Although Singapore cannot offer you a white Christmas, there are still other ways to steep yourself in the festive mood. Whether it is watching classic Christmas films, going to a Christmas concert, or even trying out a new concept of Christmas-themed theatrical dining, we have compiled a guide for you to enjoy Christmas through film and arts.
Watching Christmas films as a family can be a very relaxing and effective family bonding experience. The problem is, there are too many Christmas films to choose from! Fret not, for DANAMIC has narrowed it down for you.
In this modern re-telling of an old story, the Grinch hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas, and silence the Whosville neighbours’ celebration with the help of his dog Max. An on-screen musical, The Grinch is for anyone who loved the original tale or simply down for singalongs and some slapstick humour. The Grinch is currently showing in all major cinemas in Singapore.
Mary Poppins Returns
The enigmatic Mary Poppins returns to Depression-era London to visit Jane and her brother Michael, now a father of three, and helps them rediscover the joy they knew as children. A sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins, this soon-to-be classic Disney film has already received rave reviews. It will be opening on Christmas day in Singapore to bring in the holiday magic.
The Princess Switch
Yearning for some of that hallmark wholesomeness during the festive season? The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens (yes, the girl from High School Musical) is a Christmas romantic comedy that revolves around the identity switch between a duchess and an ordinary girl from Chicago, who then fall in love with each other’s beaus. This lighthearted entertainment has premiered on Netflix on 16 November.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The 1964 classic Christmas film is worth re-watching every Christmas. Poor Rudolph with the red nose is initially ridiculed for standing out, but eventually receives not only acceptance but appreciation. This heartwarming cartoon is a reminder to all to respect the outliers in society, and embrace individual differences.
The Poetic World of Christian Pendelio
This magical festive season, Ode to Art is delighted to present the latest exhibition by French artist, Christian Pendelio – ‘The Poetic World of Christian Pendelio’. Revel in the wonderful festive atmosphere with the artist’s latest exhibition, showcasing a total of 28 new dreamy paintings this Christmas season.
Christian is well-known for his whimsical art style, and for turning his canvas into a magical world of fairy tales. Most of his subjects are riding on something in search of love, faith and hope. His artworks have the power to take us into other places and to plumb the depths of our most hidden dreams.
Date: 4th – 31st December 2018
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm daily
Venue: Level 4 Atrium, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103
Admission is free.
Marie and the Nutcracker Theatrical Dining
Andsoforth, a pop-up restaurant specialising in fusing art and dining in non-linear experiences, presents Marie and the Nutcracker. Participants can enjoy a 4-course dinner inspired by cuisines from Nuremberg and E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker. In addition, you will join the Nutcracker in discovering the cause for his curse and enlist in his merry band to defeat the Mouse King & his army. Should you succeed, you will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Sweets and possibly witness a wedding celebration. This unconventional event really adds a whole new experience to the festive season.
The event is open from December to early January, and you can get your tickets here: https://www.andsoforth.com.sg/marie-the-nutcracker/.
Visuals courtesy of Ode to Art Gallery and Andsoforth’s Instagram page.