Singapore Christmas Day Holiday
Christmas Day is celebrated across Singapore every 25 December. It is one of the two Christian holidays marked by the country. Under the Singapore Employment Act, public holidays for the upcoming years from Christmas Day 2020 are as follows:
|25 Dec 2019||Wednesday||Christmas Day 2019|
|25 Dec 2020||Friday||Christmas Day 2020|
|25 Dec 2021||Saturday||Christmas Day 2021|
|25 Dec 2022||Sunday*||Christmas Day 2022|
|26 Dec 2022||Monday||Christmas Holiday 2022|
|25 Dec 2023||Monday||Christmas Day 2023|
|25 Dec 2024||Wednesday||Christmas Day 2024|
Note: Any holidays that fall on a Sunday will be replaced the following Monday.
Experience Christmas in Singapore – Pomp, Colour, Food, Shopping, and Non-Stop Merrymaking
Happy Christmas! Christmas is one of the Christian holidays recognized as public holidays in Singapore. It falls on the 25th of every December which is a day celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though Christmas is a celebration dedicated to Christians, Non-Christians do celebrate it as a casual and joyous occasion as well. If you are in Singapore, it is likely that you will be spoilt for choices on what you can enjoy during the wonderful Christmas season in Singapore.
How is Christmas Day Celebrated in Singapore?
On the Christmas’ Eve, Christians will visit a church to countdown to Christmas day. Most Catholic churches across Singapore will be holding traditional Midnight Mass services on Christmas Eve while some Anglican churches will be celebrating with evening services. Thereafter, on the actual Christmas day itself, churches will continue to host short services in the morning. Delicious Christmas feast including roast turkey, gingerbread and fruitcakes may be provided in the churches.
Other than the “Christian way” of celebrating Christmas, there is a more secularized approach for celebrating Christmas in Singapore. Special promotional events such as December Sales and Christmas Eve sales are available to build up anticipation towards the day. Attractions such as Sentosa Island and shopping malls such as Marina Bay and Orchard Road stay open till late to join in this mega shopping spree during Christmas season. Major Christmas markets also offers special promotion and hence is a great opportunity for you to buy affordable gifts for your family members and loved ones through the Christmas gifts exchange. These markets include Great Christmas Village at Orchard Road, Christmas in Queenstown at Dundee Road and Festive Market at Christmas Wonderland. Additionally, most of the western restaurants in Singapore offer authentic Christmas meals which you may visit for sumptuous Christmas meals on the eve of Christmas.
It is also common to see a variety of events such as parades, concerts and streets performances being held during the Christmas season. Christmas trees and decorations can also be seen along the shopping streets as well as in shopping malls.
What to do during Christmas Day in Singapore
Christmas celebrations are huge in most places in the world. As such, there are just so many things you can do to mark the day irrespective of where you are. If you are in Singapore, however, it is likely that you will be spoilt for choices. Here are our favorite picks of what you can during Christmas Day in Singapore.
Shop at the Christmas Markets
One of the hallmarks of Christmas in Singapore is shopping. This is the time of the year when people buy gifts for family members and loved ones. This is also the time when sellers give insane deals on their merchandise and there is no better time to enjoy shopping than during Christmas. In Singapore, you can check out the major Christmas markets and shop all you can. These markets include Great Christmas Village on Orchard Road, Christmas in Queenstown on Dundee Road and Festive Market at Christmas Wonderland.
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is a popular tradition in countries that experience winter during Christmas. Though it is impossible to experience winter in Singapore, locals can still enjoy the snow experience and commemorate the festival by going for ice skating activity. You may visit either the Kallang Ice World, or The Rink at JCube for ice skating. These are the two permanent ice rinks in Singapore and are also the favorite spots on Christmas day. If you would like to have a feel of winter in a tropical country, ice skating is definitely worth going!
Visit Universal Studios Singapore
Another great way to enjoy Christmas in Singapore would be to visit the Universal Studios Singapore. During Christmas season, you can find magnificent Christmas lighting and decorations all around the Universal Studios Singapore. Special performances will also be arranged for visitors to enjoy on Christmas day itself. Be prepared to experience endless photo opportunities when you visit Universal Studios Singapore during Christmas!
Party at Sentosa Island
If you have no other plan for Christmas, a countdown party at Sentosa Island would be the next best alternative! Christmas celebrations at Sentosa Island usually starts on the eve of 25th. You can find abundant food and exciting live performances available. Enjoy only happy moments there!
You will enjoy being part of a happy crowd that cares about nothing else but to be happy at that particular moment. It is usually a blend of diversity in the food, music, and entertainment, owing to the diverse nature of the crowds that usually gather for the party.