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NATURE

Christmas Toyland Floral Display

Gardens by the Bay has turned into a Christmas wonderland where toy soldiers, reindeer and teddy bears man a sleigh station. Towering over the floral display is the 11m-tall Christmas Pyramid, decked with toys.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Tue, 9am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free entry, usual charges to Flower Dome apply TEL: 6420-6848 INFO: www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Trees Of The Fort

Guides show visitors heritage trees such as the towering Kapok, flaky Gelam and gnarled Madras Thorn.

WHERE: Meet at the roundabout between Fort Canning Green and Hotel Fort Canning MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Jan 23, 10 - 11.30am ADMISSION: Free INFO: Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events. E-mail lee_li_pei@nparks.gov.sg


CONTEST

Samsung KidsTime Authors' Award

This award is open for submissions till Monday. Send in your published and unpublished picture books for a chance to win $2,000 cash. You will get a chance to transform your works into mobile apps on the Samsung KidsTime mobile platform. Up to 10 winners from each Asean nation will be named.

INFO: To submit entries, go to www.bookcouncil.sg/awards

Singapore Literature Prize

This biennial competition is open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents whose works of fiction (novels or short stories), poetry, and non-fiction have been published in Singapore or abroad during the specified period of time in any of Singapore's four official languages - English, Chinese, Malay, or Tamil.

The Singapore Literature Prize has an award of $10,000 for the winner in each of the three categories, in each of the four languages.

INFO: The closing date is Jan 8. Go to www.bookcouncil.sg/awards


TOURS


A newly abandoned spider’s web along the Rainforest Trail at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Healing Garden Tour

The Healing Garden features more than 400 varieties of plants that are used medicinally. It is laid out thematically relating to parts of the body such as the head, and the respiratory and reproductive systems.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow, 9am (in English) & 10am (in Mandarin) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471-7361 INFO: Register at the Visitor's Centre 15 minutes before the tour starts

Rainforest Tour

Discover the tropical rainforest with guides on this one-hour tour.

WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Jan 9; 9, 10 & 11am (in English), 4pm (in Mandarin) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6471-7361 INFO: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at the Visitor's Centre 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Heritage On The Hill Guided Tour

Check out the ancient artefacts from the hill and learn more about the changing face of Fort Canning through the centuries.

WHERE: Meet at the roundabout between Fort Canning Arts Centre and Hotel Fort Canning MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah/City Hall WHEN: Jan 16, 4 - 5.30pm ADMISSION: Free with registration INFO: Register at www.nparks.gov.sg or e-mail lee_li_pei@nparks.gov.sg


KIDS

Christmas Past, Present And Future - A Pantomime

This pantomime is inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. For children aged eight to their teens.

WHERE: Act 3 Drama Academy, 126 Cairnhill Road MRT: Newton WHEN: Till Jan 16, 9.30am - 12.30pm or 2 - 5pm (selected dates, week-long workshop) ADMISSION: $380 a child TEL: 6735-9986 INFO: Go to www.act3international.com.sg


OTHERS

Meet Santa's Newest Helpers - Decorator Crabs & Enjoy Play-Like-A-Child Promo @Underwater World Singapore

Underwater World Singapore celebrates Christmas with a Christmas Fashion Showperformed by Santa's newest helpers - the Decorator Crabs.

WHERE: Underwater World Singapore, Sentosa, 80 Siloso Road MRT: HarbourFront WHEN: Till Sun, 10am - 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm) ADMISSION: $20.60 a person INFO: www.underwaterworld.com.sg

Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay

The event grounds this year are almost double the size of last year's. Highlights include more than 50 Italian Luminarie light sculptures and a European-style festive market with food, crafts and entertainment. New attractions include an Ice Palace and traditional carnival rides.

WHERE: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Sun, various times ADMISSION: Free, usual charges apply to Flower Dome INFO: www.christmaswonderland.sg or www.facebook.com/ChristmasWonderlandSingapore

Nanyang Polytechnic Open House 2016

The annual three-day Nanyang Polytechnic Open House gives students and parents an insight into campus life there. Parents can join the Choices After O's Parents' Seminar to find out about education options for their children. There will be a singing competition and performances by singer- songwriter Jana Ann Neo and local quintet Take Two, rap collaborative group THIRT13N and the school's Live Audio Club students.

WHERE: Nanyang Polytechnic, 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 MRT: Yio Chu Kang WHEN: Thu - Jan 9, 10am - 6pm (open house). Open house hours till 11pm on Jan 8 ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6455-0500 INFO: www.nyp.edu.sg/OpenHouse

Republic Polytechnic's Open House 2016

A wide variety of educational choices are available at the polytechnic's seven schools. Activities at the booths include racing underwater robots, simulated cyber-attacks, creating living photographs and being a broadcast reporter for a day.

WHERE: Republic Polytechnic, 9 Woodlands Avenue 9 MRT: Woodlands WHEN: Thu - Jan 9, 10am - 6pm daily ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.rp.edu.sg/openhouse2016

Celebrate Japan New Year At Liang Court

Liang Court will celebrate the Japan New Year (Shogatsu) with activities from now to Jan 10 at the mall.

Events include a Japanese lion dance, Japanese drum performance, rice cake-making and sake opening.

Giveaways include the Japanese wrapping cloth, which is traditionally used to wrap gifts for exchange.

INFO: www.liangcourt.com.sg


LAST CALL

Toys Donation Drive By Royal Plaza on Scotts

The hotel is collecting pre-loved toys for less privileged children.

This is a collaboration with Food For The Heart and Association Francaise de Singapour. Leave your pre-loved toys that are in good condition at the toy donation box along the driveway of the hotel by today.

INFO: www.facebook.com/royalplaza singaporehotel

In Retrospect: The Road To Neoclassicism

Pianist Ryan Chow, a graduate of Singapore Management University and Manhattan School of Music, will be presenting works by Mendelssohn and Grieg.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Tomorrow, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Chun Kwang Young Solo Exhibition - Aggregation

This exhibition by the South Korean artist shows works from his long-running series of the same name. He combines his early experimentation with abstract expressionism, featuring mulberry paper, a special Korean material.

WHERE: Pearl Lam Galleries, 03-22 Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Sun, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), noon - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6570-2284 INFO: www.pearllam.com

Compiled by Callyn Chow & Chris Tan

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