Chinatown is already bustling with lights and festive bazaars which means just one thing: Chinese New Year is just around the corner! So if you aren’t jetting away for a cheeky CNY holiday, and are looking for fun ways to usher in the New Year in Singapore with the kids, then look no further. We’ve found the best family friendly events happening across the island to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, so get the kiddos decked out in their prettiest cheongsams or coolest Chinese-collar shirts and join the festivities. Check back regularly, folks, as we’ll be adding to the list as new parties, activities and events are announced!
Lantern displays in Chinatown
Dazzling lights, colourful lanterns and giant roosters are what it’s all about over in Chinatown. Head to Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge to check out the spectacular displays adorning the whole area.
When: From 7 January
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar
With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies and get ahead of the CNY shopping game at stalls selling everything from traditional goodies to waxed duck! Start at Pagoda Street for a colourful feast of paper lanterns, lion puppets, giant paper pineapples and bright rooster-themed decorations. Pick up a cheongsam or Chinese-collared shirt while you’re there!
When: 6-27 January, 6-10.30pm daily (extended hours over CNY weekend)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
10th International Lion Dance Competition
Drums, stunts and lions? Sounds like a heck of a competition to us! Head over to Banda Street to watch a small army of colourful lions showing off their acrobatic tricks at this international comp sure to be a roaring success for the whole family.
When: 14-15 January, 6.30-10.30pm
Where: Carpark at Banda Street (off of Sago Lane)
Cost: $10 for one day, $15 for two.
Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of the Rooster with awesome family-friendly live performances, music, games, firecrackers and fireworks at a street party we’re all invited to!
When: 27 January, 9.30pm-12.30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
Free stage shows galore
Head over to Kreta Ayer Square to catch colourful Chinese cultural performances by local artists and international troupes from China.
When: 7-27 January, 8-10.30pm nightly
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
Chinese New Year Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens
The first Farmers’ Market of 2017 is hitting the Loewen Gardens in Chinese New Year style where you can expect tons of goodies from the likes of Perk Coffee, ESO Tea and Cafthos by Clarine. Stock up on organic veg, breads, jams and cheeses for your New Year feast and reward your efforts with a slice of cake in the Pantry with the kiddos.
When: 14 January, 9am-2pm
Where: Loewen by Dempsey Hill, 71 Loewen Road, Singapore
The end of the Lunar New Year celebrations come to a spectacular finale with the 45th edition of the annual Chingay Parade. Kids will be in awe of the pyrotechnics, dazzling floats, fireworks and special effects in a parade that promises to be bigger and bolder than ever.
When: 10-11 February,
Where: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
Cost: From $28.50 per ticket
Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts
Take the kids along to Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts for fun theatre shows and workshops with a big dose of CNY culture, language, and art immersion. Kids can get crafty at free workshops and join interactive storytelling performances while learning all about the origins of Chinese New Year. For the thesps amongst you: make sure to catch a Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Anthony Wong and Candice Yu.
When: 3-12 February
Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Cost: Free and ticketed events (from $15)
Chinese New Year Celebrations at IKEA
IKEA is making shopping for plastic pots and Swedish meatballs even easier with a whole heap of Chinese New Year fun planned in stores over the Lunar season. Learn how to FengShui your home from a professional master, whip up a floral arrangement, try your hand at a spot of Chinese calligraphy or even design a festive photo frame: all for free! Look out for lion dancers and the roving God of Fortune amongst the rows of ready-to-assemble wares.
When: 7 & 14 January & 4 February, various timings
Where: Tamines and Alexandra IKEA
Fortune Blooms at ION
Combine a spot of shopping with some CNY fun over at ION where tots and adults alike will love hanging out in the Chinese Garden watching the animated digital fish pond! There’ll also be lion dancing, the roving God of Fortune and calligraphy demos to catch while indulging in some retail therapy.
When: 4 January-12 February
Where: ION, Orchard Road
Rojak Festival at Asian Civilisations Museum
Kick-start your CNY celebrations with a free weekend full of Rojak, art and music by heading over to the ACM for free ice balls, fortune telling, cultural performances, and carnival rides! Get your CNY shopping done and dusted at the art market before refuelling at a food bazaar and picnic ready to chill out on the ACM Green for a movie under the stars.
When: 14-15 January
Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Photography: Emilie Art Photography