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Fun Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore

Chinese New Year in Singapore is, without a doubt, a massive explosion of red, lanterns, good food, floats, and bright colors.

Singapore itself is a vibrant city with several cultures intertwined, a myriad of dining and entertainment options and more—so it’s no surprise why people keep coming back to the Lion City.

Here are a few things you can look forward to when ushering in the Lunar New Year in Singapore:

 

1. Enjoy games, food, street performances, and more at River Hongbao

River Hongbao
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Kick off the festivities with a new year ever countdown at the River Hongbao, a practice that dates back to 1987. Enjoy mouthwatering dishes, larger-than-life lanterns of characters from Chinese legends, street performances, and more against a gorgeous backdrop of Marina Bay.

As if those weren’t enough, watch the sky light up with an explosion of colors during the nightly fireworks display. There are also booths that sell an assortment of handicrafts from paper cuttings to calligraphy.

Location: NS Square (Marina Bay Floating Platform)

 

2. Gather with family and friends during Reunion Dinner

Chinatown Food Street Singapore
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Held on the eve of Chinese New Year, the reunion dinner reigns in families, friends, and loved ones from all over, reuniting them to usher in the new year together.

Some of the delectable dishes that are enjoyed are noodles, barbecued meat, spicy shrimp rolls, and sweets like buttery pineapple tarts and rolled egg biscuits.

The best place to enjoy all this and more is at Chinatown Food Street, located in the heart of, you guessed it, Chinatown.

Open daily from 11AM to 11PM, it is a hodgepodge of hawker stalls, restaurants, and kiosks—making for a dining experience that is a feast for all your senses.

Location: Smith Street, Chinatown

 

3. Watch Asia’s Largest Street Performance and Parade

Chingay Parade Singapore
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Whether you’re traveling solo or with family or your partner, watching the Chingay Parade is a definite must-do. Held during Chinese New Year, the Chingay Parade is Asia’s largest street performance and parade and is also celebrated by Malays, Chinese, Eurasians, and Indians, alike.

A spectacular parade of dancing dragons, colorful costumes, bright floats, and more make their way from the original F1 Pit Building to the NS Square (Marina Bay floating platform).

 

4. Take a walking tour in Chinatown

Chinatown Singapore
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With no fee needed, guests can sign up for a walking tour of Chinatown conducted in either English or Mandarin. With no more than 10 participants at a time, the tour covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street, and New Bridge Road.

Guests are taught about Chinatown’s heritage, culture, and character, all the while enjoying the surrounding New Year festivities and decorations.

For inquiries, you may email them.

 

Tips for Families

If you’re celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore with your family, then planning will have to be more detailed than usual!

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s a quick rundown on family-friendly hotels and things to do that the kids will love!

 

Where to Stay

Resorts World Sentosa - Beach Villas

This luxurious hotel in Singapore features amenities for guests of all ages. Children’s books and crayons are provided, while highchairs, bottle sterilizers, and baby bathrobes can be borrowed for a small fee.

Babysitting services are also offered, allowing parents to enjoy quiet moments. Of course, there are interesting leisure and entertainment facilities for adults as well.

Fraser Suites is made up of luxurious serviced apartments complete with an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a children’s play area. While there, families can bond as they play a round or two of their game of choice at the entertainment hub. Small pets are even allowed.

A water-ful time awaits you and your loved ones at Resorts World Sentosa – Beach Villas! Book a stay at this resort hotel and have a splashing good time at the water park, take a refreshing plunge at their lush and massive outdoor pool, or snorkel and swim alongside various sea creatures.

 

What to Do

DUCKtours
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  • Be amazed by the cool marine life at the S.E.A. Aquarium (Sentosa Island)

Home to more than 100,000 marine animals, S.E.A. Aquarium is considered the world’s largest aquarium. Here, kids and kids-at-heart can walk on glass floors and watch predators from across the Andaman Sea. Different mangrove inhabitants from the Bay of Bengal can also be seen here.

See the sites of Singapore with your fam as you ride an amphibious vessel! With DUCKtours, you will have to sail by the Civic District and pass through the Marina Bay. Don’t forget to take photos of the Gardens by the Bay, the Esplanade Theatres, and of course, the famous Merlion

  • Ride a Cable Car (Tower 2 Keppel Bay Tower)

Perfect for fun-loving families, the Singapore Cable Car lets you enjoy a bird’s eye view of Siloso Beach and other attractions between Sentosa and Faber Peak.

You can stop at either Merlion, Imbiah Lookout, or Siloso Point stations to visit Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, and more.

 

Tips for Couples

Looking to kick start the Lunar New Year with your special someone? We’ve got a list of romantic and comfortable hotels for you two to relax at and a number of activities that are sure to inject more fun in your relationship.

Where to Stay

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

All rooms in the hotel command a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding sceneries. Every hotel feature exudes romance as well, from the comfy cushions in the bedroom to the marble surfaces in the bathroom.

Visit the hotel’s Club Lounge and drink a glass or two of the finest champagne and wines to keep your spirits high. You and your partner can also take advantage of the complimentary limousine service that can take you to nearby attractions.

Couples who love the beach are sure to enjoy this breathtaking resort, which is conveniently within walking distance of Palawan Beach’s shoreline. While there, you and your significant other can enjoy a calming and rejuvenating massage. Or better yet, enjoy a romantic dinner at the outdoor terrace of the hotel restaurant.

At One Farrer Hotel, couples can experience a romantic and luxurious getaway without having to break the bank. This hidden gem in Little India allows guests to access the Onsen Relaxation Gardens with jacuzzi loungers for free. You and your partner can also spend an entire afternoon having fun at the Olympic-size pool or bond over a gym and spa session.

 

What to Do

Chinatown Singapore
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  • Dine with friendly animals (80 Mandai, Lake Road)

At the Singapore Zoo, you can enjoy an international buffet breakfast spread in the company of either friendly orangutans, tamarins, or snakes. Not only is this a great photo op, but it is also a great way to kick start the new year on an adventurous note.

  • Combine art and romance (1 St. Andrew’s Road)

If you’re an art enthusiast, then no trip to the Lion City would be complete without dropping by Singapore’s National Gallery. Located in the heart of the civic district, the gallery is home to the largest public collection of modern art both in Singapore and in Southeast Asia.

What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore than immersing yourself in the traditional Chinese culture? This day tour takes you on a journey at Chinatown, you get to visit temples, sip a cup of tea at various tea houses, and taste freshly baked biscuits and delightful snacks.

Indeed, Singapore presents an endless list of how you can have fun in Singapore, be it with your family or partner.

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