Five things to do in Singapore over the weekend of December 9-10

The festive spirit of Christmas has taken Singapore by storm, as the new year nears. It’s time to celebrate the holiday season as the Universal Studios Singapore theme park lights up in true Hollywood glam. You can see a rare and endangered stingray species, the ornate eagle ray, making its debut at SEA aquarium and wish it a Merry Fishmas! You can learn about Indian art and culture through various motifs, patterns and design at the Indian Heritage Centre or explore the rich history of the Pacific and its islands at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art.

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1. A Universal Christmas

The Universal Studios Singapore has fully geared up for Christmas as the theme park has lit up in true Hollywood style. Sing and dance along with your favourites Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop as they perform classic Christmas hits. Dress up in holiday gear next to the Minions from Despicable Me and spread the festive spirit with the adorable Sesame Street friends in a heart-warming musical. Psst – come on New Year’s Eve and on select nights to witness a spectacular fireworks display. Have a Merry Christmas! 

When: December 7 to 26
Where: Universal Studio
Entry:  From USD50

Merry Fishmas
Photo courtesy: Resorts World Sentosa

2. Merry Fishmas

The SEA Aquarium celebrates the festive season with its annual Merry Fishmas. This year it presents the ornate eagle ray, a rare and endangered stingray species that's making its debut at the aquarium. Come see the sea creature up close alongside other new residents including the Argentine humphead and honeycomb cowfish.

The month-long event also sees the return of scuba Santa and his elves feeding their fishy friends with holiday treats.

When: December 7 to 26
Where: SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa  
Entry:  USD 18 to 30

Snow Worries
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3. Snow Worries

Presenting a mix of local and international talent, the Snow Worries pantomime follows the story of Mickey, a young boy who enlists the help of his frosty pals Trevor the Snowman, Captain Fantabulous and Lord Pilliwocket the garden gnome to bring his family together in time for the holidays.

When: December 9,10  
Where: Mastercard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands  
Entry:  USD40 to 75

Indian Heritage Centre
Photo courtesy: Indian Heritage Centre

4. Symbols and Scripts: The Language of Craft

Singaporeans have got the rare opportunity to see ancient Indian crafts in an exhibition titled ‘Symbols and Scripts: The Language of Craft’. Presented by the Indian Heritage Centre, visitors get to learn more about the diverse Indian community in Singapore through various motifs, patterns and design. On display are textiles and crafts objects that have been preserved ‘till this day, which are typically still being used for modern festive celebrations and rituals.

When: December 7 to 17   
Where: Indian Heritage Centre  
Entry:  Free

Photo courtesy: NTU

5. The Oceanic

The Oceanic exhibition explores the rich history of the Pacific and its islands, and the sobering effects of human disturbances on ecospheres. There are video displays that showcase the ecological impact on Mother Nature. The showcase displays work from contributors from countries like Germany, South Korea, Singapore and more.

When: December 9 to17  
Where: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore  
Entry:  Free

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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