River Hongbao 2017

River Hongbao 2017
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year by the water at the River Hongbao 2017. Those looking for things to do over the Lunar New Year will find plenty of sights and activities here, including lanterns, fireworks, food, carnival rides and live shows.

Taking place over 10 days from 26 Jan to 4 Feb at The Float @ Marina Bay, River Hongbao 2017 is open to the public and admission is free. Opening hours are from 2 pm to 11 pm daily, with extended hours till 1 am on Lunar New Year’s Eve, 27 Jan.

Among the highlights lined up at River Hongbao 2017 are:

Large-scale Lantern Displays 

To welcome in the Year of the Rooster, the main lantern display is based on the theme “Looking to the Future”. In the line with the futuristic theme, you will notice robots popping up in the lantern displays, including one doing the lion dance.

Looking to the future
Looking to the future
Will robots be doing the lion dance in the future?
Will robots be doing the lion dance in the future?

Look out for another at the seating gallery based on a mother hen laying golden eggs to signify good fortune in the new year. The 12 m tall display symbolises happiness and abundance.

Chicken Display at River Hongbao

Other lanterns displays include a towering God of Fortune, the zodiac animals and other auspicious sayings.

God of Fortune

Festive Food Street

Food Street at River Hongbao 2017
Food Street at River Hongbao 2017 – No celebration is complete without food.

Savour more than 40 different varieties of food at River Hongbao’s Food Street. Pick up a handy snack to eat on the go such as Takoyaki, Twist Potato and Vadai. You will even find food not normally associated with the Lunar New Year celebration such as Churros, Dutch Baby Pancakes and Smores Dip alongside traditional Chinese fare like Roasted Pork and Roast Duck at the Food Street.

Rainbow burger, anyone?
Rainbow burger, anyone?

Fireworks and Laser Show

Watch the sky explode with colour at nightly fireworks and laser shows taking place at 9 pm daily, except for Lunar New Year’s Eve when the fireworks take place at midnight.

Live Shows

Taking place daily, watch troupes and performers take to the stage with dance, music and song. Singapore’s very own Nathan Hartono will be performing on 26 Jan while the energy of youth is celebrated on Youth Night, 3 Feb. Other acts to look out for include Chongqing Acrobatic Art Troupe and Hua Kang Dance Troupe of Chinese Cultural University.

A Special Cultural Exhibition

Cultural Exhibition
The More We Get Together

The Lunar New Year is a time for family and community. In recognition of Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-cultural society, visitors to River Hongbao can look forward to a special exhibition that pays tribute to Singapore’s diverse community. “The More We Get Together: Festivals and Festivities in Singapore exhibition at River Hongbao 2017 provides a window into the cultural festivities that make up Singapore’s society.

Learn about Singapore's Different Cultures
Learn about Singapore’s Different Cultures

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Amusement Rides

Drum Walker
Drum Walker
Kids can on a train ride at River Hongbao 2017
Kids can go on train rides at River Hongbao 2017

There will be more than 30 rides and game stalls operated by J’Kids Amusement at River Hongbao. With both indoor and outdoor areas, check out the mega-bouncy castle area, a bungee trampoline, and bumper cars. There are also carnival games and a dinosaur kiddy ride.

So many bouncy castles!
So many bouncy castles!
Saddle up and ride a dinosaur
Saddle up and ride a dinosaur
Carnival Games
Play Carnival Games

Use an App to Release a Sky Lantern

VR Lanterns

You can download the Nestia App from both Apple App Store and Google Play Store in order to release a virtual sky lantern in conjunction with River Hongbao 2017. Pen down your wishes and set it free into the sky from your mobile device. You can even pick up a free set of VR glasses from the Nestia River Hongbao booth to get 3D view of the lanterns flying over a virtual Marina Bay.

How to Get to River Hongbao 2017

Main River Hongbao Archway

River Hongbao 2017 is being held at The Float @ Marina Bay, next to Raffles Avenue. The closest parking is available at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and Marina Square. However, as heavy crowds are expected, the public is advised to take public transport.

The closest MRT stations are City Hall MRT Interchange, Esplanade MRT Station, Bayfront Station and Promenade MRT. It is approximately a 10 to 15 minute walk from these stations to The Float @ Marina.

Buses plying Raffles Avenue include 36, 56, 70M, 75, 77, 97e, 97, 106, 111, 133M, 133, 162M, 171, 195, 531, 700A, 857, 960, 961C.

River Hongbao 2017

Dates: 26 Jan to 4 Feb 2017
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm daily (till 1 am on Lunar New Year’s Eve, 27 Jan)
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Admission: Free (Fees may apply to certain activities)

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