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The best Chinese New Year events in Singapore

Usher in the Year of the Rat in style. Here are some of the best Chinese New Year events in Singapore

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Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Photography: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Besides filling your bellies with delectable Chinese dishes from all those reunion dinners and visiting your relatives from every part of Singapore, fill your Chinese New Year calendar with more gorgeous sights and sounds, colourful parades, lion dances, illuminated lanterns and stunning fireworks displays to revel in all the glorious celebrations. Nothing like ringing in the Year of the Rat with the best Chinese New Year events in town – besides gleefully receiving red packets, of course.

RECOMMENDED: Guide to Chinese New Year and the beginner's guide to Chinese New Year traditions, etiquette and superstitions

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations
Photography: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee/Ravi Prakash
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Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinatown Point, Chinatown

This Chinese New Year, it’s out with the pig and in with the rat. New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street get dolled up with bright lights including sculptured lanterns of the zodiac star and zodiac pals. Get auspicious trinkets and traditional delicacies at the festive street bazaar, join in on song and dance performances and bask in all the celebrations. Don't miss the rousing fireworks and dazzling display of fireworks on January 24.

Huayi Festival 2020
Photograph: Chang Chih Chen
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Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts 2020

Multiple venues

Usher in the Year of the Rat with a line-up that scales the heights of artistic vision, from traditional to contemporary, and mainstream to cutting-edge. With works by Toy Factory, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, new kid on the theatre block GroundZ-0, and acclaimed sanxian player Jessica Lu, you’ll be sure to start your lunar new year on a high note.

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Chingay
Photograph: Justin Ng
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Chingay Parade

F1 Pit Building, Marina Bay

Feast your eyes on dazzling floats and immensely talented performers from around the globe as they transform the familiar streets of Singapore into a vibrant night carnival. If that isn’t enough to entice you, the evening continues with exciting performances and culminates in a rousing display of lights, fireworks and pyrotechnics.

River Hongbao
Photograph: Facebook/River Hongbao
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River Hongbao

The Float@Marina Bay, Marina Bay

The iconic cultural fest returns to The Float@Marina Bay for a week of dazzling lantern displays, spectacular fireworks, and plenty of song and dance from January 23 to February 1. There are also various food stalls offering tasty treats from Singapore and across the region, as well as arcade and carnival games to indulge in. The main draw, of course, is the fantastic fireworks display. Delight in the colourful showcase by the Marina Bay Waterfront from 8pm to 10pm every night. Do note that it starts at the hour from 10pm to midnight on the eve of Chinese New Year.

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Huat Huat Land
Photograph: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
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Huat Huat Land

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Tanjong Pagar

Kickstart your Chinese New Year celebrations with something tropical at our very own tropical paradise. Feast your eyes on the supersized pineapples, bags of gold and mahjong tiles illuminating the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's roof garden – a stunning backdrop for all your festive pics. Highlights also include an interactive augmented reality (AR) red packet that brings our local CNY practices to life.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2020
Photography: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
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Wan Qing Festival of Spring

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Novena

The Lunar Guardians at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall are given a contemporary “mecha” anime-style makeover and are more than ready to welcome you at the gate. This year, the Wan Qing Festival of Spring showcases an exciting line-up of festivities such as lion dance performances and fun workshops for the entire family. There's also the Memorial Hall’s signature mass lo hei so be sure to toss to bountiful luck and prosperity.

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Usher In Chinese New Year 2020 at Universal Studios Singapore
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa
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Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa

Celebrate the brand new season of good fortune with an exciting line-up of auspicious activities along with all your favourite characters – dressed in festive outfits, no less – at Universal Studios. Catch the adorable Minions make their way around the theme park, as well as Bob as he flexes his spankin' new, specially designed rat costume. Snap a cheeky selfie with the characters while you're at it. Then follow the mystical dragon around the park as it moves and grooves to the up-tempo drum beats.

A World of Underwater Treasures Await at Abundance In The Sea
Photograph: Resorts World Sentosa
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A World of Underwater Treasures Await at Abundance In The Sea

SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa

Surround yourself with a kaleidoscope of colours at S.E.A. Aquarium this Lunar New Year. Step into the aquarium as it transforms into an Instagrammable cave adorned with festive décor and displays. Meet eight iconic marine animals commonly connected to wealth, prosperity or even customary CNY essentials including the spotted mouse grouper and the yellow-hued pineapple fish. But don't leave without catching the Underwater Dragon dance where 40,000 marine inhabitants delight you with a spellbinding show at the Open Ocean Habitat.  

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Dahlia Dreams
Photograph: Gardens by the Bay
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Dahlia Dreams

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome sees in the New Year with a breathtaking floral display featuring colossal topiary-like sculptures made with various materials and more than 70 dahlia cultivars, as well as other festive and auspicious blooms like narcissus, chrysanthemum, azalea and celosia. Stroll through a Chinese garden that's adorned with peach blossoms, a pavilion and diorama cutouts of cranes and mountains, and admire the abundance of happiness and success the Year of the Rat has brought this year – try spotting the delightful sculptures of the animal scattered across the display.

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Spring Surprise

Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay

Welcome another year of prosperity with exciting festive performances and activities at Gardens by the Bay. Stop and smell the roses while you soak up the festivities including traditional lion dances, Chinese orchestra performances, shadow puppet shows, meet-and-greet sessions with the God of Fortune, and a festive bazaar. Highlights also include The Story of Nian as told through music, puppetry and drama, as well as the spark-tacular Golden Pyro Dragon Dance that's making its debut in the Lion City.

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Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore
Photograph: National Museum of Singapore/Zinkie Aw
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Lunar New Year Celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore, City Hall

Round up your friends and family for a Lunar New Year celebration at the National Museum of Singapore. Usher in the Year of the Rat with a spectacular lion dance performance, learn about the different or similar practices with other fellow visitors during Chinese New Year. Don't leave without creating a festive keepsake at the drop-in craft stations to bring home. There's also live music performances featuring all your favourite Lunar New Year tunes to keep you entertained throughout. 

Doraemon and friends
Photo: M Malls
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Chinese New Year with Doraemon and Friends

Multiple venues

Usher in the Year of the Rat with Doraemon and his best buds as they spread joy this Chinese New Year. Round up the family for a plethora of fun activities at AMK Hub and Jurong Point where everyone is invited to join un the celebration with traditional lion dance performances, festive-themed workshops and a CNY fair. Here's also your chance to meet and greet the adorable characters and snap a selfie for keeps.

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Green Fashion at One Raffles Place
Photograph: One Raffles Place
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The Beauty of Spring

One Raffles Place, Raffles Place

Gather the fam and usher in the auspicious Year of the Rat at One Raffles Place where there are exciting showcases, lion dance performances, creative workshops and more. Learn more about each zodiac's personality and lucky traits with Forecast Your Fortune and find out what's in store for you throughout the year. Plus, you get to catch Singapore's God of Fortune Master Bro Alec Chia in action as he spreads good fortune on the go.

Chinese New Year at ION Orchard
Photograph: ION Orchard
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Chinese New Year at ION Orchard

ION Orchard, Orchard

Usher the Lunar New Year in style at ION Orchard which is decked in the iconic Chinese blue and white porcelain to mark the special occasion. Enjoy a rich tapestry of experiences including auspicious lion dance performances, showcases of calligraphy by a local artist, an array of traditional festive goodies and more. If you're looking to do a spot of shopping this CNY, the mall will be opened on both the first and second days of the Lunar New Year (January 25 and 26).

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Singapore Sports Hub
Photograph: Singapore Sports Hub
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A Mighty Abundance at the Sports Hub

Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang

New year, new me? Let the fitness pros at Singapore Sports Hub help you get into shape with its exclusive Chinese New Year HIIT and yoga classes. Break a sweat and feel the burn as you target your core muscles with former Miss Universe Singapore runner-up Jia En on January 18 and February 1. For a peaceful retreat, balance the mind and body with yogi Brandon Chong on February 1 and 6. While you're at it, continue your active journey at the Fitness Studio, Aquatic Centre and Water Sport Centre with its exclusive CNY deals.  

The big CNY prep up

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