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What’s On In Singapore In December

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Updated: 14 December 2016
We’re down to the wire of 2016, and after how tumultuous this year has been, things can really only get better. Well, hopefully in any case. With the monsoon weather delivering daily thunderstorms these days in Singapore, you’ll be happy to see that this month’s events guide is almost exclusively indoor events. We’ve kept Christmas and New Year’s events out of this guide, but keep an eye out for our holiday posts coming soon.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

FILM | Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will help you get in touch with your feelings

📅 Thursday, December 1st

Everyone’s favorite hipster theatre The Projector kicks off this month’s events guide with a screening of One More Time With Feeling. The film, directed by Andrew Dominik, weaves together Nick Cave’s latest release, Skeleton Tree, with live performances, interviews and unseen footage all thoughtfully narrated and reflected on by Cave himself. The previous screening of this film sold out in advance, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets.

Tickets: $13.50

📍 The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, Singapore

FASHION | See some new looks in a cool location

📅 Friday, December 2nd

Co-working space The Hive will be hosting Runway, a fashion catwalk on their rooftop showcasing some of Singapore’s best designers in an exclusive event. Designers at the show include bespoke bridal designer Elizabeth Gregory Couture, luxury silk loungewear brand Maisonzhou and several others. After the fashion show, there will be a marketplace featuring the designers from the show, as well as a meet and greet with some of the designers themselves.

Tickets: Runway fashion show: $20; Marketplace: free

📍 The Hive, 59 New Bridge Road, Singapore, +65 6532 2119

MUSIC | Get funky with MyHero and guests at Disco de Laurentiis

📅 Saturday, December 3rd

Golden X The Great Escape, the hidden bar in the car park at the Golden Mile Tower, brings you Disco de Laurentiis’ launch party, a Saturday night of funky dance music. The line-up features Englishman Dave Howarth, Singaporean poet savant Ulysses and headlining act MyHero. Join the fun for some stiff drinks and dance the night away in one of Singapore’s coolest bars.

Tickets: Free

📍 The Great Escape, Level 5, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore

FESTIVAL | Experience Brazil right here in Singapore

📅 Sunday, December 4th

Boutique Spirits SG and Maracatu Cachaç bring Brazil to Singapore with the help of Owl Bar. Enjoy an afternoon of poolside fun, delicious Brazilian BBQ and the signature Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha. This is a family event (kids under five are free, ages six to 12 are $20) and your ticket gets you unlimited BBQ from Chef Fabio and the Singapore Brazilian Barbeque Experience team, as well as happy hour prices on cocktails later in the evening. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!

Tickets: $54 early bird; $62 regular (must be purchased in advance)

📍 Owl Bar, 2 College Road, Singapore, +65 9372 4887

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th

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Courtesy of EOY Cosplay Festival | Courtesy of The Embassy of Israel and Open A Door to Israel | Courtesy of Kampong | © Brian Marks/Wikicommons

THEATRE | Get in the Christmas spirit at The Nutcracker

📅 Wednesday, December 7th until Sunday December 11th

The Singapore Dance Theatre brings the beloved Christmas classic The Nutcracker back to Singapore this December. The story is inspired by E.T.A Hoffman’s tale of a young girl named Clara who is given a doll of impressive craftmanship at Christmas. Set in the early 1900s, audience members can expect all their favorites like the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy to dance across the stage.

Tickets: $30-$70

📍 Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore, +65 6828 8377

ART | Learn about Israel and its unique culture

📅 Friday, December 9th until Friday, December 23rd

The Embassy of Israel presents a new exhibition, Open a Door to Israel, a multi-sensory exploration of Israeli culture. The set-up is nine doors that each leads to different facets of Israel’s society, like arts and culture, technology and entrepreneurship and more. Besides the thematically-linked doors, there will also be robotic screening technology that shows Israeli creativity. The installation makes its only Southeast Asia stop here at Singapore’s Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Tickets: Free

📍 Sands Convention Centre, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore, +65 6688 8888

FESTIVAL | Turn up the heat at Kampong’s BYOB Global Warming Escape Party

📅 Saturday, December 10th

Kampong is hosting their next party, Global Warming Escape Party at The Great Escape. The event hopes to raise awareness about global warming. To create a conversation about this issue, the evening will start with the climate change documentary Up2degrees, a film created with the idea that turning aircons up by two degrees in public places around Singapore would have a significant effect on climate change. Later in the evening, the party will get going with three internationals DJs; Marvin Gold, Vito Zeubill and Jeck Hyde.

Tickets: $20-$30

📍 The Great Escape, Level 5, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore

FESTIVAL | See your favorite characters come to life

📅 Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th 10AM–7PM

Head down to the Marina Barrage for the EOY Cosplay Festival to see people dressed as J-pop stars and anime characters. The EOY Cosplay Festival overcame seemingly insurmountable odds a few years ago, and through hard work and dedication maintained the popularity of the festival which is one of the largest youth-oriented events in Singapore. Besides cosplay, the festival will also feature two Japanese internet celebrities; dancer Nanakawa Miko and singer that.

Tickets: Free

📍 Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore, +65 6514 5959

COMEDY | Laugh until your sides hurt with Bill Bailey

📅 Sunday, December 11th

Bill Bailey, one of the pillars of English comedy and who can be seen in Nevermind the Buzzcocks, QI and alongside Dylan Moran in Black Books, returns to Singapore with his latest comedy show, Larks in Transit. This show is a collection of tales from the road taken from his two decades of being a stand up comedian. Mixing musical accompaniment with his unique style of delivery, Bailey tackles a variety of subjects, including death metal, happiness and ring tones.

Tickets: $88-$158

📍 National University of Singapore, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th

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© Gabriel Saldana/Flickr | Courtesy of Passerby Projects | Courtesy of ORTO | © Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd

FILM | Get in the festive spirit with The Grinch and some late night shopping

📅 Friday, December 16th

Following the success of last month’s screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Singapore Open Air Cinema Club chooses another winner in December with Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, starring Jim Carrey. This month, the event also includes further festivities, with a Christmas market that will be open for some late-night shopping.

Tickets: $15

📍 The Hive, 59 New Bridge Road, Singapore

THEATRE | Get existential In Search of Salt and truth

📅 Friday, December 16th 8PM and Saturday, December 17th 3PM & 8PM

In Search of Salt is a play written and directed by Sarah Howell and starring Alison Wong, Susie Penrice Tyrie and Ranice Tay. Produced by Passerby Projects in collaboration with Dream Bravely, the play is about a young woman who receives several Facebook messages from her sister a few months after she died in mysterious circumstances. The play is a mystery-drama exploring the idea of death and what that means in social media. The performance will be presented in the theatre-in-the-round style where the stage is surrounded by the audience on all sides.

Tickets: $25-$35

📍 Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore

SPORTS | Run for your beer in Singapore’s newest hash

📅 Saturday, December 17th

ORTO has organized the inaugural Beer Run @ ORTO where participants will compete in a 1.8 kilometre race with a twist – at the halfway mark, runners must drink a pint of beer as quickly as they can before resuming the race. Following the race will be the ORTO Beer Run Games featuring Beer Pong and Team Chug.

Tickets: $38 (includes two pints of beer, an event t-shirt and race bib)

📍 ORTO Yishun, 81 Lor Chencharu, Singapore, +65 6257 8858

SPORTS | Get colorful and playful at the Illumi Run

📅 Saturday, December 17th

At the start of the Illumi Run, participants are sprayed with neon Illumi glow water. They then run and dance their way through several glow zones set up across Sentosa’s Palawan Beach, each equipped with more glow water and blasting music to keep the party going. Later at night, the Illumi Run transforms into a massive beach party featuring some of the region’s most famous DJs including DJ TiNC, Rave Republic and Taiwan’s DJ Cookie, Taipei’s number one female DJ according to the Taipei Times.

Tickets: $62-$88

📍 Palawan Beach, Sentosa, Singapore

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25th

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© Do u remember/Flickr | © Jacklee/WikiCommons | © RM Bulseco/Flickr | © Dave Rosenblum/Flickr


FILM | Find out what it’s like to be married to an actress

📅 Tuesday, December 20th

As part of its cinema club, Alliance Français will be screening French romantic comedy, Ma Femme Est Une Actrice starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal and Terence Stamp. The film follows Yvan, a successful sports journalist and his wife Charlotte, an internationally recognized actress. Their marriage becomes rocky when one of Yvan’s friends mentions to him that it must be difficult to be married to someone who as part of their work frequently kisses other men and sometimes even undresses on set.

Tickets: $9

📍 Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore, +65 6737 8422

ART | Look at art that considers light and technology

📅 Thursday, December 22nd

Objectifs brings Light-Space to its Chapel Gallery. The exhibition shows the work of two artists, Urich Lau and Warren Khong. Both artists’ work consider the concepts of color and light and how these things interact with physical and immaterial objects. These artists chose to show their work side by side, not because their work is complementary, but because they explore the duality of simultaneously disrupting and creating spaces through technology and light.

Tickets: Free

📍 Objectifs, 155 Middle Road, Singapore, +65 6336 2957

SPORTS | Play beach volleyball and make new friends

📅 Saturday, December 24th

Make new friends and get some exercise. Head down to Siloso Beach to play some Beach Volleyball. To find the group, look for the volleyball courts next to Wavehouse – they play on the beach directly in front. The game usually starts around 4PM, depending on when everyone arrives. The game is very casual and everyone is welcome to play, although it certainly helps to have some skill level as the group has been playing together for a while.

Tickets: Free

📍 Siloso Beach, Singapore

FITNESS | Enjoy yoga for everyone

📅 Every Sunday, except: December 25th, 2016 and January 1st, 2017.

Pay What You Wish Yoga SG was started last year by a group of yoga instructors who know the importance and benefits of yoga and wanted to make it more accessible for everyone as compared with the cost of gyms and yoga studios. Held near Orchard, at 3pm in the Far East Shopping Center, the class is open to anyone who wants to learn. The studio does provide mats, however, they do not have a shower or changing room facilities.

Tickets: Free

📍 Far East SC, 545 Orchard Road, #16-01, Singapore

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st

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© Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr | © edwin.11/Flickr | © Groyn88/WikiCommons | © Gaby Av/Flickr

MUSIC | Be serenaded by the young performers of Rave Harpers

📅 Tuesday, December 27th 5PM-7.30PM

Rave Harpers is Singapore’s leading harp ensemble led by Katryna Tan, a recipient of the Young Artist award. Many of their members have won international harp competitions in Japan, France and more. Join them at Esplanade Concourse as they play a mix of classics and modern songs like Edvard Greig’s Morning Mood and Carlos Salzedo’s Rumba and Tango.

Tickets: Free

📍 Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore, +65 6828 8377

COMEDY | See Singapore’s most famous drag queen

📅 Tuesday, December 27th 8.30PM-11.30PM

Head down to Boat Quay to see Singapore’s leading comic and most famous drag queen, Kumar. He’s been in the business for 20 years in television, film and on stage. His performance is made up of different parts including stand up comedy, lip-syncing and even traditional Indian dance. Audience members can expect a memorable performance including hearing him speak about gender equality and queer issues.

tickets: $30-$40

📍 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore

PARTY | Make new friends to spend New Year’s weekend with

📅 Thursday, December 29th 8.30PM

Couch Surfing meetups are an excellent way to make friends as a traveler and also meet up with locals and learn about the cool things to do outside the tourist circuit. This meetup at Zsofi Tapas Bar in Little India has been popular for months and the bar supports the meetup by having excellent drink specials with two beers or wines for just $15.

Admission: Free

📍 Zsofi Tapas Bar, 68 Dunlop Street, Singapore