POV: You hear Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey belting out festive tunes through the speakers and spot and garlands and fairy lights at every corner. There’s no mistaking it, Christmas is here, and this year’s festivities are surely greater than the last.
Changi Festive Village has kicked things off at Jewel Changi, Changi Airport Park Connector as well as Terminals 3 and 4 with more festive activities than you can finish in a day. From now till 3rd January 2022, there’s plenty of reasons to swing by the airport – even if you’re not planning a VTL trip.
There’s a lot more to explore on your next visit to Jewel. And by this, we mean that your dreams of a White Christmas still can come true thanks to some artificial snowfall at the Shiseido Forest Valley that happens twice every hour, from 6.15PM -10.35PM, daily.
Sit down on the cushions to activate some the “onsen steam” from the ground, or scan the QR code to snap a picture with AR snow monkeys.
After, take a “trip around the world” with interactive decor featuring a Japanese onsen, the Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China and South African safari. Don’t leave before watching the Christmas-themed light shows projected on the iconic Rain Vortex every hour from 7.30PM – 10.30PM daily.
Location: Jewel Changi, Forest Valley
Price: Free, spend $25 on a single receipt to redeem one same-day entry
We’ve gone gaga over Prudential Marina Bay Carnival and the recent D’Ultimate XCape at Downtown East. This year-end, save a date in your calendar for Terminal 4’s Dino Carnival.Rain or shine, plans won’t be thwarted at this indoor carnival that stretches across the departure hall with 20 dinosaur-themed carnival games and a fairy light-illuminated street market.
Cool down with an Ice Blended Coconut drink (from $5)
Be sure to come hungry as there’s plenty of grub in store. The food court on level 2 has been transformed into a pop-up market overflowing with stores serving up all kinds of mouth-watering nosh. Dive into giant mentaiko and mala-flavoured hot dogs ($9.90) from Jumbadog and thick macaroons – or Fatcarons – from Sweedy Patisserie.
Who would have guessed they could fit something like that inside the terminal?
You may be as surprised as us to find Singapore’s first air-conditioned go-kart attraction, Dino Kart right at the corner of the departure hall. Hop on board electric karts, floor the pedal, and race your friends at speeds of up to 24KM/H, across a 400M route with 10 bends. A mini kid-friendly route is also available for young ones!
Zoom around the departure hall’s automated check-in systems
Do wear covered footwear as slippers are strictly not allowed. Lockers, helmets and hair nets will be provided.
Location: Terminal 4
Carnival entry: $2/pax
Dino Kart: from $15 for Novice Circuit, from $21 for Pro (online booking only). Includes entry ticket to carnival.
Dino Kart is only available till 2nd January 2022.
Purchase a carnival entry pass | Book a Dino Kart ride
There’s no better time to hit that daily step count as the Changi Jurassic Mile and the rest of the Changi Airport Park Connector have been transformed into a breathtaking scene. Wander through 10,000 LED tulips, dandelions, sunflowers and Sakura trees, stretching across 3.5KM.
You’d be remiss if you don’t explore it from head to tail as there are four different themed displays – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – across the various sections of the route for plenty of photo ops. Come by during the evenings or after dark for the best experience – the route is open 24/7.
Location: Changi Airport Park Connector
Enter the transit area of the airport without having to book a flight with Terminal 4’s brand new overnight experience: Glamping by the Runway. The novelty factor is sky-high with this unique staycation of sorts, where you can snooze in massive tents complete with a queen-sized air bed, soft carpet, portable AC and charging points.
Gaze out the tent for a stellar view of the runway from your bed and try to wake up early – we hear the sunrise views are fantastic. Complimentary family-friendly entertainment includes movies and arcade and childhood games.
Only 30 tents are available per night so be sure to book early to secure a slot.
Location: Terminal 4
Rates: from $360/night from Mon – Wed | $390/night from Thu – Sun | $490/night on PH and eve of PH
Glamping by the Runway is only available till 2nd January 2022.
Book a stay at Glamping by the Runway
Be sure to set aside a whole day here, or maybe even plan for multiple visits as there’s plenty more in store including:
While some of us jet off to lands far away, those of us who choose to stay in Singapore won’t be missing out on the mad variety of new attractions launching, including Changi Festive Village 2021.
Make sure to make your bookings for the activities on Changi Festive Village’s website ASAP as slots are limited.
Changi Festive Village
Date: Until 3rd January 2021
Venue: Jewel Changi, Terminal 3, Terminal 4 & Changi Airport Park Connector
For more things to do this Christmas:
Photography by Pichan Cruz.
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