Huat’s up? Celebrate the year of the pig with massive firework displays, festive events, parties, parades and lots of lion dancing...
In case you haven’t noticed all the decorations popping up around town, we’ve officially begun the Chinese New Year festivities. Bring out the pineapple tarts and bak kwa, get dressed in your finest cheongsam and get in the spirit of CNY with all the events around town celebrating the Year of the Pig.
Chinatown Street Light-up
Till 6 Mar
Okay, so you missed most of the good stuff in Chinatown – everything from traditional CNY snacks and festive bazaar to lion dances and nightly stage shows. But it’s not too late to catch the light up. Walk around the precinct to see hundreds of handmade sculptured lanterns of pigs, flowers and greetings.
Chinatown, various locations
Lunar New Year Celebration at National Museum of Singapore
Saturday, 9 Feb
Spend a fun and festive day out at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). To celebrate the Chinese New Year, NMS is going all out with a lion dance, traditional Chinese puppet theatre, crafting workshop and live music. Psst: Born in the year of the Pig? You also get free entry into the Instant: Polaroid at the Intersection of Art and Technology exhibit during the Lunar New Year.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Till 24 Feb
Gardens by the Bay pulls out all the stops every year with its CNY displays in the Flower Dome, and it’s all about blooming dahlias (along with festive and auspicious plants like narcissus, cymbidium and chrysanthemum) amidst the backdrop of an elaborate Chinese garden. You bet everyone will be doing their #OOTD shots here… you have been warned.
Dahlia Dreams, 9.00am – 9.00pm, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Dive into a Sea of Abundance at the SEA Aquarium
Till 19 Feb
Watch the SEA Aquarium come to life with a magical underwater dragon performance together with a host of fun and fortune-filled activities. Bring the kiddos along and expect to take plenty of cool photos for the ‘gram!
Dive into a Sea of Abundance, SEA Aquarium, weekdays: 10am–7pm; weekends: 9.30am–7pm, SEA Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay
2 – 10 Feb
Enjoy an LED performance of the auspicious Chinese myth (yup, the dragon) and Chinese Orchestra performances from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Ding Yi Music Company. And of course, no CNY festivity is complete without the majestic lion dance on poles, which you can catch at the Supertree Grove.
Spring Surprise, various timings, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
River Hongbao 2019
3 – 10 Feb
This is possibly one of Singapore’s most classic CNY events. Each year, thousands flock to this celebratory event which features mega-sized colourful lanterns, eclectic live performances and plenty of fireworks. Highlights include a Popular Food Street for scoffing local snacks, “A Harbour and Home: The Singapore River Through Time” exhibition that takes you through Singapore’s past in a replica of a junk boat, and for the kiddos: a fun amusement park filled with carnival games and rides.
River Hongbao 2019, 2pm – 11pm, The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
Fortune Street at Resorts World Sentosa
5 – 17 Feb
You know we like a bit of fortune telling here at Honeycombers. Usher in good fortune at Resorts World Sentosa with an exploratory journey of Eastern and Western divination. Thinking if your future plans are in line with the stars? Seek your advice from masters of 11 different schools of divination, including astrology, Feng Shui, and chakra reading.
Fortune Street, Fri – Sun: 2pm – 12am, Mon – Thu: 5pm – 12am, Resorts World Sentosa Festive Walk
Chingay Parade 2019
15 – 16 Feb
Everyone’s favourite parade is back this year for a Bicentennial Edition with a “Dreams Funtasia” theme. Prepare yourself for extravagant floats, unique cultural performances, fancy dances and more. We hear this year’s parade will feature a first-of-its-kind 270 by 7 metre-long painting depicting the past, present and future of Singapore co-created by three multi-disciplinary artists. The whole thing sounds amazingly OTT to us. Get on board!
Chingay Parade 2018, 8pm – 9pm, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
Huayi Festival at The Esplanade
15 – 24 Feb
Singapore’s annual Chinese Festival of the Arts is back, complete with theatre, music, dance performances, workshops and more. Some highlights this year include a modern, Chinese adaptation of Hamlet by acclaimed director Li Liuyi, an opera in concert featuring the adaptation of the classic Chinese short story from Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling. There are also parent-child workshops which let the young ones have some hands-on fun with arts and craft.
Huayi Festival, various timings, The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
What you missed
12th International Lion Dance competition
If squeezing with the crowds for some new year goodies shopping is not your thing, why not check out the International Lion Dance competition? This annual event has entered its 12th year and you can expect nothing less than the finest and most exciting performances as top troupes vie for the grand prize through spectacular routines.
International Lion Dance competition, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Kreta Ayer Square, Chinatown, Singapore
What you missed!
CNY open house at Singapore Philatelic Museum
Singapore Philatelic Museum is ushering the year of the pig with guided tours, Guzheng musical performances and lion and dragon dances. Yup, a dose of culture is on the cards if you’re planning a trip to the museum during the Chinese New Year break. Oh, and admission is free.
Singapore Philatelic Museum, 10am-7pm, Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Chinese New Year Street Fair 2019
Till 1 Feb
Indulge in nostalgia this CNY and enjoy old-school snacks and pastries at Old Chang Kee’s street fair. Yup, these guys have branched out from curry puffs, bringing iconic snacks to you in true-blue old-street Singapore style.
Chinese New Year Street Fair 2019, 10am-7pm, Old Chang Kee HQ, 2 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738427
Blossom into Spring with the malls of Frasers Property
Till 4 Feb
These malls are ringing in the Chinese New Year with plenty of fun activities, attractive prizes and workshops for the whole fambam and of course, lion dance performances. The familiar lion dance will take place at all eight malls together with Chinese Acrobatic Shows and LED dragon dances. Also look out for a string of workshops including hongbao origami, zodiac balloon sculpting to tang yuan (glutinous rice ball) making.
Blossom into Spring with the malls of Frasers Property, various timings, eight malls including The Centrepoint, YewTee Point, Northpoint, Changi City Point, Anchorpoint, Bedok Point, Causeway Point and Waterway Point.
The Splendour of Spring at One Raffles Place
Till 4 Feb
Meet the god of fortune, Master Bro Alec Chia, get your future read, learn all about your zodiac sign, enjoy lion dance performances and experience the splendour of spring at One Raffles Place. You’ll also be rewarded with gift vouchers and ang paos if you shop at the mall.
The Splendour of Spring, various timings, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
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