ZoukOut is the biggest dance party in Singapore, and it attracts some of the top DJs in the world. Last year, the headlining acts were Tiesto and David Guetta. This year, top flight acts include Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, and Bob Sinclair. The party is held at Siloso Beach on Sentosa Island, so be prepared to wear your best beachwear. Tickets are a little steep, but if last year’s party is any indication, then it’ll definitely be worth it.
Green is the color of Christmas, but that’s not the only thing going green this month. The Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical Wicked makes its Singapore debut at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater on December 6. The show is a twist on The Wizard of Oz, focusing on Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It features the popular song “Defying Gravity,” which was covered in the first season of Glee. Tickets are currently being sold for a run until February 2012.
3. Singapore Women’s Tennis Exhibition 2011
Singapore is positioning itself as a major sporting venue, and this month, it is bringing six of the top women’s tennis players at the Singapore Women’s Tennis Exhibition 2011. Participating at the three-day tournament at the Singapore Indoor Stadium are current US Open Women’s Singles Champion Sam Stosur of Australia (pictured), World No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, World No. 17 Shuai Peng of China, 2011 Australian Open Doubles Champion Flavia Pennetta of Italy, former World No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, and World No. 27 Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.
4. Concerts: Katherine Jenkins, Chris Botti, Girls’ Generation
Singapore continues to attract top musical talent from around the world, and this month features a few concerts for you to attend. Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins performs at the Esplanade Concert Hall on December 4. On December 8, Trumpet King Chris Botti takes the stage at the same venue. And for fans of K-Pop, all-female Korean pop supergroup Girls’ Generation (pictured) performs on two nights, December 9 and 10, at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
5. Christmas Shows
Do you need to feel the Christmas spirit? Then you can check out any of these shows in Singapore specifically designed for the season. The Singapore Dance Theatre present the holiday classic The Nutcracker on December 8-11. On December 10, the Singapore Lyric Orchestra presents Songs of the Season, performing Christmas choral classics. Then, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra presents popular yuletide songs at the SSO Christmas Concerts on December 13 and 14. Finally, if it’s a laugh you need, then check out Crazy Christmas 2011, where Singapore’s top comedic acts such as the Dim Sum Dollies and Kumar delight and entertain you.
6. Christmas Displays Around Singapore
If you want to feel the holiday spirit but don’t have the cash to enjoy any of the shows above, then just a stroll around Singapore’s tourist, business, and shopping districts can help with that. Almost every mall and attraction has something special this Christmas, with each Christmas tree seemingly bigger and brighter than the next. For example, Resorts World at Sentosa features fairy tale characters as well as “the region’s tallest Christmas Tree” (according to them). Or, you can check out Orchard Road for the dazzling displays the malls have outside; you can take a sneak peek by looking at how Orchard Road was decorated last Christmas. Just hope that no other Christmas tree catches fire like the one outside Ngee Ann City.
7. New Year’s Eve Parties
December is the last month of the year, and we will soon be ushering in 2012. Singapore has no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties to ring in the new year. You can party at The Float @ Marina Bay with Canadian band These Kids Wear Crowns and other Asian acts at Celebrate 2012. Or, if you missed ZoukOut or wish to recreate the fun of that night, head down to Sentosa for the Siloso Beach Party.