Chinese New Year in Singapore is an exciting time and there are many events taking place to commemorate the start of the Year of the Horse that you are spoiled for choice over which festivities to visit. We bring you our guide to spending the Lunar New Year in Singapore, from the floating celebrations at River Honbao to the Wishing Tree in Chinatown.
The Lunar New Year celebrations at River Hongbao have been a significant feature in Singapore’s Chinese New Year events for over 28 years. Held on the floating platform at Marina Bay, the 11-day event features larger-than-life lantern displays, demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy, amusement rides and the chance to purchase Chinese handicrafts. Admission to the event is free.
Look out for: the spectacular firework displays, first to mark the start of the festival on 29 January and then to commemorate the beginning of the Year of the Horse on 30 January.
Kreta Ayer Square
You can catch traditional Chinese stage shows nightly at Kreta Ayer Square throughout the festive period leading up to Chinese New Year. The square comes alive around the time of the Spring Festival in Singapore as people gather to watch Chinese troupes perform classical plays, dances and songs.
Look out for: the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum located nearby, a perfect place for a cultural stop between all the celebrations.
Chinatown Wishing Tree
A traditional Chinese New Year custom in Hong Kong, a lucky banyan tree has been installed at Chinatown Point. Try throwing mandarin oranges with your wishes tied to it into the tree – if the oranges catch in the branches, your wishes will come true over the next year!
Look out for: the S$2 mandarin orange wishing charms. All proceeds from these will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre
Chinatown Festive Street Bazaar
If you’d prefer to spend your Lunar New Year indoors with loved ones head to one of Chinatown’s many street markets to get everything you’ll need for the perfect New Year’s feast at home. The markets sell everything from classic New Year delicacies, including preserved fruits and waxed duck, to decorations and clothing, so you can kit yourself out for a Chinese New Year in Singapore that’s traditional in every sense of the word.
Look out for: any stalls you may have missed! With markets on Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street it’s easy to miss one!