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It’s December and Christmas is fast approaching. If you don’t yet feel the spirit in the air, just take a stroll down Orchard Road to see the light-up. Stores, malls and more are ringing in the festive season with Christmas trees, wreaths, decorations and more.

We’re all making plans to celebrate the season of giving, but instead of the usual shopping sprees, check out these alternative events where you can support those who might need help or do your bit to help the environment!

Dec 10: SportCares A Day to Remember

Caring for a loved one who is dealing with dementia can be a tiring and lonely journey.

So, the youth leaders at the SportCares Champions Leadership Programme (SCLP) have come together to organise a carnival for persons living with dementia (PLWDs) and their families, caregivers and friends.

The aim is to foster a community of caring to show that PLWDs and their loved ones that they aren’t alone.

The event is from at 9am to 1pm at OCBC Arena Hall 2 at Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday (Dec 10).

Titled ‘A Day To Remember’, carnival goers will be able to participate in modified sports, games and activities. There will be traditional snacks to try out, as well as a mini exhibition on tools that built Singapore as well as performances by the SportCare Champions and seniors.

At the end of the event, there will also be free goodie bags and lunch bento boxes!

If you are a friend or family member of a PLWD, sign up here to attend for the event for free.

If you’re interested in helping out, you can sign up as a general volunteer, a volunteer befriender, or a photographer here.

Date: Saturday, 10 December 2022

Time: 9am-1pm

Venue: OCBC Arena Hall 2, Singapore Sports Hub, 5 Stadium Drive

For more information and to register, click here!

Dec 10: Plant Swap & Local Grower’s Market


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Green thumbs and prospective home gardeners take note! What better way to wrap up the year than to forge new friendships and change up the scenery at home or at work?

There will be a plant swap this Saturday (Dec 10) at 5 Simei Lane together with a local grower’s market from 11am to 7pm.

At the collaboration between Little Botany and Sing See Soon Floral & Landscape, you can meet fellow plant lovers and local gardeners, learn more about plant-keeping and greening your spaces, and support local this Christmas!


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Before you get too excited, do remember to register here as a plant swapper and prepare your plant roots for exchanging.

If you are unsure of how to prepare for the event, here’s how:

  1. Start rooting the plants you want to bring for the swap.
  2. Root the plants in potting mix or sphagnum moss.
  3. Place each plant into a bag and tag the plant/bag with your social media handle so your swapper can connect with you.
  • Let’s be more eco-friendly by placing the plant in paper bags!
  • Registered plant swappers are eligible for a Lucky Green Draw and a 20% discount on all plants and merchandise.

Date: Saturday, 10 December 2022

Time: 11am to 7pm

Venue: Sing See Soon Floral & Landscape (Simei), 5 Simei Lane


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If you are in town and only have lunch to do some quick Christmas shopping, consider heading to The Plaza at Beach Road.

The Christmas Fair & Market, on from Dec 13 to 15, 10.30am to 4.30pm, has an eclectic mix of Christmas stocking stuffers and trinkets great for that office gift swap!

Part of the sale proceeds go to helping Extra•Ordinary People, a charity to enable and support persons with special needs and their families.

Date: Tuesday to Thursday, 13-15 December 2022

Time: 10.30am-4.30pm

Venue: The Plaza, Level 1 Atrium, 7500A Beach Road

Dec 15, 16: Singapore symphony orchestra (SSO) CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING CONCERT 2022

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If classical music is your cup of peppermint tea, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is organising a Christmas concert featuring pieces like Christmas Concerto by Locatelli, Winter by Vivaldi, A Night of Carols by Tan Yuting and more!

Held at Esplanade Concert Hall on Dec 15 and 16, you can even end the two-hour concert singing alongside the performers from the Singapore Symphony Choruses in a Christmas sing-along!

Tickets start from $58. Cat 1 ($498), Cat 2 ($228) and Cat 3 ($128) tickets are recognised as donations. Get your tickets here.

As the arts scene emerges from the pandemic, consider supporting SSO, a non-profit organisation, with a donation so that they can continue bringing music to more for a good cause!

Date: 15 & 16 December 2022

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

For more information, click here.


Looking for an artwork or two to brighten up your place or to gift someone this Christmas? Or do you simply want to feast your eyes on pretty things but want a more enriching experience?

SDB Art Space has just the thing for you!

The social enterprise is organising the Inclusive Hearts for Art Exhibition 2022, a charity art exhibition at The Arts House, Blue Room & Living Room, from 16 to 19 December, from 11am to 6pm.

Featuring a collection of original artwork by over 80 local artists, among which are individuals with special needs and disabilities as well as the elderly with dementia.

The exhibition consists of three events, the Uniquely Singapore Art Exhibition, Differently Bestowed Artists Exhibition and the Lion Hearts Charity Art Exhibition 4th Edition.

Sales for the exhibition will go to the Lions Home for the Elders and other charities.

Date: 16-19 December 2022

Time: 11am-6pm

Venue: The Arts House, Blue Room & Living Room, 1 Old Parliament Lane

For more information, click here.

Dec 18: Beach Flags Festival by Singapore Life Saving Society

Dec 18: Beach Flags Festival by Singapore Life Saving Society
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Think of Christmas and the end of the year, and chances are, you’d think of winter, snow and hot chocolate. But on our tropical island, it’s sunshine all year around.

Sounds like the perfect opportunity to lie in the sun while those o the northern hemisphere are wrapped in layers of clothes and sitting around their heaters!

Brought to you by non-profit organisation Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS), the Beach Flag Festival (Dec 18, 9am to 7pm) aims to raise awareness on lifesaving and water safety.

The charity carnival features live performances, music, yoga sessions, fitness masterclasses, not to mention drinks, food, arcades and carnival games — it will be a day of fun, while educating yourself and contributing to the greater good!

You can sponsor vouchers for needy individuals so that they too can enjoy themselves this Christmas season while learning more about lifesaving and water safety.

In addition, the first National Beach Flags Championships will be ongoing at the same time, so feel free to head over and witness the qualifiers down to the finals.

All proceeds will go to SLSS’s Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Campaigns and providing lifesaving courses, CPR and AED certifications for underprivileged families.

Date: Sunday 18 December 2022

Time: 9am-7pm

Venue: Singapore Sports Hub, 6 Stadium Walk

For more information, click here.


If you’re unable to contribute in person, fret not! The Children’s Cancer Foundation is hosting a month-long fundraising campaign in December.

You can get friends and family to donate to CCF via If you run a business, you can also start a fundraiser of your own through donating a part of your sales proceeds through this link.

Alternatively, you can buy your Christmas gifts from CCF partnered fashion e-retailers Citrusox and Pazzion. For every purchase, $2 is donated to CCF.

A small contribution goes a long way. Proceeds go towards easing the burden of children with cancer and their families, as well as funding CCF’s programmes and services.

For more information, click here.

Similarly, you can also donate to Singapore Cancer Foundation’s “Return to Role” rehabilitation programme, which helps cancer survivors in their rehabilitation journey towards resuming their roles in life and get back into the workforce. For this campaign, regional insurer Great Eastern will match donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

Of course, this is not the end of the celebrations happening in December. Feel free to give back to the community in your own way—donations, charity drives, volunteering events. After all, it is the season of giving!

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