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Lesser-known Christmas events in Singapore

With music, movies, and markets dedicated just towards it, Christmas is, without a doubt, a tree-mendous event. But, with the razzle-dazzle comes crowds. You already know it – there’ll be lots of people flocking towards the popular Christmas events in Singapore, from Changi Festive Village to the Orchard Road light-up.

Unintentional photo bombers in all your pictures? Not slay sleigh. For those seeking a peaceful festive season with their friends and fam, we sussed out these lesser-known Christmas events in Singapore with markets, activities, and even IG-ready decor. 

1. Capitol Kempinski Christmas Market – European market & snowfall

capitol kempinski christmas market

With over 50 vendors peddling handmade ornaments and seasonal treats at the Capitol Kempinski Christmas Market, you’ll have no problem stocking up on holiday goodies here. Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza has even been decked out to resemble European Christmas fairs – so you can pretend you’re shopping on the streets of Germany or Austria. 

To complete the winter Xmas fantasy, delight in a lil’ nighttime snowfall or catch carolling performances by the giant Singing Tree, sprung right in the centre of the plaza. There will also be other live band shows here, and light projections by the CHIJMES lawn that you won’t want to miss.


Capitol Kempinski Christmas Market
Opening hours: Now till 26th December 2022, 12pm-9pm, Daily
Venue: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Contact: Capitol Singapore website 

Capitol Kempinski Singing Tree
Date: 16th-18th & 23rd-25th December 2022
Time: 7.30PM & 8.30PM

Date: Now till 26th December 2022
Time: 7pm-10pm, Daily

Live Performances
Date: 14th & 21st December 2022
Time: 7pm-7.30pm & 8pm- 8.30pm

Light Projection Show
Date: 22nd-31st December 2022
Time: 7.30pm onwards

2. A Curbside Christmas – Handmade trinkets & crystal gems

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Curbside Crafters is best known for being a curated space for local crafters, entrepreneurs, and artists to sell their works. This Christmas, the permanent marketplace is filled with bits and bobs of handmade jewellery, terrazzo trays, and crystal gems.

It’s the perfect hunting ground if you’re shopping for a Gen Z’s present. Or, bring them along and hunt for the 5 hidden logo stickers around the store to win home a special goodie bag.

A Curbside Christmas
Admission: Free
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-8.30pm (Closed on Mondays.)
Opening hours are 12pm-6pm on 24th December 2022.

Venue: Curbside Crafters, 730 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198698
Contact: Curbside Crafters Facebook 

3. Public Garden Christmas – Expo for independent Asian artists

Public Garden Christmas market
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While Public Garden might be a tad more crowded, that’s only because it’s teeming with independent labels from all over Asia, who’ve flown in just for the Christmas weekend. 

Expect a huge variety of goods from quirky stationery to skincare and bedsheets. This year’s theme is “A Tropical Christmas”, so come in your most floral Hawaiian shirt plus some coloured shades for a chance to be featured on their IG page.

Public Garden Christmas 2022
Admission: Free
Date: 24th-25th December 2022
Time: 1pm-7pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 405, Level 4, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Contact: Public Garden website 

4. Chinatown Christmas Market – Workshops by the handicapped

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Chinatown and Christmas aren’t two words you’d normally pair with each other. However, the good folks from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped and Red Cross Society beg to differ. They’ll be selling crafts, conducting workshops, giving massages, and busking along the streets.

Come down and support them at the Chinatown Christmas Market, and make sure to stay for the snow machines which will operate between 4.30pm and 7pm. Trust us, snow in Chinatown is a phenomenon you just have to see for yourself.

Chinatown Christmas Market
Admission: Free
Date: 19th-20th & 26th-27th December 2022
Time: 10am-8pm
Venue: Pagoda Street and Sago Street, Singapore 059962

5. Etsy Craftivist SG – Local crafts workshops & books

Etsy Craftivist Christmas Market,
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If you’re a fan of DIY, you’ll want to make a beeline for Etsy Craftivist Christmas Market, where they’re conducting a slew of fun workshops that start from $18.82 per pax. Whip up 3D jelly art, paint ornaments for your christmas tree, or craft felted soap under the guidance of local instructors.

Here’s a bonus for bookworms: This year’s market will also sport tons of reads from Bookfest @ Singapore, whom Etsy has collabed with. 

Etsy Craftivist Christmas Market
Date: Until 18th December 2022
Time: 10am-10pm, Daily
Venue: Suntec Convention Centre Hall 401-406, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Contact: Etsy Craftivist SG Instagram

6.  Flor’s Christmas Market – Pottery, kitchenware & street food

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Flor Patisserie.
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Now, if you’re somewhat of a Grinch but still need somewhere to get a couple of last-minute gifts, Flor’s Christmas Market by Flor Patisserie is a good bet. Rather than going OTT with Christmas trees and decor, this market keeps things fuss-free with a handful of stores selling high-utility gifts. 

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Find Japanese knives from Seki City, handmade ceramics from Omelet Trees Studio, as well as prints, stickers, and stationery from local artist Cham Jam. Once you’re done Christmas shopping, swing by the Penpals in the Community booth to write some letters of well wishes to the elderly in the community to show some love.

Flor’s Christmas Market
Date: 17th-18th December 2022
Time: 11am-6pm, Daily
Venue: 53 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455214
Contact: Flor Patisserie Facebook

7. Raffles Place Park – Interactive light installations

raffles place christmas light up
Image credit: Raffles Place Alliance

Pretty light ups don’t always come with an entry fee and that’s the case with Raffles Place Park, featuring larger-than-life installations that twinkle after hours. Visit the open-air park near the MRT for a romantic stroll with your boo, and snap pictures with gigantic present boxes, LED Christmas trees, and snowflakes to ring in the festive season. 

raffles place xmas light installation
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These decorations are interactive as well – whip out your cell phone and follow the instructions on the sign boards to control the colours of the light. Since a festive Xmas is really incomplete without good tunes, also croon along to their live Christmas carols and acapella performances happening at One Raffles Place’s atrium.

Date: Now till 31st December 2022
Time: 7pm-12am, Daily
Venue: Raffles Place Park
Contact: Raffles Place website

8. I12 Katong – Dance performances & Christmas carols

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You need to check out the musical performance by a duo known as il Grande Piano at i12 Katong for something really unique and entertaining. These dancers are going to recreate popular Christmas numbers by tapping their feet on a gigantic keyboard on the floor. Dancing and creating music at the same time? Now that’s real talent.

And if you’d like a go at creating your own tune on the keyboard, all you have to do is spend $80 at the mall within 2 same-day receipts to redeem an event pass, limited to the first 540 redemptions.

NTU choir
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All those who find themselves singing along to the Christmas songs playing everywhere right now may be keen to check out NTU CAC Choir carolling on Xmas eve and the actual day. The choir will be singing a mix of classics and pop songs.

To get the little ones curious about the religious origins of Christmas, walk your way through Sound of Art’s curated exhibition. There will also be artsy workshops to keep them busy while you check out the retail options at the mall.

Musical Performances by il Grande Piano
Date: Now till 18th December 2022
Showtimes: 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

The Art of Christmas
Date: 21st-25th December 2022
Time: 12pm-8pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium

Christmas Carolling by NTU CAC Choir
Date: 24th-25th December 2022
Showtimes: 2pm & 3.30pm

Address: 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802
Contact: i12 Katong website 

9. Jumptopia Festive Village – Bouncy castles & train rides in MBS

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Families with young kids, this one’s for you. The children are going to have a field day at the Jumptopia Festive Village, especially if they’re already fans of Kitzopia. We’re talking mega inflatables, bouncy castles, and a “snow” play area that’s actually a giant ball pit. 

There’ll also be a Christmas market and live performances including a magic show. For those IG-worthy shots, pose in front of the giant Ferris wheel and life-sized gingerbread house. After all that play, if the kids get hungry, there are plenty of food options too.

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Book tickets to the Jumptopia Festive Village ($24).

Jumptopia Festive Village
Date: Now till 3rd January 2022
Address: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall C, Level 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: 10am- 9pm, Daily
Contact: 8201 0393 | Kiztopia website

10. Christmas at the Stable – Meet horses & catch a movie

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Animal lovers can spend their Christmas cosying up to horses at Christmas at the Stable. Organised by animal rescue non-profit organisation, EQUAL, the event gives you a chance to get up close and personal with their herd of horses and learn more about them.

Apart from going on a stable tour, you can shop for gifts at the pop-up stall – all proceeds will go towards supporting the care of animals so you’ll be doing some good while shopping. Plus there’ll be an outdoor movie screening at the horse arena which you can enjoy while treating yourself to some gelato from Birds of Paradise.

Buy your tickets for Christmas at the Stable.

Christmas at the Stable
Admission: $60/pax, admission is free for children below 2 years old
Date: 26th-29th December 2022
Time: 6pm-9pm
Venue: 100 Jalan Mashhor, EQUAL-ARK Singapore Ltd Headquarters, Singapore 29917

Have a jolly good time at these Christmas events in Singapore

Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are this myriad of lesser-known Christmas events. Even if mingling with a crowd isn’t your idea of fun, there’s still more to the season than staying home with Netflix and turkey. Head on out to visit these stress-free events, markets, and pop-ups around town to enjoy the season of giving. 

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Cover image adapted from: @apricotandco, Kiztopia

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