Dec 4, 2017
From a spectacular lights festival in Japan, and Europe’s largest ice sculpture exhibition in the Netherlands, to a two-month Lego event in New Zealand, here are some of the most interesting global events to mark on your calendar in December.
8-9 DECEMBER 2017
Singapore’s homegrown music festival ZoukOut returns for its 17th edition with a Neon Tropical theme and acts by Amsterdam-based electronic duo Yellow Claw, German DJ Robin Schulz and Swedish House Mafia founding members Axwell and Ingrosso. Thrill-seeking festival-goers will also be entitled to try AJ Hackett Sentosa’s Bungy Jump Tower, Vertical Skywalk and more.
13-30 DECEMBER 2017
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET’S NUTCRACKER
SAN FRANCISCO, USA
Get into the Christmas spirit by watching this quintessential performance of The Nutcracker at The War Memorial Opera House. Since its American premiere on the Christmas Eve of 1944, it has become an annual national holiday tradition that continues till today.
TILL 31 DECEMBER 2017
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Modelled after Lyon, France’s famous light festival, La Fête des Lumières, this annual event sees the 4km-long Midosuji street illuminated in eight different hues (above). Over at the Nakanoshima area, highlights include light tunnels with synchronised music, wall tapestry projections on the facade of Osaka City Central Public Hall (main photo) and a special showcase of decorated lanterns from Tainan, Taiwan.
28 DECEMBER 2017 – 3 JANUARY 2018
TASTE OF TASMANIA
Sip on cool-climate wines, attend cooking classes and meet farmers and chefs on guided tasting tours at this free week-long festival on Hobart’s waterfront. There are tasting tours to sign up for, such as Dude Food and Prize Cider. Once dusk arrives, head for the nightly open-air cinema on the Parliament House Lawns.