December is always chock-full of fun things to do with the family. The lead-up to Christmas and New Year is definitely a magical time, so festive events are a must to soak in the year-end cheer.

From Christmas villages to winter wonderland floral displays to immersive exhibitions –we are absolutely spoiled for choice this December. Here, we are rounding up the five most fun and meaningful things to do with the family, to end the year on a high note.

Changi Festive Village

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Even if you’re not flying out of Singapore this December, there’s plenty of reason to head over to Changi Airport! Presenting the Changi Festive Village, a bonanza of festive cheer going on at Terminal 3 from now till March 2024. Explore the sugary-sweet candy wonderland complete with whimsical carnival games, go-karting, a fantastical icy playground with real snow, and dazzling Christmas performances, for hours and hours of delight for all. Tuck into scrumptious festive foods like churros and slushies at the food trucks too, to keep those bellies happy!

Gardens by the Bay Poinsettia Wishes–A Nordic Christmas Adventure

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There may be no white Christmas here in Singapore, but you can certainly immerse yourself in the wintry spirit of the North at the Gardens by the Bay’s Poinsettia Wishes–A Nordic Christmas Adventure floral display from now till 1 Jan 2024. Be transported to a dreamy coastal Nordic landscape, where fishermen cabins and Nordic Nisses will greet you. Delve deeper into the Scandinavian experience as you meander through majestic fir trees and more than 20 varieties of the quintessentially festive poinsettia in shades of red, white, and pink.

Immersive Disney Animation Experience

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Making its Southeast Asian debut in Singapore this December is the exhilarating Immersive Disney Animation – a multi-sensory experience that promises to take you on a breathtaking ride through Disney's most beloved stories such as The Lion King, Frozen, and Moana. Take in iconic scenes and songs on the interactive screens, experiencing the magic of Disney first-hand in this 360 degree immersive show slash exhibit that will leave everyone with an unparalleled sense of wonderment.

Chaos Lab Singapore

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Switching things up a little from the usual indoor playgrounds with slides and nets aplenty is Chaos Lab, a science-themed playground hailing from Australia. Comprising 11 stations for children to explore and unleash their inner genius, including a slime-making stop, a glow-in-the-dark graffiti room, a frothy ball pool, and an augmented-reality sand pit–this one-of-a-kind playground is certainly an eccentric ride for young and old! Chaos Lab is located at Changi Airport, Terminal 2, from now till Q2 2024.

FamilyTrees - Plant a Tree

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For a particularly meaningful end to 2023, why not plant a tree as a family? FamilyTrees is an initiative by the National Parks Board and Families for Life for Singaporean families to plant a tree to celebrate their child's birth, leaving a deep-rooted legacy for them whilst contributing to the One Million Trees movement. Get the whole family involved from start to end, from digging the hole with a shovel to gently placing the root ball in and nestling it securely in the soil–and even track your tree’s progress through the years.