14 fun things to do in December to end the year with a bang

December is approaching us fast and if you’re thinking of packing the entire month with activities that you couldn’t do in the past year, take a look at our recommendations for you to have a splendid time!

1. The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao tasting preview experience

Attention to all whisky-lovers!

The latest single malt of The Macallan, The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao, is finally coming to Singapore and The Macallan is inviting you down for a luxurious tasting preview experience at ION Sky Orchard, along with a chocolate collaboration with Singaporean pastry chef, Janice Wong.

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The limited edition whisky has a dark chocolate flavour to it as it also features cacao beans in the distillery process.

A ticket costs S$22 and it entitles you to a tasting of the new The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao as well as a complimentary box of The Harmony Collection Rich Cacao Bon Bons created by Chef Janice Wong.

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The event will take place on 4 and 5 December, and each session will be kept to a maximum of 10 individuals to adhere to the safe distancing regulations.

Click here to book your tickets now and enjoy a journey through the world of chocolate and whisky at 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, ION Sky Orchard, Singapore 238801.

2. Split Theatre’s Don’t Cancer Me Can performance

Split Theatre is a local non-profit startup that creates original works that are derived from personal experiences of the actors. This promotes healing through performing arts as actors are trained in theatre improvisation as well as coached in personal development.

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This safe space for healing is further supported by the Work On The Self programme that they have created with the funding from the National Youth Council (NYC), where individuals from all backgrounds can sign up to join this spiritual journey. The pilot batch of participants will be performing Don’t Cancer Me Can from 18 to 21 December at The Arts House.

If you’re interested to buy a ticket to watch this performance, do note that there are a few showings you can choose from. For 18 and 19 December, you can choose to go for either the 2pm or 8pm show. For 20 and 21 December, there will only be one showtime at 8pm.

Tickets cost S$35 and they can be purchased here.

3. Children’s Season 2021: Fantastic Critters & Where To Find Them

Here’s something a little more family-friendly for those looking to bring their kids out this December. Children’s Season 2021 is proudly presented by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and the Museum Roundtable (MR) in hopes to educating both the young and their families on Singapore’s heritage.

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This year’s theme is Fantastic Critters and Where To Find Them. NHB collaborated with Singaporean artist Candice Phang, also known as Puffingmuffin, to design 15 critters. These critters will be featured in a special Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet that has activities related to participating museums’ collections and artefacts. Kids will have to visit the various participating museums in order to complete these activities and receive a unique Fantastic Critter sticker for each completed museum.

Once you have collected 10 out of 15 stickers, you can scan the QR code that is available in the booklet to redeem an exclusive Fantastic Critters mask pack, while stocks last. It comes with one adult-sized mask, and one children-sized one.

You can collect the activity booklet from any of the 15 participating museums from now until 31 December. Alternatively, you can also download the PDF version here and print it out yourself before visiting the museums to do the activities.

Other than the Fantastic Critters programme, there are also others under the Children’s Season 2021 festival. Click here for more information.

4. Chamber Music and Arts Singapore’s The Glasshouse

If you have some time during the weekends, join Chamber Music and Arts Singapore’s The Glasshouse for a virtual and interactive experience where you get to explore the arts and enjoy music with your kids. The programme is created by internationally-acclaimed musicians, talented illustrators, and a leading art therapist to offer four extensive sustained activities that can be catergorised under #origins and #blossoms.

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The activities will be a good way for children and youths to engage meaningfully with music and the arts to further develop their minds and encourage growth.

You can enjoy interactive illustrated stories from The Glasshouse, and the VR360 experience is best enjoyed on a smartphone with headphones plugged in. As part of the celebration for vOilah! France Singapore Festival, you can get free access to your first interactive illustrated story. For the subsequent stories, you can apply an exclusive code voilah2021.

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If you would like to sign up for a full membership to The Glasshouse, it will be S$32 a month. By signing up, you will also gain access to a Buncee account, which is a highly interactive child-friendly creative software. This will be a worthwhile experience for kids to learn in an immersive environment.

Click here to find out more about the programme.

5. The Murder of Farah Aiyah Escape Room

If you previously took part in Sight Lines Entertainment’s live gameplay experience during Halloween this year to solve the Murder at Old Changi Hospital, it’s time for you to grab those friends again and participate in the prequel to that mystery, The Murder of Farah Aiyah.

If you didn’t, don’t worry, because playing this prequel will allow you to uncover clues necessary for when you play The Murder at Old Changi Hospital online.

You can play The Murder of Farah Aiyah in groups of four or five, and each of you will take on a character – Mission Leader, Paranormal Investigator, Consulting Detective, Professor of Symbology, and Field Agent.

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You will each be equipped with a set of skills and your own knowledge, and you will be paired off and split into different rooms. Communication can only be done through walkie talkies. Decode puzzles, decipher clues, and unlock the key to the Murder at Old Changi Hospital within 60 minutes.

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You can play this from now until 2 January 2022, and it runs every Friday to Sunday. Sessions are available at 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm, and 9.30pm.

Tickets run for S$250 for a group of four or five pax and they can be purchased here.

6. Camp 1N by Singapore Discovery Centre

Fans of the Camp 1N organised by Singapore Discovery Centre in March this year will be glad to hear that Camp 1N is making a comeback this December, and it’s going to be on a larger scale than the previous edition.

This time, Singapore Discovery Centre is working with KKday, and you can choose to either go camping and glamping. The ‘Shiok’ Camping Experience will be in a fully air-conditioned setting and will cost S$390 for SDC members and S$488 for non-members. The ‘Chio’ Outdoor Glamping Experience will be an outdoor camping experience by the Discovery Lake. This will cost S$588 for SDC members and S$638 for non-members.

Embark on this camping adventure with your loved ones to learn all about sustainability and pick up survival skills. This also offers a good chance for families to have a meaningful bonding session.

There are four main activities for the two days and one night camping trip. The first is called Army Days where you get to relive days spent in the army by pitching a basha tent, do field cooking, and go on a special night mission trail.

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Next, you will be able to enjoy admission to Singapore Discovery Centre’s selected signature attractions. For example, you can play laser tag in the Black Lake Laser Battlefield, or participate in an escape room challenge at the Black Lake Facility. You can also enjoy a 4D simulator ride in the XD Theatre and take a pedal boat tour around Discovery Lake.

Of course, when it comes to camping, you have to have a barbecue. So for dinner, you and your family can have a mini barbecue experience right by the Discovery Lake.

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On the next day, you will go on Singapore Discovery Centre’s Eco-Sustainability Tour and harvest some tea leaves for a tea-making session. You will even be able to bring home your own DIY plant.

Registration will be on a per tent basis, and the ‘Chio’ Outdoor Glamping Experience can accommodate up to four people, while the ‘Shiok’ Camping experience can accommodate up to five.

The experience will be held on weekdays from 6 to 31 December at 510 Upper Jurong Road, SAFTI Military Institute, Singapore 638365. You can book your slot here.

7. Visit Singapore Sports Hub

Enjoy new experiences at Singapore Sports Hub now that groups of five people can hang out together once again. Sports fans can finally watch live sports again, and the two highly anticipated sports events, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2020 and World Table Tennis (WTT) Cup Finals Singapore, will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub. The former will be held from 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022, while the latter will take place from 4 to 7 December.

Kids will also be able to enjoy themselves at the Junior Playcation Urban Camp where they will be introduced to the world of sports. They will also get to learn essential values like sportsmanship and teamwork through the games played during the full-day camp. Every kid who takes part will be given a camp kit consisting of a limited edition T-shirt, bottle, and tote bag.

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Sign up for new sports and fitness classes to either challenge yourself or maintain your fitness and attain your fitness goals for next year. New shops are also available over at Kallang Wave Mall.

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Click here for more information before you head down to 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore 397629 for loads of sporty fun!

8. Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration

Fans of Mickey Mouse will be able to enjoy an immersive pop-up experience at the latest Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration event. With seven different imaginatively themed rooms inspired by Mickey Mouse, you’ll have a great time reminiscing the memories of the black and white Mickey Mouse in the It All Started With A Mouse room, learning about all of Mickey’s friendships, and taking lots of photos for Instagram.

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You can even take couple photos in Mickey and Minnie’s Love room that showcases a couple seat shaped like Minnie’s ribbon.

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Tickets for adults run for S$26 (including booking fee), while tickets for kids (three to 12 years old) run for S$21 (including booking fee). If you’re booking for a family of five, you can purchase the Multiple Ticket Deal where you’ll only pay S$20.60 for each ticket.

This event will be held until 20 March 2022, and it is located at 1 Raffles Boulevard, Level 3, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore 039593. Click here to book a date and time slot now.

9. We Bare Bears x TaFF Capsule Collection

We Bare Bears has collaborated with six of our local designers to launch a capsule collection that is unbearably adorable. The brands include Joannalsm, La Tierra, Photo Phactory, Pearly Lustre, Rooki, and Yumi Active. You can purchase EZ-link cards, yoga mats, active wear, bags, and apparel with exclusive We Bare Bears designs on them.

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These limited edition pieces can be found at Design Orchard, but before you snag them, do remember to take photos with the life-sized We Bare Bears characters!

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Grizzly and Panda are both at the entrance on the first floor. Grizzly has a shopping bag in tow as he searches for more good deals Orchard, while Panda is in the midst of taking a selfie. If you’re looking for Ice Bear, he’s on the open rooftop with a Santa hat.

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Do also take photos with the Christmas tree on the open rooftop as it is decorated with ornaments and We Bare Bears socks.

The We Bare Bears x TaFF Capsule Collection can be found at 250 Orchard Road, Design Orchard, Singapore 238905, and will be available from now till 6 January 2022. For more information, click here.

10. Tokidoki x AIA Charity Run

For the first time ever, AIA is collaborating with Tokidoki to bring us an interactive charity run. This is the first fundraising initiative for the recently launched AIA Better Lives Fund which is looking to raise money to support disadvantaged children, youths, and their families.

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The event will be in a hybrid format where it combines in-person and virtual runs, allowing participants to run anytime at their own pace and convenience, as long as it is within the event period.

You can select to run either 3km, 5km, 10km, 22km, or 50km. Simply track your progress by downloading the 42Race app. Every time you reach a milesotre, tokidoki character badges and rewards will be unlocked.

There is also a curated tokidoki-themed route where there will be checkpoints with QR codes for you to scan. Complete the indicated missions and stand a chance to win exclusive prizes.

The run will take place from 17 December 2021 to 31 January 2022 and registrations are priced between S$45 and S$55. Each participant who signs up will receive a limited-edition tokidoki goodie bag worth more than S$100.

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Sign up here by 20 January 2022 if you would like to participate in this charity run!

11. Christmas Wonderland 2021

Of course, when it comes to December, you definitely have to go for the annual Christmas Wonderland held at Gardens by the Bay. Just like the previous years, there will be lots of light displays that you can marvel at.

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After looking at the displays, have a go at the carnival games like Fishy Fishy, Darts, and Bowling, and win your loved one a cute plushie to bring home. This year, the attraction also features a two-storey Venetian horse carousel which is hand-painted by artists and crafted by skilled craftsmen in Europe. Tickets are S$10 per person and S$5 if you’re an adult accompanying a child.

Head on over to the Mistletoe Alley Market where you get to shop from an eclectic mix of gifts. Official Christmas Wonderland merchandise are available at the Christmas Wonderland Merchandise stall. Parents can also sign their kids up for the Sustainable Soap Making Workshop by Fawn Labs.

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If you’re booking in advance for dates between 3 and 16 December, tickets are priced at S$7 for adults and S$5 for kids (three to 12 years old). If you’re booking in advance for dates between 17 December 2021 and 2 January 2022, tickets are priced at S$9 for adults and S$5 for kids.

If you’re booking on the day you would like to visit anytime between 3 December 2021 and 2 January 2022, tickets are priced at S$10 for adults and S$5 for kids.

Christmas Wonderland 2021 is held at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953. If you would like to book a ticket, please click here

12. Wild About Twilight @ Night Safari: A Pangolin Tale

Participate in Night Safari’s very first wildlife Virtual Reality experience with Wild About Twilight this December! You’ll be provided with VR goggles and you’ll be able to join Kirra, the Australian Explorer, as she goes on an adventure across continents to look for the Sunda Pangolin.

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After you’re done, head over to the Wild Explorer Panels where you get to learn about the various animals you met during the VR adventure in greater detail.

If you’re more into exploring Night Safari, go on the Walking Trails and complete the Animal Quest. Locate the AR animals by completing the tasks indicated on the Animal Quest app.

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This will definitely be a great activity for both couples and families. Tickets for adults start from S$47.70, while tickets for kids between three and 12 years old start from S$32.40. Senior citizens who are 60 years old and above can enjoy admission to Night Safari for just S$22.

For those who have yet to redeem your SingapoRediscover Vouchers (SRV), the Singapore Tourism Board has extended the deadline for redemption to 31 December 2021, so you have until March 2022 to enjoy this experience! In the spirit of Christmas, you can also consider donating your vouchers as a gift so that others can enjoy the experience. Click here for more details about the SRV.

This event will run from now till 31 December at 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826 and if you require more information, click here.

13. Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park Interactive Indoor Playground

Get ready for a dinosaur-themed indoor playground that will be located at Let’s Play @D’Marquee, Downtown East. The playground will feature a huge variety of play areas for kids to go crazy in.

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Since this is a dinosaur-themed playground, expect a fossil cave, dinosaur riding area, soft playing area, volcano trampoline, 3m volcano area, and more.

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Other than being able to play in these areas, there is also a dedicated space that displays a primeval forest area with different kinds of dinosaurs, making it the perfect place to capture some photo memories with your family.

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The Jurassic Dinosaur – Adventure Park Interactive Indoor Playground is located at 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, Singapore 519599 and will be open to the public from 24 December 2021 to 13 February 2022. Weekday tickets are going for S$25 while weekend tickets are going for S$28. For a limited time period only, they are having up to 15% of early bird discounts on the tickets, so click here to purchase now.

14. Brickosaurs World at Singapore Zoo and River Wonders

Here’s another dinosaur-themed attraction that you can bring your kids to if they’re big fans of dinosaurs.

The Singapore Zoo and River Wonders now have a section called the Brickosaurs World, which is the first ever showcase in Singapore with more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs.

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Admire the dinosaurs that are made entirely out of LEGO bricks, and take photos with them as well! The dinosaurs took the builders a total of 8,548 hours to complete. At this exhibition, you’ll get to meet all sorts of dinosaurs, from tiny raptors to a huge T-Rex weighing 1,964kg.

Brickosaurs World is available at 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826. From now until 24 December, local residents can enjoy 40% off admission combo tickets to Singapore Zoo and River Wonders. Click here to purchase your tickets now. Do note that SRV redemption is possible for this event.

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