Things To Do During Chinese New Year 2018


You know Chinese New Year is just around the corner when the town is painted red and you hear the supermarkets repeatedly playing the “gōng xǐ gōng xǐ” song.

Most shops will be closed during this period and of course it seems, for those who are not celebrating, there isn’t much that we can do. However, fret not!

We have listed out the things that you can still do with your family or friends. Get started!

River Hongbao 2018

When: 14 – 24 Feb 2018

Where: The Float @ Marina Bay (open to public and admission is free)

This is an eleven-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds to usher in the Year of the Dog. A fun filled carnival with highlights that also include fireworks, cultural performances from home and abroad, food street and interactive fringe activities.

On 23 & 24 February, RHB 2018 will lead the audience in a “parade dance” to epitomise our unity as a nation. On the same nights, the Chingay parade will join hands with RHB 2018 to put up a cultural spectacular for the audience.

Do note, the light-up happens usually from 8pm to 10pm.

Chingay Parade

When: 23 – 24 Feb 2018

Where: F1 Pit Building (need to purchase admission tickets)

Since we were talking about Chingay, let me just add this on.

This is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. From the main parade site to the heartlands, this street extravaganza epitomises the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant and multicultural society.

You will find vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many, many more…

You can get tickets from here.

For more info visit https://www.chingay.org.sg/

Universal Studio Singapore

When: 9 – 25 Feb 2018 

Where: Resorts World Sentosa (need to purchase admission tickets)

You can celebrate the festive season with the auspicious dancing dragon, Sesame Street friends, the Minions and more. Enjoy lively martial-arts dances and timeless festive music. Plus, don’t miss your favourite rides and shows.


Majestic Dragon Trail

The majestic dragon pays a visit to wish you loads of luck! Interact with the auspicious dragon, your favourite Sesame Street characters, the Minions and more!

Fu Fighters

Watch a street dance performance inspired by martial arts movies!

Mel’s Dim Sum Dinettes

Let the iconic singing and dancing waitresses serve up a festive-themed performance!

Istana Open House 2018

When: 17 Feb 2018 (8.30am – 6pm)

Where: Istana ( free admission for Singaporeans & PRs)

Admission to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents. Other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $2 per person. Entrance to the grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House.  For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers.

Gardens By the Bay – Spring Surprise

When: 14 February to 25 February 2018

Where: Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy (admission charge to Flower Dome applies)

Usher in Spring and celebrate the Year of the Dog with Gardens by the Bay. Spring Surprise 2018 offers an array of festive performances and fun for the entire family. Do not miss the spectacular ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions making their very first appearance here in Singapore.

Other Events

If you love to get involved in other events scheduled for the Chinese New Year, you can visit places below:

  • Street Light Up (27 January – 16 March 2018) : Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. Handmade sculptured lanterns.
  • Festive Street Bazaar (26 January – 15 February 2018) : Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street. A variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown.
  • Nightly Stage Shows (27 January – 15 February 2018) : Kreta Ayer Square. Be entertained by Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, music and dance performances.
  • International Lion Dance Competition (2 & 3 February 2018) : Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane). See more than 10 top troupes all vying for the grand prize.
  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party (15 February 2018) : New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street. Be entertained by live music, firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.

For more details, visit http://chinatownfestivals.sg/chinatown-chinese-new-year-celebrations-2018/