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Chinese New Year Events in Singapore: River Hongbao, Chingay 2022, & Lion Dances

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Chinese New Year 2022? Check out River Hongbao, Chingay 2022, Chinatown street lanterns, lion dances & more

You may have already planned your reunion dinner and picked out your new outfits for Lunar New Year 2022, but what’s a Chinese New Year celebration without River Hongbao, Lion Dances and other cultural fun? Despite the subdued celebrations and social distancing measures still in place, there’s actually plenty for you to experience this Year of the Tiger. Plan your Chinese New Year 2022 with a little help from our roundup of where to go for cultural performances, River Hongbao, lion dances, Chinese New Year workshops and much more!

Disclaimer: Sassy Mama does not own or manage these events. All information is supplied by the event/venue and is subject to change. Always check directly before booking.

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Chinatown Tiger Street Lanterns

Chinatown CNY Street Lantern Light Up

The Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2022, will be launched virtually on 7 January and live-streamed on the Chinatown Festivals Facebook page. Chinatown will be lit with beautifully decorated street lights from 7pm – 12am to mark the celebration of Lunar New Year. Expect sculptured lanterns in cub and tiger designs depicting strength and vitality as we stay united and emerge stronger from this Covid pandemic. The street lantern centrepiece between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street will comprise a family of tigers standing at 10.5m signifying reunion, harmony and the art of keeping fortune for better days.
When: 7 January to 22 March 2022, 7pm – 12am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
How much: FREE!

WWF and Temenggong  Tigers Sculptures

This year Chinatown Festival Organizing Committee is collaborating with the World Wild Fund for Nature (Singapore) and Temenggong Artists in Residence to paint and display different Tiger sculptures to promote the importance of global animal conservation and the environment.
When: : 7 – 26 January 2022, all-day
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
How much: FREE!

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Make your Lunar New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the wishing tree.
When: 7 January – 15 February 2022, 10am – 10pm
Where: Chinatown Point Atrium
How much: donations of min $2.

River hongbao CNY 2022

Chinatown Chinese New Year Getai Celebrations

Look forward to seeing “Getai” online as famous getai artists will be presenting their best songs and dance “Heng, Ong, Huat” for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Tiger.
When: 13 January, 8pm – 10pm
Where: Chinatown Festivals Facebook page.
How much: FREE!

CNY Bazaar In The Garden

Bazaar at Jurong Lake Gardens has a focus on Chinese New Year celebrations this year. Look out for fun children’s programs to learn more about Chinese Zodiac legends, workshops to create decorative table displays for Chinese New Year and more!

– Children’s Storytelling (9am to 10am): Learn about the legend of how the tiger became part of the Chinese Zodiac. Kids can also learn how to make a handprint Tiger craft this Chinese New Year!
– I Am A Responsible Pet Owner (10am to 11am): If you are thinking of getting a pet, this talk will teach you basic pet care and how to become a responsible pet owner! Plus meet NPark’s pet ambassador, Ginger cat, online!
– Create Your Own Decorative Table Displays for Lunar New Year: Online (4:00pm to 4:45pm): Learn basic gardening concepts plus how to put together ornamental and edible plant displays for your home to bring festive cheer and usher in the Year of the Tiger!

When: 22 January 2022
Where: Online and On-Site Activities att Jurong Lake Gardens
How much: FREE! Find out more about registration for the various events here.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Walking Trail

Join the Everyday Tour Company, on a Chinatown Chinese New Year Walking Trail to immerse in the festive atmosphere, learn about the traditions and heritage, catch the tiger sculptures, enjoy the local delicacies and experience the dazzling Chinatown street light-up.
When: : 22, 23, 29, 30 January 5pm -7pm
Where: TBC
How much: Tickets $35 available online.

Chinese New Year 2021 Events Singapore - Chingay 2021

Chingay 2022

Chingay 2022 also known as Chingay50, is themed ‘Ignite Our Dreams’, and will be a commemoration of our 50-year journey. This CNY event will stream live online and on social media channels on Saturday, 12 February 2022! Chingay is known for its vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and much more…We are awaiting more details and will update when we have more information.
When: Saturday, 12 February 2022
Where: Streamed online.
How much: FREE!

Wan Qing Festival 2022

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022! Expect family-friendly offerings such as a lion dance and festive drumming workshops, heritage trails, guided tours, storytelling, craft activities, and more! Look out for art exhibition Blessings Come A-Knocking, a special outdoor installation that is a showcase of Hong Kong artist’s Tik Ka From East’s distinctive pop culture Nian Hua prints. Online programmes will also be available at the memorial hall’s Facebook page. Catch a livestream of the annual lion dance performance on the first day of the Lunar New Year and a face-changing performance during the festival weekend.

Lion Dance Performance: 1 February 2022, 10am – 11am (FREE! Limited spaces available)
Balestier Heritage Trail: 12 February, 10.30am – 11.30am (English); 11am – 12pm (Chinese) $10 Tickets
Letterpress Printing Workshop: Red Packets, 12 February, 10am – 12pm, $10 per pair Tickets
Lantern Making Workshop: 13 February, 10am – 12pm, Tickets
Children’s Lion Dance Workshop: 13 February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, 4pm – 5pm, $8 Tickets

Wan Qing Festival 12 & 13 February 2022
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874
How much: Fees may apply for select programmes and activities.

“Chun” 春 CNY Hanging Decor Workshop

Usher in the Lunar New Year by creating a festive wooden hanging decor with vibrant paper peonies and gleaming gold leaves. This CNY workshop is led by Michelle, the paper floral artist behind The Floral Petal.
When: Saturday 15 January 2022, 10am – 10.45am, 11.30am – 12.15pm, 1pm – 1.45pm
Where: Floral Fantasy Gift Shop, Gardens by the Bay
How much: Tickets $55 (Friends of the Gardens members enjoy $5 off).

Lion Dances at past Dahlia Dreams exhibit

Dahlia Dreams

Bask in good fortune and gorgeous blooms at Gardens by the Bay’s Chinese New Year 2022 event Dahlia Dreams! For the first time, a stunning River Hongbao lantern takes centrestage in the flower field. Look out for three Chinese moon gates, a pair of rabbits and larger-than-life narcissus blooms, all set amidst 2,000 dahlias and azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums. Can you spot the adorable tiger cubs and auspicious decorations to ring in the Year of the Tiger?
When: 14 January – 20 February 2022
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Tickets here.

Chinese New Year Events 2021 Singapore - Magical Shores at Sentosa

Magical Shores at Sentosa

Magical Shores isn’t related to CNY per se, but it’s a fun one to check out during Chinese New Year 2022 in Singapore! The multi-sensory experience transforms Siloso Beach into an interactive light and soundscape, with colourful images swirling around on the sand and in the water. It’s also a great way to appreciate the island’s lush greenery with the kids once the sun sets. You’ll have to book in advance.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday & PH, 7.30pm to 8.45pm / 9pm to 10.15pm
Where: Siloso Beach, Sentosa Island
How much: FREE!

Chinese New Year 2021 Events Singapore - River Hongbao 2021

River Hongbao 2022

This Chinese New Year event is a must-visit see, it’s known for its stunning fireworks displays, interactive exhibits and Instagram-worthy lanterns. However, last year’s River Hongbao festivities were toned down and we expect the same for 2022 though details have yet to be released. River Hongbao 2021 took place at Gardens by the Bay and comprised an exhibition, lantern displays and nightly performance screenings. The lantern display had 24 giant lanterns, plus there was a giant God of Fortune display, beautiful peacocks and the always-popular animal zodiacs. The River Hongbao exhibition usually features different styles and elements of a lion dance performance, a chance to explore the dance’s history and see the lion dance artefacts from private collectors and organisations, some of which date back to the 1950s.
When: TBC
Where: TBC but likely Gardens by the Bay
How much: TBC

Chinese New Year Events 2021 Singapore - Universal Studios Singapore

Chinese New Year 2022 at Universal Studios Singapore

Universal Studios Singapore is back with an ultra-fun Chinese New Year event this 2022. Master Tigress from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, makes her first-ever appearance here, including Po and the Yang Warriors. Look out for festive meet-and-greet sessions with the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me, your Sesame Street friends and others. You can also practice your Lunar New Year greetings on Optimus Prime and Megatron, and be wowed by their responses in Mandarin!
When: 13 January – 13 February 2022
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
How much: From $68. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Lead image from Dahlia Dreams 2021. Other images from Gardens by the Bay, Peatix, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Resorts World Sentosa (圣淘沙名胜世界), Sentosa & Chingay 2021

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