Still lots to do post-Christmas

The gifts have been exchanged, the feasts devoured and the carols sung. If you are stuck with no plans this long Christmas weekend, Nabilah Said has you covered

Timbre’s resident band Goodfellas will play their final gigs at Timbre between now and New Year’s Eve.
Timbre’s resident band Goodfellas will play their final gigs at Timbre between now and New Year’s Eve.PHOTO: GOODFELLAS
Attend the Singapore Zoo’s farewell party for the koalas.
Attend the Singapore Zoo’s farewell party for the koalas.PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Indonesian angklung troupe Sahabat Angklung performs at the Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre on Sunday.
Indonesian angklung troupe Sahabat Angklung performs at the Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre on Sunday.PHOTO: ESPLANADE – THEATRES ON THE BAY

1 Bid farewell to Goodfellas

After nine years together, Timbre’s resident band Goodfellas are calling it a day. The six-piece band, known for their lively covers of anything from pop to indie to Motown music and their rapport with their loyal fans, will play their final few gigs this weekend before their last show on New Year’s Eve.

Dance to your heart’s content tomorrow at Neon Nights Timbre@The Substation, where the front row will be turned into a mosh pit, or catch their acoustic sets at The Arts House tonight.

Where: Timbre@The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane When: Tonight, from 9.15pm Admission: Free entry, pay for food and drinks Where: Timbre@The Substation, 45 Armenian Street When: Tomorrow, from 10.30pm Admission: Free entry, pay for food and drinks Info:

2 Say bye to koalas

The Singapore Zoo is throwing a farewell party this weekend for the four koalas who are going back Down Under next month. Nicknamed Cantik, Sayang, Nila and Manja, they have been here since April. Activities at Koalamania! – A Furry Farewell Party include sending a handmade postcard to the koalas and taking photos with koala mascots.

Where: Singapore Zoo,80 Mandai Lake Road When: Tomorrow and Sunday. Exhibit is open from 9am to 6pm Admission: Activities are free. Entry to the zoo is $32 for adults and $21 for children aged three to 12 Info:

3 Catch a movie at Golden Mile Tower

Catch an arthouse film or the latest Star Wars movie at indie cinema The Projector at Golden Mile Tower.

After the show, check out The Great Escape, a bar located at the carpark of the building.

Where: The Projector, 05-00 Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road Admission: $13 for a standard ticket Info:

4 Fish for charity

Fish For Food is a fundraiser organised by the Singapore Red Cross. Each “fishing ticket” costs $100,which goes towards Singapore Red Cross Foodaid beneficiaries. Anglers can also choose to donate their catch. There will be lucky draws and colouring activities for children.

Where: D’Best Fishing Main Pond, Pasir Ris Town Park, 90Pasir Ris Central When: Tomorrow, 9am to 4pm Admission: $100 (includes lunch and a goodie bag). Buy tickets from One Stop Minimart at D’Best Fishing. Participants must bring their own rods and reels. Info:

5 Spend Christmas Check out new Kafe at museums

Some museums have Christmas Open House events today offering free admission and family-friendly activities. Make reindeer hats and Christmas ornaments at the National Museum of Singapore, build a snowman using Indian textiles at the Indian Heritage Centre and make a wish for Singapore with a personalised festive charm at the Singapore Art Museum.

Admission is free for all visitors today and free for Singaporeans and permanent residents on all days. Where: National Museum of Singapore,93 Stamford Road When: 10am to 7pm(activities till 5.30pm) Info: Where: Indian Heritage Centre, 5 Campbell Lane When: 11am to3pm Info: Where: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road When: 10 am to 9pm Info:

6 Ride Downtown Line 2 for free

The second phase of the Downtown Line, comprising 12 stations running through areas such as Beauty World and Sixth Avenue, opens on Sunday. The line gives easier access to places such as DairyFarm Nature Park and Lasalle College of the Arts.

Where: Downtown Line 2 runs from Rochor to Bukit Panjang, linking to the stations on Downtown Line 1. When: From Sunday Admission: Rides are free on the Downtown Line from Sunday till Jan 1. Commuters must start and end their journeys at stations on the Downtown Line. Info:

7 Catch free music performances in the city

Music fans are in for a treat this weekend. At the National Gallery Singapore, enjoy Christmas classics by flute quartet A Flutey Affair today, hits from musicals such as Les Miserables by home-grown wind quintet Kreutzer Ensemble tomorrow and classical music by a trio made up of flautist Tan Kian Joo, violinist Cheryl Ho and cellist Ophelia Toh on Sunday.

The Esplanade presents music of various genres alongside craft activities as part of its Celebrate December season. Catch groups such as Singapore clarinet ensemble CLARQuinet, Singapore bhangra group SherePunjab Bhangra and Indonesian angklung troupe Sahabat Angklung.

Admission to both venues for the performances are free. Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road. First performance at grand steps of Padang Atrium, second performance at former Supreme Court Level 1 foyer When: A Flutey Affair, today, 3.30 to 4 pm and 4.30 to 5 pm; Kreutzer Ensemble, tomorrow, 5.30 to 6 pm and 6.30 to 7 pm; Trio, Sunday, 3.30 to4pmand 4.30 to 5 pm Info: Where: Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive When: CLARQuinet, today, 5, 6 and 7 pm at Esplanade Concourse; SherePunjab Bhangra, today and tomorrow, 4.35, 5.35 and 6.35 pm at various locations; Sahabat Angklung, Sunday, 7.15 and 8.30pm at the Outdoor Theatre Info:

8 Visit Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

The national monument opens its doors today for those keen to check out the historic building. Train services to the station, which used to be the terminus of the railway line, ended in 2011.

While the railway station is open during public holidays, this time, the public are encouraged to commemorate the building through photos and sketches. Drawings can be dropped off at the former ticketing counter of the station, where they may be displayed at the next opening of the station.

Where: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station,30 Keppel Road When: Today, 9 am to 6 pm

9 Check out new Kafe

Kult Kafe at Emily Hill is the newest bar and event space in town, an offshoot of the edgy art gallery Kult.

On Sunday, Kult Kafe along with its events partner Sideshow will host the Beer Is Food Block Party, a goodbye party for craft beer and cider stall, Beer Is Food, which closed its Golden Mile Food Centre stall on Tuesday. Look forward to 10 different types of craft beers on tap, as well as food and live DJ sets. Where: Kult Kafe, Emily Hill, 11 Upper Wilkie Road When: Sunday, 3 to 11pm Admission: Free entry, pay for food and drinks Info: Go to or

10 Celebrate with Straits Records

Show some love to alternative record store Straits Records in Bali Lane, which celebrates its 20th anniversary with a festival. The third edition of the Making Waves festival features performances by home-grown bands such as punk rock group Iman’s League and skapunk veterans Cesspit.

On Sunday, check out free acoustic performances in Bali Lane from 3pmand booths selling trinkets and food and drinks as part of the Rilek Jack market. Where: Straits Records, 24A Bali Lane When: The festival takes place today (5 to 11pm), tomorrow (7 to 11pm) and on Sunday (3 to 11pm). The Rilek Jack market and acoustic performances are on Sunday (2 to 9pm). Admission: $10 a day or $25 for three days for Making Waves festival. Free for Rilek Jack market. Info:

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'Still lots to do post-Christmas'. Subscribe