What to do in Singapore: November 2018

#1 See Orchard Road light up for Christmas

Orchard Road Disney Christmas

What: Christmas On A Great Street

When: Saturday, 10 November 2018, 7pm

Where: Orchard Road

Expect kids of all ages (talking to you, too, longtime Disney buffs) to flock to Orchard Road, Tanglin Road and Scotts Road this year to see the spectacular Disney-themed festive displays. You’re right to guess that Frozen will feature in this, but there will also be Toy Story, the Disney princesses and the Mouse himself. The light-up ceremony at Plaza Singapura will kick off a series of pop-ups. Plus, the Christmas Village (shopping!) at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza starts from 15 November.

#2 Have a damn good Beef Sukiyaki Don

What: Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke

Where: Onze @ Tanjong Pagar, 11 Kee Seng St, Singapore 089218

In September, the mastermind behind one of Singapore’s most famous ramen chains added a new concept to its series of outlets – and you didn’t even know! Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke is dedicated to the dish in its name; it offers only two menu items: the standard but delicious beef sukiyaki don, and the indulgent Kiwami wagyu sukiyaki don. There are only 14 seats available in the establishment, so expect a queue.

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#3 Celebrate Deepavali

What: Deepavali Festival Village

When: All month

Where: Little India arcade

Every year, the Hindu festival of lights makes Little India even more colourful than it already is, and there’s plenty more for tourists and shoppers to see/buy. There will be night bazaars and stalls selling Indian sweets at the The Deepavali Festival Village, which runs until 6 November on the stretch between Campbell Lane and Hastings Road. The street decorations will stay up until 25 November.

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#4 Send the kids on a horticultural adventure

Gardens by the Bay Garden Troopers
Photo: Gardens by the Bay

What: Garden Troopers, various activities for different age groups

When: 17, 19 and 23 November 2018

Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

You can always count on Gardens by the Bay to fill your calendars. This month, kids can get in on some fun with a garden adventure, where they will learn more about plants, flowers and trees through a series of activities and interactive games. Just wait – they’ll be pointing out the names of plants to you soon! Registration closes on 5 November for all the programmes.

#5 Camp out under the stars

What: Sleep With The Beasts

When: 24-25 November 2018

Where: Singapore Zoo, Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

You’ve probably been to the zoo before, but have you stayed overnight? Families get to spend a day with a guided tour of the zoo, a behind-the-scenes look at how the zoo is run, night safari tram ride, and a cosy campfire gathering before going to sleep in a tent (not in the tiger’s enclosure, we assure you). Don’t forget your mosquito repellent. There is limited availability, so book fast!

#6 Enjoy these concerts

Is it just us or is it music month in Singapore? A whole bunch of artists are heading to our shores for concerts, and there’s also the Neon Lights music festival, which Malaysian singer Yuna is headlining. Read on for highlights and dates.

When: Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 8pm
Where: Zepp@BIGBOX, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521

Charlie Puth
When: Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 8pm
Where: The Star Performing Arts Centre

Franz Ferdinand
When: Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 8.30pm
Where: Zepp@BIGBOX, 1 Venture Avenue, Singapore 608521

Neon Lights
What: The outdoor music and arts festival will feature acts like Yuna, Interpol and Caribou.
When: 9-11 November 2018, from 6pm (Friday), from 2pm (Sat & Sun)
Where: Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037

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Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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