Dec 8, 2019

This Christmas, Capitol Singapore & CHIJMES have a European-themed Christmas Market, with singing tree, skating rink, snowfall & laser projection show!

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I am always a sucker for a good bit of festive cheer, especially when that centres around the Christmas markets in Europe. There's always something magical about them - the stalls, the food, the music, the activities and of course, the atmosphere that makes it all seem so Christmassy.

But there's no need to fly to Europe to experience that bit of Christmas market magic because this Christmas, Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES will be bringing it to you... right here in Singapore!

From 6 to 24 December 2019, revel in Christmas festivities at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES, both sited in the vibrant downtown Civic District and merely a stone’s throw apart.

Capitol Singapore will be transforming into a festive wonderland, one of the largest European-inspired Christmas Markets in Singapore in fact and complete with a singing tree and skating rink!

CHIJMES, on the other hand, welcomes visitors to an Instagram Wonderland with festive art installations and laser projection shows featuring Christmas scenes!

So ready those cameras, rev up the festive spirit and bring the family down to Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES for that unparalleled Christmas experience. Here's what to expect:


Capitol ● Kempinski Christmas Market
Dates: 6 - 24 Dec 2019
Time: 11.30am - 9.30pm daily (Opens on 6 Dec from 8pm onwards)
Venue: Outdoor Plaza & Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski

Indulge in the rich festive spirit and cheer at first European-themed Christmas Market at Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza, which will be transformed into the festive Capitol ● Kempinski Christmas Market.

Because there's nothing quite like Christmas shopping, there will be more than 50 festive booths selling Christmas goodies like panetonne, log cakes, stollen, chilled mulled wine and more, including 20 booths by The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.

Here's your chance to shop for your holiday gifts or Christmas-themed souvenirs at the array of fashion and lifestyle booths, with items such as
jewellery, accessories and decorative ornaments.

Capitol ● Kempinski Singing Tree
Dates & Timings:
6 Dec: 8.30pm – 9pm
7 – 8 Dec & 13 – 24 Dec: 7.30pm- 8pm & 8.30pm- 9pm
Venue: Outdoor Plaza

Centre to the Christmas market will be the eight-metre tall giant Capitol ● Kempinski Singing Tree, the first-ever at Capitol Singapore! And by singing tree, I mean it comprises of REAL people singing from the tree... not simply playing Christmas carols through the loudspeaker non-stop.

The Christmas tree will be brought to life by the voices of over 30 carollers, who will be singing live carols for visitors on schedule. There's nothing quite like ramping up the festive mood with Christmas tunes sung live if you ask me!

Capitol ● Kempinski Skating Rink
Dates: 6 - 24 Dec 2019
Time: 11.30am - 9.30pm daily (Opens on 6 Dec from 8pm onwards)
(Last admission at 8.45pm)
Venue: Outdoor Plaza

Now this will be a HIT with the kids! Direct from Switzerland, kids (and adults) can enjoy skating fun at this 1,700 square feet synthetic ice-rink.

Admission Fee: $6* per half an hour session OR spend a minimum of $50 (maximum 3 same- day combined receipts) in Capitol Singapore and/or CHIJMES for a complimentary half an hour session.

*Admission fee does not include the rental of skating shoes, skating aids, helmet, knee/elbow guards and socks.

Rental Rates:
Skating Shoes: $6/person/entry
Skating Aid: $6 per half an hour
Safety helmet, knee & elbow guard: FREE
Socks are available for purchase at $2 per pair.

Santa Claus Meet & Greet
Dates & Timings:
6 Dec: 8 – 9pm
7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 & 24 Dec: 2pm – 6pm
9-13, 16-20 Dec: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Outdoor Plaza

What's Christmas without Santa, no? Head to the traditional log house where you can meet Santa Claus and snag a photo* with him. Oh and here's a TIP: Santa will be dishing out surprise gifts to lucky visitors so be sure keep an eye out for him!

*Spend a minimum of $50 (maximum 3 same-day combined receipts at Capitol Singapore and/ or CHIJMES) to get a complimentary photo memento with Santa Claus.

Snowfall @ Capitol Singapore
Dates & Timings:
6 Dec: 8.15pm, 9.15pm
7 – 24 Dec: 7.15pm, 8.15pm, 9.15pm
Venue: Outdoor Plaza

Okay, so we don't have Winter but that won't stop us from getting into the Christmas mood, especially with an outdoor snowfall at Capitol Singapore’s Outdoor Plaza!

Every evening, catch the snow fall at three different hours for the perfect winter Insta-moment when you visit. There will also be game booths for the young and young at heart so do share your best captures at Capitol Singapore using the hashtag #TheSeasonofJoyCapitolSG as well!


Instagram Wonderland
Dates: 6 – 25 Dec 2019
Time: 7pm - 11pm daily
Venue: Various spots in CHIJMES

No caption needed, simply snap away at these seven photo-op installations themed after Christmas ornaments!

Laser Projection Show
Dates: 6 – 25 Dec 2019
Time: 8pm - 11pm daily
Venue: CHIJMES Lawn

Now this is something new! Specially for this Christmas, get to enjoy a Laser Projection Show that will display festive animations on the façade of the historic CHIJMES Hall.

Have your breath taken away by scenes of Christmas from the olden days where chapels and traditional wooden houses are aplenty, decorated by Santa’s helper elves for the holidays. If you look closely, you will even spot Santa waving at you from the balcony!

Other scenes include that of a snowy kingdom of the Ice Princess complete with her snow castle. She will dance and sing along with animals from the nearby forest to celebrate her icy Christmas.

TIP: Look out for QR codes that will be shown amidst the shows and scan them for a chance to redeem gifts from CHIJMES!

Roving Christmas Musicians
Dates: 6, 7, 13, 14, 16 – 24 Dec 2019
Time: 7.00pm – 7.30pm, 8pm – 8.30pm

Carolling Performances
Dates: 16 – 24 Dec 2019
Time: 7.30pm – 8pm, 8.30pm – 9pm
Venue: CHIJMES Lawn

Adding to all that festivity are roving Christmas musicians, carollers and mascots making their stops
along the many lifestyle and dining outlets to add proper cheer as you wine and dine. Spread the merry mood online by uploading your happy moments at CHIJMES’ Christmas celebrations with the hashtag #TheSeasonofJoyCHIJMES!


The Season of Joy Lucky Draw Contest and Gift with Purchase at Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES

Stand a chance to win prizes with every $50 spent (Maximum 3 same- day combined receipts) at Capitol Singapore and/or CHIJMES (limited to 10 chances per submission). Lucky Draw Prizes include:

1st Prize: One Night Stay in The Stamford Suite Room inclusive of Breakfast for Two at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore worth $1,200

2nd Prize: One Night Stay in The Deluxe Room inclusive of Breakfast for Two at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore + Dining Vouchers for Two in 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung worth $800

3rd Prize: One Night Stay in The Deluxe Room inclusive of Breakfast for Two at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore worth $500

4th Prize: Capitol Singapore/CHIJMES vouchers $300 + Eccellente by HAO mart hamper worth $107

5th Prize: Capitol Singapore/CHIJMES vouchers worth $200

Consolation Prizes (5 winners): Capitol Singapore/CHIJMES vouchers worth $100

Gift with Purchase*

Voucher Redemption: Spend a minimum of $100 (across a maximum of 3 same-day receipts from Capitol Singapore and/or CHIJMES) and receive a Capitol Singapore/CHIJMES $5 voucher.

Activity Redemption: For every $50 spent, redeem a free 30 minutes entry to the skating rink OR a complimentary photo memento with Santa.

*Terms & Conditions apply

So this Christmas, drop by Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES for what promises to be one of your most memorable Christmas experience yet!

But the celebrations continue even AFTER Christmas! Head to Capitol Singapore on New Year's Eve (31 Dec) for a Retro- themed NYE Countdown Party! Enjoy activities like DJ spinning, a dance party and skating rink accompanied with great food and drinks at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski!

Stay updated by following Capitol Singapore on Facebook and Instagram!

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Nov 27, 2019

Sesame Street pops up at Marina Square with a huge ball pit, Meet & Greet and plush toys this Christmas!

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Entertaining non-muppets since 1969, the well-loved characters from Sesame Street turns 50 years old this year and they will be celebrating it in a HUGE way at Marina Square... just in time for Christmas too!

That's right, Marina Square is inviting all shoppers to take a trip down Sesame Street literally from now until 1 Jan 2020 with a pop-up version of the iconic Sesame Street buildings, a Sesame Street 'Live' Show and Meet & Greet, Creative Workshops, and Sesame Street Plush Toys collectibles!

Oh, and did I mention the all-time fave ball pit will be making a comeback too? More on that in a moment, I promise.

Because the Sesame Street characters will be spreading the Christmas cheer in their own fun ways, here are the ways kids (and adults) can get into on the action this year-end school holidays at Marina Square:

Now until 1 Jan 2020

If you want to up your IG game, the iconic brownstone Sesame Street neighbourhood is the place to be this festive season.

The buildings are not your usual 2D cut-out cardboard displays. Rather, they are a full 3D recreation of the neighbourhood where Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, Abby Cadabby & friends roam the streets.

Shoppers will be able to take a stroll through the neighbourhood decked out in fairy lights and Christmassy charm, and soak up the festive spirit!

Some of them are really just too cute for words. And the best part? These are all FREE for everyone to snap photos with! No minimum spend, no time slots, nothing. Just head down and snap away!

And since it's Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary, there is also a dedicated area where you can learn more about your favourite characters and pick up some Sesame Street trivia at the same time.

Now until 1 Dec 2019

Because who doesn't love diving into a colourful ball pit, no?

First seen during the June School Holidays at the Pop-up emoji™ Exhibition, Marina Square has brought back the all-popular ball pit this time around!

There will be plenty of photo opportunities in the giant ball pit right in the middle of the atrium. But do note, however that the ball pit is solely for photo opportunities... and not meant for kids to play inside. πŸ˜…


You also get a chance to bring home a piece of Sesame Street with you too!

Simply spend $180* (Marina Square Rewards Members need only spend $150*) to redeem and unbox a mystery 4-inch Sesame Street Plush Toy.

Each plush toy comes in a blind box and there are 5 adorable Sesame Street characters to collect – Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Oscar and Abby Cadabby!

I'm not usually a big fan of plush toys (because they tend to be too big and take up far too much space at home) but I have to say this set of Sesame Street plush toys are pretty cute! I love that they are not too big - about the size of a palm - so kids will be able to take them along everywhere.

And for the record, I have already chope-d Oscar. 😁

*Up to 3 combined receipts, limited to 1 redemption per shopper per day, while stocks last.

Now until 1 Dec 2019

What's better than snapping a photo and having fun? Winning some Sesame Street plush toys while you are at it!

Simply snap a photo at the ball pit or any Sesame Street 3D sculpture at the atrium and stand a chance to win a set of 2 exclusive Sesame Street plush toys and a plush hat. 20 winners with the most creative entries win!

To get your hat into the draw, follow these 4 easy steps:
1. Take a photo at the ball pit or any Sesame Street 3D sculpture at the atrium
2. Follow Marina Square on Instagram (@MarinaSquareSG)
3. Upload your post on Instagram with the hashtag #MSQxmas2019 #MarinaSquareSG
4. Set your account to public to be eligible! Contest ends 1 December 2019, 1159PM

6 to 22 Dec 2019

For the young and young-at-heart, groove to the beat with your favourite characters from Sesame Street from 6 to 22 December 2019,  as the whole gang celebrates Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary in Marina Square in the most Christmas-sy way possible.

The last time Sesame Street was at Marina Square, the year was 2008 when Ale wasn't even born yet. I still remember bringing Ash and Ayd down for the show and snagging a Meet & Greet pass after the show too. And I have the photo to prove it.

Ahh, those were the times when they still thought Elmo was the coolest monster around.

Kids do grow up so fast so if you have young kids, now's the best time to bring them to Marina Square to dance and sing with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and The Count. The memories will live on long after they have grown up. 😊

There's more - Be one of the first 50 families in the queue to greet your favourite furry friends on stage. No minimum spending required.

Fri 6 & 13 Dec, 3pm & 7pm
Sat 7, 14 & 21 Dec, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm
Sun 8, 15 & 22 Dec, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm
Wed 11 & 18 Dec, 7pm
Thu 12 & 19 Dec, 3pm & 7pm
Fri 20 Dec, 1pm, 3pm & 7pm


If your kids cannot get enough of Sesame Street, sign them up for the crafts making workshop! Not only can they create and bring home a Sesame Street masterpiece, they get to cosy up with Sesame Street characters after the workshop and enjoy a photo session too.

Each session is limited to 15 teams per workshop; 1 parent and child (4-12 yrs old) per team. Sign up at $20 per team via Limited slots available!

14  & 21 Dec 2019 (SAT) | 4.30PM – 6PM
*Special appearances by Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and The Count.

22 Dec 2019 (SUN) | 4.30PM – 6PM
*Special appearances by Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie.

Now until 1 Dec & 6 to 22 Dec 2019 | 12PM – 7PM (except Mondays)

Alternatively, you can also plonk your kids at the colouring and crafts corner where they will be able to make their own photo props featuring the likes of Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch and take them home as keepsakes. A fantastic way to end the Sesame Street experience at Marina Square!


Marina Square will be having a big BLACK FRIDAY SALE this coming weekend from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2019!

Shoppers get to enjoy heaps of discounts at participating stores such as Gain City, Mothercare, Ergoworks, Tempur, Levi’s, Herschel and more. Plus, Marina Square Rewards Members can earn double SQUARES (points) with minimum $20 purchases made from 29 November to 1 December 2019.

And just for you parents, I have filtered out some of the best kid-related Black Friday deals for you!

1. School of Music and the Arts (SOMA) (#03-142 to 144)
- Joyo Guitar Tuner, buy 1 get 1 Free (U.P. $15)
- Concert Ukulele with bag, buy 1 get 1 Free (U.P. $100)

2. Ergoworks (#03-140/141)
- ZODIAC Ergonomic Chair @ $599/pc (U.P. $1,299/pc)
- DR. HO’s Perfectback Rest + Airwave Zero Gravity Seat Cushion @ $139/set (U.P. $248.90/set)
- Mobile Single Pole Pneumatic Height Adjustable Desk @$399/unit (U.P. $999/unit)

3. De Kinder Club (#02-18/19)
- $50 off purchases of any package or term classes

4. Mothercare (#03-161/162)
- Up to 50% off Toys
- 40% off every 2nd Kids and baby fashion Piece

*Terms & Conditions apply – Visit HERE for more Black Friday Deals!

Perfect time to get started on that Christmas Shopping list! 😁

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Now until 1 Jan 2020
Marina Square, Central Atrium
FREE Admission

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