Christmas

What is Christmas?

Christmas Day is celebrated on 25 December; this day is called Christmas Day. Most people in Singapore also celebrate the evening before Christmas, which is called Christmas Eve.

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Christmas in Singapore

When is Christmas?

Christmas Day is celebrated on 25 December; this day is called Christmas Day. Most people in Singapore also celebrate the evening before Christmas, which is called Christmas Eve.

Celebrating Christmas

At its heart, Christmas is a special event for Christians in Singapore to attend Christmas services in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. But regardless of religious beliefs, everyone gets to take part in the joy of Christmas, playing outside in fake snow, sharing Christmas meals with friends and family, and of course Christmas presents!

Singapore truly lights up during Christmas. The most popular shopping belt on Orchard Road is spectacularly lit up every December to spark the festive mood. Enjoy the bright lights, Christmas decorations and Christmas carols as you stroll down the Yuletide-inspired stretch of Orchard Road. Looking for more Christmas joy? The 'Christmas Wonderland' theme park at Gardens by the Bay is a great place to experience Yule-themed festivities. It is a popular place to visit for locals and tourists alike during the festive season.

For children, Santa Claus is one of the highlights of Christmas Eve. He piles all the gifts on his sleigh and rides across the evening sky with his reindeer to deliver presents. A Christmas gift-giving tradition that many adults take part in during Christmas is a Secret Santa gift exchange.

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Secret Santa gift exchange

Exchanging gifts and having fun is what Secret Santa is all about! Secret Santa involves drawing names from a hat and secretly buying a gift for the person whose name you’ve drawn. A Secret Santa gift exchange is an excellent way to celebrate Christmas with friends, family or co-workers. You're guaranteed to have a great time filled with fun and laughter. Did you know that Secret Santa originates from early Christmas traditions? The original ‘Secret Santas’ were the gift-bearing helpers of Santa Claus.

Read more about the various ways of celebrating Secret Santa in this blog.

Secret Santa rules

The first step in a Secret Santa gift exchange is to invite participants, and then draw names. You can draw names from a hat, but it's much easier and more convenient to draw names online. After the names have been drawn, it is time to buy each other gifts. On DrawNames.com.sg each participant can create their own wish list. This makes it easy to buy a gift for your giftee. Finally, the last step is to get together and exchange the gifts.

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Christmas gifts

The best Christmas gifts

Christmas isn't complete without giving and receiving Christmas gifts. Whether you are hosting a Secret Santa gift exchange or looking for Christmas gift ideas, you can find the best Christmas gifts in our popular Gift Finder.

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