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December Must Do’s in Singapore

Year-end events pack Singapore with fun for tourists and locals alike.

Most people would associate December with winter but in Singapore, its summer all year round. Recent Decembers have been rainy but that doesn’t stop the events from happening anyway. Some of Singapore’s best events and festivals take place in December and here are some of the local’s top favourites:

 

ZoukOut

Date: 11th December 2010

ZoukOut is one of the biggest beach party in Asia and in its 10th year this year, it promises loads more shows and acts! Party all night till 8am with acts such as winning Electro/House/Dirty pop DJ God David Guetta/Tiësto, Booka Shade, Laidback Luke, hiphop genius and three-time Grammy Award winner DJ Jazzy Jeff along with MC Skillz, Zouk’s house DJs such as Aldrin, Jeremy Boon, Andrew Chow who will continue to rock the house down.  The party will be held at Sentosa, an island off the south of Singapore. Expect a wide range of music types for your diverse music tastebuds and a sweaty crowd of 20,000 annual Zouk pilgrims.

 

World Cinema Series

Date: 9th November to 11th December 2010

For something a little laid back, for the artful and cultured ones, the World Cinema Series is a monthly showcase of films by auteurs through the times of cinematic history. Discover new film styles by the boldest and most imaginative artists, where films are screened every Tuesday of the month.

The National Museum of Singapore hosts some of the region’s most amazing art and culture events so it’s worth checking out what they have on while you’re in town.

 

CSI Experience

Date: 16th October 2010 to 20th February 2011

The Science Centre is holding an interactive workshop based on the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) television series where participants need to solve Singapore scene crimes, with the help of the CSI cast – through a TV screen.

Be fascinated with advanced science and new technologies and pick up some investigative skills from professional crime investigators. Study finger prints, DNA tests and know how forensic science works to solve crimes.

Forensic science is integral in any Crime Scene Investigation episode. Photo: Flowtv.org

 

Peranakan Food Trail

Your trip to Singapore just wouldn’t be complete without an exploration of the diversity of its food culture, especially the Peranakan people and their culture.

The Peranakans are made up of generations of Malay and Chinese people, whether through intermarriages or assimilation, have hybridised their culture to form the Peranakan culture. Its food draws inspiration from both Malay and Chinese cuisines. This tour will lead you into better understanding of the Peranakan’s historical beginnings, learn more about the spices being used before bringing you to places to sample the best of its cuisine.

Peranakan houses. Photo: Getty Images

 

Christmas Celebrations

Date: Late October to 25th December 2010

Venue: Orchard Road

December isn’t complete without celebrating Christmas and it is no different in Singapore, with its diverse ethnic groups and cultures. All of Orchard Road, Singapore’s favourite shopping district, will be covered with Yuletide decorations and it is an annual competition to see which shopping mall will win best-dressed Christmas decorations of the year.

Every Christmas, busy Orchard Road will be shut and a Christmas parade will be held and even people who don’t celebrate Christmas will be able to have a taste of the wonders and beauty of this end-of-year celebration.

See what was done in 2008 and 2009.

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