By Corina Tan and Sarah Hani Jamil
Ready to welcome Malaysian travellers back, the eager island of Singapore has curated some special events to delight you. With the Vaccinated Travel Lane opening between Malaysia and Singapore starting tomorrow, let’s look at some exciting things to look forward to when visiting Singapore this year-end.
Reach new heights with the SkyHelix Sentosa
Slated to open on the 15th of December 2021, the SkyHelix by Mount Faber Leisure Group is a 79-metre-high open-air panoramic ride that rotates in a gentle spiral motion on its helix-like vertical structure. Once on it, guests are able to enjoy a 360° landscape of Sentosa Island, while enjoying a complementary cool non-alcoholic drink. Views are equally spectacular no matter day or night. Promising an uplifting experience for everyone, it’s a great way to let loose and feel free as your legs dangle in the wind. To book, visit here.
See the giant Companion by KAWS
American artist Brian Donnelly or better known as his tag name, KAWS, developed a huge following due to his graffiti work featuring cartoon-like figures. This evolved into toys, which was a big hit and always sold out almost immediately. The main recurring character in his artwork is the Companion, a toy figurine with elephant-like ears, a round belly and white gloves The KAWS: HOLIDAY tour for its seventh iteration will be making a stop in Singapore and will see Companion at the Garden City in Singapore, this time, measuring 42-metres long, reclined and in an embrace. Set on the iconic The Float at Marina Bay, the goal is to promote public appreciation of the arts and become a unique feature in the city’s skyline. This would certainly be an exciting reason to plan a visit to Singapore this year-end, as this sight to behold will surely be a hit with both children as well as adults alike.
Get transported in time on the Orient Express
Gardens by the Bay also has some other exciting lineups to look forward to. One of which is the Once Upon A Time on The Orient Express event that will feature two original train carriages classified as Treasures of France together with a 158-year-old locomotive, uniforms, shields, a Pullman car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage, priceless porcelain, shipped all the way from France to Singapore. The event will also feature an exclusive Orient Express shop, Orient Express road café, Orient Express restaurant and lounge and an escape room experience. Running from December 15, 2021, through January 5, 2022, this exciting attraction offers visitors a chance to embark on a fascinating journey by reliving the experience of travelling on this iconic train more than 100 years ago.
Take in the beauty of nature
The Floral Fantasy, which includes 15,000 fresh-cut, dried and preserved blooms overhanging from the ceiling at a cool temperature between 23-25 degrees Celsius and spanning about 1500 square metres, will be sure to dazzle visitors. The Dance which is the first of the Floral Fantasy’s distinct gardens showcases a canopy of suspended flowering plants swaying sinuously and appearing like they are dancing on air. At night, the Garden Rhapsody comes alive with music and lights amidst the Supertrees, with a special Christmas rendition from December 3, 2021, through January 2, 2022. This colourful signature light and sound show together with the bountiful beauties in the Floral Fantasy is sure to delight the senses this season.
Enjoy unique cocktail experiences
If you plan to head to Singapore in early December, you might be able to catch the Singapore Cocktail Festival happening until December 12, 2021. The event sees more than 30 bars joining in the fun, offering boozy cocktail brunches and bar crawls. There’s also a special musical-themed cocktail special where bars have created experiences featuring their favourite songs, bands and legendary icons. This cocktail festival is to celebrate the resilience and creativity of the local bar community on the road to recovery from the economic downturn. The tagline Every Cocktail Matters hopes to help spur cocktail explorations around the city.