Where to Celebrate Christmas in Singapore This December 2020
Virtual Orchard Road
What The dazzling display of the annual Christmas light-up along Orchard Road is now available to witness both in-person and online, through a new virtual 360° tour of the popular shopping district decked in Christmas ornaments, mistletoes and hollies in white, gold and blue.
When Till January 1, 2021
Oxwell & Clan Christmas pop-up
What The recently shuttered Oxwell & Co gastropub returns for a six-week Christmas pop-up, in partnership with private members’ club Straits Clan, bringing its famed roasts (pictured) and celebratory tipples for daily lunch and dinner service at Clan Café. For every meal purchased, Oxwell & Clan will be donating a meal to those in need through The Food Bank Singapore.
When Till December 26
Georgette Chen: At Home in The World
What In the first major museum retrospective of Georgette Chen in over 20 years, the National Gallery Singapore brings together some of the Singapore pioneer artist’s most significant works alongside never‑before‑seen archival materials which reveal little-known aspects of her life, including her close relationship with the Malay artistic community.
When Till September 26, 2021
Lebanese designers pop-up event
What Head to the yurt at The Pantry this week to discover an array of unique Lebanese brands, brought together by the Beirut Confidential team who wish to introduce Lebanese design and craftsmanship to the Singapore public. Find beautiful products by acclaimed Beirut-based designers, including Sarah Beydoun of Sarah's Bag and works by jewellery designer, Alia Mouzannar.
When December 3 to 5
Sg Cares Giving Week
What Whether it’s people-, nature- or passion-related, champion a cause as part of this annual national movement organised by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, in partnership with SG Cares and the National Council of Social Service. Or better yet, start your own micro-fundraiser on Giving.sg and Maybank will match each donation, dollar for dollar, to raise $180,000 for the President’s Challenge Empowering for Life Fund.
When Till December 7
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Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express
What If you’re into the romance of rail travel, then you don’t want to miss this pop-up exhibition featuring the legendary Orient Express. Two original 1930 train carriages and a 158-year‑old locomotive will be shipped from France to Singapore, taking pride of place at the West Lawn of the Gardens by the Bay. Retrace the Orient Express’ journeys, alongside the historical events that transformed the world, through the showcase of over 300 precious items and documents.
When Till June 13, 2021
Milken Institute 2020 Asia Summit
What The seventh edition of this annual summit by non-profit think tank Milken Institute takes place as a hybrid virtual and in-person event with panel discussions featuring leaders from such sectors as finance, business, government and philanthropy, including Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, to discuss issues affecting the world today.
When Till December 12, at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre
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Kris Foundation 10th Anniversary Concert
What To celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Kris Foundation, a Singapore-based charity that empowers young classical musicians, homegrown pianist Lim Yan, who was also awarded the Young Artist Award in 2006, will serenade audiences with his timeless renditions of Mozart’s Sonata in D Major K.284, Rachmaninov’s 13 Preludes Op.32 and a selection of Scarlatti’s Sonatas.
When December 15
SSO Christmas Fundraising Concerts
What Classical music lovers will be thrilled to return back to the concert hall for an evening of live music, as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra releases a string of concerts to fundraise for its immediate funding needs, all while celebrating the festive season. On December 15 and 16, it will host its very first fundraiser concerts, helmed by associate conductor Joshua Tan. A total of 400 audiences each night will be able to soak in a medley of compositions by Vivaldi, Bach and Vaughan Williams performed by the SSO string ensemble. The concerts are also a part of a pilot trial for larger scale live performances, where it is mandatory to conduct pre-event Antigen Rapid Tests prior to the performances. Audience members are also required to carry their TraceTogether tokens or use the app in compliance with the enhanced safety measures for the event to go smoothly.
When December 15 and 16
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Santa Runs For Wishes 2020
What Make-A-Wish Singapore, the non-profit organisation that fulfils life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, hosts its seventh annual run to fundraise for their wish-granting efforts. Participants can submit their runs of varying distances (50km, 10km, 5km or 2km) through the 42Race application, where their distance will contribute to the collective target of 21,517km—the total distance for a round trip from Singapore to the North Pole.
When Till December 19