Are you looking for the best ways to do this Chinese New Year in Singapore? Look no further, lah! We’ve compiled together a solid list of the 11 best Chinese New Year events happening right here in Lion City this year.
Whether you’re a true-blue Singaporean or just visiting, these celebrations are sure to get you into the festive spirit. From super-happening street bazaars to top-notch lion dances and not forgetting those yummy festive goodies, we got you covered.
So, let’s discover and join in the fun and see how we celebrate CNY in style!
11 Top Chinese New Year Events in Singapore
Prepare for the grand return of one of Singapore’s largest Chinese New Year extravaganzas in 2024! This jubilant celebration is a splendid showcase of festive cheer, featuring magnificent lantern installations, captivating stage performances showcasing Xinyao and Getai, an enlightening cultural exhibition chronicling the history of CNY markets, a delectable food street, and much more. The best part? Entrance is entirely free.
Follow the luminous path to Gardens by the Bay, where the focal point is the awe-inspiring Prosperous Year of the Dragon centerpiece. Marvel at the 140m-long dragon and the towering 18m-tall God of Fortune, heightened by a dazzling firecracker show from 8-10 February.
Once you’ve captured the perfect snapshots, embark on carnival rides for an exhilarating experience with your loved ones. Get ready for a joyous and cost-free celebration that promises to light up the Lunar New Year festivities in Singapore.
When: 8 – 17 Feb 2024
Where: Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Chinese New Year Celebration in Chinatown
What better place to revel in the festivities of Chinese New Year than in the heart of Chinatown? Adorned with vibrant dragon dioramas and festive embellishments that will grace the streets until 9 March, Chinatown has an array of celebrations in store.
Join the lively countdown party at Kreta Ayer Square on Chinese New Year’s Eve, where the brilliance of dazzling fireworks will illuminate the sky.
Until 9 February, indulge in festive shopping for decorations and treats at two bustling Festive Fairs—one located in the open space in front of People’s Park Complex and the other at China Street Stalls.
Elevating the Chinese New Year spirit are captivating weekend stage shows scheduled for 27-28 January and 3-4 February at Kreta Ayer Square.
Additionally, don’t miss the thrill of a lion dance competition taking place on 27-28 January Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre, offering an exciting spectacle for a fee of S$10.
Chinatown promises a dynamic and culturally rich celebration that extends well beyond the traditional New Year’s Eve countdown.
When: From 19 January 2024
Where: Kreta Ayer Square, Singapore
With the theme of “Bloom,” which represents the flowering of both individuals and communities, the Chingay Parade, which has always been eagerly awaited, comes back. An amazing 230 metres of floor projection will be included in this year’s parade, making it the longest floor projection ever included in a street parade. This will ensure that the parade will go down in history.
Through the use of entrancing images and visuals, the Chingay Garden will come to life, shedding light and flowering.
Make your way to PAssionArts Street, where you will find exciting art installations waiting to be explored, and where you will also have the opportunity to participate in creative activities that will add to the joyous atmosphere.
Also, the F1 Pit Building is a pit stop that should not be missed, and it features installations with a blooming motif that are made from recyclable materials. Talented kids from seven elementary and secondary schools located all throughout Singapore have contributed their creative abilities to produce these one-of-a-kind exhibitions.
At the Chingay Parade, where artistic expression and technological advancement come together to create a really remarkable experience, you may completely submerge yourself in the atmosphere of the ‘Bloom’ festival.
Previously: Chingay Parade Returns Live In Feb. 2023 At F1 Pit Building
When: 23 – 24 February 2024
Where: F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Every year, Gardens by the Bay goes above and beyond for its Chinese New Year showcase in the Flower Dome. This time around, be prepared for the awe-inspiring dragon centerpiece that stands tall, commanding attention with over 1,000 dahlias of 40 varieties, reaching an impressive height of nearly 7 meters and spanning over 15 meters in length.
A fascinating tidbit: a portion of the majestic creature’s scales is meticulously arranged by hand, adorned with cut and preserved flowers in vibrant yellow and red hues.
In a significant milestone, this year’s floral display incorporates the creative contributions of over 30 beneficiaries from Dementia Singapore, adding a heartfelt dimension to the showcase.
As the perfect finishing touch, anticipate the presence of eight dragons within the Flower Dome, including four dragon lantern sets representing the elements of water, fire, earth, and metal. Additionally, a dragon sculpture crafted from hardwood and recycled steel promises to captivate visitors with its intricate artistry.
When: 19 January – 17 March 2024
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Wan Qing Festival of Spring
At the Wan Qing Festival of Spring, you will have the opportunity to participate in an experience that will allow you to completely immerse yourself in the joyous air. Want to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with some delicious treats that the whole family can enjoy?
Participate in the annual Open House that will take place at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Temple tours, dragon lantern making, dragon’s beard sweets sessions, colourful lion dance and drumming workshops, fascinating storytelling, mini games, historical trails, and several more activities are among the activities that will be held during the course of the weekend event.
Do not overlook the opportunity to be awestruck by the magnificent pair of dragons that stand four metres tall and are dressed in red and orange. Local artist Ziqi, in partnership with Japanese artist Yasu, has creatively reimagined the well-known figure Dino. These are the results of their creative reworking.
In the year 2024, two dragons are a symbol of double prosperity; thus, you should make the most of this occasion to take amazing photographs!
When: 16 January – 25 February 2024
Where : Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
CNY Fun at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and with Singapore Chinese Orchestra
A wide variety of interactive activities, including games, performances, seminars, and crafts, are going to be presented at this event that is geared towards families and is centered around the concept of “Engaging Traditions.”
The Spring Bazaar, which showcases crafts and collectibles from forty local brands, the BeLong’s Art Playground, which takes its inspiration from local HDB playgrounds, the SCO’s Rhapsodies of Spring 2024 concert, and a designated portrait area for capturing moments in traditional hanfu attire are some of the standout features of the event.
Throughout the course of the weekend, there will be a generous distribution of free ice cream and curry puffs, so make sure you keep an eye out for these exciting gifts!
When: 26 – 28 January 2024
Where: 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906; and Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way, Singapore 068810
Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Singapore
Embrace the Lunar New Year festivities at Universal Studios Singapore alongside your beloved characters. Immerse yourself in the Kung Fu Panda universe with the all-new show “Po’s Dojo: The Dragon of Dreams.” Marvel at the captivating lantern display inspired by iconic films like Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon.
As night falls, relish the enchanting “Dragon of Destiny” show featuring beloved movie characters and a lively dragon dance. Don’t miss the exciting meet-and-greets with characters from Minions, Shrek, and Madagascar! Secure your tickets at S$98 per adult and S$78 per child for an unforgettable celebration.
When: 27 January – 25 February 2024
Where: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Rhapsodies of Spring
As part of the festivities commemorating the Year of the Dragon, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will be putting on a concert that is classic to the Chinese New Year. The Spring Festival Overture and Celebrating the New Year are two examples of well-known and well-loved holiday compositions that are rich with harmonic notes.
Take pleasure in the melodies of these pieces. Take part in the thrilling collaboration with Drum Feng, who will add an exciting drum performance to the repertoire to which you will be contributing. Make sure that you give yourself some time to relax and take in the beauty of the Dragon Dance, which serves as a dramatic climax to this event that lasted for at least one and a half hours. This is the third and final step, but it is surely not the least important.
When: 26 & 27 January 2024
Where: SCO Concert Hall, 7 Shenton Way, Singapore 068810
Chinese New Year at Marina Square
From 12 January through 24 February, you can experience the Year of the Dragon at the Central Atrium Spring Garden located within the shopping mall. Amidst cherry blossom trees and floral-shaped arches, encounter the 12 zodiac characters and unveil your fortune forecasts for the year.
The dragon’s beard candy-making workshops will take place on 27 January and 3 February, and each adult will be charged $38 to participate. These workshops are suitable for members of the family.
Discover the history of this delicacy, create your own candy with coconut and peanut fillings, and learn the skill of making this delicacy from the masters themselves.
In addition, on 21, 28 January, and 4 February, you can look forward to exciting lion dance performances as well as special visits by the God of Fortune.
A lovely combination of cultural experiences and hands-on activities is going to be offered at the shopping centre in order to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
When: 6 January – 24 February 2024
Where: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Starlit Dragon Spectacular
What could be more fitting than a gigantic LED dragon to usher in the New Year? Beginning with an explosive drum performance lead by a soloist who ingeniously weaves a narrative around the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and spirit (earth, water, fire, air, and spirit), Resorts World Sentosa offers the Starlit Dragon Spectacular.
The awe-inspiring moment arrives as an 88-meter-long LED dragon makes its entrance, imparting blessings of peace and prosperity for the upcoming year. The Starlit Dragon Spectacular will be held at RWS’s Forum (Level 1) on 10, 13, 16, and 18 February at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., respectively. Do not miss seeing it!
When: 10 – 18 February 2024
Where: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Spring in the S.E.A.
As you enter the S.E.A. Aquarium, you will be treated to a breathtaking performance of an underwater dragon dance. An underwater dragon dance is going to be presented at the aquarium for the first time ever during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
This one-of-a-kind event, which takes place at the Open Ocean Habitat every day at 3:30 p.m., has an underwater dragon as the main attraction. A voyage that is both captivating and symbolic of greatness and accomplishment is being undertaken by the dragon as it makes its way through the oceans.
Aquarium will incorporate the blessings of the season into its interactive displays of aquatic animals. In addition, the dragon dance that will be performed there will also be a part of the festivities. In order to attain success in both your personal and professional life throughout your entire life, it is essential to educate yourself on the characteristics of the archerfish and the connection it has to achieving success.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to meet and greet the manta ray mascot of the aquarium and being able to take a picture that will remain in one’s memory for a very long time at a photo wall that is one of a kind is an experience that should not be missed. A celebration of the Lunar New Year, this trip is an immersive experience that combines aquatic joys with ancient customs. It is being hosted in honour of the Lunar New Year.
When: 26 Jan25 Feb 2024
Where: SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Island, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Join the Roar in Lion City: Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in True Singapore Style!
From the dazzling lights of the River Hongbao to the lively streets of Chinatown, each event has added its unique brushstroke to the canvas of this auspicious Year of the Dragon.
Gardens by the Bay has bloomed with splendid floral displays, Universal Studios Singapore has echoed with the laughter of favorite characters, and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra has orchestrated melodic celebrations.
Whether it’s the captivating performances, interactive exhibitions, or the lively dragon dances, these events have not only marked the arrival of a new lunar cycle but also woven a tapestry of joy and togetherness.
As we bid adieu to this grand celebration, the spirit of the Year of the Dragon lingers, promising prosperity, good fortune, and memories that will be cherished until the next lunar embrace.
Until then, Singapore revels in the echoes of the dragon’s roar, embracing the promise of new beginnings and prosperity that the Year of the Dragon brings. Gong Xi Fa Cai!