The first day of Chinese New Year 2020 falls on 25 January 2020, ushering in the Year of the Rat, the first of the zodiac animals to meet the Jade Emperor! Wondering what to do over the Chinese New Year period on our little island? Here are eight activities, events and things to do for Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore.
Things to Do During Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore
1. Spring Surprise at Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is celebrating the Lunar New Year with plenty of festive activities. Pay a visit to the Lunar New Year Market at Bayfront Plaza on 18 and 19 Jan, enjoy festive performances such as The Story of Nian on 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 February, a Golden Pyro Dragon Dance, wushu displays, musical performances by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and more from 31 Jan to 2 Feb. And because Chinese New Year is a time for family, from 25 January to 9 February 2020, buy one full-priced Singapore Resident Adult admission ticket to the conservatories and receive one complimentary Singapore Resident Senior admission ticket. This promotion is applicable to onsite purchase at the ticketing counters only. Terms and conditions apply.
2. Have a Wild CNY
Go on a Zoo-diac Trail and get to meet the Gambian Pouched Rat at Singapore Zoo during Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore. Get to make ratty masks using upcycled red packets and get to watch the animals enjoying Chinese New Year-themed enrichments too! Chinese New Year activities at Singapore Zoo take place from 25 Jan to 8 Feb 2020. Get more details here.
3. Watch a Lion Dance Performance
Dong, dong, dong, chang. Dong, dong, dong, chang. Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore would not be the same without watching an energetic lion dance performance. Find out where you can catch lion dance performances all around Singapore, plus an LED dragon dance, here.
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4. Chinatown Chinese New Year Light Up and Street Market
From now till 22 February 2020, Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road have been lit up for Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Up till 24 Jan, Chinese New Year’s Eve, pay a visit to the Festive Street Bazaar. There will be a countdown party to the Year of the Rat, starting from 9.30 pm. On 2 February, Chingay 2020 will be coming to Chinatown in the evening from 6 pm to 10 pm.
5. Hunt for Ang Baos
Go on the hunt for cute ang boas around Singapore for Chinese New Year 2020. Visit museums and galleries for special edition red packets or ang baos. Our favourites are those available at Science Centre Singapore and Singapore Sustainability Gallery. For those who still have Frozen 2 fever, there are Disney’s Frozen Ang Baos and mandarin orange carriers at Changi Airport too.
6. Feast of Abundance Buffet at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy
Chinese New Year is a time of feasting. One place to enjoy great food is the Feast of Abundance at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy’s Feast@East Buffet Restaurant. The Reunion Buffet takes place from now till 23 Jan, and it is followed by the Lunar New Year Buffet till 9 Feb. Prices start from $60.20 for lunch and there are also unbelievable promo deals such as 1-for-1s and 50% off on certain days. Or for a sumptuous reunion dinner, book a table at Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant with its dishes such as Roasted Duck with Tangerine-infused Hoi Xin Sauce and Wok-fried Pacific Prawns and Scallops with Chinese Yam and Asparagus in XO Sauce. Get more details here.
7. Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will be holding Huayi 2020 Chinese Festival of Arts from 31 Jan to 9 Feb. Look forward to special commissions, presentations and artistic showcases. Theatre shows include 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove, The Wedding of the Rats, and Gullinkami- Puppetry Theatre for Children. Families can also look forward to parent-child workshops and storytelling sessions to engage in the arts together.
8. Bountiful Spring at Our Tampines Hub
Those living in the East and looking for things to do for Chinese New Year 2020 in Singapore will be happy to know that Our Tampines Hub has a month-long community engagement programme planned. Head over to the CNY Bazaar from now till 22 Jan and enjoy cultural stage performances on the weekends between 11 Jan and 9 Feb. Be part of the OTH Community Lo Hei which is seeking to find its way into the Singapore Book of Records for the largest vegetarian Community Lo Hei. There will also be a CNY 2020 concert, Spring Melodies, on 8 Feb, at the Town Square. On the evening of 9 Feb, the Chingay Float Displays will be there too.