5 fun things to do this weekend

Excited for the weekend? Made any plans?

Here are some great places to visit to ensure your week ends with a bang.

1. Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens by the Bay 

Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive 
When: Now till next Sunday (Dec 21)
3pm - 5pm for festive huts; 5pm - 11pm for restaurants
Price: Free

Photo: ST File

Be dazzled by stunning light sculptures from Italy and the Supertrees when you visit Gardens by the Bay.

There will be a European-style festive market featuring a two-century-old Spiegeltent, a travelling tent from the Netherlands.

Hungry? Tuck in to French fare at Saybons and drink up at award-winning microbrewery, Brewerkz.

For more information, click here.

2. Acres Charity Carwash 

Where: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road 
When: Sunday (Dec 14)
10am - 5pm

Price: Minimum donation of $25 for cars and motorbikes; Minimum donation of $35 for vans

Photo: Facebook / ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore)

Learn how to stop animal cruelty while getting your ride washed when you visit The Grandstand this Sunday.

Organised by the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), the charity event aims to raise funds to help end animal cruelty.

Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee​ will also be joining Acres in washing vehicles.

For more information, click here or call 6832-9821.

3. Graphic Design Basics Talk

Where: library@orchard, Orchard Gateway #03-12 and #04-11, 277 Orchard Road
When: Saturday (Dec 13)
Timing: 2.30pm - 4pm
Price: Free with registration

Photo: ST File

Pick up the basics of graphic design including typography, colours and layout.

Learn the tricks of the trade and find out how to make your product stand out from the crowd.

To find out more, click here or call 6332-3255.

4. Bookfest@Singapore 2014

Where: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, halls 401 - 405  
When: Friday (Dec 12) till next Sunday (Dec 21)
Timing: Noon - 10pm (on Friday, Dec 12), 10am - 10pm (other days)
Price: Free 

Visitors browsing at Popular's BookFest@Singapore last year. Photo: ST File

Popular's annual book festival is back!

Expect new book releases, appearances by local and overseas authors and celebrities as well as educational talks.

The theme for the 8th edition of the festival is "Read On, Dream On".

For more information, click here or call-6452 9555.

5. All Things Bright and Beautiful

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive
When: Saturday (Dec 13)
Timing: 7.30pm
Price: Tickets start at $28 

Photo: NP File

All Things Bright and Beautiful is a concert by the Singapore Lyric Opera Children's Choir and Opera Chorus and guest choir Nanyang Children's Choir.

It celebrates the festive season of sharing and giving, and the joy of life. 

For more information, click here or call 6348-5555.