One more weekend until CNY! There’s still time to book an easy vacay away to avoid the crowds during the festive season. We’ve just been to Lombok for a quick escape (watch out for our guide coming soon!) and it is absolutely beautiful (and soooo quiet!). Definitely worth the visit. But if you are planning to stick around Singapore, here’s where you can catch the best of the Chinese New Year festivities this weekend…
1. Enjoy the night life in the Civic District
Travel back through Singapore’s history in the Bicentennial Edition of Light to Night Festival. Check out brand new indoor art installations and visit the National Gallery exhibitions for free from 1-3 February. Or take a walk along the river to admire the illuminating art installations from i Light Singapore. Keep that camera handy for some seriously insta-worthy shots!
When: now until 24 Feb
Where: Civic District
2. Take flight on the back of a dragon
Who else is hyped for the conclusion of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy? The first blockbuster of the year opens Thursday, 31 January but the kids can ride their very own dragon across the skies from now until 10 February at the Movie Mania event happening at Jem. Soar through the bioluminescent Hidden World and battle against the evil Grimmel to save the dragon race!
When: 29 January – 10 February, 12-9pm
Where: Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, 608549 (Level 1 Jem Atrium)
3. Have a tiger over for tea
What do you do when a tiger comes to call? Find out in this theatre adaption of Judith Kerri’s classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Expect lots of magic, sing-a-long songs and a tea-guzzling tiger at this tiger-riffic production!
When: 1-3 February
Where: Drama Centre Theatre, #03-01 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street, Singapore
Cost: From $42
4. Straits Family Sunday: Live Long and Prosper
Get a taste for the Year of the Pig at the Peranakan Museum. Prep the tok panjang, family feast, go on gallery tours, design your very own plate, and commemorate it with a family portrait. Panjang panjang umor (live long and prosper)!
When: 3 February, 1-5pm
Where: Peranakan Museum
Cost: Free admission
5. Explore Chinatown Food Street
Always wanted to perfect your Mandarin handwriting? Pop in on a free calligraphy workshop at Chinatown Food Street and whip up an auspicious saying for the wall. After that, check out the PIG-turesque Photo Tunnel lined with vibrant piggie plushies and fairy lights for six metres of fun!
When: 2 & 3 February 2019, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore
6. Go on a wild rumpus
The Artground has rolled out yet another art-filled playground for all filled with creatures of all sorts – big, small, furry and gentle. Make friends and embrace (literally!) these tactile things in a real Wild Rumpus
When: 24 January – 5 May
Where: The Artground
7. Usher in the spring at Snow City
It’s time for winter’s last hurrah before welcoming in the Spring. Catch the roving God of Fortune, lion dance performances in the snow and Snow City’s new mascots in between zipping down the slopes and dancing in hourly snow falls and afternoon blizzards. Don’t forget to collect your oranges at the ticketing counter.
Where: 1 to 6 February 2019
Where: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
Cost: Singaporeans and PRs: from Child: $12, Adult: $15
8. Hop into a toybox-inspired carnival
All our fave toys are coming to life at this super-sized carnival. Including Nerf, Cluedo and Monopoly, there’s play zones, games and activities for all ages! Catch the Transformers and everypony from My Little Pony in live shows and meet and greets, plus an extra special Mr Monopoloy-led Dragon Dance.
When: 1-17 February, 10am-10pm
Where: Palawan Beach, Singapore 098943
Cost: From $20
9. Spring into Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay’s annual Spring Surprise has another line-up of floral awesomeness to ring in the new year. There will be lion dances, music performances and a puppet shot “Carps Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate” along with floral displays galore and a festive market happening inside the Flower Dome.
When: 2-10 February, 12-7:30pm
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Cost: Programmes are free, admission fee to conservatories may apply
10. Pick your own blooms
Ever heard of the phrase “fortune blooms with flowers (花开富贵)”? It’s as good a reason as any to fill the house with beautiful flowers so why not pick up some auspicious plants at the Lunar Festive Floral Fair. From pussy willows to chrysanthemums and jade plants, there’s a flower for every fortune in store this year.
When: now until 4 Feb, 11am to 9pm
Where: Ang Mo Kio Hub, Level 1 Open Plaza Entrance
Cost: Free entry
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