The Netherlands Ice Sculpture Festival at the IJsselhallen in Zwolle will be more beautiful and bigger than ever this year. The best ice sculpting artists in the world come to Zwolle where they work in a large ice hall (De IJsselhallen) with 275,000 kilos of ice and 275,000 kilos of snow. They will be translating the theme “JOURNEY THROUGH TIME” into a magical and spectacular world of ice and snow sculptures of up to 6 metres tall.
Singapore’s most popular year-end event, Christmas Wonderland is happening now at Gardens by the Bay, from 29 November to 26 December 2019.
Check out magical luminarie lights transform the fairground into a stunning wonderland complete with Yuletide favourites and festive fun for everyone. Meet Santa, experience ‘snow’ in the tropics, enjoy carnival games and rides, sing along to your favourite Christmas carols, shop at the charming Festive Market and so much more!
Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the new, this month-long event celebrates the sounds, sights and scents of Christmas. Set in the Victorian-era, cobblestone-lined Distillery Historic District, the Christmas Market brings together local craftspeople, musicians and artisanal food-makers for a truly festive experience. Browse through the selection of hand-made ornaments, wood carvings and crafts … check out mulled wine and European-style Christmas cocktails, and then cosy up by the fire or take in carollers, brass bands and authentic European dancers.
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For two decades, Burning the Clocks has become a special date in Brighton’s calendar. Taking place on the winter solstice 21st December, this fantastical procession brings magic to the streets, with a stream of luminous lanterns and a spectacular 2,000-strong parade.
Held on the shortest day (longest night) of the year, this growing tradition marks the passing of time by ‘burning the clocks’ and welcoming in the new sun. With over 20,000 spectators, this popular event turns the spotlight away from the more commercial side of Christmas and lights up the darkest of winter nights.
If you’re visiting Canada in December, don’t miss the 5th annual Big Elf Run. This holiday themed fun run offers a 1km Wee Elf Run, a 5km Big Elf run/walk, a 2 loop 10km or 3 loop 15k run/walk around scenic Stanley Park. Come on down and enjoy the Christmas decor, DJ, dancing, entertainers and more.
The Chinatown Opera Festival, organised by the Chinatown Business Association, is the first ever opera festival showcasing Singapore’s rich local heritage and culture. The five-day fest, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, will be held at the bustling Chinatown district. Spectators will get to “travel back in time” and relive the nostalgic days of performance art in the 50s and 60s; experience Chinese opera through exquisite performances, curated atmosphere accompanied with sentimental food items.
* All information on events are subject to change.