Huat’s up? It's time to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore with festive events!
In case you haven’t noticed all the decorations popping up around town, CNY is just around the corner. Bring out the pineapple tarts and bak kwa, get dressed in your finest cheongsam or festive street style and dive into the spirit of Chinese New Year at these fun events.
Best Chinese New Year 2022 events in Singapore
1. Chinatown Street Light-Up
7 Jan – 2 Mar
Chinatown comes to life with sculptured lanterns of cubs and tigers. They signify the strength and vitality in staying united and emerging stronger from the pandemic. The official light-up and opening ceremony takes place on 7 January, 7pm, with virtual performances. Or catch it live-streamed on Chinatown Festivals’ Facebook page. Psst: look out for more online activities including getai performances, walking trails and baking workshops.
Chinatown Street Light-Up, daily 7pm – midnight, various locations including Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road; or watch online
2. Chingay Parade 2022
Everyone’s favourite CNY parade turns 50 this year. Can you believe it? The parade adopts the theme “Ignite Your Dreams” for 2022. The segments have yet to be revealed but expect “Chingay50” commemorative programmes like stories from performers, volunteers, audiences and crew members who have participated over the years. Reminisce with treasured photos from past parades at the Hall of Frames. The live webcast will premiere on 12 February 2022, 8pm.
Chingay Parade 2022, 8pm, watch online
3. High Tea in the Deep Sea
3 January – 14 February
The popular afternoon tea has extended its stay at Ocean Restaurant. This time, feast on an auspicious edition with a 12-item afternoon tea menu ($88 per pax) comprising handmade siew mai with premium abalone, Canadian lobster kueh pie tee with special sauce, and imperial coconut with osmanthus and bird’s nest. Top up a fee ($128 per pax) for a guided tour at the S.E.A. Aquarium.
High Tea in the Deep Sea, $88/pax, 3.30pm-5.30pm, B1M, #B1-455 & 456, Equarius Hotel, 22 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098136
4. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022
11 January – 13 February
If you really want to get into the CNY spirit, Wan Qing Festival of Spring has just the right line-up for you. Usher in the Year of the Tiger with family-friendly fun: we’re talking about lion dance and festive drumming workshops, heritage trails, guided tours and craft activities. Plus, you can’t miss the Nian Hua: Of Deities, Guardians and Auspicious Art exhibition where you can explore nian hua, woodblock prints used to decorate home for CNY over the years. Online activities are available, too!
Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022, 10am – 9pm, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
5. Spring Blooms @ VivoCity
6 January – 15 February
If you’re doing shopping at VivoCity, don’t forget to check out massive ornaments, an auspicious tiger family and busk in the festive spirit with blossoms of happiness and abundance. And take your cameras out for a lucky shot!
Spring Blooms, Level 1, Central Atrium, VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
6. Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
14 January to 20 February
Gardens By the Bay pulls out all the stops every year with its CNY showcase in the Flower Dome. This time, expect a grand series of floral displays throughout the year as the attraction celebrates its 10th anniversary. For starters, the fan-favourite Dahlia Dreams returns with 2,000 showstopping dahlias, vibrant azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums. And for the first time, a stunning River Hongbao lantern will take centre stage in the flower field. Also, feast your eyes on tiger cub displays and decor like giant coin pouches and couplets symbolising good fortune and prosperity.
Dahlia Dreams, 9am – 9pm, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
7. S.E.A. Aquarium’s Spring in the Sea
15 January – 15 February
Have a roaring good time with the popular manta mascots, Fu Lu Shou. Once you’ve rubbed shoulders with them, check out the sand tiger shark wall mural with a special appearance by the sand tiger shark. Next, journey through the auspicious Trail of Fortune and be mesmerised by red lanterns, oriental patterns and magical fairy lights. Look out for five auspicious animals of the year – the sand tiger shark, red lionfish, weedy seadragon, tiger cowrie and alligator gar – representing strength, luck, longevity, wealth, power and nobility respectively.
Spring in the Sea, S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
8. Leap into Fun at Universal Studios Singapore
13 January – 13 February
Universal Studios Singapore’s Chinese New Year celebrations include events such as a meet-and-greet sesh with the Master Tigress from the animated movie Kung Fu Panda (it’s her first time here!), as well as Po and the Yang Warriors. Other friends like the Minions, Sesame Street friends, Optimus Prime and Megatron from The Transformers will also make an appearance.
Leap into Fun, Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
9. Blessings Come A-Knocking
11 January – 24 July
The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall presents a special outdoor installation in collaboration with Hong Kong artist Ng Tik Ka. It pays homage to the door deities that were depicted in the earliest form of New Year prints. These came in pairs: they were pasted on doors to protect the family by barring evil spirits from entering homes, and to attract positive energy. Look closer and you’ll notice a robed Ronald McDonald receiving fast food from a masked Hamburgler, and Iron Man and Captain America decked out in traditional opera costumes.
Blessings Come A-Knocking, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Have a roaring in the Year of the Tiger at these fun-filled Chinese New Year events in Singapore.