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Where to go to enjoy the festive season
by Sarah Jane Ong

AUGMENTED REALITY WINTER WONDERLAND AT MARINA SQUARE

Watch Marina Square's main atrium get transformed into a winter wonderland of polar bears, snow and even Santa Claus when you use your phone to capture the augmented reality in the mall. Simply download the free Marina Square AR Christmas App on your iPhones and android phones, head down to Marina Square, and have fun!

Date: November 22 to December 25, 2013
Time: 10am
Venue: Marina Square Atrium, Level One
Admission: Free


CRAZY CHRISTMAS IS BACK WITH THE TING TONG BELLES

Have a great laugh during the festive season with a variety show performed by a stellar cast including Kumar, Selena Tan, Judee Tan and Vocaluptuous. The musical will be full of yuletide joy, jokes and splitting skits, so this is one performance that you don’t want to miss!

Date: December 11 to 22, 2013
Time: 6 and 8pm (R18), 2 and 4pm (PG)
Venue: Esplanade Theatre, Raffles Avenue
Admission: From $17 to $107 (December 11-12), from $19 to $127 (December 13-22). Get your tickets from www.sistic.com.sg

PUBLIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Start gearing up for Christmas and doing your Christmas shopping at the Public Garden Christmas Markets from November to December.

Held over four weekends, there will be lots of clothes, accessories and Christmas gourmet goodies to get for yourself and others.

Some of the brands include The Gourmet Pie Company, I Spot A Potter, Forest Child and more.

Date: November 23 to 24, 30, December 1, 7 to 8, 14 to 15, 2013
Time: 1pm
Venue: TripleOne Somerset, Level 16, 111 Somerset Road
Admission: Free

GO AROUND THE WORLD WITH WISMA ATRIA

Want to see the world’s famous landmarks but cannot travel around too much? Wisma Atria will be showing you all these landmarks through hand painted optical illusions drawn by Dutch street artists. Not only that, there will also be late night shopping till 11pm, lucky draws, free gifts and more during this period of time.

Date: November 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Time: All day
Venue: Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
Admission: Free

ENTER THE WHIMSICAL FANTASY WORLD AT VIVOCITY THIS CHRISTMAS

Christmas at VivoCity is going to be an eventful and exciting one this year. With Vivocity housing the tallest Christmas tree in Singapore, with its tree built taller and taller this year, this year’s tree will be standing at a staggering height of almost 33 metres tall.

VivoCity will also be celebrating its seventh anniversary this year, so head down to the mall to catch fireworks, performances while celebrating Christmas.

Date: November 28 (fireworks), December 15, 2013 (performance)
Time: 9pm (fireworks), 5pm (performance)
Venue: Promenade (fireworks), Level Three Amphitheatre (performance), VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Admission: Free

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT ORCHARD HOTEL

There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than with Santa Claus, the icon of this festive holiday. This year, Orchard Hotel Singapore will be erected a life-sized Gingerbread House with a Peranakan style. Christmas goodies like nyonya pineapple cookies will be sold in the Gingerbread House. A giant Christmas Tree will be towering over everyone in the hotel lobby as well, so you can dance around with a Santa Claus, Santarinas and sing along to live Christmas carols during this festive season.

Date: November 21 to December 25, 2013
Time: 11am
Venue: Orchard Hotel Singapore, 442 Orchard Road
Admission: Free

CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AT CLARKE QUAY

Be surrounded with promotions, discounts and gourmet goodies all around the centre of Clarke Quay at restaurants and bars like Shanghai Dolly, The Pumproom, The Chupitos Bar and more. Head out at night with a few of your best friends and drink and eat and merry away.

Date: November 15 to December 31, 2013
Time: 6pm
Venue: Clarke Quay
Admission: Free

FESTIVE SURPRISES AT AMK HUB

It’s going to be a fun and lovely Christmas with your family this year at AMK Hub with live performances by a life-sized Gingerbread Man and Snowman, a snow and bubble extravaganza to recreate a (soapy) winter season and even a grand Christmas parade for everyone to enjoy. With many activities and promotions held this year at AMK Hub, Christmas will be fun.

Date: Throughout November and December, 2013
Time: 12pm
Venue: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Admission: Free

CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR AT 313@SOMERSET

Celebrate a fun and environmentally friendly Christmas at 313@Somerset this year and try to catch as many Christmas stars as you can in the mall to win points to get prizes such as shopping vouchers and even a Xbox Kinect. Furthermore, you can even purchase a secret mystery box from #B1-31 to receive mystery gifts curated specially by the retailers of 313@Somerset.

Date: December 9 to 29, 2013
Time: 1pm
Venue: 313@Somerset, 313 Somerset Road
Admission: Free

EXPERIENCE A MERRY NEW RHYTHM WITH JEM

Like its name states, Jem will be having live public performances by a children’s orchestra, a string quartet, a saxophonist, and even an a capella group during the weekends of Decembers. Be wow-ed by Jem’s Christmas promotions of lucky draws, shopping vouchers and gifts with purchases such as the limited Jem mugs when you shop at Jem this Christmas.

Date: December 1 to 25, 2013
Time: 1pm
Venue: Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road
Admission: Free

CHRISTMAS HUNT FOR FESTIVE BEARS AT SHANGRI-LA

Make Christmas this year a fun and interactive one at Shangri-La Hotel with its Christmas hunt for “festive bears” located all around the hotel. Just take a photo with the family of four life-sized teddy bears at different parts of the hotels and upload it on the hotel’s Instagram or Facebook to win stays or dining prizes. Shangri-La teddy bears will also be sold to support the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Date: November 29 to December 25, 2013
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road
Admission: Free

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