Chinese New Year Season Things to Do 2017

It’s Chinese New Year again! This year’s Chinese New Year falls on 28 January Saturday and 29 January Sunday 2017 with Monday as a public holiday too! For many places celebration already started and the festivities will last until end of February.


Here are some ideas of places to go and things to do this festive season here in Singapore. We are adding to the list so check back often. Enjoy!

Enjoy the Chingay and Chingay Night Fiesta.

Performances and beautiful floats at Chingay Festival and Chingay Night Fiesta 2017

Love in Springtime爱在春季

Be captivated by light, lantern and floral displays around the island and enjoy interactive kids activities and performance at Love in Springtime

Where: Sentosa
When: 21 Jan – 26 Feb 2017

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. More on Chinatown Street Lightup

When: 7 January – 25 February 2017 7.00pm – 6.00am (27 January 2017), 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.
More on River Hongbao
When: January 26 – February 4, 2.00 -11pm
Where: The float@Marina Bay 20 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039805
$$$: Free Admission

The Chinese Zodiac

Interactive session to learn about the Chinese Zodiac at The Esplanade’s new PIP’s PLAYbox through print rubbings, tangrams and shadow puppetry!

When:1 Jan – 28 Feb 2017 Sun – Tue 11am–6pm
Where: PIP’s PLAYbox , The Esplanade
$$$: Free

Spring Carnival In The Park

City Square Mall is celebrating Chinese New Year with an outdoor carnival, a lion dance performance and an abundance of promotions. Check out Spring Carnival In The Park

When: 6 January to 12 February, Carnival at Weekdays from 6pm to 10pm; Weekends & PH from 12pm to 10pm
Where: Level 1 City Green (Park) City Square Mall
$$$: Free

Play at Kidzania

Role-play activities inspired by the traditions of the Lunar New Year, to special Lunar New Year Art & Calligraphy activities,  magnificent Wushu Performances…just some of the things to do at New Beginnings at KidZania 

When: 21 January – 12 February 2017 10am – 5pm

More Events

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

When: 9 Feb 2015
Where:NHB Museums
$$$: Free

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