Chinese New Year is getting closer, and will be here quicker than you can say ‘Year of the Pig’! When it does roll around, we’re going to need to know exactly where all the CNY fun is at. You won’t get boar-ed, folks, with a whole heap of cool things to do. Here’s where you can pig out on delectable Asian street eats, lion dances, craft, performances and spend an awesome time celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore…
Street Light-Up in Chinatown
Dazzling lights, colourful lanterns and giant pigs 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. You can also opt to adopt a lantern to adorn your home or office after the festivities – a great way to keep the festivities going!
When: 20 January – 6 March 2019, from 7pm daily
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge
Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2019
Bring the kids along to Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts for fun theatre shows and workshops full of a big dose of CNY culture, language, and art immersion. Kids can get crafty at free workshops and join interactive storytelling performances like The Story of the Banyan Tree and learn about the origin of Chinese New Year. For the thesps amongst you, make sure to catch The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Chinese adaptation the Shakespearean classic, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed by Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio.
When: 15-24 February, various timings
Where: Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Cost: Free and ticketed events (from $15)
Can it really be almost a year since our mini-reporter, Angelica, went along to check out Chingay to get the scoop? Seems so! This year is just as bright and bold as ever (we’re hoping there will be less rain though for 2019) and the usual array of cultural performances, decorated floats, lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks can be expected.
When: 15-16 February, 8pm-9.30pm
Where: F1 Pit Buildings
Cost: From $28.50 to $50 per ticket
Istana CNY Open House
The Istana is throwing open its doors to the public for the second day of Chinese New Year, and we’re all invited for a stickybeak around Singapore’s most famous home and office. Visitors can take a tour around the main building, and also join a guided walk through the gardens for the chance to learn some history in a gorgeously green setting.
When: 6 February, 8.30am-6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
Cost: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. $2 for everyone else.
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 piggy decorations. Pick up a cheongsam or Chinese-collared shirt while you’re there!
When: Until 15 February, 6pm-10.30pm daily, (extended to 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
We always love the seasonal celebrations at Gardens by the Bay. Other than being blown away by Dahlia Dreams, a beautiful floral display at the Flower Dome, expect festive markets, puppet performances, music concerts and a panda mascot to hug who you’ll find roving about the gardens. Be there at the right time and you’ll also catch lion dances – not to be missed if you’re looking for fortune and fun.
When: Until 2-10 February, 12pm-8.30pm (various timings)
Where: Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy, Golden Garden
Cost: Programmes are free. Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.
Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Usher in the Year of the Pig with awesome family-friendly live performances, music, games, firecrackers and fireworks at a street party we’re all invited to.
When: 4 February, 9.30pm-12.30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
River Hongbao 2019
It’s big, colourful and full of family fun: yep, River Hongbao is back! We’re talking dazzling performances, traditional handicraft stations, a carnival with rides, game stalls and workshops suitable for all ages. This year there’s a honking great junk(boat) exhibition that will take you on a historical journey through Singapore’s past. Refuel after all that fun at Food Street where you’ll find sellers galore dishing up local eats, and then sit back and wait for the fireworks and laser shows happening every night (check website for timings).
When: 3-10 February, 2pm-11pm daily (extended until 1am on CNY Eve)
Where: The Float@Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
Free stage shows
Head over to Kreta Ayer Square to catch colourful Chinese cultural performances by local artists and international troupes from China.
When: 19 January – 4 February, 8pm-10.30pm nightly
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
Dive into a SEA of Abundance
We all love a dragon dance, but have you ever seen an underwater dragon dance? Join in the Gong SEA Fa Cai festivities over at S.E.A. Aquarium for a huge dose of auspicious celebrations: don’t forget to dive into the shark exhibition and try out the touch pool too. And with plenty of other fantastic family attractions on Sentosa, once you’re done with the fishy friends, why not stay for a day of exploration on the island?
When: 25 January – 19 February, weekdays 10am-7pm, weekends 9.30am-7pm
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa
Cost: From $40 per adult and from $29 per child (age four to 12 years)
Fortune Gather at Resorts World Sentosa
Speaking of exploring the island, RWS has set up a whole host of celebrations for the New Year. Follow an auspicious dragon through the park to meet your fave characters in traditional Chinese garb, and catch the brand new interactive Sesame Street show, Monster Lo Hei. There will also be a Taiwan star-studded showcase, Canto comedy and entertainment and even a lion dance! If you’re keen to find out how the year will go for you, you can also get your fortune told.
When: now until 19 February, various timings
Where: Resorts World Sentosa
Cost: Entry fee applies
Light to Night Festival 2019: Traces and Echoes
Okay, so this isn’t exactly Chinese New Year themed but we can’t resist this fest’s artsy goodness. Light to Night Festival will be continuing with its bicentennial edition from 28 January to 24 February. Look forward to special performances at the Victoria Concert Hall, brand new indoor art installations and an interactive theatre performance Shadows IN the Walls.
When: 28 January -24 February, 5pm to midnight
Where: Civic District
Photography (top image): Darissa Lee