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.

where to go during chinese new year

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 Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Lion Dance Workshop
Happening from 1 – 2 February 2020, Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020 features an exciting line-up of festive offerings that are great for families with children. Look forward to the ever-popular lion dance performances, craft workshops for kids as well as interactive activities such as Chinese ink painting and Chinese drum workshops for the whole family!

Date: 1 to 2 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
For more information, visit Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020.

Lunar Guardians festival of spring wan qing yuan

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#2 River Hongbao 2020
Singapore River Hongbao 2019 Firework
Singapore’s most celebrated Lunar New Year event is back! This time bigger and better! Look forward to more breathtaking fireworks, dazzling hand-crafted lanterns and last but not least, attractive prizes to be won!

Date: 23 January to 1 February 2020
Time: 4pm – 10pm (TBD)
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
For more information, visit Singapore River Hongbao 2020

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#3 Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020
chinese new year celebrations at chinatown
Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020 will kick start from 4 Jan till 22 Feb 2020. There will be an array of activities lining up for the young and old to enjoy the festive celebrations. Themed “Ushering in a Great Year” the Rat is the first animal of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, thus, the Year of the Rat signifies a new cycle and a new beginning. We welcome you to Chinatown to immerse yourself in the festive celebrations and to experience the beauty of the Chinese culture and traditions.

Date: 4 January to 22 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Chinatown
For more information, visit Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020

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#4 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: 26 January 2020
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana
For more information, visit Istana Chinese New Year Open House.

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#5 Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Chinese New Year

Huat with large and lustrous pineapples, bags of gold and supersized mahjong tiles as the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre transforms its Roof Garden into a festive wonderland to usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year (CNY). A highlight of the celebrations is the Cultural Centre’s highly anticipated red packets which places a spotlight on works by local artists each year.

Date: 1 January to 8 February 2020
Time: 9am – 11pm (Open every day including Public Holidays)
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
For more information, visit Huat’s up at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre this Chinese New Year.

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#6 Lunar New Year Spring Surprise 2020 At Gardens By The Bay
Lunar New Year at Gardens by the Bay
Usher in the Year of Metal Rat with a variety of festive programmes and activities this Lunar New Year. Watch The Story of Nian unfold through music, puppetry, and drama, and don’t miss out the spark-tacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance making its first appearance in Singapore. Visitors can also look forward to thrilling acrobatic stunts by a lion dance troupe, music performances by local ensembles, shadow puppet shows telling the story of the Chinese zodiac, meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune, and a festive bazaar!

Date: 27 January to 9 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Gardens By the Bay
For more information, visit Lunar New Year Spring Surprise 2020 At Gardens By The Bay.

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#7 Our Tampines Hub 2020
our tampines hub chinese new year
Our Tampines Hub, Singapore’s largest integrated community and lifestyle hub, is celebrating the Spring Festival with a month-long community engagement programme that includes a Chinese New Year Bazaar, exciting stage performances including lion dances, Chinese drum acts, Chingay float displays and stilt walker performers for the Tampines community.

Date: 11 January to 8 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: Our Tampines Hub
For more information, visit Bountiful Spring Festive Cheers at Our Tampines Hub 2020.

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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 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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#3 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 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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#2 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
dragon dance performances resorts world sentosa

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 AMK Hub and Jurong Point
Chinese New Year with Doraemon and Friends at M Malls
Welcome the Year of the Rat with Doraemon and Friends as they mark the joyous festival at M Malls (malls under Mercatus Co-operative Limited)! Between 3 January 2020 to 8 February 2020, AMK Hub and Jurong Point rolls out a host of fun activities that will delight both children and adults.

Date: 3 January to 8 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: AMK Hub and Jurong Point
For more information, visit Usher in a Prosperous Chinese New Year with Doraemon and Friends at M Malls.

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#2 City Square Mall
chinese new year celebrations at chinatown
Scurry to City Square Mall this Chinese New Year as we usher in the Year of the Rat. From 3 January to 9 February 2020, come and experience this Lunar New Year in a brand-new fashion as we enter a new Zodiac cycle at City Square Mall.

Date: 3 January to 9 February 2020
Time: Refer to post
Venue: City Square Mall
For more information, visit Good Fortune Awaits You at City Square Mall This Chinese New Year.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR RELATED

#1 Chingay Parade 2020
chingay parade 2017
Chingay 2020 brings to you “Colours in Harmony”, a dynamic showcase of our multiculturalism and diversity. About 6,000 volunteer performers will be involved in co-presenting this People’s Parade that also marks PA’s 60 years of community building with our people.

Date: 31 January to 1 February 2020
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Admission: Charges Apply.
For more information, visit Chingay Parade 2019

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