How do people celebrate Christmas in Singapore?

Ahmad Khaw, Photographer, Avid Traveler
Answered December 01, 2020

Christmas celebrations in Singapore feature a lot of entertainment and shopping opportunities. You are unlikely to have snow in this part of Asia, but Xmas lights, performances, and parties make up for that. Moreover, theme and amusement parks stage special programs for their visitors around Christmastime.

Christmas market decorations

So, let’s find out how people celebrate Christmas in Singapore.

Admire Singapore Christmas Lights and Decorations

Strolling around and relishing the Lion City’s lights and decorations is a reason enough for visiting the island nation around Christmas. You can find giant Xmas trees laden with decorative ribbons and ornamentation in various locations. 

While getting from one such place to another, look up now and then to appreciate light bulbs, lanterns, and colorful adornments hanging overhead. Since these are available in many appealing colors and designs, you may wish to stretch your neck before getting on the street. 

Some of the Garden City’s best places for such activities are Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay

Buy Presents at Singapore’s Christmas Markets and Shopping Malls

Christmas and New Year celebrations without buying gifts are something like a wedding without a wedding cake, do you agree? So, grab shopping bags and browse ION OrchardPlaza SingapuraThe Paragon, and other malls along Orchard Road. 

Given that your present hunt takes you near Sentosa Island, pay a visit to VivoCity, Singapore’s largest shopping center. As a bonus, a light show may surprise you while there.

To give a wide berth to overcrowded shopping malls, do check out Christmas markets and fairs. Besides discovering a true Xmas spirit there, browse stalls and chalets for home decoration, mouth-watering specialties, and eye-appealing accessories.

Want to know the best part? Shopping in Singapore is tax-free. 

Have Fun Christmastime at Singapore Fairs and Amusement Parks

To have a chat with Santa Claus and enjoy a Grand Carousel or some other ride, go to Christmas Village on Orchard Road. You would also do well to arrive hungry since you will have a selection of specialties to treat your taste buds and fill your belly. 

For something equally, if not more, entertaining, stop by the Merlion City’s S.E.A. Aquarium on Sentosa Island. There, watch Father Christmas diving among tropical fish and his elves feeding them. Also, visit Universal Studios Singapore to win a Xmas gift, meet your favorite characters, and attend Christmas Parade. 

Check out Christmas Wonderland (Gardens by the Bay) to sing carols, admire illuminated structures, take part in parades and carnivals, and watch theatrical shows.

For a truly unforgettable Christmas wrap-up, attend the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown show. 

Party Hard and Do it Smart

Of course, we couldn’t forget partying for Christmas, could we? Besides hosting one at home, why wouldn’t you make it more grandiose, rent a venue, and invite more people? 

On the other hand, consider yourself invited to an outdoor party. Anti-Covid-19 measures permitting, come on Christmas Eve for a countdown on Orchard Road. Or, join a party on a Xmas Boat Light Parade suitable for both kids and adults. 


Also, spend some time walking the Singapore River waterfront to appreciate the embellished city. Moreover, check out the Lion City’s churches to attend Christmas masses.

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