Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with a host of exciting activities currently taking place across Singapore until late February, after two years of little celebrations due to COVID-19. Chinese New Year 2023 is on January 22, and you can expect a range of exhibitions, illuminating light-ups, food fairs, a countdown party on January 21 and plenty more entertainment. Here’s 10 of the best things to do in honour of Chinese New Year in Singapore.
1. River Hongbao 2023
Founded in 1986, River Hongbao is an annual free-to-enter Chinese New Year holiday tradition in Singapore. As one of the largest CNY celebrations, expect a huge event from January 20 to 28. Gardens By The Bay will feature more than 18 magical lantern sets encompassing modern themes and pop culture ideas like Futuristic Ventures, and the gigantic floating lantern, Dance Of Spring, symbolising peace and kindness. Plus, there’ll be plenty of live performances, festive activities and easy access to on-site exhibitions.
📍Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
2. Visit the 兔gether Exhibition
Singapore’s Chinese Cultural Centre is honouring the Year of the Rabbit with a spectacular rabbit-themed art exhibition on its rooftop garden until March 31. The interactive installation was created by Whisky and Foxtrot LLP studio and presents a host of characters showcasing local Chinese New year practices and mythology to enjoy with family and friends.
📍1 Straits Blvd, Singapore 018906
3. Get festive at Chinatown
Immerse yourself in a range of epic festive activities at the Chinatown New Year Celebrations 2023. Admire gorgeous nightly light-ups and street sculptures along South Bridge Road, New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. Plus, tuck into delicious cheap meals from more than 280 hawker stalls, snap ig-worthy pictures and shop for festive goodies. On January 21, there’ll be a countdown party at Kreta Ayer Square from 10.30pm.
4. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2023
Until February 19, a variety of family-friendly activities, cultural workshops and adorable exhibitions are happening at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Particularly, the Bunny-ful Blessings lawn installation represents a hope for good luck and features Bit Bit Forest, a character created by the famous Hong Kong artist and designer, Chan Siu Kau.
📍12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874
5. Parade through Dahlia Dreams
Dahlia Dreams at Flower Dome in Gardens By The Bay boasts more than 2000 colourful unique flowers and hundreds of bunnies until February 26. Visitors can admire breathtaking rabbit-themed displays from lanterns to larger-than-life sculptures, hidden among the blooms, with CNY flowers symbolising good luck. Find tickets here.
📍18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
6. Attend the Chingay Parade 2023
The Chingay Parade 2023 takes place on February 3 and 4 with a new theme of Embrace Tomorrow. Watch the colourful parade floats, enjoy diverse talent and explore artworks including a huge art container, made up of 28 containers created with help from more than 480 young Singaporeans. Tickets begin at $20. Find tickets here.
📍F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
7. Create bountiful moments at Resorts World
CNY celebrations are happening at Universal Studios in honour of Lunar New Year 2023 until February 6. Enjoy a range of thrilling rides, meet-and-greet your favourite characters, collect spring-themed selfies against the backdrop of rabbit-themed displays, and lots more fun.
📍8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
8. See Singapore’s only underwater dragon dance
Another excellent event to pop on your agenda at Resorts World Sentosa. S.E.A Aquarium is hosting Spring In The Sea until February 5. It features Singapore’s only underwater dragon dance, returning after three years, storytelling from Ru Yi the mermaid and seeing unique sea creatures on a trail of fortune, to name a few things.
📍8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
9. Dine at a Chinese restaurant
Usher in the New Year with a trip to one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. Whether it’s date night or a meal with your friends…we’ve located the best Chinese eats for a tradition feast in Singapore. Select a restaurant from our list.
10. Collect rabbit-themed red packets
Until February 3, families can come together to take part in the Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Campaign for 2023. Together you must find unique themed red packets from 39 participating galleries, museums and heritage institutes such as the new Children’s Museum. Superb for spending some quality time with the family this Chinese New Year.
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