrium
Pouch personalisation available on weekends only.
4. Infinity room - be mesmerised by Christmas lights in a mirrored room
If you’re done shopping for the day, stop by the infinity room located just outside the mall along the Singapore River. With its enchanting Christmas lights and decorations reflected endlessly by its mirrored walls, the infinity room is the perfect spot to grab mesmerising shots for the ‘gram.
Location: River Promenade (outside the mall)
5. Roving acts by the river - catch free juggling and balancing acts
After a long day of stressing over what gifts to buy and actually purchasing the presents, take a breather along the River by catching roving acts in action.
We caught The Jay Show when we were here, which was staged by an expert performer whose acts progressively increased in difficulty. Right from the start, we couldn’t take our eyes off the artiste plate-balancing on skewers and deftly rolling a crystal ball on his arms and shoulders.
The performance reached its peak when he balanced a foldable trolley atop his chin before ending with him juggling bowling pins while on a platform held up by a roller and cans. Not something I would try of my own volition.
And The Jay Show is not the only roving act that is set to entertain you, with Bubble Shows on 8, 14, and 22 Dec and an LED Laser Show on.
Admission for these acts is FOC, so all you need do is sit (or stand) back and enjoy the show!
Roving Acts by the River
Dates: Every Friday and Saturday from now till 22 Dec 2018
Time: 8PM onwards
Location: River Promenade (just outside the mall)
6. Musical medley - enjoy live musical performances of popular Christmas tunes
Christmas isn’t really coming to town until you hear broadcasts of musical classics like “Jingle Bells”. That’s why Clarke Quay Central has it’s very own Musical Medley, where you’ll get to bask in the spirit of Christmas with a lineup that includes acapella, harpist, and even jazz renditions of popular festive tunes.
Dates: 7-25 Dec 2018
- Fridays: 7PM
- Saturdays, 24 and 25 Dec: 3PM and 7PM
- Sundays: 3PM
- Weekdays: 12:30PM
7. Weekend craft workshops - learn how to make Christmas ornaments from scratch
Team up with your fam and learn how to make handcrafted trinkets for Christmas, including leather crafts and mason jar snow globes.
Learn how to make these leather pouches and mason jar snow globes!
Or if you prefer, there are also workshops to guide you on the art of prettifying macaroons and ornaments for the upcoming festivities.
Simply spend a minimum of $50 during the weekends to redeem a pass* from the concierge.
*Limited to first 50 redemptions per session.
Weekend Craft Workshops
- Leather Craft Workshop: 15 Dec 2018
- Mason Jar Snow Globe Workshop: 16 Dec 2018
- Macaroons Decorating Workshop: 22 Dec 2018
- Ornaments Decorating Workshop: 23 Dec 2018
8. Christmas market - pick up handmade crafts and trinkets for Christmas
Infuse the Christmas presents for your loved ones with a personalised touch by shopping at the Christmas Market, where local craft smiths have set up stalls selling crafts like gemstone and crystal accessories and handmade cards, notebooks, and stickers.
Adorable clockwork decorations like these are available to deck out your home with festive cheer!
Dates: Now till 1 Jan 2019
Time: 11AM-10PM daily
Experience the joy of Christmas at Clarke Quay Central
Apart from letting us pause and take stock of the past year, Christmas is a good time to express our gratitude to our strongest pillars of support: our families.
And Clarke Quay Central is set to do just that with its festive activities, which include roving acts by the river and weekend candy buffets, promising to bring joy and entertainment to your whole family.
Bonus for TSL readers: Flash this article at Clarke Quay Central’s concierge upon signing up to be a ShopFarEast member and get a $5 voucher to spend at any Far East Mall. Only 50 vouchers are available, so make your way down now!
And if you’re looking to earn more rewards, here’s a tip. Use the ShopFarEast mobile app to earn points when you shop at any participating Far East Mall - apart from Clarke Quay Central, you can also earn points at other malls like Orchard Central, West Coast Plaza, and Katong V. The points can then score you deals on dining, retail and even staycations!
Check out Clarke Quay Central’s Facebook for more updates.
This post was brought to you by Far East Malls.
Photography by Huy Pham.