From colourful lanterns, impressive street decorations, unique mooncakes and other Chinese traditions…the city has taken measures to make 2023 extra special. And, like most Singaporeans, we love an iconic photo. So why not take advantage of the most instagrammable Mid-Autumn light displays across the city. Here’s five of the best ones to explore for picture-perfect moments this year.
This is a festival itself at Jurong Lake Gardens offering plenty of activities and an array of stunning lantern installations to see until October 1. There’s a range of thematic zones to explore, alongside engaging activities and a series of performances every Friday and Saturday. Immerse yourself in Echoes Of The Lion City, which exhibits lantern-lit journey through Singapore’s rich history and evolution, or embark on a Wildlife Odyssey which showcases diverse habitats, and many more captivating displays. Wonderfully, it’s free-entry.
📍7pm to 11pm daily, Lakeside Field, Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore
VivoCity is offering an enchanting light displays inspired by Sanrio Characters until October 1. Situated at one of our favourite rooftop gardens, SkyPark, be greeted by larger-than-life Hello Kitty floral displays and a 7-metre tall interactive maze, as well as popular Sanrio characters, from My Melody to Cinnamoroll, and more. Be sure to get your picture walking through a colourful 50-metre-long Friendship Bridge featuring all the Sanrio gang illuminating the night sky.
📍10am to 10pm (6.30pm light up), 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens By The Bay which has been transformed with many unique lantern and light displays until October 1. Visitors can wander picturesque paths lined with colourful lanterns inspired by Chinese culture, mythology and legends. There are more than nine dazzling lantern displays illuminating the gardens. Highlights include a secret garden Garden of Blooms, The Pavilion depicting a Chinese garden, The Butterfly Lovers reimagining a romantic folktale at Floral Clock, and Traditional Lanna Lanterns, to name a few. Plus, visitors can enjoy cultural performances, a carnival experience, street food eats, and other activities.
📍6pm to 10pm, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore
4. A Mid-Autumn Paw-Trait
If you though the outdoor lantern installation Celestial Bodies last year was impressive, wait to see what Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall are offering this Mid-Autumn Festival. Wonderfully, there’s a larger-than-life installation featuring two adorable giant panda lanterns on the front lawn named A Mid-Autumn Paw-Trait. It’s available until October 1. Other festivities include cultural activities, Chinese workshops, and more. Certainly, these Mid-Autumn displays are free-to-enter in Singapore.
📍10am-9pm daily, Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Museum, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore
5. Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2023
The Chinatown community set up the most spectacular installations in honour of its theme A Journey of Love and Celebration. The official festivities kick off on September 15 at 7pm and last until midnight on October 14. Visitors will be able to see beautiful installations across New Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street, Eu Tong Sen Street, and South Bridge Road. Meanwhile, live music performances will happen at Kreta Ayer Square on the weekend of September 16 and 17 and there’s a festive fair at People’s Park Complex for the full month.
📍 7pm-12am daily, Chinatown, Singapore