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2024 Chinese New Year Activities in Singapore: Light Shows, Lion Dances & Chingay Parade

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Let’s leap into the Year of the Dragon with these kid-friendly Chinese New Year activities from Chingay 2024 to Lion Dances, River Hongbao and other fun CNY events!

The Year of the Dragon is already peeking around the corner, and some of us mamas are already planning our family reunion dinners and shopping for new CNY outfits! But if you’re wondering what else there is for the family to do during Lunar New Year 2024, then sneak a peek into our 2024 Chinese New Year activities for news on where to see lion dances, the annual Chingay 2024 parade, River Hongbao 2024, the Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024 and much more!

Check back regularly for more updates on CNY events & Chinese New Year activities!

Disclaimer: Sassy Mama does not own or manage these 2024 Chinese New Year activities and events. All information is supplied by the event/venue and is subject to change. Always check directly before booking.

2024 Chinese New Year activities and lion dances to look forward to:

Chinatown 2024 CNY Street Lantern Light Up

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Image credit: @my_world_travel_2021 via Instagram

The 2024 Chinese New Year street light-up in Chinatown is always a highlight with plenty of beautiful lanterns and other Year of the Dragon-themed decorative displays and street lights along New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street and Eu Tong Sen Street.

Chinatown Light-up
When: 19 January to 9 March 2024, 7pm – 12am
Where: New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street

Chinatown’s Festive Fair & Weekly Shows

CNY activities fairs

There’s no better way to get into the festive Lunar New Year spirit than feasting on delicious food while enjoying exciting performances! We look forward to ushering in the Lunar New Year in Chinatown where three’s usually CNY events such as lion dances, scrumptious Chinese food at the Chinatown festive fair and more! More info here.

Festive Fair @ People’s Park
When: 11 January – 9 February 2024, 10am – 10pm
Where: Open space in front of People’s Park Complex

Festive Fair
When: 19 January – 9 February 2024, 10am – 10pm
Where: Sago Street, Smith Street, Temple Street, Trengganu Street and Pagoda Street

Lion Dance Competition
27 & 28 January 2024, 6pm
Where: Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre

Countdown Party
When: 9 February 2024, 10pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024

Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024
Image: Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024 Dragon Installation & CNY activities

The Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2024 takes place from 16 January to 25 February 2024 at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This CNY event will bring an exciting line-up of programmes and CNY activities, from festive drumming workshops to temple tours and heritage trails. Check out the two auspicious red and orange dragons that stand four metres tall on the front lawn. This CNY outdoor installation titled Prosperity All Year LONG is a reimagination of local toy designer and artist Ziqi’s popular character, Dino, and is also based on this year’s Chinese zodiac animal, the mythical dragon, which symbolises success, strength, nobility, abundance and good luck. ⁠

Look out for the auspicious lion and dragon dance performances and a visit from the God of Fortune. There’ll also be storytelling and craft activities for children, perfect for those who are looking for an exciting way to ring in the Lunar New Year with their families. Kids aged 6 and up can sign up for a Dragon’s Beard Candy Making Workshop, while younger kids aged 4 to 12 years old can join a Parent-Child Mythical Creatures Bag Making Workshop. Free admission with ticketed CNY activities. More info here.

Wan Qing Festival of Spring Weekend Open House (FREE)
When: 17 & 18 February 2024, 10am – 7pm
How much: Free admission

Auspicious Lion & Dragon Dance Performance (FREE!)
When: 10 February 2024, 10am – 11am

God of Fortune Visit (FREE!)
10 February 2024, 10am – 12pm

Storytelling Sessions: Tales of Lunar New Year Festival (FREE!)
When: 17 February 2024 (Mandarin) & 18 February 2024 (English), 11:30am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 3pm

Dragon’s Beard Candy Making Workshop
17 February 2024, 10:30am – 11:30am
How much:
$12 per pax. Book tickets here from 19 Jan, 10am onwards.
Recommended age: Kids aged 6 years and up

Parent-Child Mythical Creatures Bag Making Workshop
: 17 February 2924, 1pm – 2:30pm
How much: $24 per parent-child pair. Book tickets here from 19 Jan, 10am onwards.

Where: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

River Hongbao 2024

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Image Credit: @stanley_chee

River Hongbao 2024 is Singapore’s largest annual Chinese New Year event at Gardens by the Bay. This year, there will be a ginormous, 140-metre long Dragon-themed lantern and free firecracker shows (timings here). There will be plenty more stunning lanterns including the huge God of Fortune lantern for fab photo ops. Kids will love the carnival rides and entertaining cultural performances and CNY activities.

When: 8 – 17 February 2024 (firework shows on certain days only – timings here)
Where: Gardens by the Bay
How much: Free!

Lion Dance & LEGO Longevity Dragon at Suntec City

Lion Dance & LEGO Longevity Dragon at Suntec City

Usher in the Year of the Dragon at Suntec City Mall with exciting Chinese New Year events for the whole family. Embark on a long quest for wisdom with the kids and join in fun games and CNY activities to redeem LEGO builds. Snap Insta-worthy photos with a 6-metre long dragon, and keep your eyes peeled for hidden gold coins onsite to stand a chance to win LEGO sets! Plus, don’t miss the lion dance performances and LEGO mascot who will be distributing limited edition LEGO Lunar New Year Red Packets with a minifigure.

LEGO’s Long Quest for Wisdom
16 January – 25 February 2024, 10:30am – 9:30pm daily
Where: Suntec City Atrium, Tower 1 & 2, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
How much: Free!

LEGO Dragon and Lion Dance Performance
When: 20 & 27 January and 3 February 2024, 2:30pm – 2:40pm
Where: Suntec City Atrium, Tower 1 & 2, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
How much: Free!

LEGO Mascot Appearance
When: 17 & 18 February and 24 & 25 February 2024, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: entrance near Promenade MRT (2pm – 2:30pm), Walkway along Golden Village on L3 (3pm – 3:30pm), Atrium Tower 1 & 2 (4pm – 4:30pm) and Entrance near Esplanade MRT at L1 (5pm – 5:30pm)
How much: Free!

Lion Dance & Craft Workshop at IKEA

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IKEA is one of our favourite places to take the kids shopping (free playground and meatballs!), and it’s a perfect place to pick up new things to spruce up your home for the Lunar New Year. This CNY, join a craft workshop to create a Chinese dragon puppet (for kids aged 5 to 12 years old) and catch the traditional lion dance for a prosperous new year! More info here.

Lion Dance
When: 18 February 2024, 11am (Tampines & Alexandra) and 3pm (Jurong)
Where: IKEA Tampines, Alexandra and Jurong
How much: Free!

Lunar Delights Tasting: Taste CNY snacks
When: 27 January 2024, 2pm – 4pm
Where: IKEA Tampines (Self-serve at Level 3), Alexandra (Swedish Food Market at Level 1) and Jurong (Swedish Food Market at Level 4)
How much: Free!

龙 (Long)-est puppet making craft workshop
3 February 2024, 1pm – 5pm (IKEA Tampines) and 2pm – 6pm (IKEA Jurong); 4 February 2024, 2pm – 6pm (IKEA Alexandra)
Where: IKEA Tampines (outside Småland Level 3), IKEA Alexandra (store entrance at Level 1) and IKEA Jurong (Dining department at Level 2)
How much: Free!

Lion Dances at AMK Hub

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Image Credit: AMK Hub via Facebook

Don’t miss the annual dragon and lion dance performances at AMK Hub. There will be an LED Dragon Dance Performance that will certainly wow the kids plus be amazed by the high poles lion dance performance and look out for the God of Fortune Blessing.

God of Fortune Blessing
3 & 4 February 2024, 3pm
Where: B1 & Level 3, AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

Lion Dance Performance
When: 16 February 2024, 5:58pm
Where: B1 Atrium, AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

High Poles Lion Dance Performance
When: 16 & 17 February 2024, 6:38pm
Where: Main Entrance of AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

LED Dragon Dance Performance
16 & 17 February 2024, 7:18pm
Where: Main Entrance of AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

Lion Dance at Marina Square

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Image Credit: Marina Square Singapore

Catch a spectacular lion dance performance by Singapore Yiwei Athletic Association at Marina Square Singapore! They are an award-winning lion dance troupe, so you’ll be in for a special treat as they dance on high poles to rhythmic drums, gongs and cymbals. Plus, the God of Fortune will make an appearance to give out toy plushies to 28 lucky guests! Snap photos with the Chinese Zodiac Characters at the Spring Garden or get hands-on with a melt-in-your-mouth Dragon’s Beard Candy Making Workshop.

Lion Dance Performance
21 & 28 January & 4 February 2024, 3pm
Where: Central Atrium of Marina Square Singapore, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
How much: Free!

Dragon’s Beard Candy Making Workshop
When: 27 January & 3 February 2024, 3pm – 4:30pm
Where: Central Atrium of Marina Square Singapore, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
How much: $38 per adult or adult-child pair (kids below 12 years old). Register at Marina Square’s Customer Service Counter.

Chingay 2024 returns to the F1 Pit

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Image Credit: Black.White Photography via Chingay Parade SG

The 2024 Chingay Parade promises to be a Chinese New Year activity to remember! This year’s Chingay Parade features a floral extravaganza and wishes everyone a blossoming start to the Year of the Dragon. This year’s theme of ‘Blossom’ represents the flourishing and growth of the individual and community in Singapore, as we unite to work towards peace, harmony and prosperity. From vibrant costumes to special effects and eclectic dance performances, stilt-walkers, singers and more the 2024 Chingay parade will feature six captivating acts. Look out for Singapore’s longest floor projection of an enchanting garden, IG-worthy backdrops at PAssionArts Street, and beautiful blossom-themed art installations made from recycled materials by students. There will also be lots of art activities where you and the kids can unleash your creative talent as you’re inspired by the mesmerising art installations at PAssionArts Street. Check back later for details on when you can catch it online (website and Facebook page).

When: 23 & 24 February 2024 | 8pm
Where: F1 Pit, Marina Bay Street Circuit, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
How much: Chingay Parade tickets from $20 to $60. PAssion Card Members enjoy a 20% discount. Purchase tickets here!

Dahlia Dreams: Year of the Dragon

Chinese new year events 2024 - Dahlia Dreams 2024
Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Usher in the Year of the Dragon at Gardens by the Bay’s annual Chinese New Year floral display Dahlia Dreams. Step into an enchanting world of natural wonders that features vibrant dahlias and mighty dragons that will help you ring in the Lunar New Year with peace, strength and prosperity.

When: 12 January 2024 – 25 February 2025
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
How much: Admission charges to the Flower Dome apply. Get tickets here.

Museum Roundtable Hongbao 2024

Chinese New Year activities 2023 Museum Roundtable Hongbao Campaign 2023
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In keeping with tradition, the Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao 2024 Campaign will be back this Chinese New Year with all-new red packet designs featuring the Year of the Dragon! Visit any of the 43 participating museums, heritage institutions, and galleries between 12 January to 9 February to collect a set of eight red packets. Each museum, heritage institution, and gallery will have a different design on their red packet, so make sure to visit and collect them all for the upcoming Lunar New Year! More info here.

When: 12 January – 9 February 2024
Where: Various
How much: The red packets are free of charge, but visitors may have to pay for admission to the museums.

Lion Dance at Swing By at Thomson Plaza

Usher in the Year of the Dragon at Swing By at Thomson Plaza! From exciting mall-wide promotions to an eclectic lion dance performance, there are plenty of Chinese New Year activities for the whole family!

When: 14 February 2024, 5pm
Where: Level 1, The Canopy, Swing by at Thomson Plaza, 301 Upper Thomson Road Level 1, Level 3 and, Singapore 574408

Dragon Playground at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

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Image Credit: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre via Instagram

Take the kids to this adorable interactive art installation at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre that lights up at night! More than just a playground, you’ll get to explore Singapore’s Chinese New Year traditions on their rooftop, while enjoying a stunning view of the city!

When: 18 December 2023 – 30 April 2024, 10am – 10pm
Where: Roof Garden of Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Blvd, Singapore 018906
How much: Free!

Lion & LED Dragon Dance Performance at Jewel

chinese new year events 2024 singapore - Jewel
Image Credit: Jewel (artist impression)

Head to Jewel for exciting festive performances including a Lion Dance and an LED Dragon Dance. There will also be an enchanting Light & Sound Show that is sure to delight the kids. Plus, there will be plenty of festive promos to enjoy, so why not spend the day there?

Lion Dance Performance
When: 9 – 10 February 2024, 3:38pm; 11 – 12 February 2024, 12:38pm
Where: Shiseido Forest Valley at Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666

LED Dragon Dance
9 – 12 February 2024, 7:38pm
Where: Shiseido Forest Valley at Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
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