Despite being a small island country, there’s definitely no lack of things to do in Singapore. This vibrant city-state is often buzzy with pop-up events and exhibitions that engage locals and tourists alike. From dining at the newest cafes, restaurants and hawker centres to museum hopping, you’ll certainly find activities to do for the weekend. Read on for our picks on things to do and see in Singapore in January 2024.
What to do in Singapore – January 2024
Flavours of Tomorrow Festival
Taste a spread of unexpected dishes at the Flavours of Tomorrow Festival. The inaugural edition is set to redefine the culinary landscape in Singapore by showcasing the best of the alternative food scene. Organised jointly between CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park, Innovate 360, and NUS Enterprise, this two-day festival aims to challenge stereotypes surrounding alternative proteins and meatless cuisine.
Flavours of Tomorrow Festival will happen at Teletech Park, Singapore Science Park 2, on 20 and 21 January. Admission is free.
Plastic: Remaking Our World
Is life in plastic truly fantastic? National Museum of Singapore’s upcoming exhibition Plastic: Remaking Our World examines the history and future of this controversial material. No doubt its presence has both positive and negative impacts on the environment. Hence, discover the various solutions for a more sustainable way of using plastic here.
This exhibition will feature over 300 objects, posters, films and photographs from the Vitra Design Museum and its partners, including rarities from the dawn of the plastic age, objects of the pop era and contemporary designs and projects, with additional content on the use of plastic and sustainability in Singapore.
Plastic: Remaking Our World happens at National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 1, from 27 January to 23 June.
Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland
There are ways to experience winter temperatures in Singapore despite the perpetual tropical weather. One will be at the chilly Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland. The touring pop-up winter playground returns to Singapore with 3,000 square metres of space at the Bayfront Event area will have activities involving real snow.
This year, visitors can experience the first-ever Merry-Go-Round on Ice, conquer the Longest Snow Slope, attempt the Double-Lane Couple Ice Slide, and marvel at illuminated Arctic winter lights via Enchanted Nights at Ice Magic.
Korea Festival Singapore 2023
Hosted by K-Festival Ltd, together with Singapore Science Centre and Snow City, Korea Festival Singapore 2023 will comprise of four main events: K-Tech Expo, Twinkle, and K-POP Cover Dance Festival that span across two months.
Highlights include the [HYBE INSIGHT] BTS X James Jean: Seven Phases Exhibition, which showcases art pieces themed after the popular K-pop group and props worn by the group’s members. Also, get ready for a shopping spree at TWINKLE: KPOP Goods Exhibition. This section offers a wide range of K-POP merchandise, featuring over 100 items from renowned labels like SM, YG, HYBE, JYP, CUBE, and more. Fans can look forward to engaging events like KPOP-themed photo zones, concept photo booths, and captivating curation displays.
Korea Festival Singapore 2023 happens till 25 February 2024 at Science Centre Singapore.
Immersive Disney Animation at Sands Theatre
Ever wonder how Mickey and iconic characters from the Disney empire attain their charming personalities? Discover what goes behind the scenes at Immersive Disney Animation, which celebrates 100 years of Disney animation excellence.
The Sands Theatre will be transformed into a hybrid of an immersive, 3D environment where characters and songs from over 60 of Disney’s iconic animated films will lead visitors through a century of scenes iconic scenes. In this nearly 90-minute experience, visitors will get to explore the art, music and animation techniques that have brought timeless classics like The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and The Lion King to life.
Immersive Disney Animation happens till February 25 at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands.
BTS POP-UP: SPACE OF BTS in Singapore
Although popular South Korean K-pop boyband BTS is currently on hiatus due to members having military commitments, their presence is still very much active in popular culture. Support your bias in the group, snag exclusive merchandise, and immerse in new fan-focused experiences related to the global phenomenon at the BTS POP-UP: SPACE OF BTS in Singapore.
The return of this pop-up offers more Singapore-exclusive merchandise and curation of over 250 sought-after BTS memorabilia like the ARTIST-MADE Collection by BTS, BTS Special 8 Photo-Folio, photo-taking opportunities with the latest 2023 BTS FESTA family portrait, and more.
BTS POP-UP: SPACE OF BTS in Singapore will happen from 25 November 2023 to 21 January 2024 at Orchard Cineleisure.
Mars: The Red Mirror
Discover more about the enigmatic Mars in a blockbuster exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. Presented by the ArtScience Museum and the Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona (CCCB) and curated by Juan Insua, it is touted to be the most comprehensive historical and cultural showcase of the Red Planet,
This Asian premiere of Mars: The Red Mirror examines depictions of Mars throughout history and across cultures from ancient Greece to Asia while featuring over 300 objects, including rare scientific manuscripts, sculptures, historical artefacts, films, contemporary artworks, and even an authentic Martian meteorite.
Mars: The Red Mirror happens at ArtScience Museum from 25 November 2023 to 7 April 2024.
Support mental health awareness with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation x Cotton On’s special collaboration
Those who’ve followed Lady Gaga’s musical journey would know that the multi-hyphenate is also a big advocate for mental health awareness. Together with her mother, Cynthia Bissett Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was created, a US-based non-profit organisation that aims to increase community-based mental health resources for young people and foster kinder communities.
In light of World Mental Health Day coming up on October 10, Lady Gaga has partnered with Cotton On and Cotton On Foundation for a collection of caps, T-shirts, totes, stationery, and a denim jacket, all of which support the campaign’s ‘Kinder, Braver, Together’ ethos. Available from now till October 10, Cotton On will be donating 100% of the net proceeds from this collab to the Born This Way Foundation.
Shop the collection in stores and online here.
Bond over Bee’s Knees Picnic ‘Buzzket’
UNESCO World Heritage Site Singapore Botanic Gardens is one of Singapore’s best spots for a gathering and Bee’s Knees knows this. Hence, they are offering ready-to-set-up kits with everything needed for a perfect picnic.
Each ‘buzzket’ comes with its own reusable mat, cushions, battery-operated candles, and delicious meals for two or four, add-on Chandon Garden Spritz options at SGD$16 nett (1 glass), SGD$25 nett (2 glasses), or SGD$58++ (bottle). Fur-kids aren’t left out too. Top SGD$28 (two pax) or SGD$20 (four pax) to get a Dog-friendly Picnic Buzzket that includes dog toys, a dog bowl, treats and a bandana.
Bee’s Knees Picnic ‘Buzzket’ is available to order online via Bee’s Knees at The Garage website.
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800s–2000s
Singapore is known for its top-notch award-winning airport and national aircraft carrier Singapore Airlines. Wonder what’s the magic behind their success? Head down to this travel-themed exhibition that traces the evolution of Singapore’s identity as a popular travel destination, through the eyes of those who have arrived at our shores from the past to the present.
Through four thematic sections aligned to the themes of transport, accommodation, food and beverage, and sights and shopping, Now Boarding showcases a specially curated selection of ubiquitous material and artefacts evoking powerful memories of travel to and from Singapore. This includes the iconic analogue flip board that was previously located at Changi Airport, as well as a showcase of the history-making Singapore Airlines’ A380 prestigious Suites Cabin seat.
Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore through Travel, 1800 – 2000s happens at National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, Basement Level, till 25 February 2024. Admission is free for Singaporeans and PRs.
Waga Mari’s Sea Spirits: Sunset Cocktail Cruise by Distilled
There’s no better feeling than holding a well-shaken glass of cocktail in hand while watching the glorious sunset. Waga Mari and Distilled LLP come together to make this picture-perfect setting possible.
On board the 45-foot luxury catamaran Waga Mari (Honour the Sea), guests can enjoy a free flow of food, beverage and live entertainment during the course of its three-hour cruise around the southern islands of Singapore. Of course, the highlight will be the cocktails curated by the bar team from Mortar & Pestle, which is located at The Great Room on South Bridge Road. Expect spirits like Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo, High West Whiskey, Old Young’s Gin and Vodka and Ron Colón Salvadoreño Rum.
Waga Mari’s Sea Spirits: Sunset Cocktail Cruise by Distilled LLP is currently ongoing at an introductory price of SGD$188nett till June 30. It will cost SGD$228nett from July 1 onwards.
Glamping in the Wild at The Singapore Zoo
Connect with nature and animals at The Singapore Zoo via the return of their glamping experience. This refreshed ‘Glamping in the Wild’ programme will feature behind-the-scenes tours like insights into animal healthcare and the working processes at Wildlife Nutrition Centre. The day ends in your dome tent as Mother Nature coaxes you to sleep with the soothing sounds of the Upper Seletar Reservoir.
Glamping in the Wild happens at The Singapore Zoo from April 1 onwards.
(Feature and Hero image credit: National Gallery Singapore)
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