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 2017
Usher in the Year of the Rooster and celebrate the arrival of spring at River Hongbao (RHB) 2017 from 26 Jan to 4 Feb at Singapore’s iconic floating platform.

Date: 26 Jan to 4 Feb 2017
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 River Hong Bao 2017

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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: 29 Jan 2017
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents
For more information, visit Istana Open House

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Istana Nature Guided Walk
Sign up for the Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House. This guided walk is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks), which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity.

The guided walk starts from 10am to 4pm, and is conducted hourly. Please look out for signs on the Istana grounds to find out where you can register for the guided walk.

Date: 29 Jan 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: The Istana
Admission: Charges apply.
For more information, visit www.nparks.gov.sg/istana-nature-guided-walk

Istana Nature Guided Walk
Image source: NParks

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3. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Ring in the year of the Rooster at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Chinese New Year celebrations!

Date: 20 Jan to 11 Feb 2017
Time: Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm (extended till 10pm on 4 Feb; Lawn opening hours extended till 7pm from 20 Jan – 11 Feb)
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
For more information, visit Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2017

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2017

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Museums

4. Singapore Philatelic Museum
Discover the amazing journey of the humble chicken, from its early home in the Asian tropical forests, to the dining tables of the world!

Date: 20 Jan to 25 Jun 2017
Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Time: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit Chicken and Egg: A Fowl Tale at SPM

chicken and egg a fowl tale SPM

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

5. The Changi Museum
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 9.30am – 5pm (Last admission 4.30pm)
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Changi Chapel and War Museum

The Changi Chapel

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

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

8. National Gallery Singapore
Usher in the year of the Rooster at the National Gallery Singapore! Enjoy a range of special activities or embark on a family trail to discover artworks that depict scenes from around Chinatown.

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

around chinatown

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

10. 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/

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11. Sentosa
Usher in the Lunar New Year and celebrate love this springtime with your family, friends and loved ones at Sentosa!

Date: 21 Jan to 26 Feb 2017
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 Celebrate Love and Prosperity at Sentosa

Sentosa Lunar New Year 2017 - Walkabout Character

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12. 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.

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

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

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

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

chinese garden singapore

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17. Botanic Gardens
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 5am – 12am
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Botanic Gardens

botanic gardens singapore swan lake

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18. Gardens By The Bay
Spring Surprise 2017 offers an array of traditional performances as well as the biggest ever LED Phoenix making its debut appearance here in Singapore.

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 (*Admission charge to Flower Dome applies.)
For more information, visit Spring Surprise at Gardens By The Bay

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19. Haw Par Villa (Not Confirmed)
Date: Daily
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: Free

haw par villa singapore

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Shopping Malls

21. City Square Mall
City Square Mall invites all families to ring in the Year of the Rooster with an abundance of treats and delights to celebrate the Chinese New Year holiday!

Date: 6 Jan to 5 Feb 2017
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm
Admission: Free
For more information, visit See Spring in a New Light at City Square Mall this Chinese New Year!

City Green City Square Mall CNY

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22. The Esplanade
Usher in the Year of the Fire Rooster with an exciting and rousing line-up of performances by outstanding artists from Singapore and beyond at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts.

Date: 3 to 12 Feb 2017
Venue: The Esplanade
For more information, visit Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts

huayi chinese festival of arts 2017

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Chingay Parade 2017

In the special 45th edition of the Chingay Parade, get ready for a multisensory treat at this musical parade with the theme ‘Soundwaves Chingay, WeCare Singapore’

Date: 10 – 11 Feb 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
For more information, visit Chingay Parade 2017

chingay parade 2017