08 - 17 Feb‘24

River Hongbao 2024: Magnificent Dragon Lantern Displays, Firecracker Shows, Carnival Rides & Live Performances

River hongbao 2024
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River Hongbao 2024: 8 February to 17 February 2024

River Hongbao 2024 at Gardens by the Bay

River Hongbao is Singapore’s largest annual Chinese New Year event at Gardens by the Bay taking place from 8 February to 17 February 2024.

River hongbao 2024
Image credit: @shirlyhamra⁠ River Hongbao 2024

At River Hongbao 2024, expect lots of fun carnival rides including dodgem bumper cars and flying elephant rides, stunning lantern displays (including a 140-metre long Dragon and an 18-metre tall God of Fortune), firecracker shows and performances!

Magnificent lantern displays at River Hongbao 2024

River Hongbao 2024 at gardens by the bay
River Hongbao lantern from previous years

River Hongbao’s centrepiece this year is the “Prosperous Year of the Dragon” featuring a 140-metre long Dragon and an 18-metre tall God of Fortune.

Catch a glimpse of the longest lantern set – “Bountiful Returns”. Its design, inspired by the Singapore River, is extra meaningful as the iconic location marks the early days of River Hongbao where it first started as a community event for all Singaporeans.

The 20-metre long lantern set is sited at the Dragonfly Lake near the Bayfront MRT exit.

River Hongbao 2023
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

New for River Hongbao 2024: Firecracker show

Don’t miss the dazzling firecrackers show at River Hongbao 2024 on selected evenings with firecrackers up to 18 meters in length!

Firecracker show timings:
8 February 2024 at 8pm
9 February 2024 at midnight
10 February 2024 at 8pm
Where: at River Hongbao at The Supertree Grove near the Prosperous Year of the Dragon lantern
How much: FREE!

Giant Lantern Displays at River Hongbao

River Hongbao 2024
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

There are lots of stunning lanterns to look at around River Hongbao 2024. Wander around the Golden Garden, the Dragonfly Lake and The Meadow to admire these. Three highlights of the River Hongbao 2024 lanterns include the:

– Welcome Arch @ Golden Garden: this lantern welcomes visitors arriving at Gardens by the Bay for the River Hongbao.
– Bountiful Returns: set over the water, the lantern Bountiful Returns is based on the Singapore River and features the godowns, bumboats and a mock up of the Elgin Bridge.
– Wishing Heart: at The Meadow, make a wish at this lantern by tossing coins at the Bells of Blessings. All proceeds collected at this Wishing Heart lantern will go to Lions Home for the Elders.

Here’s a look at last year’s lanterns at River Hongbao since this year we only have art design work currently!

River Hongbao
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

River Hongbao’s floating “Dance of Spring” lantern set nestled within the ‘Dragonfly Lake’ at Gardens by the Bay.

Read More: Chinese New Year Events in Singapore

River Hongbao Carnival

As with previous River Hongbao festivals, this year will have lots of fun amusement rides for the family.

River Hongbao gardens by the bay 2023
Image credit: River Hongbao website

Look out for bumper car rides and an elephant ride plus other Uncle Ringo carnival rides that the whole family will love.

Live Performances & Getai

At River Hongbao 2024 there will be nightly cultural performances by Chinese dance troupes and musical performances by Getai singers and Mediacorp artistes. Here is the River Hongbao nightly performance schedule for 2024.

Riverhongbao 2023
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

Where to eat around River Hongbao

The Food Street returns to River Hongbao 2024, serving snacks and drinks throughout the evening. Various dining options are also available within Gardens by the Bay.

Are there River Hongbao Tickets?

Visitors to River Hongbao 2024 don’t need any tickets this year – it is free to enter!

River Honbao
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

Getting to River Hongbao

River Hongbao takes place within Gardens by the Bay. Visitors are advised to commute by public transport – the nearest MRT station would be Bayfront MRT.

Parking options are available at The Meadow (nearest car park), Bayfront Plaza, Main Entrance and Satay by the Bay.

There are 3 entrances to the River Hongbao event:

If you are coming by: Bayfront MRT station: The nearest entrance is Meadow Bridge (Checkpoint 2)
If you are coming by Meadow carpark / Meadow drop-off: The nearest entrance is Meadow Carpark (Checkpoint 3)
If you are coming by Basement carpark / Main entrance drop-off/ Satay by the Bay carpark / Gardens by the Bay MRT Station: The nearest entrance is Floral Clock (Checkpoint 1)

2024 River Hongbao Opening Hours:

River Hongbao 2024
River Hongbao 2023 (Image credit: @stanley_chee)

8 February 2024 (Thursday) 6:30pm – 10:30pm
9 February 2024 (Friday): 6:30pm – 12:15am
10 – 17 February 2024 (Saturday – Saturday): 2:30pm – 10:30pm

For more info on River Hongbao check out the official website here!

Read our Guide to Gardens by the Bay here

Disclaimer: This is an external event not owned or managed by Sassy Mama. Always check with the organiser for changes or cancellations before heading down.


lead image credit: @shirlyhamra⁠ River Hongbao 2024


Event Price

Event Location

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953, Singapore