1. An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s – 1819

Explore the 200 years leading up to the pivotal events surrounding Singapore’s founding in 1819. Start your journey with the bustling world of trade in the East Indies that attracted the Dutch and British East India Companies from the early 17th century.

Date: 21 Sep to 31 Mar 2020

Venue: National Museum of Singapore

Website: www.nationalmuseum.sg

Nearest MRT: Bencoolen, Bras Basah and Dhoby Ghaut

2. Poinsettia Wishes
Event poster for Poinsettia Wishes at Gardens by the Bay

Pretty poinsettias will take over Gardens by the Bay this Christmas season. Take an enchanting stroll through different varieties of poinsettias arranged in mesmerising patterns and celebrate the holiday season with the most magical festive floral display.

Date: 8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020

Venue: Gardens by the Bay

Website: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

3. Living Worlds: An Animal Planet Experience

Created and produced by Kingsmen, in partnership with Discovery Inc. and Science Centre Singapore, Living Worlds is a first-of-its-kind immersive wildlife exhibition that takes visitors on a trek through wild terrains. Unearth extraordinary tales direct from nature’s heart, experience never-before-seen Discovery footage, and meet the videographers who bring these stories to life.

Date: 15 Nov 2019 - 20 Mar 2020

Venue: Science Centre Singapore, The Annexe

Website: www.discoverydestinations/livingworlds

Nearest MRT: Jurong East

4. The King’s Fiesta

Jurong Bird Park is the first wildlife institution outside of the Philippines where guests can see the Philippine Eagle. Join us at Jurong Bird Park as we celebrate the arrival of the ‘King of the Skies’ with music, dancing, games, face-painting and more. Young visitors will also learn more about birds of prey through various edutaining challenges.

Date: 16 Nov - 31 Dec

Venue: Jurong Bird Park

Website: www.birdpark.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Take bus 194 from Boon Lay MRT station

5. Disney Tsum Tsum River Escapade

These holidays, join Disney Tsum Tsum on an exhilarating escapade at the River Safari. The Tsum Tsums have dressed up to hang out with their river friends. Put on your explorer gear and try to spot them amid interactive experiences and insta-worthy photo opportunities!

Date: 16 Nov - 31 Dec

Venue: River Safari

Website: www.riversafari.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Take bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT station

6. Twilight Encounters 2019

Discover Nocturnal Wonders like the Armadillo, Pangolin and more in this night of fantasy and mystery. Be enthralled by keeper-animal interactions, light installations and other exciting activities at Night Safari’s Twilight Encounters.

Date: 16 Nov - 31 Dec

Venue: Night Safari

Website: www.twilightencounters.sg

Nearest MRT: Take bus 138 from Ang Mo Kio MRT station

7. Christmas on A Great Street

This Christmas, come celebrate Christmas on A Great Street and discover “The Greatest Gift” on Orchard Road. Create precious and memorable moments with your loved ones and immerse in the joyous spirit of the holiday season, in the company of the ever-endearing Santa Claus. Another highlight to look out for is this year’s Great Christmas Village, which will return on a bigger scale, offering many more amusement rides, “live” music performances and carnival food and drinks.

Date: 16 Nov 2019 – 1 Jan 2020

Venue: Orchard Road

Website: www.orchardroad.org/christmas

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut, Orchard and Somerset

8. Suddenly Turning Visible: Art and Architecture in Southeast Asia 1969–1989

Southeast Asian art and architecture are manifestations of the dreams and development of our region. As you explore the reinvention of art movements and vernacular traditions, you’ll discover lesser-known links between modern art and architecture through three influential regional art institutions: The Cultural Centre of the Philippines, the Alpha Gallery in Singapore and the Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art in Bangkok.

Date: 19 Nov 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Website: www.nationalgallery.sg

Nearest MRT: City Hall

9. Hermès Petit h

From the master artisans of Hermès, come whimsical objects birthed from Petit h; where objects are born from leftover materials, the latter breathing life into the former. Their challenge is to take a new look at materials, to reinvent, innovate and create dreamlike and useful objects. These one-of-a-kind creations are shown through a travelling caravan that will be coming to Singapore.

Date: 22 Nov - 15 Dec

Venue: Hermès Singapore, Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road

Website: www.hermes.com/us/en/petit-h

Nearest MRT: Orchard

10. Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction
Event poster for Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction

Helmed by Patrick Flores as the Artistic Director, Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction focuses on the imperative of making choices and taking the steps to consider current conditions and the human endeavour for change and betterment. This international contemporary visual art exhibition will take place in multiple locations across the city centre, including museums, galleries as well as cultural and heritage venues.

Date: 22 Nov 2019 - 22 Mar 2020

Venue: Various locations

Website: www.singaporebiennale.org

11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Event poster for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

It’s the notorious English barber’s first time in Singapore! The winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and starring Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, this riveting Broadway musical by Stephen Sondhiem will bring you to the edge of your seat.

Date: 28 Nov - 8 Dec

Venue: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands®

Website: www.srt.sg/show/sweeney-todd

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

12. 2019 Christmas Wonderland@Gardens by the Bay
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Revel in the festivities of Singapore’s popular Christmas extravaganza, Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. Look out for stunning light sculptures, a brand-new Santa’s Workshop, the debut of the Christmas Parade, a riveting mix of theatrical productions, ‘snow’ in the tropics, a charming festive market filled with shopping and dining experiences, and carnival games and rides. You can also look forward to being entertained by carollers and singer-songwriters belting out yuletide tunes.

Date: 29 Nov - 26 Dec

Venue: Gardens by the Bay

Website: www.christmaswonderland.sg

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

13. RWS Christmas
Christmas fireworks display at Universal Studios Singapore Photo by Resorts World™ Sentosa

Experience A Universal Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore™, where you can meet your favourite characters, take a stroll through falling snow and hop aboard an unforgettable sleigh ride with Santa. Celebrity chef restaurants will also be rolling out special Christmas- and New Year-themed menus. So don’t miss the Festive Roasts and other takeaways like roasted turducken (a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey), cookies, fruitcakes, panettones, log cakes and more. As part of the resort’s line-up, S.E.A. Aquarium™’s Glowing Ocean will also return with immersive installations that offer a glimpse of underwater spectacles like glowing plankton and bleached corals. Last but not least, Get Set Get Wet at Adventure Cove Waterpark™ invites you to take part in ridiculously exhilarating water-based challenges and the Waterpark’s first-ever water parade.

Date: 29 Nov 2019 - 1 Jan 2020

Venue: Resorts World™ Sentosa

Website: www.rwsentosa.com/christmas

Nearest MRT: HarbourFront

14. Singapore Comic Con

Singapore Comic Con is Southeast Asia’s ultimate celebration of the best of Western and Asian pop culture content. From toys, collectibles, comics and e-sports to cosplay, there is something for everyone to experience! Don’t miss the chance to take photos with cosplayers and score the autographs of your favourite comic creators, illustrators and toy designers. You can also pick up limited edition collectibles and take part in cosplay competitions at this annual extravaganza.

Date: 7-8 Dec

Venue: Marina Bay Sands®

Website: www.singaporetgcc.com

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

15. Epicurean Market
Epicurean Market food & wine fair at Marina Bay Sands

At this celebration of premium food and wine, you can savour the trademark dishes of celebrity chefs in sample size and taste hundreds of fine wines from across the globe. Attend masterclasses led by award-winning bartenders and chefs, then take your pick from a plethora of fresh produce displayed in its farmer's market.

Date: 13 Dec (In-restaurant specials), 14-15 Dec (Festive food & wine fair)

Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Halls A, B & C), Marina Bay Sands®

Website: www.marinabaysands.com/EpicureanMarket

Nearest MRT: Bayfront

16. Clarke Quay New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 2019

Celebrate the last day of the year at Clarke Quay with electrifying live band performances, pop-up activities and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities at Fountain Square. Party non-stop as the whole precinct is transformed by theme parties and promotions, for a fantastic start to the New Year!

Date: 31 Dec

Venue: Clarke Quay Fountain Square

Website: www.clarkequay.com.sg

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay

17. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Fireworks display at Marina Bay Singapore Countdown

Ring in the new year at Singapore’s biggest year-end party! Aside from catching the stunning countdown fireworks display that will light-up the iconic Singapore city skyline at midnight, you can soak in the festive atmosphere on New Year’s Eve with a host of exciting celebratory programmes around the bay.

Date: 31 Dec

Venue: Marina Bay

Website: www.marinabaycountdown.sg

Nearest MRT: Bayfront, Esplanade and Raffles Place