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1. Singapore Biennale 2016

The biennial contemporary art event returns for its fifth edition with the theme “An Atlas of Mirrors”, where 60 Asian artists present site-specific and never-before-seen contemporary artworks that reflect shared histories and current realities within and beyond the region.

Date: 27 Oct-26 Feb

Venue: Singapore Art Museum and other venues in the Bras Basah.Bugis heritage precinct

Website: www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/SingaporeBiennale

2. Christmas on a Great Street

For spectacularly elaborate Christmas lights that stretches across 3.8km, hit the world famous shopping street, Orchard Road. Prepare to marvel at interactive set pieces and decorated mall facades that are participating in the annual best dressed mall contest. There are also plenty of Christmas delights and promotions in store!

Date: 12 Nov-2 Jan

Venue: Orchard Road

Website: www.orchardroad.org/christmas

Nearest MRT: Orchard/Somerset/Dhoby Ghaut

3. Merry Fishmas

Something fishy is going on at the S.E.A. Aquarium this Christmas! Catch Diving Santa and Elf making their bubbly appearance underwater as you learn more about marine animals.

Date: 1 Dec-2 Jan

Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/seaa

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

4. Santa’s all-star Christmas

Snow, pyrotechnics, multimedia installations and special Christmas-inspired performances – Universal Studios Singapore® is set to inject some warm fuzzy feelings to your festive celebration this year!

Date: 1 Dec-2 Jan

Venue: Universal Studios Singapore®

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/uss

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

5. Christmas Wonderland

If last year’s installment is anything to go by, you can look forward to stunning light displays, magnificent structures, plus more fun and games for the whole family at Gardens by the Bay when Christmas rolls around.

Date: 2 Dec-1 Jan

Venue: Gardens by the Bay

Website: www.christmaswonderland.sg

Nearest MRT: BayFront

6. Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2016

Gear up for the largest running fiesta in Southeast Asia and watch thousands of participants from all around the world compete for new records.

Date: 3-4 Dec

Venue: Orchard Road

Website: www.marathonsingapore.com

Nearest MRT: Orchard

7. ZoukOut 2016

Asia’s largest dance music festival returns to Siloso Beach for two days of non-stop partying – boasting a line-up of international DJs and amazing regional musical acts.

Date: 9-10 Dec

Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Website: www.zoukout.com

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

8. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2017

Celebrate in the New Year in true style at this landmark event, which promises a night of revelry with musical performances and magnificent fireworks displays around the Marina Bay area.

Date: 31 Dec

Venue: Marina Bay

Website: www.marinabaycountdown.sg

Nearest MRT: Esplanade/City Hall/Raffles Place/Promenade/Bayfront/Downtown

9. Sky High Social

Toast to a New Year of exciting adventures at Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark Observation Deck, which boasts one of the best seats in the city for fireworks.

Date: 31 Dec

Venue: Marina Bay Sands®

Website: www.marinabaysands.com

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

10. Siloso Beach Party

Sentosa’s iconic countdown party at Siloso Beach is the place to welcome the New Year, with 12 hours of non-stop electronic music, Asia’s largest foam pool, and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

Date: 31 Dec

Venue: Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Website: www.sentosa.com/silosobeachparty

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

11. Mulan the Musical

Based on the popular legend of Hua Mulan, this musical comedy (performed in Mandarin with English surtitles) from Taiwan promises a night filled with laughter. The original cast and crew hailing from Taiwan, renowned local artistes and their performances of original locally-inspired songs, in-camp pandemonium and romantic hysteria will leave you in stitches.

Date: 16 Dec-5 Feb, select nights

Venue: Resorts World™ Theatre

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/MulanTheMusical

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

12. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017: Art & Skin

See how local and international artists interpret the theme “Art and the Skin” through theatre, dance, music, and visual arts at this annual arts fest. A must-see is Foreign Bodies by a local burlesque troupe Skin in SIN.

Date: 4-15 Jan

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.singaporefringe.com

13. Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

The bustling Chinese enclave will see in the Year of the Rooster with lots of exciting events and family-friendly things to do, including a magnificent light-up, nightly stage shows, a countdown party, an international lion dance competition, heritage walking trails and a festive bazaar. Join in the festivities as locals usher in the Lunar New Year on 28th January all around town.

Date: 7 Jan-25 Feb

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Nearest MRT: Chinatown

14. Pongal Festival 2017

Celebrate the Indian Harvest Festival in the vibrant Little India, where you’ll witness rituals and customs such as the honouring of the cattle and the making of kolams, a traditional drawing. Culture vultures, pop into the bustling Festival Village at Hasting Roads for folk performances, exhibitions and harvest demonstrations.

There are also plenty of activities for the young and old, including a trail around Little India and the Heritage Treasure Hunt. Don’t leave without trying pongal, the customary sweet dish made from rice and milk.

Date: 7 Jan-12 Feb

Venue: Campbell Lane

Website: www.littleindia.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Little India

15. KidsFest! 2017

Watch the characters of bestselling children’s books come to life on stage at KidsFest! 2017. Look forward to nine world-class productions, one of which will include Julia Donaldson in her very own production!

Date: 11 Jan-12 Feb

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.kidsfest.com.sg

16. Thaipusam Festival 2017

Join thousands of Hindu devotees as they embark on an annual thanksgiving festival. It is a day for devotees to celebrate the fulfilment of their vows by carrying milk pots and kavadis (semi-circular structure decorated with peacock feathers and flowers, while the elaborate spike kavadis are pierced into the skin), in a ceremonial worship to Lord Murugan.

Date: 9 Jan

Venue: Little India to Tank Road

Website: www.littleindia.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Little India

17. Singapore Art Week 2017

The fifth edition of Singapore Art Week promises a larger-than-life visual feast with a slew of exhibitions, performances, workshops, tours and parties happening across Singapore’s top galleries, museums and arts spaces.

Date: 11-22 Jan

Venue: Various venues

Website: www.artweek.sg

18. SMBC Singapore Open

The world’s best golfers, including three-time champion Adam Scott and Spanish star Sergio Garcia will compete in the SMBC Singapore Open. Held on the prestigious Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, come watch the action as the world’s best battle it out in the season opening US$1 million tournament.

Date: 19-22 Jan

Venue: Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club

Website: www.smbcsingaporeopen.com

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

19. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Singapore 2017

This annual gathering of the best up-and-coming artistes and music makers promises over 12 hours of good music, food and fun with its great lineup (AURORA, Astreal, Glass Animals, Chet Faker, and more), fantastic F&B options, exciting fringe activities, and an all-round amazing atmosphere.

Date: 21 Jan

Venue: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay

Website: www.singapore.lanewayfestival.com

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

20. River Hongbao 2017

Immerse in the festivities of the Lunar New Year at this annual riverside celebration which features colourful lanterns display, nightly performances, amusement rides, fireworks, and an outdoor food street.

Date: 26 Jan-4 Feb

Venue: The Float at Marina Bay

Website: www.riverhongbao.sg

Nearest MRT: Promenade