You’re probably getting an overload of Christmas-centric everything, but if you want to escape it, there are loads of parties (shoutout to ZoukOut), festivals and even a burrito eating contest to keep you pumped.
Friday, Dec 9
The UN Women Singapore Committee will be screening Abhinav Shiv Tiwar’s feature film, OASS (The Dew Drop) which has been making its rounds at numerous film festivals. Based on a true story, the film is centered around a young girl who falls into the scary world of human trafficking. Dec 9
G-Shock and local music label Darker than Wax are coming together for an electrifying night at CATO. Part of their recent collaboration which birthed the limited edition G-Shock GD-100 watches, the label will also be celebrating their fifth anniversary by with their artists Daryl C and Kaye helming the decks. Dec 9
The annual two-day outdoor music festival you’ve been waiting for is finally here. Despite going through a lot over the past year, ZoukOut will take place at the same place and feature a mix of local and international acts like Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Tokimonsta, Zedd, Aldrin, Intriguant and more. Dec 9-10
Although the Princess Terrace at Copthorne King’s Hotel has gathered quite the reputation for Chef Lim Por Tit’s Penang cuisine buffet, they’re also a great dining option when it comes to their Christmas buffets. This season, they’re serving up a special menu with the usual festive suspects like roasted turkey with greens, honey baked ham, delicious log cakes and Christmas pudding. You’ll get 25% off the buffet lunch or dinner when you spend using any UOB Card from Mon-Thurs. Terms and conditions apply. More here.
Makers Market is back with its Christmas edition, perfect for tucking into sweet delights like delicious macaroons by Oven Secrets and Sherramelt’s mini Christmas domes. And of course, you can get some quick Christmas shopping done as there’ll also be a slew of cute artisanal goodies and accessories. Dec 9-11
Lang Leav, known for her poems on unrequited love and all things melancholic, will be in Singapore to promote her new poetry book The Universe of Us. Dec 9-11
Luminarie – Sculpture of Light at Gardens By The Bay’s “Christmas Wonderland”
Singapore’s biggest annual Yuletide fair is happening at Gardens By The Bay from now till Jan 1 (3:30pm-11pm, daily). Now in its third year, Christmas Wonderland has expanded its fairground to host Luminarie – Sculptures of Light from Italy, an upsized Ice Palace with a 400 sq m ice skating rink and other carnival attractions. At Festive Market, nibble on seasonal delights from La Noël chez PAUL, churros by Churros Factory, crispy cinnamon apple wantons by The Travelling Cow—not forgetting the restaurants on site. Don’t forget to check out the handmade knick-knacks at the market, too, like miniature gifts from Blue Stone Craft Gifts and Toys, trinkets from Curious Creatures, natural soy candles from Sally’s Room and more. Admission tickets from $6 available only via pre-booking online.
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In support of Singaporean filmmaker Mak CK’s crowdfunded documentary, Buying Happiness, SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar has created a special set dinner menu to raise funds to help the orphans in Tanzania and the production of the film. Through Dec 9
Fancy food festivals like Savour, Epicurean Market and Chang Sensory Trails are all well and good, but we’re intrigued by this heartland festival doing all the pasar malam favorites. Through Dec 11
Saturday, Dec 10
Hombre Cantina’s burrito eating contest
This edition’s Kampong BYOB Party at The Great Escape is dedicated to climate change. Expect a documentary screening by environmentalist collective Up2Degrees, live painting, healthy food, and cheap drinks, as well as music by international DJs Marvin Gold, Vito Zeubill and Jeck Hyde. Dec 10
Local non-profit organization Oogachaga is throwing a fund-raising three-course dinner at 8 Cafe & Bar so that they can continue to provide support and counselling for the local LGBT community and keep their facilities running. Drop by and have some delicious food fare specially prepared by chef Bill Ho. Dec 10
While you’re imagining yourself as Luke Skywalker (or Darth Vader), get into a full-body toning workout with unique saber-striking techniques alongside fast-paced music at SaberFit. And of course burning up to 600 calories in an hour is just another incentive. Dec 10
You’ll find some great fashion pieces at Kent & Curwen, especially since football superstar David Beckham has agreed to work with the brand for the next five years. The selection in this upcoming collection is perfect for any modern man’s wardrobe, from the classic navy military bomber and heavyweight peacoats for holidays in cooler climes to raw cut rugby jerseys and appliqued cotton-jersey t-shirts. Make your purchases using any UOB Card during this festive period and get special discounts off your loot (15% off for three sale items, 20% off four). Terms and conditions apply. More here.
Dress up and make sure whatever you’re wearing is salsa-friendly as Post Bar is going to have an electric Latino Night. Have a boozy-fuelled night with their selection of drinks like the Cuban Mojito and the classic margarita. Latin singer Martin Elias Reyes will be performing while salsa dancer Diantha D’Cotta will be teaching you a few salsa moves. Dec 10
If you’re all out of love or making love out of nothing at all, don’t fret. Your mom’s favorite rock duo Air Supply is returning to Singapore after five years, rocking out lovey-dovey classic ballads from albums like “Lost In Love”, “The One That You Love” and more. Dec 10
We’re getting our very first burrito eating contest, all thanks to Hombre Cantina. Participants will have to finish a Mounstro Burrito filled with two kilos of rice, beans, pork, beef and chicken. The winner will walk away with bragging rights, and a year’s supply of burritos. Dec 10
Remember all those times you spent with friends after school over Swensen’s massive “EarthQuake” of eight scoops of ice-cream and insanely sinful toppings? Relive those days at your Christmas party with their selection of ice cream log cakes like the classic cookies and cream log cake, Mystical Tiramisu, Rocher Nirvana and more. If you’re a UOB Card holder, order them before Dec 11 to get a 15% discount. Fret not, you’ll still get 10% off if you order after Dec 11. Terms and conditions apply. More here.
Live out your fears of a zombie apocalypse at Mutants & Mayhem. Come dressed in what you think you’d be wearing in a post-apocalyptic Singapore, and try to escape Colony 13 (a warehouse at Ubi Link) as zombies and mutants try to infect every last surviving member of your group. Dec 10-11
Drink Eat Party 2016 may be the most hyperlocal block party we’ve seen so far. Treat yourself to roast beef, BBQ chicken, sambal stingray and grilled squid. Microbrewery 1925 Brewing Co. will be serving their craft beers and there will be live music by local band Paraphrase. Dec 10-11
Public Garden’s Christmas market will oversee a plethora of vendors selling a stunning range of home decors, accessories and apparels such as Pokemon pins by Dawn Owlette, comfy shoes by Malaysian design label Yoke and Theam and handmade jewelry by Klungsee Samadun. Dec 10-11 & 17-18
Sunday, Dec 11
Topless Liberation Front
Have a good laugh before Monday comes with British comedian Bill Bailey as he will be performing his “Larks in Transit” show. The show will be filled with humorous real stories of himself as a travelling comedian. Dec 11
Get into the festive mood the next time you walk down Orchard Road, as the annual display of light fixtures, glowing reindeers and sparkling stars are now hanging over the roads and sidewalks of the busy street. This year, check out the five unique and interactive installations along the Orchard stretch. Through Jan 2
If you’re short on time, you’re probably scouring the Internet for the right gifts for Christmas. Why not save some money while you’re at it? ShopBack, a local e-commerce startup that uses the popular cashback reward program, has some great deals and discounts from over 300 online stores. UOB Card holders will receive additional cash back for iTunes (7%), Apple Store (1.5%), Apple Music (up to $7.50), ASOS (6%) and Yoox (6%). Terms and conditions apply. More here.
Here’s one we hope won’t get an IMDA intervention: local film producer and artist Bhavna Shivayogimath will be exploring themes of female identity, self-expression and sisterhood at her first-ever exhibition, The Topless Liberation Front. Through Jan 8
The Singapore Biennale is still on btw! This fifth edition of the contemporary art exhibition, titled “Atlas of Mirrors”, will showcase 58 different artwork presentations from 60 artists (10 of which are Singaporean) and three art collectives who were shortlisted based on their past work and art practices by creative director Susie Lingham and a bunch of museum and associate curators. Through Feb 26
From now till Dec 31, spend a minimum of $2,500 using any UOB Card to redeem the new, exclusive UOB x JaeSuk Kim x G-Shock watch—Singapore’s first limited edition designer contactless wearable that lets you pay by tapping the UOB Contactless Card in the watch. Terms and conditions apply. More here.