Celebrate Christmas at Jurong Point
We might not have snow, but Christmas in Singapore is something else to behold - fancy light displays, discounts everywhere and mall spaces transformed into pockets of Yuletide.
And Westies rejoice, you don’t even have to battle with the crowds in town. Whether you’re scrambling for some last minute gifts or just want to bask in the festivities, you’ll love Jurong Point’s take on the season - tropical-themed Christmas celebrations from now until 26 December.
Here’re some things you can do to get into the festive spirit - best of all, you might even win a real tropical getaway!
1. Win a trip to the Maldives and other freebies
Image credit: @visitmaldives
It’s the year-end, so you might be dreaming of that beach getaway. Well, say hello to the chance of winning a trip for two to Maldives, where you’ll get to enjoy 8 days and 7 nights worth of dazzling blue waters and white sandy beaches.
Just spend at least $150* for a shot at the lucky draw, where a grand winner will leave smiling with the Club Med Maldives all-inclusive holiday package worth $16,400 - it’ll let you live the high life with return flights on Singapore Airlines’ Business Class and a stay at a posh overwater suite.
*Note: With max. 3 combined same-day receipts.
Bring back a dose of tropical fun with this cheery umbrella!
Keep your eyes peeled for other prizes and discounts, too. Shopaholics can knock themselves out with Jurong Point gift vouchers of up to a whopping $10,000, while the sure-win redemption will please the aunties in all of us - FREE Christmas wrappers and tropical umbrellas are all up for grabs*!
*Min. spend of $80 and $150 respectively. Max 2 and 3 combined same-day receipts respectively. While stocks last.
2. Pretend you’re overseas by exploring themed food areas
It might not be the Maldives, but these themed food streets will transport you to places like Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia in an instant!
Walk down the newly renovated Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street and you'll feel as if you were transported to Japan as it introduces its first Japanese Food Alley in Singapore.
Image credit: Jurong Point
New concepts includes Ginzushi, a sushi lovers' paradise that serves up sashimi, chirashi dons and even premium unagi creations starting from just $2. And you can get affordable grab-and-go nosh at Tenfuku with tempura rice bowls going from $7.80.
Other familiar names include Idaten Udon and Wadori, where you can snack on quick and satisfying udon bowls from $5.60, and delectable Japanese skewers (8 for $10.50, 12 for $15.50) respectively.
Chewy and fluffy donut encased in a thin chocolate shell - for $2.20 a piece!
Besides other restaurants like Men-ichi Ramen, Shabu-ichi Hokkaido Hotpot Buffet and Japanese pasta cafe Kabe no Ana, you’ll find street stalls selling mochi, cakes, Japanese snacks, and even super kawaii cat donuts at Gokoku Japanese bakery!
With vivid flashing neon sign boards lining this walkway, Mongkok street is an impressive replication of its original counterpart in Hong Kong. Here, you’ll find provision shops selling old school snacks, Hong Kong food diners, and even a mahjong shop!
We stopped by Legendary Hong Kong to check out their authentic handmade mini egg tarts (3 for $5.40). These were all flaky, buttery goodness with a creamy, eggy center that simply dissolved in our mouths.
Our neighbour across the causeway was also represented - stroll along this nostalgic food street and tuck into dishes like kway chap, curry fish head, and chilli ban mian!
Rustic pushcarts like those of the good ol’ kampong days
If you have a weakness for kuehs or dessert, good news: you’ll also find an alluring assortment of traditional nonya kuehs starting from just $1!
Malaysia Boleh! has also recently been zhng-ed with a new extension, so even if you’ve been here before for their delectable Malaysian food offerings, there are now more stalls to explore, including Zi-Char stall Seafood Restoran Gohtong Jaya for its signature Penang Fish Head and Crispy Marmite Belly Pork!
3. Get gifts at a discount at Yankee Candle and Lego Store
If you’re one to put off your Christmas gift-shopping to the last minute, here’s some inspiration to prevent deja vu last-minute panic this year!
Snag 25% off festive Yankee Candles
Whether it’s a warm and spicy scent like Cinnamon & Cedar for your mom, a musky Crackling Wood Fire candle for dad, or sweet-smelling Christmas Magic for your BFF, these holiday candles from Yankee Candle will make the most thoughtful gifts for your loved ones.
You won’t even have to feel guilty about wiping their racks clean of their Christmas stock.
With their festive candles going at 25% off from now ‘till 31st December 2017, you can now get a large jar candle for $32.18 (U.P. $42.90) and a small jar candle for $16.43 ($21.90). That’s savings of up to $10 per candle!
Shave up to $15 off Lego sets at the Lego Store
For those who have little kids to spoil, head to the Lego Certified Store to pick up these advent calendars on sale. These will make counting down to Christmas even more exciting!
Psst..they even have a Star Wars set for $59.90 (U.P. $74.90)!
4. Dive into a giant ball pit - and do good while you’re at it
Picture above is for illustration purposes only. Image credit: @mario.milestones
With a minimum donation of $5 per person, your lil’ kiddies can dive into this giant blue sea of a ball pit and enjoy 15 minutes of splashing about.
All proceeds will go to NTUC-U Care Fund that supports low-income members, the elderly, and needy children and youths - so you can truly say it’s the season of giving.
Dates: 11th - 17th December 2017
Time: 12PM - 10PM, Daily
5. Enjoy free music performances and meet-and-greets
Image credit: Jurong Point
For parents with little ones in tow, keep them entertained with activities happening every weekend all the way till Christmas Eve!
They’ll get to bring home balloon “animals”, groove along to music and dance performances or even tell their wishlist to Santa at an exclusive meet-and-greet!
Dates: 17th Dec 2017
Music and Dance Performances
Dates: Every weekend till 16th Dec
Time: 7PM -7.30PM
Dates: Every weekend from 9th to 24th Dec
Time: 2PM, 7PM
Venue: JP1 and JP2, Level 1
Christmas festivities at your doorstep
Westies, Christmas has truly arrived at your doorstep. With everything from shopping to food, and tons of great prizes to be won, your otherwise humdrum Christmas will be transformed into a glorious festive occasion before D-day.
And hey, Westies don’t get to have all the fun. Even if you live far away, all you have to do is head down to this largest suburban mall in Singapore and join right in!
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