20 New Things To Do In Singapore In December 2021 For Dates With Bae & 5 Pax Outings With Your Squad
We can finally say it with conviction - 5 pax outings are BACK. Just in time for the year-end holiday season, too! Sounds like a sweet way to end off this whirlwind that was 2021. Some of you might have to “re-learn” how to socialize all over again, but not to worry, for these 20 new things to do in Singapore for December 2021 will ensure that there’ll be zero awkward silences between you and your long-lost mates.
Read on for things to do in December 2021 in Singapore!
#1: Create a DIY preserved moss frame with The Mossiah
Plenty of terrarium and flower dome workshops have been popping up over the years, but here’s something a little less commonplace: A preserved moss frame workshop. Organised by The Mossiah, a local business that does customised moss wall art, this workshop will have you creating your own display piece complete with wooden laser-cut text that can be removed or rreplaced if you change your mind about it in the future.
Different coloured moss tufts can be mixed and layered with each other, with warm shades like yellow, orange, and light brown to spruce up all the green. Lovebirds can choose to have their names or couple hashtag adorning their masterpieces, along with fairy lights, and have this serve as wedding decor!
Address: 21 Bukit Batok Crescent, #02-70 WCEGA Tower, Singapore 658065
Opening hours: By appointment only
Price: Virtual workshops: From $68 | Physical workshops: From $75. Make your booking here.
#2: Get 360° views from SkyHelix Sentosa, Singapore’s highest open-air panoramic ride
Be on top of the world in all senses of the phrase with SkyHelix Sentosa, the highest open-air panoramic ride in Singapore standing tall at 79 metres above sea level. You’ll be strapped to a seat with you legs dangling over the edge, but not to worry, for this 12-minute ride is a slow-rotating one that’ll have you soaking in scenic views rather than screaming your head off.
In fact, it’s at such a relaxed speed that you’ll be able to take the ride with a drink in hand, which will be provided free-of-charge with your ticket purchase.
Read our full article on SkyHelix Sentosa here.
#3: Dine, watch movies, and play games in the “sky” with festive glamping at Jewel Changi
Remember the glamping sessions at Jewel Changi from last year? They’re back once more in time for the festive season. This year, you’ll have 2 different experiences to pick from. The first is Glam-party in the Clouds, where you and your pals can bond over food, movies, and the provided games in a cushy tent at Jewel’s Cloud9 Piazza over 5 hours. Bluetooth speakers will also be provided so you can put on your favourite tunes.
Each tent comes with a queen-sized bed so you can splay out in comfort, and also includes festive decor and dinnerware. On top of that, you’ll receive attraction tickets to Changi Experience Studio, which you can use at a later date.
Looking to spend a longer time out with your loved ones? Opt for Glamping by the Runway instead, the first of its kind at Changi Airport. As you might already have guessed, this 2D1N staycation will have your tent set up right in front of the runway viewing gallery, where you’ll get to watch planes take off into the night sky while surrounded by indoor fig trees, and wake up to a lovely sunrise the next morning before having breakfast in your little nook.
That’s not all - you’ll gain 24/7 access to in-tent movies, arcade games at the Entertainment Area, as well as indoor sports games at the Heritage Zone.
Date: Glam-party: Until 26 December 2021 | Glamping by the Runway: Until 2 January 2022
Location: Changi Airport
Price: Glam-party: From $150 for 5 pax ($30/person) | Glamping by the Runway: From $360/night for up to 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children
#4: Admire glowing ice sculptures in -5°C temperatures at the Ice Hotel Gallery
Channel your inner Elsa at the permanent new Ice Hotel Gallery, home to massive carved ice sculptures in sub-zero temperatures of -5°C. Mimicking the ice hotels in Nordic countries such as Finland, Norway, and Sweden, this attraction includes a hotel room set-up where you can have a mini “daycation”, along with an ice bar serving craft beer.
Spanning across a 17-metre snow field 5 themed zones, these intricate ice sculptures depict include magical seascapes, an ice throne, and forests, among other scenes. All of them glow with coloured lights shining through their clear and semi-opaque surfaces, making the whole spectacle so much more magical.
Read our full article on the Ice Hotel Gallery here.
#5: Bop along to the adorable Eevee Dance Parade
Pokemon fans would recall the Pikachu Parade from a few years back - a lighthearted and adorable invasion of life-sized Pikachu mascots brought to Singapore after going viral in none other than Japan. This year, it’s time for Eevee to shine in the Eevee Dance Parade, with 15 “live” Eevees gracing Sentosa for a 30-minute show.
Date: 10 - 12, 17 - 19 December 2021 (Preview show for Islander Members on 9 December)
Time: 7pm & 8.30pm
Location: Palawan Green at Sentosa
Price: FREE with minimum $15 spend at Sentosa
#6: Cruise along on an affordable yacht picnic, aka a Yachtnic
Regular picnics on grassy fields are classic, but ever been on a “floating” picnic in the sea? Now you can, with Yachtnic. As their name already suggests, this local yacht chartering company combines the best of yacht parties and picnics, providing a carefree respite from life as you sail away from stress in the great outdoors.
They’re currently having a special promotion for this month, where you’ll get to enjoy a 4-hour package for up to 5 pax at just $599 (U.P. $699) with decorations, an assorted picnic snack basket, and mineral water. That’s less than $150 per person!
Your 4-hour journey will first kick off at Sentosa Cove’s ONE ̊15 Marina, before heading off to the Marina Bay area where you can admire the city skyline. Then, you’ll dock over at Lazarus Island where you can get active with water sports, or simply chill. The picnic will be the icing on the cake at the end of the trip.
Those who get seasick easily can opt for the 3-hour Yachtnic Dock package instead at $399 (U.P. $499), which gives you the same scenic ocean views, the same boat as your party pad, but without the sailing around - meaning, the yacht will be staying put. Divide the cost by 5 people and you’ll be paying less than $80 each!
Simply DM Yachtnic on Instagram to make your booking.
#7: Spot the giant POP MART Molly installations across 15 sites across the island
POP MART fever is taking Singapore by storm, with more and more people jumping in on the blind box bandwagon. For the uninitiated, POP MART carries collectible toy figurines designed by various artists and illustrators, and most of their merchandise is sold in randomised blind boxes. You get to choose your desired character and series, but the item you’ll get will come as a surprise, which is where the fun lies!
Following the Dimoo exhibition at Marina Square, the toy collective has now busted out a mega-scale Molly edition, spanning across 15 CapitaLand Malls throughout the island. Each set-up comes with a different theme, with a supersized Molly installation at the centre of it all!
We’ve checked out these displays in person and can vouch that they look just as good in real life as they do in pictures! While there, you might just be tempted to try your luck with your own blind box purchase at the POP MART Roboshop vending machines.
Date: Until 2 January 2022
Location: 15 CapitaLand Malls
#8: Walk through colourful glowing paths at night with a Very Small Exhibition
Local art collective Very Small Exhibition is back with another one of their free limited-time light installation set-ups. This time, it’s located along the free-access walkways of Science Centre Singapore, with these areas coming alive with colour nightly for a month or so - relatively longer than some of their other pop-ups, which sometimes only occur over a few days or even a couple of hours.
Date: Until 2 January 2022
Time: 7pm - 9pm daily
Location: Science Centre Singapore
#9: Catch live Korean musical Jack the Ripper, starring Lee Hong Ki, Nam Woo-Hyun & other oppas
Fans of true crime stories would be familiar with Jack the Ripper - an English serial killer who solely targeted prostitutes in London, and unfortunately, never got caught. Through the decades, numerous film and book adaptations of the story have been born out of this grisly unsolved mystery, and now, there’s a Korean live musical version starring oppas Lee Hong Ki from FTISLAND, Nam Woo Hyun from INFINITE, MJ from ASTRO, and In Seong from SF9.
Sticking true to the original story but adapted slightly to suit Korean audiences and K-Pop fans, the plotline of this live musical surrounds a detective trying to crack the case, a surgeon named Daniel who is somehow entangled in the events, and a news reporter hot on the scoop.
While your fave idols won’t be flying down in person to serenade you with their singing chops and sick dance moves, the live production will be streamed in real time from the big stage in Korea to the big screens in Singapore, with the aforementioned Korean idols will be taking turns to play Daniel on different days. The show’s happening on 4 days only, with some timings already sold out or selling fast, so be quick!
#10: Bond over board games, food, & cocktails at Well Played, a new game cafe
Since wild nights out clubbing are a thing of the past, why not have some wholesome fun with your friends for a change at a board game cafe? Well Played Cafe near Jalan Besar MRT station is Singapore’s newest one, and unlike some other establishments that only focus on the gaming aspect, this one has a fully-fledged kitchen serving proper meals.
Pick from finger food like Cajun Wings ($16.80 for 12) and Truffle Fries ($9.20), or go all out with a full main like Fish ‘N’ Chips ($17.20), the Home Made BBQ Pull Beef Burger ($15.80), or various Pizzas (from $17.20). There are also craft beers from $12 and cocktails from $15, as well as tea ($6.90) for the non-drinkers.
This cosy, rustic space will have you feeling right at home, and the tall shelf of board games gives no short of choice. Pick from classic Monopoly, strategy games like the popular Catan, war games like Cthulhu, or cute lighthearted ones like Takenoko, where your main objective is to grow a bamboo grove for your panda to chew on.
Address: 109A Rowell Road, Singapore 208033
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 6pm - 11pm | Friday: 4pm - 11pm | Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 11pm (Closed on Monday)
Telephone: 6970 8143
#11: Play arcade games, watch light shows, & partake in a BlasterNight Battle at Untame: After Dark
It’s hot and happening at Science Centre Singapore this December, especially this coming weekend. Over just 3 days, the attraction will be extending their opening hours till 10.30pm for Untame: After Dark, a special night experience that will include 4 different zones: A Food Zone for Instagrammable eats, a Market Zone for eco-friendly products, an Activity Zone with arcade and carnival games, and a Lifestyle Zone with a 360-degree wall projection.
All this will be in addition to after-dark entry at their exhibitions like Phobia 2: The Science of Fear, and Professor Crackitt’s: Light Fantastic Mirror Maze - a rainbow-coloured mirror labyrinth.
Another highlight is the BlasterNight Battle, a team foamblaster challenge that will have you fighting against an opposing team in various missions in a dark, neon-lit environment. There are 3 different gameplays to choose from, each following a Sci-Fi-themed storyline.
#12: Spot birds and bask in nature at the newly-revamped Kingfisher Wetlands at GBTB
The Kingfisher Wetlands at Gardens by the Bay is one of those spots that you’ve probably passed by a couple of times on your way to Marina Barrage or the two Domes, but never paid much attention to. Now that it’s newly revamped, you’d definitely want to take some time to check out its new water cascades, streamlets, and over 200 native mangrove trees that have been freshly planted in this tranquil haven.
This scenic spot in the city isn’t just for slow strolls and sightseeing. It’s actually specially created to help support biodiversity and wildlife in microhabitats - keep your eyes peeled, and you might see different types of colourful kingfishers, ducks, herons, waterhes, and more! Butterflies and otters might also make an appearance.
There are 3 zones to explore. The first has a natural rock pool and mini waterfall, the second is a Kingfisher Cascade linking the Kingfisher Lake and Lotus Pond, and last but not least is the Wildlife Lookout, a prime spot for bird-watching and animal-spotting.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 5am - 2am daily
#13: Get artsy with an affordable resin class from just $28
Interested in resin art but not sure if you’re ready to commit to a full set of supplies, or a whole workshop package? The resin trial classes at Magicten Art Studio will give you a teaser at affordable prices starting from just $28, which will allow you to personalise your own mini keycharm or stud earrings with dried florals or swirls of colour. Alternatively, opt to make a resin tea cup set ($50) with a marble gradient effect and luxe gold leaf details.
Address: 30 Kallang Place, #05-05, Singapore 339159
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 11am - 9pm (Closed on Monday & Tuesday)
Telephone: 9630 8845
Price: $28 or $50 depending on chosen item. Book here.
#14: Zoom down a neon Dino Kart track within Changi Airport’s T4 departure hall
The dinosaur-themed go-karting track at Changi Airport is up and ready for the second year running, but this time, instead of merely being at the carpark, it’s set up within the airport’s T4 Departure Hall instead. This makes it Singapore’s first and only air-conditioned karting circuit, and it’s decorated with neon lights and fluorescent prehistoric installations to amp up the excitement factor.
The go-karts can go up to 24km/h, and will encounter 10 turns and bends between the rows of check-in counters across the 400-metre track. There are 2 categories, so driving pros and those without licenses can both have a whirl.
Date: Until 2 January 2022
Time: Monday to Wednesday: 2pm - 10pm | Thursday to Sunday: 2pm - 11pm
Location: T4 Departure Hall, Row 4
Price: From $15 for Novice, from $18 for Pro
#15: Experience Winter in Singapore with skating under the stars & snow domes
Who says we can’t have a white Christmas in Singapore? Our Hallmark Christmas movie dreams just now come to life with the festivities in the City Hall area, which includes snowfall, light shows, a Christmas market, and a singing tree. But one of the greatest highlights of all is an outdoor skating rink set against the gorgeous architecture of CHIJMES, where you can have a romantic date under the stars as you glide hand-in-hand with your boo.
There are also life-sized snow domes decorated with Christmas trees, presents, and pillowy soft faux snow that’s said to be similar in texture to the real deal.
Read our full article on this “Winter in Singapore” experience here.
#16: Enjoy an escape room, self photo booth, & starry labyrinth with the fourth Otah & Friends pop-up
Fret not if you’ve missed the first, second, and third editions of Otah & Friends, for this interactive otter-themed exhibition is back for its fourth and final run. For the uninitiated, this pop-up attraction is centred around Otah the otter and his animal friends, and often includes an escape room element, along with other eye-catching interactive set-ups that are made for the ‘gram.
In this edition, you’ll be racing against time to seek out 4 courage badges, with the objective of helping an ancient fallen star return to the sky. Along the way you’ll encounter a dark starry labyrinth full of twinkling lights, a ball pit great for OOTDs, a butterfly grove, and a campfire set-up.
End off the experience with a session at the lemon- and sushi-themed self photo booths, where you’ll receive 5 photo prints with frames featuring Otah and his other wild animal character companions.
Read our full article on Otah & Friends: Camp Stardust here.
#17: Pore over SingLit and sip solid brews at the Epigram Coffee Bookshop Pop-Up
Indie book cafe Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop was one of the local businesses that sadly had to call it a day after a long struggle with pandemic-related challenges, but here’s the silver lining: Their closure in August earlier this year doesn’t mean you’ve seen the last of them. They’re still supporting and giving visibility to SingLit authors with their current Epigram Coffee Bookshop Pop-Up, which opened on 16 August and will be running for 5 months till January.
Currently housed in Looksee Looksee, a stylish reading room and tea cafe under The Lo & Behold Group, the pop-up, like its predecessor, focuses solely on Singaporean authors. The airy-looking space is an inviting one with pink-tinged walls - the perfect place to unwind and get lost in stories for hours.
While there, sip on coffee from local capsule coffee machine brand, Morning, for solid brews on a pay-what-you-wish model.
Lend your support to these homegrown purveyors of our arts scene, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see them opening a new outlet in time to come. Fingers crossed!
Date: Until January 2021
Time: Sunday to Thursday: 11am - 7pm | Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10PM
Location: Looksee Looksee
#18: Dress up for a hanfu afternoon tea session with free hair styling
Photography studio 梦回 Another Day and Sweettea Caffe have teamed up for the ultimate collaboration: A Hanfu Afternoon Tea session that lets you nibble on dainty treats as you don an elegant traditional Chinese outfit, coupled with free hairstyling and an hour’s worth of photography against themed backdrops. You’re sure to feel like a princess straight out of an Oriental period drama!
Read our full article on Sweettea Caffe’s hanfu afternoon tea here.
#19: Visit a new avant garde art exhibition at the National Gallery
You may not have heard of Korean artist Nam June Paik, but this name is one you should pay attention to. After touring the world’s most renowned museums, his avant garde “The Future Is Now” exhibition is making its final stop in Singapore - the only one in Asia. This multi medium art exhibition features video sculptures, robots, mesmerising projections, among others, and also includes elements of the artist’s music background.
We won’t create spoilers for you, but we can bet that a particular installation called Sistine Chapel will pique your interest. This flurry of colours and sounds with intermittent silences was the highlight of Nam June Paik’s Venice Biennale exhibition, and other than keeping all your senses engaged, it’s probably going to be a hot photo spot.
#20: Feast your eyes on a giant 5.6m [email protected] statue, the world’s largest
Raffles City is doing Christmas a little differently this year. Instead of the traditional fir trees full of baubles and string lights, their festive centrepiece is a massive 5.6-metre [email protected] 8000% statue, the world’s tallest! If you’re wondering about the 8000% number - this basically means that it’s a whopping 8000 times the size of a regular [email protected] figurine.
Surrounding it are other [email protected] figurines - including the [email protected] Candy Cane 2000% - and other futuristic-looking structures like a rocket and a reimagined Christmas tree that looks like a cross between the Eiffel Tower and something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Head into the mall for even more!
Date: Until 26 December 2021
Location: Raffles City Shopping Centre
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Text by: GirlStyle SG