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What to do in Singapore during the school holidays 2024- part 1

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So here we are at the end of 2020, and we are no closer to travelling home to see the family than we were a few months back. Although we will not be roasting marshmallows by the fire or warming our bodies with mulled wine this year, Christmas is a magical time of year, even on the tropical island of Singapore. 

singapore christmas holidays

Night Time Activities

Picnic at the Marina Barrage

Recommendation Walking around Marina Bay at night with the family is one of my favourite things. This part of the city at night is pretty impressive!!!

singapore christmas holidays

The Projector Movie Theatre

The Projector

Sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir

I had previously mentioned spending the day walking from upper Peirce Reservoir to lower Pierce Reservoir, but why not head over with a picnic basket and watch the sunset at Lower Peirce Reservoir instead? This location would have to be one of the most beautiful sunsets in Singapore, and it is right at most people’s doorstep, and they aren’t even aware of it. You can enter from across the road from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park at 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore. 

sunset lower pierce reservoir

Bring on the Christmas Cheer at The Jewel

If you head over to the Shiseido Forest Valley on Level 1 from 630pm (and every hour after that), you will be able to see the snowfall experience. Spend $30 anywhere at The Jewel, and you will qualify for you and one other person to enter the forest (children three and under free). There is plenty to do in this Winter Wonderland, including finishing off at the 16 metres tall Christmas tree to top off the experience. But wait, there is more!!! From The Drone flying workshop to creating Christmas crafts. There is plenty to do at Changi that will entertain you and your family for hours. 

christmas in singapore

Christmas Markets and Magical Domes

Domes at Chijmes

Walks For The Entire Family

Sentosa Jungle walk

Coastes Sentosa

Lower and Upper Pierce Reservoir

Lower Pierce reservoir

MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park

Did you know that MacRitchie Reservoir is the oldest reservoir in Singapore? MacRitichie’s is approximately 11km of a well-signed trail with many maps along the way. Start your hike early because it can become rather hot the later you leave it; remember to take plenty of water and keep your camera (or phone out) as there will be lots of wildlife along the way. Here you will find Singapore’s largest reservoir. Unfortunately, treetops walk was closed when writing this, so check online before you go, as rules change often.

singapore christmas holidays

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Recommendation Bollywood Veggies is only a 5-minute drive from the wetlands, so it would be an ideal place for lunch (book before you go; otherwise, the wait can be lengthy). 

Sungei Buloh

The Green Corridor

Bukit Timah Railway Station

Quirky Places To Eat

Central Perk

Everyone on the planet has watched an episode of friends at least once in their lifetime, haven’t they? So why not take the family out to experience a meal at the infamous Central Perk Cafe here in Singapore? Fans of the hit show will be delighted to hear that this is the only Warner Brothers licensed cafe outside of the US, which means yep! You guessed it; there is merchandise for you to purchase an early Christmas present or two! Opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm daily, and the address is 1 Magazine Road Central Mall #01-01, Singapore 059567

central perk

Vatos Urban Tacos

Recommendation for those over the age of 18 I highly recommend their Margaritas! 

Vatos urban Tacos

Brunches Restaurant

Recommendation When booking, ensure to ask for the booth in the car; the kids will thank you, I promise. 


Slappy Cakes

slappy cakes

Black Tap Singapore

Recommendation The shakes are enormous, and if you are taking little ones, you are probably best to share a shake or two. I highly recommend the Cotton Candy Shake; it is every little girl’s dream.

crazy shakes

Family Day Outs

Bollywood Veggies and Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle

Bollywood Veggies

Stand Up Paddle and Wakeboarding

Recommendation If this is too much for one day, split it into two days, especially for beginners. 


Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Kebun Baru Birdsinging Club

Spend the morning at the Kebun Baru Bird singing Club at Block 159 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Singapore 560159. Weekends from 9 am to 12 noon are the best times to enjoy the birds singing. Walk a little further, and you will find a wet market, grocery store, and hawkers demanding the rumbling stomachs and a place to purchase a bird and the cage. 

Bird Singing Club

Pulau Ubin

Rent a bicycle from the many shop’s rental shops available, or bring your own if you can! There is plenty to see and do, and it will have you busy the entire day. Remember to bring cash as there are no ATMs, and the restaurants and shops do not take cards. There are a couple of restaurants to choose from, so you will not have to bring your lunch if you don’t want to. 

bumboats in pulau ubin

Spend the Day at Snowcity

For the older kids aged 14 and above (and parents), why not try a hand at the winter shooting arena? This will be right up your alley for paintball enthusiasts, as you will love the change of terrain to play in. There is even an area for target shooting. Snow City is at 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Building, Singapore 609433. 


Kids Programs

Singapore Philatelic Museum

Fort Canning Singapore

Andsoforth Academy


Pe Lin Crafts

Tingkat painting

Holiday Ice Camp


Jurassic Mile Cycling Exploration 

Jurassic mile singapore

Singapore History 


Recommendation – watch the movie “The Railway Man” at home, based on the true story of Eric Lomax after the surrender. 


The Former Ford Factory

Recommendation Closest place to have lunch is the Rail Mall (Hillview MRT station) which is about two bus stops ahead of the Former Ford Factory or Beauty World which is about three bus stops before the museum.

former ford factory

Marsling War Tunnels

A short distance from the old immigration checkpoint from Malaysia to Singapore, you will find the hidden Marsling War Tunnels. You can’t miss this if you are up for a bit of adventure and continuing on the history trail.

Bring a torch and wear sneakers that don’t mind grubby because you can get dirty! You will find the tunnels in Admiralty Rd Woodlands, Singapore. It will not cost you any money to enter, just a good eye to see them. 

Marsling war tunnels

Fort Siloso 


Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Recommendation guided tours in English on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 pm, weekends at 3 pm, and mandarin times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 230 pm.

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Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I hope this post has given you the necessary information you require. If you have any recommendations, tips or travel advice, I would love for you to share them in the comment section below!

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  • Paula Barreca Barnes

    So 17 years ago, my husband and I set off with our little family in tow, embarking on a short-term assignment in Taiwan. Although without any knowledge of expat life or the Taiwanese culture, we took the chance and decided this would be an exciting little adventure; little did we know it changed the direction of our lives forever.

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