Feeling adventurous and hoping to soak in the Chinese New Year atmosphere?

We scout the island for places where you can bask in the CNY festivities.

Note: All details are correct as at time of publish. Readers are advised to check with the respective event organisers / venues for the most updated schedules and details.

1. River Hong Bao 2016
Immerse in the Lunar New Year festive ambience and celebrate River Hongbao’s 30th Anniversary at Singapore’s iconic floating platform. There will be 9 days of fun-filled extravaganza of lights, sights, sounds and fireworks to celebrate this momentous milestone. Be sure that there’s never a dull moment at River Hongbao!

Date: 6 to 14 February 2016
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Time: 2pm – 11pm
Admission: Free
Fireworks & Pyrotechnics Show: 9pm nightly (except Chinese New Year Eve at 12midnight)
For more information, visit www.riverhongbao.sg

River Hong Bao 2016
Image source: River HongBao website

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2. Istana Open House
The Istana Grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year. There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

Date: 9 February 2016
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents
For more information, visit www.istana.gov.sg/the-istana/open-house/visitors-information-0

Istana Open House
Image source: The Istana

Istana Nature Guided Walk
Date: 9 February 2016
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: The Istana
Admission: Charges apply.
For more information, visit www.nparks.gov.sg/activities/events-and-workshops/2016/2/istana-nature-guided-walk-on-9-feb-2016

Istana Nature Guided Walk
Image source: NParks

3. Science Centre Singapore
Get your hands dirty at The Tinkering Studio, a new space at the Science Centre Singapore that is dedicated to learning through creative experimentation. It features hands-on exhibits and activities.

Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Charges apply.

4. KidsSTOP
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply.

5. Omni-Theatre
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply.

6. Snow City
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply.
For more information, visit www.science.edu.sg

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7. Museums

a. Singapore Philatelic Museum
More Than Monkeys explores the fascinating world of monkeys through stamps and philatelic materials. Swinging from tree to tree is no monkey business. Their agility allows them to move with ease in the trees to search for food and stay away from predators on the ground. Are these primates clever or is it just “monkey see, monkey do”? This exhibition will provide the answers and separate fact from fable.

Date: 29 January 2016 to 25 September 2016
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Time: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit http://spm.org.sg/exhibitions/data/more-than-monkeys

The following museums will be open during the Chinese New Year Period

b. The Changi Museum
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 9:30am 5:00pm
Admission: Free
For more information, visit www.changimuseum.com.sg

c. National Museum
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit nationalmuseum.sg

d. Singapore Art Museum
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit www.singaporeartmuseum.sg

e. National Gallery
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm
Admission: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit www.nationalgallery.sg

f. Peranakan Museum
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit http://peranakanmuseum.org.sg

g. The Asian Civilisations Museum
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit http://acm.org.sg/

h. Memories at Old Fort Factory
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 9am to 5.30pm | Sundays: 12pm to 5.30pm
Admission: Free admission for

  • All Children under 6
  • Singaporeans and permanent residents
  • Singapore student pass holders
  • Museum Roundtable members
  • Free admission to all on Open House Day (9 February 2016, Tuesday)

For more information, visit www.nas.gov.sg/moff

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8. Sentosa
Be captivated by light, lantern and floral displays around the island, including the Family Bliss Lantern Display, which features a three generation monkey family together under a peach tree. Check out your horoscope predictions at the Zodiac boards and feast your eyes at the large floral wall mural in the Springtime Garden.

Date: 1 to 14 February 2016
Venue: Merlion Plaza to Beach Plaza, Palawan Beach and Siloso Point
Ticket Price: Free event. Island admission and car park apply.
For more information, visit www.sentosa.com.sg

chinese new year at sentosa merlion 2016
Image Credit: Sentosa

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9. Chinese and Japanese Gardens
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 6am – 11pm
Admission: Free

chinese garden singapore

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10. Botanic Gardens
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 5am – 12am
Admission: Free
For more information, visit www.sbg.org.sg

botanic gardens singapore swan lake

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11. Gardens By The Bay
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 5am – 2am (Outdoor Gardens) | 9am – 9pm (Children’s Garden)
Venue: Bay East Garden | SuperTree Grove | Sun Pavillion | Heritage Gardens | World of Plants | Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes | Children’s Garden
Admission: Free
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

Gardens By The Bay
Image Source: Gardens by the Bay

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11. Haw Par Villa
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: Free

haw par villa singapore

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12. Tanjong Pagar Railway Station
The railway station was gazetted as a national monument since 2011. It is opened to the public on public holidays to allow more people to enjoy the State property.

Date: 9 February 2016
Time: 9am – 6pm
Admission: Free
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SingaporeLandAuthority

Old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

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