Chinese New Year Season Things to Do

It’s Chinese New Year again! This year’s Chinese New Year falls on Friday, 16 and Saturday 17 February. For many places celebration already started and the festivities will last until early March.


The largest street performance and float parade and light show in Asia. The epic parade is usually followed  by a number of smaller but no less mesmerizing events at the heartlands

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When: Mon, 23 Feb 2018 – March 2018
$$$: Chingay Parade cost between $28.50 -$60 per ticket. Chingay at the Heartlands is free.

Take a walk around Chinatown at night

Lanterns and Lights! Shopping! New Year Goodies and decorations and flowers and crafts! Stage Performances. We suggest starting from Chinatown Mrt, cross the overhead bridge where you can see the lights below and start on walking along Pagoda Street. Also, check out the shops and street bazaar around the area.
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When:27 January – 16 March 2018 7.00pm – 6.00am (15 & 16 February 2018) 7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday) 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road
$$$: Free

River Hongbao – Enjoy the lights and events

The River Hongbao or 春到河畔 is a yearly event during Chinese New Year.  You get to see Giant Lanterns, Carnival Rides and Games, Exhibitions, and loads of programs such as Dragon dance performance, Puppet Shows and Martial Art performance. Lots of activities for kids over here.
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When: 14-24- February 2018
Where: The float@Marina Bay 20 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039805
$$$: Free Admission

Image credit: River Ang Bao

Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018

Take part in the activities and workshops line up for the kids and adults at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2018.

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When:  3 Jan – 11 Mar 2018
Where: Esplanade
$$$: Both free and paid programs are available

Gardens by the Bay Spring Surprise

Spectacular ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lion

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When: Till Sun, 25 Feb 2018
Where: Flower Dome, Supertree Grove and The Canopy at Gardens by the Bay
$$$: Programmes are free. Admission charge to Flower Dome applies

Learn the right terms to address relatives in Chinese

Check out our list on Chinese Terms for addressing relatives

Learn about Chinese Zodiac Animals

Want to teach the kids about Chinese Zodiac Animals? Check out our flash cards on the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

Take a walk at Haw Paw Villa

Giant sculptures and statues of creatures and characters from Chinese Mythology, Famous scenes for literary works and the zodiac too. Check out our trip at Haw Paw Villa.

Statues and figurines of Chinese mythology

Check out the Museums

Besides the events featured, many museums are offering free entry during the Chinese New Year period. All National Heritage Board (NHB) museums, including the Memories at Old Ford Factory, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Peranakan Museum, and Singapore Philatelic Museum

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