Best time to visit Singapore

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Published: 21 January 2018

When is the best time to visit Singapore?

 With its futuristic architecturally designed gardens, mega shopping centres, enthralling safari tours, delicious cuisine (at any budget) and vibrant multicultural celebrations, Singapore is an ideal holiday destination for any age group.

While couples enjoy a romantic meal overlooking the city from the highest alfresco bar in the world, families can explore Singapore Zoo and the Universal Studios in Sentosa. The Singapore Botanical Gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll, or find yourself marvelling at the technological masterpiece of the super trees at Gardens by the Bay.

First things first – the Weather…

While Singapore occasionally sees light rain and the odd thunderstorm, it boasts summer temperatures all year round so you usually won’t need to worry about the weather too much when planning your trip. Pack light summer attire so you feel cool and comfortable while out and about in the city, but also bring along layers as the air conditioning can sometimes get a bit chilly in the museums, art galleries and shopping centres.

Speaking of which…

palm trees and bridge on the water

Best time for Shopping

Home to a selection of massive ultra-modern shopping centres including ION Orchard and Vivo City, Singapore truly is a shopaholic’s dream all year round. This said, if you are planning a shopping trip you can’t go past the Great Singapore Sale. Every June and July, retail outlets across Singapore offer extended trading hours and sales of up to 70% off on the world’s most popular brands. Head to Orchard Road for a bargain on high end fashion labels, or explore the vibrant Chinatown Street Markets to shop for beautiful clothes from independent fashion designers, gifts, homewares, books, exotic spices and Chinese medicines.

people walking in front of a shopping mall

What’s on – Celebrations and events

 With its highly diverse mix of cultures and religions, Singapore hosts a rich calendar of events throughout the year for all interests.

The vibrant Chinese New Year festival in January, also known as Lunar New Year, is a spectacle to see, especially the annual Chingay parade – the largest street performance in China featuring markets, floats, performers, stilt walkers and lion dancers.

March welcomes the Hindu Holi festival, also known as the festival of colours where you can join the crowds who celebrate by throwing coloured powder on each other, bringing the streets to life with joyful music and dance.

The festivities are not only reserved for the early months – in July, immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the Singapore Food Festival, the spectacular National Day fireworks in August, the Formula One Grand Prix in September or the stunning Christmas lights in the shopping precinct of Orchard Road in December.

singapore night sky with fireworks

Whatever the time of year, there will always be something special to do in Singapore, so we recommend checking the calendar before planning your next getaway.