What’s on this weekend: 16 – 18 Dec 2016

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It’s the last weekend before Christmas, which means we’ve packed this round-up with a bumper crop of festive activities and events. From a Christmas market in the heartlands to a Santa meet-and-greet, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Squeeze in some last minute Christmas shopping in the heartlands
Still have gifts to get? Skip the crowds and long queues in town and make a beeline for the heartlands instead. Carry out last minute Christmas shopping in peace at the two-day Christmas in Queenstown event. There’ll be a European Christmas-inspired market at the Church of the Good Shepherd selling handcrafted goods, a live choir, delicious festive grub and yes, snow.

17 & 18 Dec 2016. Get updates here.

Be swept away by Star Wars mania at Vivocity
Calling all Star Wars fans! Vivocity is holding a massive interactive event to coincide with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. You’ll definitely want to catch this massive interactive event at Vivocity before it ends this Sunday. Be wowed by a towering 8-metre tall AT-AT Walker and experience being an X-Wing Fighter through virtual reality. Choose your side and fight as a Commander or train characters in the universe. There’ll be movie merchandise for sale, photo opportunities with life-sized Death Troopers and more.

From now until 18 Dec 2016. For more information, click here.

Act out your superhero fantasies at an Avengers-themed exhibition
Take a break from the Christmas hubbaloo and swing by the Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition at Science Centre Singapore. Featuring sets, props, costumes and special effects from the movies, the interactive exhibit lets you immerse yourself in the world of the Avengers by learning the science behind the characters. Go behind-the-scenes with Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and more! Definitely something both you and your child will enjoy.

From now till 5 March 2017. Click here for more information.

Get hands-on at a parent-child robot-making workshop
Bond with your child while creating and programming toy robots and decorating knick knacks with aliens inspired by science fiction films, at the Mint Museum of Toy’s Make+Play December workshops.

19 Nov 2016 – 18 Dec 2016. Check out the lineup and register here.

Soak in Christmas carols and meet Santa in person
Be serenaded by the Singapore National University Christmas Choir as they sing classic Christmas carols at toy store The Children’s Showcase at Tanglin Mall. Shop for gifts while your little ones meet and greet Santa (tip: he’s on the second floor).

17 & 18 Dec 2016. Find out more here.

Paint your own Christmas tree
Don’t have a Christmas tree this year? How about painting your own tree using acrylic on canvas? You can even light it up with fairy lights for a cosy, festive feel, or hang it in the living room or kitchen. It’s a great way to let your child exercise their creativity and learn about acrylic techniques!

17 & 18 Dec 2016. Details and ticketing here.

Experience an immersive storytelling session at the library
Head down to the library@esplanade for a delightful interactive storytelling session about a crayon who tries to turn red. Not only is it entertaining, it aims to promote children’s cognitive and motor skills. For kids aged two to five. Admission is free and opens half an hour before each session, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

17 & 18 Dec 2016. More details here.

Pretend you’re in a winter wonderland
Sadly, our location in the tropics means we won’t ever see snowfall, but City Square Mall’s free snow shows come close to letting us experience the real thing. Come night-time, “snowfall” (white foam) showers down from sprinklers, Christmas carols fill the air and colourful lights add a warm glow, transforming the scene into a winter wonderland — you can almost believe you’re miles away enjoying a white Christmas.

18 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017.

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