Huat’s up? Chinese New Year in Singapore, with festive events, parties, parades and more...
In case you haven’t noticed all the decorations popping up around town, we’re all gearing up for Chinese New Year festivities. Bring out the pineapple tarts and bakkwa, get dressed in your finest cheongsam, and get in the spirit of CNY with all the events around town celebrating the Year of the Dog.
River Hongbao 2018
14 to 24 February
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 “My Home, My New Year” exhibition that showcases how Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated over the years, and for the kiddos: a fun amusement park filled with carnival games and rides.
River Hongbao 2018, The Float @ Marina Bay
16 to 25 February
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 nine different schools of divination, including astrology, Feng Shui, and Oracle card reading.
Fortune Street, Resorts World Sentosa Festive Walk
Chingay Parade 2018
23 to 24 February 2018
Everyone’s favourite parade (tickets WILL sell out) is back this year with a cultural fantasy theme. Prepare yourself for extravagant floats, unique cultural performances, fancy dances and more. We hear this year’s parade will feature dancing robots, driverless cars and more. There will also be a free street parade and carnival at the F1 Pit area – the whole thing sounds amazingly OTT to us. Get on board!
Chingay Parade 2018, F1 Pit Building
Now until 16 March
You know CNY season has kicked off when the streets of Chinatown light up with amazing lanterns. With a massive range of exciting events lined up, this is the epicentre of Chinese New Year in Singapore: shop and feast at the festive street bazaar that runs until 15 February, or if you’re more of a night owl, watch nightly stage shows at the Kreta Ayer square on now until 15 February. Of course, don’t forget the CNY Countdown Party on 15 February where we finally usher in the Lunar New Year with a full-blown celebration and fireworks!
International Lion Dance competition
2 and 3 February
If squeezing with the crowds for some new year goodies shopping is not your thing, why not check out the International Lion Dance competition happening at the carpark at Banda Street? This annual event has entered its 11th 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, 2 and 3 February, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)
Chinese New Year Arts and Crafts workshop
Channel your inner artist at these wonderful workshops that put your creativity to the test: make lanterns out of red packets, try your hand at chinese calligraphy, or skillfully navigate the art of paper cutting. There’s more to go, and certainly makes a good way to spend the afternoon having fun while learning more about Chinese traditions and customs.
Chinese New Year Arts and Crafts workshop, 3 February, 1.30pm to 5pm, Kreta Ayer Square @ Chinatown.
23 February to 4 March
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 contemporary adaptation of classic Chinese literature, Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s presentation of iconic folk songs from the film Liu Sanjie, and pop star Crowd Lu’s concert. There are also parent-child workshops which let the young ones have some hands-on fun with arts and craft.
Huayi Festival, The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981. 23 February to 4 March 2018.
Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Until 4 March
Gardens by the Bay pulls out all the stops every year with its CNY displays in the Flower Dome, and until the beginning of March it’s all about blooming dahlias amidst the backdrop of an elaborate Chinese garden. You bet everyone will be doing their #OOTD shots here… you have been warned.
Dahlia Dreams, Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay
14 February to 25 February 2018
Meet the God of Fortune, join Chinese handicraft sessions, and keep an eye out for the ultraviolet light performances by UV Lotus Dragon and Northern Lions! 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, Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy.
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