Chinese New Year 2020: 10+ Places to Celebrate at with Your Family


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Oranges, festive treats (a good pineapple tart is always welcomed), gifts and the company of your loved ones, why stop there when you can enjoy much more this Chinese New Year?

Usher in the year of rat with spellbinding lion and dragon dance performances, hands-on activities, meet auspicious mascots, feast your eyes on cultural performances, and much more around Singapore!

Here are more than 10 places in Singapore where you can celebrate this Lunar New Year with your family!

1. Lunar New Year Celebrations at National Museum of Singapore

Lunar New Year Celebrations at National Museum of Singapore
Photo credits National Museum of Singapore

Location: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Date:
27 Jan 2020
Hour:
11 am – 5 pm
Admission:
Free

Enjoy a lion dance performance, or learn about the different or similar practices celebrated by other visitors during Chinese New Year at the National Museum of Singapore this Lunar New Year. You can also create a special festive keepsake at the drop-in craft stations, and enjoy a live music performance of Lunar New Year tunes.

2. Chinese New Year at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Chinese New Year at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Photo credits Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore, 018906
Date:
1 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has a line-up of family-friendly activities in celebration of this Chinese New Year. You can check out the Huat Huat Land that has popped up on the Roof Garden, where pineapples are larger than life and mahjong tiles are gigantic.  

3. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Photo credits Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
Date:
1 Feb – 2 Feb 2020
Hour:
10 am – 9 pm
Admission:
Free

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020 has a line-up of family-friendly activities, ranging from auspicious lion and dragon dance performances to Chinese painting and drumming workshops and craft activities for your little ones!

You can also join in the Memorial Hall’s signature mass lohei, get your zodiac predictions for the new year, and immerse yourself in an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts.

Additionally, there will also be an outdoor installation, Lunar Guardians, produced by Hong Kong collectible label, BigBoysToys, in collaboration with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, that pays homage to the ancient Chinese art of lion dance. Featuring two lion-dance-inspired sculptures in the ‘mecha’ anime style, the installation juxtaposes tradition with modernity, encouraging conversations about the evolutions in this rapidly changing world.

4. Wild Chinese New Year at Wildlife Reserves Parks

Wild Chinese New Year at Wildlife Reserves Parks
Photo credits Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Location: Singapore Zoo | River Safari | Night Safari | Jurong Bird Park
Date:
25 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Admission:
From $15

Swing by any one of the Wildlife Reserves Park with your little ones anytime from now and before 8 Feb 2020 to usher in the year of rat with animal greetings, majestic lion dance performances, and tours among others. You will also get a chance to meet the God of Fortune and Fu Lu Shou mascots.

5. Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay

Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
17 Jan – 23 Feb 2020
Hour:
9 am – 9 pm

Admission:

  • Singapore Residents – Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
    • Adult: $20
    • Child: $12
    • Senior Citizen: $15
  • Singapore Residents – Flower Dome OR Cloud Forest
    • Adult: $12
    • Child: $8
    • Senior Citizen: $8
  • Standard Rate – Flower Dome & Cloud Forest
    • Adult/Senior Citizen: $28
    • Child: $15

Get caught up in the tale of the heavenly race and feast your eyes on Dahlia Dreams. Gracing the Flower Field are giant topiary-like sculptures. Usher in good luck this Chinese New Year with a spectacular Fu medallion at the entrance of Flower Dome.

Then stroll past a landscape akin to a Chinese painting, dotted with peach blossoms, a pavilion, and diorama cut-outs of cranes and mountains. Finally, make a grand entrance through the magnificent archway placed front and center, and catch up with the rat, the first to reach the Jade Emperor by outwitting the other 11 zodiac animals. Proudly flanking the center field, two golden rats wish you a happy and prosperous new year!

6. Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay

Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay
Photo credits Gardens by the Bay

Location: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date:
27 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free (admission charges to Flower Dome applies)

In addition to Dahlia Dreams, you can also enjoy a Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay. Watch The Story of Nian unfold through music, puppetry, and drama, catch the thrilling acrobatic stunts by a lion dance troupe, immerse yourself in shadow puppet shows, and music performances by local ensembles. Don’t miss out on the sparktacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance making its first appearance in Singapore! There will also be a festive bazaar and meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune!

7. Chinese New Year Celebrations at Our Tampines Hub

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Our Tampines Hub
Photo credits Our Tampines Hub

Location: Our Tampines Hub
Date:
11 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
11 am – 10 pm
Admission:
Free

Our Tampines Hub has a line-up family-friendly activities this festive season, including a CNY Bazaar, where you can shop at nearly 30 stalls for an array of goodies, from delicacies to decorative items. In addition to the CNY Concert ‘Spring Melodies’ hosted by radio DJs Jeff Goh and Leelian Chua, you can also enjoy a variety of cultural stage performances over the weekends. The God of Fortune will also be making an appearance on selected weekends.

8. Abundance In The Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium

Abundance In The Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium
Photo credits Resorts World Sentosa

Location: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Date:
11 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
10 am – 7 pm
Admission:
: $41/adult | $30/child | $30/senior

Discover a colourful world of Abundance In The Sea and meet eight iconic marine animals commonly associated with wealth, prosperity or even customary Lunar New Year must-haves. Among them are the mouse grouper with its beautifully striking black spots – named due to its resemblance to the mouse—and the yellow-hued pineapple fish, symbolic of wealth because of its pineapple-like appearance.

The highlight of the event and a perennial favourite every Lunar New Year, the auspicious Underwater Dragon Dance returns to bring another spellbinding one-of-a-kind performance!

9. Chinese New Year Celebrations at Frasers Mall

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Frasers Mall
Photo credits Frasers Property

Location: Yew Tee Point | Waterway Point | The Centrepoint | Northpoint City | Changi City Point | Causeway Point | Anchor Point | Bedok Point
Date:
3 Jan – 24 Jan 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free (with certain activities requiring minimum spending)

The Frasers Malls around Singapore have come to life with festive celebrations this Lunar New Year! In addition to festive promotions such as redeeming goodies such as red packets, you can also look forward to Roving Fortune Mascots, Mediacorp’s mascots, Yu Shu Shu and Le Shu Shu, workshops, fairs, and a variety of Lion Dance Performances.

10. Festive Chinese New Year Celebrations at City Square Mall

Festive Chinese New Year Celebrations at City Square Mall
Photo credits City Square Mall

Location: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Date:
3 Jan – 9 Feb 2020
Hour:
10 am – 10 pm
Admission:
Free

Festive Celebrations at City Square Mall brings you not just festive rewards, where you can redeem red packets and vouchers, and roaring lion dance performances, but it also brings you a Spring Fest Carnival with Uncle Ringo carnival games and rides, and more!

11. Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Singapore

Chinese New Yeat at Universal Studios Singapore
Photo credits Resorts World Sentosa

Location: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Date:
11 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
10 am – 7 pm
Admission:
$77/adult | $58/child | $43/senior*

Follow The Auspicious Dragon Trail as it makes its way around Universal Studios Singapore accompanied by up-tempo drum beats. Favourite characters from each themed zone will be dressed in festive outfits, ushering in the Year of the Rat.

During this period, if you who spend a minimum of S$35 in a single receipt at retail outlets, you will receive a pair of limited-edition Sesame Street Chinese New Year-themed couplets. And when you purchase your admission tickets online, you will receive Minion-themed couplets. If you’re an Annual or Season Passholder, you can join in on the festivities by redeeming your Minion couplets at the Membership Lounge.

12. Blossoms of Spring at Capitol Singapore & CHIJMES

Blossoms of Spring at Capitol Singapore & CHIJMES
Photo credits Capitol Singapore

Location: Capitol Singapore, Outdoor Plaza | CHIJMES Lawn
Date:
10 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free

Soak in the festive vibes at Capitol Singapore’s Lunar New Year Fair, where you can not only get your hands on festive goodies but also get hands-on with activities and enjoy light and music projection shows with classic Chinese New Year motifs on the façade of the CHIJMES Hall!

13. Carnival by The Quay

 Carnival by The Quay
Photo credits CapitaLand Clarke Quay

Location: Clarke Quay Fountain Square
Date:
14 Jan – 31 Jan 2020
Hour:
5 pm – 12 am (Weekdays) | 2 pm – 12 am (Weekends)
Admission:
Min. spending of $80

Pop by Clarke Quay and redeem one free play at the Fortune Games Carnival when you spend a minimum of $80 at any outlets in Clarke Quay in a single same-day receipt and stand to walk home with adorable life-size plushies! You can expect games such as Spin The Wheel, Basketball, Pyramid Smash, Lobster Pot, and Ring Toss at the carnival.

14. Spring Into Fun at Lot One

Spring Into Fun at Lot One
Photo credits CapitaLand Lot One

Location: Lot One Shoppers’ Mall, 21 Chua Chu Kang Ave 4, Singapore 689812
Date:
4 Jan – 1 Mar 2020
Hour:
2 pm – 8 pm
Admission:
Min. spending of $20

Clarke Quay is not the only place you can try your hand at fun game challenges, you can also try your hand at Lot One’s Spring Into Fun! Spend $20 in a single receipt to participate in the challenges and when you complete all the activities, you will get a free gift!

15. Chinese New Year at Sentosa

Chinese New Year at Sentosa
Photo credits Sentosa

Location: Sentosa
Date:
25 Jan – 8 Feb 2020
Hour:
Various timing
Admission:
Free (Island admission charges apply)

You can join in the Chinese New Year celebrations at Sentosa and enjoy a variety of activities. Catch not just the traditional lion dance on poles but also the electrifying LED dragon dance performance. Meet auspicious mascots and find out what the year has in store for you with Chinese Zodiac Readings. Additionally, there will also be Mickey and Minnie Photo points where you can get your keepsake shots!

 






This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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