3 lifestyle must-dos of the week

Check out two great ways to kick-start your yuletide partying, as well as local fashion label Hansel’s last collection

1. Cavort in a giant yuletide playground at Gardens by the Bay
1. Cavort in a giant yuletide playground at Gardens by the Bay
24 Nov 2015

1. Cavort in a giant yuletide playground at Gardens by the Bay

This year, Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland isn’t just going for a sprinkling of Christmas spirit. Think of it as more like great big lashings of OTT yuletide-ness, and a total one-up on last year’s do.

For one, the fairgrounds this year will be doubled at 35,000 sqm, and show off 56 Luminarie light sculptures — the tallest towering over 20 metres — which are handmade by Italian craftsmen. The kiddos can make like Elsa and Olaf at the Ice Palace at the Supertree Grove, which features a Snow Playground and an ice-skating rink. A European-style Festive Market serves up bites and drinks, while thrill-seekers can partake in traditional carnival rides such as a vintage carousel and the Helter Skelter, a spiral slide. Even the flowers want to make merry, with a Christmas Toyland floral display at the Flower Dome. The festive jollity will be so overwhelming, Scrooges should stay away. Everyone else should have a grand old time.

Christmas Wonderland is from Nov 28 to Jan 3. Admission to Gardens by the Bay is free, while charges for the Flower Dome apply.
 

2. Get your Christmas kick in a capsule
2. Get your Christmas kick in a capsule
24 Nov 2015

2. Get your Christmas kick in a capsule

Kick-start X’mas with a caffeine kick, courtesy of Nespresso’s new limited edition variations. Featuring sweet, spicy and biscuit-y flavours, the festive Grand Cru capsules are as pretty as confetti and will fill your kitchen with sweet Christmas dessert aromas. There’s Vanilla Amaretti, Ciocco Ginger and Vanilla Cardamom, and as usual, coffee adventurers can experiment with fancy coffee cocktail and mocktail recipes using the new flavours. So, sweet vanilla amaretti latte, anyone?

$12 for sleeve of 10 capsules from www.nespresso.com, via the Nespresso mobile app or from Nespresso boutiques.
 

3. Say bye to local fashion brand Hansel, and get your kid a cute farewell tee
3. Say bye to local fashion brand Hansel, and get your kid a cute farewell tee
24 Nov 2015

3. Say bye to local fashion brand Hansel, and get your kid a cute farewell tee

For some Christmas-unrelated news, Jo Soh, the designer of well-loved local brand Hansel, has decided to close her 12-year-old label and hop over to her new gig as the Head of Fashion — Asia at Laura Ashley Asia. But before she goes, here’s a last blast: She’s collaborated with local online babywear brand Baby Style Icon for a capsule collection called Hansel X Baby Style Icon, which features some of Hansel’s best-loved hand drawn graphics. The 17-piece range ($35-$42) includes baby onesies, baby tees and adult tees. Perfect for parent and child #twinning pics, you guys.

From Hansel at Mandarin Gallery and www.babystyleicon.com.

Hip, hip, last hurrah: Local fashion brand Hansel’s last collection is a collab with babywear brand Baby Style Icon. Here, Tyler ‘Bubu’ Lim, the son of Baby Style Icon co-founder Tjin Lee, models a cute tee.
 

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