4 things to look out for at National Museum of Singapore’s Christmas celebrations on Dec 17

These festive activities include ornament-making workshops and choir performances.

Nnurul Shakinah

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Published: 29 November 2022, 2:25 PM

The National Museum of Singapore (NMS) has curated a myriad of Christmas programmes for visitors of all ages to enjoy on Saturday, Dec 17. 

From ornament-making workshops to choir performances, here are four activities you can look forward to. 

1. A Lighter Side of History: Let’s meet for coffee!

If you are looking for a nifty gift idea for your coffee drinker friends and family, this programme is just for you!

Facilitated by The Sustainability Project’s founder, Jo, the workshop will teach participants how to repurpose coffee grounds by transforming them into soap.  


Participants will be required to handle various plant-based and essential oils, vegetable glycerin, soybean and aloe vera during the workshop. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


Each participant will be entitled to a presentation by Jo and a hands-on session where they will be able to make soap with used coffee to take home. All ingredients required for the session will be provided. 

The programme will be held at The Salon, situated in Level 1 of NMS from 2pm to 3.30pm.  Limited spaces are available and tickets are at $28 per pax or $50 per pair. Participants should be aged 13 and above.

2. Drop-in Craft Activity: Shrink Art Christmas Ornaments

Get your creative juices flowing as you craft your own festive ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree or gift to family and friends. 


Visitors can take inspiration from the museum’s collection to create their very own shrink art design. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


The activity is free-of-charge and will take place at the Level 2, Glass Atrium. There will be a priority slot from 10.30am to 11.30am for people with disabilities. 

General public can attend the activity from 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm, with the last admission being 4.40pm. 

There are limited spaces available and children must be accompanied by a parent for this activity.

3. Roving Choir Performance by Resonance of Singapore

What’s Christmas without holiday tunes? Soak in the Christmas spirit with the roving choir performance by Resonance of Singapore (ROS) and sing along as they perform well-known holiday tunes at different locations in the museum.


ROS is the first non-profit organisation run by a professional vocal ensemble comprising of award-winning singers and an internationally acclaimed conductor. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


ROS will perform at the Modern Colony Gallery at 3.30pm, the Wooden Bridge leading to Life in SG galleries at 3.45pm and Staircase leading to Level 3 at 4pm. All performances will be free of charge. 

Performance locations are also subjected to change without notice dependent on crowd situation on the day, which will be indicated via onsite signages. 

4. Christmas Storytelling: Marky Polo in Singapore

Parents with young children can join author Emily Lim as she facilitates a storytelling session based on her book, Marky Polo in Singapore, with a team of storytellers. 

The session will include craft-making activities as well.

Marky Polo in Singapore is a tale of a pangolin that goes on an adventure with his friends to bring joy to his cousin Merry, who is visiting Singapore for the first time. PHOTO CREDIT: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE


The storytelling session will happen at the Level 2, Seminar Room at NMS from 2.30pm to 3.15pm and 3.45pm to 4.30pm. Limited spaces are available and interested participants will be required to pay $10 per adult-child pair. 

Each ticket entitles each adult-child pair to a set of craft materials. This programme is recommended for families with children ages four and above.

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