Participants at last year's Christmas light-up by VFC.

Participants at last year's Christmas light-up by Victory Family Centre (VFC). Photo from VFC's Facebook page.

As Christmas rolls around, churches across Singapore are gearing up to spread the festive cheer in their neighbourhoods.

From giant fairy lights, snow-globe photobooths and Go-Kart racing to free food and live performances, get ready to immerse yourself in the tapestry of festivities at a Christmas carnival near you.

And while you’re at it, ask along a friend or two so that they, too, can hear the Christmas story and revel in the joy of the season.

For the Easties

Christmas Wah!derland by Hope Singapore

There will be opportunities to take photos in a giant snow globe at Hope Singapore’s Christmas Wah!derland.

Experience a uniquely Singaporean Christmas at Hope Singapore’s Christmas Wah!derland, which will feature a variety of performances, a festive market, a live carol sing-a-long and an opportunity to snap photos with friends and family at a giant snow globe photobooth.

Perfect for families, the event also includes a special programme for kids with games, balloon sculpting and a chance to decorate – and fill! – their own snack buckets. A bonus: New visitors will receive a free gift!

Christmas Wah!derland will also be held at Hope Singapore’s three other locations: Hope @ The Axis, Hope @ Jurong West and Hope @ New Tech Park.

Address: Park Avenue Convention Centre
4 Changi Business Park Avenue 1
Singapore 486016
When: December 24, from 10am
Entry: Free

More details here.

The Art of Christmas by Sound of Art

Come and see the Christmas story told through art, music and dance.

For those who appreciate good art and music, be sure not to miss this community arts festival that uses faith-inspired art, music and dance to tell the Christmas story.

Organised by local art gallery and social enterprise Sound of Art, the festival, which will be conveniently located in i12 Katong, will feature a Christmas candlelight concert and performances by local churches and musicians.

There will also be guided art tours where participants can enjoy artworks including hyper-realistic paintings of the birth of Jesus Christ and a three-part abstract series based on the journey of the Magi following the star.

An extra perk: Give it your all in the mall-wide treasure hunt and stand to win F&B vouchers!

Address: i12 Katong, Level 1 Atrium
112 East Coast Road
Singapore 428802
When: December 21 to 24, 1pm to 8pm
Entry: Free

More details here.

Merry Market Place by Harborlight Church

Merry Market Place features coffee shops and artsy vendors.

Enjoy a relaxing time of food and shopping at this Christmas flea market featuring unique vendors like Old Hen Coffee Bar, Feelings Club, The Project J and Kristen Kiong.

Address: 50 East Coast Road
Roxy Square, B1-01
Singapore 428769
When: December 9, 10am to 3pm; December 10, 1pm to 6pm
Entry: Free

More details here.

For the Westies

Dover Celebrates Christmas! by St-John’s-St-Margaret’s Church

From a Nerf Blaster station to Zumba for seniors, Dover Celebrates Christmas welcomes both the young and the old.

A carnival fit for the whole family, Dover Celebrates Christmas features exciting activities like a giant bouncy castle, a mini-train ride, a virtual reality experience and a Nerf Blaster station complete with all-out shootouts and Capture The Flag Challenges.

There will also be an Amazing Race challenge, hourly raffle draws and Zumba for seniors!

Those who prefer indoor activities can enjoy terrarium-making and flower arrangement workshops, while foodies can indulge in kaya toast and kopi, popcorn, ice-cream and bubble tea.

Talks on developmental disorders in children and legal-planning on wills and end-of-life matters will also be held.

(Some activities require pre-event registration.)

Address: St-John’s-St-Margaret’s Village
30 Dover Avenue
Singapore 139790
When: December 23, 10am to 5pm
Entry: Free (Carnival ticket for $8.)

More details here.

Community Christmas Nights by Victory Family Centre (VFC)

Community Christmas Nights will be held at all of VFC’s branches across the island.

To add to the festive sparkle, VFC’s church buildings will be dressed in rows of fairy lights over two-and-a-half weekends this December. This is all part of Community Christmas Nights, which will involve carolling, food and drinks, kids activities – and not forgetting special light shows!

On December 23 and 24, there will also be a Christmas production featuring drummers, dancers, musical performances and a candlelight carolling session.

Community Christmas Nights will also be held at VFC’s other branches in Sembawang, Palm Grove, Toa Payoh, Rubikon and Tampines. (The Christmas production will only be held at the Tampines, Toa Payoh and Choa Chu Kang branches.)

Address: VFC Choa Chu Kang
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2
Singapore 689907
When: December 8-9, 15-16, 22, from 7pm
Entry: Free

More details here.

For those in the Central

Christmas at Faith by Faith Methodist Church

There’s something for everyone at Christmas at Faith.

With carnival games, Go-Kart racing, Christmas-themed crafts and a kids’ water play area, Christmas at Faith is perfect for families of all ages.

For those who prefer something more laid back, enjoy performances by the renowned Watoto Children’s Choir, jazz bands and dance groups, stop by the free food stalls (think Ramly Burgers, churros, sugarcane slushies and barista coffee) for a snack, or browse the offerings of local boutique pop-up stalls.

Be sure to invite all your friends, family and neighbours to share in the holiday spirit!

Address: Faith Methodist Church
400 Commonwealth Drive
Singapore 149604
When: December 23, 10am to 9pm; December 24, 12pm to 9pm
Entry: Free

More details here.

Celebrate Christmas with Brighton Community Church

The candlelight services will also be broadcast online.

This Christmas eve, join Brighton Community Church at their mini carnival where participants can enjoy goodie bags, an instant-print photo booth, cold brew coffee, games and food.

Those who are interested can also attend their candlelight service, which will feature guest preacher Pastor Andrew Yeo from Cornerstone Community Church.

Address: Brighton Community Church
21 Tyrwhitt Road, Foo Chow Building
Singapore 207530
When: December 24, 10.30am to 11.45am
(Services at 9.15am to 11.30am)
Entry: Free

Christmas at Queenstown by Church of our Good Shepherd

Children delight in falling “snow” at last year’s Christmas at Queenstown.

Experience “snow” this December at this European-style Christmas market in the heart of Queenstown.

Over two weekends, the church will be illuminated with twinkling lights – a warm invitation for all to come in to enjoy some 40 stalls, bouncy castles and “animal” rides for the little ones.

There will also be a variety of live performances by a 20-piece jazz band, a pop group, classical opera singers and a string ensemble. Carols will be performed daily at 8pm.

Address: Church of the Good Shepherd
2 Dundee Road
Singapore 149454
When: December 8-10 and December 15-17, 5pm to 10pm
Entry: Free

Read more about Christmas at Queenstown here.

More details here.

For those in the North

Christmas Cheer @ AMK by Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church

Drop by Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church for an afternoon of fun and games this December 16.

If you live in or around Ang Mo Kio, drop by Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church for some Christmas cheer on December 16 and enjoy an afternoon of food, stage games and performances. Don’t miss out on the blessing draw too!

Sign up quickly as a welcome door gift will be given to the first 200 registered participants.

Address: Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church, Level 3 Sanctuary 2
1 Ang Mo Kio Street 21
Singapore 569383
When: December 16, 2pm to 5pm (Registration starts at 1.30pm.)
Entry: Free (Pre-registration is required. Registration closes on December 10.)

More details here.


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Gracia Lee

Gracia is a journalism graduate who thoroughly enjoys people and words. Thankfully, she gets a satisfying dose of both as a writer and Assistant Editor at Salt&Light.