6 festive events in Asia for some family fun

Set the kids' eyes all aglow when you go to these events and revel in holiday cheer

Christmas Wonderland (Photo: Christmas Wonderland)

Hagoita-ichi-Fair (Photo: Nagoya Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Hagoita-ichi-Fair-Photo-by-Nagoya-Convention-and-Visitors Bureau

Hello Kitty Run (Photo: Hello Kitty Run Dubai)

Hello Kitty Run (Photo: Hello Kitty Run Dubai)

Hi-5 Fairytale (Photo: Hi-5)

Hi-5 Fairytale (Photo: Hi-5)

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

Christmas Wonderland

Where: Singapore
When: December 2 to January 2
Head for Gardens by the Bay as it turns into a festive playground for the third edition of Christmas Wonderland. Visitors can marvel at the Italian Luminarie — Sculptures of Light illuminating the 57,000sqm fairground. Other new things to check out are the Ice Palace and the Hi-5 Funtastic House. The kids can also look forward to meeting Santa Claus. christmaswonderland.sg

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice

Where: Hong Kong
When: December 8 to 11
The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice comes to Hong Kong once again with fantastic shows set in a winter wonderland. Besides Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, kids will see the beloved characters of Finding Dory, Frozen, Toy Story, The Lion King and Snow White. disneyonice.com

Hello Kitty Run

Where: Dubai
When: December 9
Encourage young kids to embrace an active lifestyle by joining the Hello Kitty Run. Racers will get a race pack that comes with exclusive Hello Kitty merchandise and experience The Fun Village, where Hello Kitty and friends will be hanging out. hkrundubai.com

Hi-5 Fairytale

Where: Manila
When: December 16 to 18
Mary, Dayen, Lachie, Chris and Tanika head for the stage for the holidays with Hi-5 Fairytale. The crew will sing and dance through stories about enchanted characters like Princess Sleepy Head, Sir Bucket Head and the Brave Prince of Knights, which young kids will thoroughly enjoy. rwmanila.com

Hagoita-ichi Fair

Where: Tokyo
When: December 17 to 19
Vendors gather at the Hagoita-ichi Fair at the end of each year to sell colorfully decorated wooden paddles called hagoita. A wide selection of hagoita, from ornamental paddles to those made for children to play with, will be available at the fair. e-asakusa.jp/en

Star Light Revue

Where: Nagoya
When: December 24
Throughout December, children and the young at heart will marvel at the gorgeous lights that decorate Garden Futou at the wharf for the Star Light Revue. The display culminates on Christmas Eve with a special fireworks show called Melody Hanabi, where the sky lights up with firecrackers set to music. port-of-nagoya.jp/english

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Selena Salang

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