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. There is a good mixture of paid and free activities and events so take your pick.

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

PLACES OF INTEREST / EVENTS

#1 River Hongbao 2019
Singapore River Hongbao 2019 Firework
In line with Singapore’s bicentennial commemoration in 2019, the upcoming edition of River Hongbao in February 2019 will feature the most spectacular fireworks in the event’s 33-year history.

Date: 3 to 10 February 2019
Time: 2pm – 11pm daily (Extended time on CNY Eve)
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
For more information, visit Singapore River Hongbao 2019

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#2 Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019
chinatown chinese new year 2016
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 will showcase an exciting, colourful and vibrant programmes. During the festive celebrations period, Chinatown will be soaked in festivities and beautifully adorned with colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations. We would like to invite you, your family and friends to join us in this festive celebration at Chinatown so as to better understand and experience the allure and significance of this traditional festival.

Date: 20 January to 6 March 2019
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Chinatown
For more information, visit Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019

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#3 The Istana Open House
istana open house
There will be a variety of performances on the Istana Grounds during the Open House. Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs.

Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana
For more information, visit Istana Open House 2019

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#4 Spring Surprise at Gardens By The Bay
spring surprise gardens by the bay
Leap right into a prosperous year and celebrate spring with exciting festive performances and activities! Don’t miss “Carps Leaping Over The Dragon’s Gate”, a magnificent LED performance of an auspicious Chinese myth! Catch exciting lion dances – Traditional Lion Dance and Lion Dance on Poles, and two Chinese Orchestra performances by top notch musicians from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Ding Yi Music Company.

Date: 2 to 10 February 2019
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Gardens By the Bay
For more information, visit Spring Surprise at Gardens By The Bay

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#5 Wan Qing Festival of Spring
Auspicious Lion Dance Performance Wan Qing
Usher in the Year of the Pig at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2019 presents an exciting line-up of festive offerings suitable for all ages, including auspicious Lion and Dragon dance performances, heritage tours and trails, and craft activities for the little ones.

Date: 16 to 17 February 2019
Time: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
For more information, visit Wan Qing Festival of Spring.

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#6 Light to Night Festival 2019
light to night festival 2019
Light to Night Festival returns to the Civic District with an enhanced, six-week festival! Our annual urban art event comprises two editions this year.

Date: 18 January to 24 February 2019
Time: 5pm – midnight
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House, Asian Civilisations Museum, the Esplanade Park, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall
For more information, visit Light to Night Festival 2019.

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#7 Festival at the Fort
fort canning park marine terrace
Come to Festival at the Fort @ i Light Singapore as we celebrate Singapore’s rich heritage at one of the most historical places in Singapore.

Date: 28 January to 24 February 2019
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: Fort Canning Park, Flag Staff Lawn
For more information, visit Festival at the Fort.

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#8 i Light Singapore Festival 2019 – Bicentennial Edition
i Light Singapore Festival
The light art installations will be complemented with a dynamic line-up of programmes and sustainability activities in the different hubs of the Festival.

Date: 28 January to 24 February 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 11pm daily with extended hours to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays
Venue: Marina Bay waterfront, Civic District and Singapore River
For more information, visit i Light Singapore Festival 2019 – Bicentennial Edition .

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#9 Supersize Your Fun At Singapore’s Biggest Carnival – Marina Bay Carnival
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival SG
Get ready to close the year with an awesome time as Singapore’s biggest carnival pitches camp at the iconic Marina Bay! From this December, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival transforms 25,000 square metres of the city’s business centre into a giant wonderland for ardent lovers of thrill rides, carnival games, and delicious cuisines.

Date: 22 December 2018 to 24 March 2019
Time: Daily from 4pm to 11pm (Extended hours for Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 4pm to 2am)
Venue: Marina Bay
For more information, visit Supersize Your Fun At Singapore’s Biggest Carnival – Marina Bay Carnival.


MUSEUMS

The following museums are open during the Chinese New Year Period. The list is not exhaustive, visit here for a list of Museums in Singapore.

#1 National Museum Of Singapore
national museum of singapore

Date: Daily
Operation hours: Daily from 10am – 7pm
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit National Museum Of Singapore.

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#2 Singapore Art Museum

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit Singapore Art Museum.

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#3 Peranakan Museum

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm (Open till 9pm on Fridays)
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit Peranakan Museum.

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#4 The Asian Civilisations Museum

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm (Open till 9pm on Fridays)
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit acm.org.sg

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#5 Singapore Philatelic Museum

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents

Chinese New Year at Singapore Philatelic Museum

There is a Chinese New Year Open House at SPM on 6 February, for more information, visit Chinese New Year @Singapore Philatelic Museum.

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#6 National Gallery Singapore
around chinatown

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am to 7pm
Free: Free for Citizens and Permanent Residents
For more information, visit nationalgallery.sg


FREE PLACES

#1 Chinese and Japanese Gardens
chinese garden singapore

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 6am – 11pm
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Chinese Gardens

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#2 Singapore Botanic Gardens
botanic gardens singapore swan lake

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 5am – 12am
Admission: Free
For more information, visit Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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#3 The Esplanade
Date: Daily
Operation hours: N.A.
For more information, visit esplanade.com


OTHERS

#1 Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo Entrance

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 8.30am – 6pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
For more information, visit Singapore Zoo

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#2 Universal Studios Singapore
Shrek movie Universal Studios Singapore

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
For more information, visit Universal Studios Singapore Lunar New Year

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#3 KidZania
KidZania at Palawan City

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
For more information, visit Kidzania

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#4 S.E.A. Aquarium
Underwater Dragon at SEA aquarium

Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Voyagin or Klook.
For more information, visit S.E.A. Aquarium Lunar New Year

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#5 Science Centre Singapore
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Klook.
For more information, visit Science Centre Singapore

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#6 KidsSTOP
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 12pm – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply
For more information, visit KidsSTOP

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#7 Omni-Theatre
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 12pm – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Klook.
For more information, visit Omni-Theatre

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#8 Snow City
Date: Daily
Operation hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission: Charges apply. Get your tickets online to enjoy more discounts from Klook.
For more information, visit Snow City


SHOPPING MALLS

#1 ION Orchard
ion orchard chinese new year
ION Orchard ushers in Chinese New Year with a ‘Stream of Abundance’ from now to 19 February 2019. Open throughout the season, including the first and second days of the Lunar New Year (5 and 6 February 2019), the mall will be decked out in vibrant colours and patterns inspired by the Koi, a fish that represents good fortune, prosperity, longevity and success in the Chinese culture.

Date: 4 January to 19 February 2019
Time: Refer to post
Venue: ION Orchard
For more information, visit Immerse in a Stream of Abundance at ION Orchard This Chinese New Year.


CHINESE NEW YEAR RELATED

#1 SCCC Lunar New Year Carnival & Concert Festive Celebrations

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Admission: Free
For more information, visit SCCC Lunar New Year Carnival & Concert Festive Celebrations

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#2 Chingay Parade 2019
chingay parade 2017

Date: 15 and 16 February 2019
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Admission: Charges Apply.
For more information, visit Chingay Parade 2019

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