The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore

If you're celebrating Christmas in sunny Singapore, we've got you covered on what to do, where to eat and the best gifts money can buy

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Never mind the tropics – Christmas is still the most magical time of the year in sunny, snowless and snowman-free Singapore. Read on to find out the best events, festive meals, Yuletide desserts and, of course, a gift guide filled with ideas for just about everyone. From all of us here at Time Out Singapore, here's to a very Merry Christmas!

The Christmas gift guide for foodies
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The Christmas gift guide for foodies

Just because someone is a huge foodie doesn't give you the right to get them a box of Ferrero Rocher. Besides, it's been a tough year. Surely your foodie friend or loved one deserves something a little nicer – like pretty plates and a four-course meal while being up in the air. We've rounded up some gifts your food-crazy friend might like. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore

The best Christmas events in Singapore
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The best Christmas events in Singapore

While snow (and travel) isn't on the list this holiday season, that doesn't mean sunny Singapore is anywhere short of festivities and Yuletide cheer. From virtual Christmas markets to dazzling lights and decorations – and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus – here are the best Christmas events decking the halls of the city. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

The best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore
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The best places to see Christmas lights and decorations in Singapore

Santa Claus is coming to town (here's hoping the travel restrictions won't stop him) – and to make St Nick's visit a memorable one, the streets of Singapore is putting up a show with twinkling fairy lights, stunning festive displays and elaborated Christmas trees. Kicking in the holiday spirit, these Christmas light displays not only lighten up moods but also make excellent additions to the 'gram and idyllic backdrops while you shop or stroll through the man-made winter wonderland. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations   

The best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations
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The best shops in Singapore for Christmas trees and decorations

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching and it's time to get in the festive spirit. Make up for Singapore's lack of winter by turning your humble abode into your very own winter wonderland with a selection of Christmas trees and decorations such as themed trinkets, baubles, socks, and fairy lights from the city's best stores. RECOMMENDED: The ultimate guide to Christmas in Singapore and the best florists in Singapore

The best advent calendars for Christmas in Singapore
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The best advent calendars for Christmas in Singapore

The songs are playing in every mall in town, Christmas trees are up, the gift-buying session is in full swing – the Christmas spirit is definitely creeping in. Make counting down to Christmas a little more fun with these advent calendars. One gift for every day closer to Christmas doesn't seem like a bad thing, eh? RECOMMENDED: The ultimate Christmas gift guide 2018 and the best shops in Singapore for Christmas decorations

The best Thanksgiving meals and takeaways in Singapore
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The best Thanksgiving meals and takeaways in Singapore

It’s the time of the year again for turkeys, stuffing, and everything else merry. Sure, the current situation might have dampened the festivities a little, but that shouldn’t stop you from gathering your loved ones (up to five, of course) and indulge in a little Thanksgiving feast. And if you plan on staying home, we’ve got festive takeaways to help you throw an intimate party as well. RECOMMENDED: New Year's Eve fireworks to set off at different heartlands across Singapore

How to have a sustainable Christmas in Singapore
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How to have a sustainable Christmas in Singapore

As much as it is the season of abundance, there sure is a lot of waste at Christmas. Discarded packaging from gifts, rolls of wrapping paper that'll go in the bin after unwrapping presents, the log cakes that are for aesthetic purposes and all that plastic – it's time to sober up and curb the wastage.? We explore some ways to keep Christmas more meaningful, personalised and little more green this year. Whether it is making conscience dining choices for the Christmas meal or stopping yourself from buying a dozen rolls of wrapping paper, here's our idea of a sustainable Christmas in the city.?? RECOMMENDED: Where to shop for eco-friendly products in Singapore and the best sustainable dining restaurants in Singapore