With uniquely designed lantern displays, colourful decors, and mesmerizing performances throughout the island, it's no wonder that Chinese New Year is a highly anticipated celebration in Singapore.
Here are some of the annual events that you wouldn't want to miss.
As the sun sets, dare yourself to get lost in the maze filled with small shops selling red packets (hong-bao), CNY decorations and ornaments in Chinatown. Follow the trail of delicious Chinese delicacies and varieties of hawker food that would surely not disappoint.
Every year, the busy streets of Chinatown get the extra attention as the crowd anticipates the carefully crafted lanterns placed along Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road. The yearly lantern display features carefully hand-crafted lanterns representing the zodiac of the coming year.
You may have missed the official light up and opening ceremony, but fret not, the streets of Chinatown will be lit with mesmerizing thematic lanterns. Drive down and bask in the sea of light at Chinatown.
Throughout the whole month celebration until Chinese New Year day, there will be nightly performances which will start from 08:00 PM daily at Kreta Ayer Stage.
Along New Bridge Rd. and Eu Tong Sen St
27 Jan - 16 Mar 2018
Starts at 07:00 PM (Street Light Up)
Chingay Parade has been celebrated annually on the 15th day of Chinese New Year festivities. The parade usually marks the highlight of the spring festival celebration and it never fails to entertain.
With elaborately decorated floats and captivating musical and dance performances, it's not unexpected that the tickets for the parade are always sought after.
Expect an hour and a half filled with spectacle as the various groups of performers give their best to represent Singapore's rich multi-cultural heritage through music and dance. On top of it all, the parade will be made merrier with tradition lion dance and the glamorous costumes.
The parade will be closed with a stunning display of lights, lasers, and fireworks followed by a party by the parade route.
The night of dazzling colourful floats and performances awaits! Book your tickets online at the Chingay's website.
F1 Pit Building to The Float @ Marina Bay
1 Republic Rd.
23 Feb - 24 Feb 2018
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Dating back to 1987, the popular Singapore Chinese New Year event, River Hongbao, transforms the calm Marina Bay with its handmade massive lantern displays. This year's display will set the stage for the biggest exhibition following the life story of a fictional character, Chen Chunsheng, across three periods in Singapore, telling visitors how Singapore celebrates Chinese New Year year after year.
Look out for this year's biggest display that spans 50m long and 15m tall, titled Prosperous Nation, Flourishing People, which draws inspiration from the unique Singapore skyline. Also, check out this year's kinetic energy powered lantern display. Take the bike powered lantern display for a whirl!
After all that physical work and walking, be sure to fuel up at the street food festival that offers both classic carnival snacks and local delights. Imagine slurping down a bowl of piping hot laksa by the bay as you watch the fireworks and laser display that goes off every night at 08:00 PM.
Should time permit, pop by the Biggest Carnival in Singapore for added thrill and fun during your outing. Here you'll also find a myriad of food offerings from numerous Michelin Starred restaurants in Singapore.
The Float @ Marina Bay
20 Raffles Ave
14 Feb - 24 Feb 2018
02:00 PM - 11:00 PM daily
Extended until 01:00 AM on 15 Feb 2018
As a tradition, Chinese New Year is the time for family reunion and gatherings. If you are looking for a restaurant recommendation, check out our Chinese New Year restaurant guide!
Additionally, check out these other interesting Chinese New Year events happening in Singapore!
1. 11th International Lion Dance Competition
Witness the best lion dance troupes performing jaw-dropping lion dance stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the Mei Hua Zhuang. The annual competition will bring together competitors from Singapore and Asia Pacific as they battle out the title of the best Lion Dance Troupe.
Carpark at Banda St
off Sago Ln.
2 Feb - 3 Feb 2018
06:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2. 'Paws-perity' @ Chinatown
Take your furry friends for a memorable morning at a special dog-themed carnival where treats will be sold specially for your puppies. Don't forget to take out her/his best cheongsam and costumes for the "Dog Costume Competition".
Kreta Ayer Square
21 Banda St.
3 Feb 2018
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
3. Little Festive Roar - Esplanade
Get into the festivities by allowing the young ones unleash their lion roar. Bring your kids down to learn Chinese Lion Dance from instructors of Hong Jie Associations.
1 Esplanade Dr.
24 Feb - 25 Feb 2018
05:30 PM & 06:30 PM
4. Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by The Bay
Be transported to the Chinese imperial gardens at Gardens By The Bay's Dahlia Dreams. Take a stroll down the winding road of the flower dome lined with dahlias, camellias and bromeliads.
Gardens By The Bay
18 Marina Gardens Dr.
19 Jan - 4 Mar 2018
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Have a wonderful Chinese New Year! Let us know on Facebook how you are celebrating it. Check out our Chinese New Year rental packages to make your house visits more convenient.