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Chinese New Year 2018: Our Guide to Singapore’s Top CNY Events

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There’s so much to do with the kids this CNY, from fireworks to pet parades!

We’re kicking off the Year of The Dog, mama! Celebrate as the streets come alive with the yearly Chinatown light-up, fun CNY-themed workshops and classes, lots of shopping and more. Have a pawsperous CNY, and don’t forget to greet others with a hearty gong xi fa cai, mamas!

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Gong SEA Fa Cai at S.E.A. Aquarium
S.E.A. Aquarium is definitely one of the go-to spots for some seasonal holiday fun, and this time is no different – Gong SEA Fa Cai will have your littlies learning about auspicious marine life, the 12 zodiac animals and more while they discover the aquarium! One of the highlights will be the Underwater Dragon Dance, where divers in festive costumes will perform the traditional dragon dance alongside the aquarium’s 40,000 marine residents. And this time there will be a CNY theme to their Ocean Dreams sleepover (yes, a sleepover at the aquarium!), a one-night sleepaway camp with the Sea Goddess and God of Fortune while they make new friends with other campers.

When: Gong SEA Fa Cai throughout Febturary; Ocean Dreams happening on Friday – Saturday, 23-24 February 2018, 6:30pm – 10am (Following Day)
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
How much:
Singapore Residents enjoy special rates at $34/adult and $22/child/senior
Get the 2 x S.E.A. Aquarium Adult Annual Passes + Free F&B vouchers* at $168 or
2 Adult & 2 Child Ocean Dreams passes @ $558 (U.P. $592)

Chinatown Festivals
Chinatown is the place to be for all the Lunar New Year happenings!

Chinatown Street Light Up
The official light up and opening ceremony will be followed by 7 weeks of illumination along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up features handmade sculptured lanterns of flowers, greetings and the towering pack of dogs that are hard to miss!

When: Now through 16 March 2018
Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road
How much: Free!

Festive Street Bazaar
All your favourite festive goodies, decorations and costumes in one place! Cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits, potted plants and clothing for you to welcome the new year.

When: Through 15 February 2018
6pm – 10:30pm (Daily)
6pm – 1am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
How much: Free!

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Paws-perity Carnival
This one is going to be a dog lover’s paradise. Take your pups to the special dog-themed Paws-perity carnival to get cute and edible treats sold especially for your best furriends to enjoy this Lunar New Year! Plus, stylish canines can enter the Dog Costume Competition to win cash vouchers and trophies!

When: 3 February 2018, 9am – 1pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
How much: Free!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Want to be surrounded by festive cheer on CNY Eve? Usher in the Year of the Dog with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. There’ll be lively performances including medley of festive songs, skits, and interactive games as the countdown party culminates with firecrackers and a spectacular fireworks display!

When: 15 February 2018, 9:30pm – 12:30am
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
How much: Free!

Chinatown Wishing Trees
Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! You’ll also be giving to charity to help the needy elderly. Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Through this meaningful community event, you can bring festive cheer to the less fortunate by reaching out with a helping hand.

When: Through 15 February 2018, 11am – 9pm daily
Where: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059413
How much: Each wishing card costs $2 and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre.

Nightly Stage Shows
Experience Chinese culture come to life and take a break from your festive shopping! Be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, music and dance performances by local entertainers and troupes from China.

When: 27 January – 15 February 2018, 8pm – 10:30pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square
How much: Free!

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Chingay Parade @ Heartlands
The largest street performance and float parade in Asia, the annual Chingay Parade, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height while also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join with your family and friends for a vibrant night that includes special performances by local and overseas performers, not to mention more than 10 beautifully decorated and illuminated floats!

When: 25 February 2018, 6pm – 10pm
Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
How much: Free!

Cafe Melba FamFest
A day of play and eats sorted for you and the kids await! Cafe Melba is doing great deals on food and drinks (including the famous Sausage Sizzle at $10) plus an amazing flea market, fab music and activities to entertain your little ones – we’re talking bouncy castle, face painting, kids games, CNY goodies and an Art & Craft corner!

When: 4 February 2018, 11am – 9pm
Where: Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053
How much: Free!

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River Hongbao Carnival
Look forward to a fun-filled 11-day extravaganza of lights, sights and sounds to celebrate the festivities with modern, futuristic elements and a strong local flavour. Larger-than-life lantern displays will enchant little ones, while nightly fireworks and laser displays, intricate handicrafts and crowd-pleasing performances featuring local and exotic programmes from the region will keep the whole family entertained. Satiate your taste buds with more than 40 sumptuous varieties of local and regional delicacies served at the largest outdoor Food Street in Singapore. A myriad of fringe activities, ranging from amusement rides to carnival games to Main Stage performances, will ensure that there’s never a dull moment at River Hongbao!

When: 14 – 24 February 2018, 2pm – 11pm daily (extended till 1am on Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Where: The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805
How much: Free!

Straits Family Sunday at Peranakan Museum
Want to ring in the Lunar New Year nonya style? Learn about Peranakan traditional clothing first and get inspired in the Peranakan Museum galleries through an interactive drama performance, TAHUN BARU, BAJU BARU! (New Year, New Clothes!). Afterwards, get creative and design New Year clothes for the whole family at the craft station in the museum.

When: Sunday, 4 February 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941
How much: Free!

Hook On Books Local Children's Chinese Bookstore

Get crafty at Hook On Books Local Children’s Chinese Bookstore
Let your kiddo put their Mandarin skills to practice at these workshops by Hook on Books! Hosted entirely in Mandarin, children will be guided through craft activities – Paper Cutting x Springtime Greetings and Engraved with Love x Bountiful Blessings – over two weekends in February to prep for the CNY festivities.

When: Sunday, 4 February 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Where: Hook on Books, 308 River Valley Road, Oxley Edge, #01-05 Singapore 238349
How much: $30 (including materials fee)

Visit the Istana
Take a peak into what the President and her guards see every day! Entry to the grounds is free for Singapore Citizens and PRs, while entrance into the Istana Main Building cost just $2. There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House, and visitors are encouraged to embark on guided tours.

When: 17 February 2018, 8:30am – 6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
How much: Free for Singapore Citizens and PRs, $2 per person for other visitors.

Shop Wonderland Lunar Market
Shop from a collective of cool local brands like Perk by Kate, Ying the Label, Imagine Playbook and more for your CNY style fix!

When: Saturday, 2 February, 4pm – 10pm and Sunday, 3 February 2018, 11am -8pm
Where: 134 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068600
How much: Free!

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Carnival & Concert
Experience over 20 activities at the SCCC Carnival, from Chinese paper cutting and wushu showcases, to indulging in festive delicacies! Sing a long to familiar CNY tunes as popular celebs Marcus Chin, Xu Qiongfang and Lin Ruping host the SCCC Concert featuring the brightest talents!

SCCC Lunar New Year Carnival: 24 & 25 February 2018, 2pm – 8pm
SCCC Lunar New Year Concert, 25 February 2018, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard Concourse, Level 1, Singapore 018906
How much: Free!

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LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort
If you’re planning to celebrate the CNY long weekend across the border, head to LEGOLAND for day of prosperity-themed fun! A bevvy of Lunar New Year activities will be happening amongst fun rides like The Great LEGO Race and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride. From family building activities (build the longest LEGO Great Wall of China with LEGO Bricks!) to a Lion Dance Tutorial for kids and Meet & Greet sessions with the God of Prosperity, the festive cheer will be seen and heard all around the park.

When: 1-28 February 2o18
Where: LEGOLAND Malaysia, 7, Jalan LEGOLAND, Bandar Medini Iskandar Malaysia, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia Nusajaya 79250
How much: From RM16o for a 1-Day Theme Park ticket. Book here!

The heartland mall will play host to all things Spring, including traditional lion dance performances (which the kids will go crazy for!), and the highly anticipated Lunar Goodies and Lunar Festive Floral Plants Fair for mamas and dads to stock up on!

When: Now through 25 February 2018
Where: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569933
How much: Free!

Lunar New Year Fair at NEX
Serangoon mamas, rejoice! NEX hosts their first ever Lunar New Year Fair with all your dining and shopping needs, from delicious premium goodies to festive decorations. Don’t miss the chance to bring home a truly unique new year treat from Bai Jia Xing, which allows you to print you Chinese surname on a cookie tin from a selection of 298 characters!

When: 29 January – 14 February 2018, 10:30am to 10pm
Where: NEX Atrium, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
How much: Free!

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Try the Augmented Reality Rock Wall at Plaza Singapura
For a different but thrilling bit of fun on CNY weekend, try your hand at the first ever augmented reality rock wall in Plaza Sing! Perfect for all ages, you and the kiddos can scale the rock wall and manoeuvre through various obstacles. Little one too scared to climb? The well-loved Art-Zoo inflatables will be there for a bouncing good time!

Augmented Reality Rock Wall available on 15-25 February 2018
Art-Zoo inflatables available on 12-25 February 2018
Where: Plaza Singapura Main Atrium, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
How much: Free! To redeem an entry pass to the augmented reality rock wall and the Art-Zoo inflatable, shoppers simply have to spend $30 in a single receipt.

PAW Patrol at City Square Mall
What better way to welcome the auspicious Year of the Dog than with Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol? From interactive game-play with Chase and Marshall, a photo station with life-sized PAW Patrol pups, exciting carnival rides, and so much more, treat your little one to a day of CNY fun with their fave PAW Patrol characters!

When: 19 January – 25 February 2018, various times
Where: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
How much: Mix of free and ticketed activities. More deets here!

Wildlife Reserves Singapore
No matter which wildlife park you decide to visit this CNY, you’ll be treated to festive activities, displays and shows! With 2018 being the Year of the Dog, it’s the perfect time to learn all about the dog and its canine family. Check out all the CNY festivities across each WRS park here!

When: Now through – 25 February 2018
Where: Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari
How much: Various prices. Get your tickets here, mama!

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