November’s here! We don’t know about you, but we’re already excited to get ourselves in the mood for all things celebratory as we bid farewell to 2023 soon. This is your chance to relax and recharge before the new year — whether it’s going on an overseas adventure or discovering new places to eat, shop and explore in Singapore. Speaking of the latter, read on as we round up the best exhibits, pop-up events and happenings that you should check out in November 2023.
Things to do in Singapore: November 2023
1. Leica Celebration of Photography exhibition
Renowned German brand Leica has staged a photography exhibition featuring five talented female photographers. Titled Her Lens, Her Narrative, the exhibition gives viewers a glimpse into the narratives, stories and emotions captured by photographers Daria Troitskaia, Michele Fong, Rebecca Toh, Nicole Tung and Teresa Qin. The exhibition will also feature a selection of famous quotes from photographer Elliott Erwitt, who is the recipient of the Leica Hall of Fame 2023 and Leica Picture of the Year 2023.
Address: ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Time: 10AM to 10PM daily
Price: Admission is free. Register here.
2. Anime Festival Asia 2023
Southeast Asia’s largest J-Culture festival marks its return for one weekend only at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. The festival features a series of special collaborations, day stage highlights including screenings and guest talk shows, night concerts, and numerous exhibitions. Visitors will get to catch some of the world’s top cosplayers at the festival too.
Address: Level 3 and 4, Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039593
Time: 10AM to 8PM
Price: Tickets are priced from SGd28 per day for the exhibition segment. Get yours here.
3. Christmas Wanderland with Sanrio characters at Marina Square
Calling all Sanrio fans! Make your way to Marina Square as the mall has put together a sweet Christmas Wanderland space featuring Sanrio characters Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, My Melody, Kuromi and Little Twin Stars.
In addition to providing visitors with many photo opportunities, the festive space will also play host to a wide range of family activities. Look out for the Magical Rink with 15-minute snow showers at selected timings, a ‘Kiddo Roll & Bowl’ corner, a Christmas Art Station, meet-and-greet moments with Sanrio characters and Christmas carolling performances. Sanrio lovers will also get to shop to their heart’s content at the Merchandise Fair.
Address: Central Atrium, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Time: Scheduled activities and performances will be available on selected days and times. See here for the schedule.
Price: Admission is free
4. Chaos Lab
Take note, young, budding scientists! The wacky, lab-themed experience Chaos Lab has made its official debut in Singapore at Changi Airport. The kids-friendly experience features 11 interactive activity stations that revolve around science themes and theories. Highlights include a Gravity Wall that teaches children about the laws of gravity, an AR Sand area that invites you to build sculptures, and a Slime Station to bring home your very own slime.
Address: Terminal 2, Viewing Mall North, Level 3, Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, 80, Singapore 819642
Time: 11AM to 9PM daily
Price: SGD30 for children and SGD9 for adults from ages 13 and above. Get your tickets here.
5. Immersive Disney Animation
Disney has launched countless initiatives and programmes to celebrate its 100th year of animation excellence. Most recently, the entertainment company has partnered with Base Entertainment Asia to present an immersive Disney Animation experience at the Sands Theatre. The experience, which runs for 90 minutes, will take visitors on a journey through the scenes, characters and songs from over 60 of Disney’s animated films.
Address: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Ave, B1, Singapore 018973
Time: Multiple slots will be available throughout the day
6. Crack The Case: Mind Hunter immersive live theatre
Couldn’t get enough of the spooky vibes during Halloween? If so, you won’t want to miss out on this one: Sight Lines Entertainment’s live mystery theatre experience that promises a whole of fun and thrills. Venture through five multisensory galleries, uncover puzzles and clues and engage with characters to crack the case.
This experience is suited for those above the age of 16 and contains themes of family tragedy, murder and revenge. Each show accommodates up to 60 persons and you can also choose to experience this as a single participant or in a group.
Address: The Mind Hunter House, 42 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187951
Time: Thursdays to Sundays at the following times:
- Thursday to Friday: 7.30PM, 9.30PM
- Saturday: 2.30PM, 4.30PM, 7.30PM, 9.30PM
- Sunday: 2.30PM, 4.30PM, 7.30PM
Price: VIP tickets are priced at SGD98 each and they include special privileges and experiences. Standard tickets are priced at SGD68. Get your tickets here.
7. Guerlain Beelieve In Fantasy Christmas pop-up and café
Dream it and ‘bee’-lieve it, as Guerlain has joined hands with ION Orchard and patisserie Nesuto to unveil the beauty brand’s first pop-up café in Singapore. The pop-up places the spotlight on the Guerlain Holiday collection, which includes a curation of skincare, fragrances and makeup products. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to savour five exclusive types of desserts and delights.
Address: Level 1 Atrium, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
8. Nintendo pop-up store
Have you heard? Nintendo — the popular Japanese game company behind your favourite games such as Super Mario, Animal Crossing, The Legend of Zelda, Splatoon and Pikmin — will be opening a pop-up store for the first time in Southeast Asia. This is your chance to shop special original merchandise as well as products that were previously exclusive to Nintendo’s stores in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
Address: Jewel Changi Airport, #04-220/221, Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, 80, Singapore 819642
9. Tropical: Stories from Southeast Asia and Latin America
Make a trip to the National Gallery to check out this world’s first large-scale museum exhibition that takes on a comparative approach between artistic expressions from Southeast Asia and Latin America. Look forward to seeing over 200 artworks and installations by approximately 70 renowned artists. Some of these works are also being presented for the first time in Singapore.
Address: National Gallery, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Time: 10AM to 7PM daily
Price: From SGD10 for local Singaporeans or PR seniors aged 60 and above, children aged 7 to 12 and full-time National Servicemen. Students and teachers based in Singapore enter for free. Get your tickets here.
10. The Terminal by ZALORA pop-up store
If you’re looking for another reason to splurge during the 11.11 shopping season, ZALORA has staged a pop-up that invites shoppers to explore some of the latest and greatest brands in fashion, beauty, luxury and lifestyle. Modelled after an airport terminal, the pop-up store will feature over 40 international brands. You can stand to redeem a SGD10 ZALORA gift card too when you complete the following: download the ZALORA app, create an account, subscribe to the newsletter, follow Zalora on Instagram and add three products from the pop-up to your cart.
Address: Level 1 Indoor Atrium, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238877
Time: 11AM to 10PM daily
Price: Admission is free
11. Prada Holiday Gift Factory
It’s Prada or nada, are we right? Following its successful brick-and-mortar launch in Singapore at VivoCity, Prada Beauty has brought its products one step closer to stylish travellers in the form of a pop-up at Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 Transit Departure Hall.
The world’s first Prada Holiday Gift Factory pop-up highlights the brand’s Paradoxe fragrance and features interactive activities for travellers to discover the various chic gifting options offered by the brand. Be sure to drop by during your next flight!
Address: Terminal 1 Transit Departure Hall, Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, 80, Singapore 819642
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