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The best things to do in Singapore this January

Start the new year with a major arts-travaganza and Chinese New Year celebrations

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan

Welcome to 2023! We're off to a running start this January with a packed calendar of events. The first month of the year is all about art, kicking off with mega arts festival Singapore Art Week and a whole slew of attention-grabbing marquee and fringe events. Chinese New Year is starting early this year too, so get your new year clothes ready for all the red and rabbit-y festivities coming your way. Look no further for the best events in Singapore this January. 

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The best January events in Singapore

  • Things to do
  • Chinatown

Chinese New Year is coming early this year and there's much to celebrate. The Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration is finally retuning to its former glory after two years of subdued celebrations. It's painting the town red with towering street displays, which are set to light-up spectacularly every night from January 3 to February 19. Beyond the attention-grabbing display, you can also gather the family for a countdown party, weekly stage shows, as well as a bustling festive and food fair. 

  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Novena

Swing by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to ring in the lunar new year with auspicious performances, bunny exhibits, and cultural workshops for children. Now, you can visit ‘Bunny-ful’ Blessings, a lawn installation by Hong Kong artist, illustrator and designer Chan Siu Kau featuring two of the artist’s Bit Bit Forest character. On December 22, come down to enjoy lion and dragon dance performances and rub shoulders with the God of Fortune. Children can also take part in cultural workshops to learn lion dance, Chinese drums, or tang yuan making among other free sessions available. 

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