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On a long break? Not sure where to go or what to do this weekend?

It’s the last weekend of the year and to make it count, head out and have a blast at these exciting events instead. From the crowd-favourite Marina Bay carnival to snapping away at the highly-instagrammable exhibition at National Gallery Singapore, there’s plenty of things to do and see before the year ends.

Here are 7 things to do to usher in the new year:

1. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Image Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Singapore’s largest carnival is back for its second edition! Occupying the Bayfront Event Space from 22nd December till 24th March 2019, there will be plenty of tried-and-true formula of hipster food stall and more than 40 rides and games, which consists of both crowd-favourites and new additions.

Some of the popular attractions include the 35m-tall Star Flyer, heart-stopping Mach 5, and the brand new centrepiece of this round’s carnival is the Wave Swinger, a giant carousel swing!

Image Credit: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Like its predecessor, admission is completely free, and it’ll run from 4pm – 11pm every single day. Operating hours will also be extended to 2am on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, so if you’ve ever wanted to usher in the new year 55 metres in the air, here’s your chance.

Pre-order your credits online to avoid long queues while you’re there!

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Venue: Bayfront Event Space
Date: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019
Time: 4pm – 11pm (extended hours till 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)

2. Food Truck Fest

Image Credit: Food Truck Fest

Before you start on your “New Year, New Me” resolutions, pile on the holiday weight at Singapore’s first and largest Food Truck Fest!

Bringing in award-winning vendors (both local and regional), they will be serving up modern gastronomic delights for four days. Expect a wide array of mouthwatering delicacies like Swedish Meatballs by Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro, Coconut Gula Melaka Doughnuts by Plain Vanilla Bakery, Beef Rendang Mac & Cheese by Preparazzi and Michelin-starred Ramen by Tsuta Singapore.

Beef Rendang Mac & Cheese | Image Credit: Food Truck Fest

Head down to Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza from 28 – 31st December for the most iconic foodie paradise you’ve ever seen (and tasted) and usher in the new year with a culinary blast!

Image Credit: Food Truck Fest

Food Truck Fest
Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Date: 28th – 31st December 2018
 : 28th – 30th Dec: 5PM – 11PM | 31st Dec: 4PM – 1AM

3. Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition

Revel in the spirit of giving or enjoy the festive atmosphere at Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition!

Bag home all kinds of artisanal gifts and festive bakes made by local artists and crafters! Some of the goodies you can pick up include witty illustrations by Nuffypuffy, stylish partyware by Party Modern and Christmas Wreath Cookies from JustJulia.

Christmas Wreath Cookies | Image Credit: @justjulia.homebakes

Wheeler’s Market – Festive Edition
Address: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
Date: 30th December 2018
Time: 9.30am – 6pm

4. Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition

one piece exhibition
Image Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

With one of the longest-running anime series and over 440 million manga volumes in circulation worldwide, ONE PIECE is indisputably one of the most popular Japanese creation ever.

Hailing from Japan, visitors can expect to discover the infinite imagination of creator Eiichiro Oda in this exhibition. Get up close and personal with a replica of his work desk, wander through a gallery of his illustrations, and even experience as if they have jumped into the mind of Eiichiro Oda with a unique Virtual Reality Experience!

one piece exhibition
Image Credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Other highlights of this exhibition include plenty of illustrations from the creator and of course, a merchandise shop stocking original goods.

Hello, ONE PIECE Exhibition
Address: Maritime Experiential Museum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
Date: 27 November 2018 – 1 January 2019
Time: 1 Dec 2018 – 1 Jan 2019: 9.30AM – 7PM

5. A Wizarding World Holiday At Changi Airport

Dive into the world of magic and wizardry set to enthral and captivate fans of the highly popular Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series.

Changi Airport is bringing the Wizarding World to you starting from 16 November 2018 up until February 2019. They have stunningly recreated various iconic scenes from the magical world of Harry Potter as part of their Christmas decoration.

Spellbinding activities await at Hogwarts’ most famous shopping street Diagon Alley. Take a stroll down this town as you relive the very first time Harry bought his wand at Ollivanders!

Image Credit: Discover SG

Or strike a pose in front of Hogsmeade’s iconic stores or take a picture against a life-sized version of the Hogwarts Express. If you’re there at the right time – you might just catch a snow and light show that will last till 6 January 2019!

Image Credit: Discover SG

Here are the timings to look out for if you’d like to catch the show:

Weekdays: 6pm, 7pm, 9pm

Weekends: 1pm, 6pm, 7pm, 9pm

If you’re travelling out of Singapore this year end, don’t miss the opportunity to soak in this magical world with other Potterheads just like you!

Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
 Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019

6. Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at National Gallery Singapore

Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

See more through less at the first Minimalism exhibition in Southeast Asia, set across two sites: National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.

Led by National Gallery Singapore, the exhibition features over 150 works that explore the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement, which continues to inform a wide range of art forms and practitioners across the world today.

Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore


Image Credit: National Gallery Singapore

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object
Address: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Date: 16 Nov 2018 – 14 Apr 2019

7. Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum

Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay

Brace yourself for cuteness overload this holidays as Gardens by the Bay presents Singapore’s first Disney Tsum Tsum floral display.

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum” sees over 40 Tsum Tsums lying amidst a large field of more than 8,000 multi-coloured poinsettias at the Flower Dome. Join your favourite Disney and Pixar characters in stackable form as they make preparations for Christmas.

Image Credit: Gardens By The Bay

Snap a photo with Minnie Mouse and her friends decorating the Christmas tree, Mickey Mouse painting the ornamental baubles, Tigger sliding down ribbons while gift wrapping, and Dumbo lifting presents into the air!

Visitors can also choose from a range of Disney Tsum Tsum merchandise – including apparel, stationery, lifestyle products and even special-edition Disney Tsum Tsum x Udders ice cream – at the Gardens’ Conservatory Gift Shop.

Poinsettia Wishes Featuring Disney Tsum Tsum
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, Singapore 018953
2 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Price: Usual admission charge to the Flower Dome applies

8. Black Panther Screening at Esplanade Park

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Discover a whole new way to enjoy the movies you love with #PopcornPopUpCinema, the coolest cinema experience in town! Happening daily at hip bars, restaurants, rooftops and other venues in town, Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema is a cinematic format that brings together film, friends, food and fun.

This weekend, Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema will be screening one of the most spectacular movies of 2018 – Black Panther. Best part, it’s free! Grab your loved ones and enjoy a movie with your loved ones under the stars!

Black Panther Screening by Popcorn Pop-Up Cinema
Date & Time: 30th December 2018 | 8pm – 10.30pm
Location: Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive, 179682

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