5 places to go during Chinese New Year in Singapore

5 places to go during Chinese New Year in Singapore

Bring the whole family out for a day of fun during the festive period!

Don't want to limit yourself to spending the long weekend doing nothing but visiting? Spend the day with your family by heading to these events to soak in the Chinese New Year atmosphere! Here are some great places to go during Chinese New Year!

*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

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*Image credits: River Hongbao

"Immerse in the Lunar New Year festive ambience and celebrate River Hongbao’s 30th Anniversary at Singapore’s iconic floating platform from 6 -14 February 2016! Organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore Tourism Board and People’s Association, this annual iconic event has remained an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations."

Date: 6 Feb to 14 Feb 2016
Time: 2 pm– 11pm daily
(Extended till 1am on CNY Eve 7 Feb)

Fireworks & Pyrotechnics Show: 9pm nightly (except Chinese New Year Eve at 12midnight)
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Admission is free.

More info: River Hong Bao 2016

#2 Istana Open House

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*Image credits: Istana

The Istana Grounds will be opening its doors to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year. They will be opened on the 2nd day of CNY. There will be a variety of performances during the Open House.

Date: 9 February 2016
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: The Istana
Admission: Free for Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs to the Istana Grounds and $4 for others, $2 for Singaporeans and PRs and $4 for others to tour selected function rooms in the Istana building.

More info: The Istana

#3 Science Centre Singapore

*Image credits: Optimus5

"The Science Centre Singapore, a leading regional Science Centre, celebrates 37 years of promoting interest and creative learning in science and technology. It prides itself on making science an inspiring and exciting experience for people of all ages."

Date: Daily
Time: 10am – 6pm
Admission: Admission charges vary. Click here to find out more.


#4 Lantern display

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Image credit: Chinatown Festivals

Be captivated by beautiful lanterns and lights on display! This year’s lantern display was inspired by the celestial peach garden from the classic tale Journey to the West, and even features 2,668 handmade lanterns lining Chinatown, including 400 monkeys!

Date: 16 January to 8 March
Time: 7.00pm – 6.00am (7 & 8 February 2016)
7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)
Admission: Free
Venue: Chinatown (Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge)


#5 Spring Surprise at Gardens By The Bay

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Image Credits: Gardens By The Bay

Fun for the whole family! Bring your kids out for a day of fun filled with craft activities, watch a medley of lion dance and even get up close and personal with the Monkey King!

Date: 10 February to 21 February
Time: Varies. Click here for more information
Admission: Admission charges to the Flower Dome applies. Click here for more information
Venue: Supertree Grove and Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay


*Lead image credits: Chinatown Festivals

What are some other places that you can bring your family to during the long weekend? Share with us in the comments below!

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Written by

Tay Siew Ming

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