Usher in the Year of the Ox together with your family with this list of events and celebrations happening around Singapore!
If you're in need of ideas for somewhere to go and something to do this Chinese New Year, whether you're celebrating the festival or not, look no further, you've come to the right place!
Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, many events have moved online with some offering a hybrid of both online and onsite activities. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we've got something for you!
Keep us bookmarked as we continue to update this list with more events, activities and things to do!
Last updated: 23 Jan 2021
1. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021
Source: Chinatown Festivals
Venue: Online and Onsite - Chinatown
Date: 23 Jan – 12 Mar 2021
Kick-starting the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021 is the Official Light-up and Opening Ceremony, which will be launched virtually and live-streamed online due to the ongoing pandemic. Lion dances as well as cultural and acrobatic performances will be livening up the celebrations. This year’s street light-up will feature sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, golden ingots, flowers and greetings among others, combining traditions with modern design.
Also, you can look forward to a line-up of mostly digital programs, such as festive goodies baking workshop, giveaways, virtual tours, and a series of short films centred on Chinese New Year delicacies – the preparation and how they came to be associated with the festival and tradition.
2. Dahlia Dreams 2021 at Gardens by the Bay
Source: Gardens by the Bay
Venue: Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953
Date: 15 Jan – 21 Feb 2021
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Fee (Singapore Resident rates): $10/adult | $5/child or senior (ticket)
Fans of the Dahlia Dreams floral display as well as those who missed it last year, need not be disappointed as it returns again for another edition. Get ready to feast your eyes upon a field of about 2,000 pretty dahlias of mixed varieties, all grown in-house, azaleas, chrysanthemums, and cymbidiums.
Adding to the atmosphere of the conservatory is the Chinese pavilion, banners of the 12 zodiac animals and a lantern globe featuring more than 200 red lanterns.
3. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021
Source: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Venue: Online and Onsite – Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
Date: 5 Jan – 28 Feb 2021
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Fee: Free and Paid
The Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021 by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall offers a line-up of onsite activities that have been a yearly favourite, such as the Double Prosperity festive installation featuring two large 'Foo Dou' Guardian Lions, Children’s Lion Dance Workshop and Festive Chinese Drums Workshop. Little ones can keep their hands busy with Zodiac Animal Coaster Painting or Zodiac Animal Clay Painting. Don’t forget to redeem your Lunar New Year Red Packet while you’re there!
You can also expect online programs, such as a demonstration on how to make fried nian gao, the story of the ox, and the dos and don’ts when watching a lion dance performance, on the Memorial Hall’s Facebook page.
4. Usher in the Fun at Universal Studios Singapore
Source: Resorts World Sentosa
Venue: Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021 (closed: Mon – Wed)
Time: 2 pm – 9 pm
Fee: From $43 (book)
Usher in this Chinese New Year at the Universal Studios Singapore (USS) alongside some of your favorite characters like Shrek, Kitty Softpaws, Puss in Boots, Gru and the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Woody and Winnie Woodpecker, and the muppets from Sesame Street. If you’re lucky, you might also be able to catch Optimus Prime and Megatron from Transformers offer greetings in Mandarin! And don’t forget to catch the Majestic Dragon soaring to the sky!
In addition to the usual thrill rides, USS will also be offering a Mandarin Tongue Twister Challenge and Chinese New Year treats. Be sure to book your tickets online in advance. For every One-Day Ticket you purchase, you will receive a complimentary treat to sweeten your trip!
5. Spring in the Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium
Source: Resorts World Sentosa
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 9 Jan – 2 Mar 2021 (closed: Wed – Fri)
Time: 9 am – 5 pm (Sat – Sun) | 10 am – 5 pm (Mon – Tue)
Fee: From $23 (book)
It’s Spring in the Sea at the S.E.A. Aquarium! Embark on the Trail of Fortune where you will get to meet fascinating sea life like the slingjaw wrasse and scrawled cowfish and discover what makes them living symbols of good luck while searching for gold ingots hidden within the habitats.
You can lend a hand in completing an auspicious artwork by sticking scales on a dragon mural and they’ve also got a mythical sea dragon installation, where you can snap fun pics for the Gram. The S.E.A. Aquarium also offers a free treat with every One-Day Ticket you purchase.
6. Eco-Friendly Sky Lantern Releasing Virtual Tour From Taiwan Pingxi
Fee: USD 16.08 (est. SGD 21.36)
Let your wishes come true as the sky lantern floats across the sky. This virtual experience offers you the opportunity to write your wishes or prayers on the sky lantern and releasing it into the skies of Taiwan.
The eco-friendly sky lantern soars up to 380 meters high and will eventually burn itself up to the fullest without leaving any pollutants behind - this sets it apart from traditional sky lanterns. The invention also reduces the risks of wildfire and traffic accidents.
With each purchase of a sky lantern, a part of the revenue will be used to fund the tree planting program. Book now on KKday to immense yourself in the traditional Taiwanese custom while saving the environment!
7. Erawan Shrine Four-Faced Buddha Virtual Tour From Bangkok
Fee: USD 56.65 (est. SGD 75.26)
Make your offerings to the renowned Four-Faced Buddha, the Thai God who oversees fortunes and blessings in various aspects boo life.
Experience the flexibility of making your prayers and offerings either through a live stream or pre-recorded video that you can view offline.
Known as the Four-Faced Buddha (or Phra Phrom, the Hindu Brahma), the statue lies in one of Bangkok’s busiest locations. Locals visit this unique city temple on the way to work, and countless tourists soak in the rituals performed on a daily basis. With no traditional walls or gates closing off the shrine, it stands as one of the most unique, popular, and important Brahma statues in Asia.
8. Sounds of Spring at One Raffles Place
Source: One Raffles Place
Venue: One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
Date: 14 Jan – 10 Feb 2021
Time: 10 am – 9 pm
Go shopping for your favourite CNY snacks and goodies at the Chinese New Year Festive Bazaar located at Basement 1 at One Raffles Place and while you’re there, why not look for your zodiac sign to find out what 2021 has in store for you? The zodiac forecasts are located on levels 3, 4 and 5.
9. Huat Goes Around, Comes Around at City Square Mall
Source: City Square Mall
Venue: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Date: 15 Jan – 25 Feb 2021
Time: Bet. 10 am – 10 pm
Not only is the interior of City Square Mall adorned with classic Lunar New Year decorations, but the outdoor park, City Green, is also decked out in illuminating lights. The festive decorations lights up daily from 6 pm to 11 pm and you can take as many keepsake festive shots as you want.
The mall’s various outlets, from lifestyle and fashion to food and beverage, are also offering a variety of CNY deals that you can take advantage of. Additionally, when you spend a certain amount, you can redeem exclusive red packets and Lucky Bowls and Chopsticks set.
10. Chingay Parade 2021
Source: Chingay Parade
Date: 20 Feb 2021
Time: 8 pm – 9 pm
The Chingay Parade, an annual street procession in celebration of the Lunar New Year, is back again this year albeit without the usual larger-than-life floats and colourful performances. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 49th edition of the parade, themed Light of Hope, has gone virtual.
One of the highlights of the parade, which will see the participation of more than 2,000 performers and 150 organisations, is a 100-lion dance performance. Featuring local and overseas troupes from more than 10 cities, the performance will also include the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI). You can catch the parade’s programs on social media as well as on television.
11. Moo Moo PARK at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Blossom – Andre Wee/Source: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (Level 6 Carpark), 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Date: 22 Jan – 28 Mar 2021
- Walk-through: 12 pm – 5 pm (Mon – Fri) | 12 pm – 10 pm (Sun)
- Drive-through: 6 pm – 10 pm (Mon – Fri) | 12 pm – 10 pm (Sat)
Fee: $5 (walk-through) | $10 (drive-through)
After drive-through car wash and fast-food meals, here’s a drive-through you probably didn’t know you wanted – a drive-through exhibition.
Kick-starting Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s (SCCC) annual Chinese New Year celebrations, is Moo Moo PARK, Asia’s first drive-through exhibition. Presented in collaboration with The MeshMinds Foundation and 8 local artists, the showcase has blended art and technology to provide an immersive experience spotlighting both the Chinese culture and the importance of sustainability.
The exhibition, inspired by the Year of the Ox with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals such as air pollution, sustainable mobility and endangered habitats, features 3D installation art, selfie filters and augmented reality murals powered by Spark AR from Facebook.
Moo Moo PARK is happening as a part of the annual Singapore Art Week.
12. Lunar New Year Celebrations at National Museum of Singapore
Source: National Museum of Singapore
Venue: Online and Onsite – National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Date: 13 Feb 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Fee: Free and Paid
Ring in the Year of the Ox online or onsite with National Museum of Singapore’s (NMS) line-up of activities. Kicking-off the festivities is Lion Dance Performance at the Gallery Theatre, which will also be live-streamed on the Museum’s Facebook page. Then you can choose to get hands-on with a hanging wooden craft activity, hear from academic Dr Tan Chee Lay about the fascinating history of Chinese calligraphy, enjoy a live music performance by the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra, and listen to the fascinating tale of might Mulan!
Please note that all onsite activities require prior registration online.
13. Aqua Gastronomy Spring Edition
Source: Resorts World Sentosa
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium (Open Ocean Habitat), 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Date: 13 Jan – 28 Feb 2021 (Thu – Tue)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm | 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Fee: From $138 (book)
The popular Aqua Gastronomy returns for a final run with its Spring Edition!
Step into one of eight underwater pavilions or head to one of the whimsically-decorated tables and let the Lady of the Ocean mesmerize you with an ancient tale. One about a celebratory underwater feast hosted by the Dragon Emperor and joined by the Golden Ox. Revel in one-of-a-kind indulgence as you feast on that very tale’s legendary five-course spread, inspired and named after each of the five fortunes - Fortune, Prosperity, Longevity, Joy and Wealth.
The previous editions of Aqua Gastronomy sold out in lightning speed, so if you’re interested, be sure to book a table before you miss out!
14. River Hongbao 2021
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date: 10 Feb - 16 Feb 2021
Time: 2 pm onwards
For the first time, the annual River Hongbao carnival will be held at the Gardens by the Bay, a shift from its usual venue at the Marina Bay floating platform. You can expect giant lanterns for lots of photo taking opportunities. There will not be any LIVE performance, instead online performances will take over this year's edition!
Also note that registration is required before visiting the River Hongbao 2021! So remember to book your slot!
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