Weekend Picks: What to Do During the Chinese New Year 2017 Long Weekend

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Yes, we know many of you guys will be out making your Chinese New Year visiting rounds this weekend. But if you find yourself with a bit of spare time, head down to these hot spots and continue the celebrations with their special festive events, activities and treats. We have some suggestions on what to do during the Chinese New Year 2017 Long Weekend in Singapore.

What to Do During the Chinese New Year 2017 Long Weekend


1. River Hongbao

26 Jan to 4 Feb, 2 pm to 11 pm
The Float @ Marina Bay

This annual event has achieved iconic status and is now major feature of Lunar New Year celebrations. There are giant lantern displays, nightly fireworks and laser shows, ra ra performances, carnival rides, a Food Street and more to enjoy. Learn more.

River Hongbao


2. Rooster in the Roo-nar New Year

27 Jan to 11 Feb
Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park

Visit any of the above parks and you’ll be in for festive treats such as lion dances, a fun discovery trail, special shows and guided tours. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the humble fowl and its close cousins.

WRS Lunar New Year Rooster

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3. Sentosa Celebrates Lunar New Year

Till 26 Feb

The State of Fun has lined up various activities in celebration of CNY. Catch the nightly Merlion lights-and-music spectacle, enjoy live music performances, take some selfies with the zodiac lanterns on display and soak in the festive vibes.

Sentosa Rooster Chinese New Year 2017


4. Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2017

Till 11 Feb, 10 am to 5 pm
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

The memorial hall has planned an exciting slate of programmes suitable for young and old, including a treasure egg hunt and lion dance performances. There are even limited edition red packets to be redeemed, available while stocks last.

What to Do During the Chinese New Year 2017 Long Weekend


5. Istana Open House 

29 Jan, 8:30 am to 6 pm
Istana Grounds

Visit the residence and office of Singapore’s president and discover more about this national landmark with a special guided tour that takes in selected function rooms and gifts that were presented to the President and Prime Minister.



6. Catch a Lion Dance

Chinese New Year just isn’t complete without the rousing clash-and-clang of a lion dance. We’ve rounded up over 40 places where you can go to catch a performance. Read on. 

Lion Dance


7. Gong SEA Fa Cai

Till 11 Feb, 10 am to 7 pm
S.E.A. Aquarium

Go on the Trail of the Rooster (Hogfish), marvel at the underwater dragon dance with its special lighting effects and thumping “live” drum soundtrack, or enjoy some festive-themed craft activities. Find out more about Gong SEA Fa Cai at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa.

Gong SEA Fa Cai - S.E.A. Aquarium


8. Dahlia Dreams

Till 19 Feb, 9 am to 9 pm
Gardens by the Bay

The Gardens’ first floral display of the year promises a spectacular showcase of brightly hued dahlias. The Chinese garden-inspired landscape features various stand-out elements from a three-tier pagoda to adorable and intricate chicken sculptures.

Gardens by the Bay Dahlia Dreams


9. Chinese New Year Snow Festival

27 to 30 Jan, 10 am to 6 pm
Snow City

How often do you get to usher in the Lunar New Year in an Arctic setting? Enjoy snowfall, blizzards, storytelling and even a lion dance within Snow City’s wintry confines. Those born in the Year of the Rooster can also look forward to a hefty discount on snow play charges. Find out more.

Chinese New Year Snow Festival

There you have it! Now, you will never be at a loss about what to do during the Chinese New Year 2017 Long Weekend.

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