Celebrate Chinese New Year With These Festive Events and Things to Do
Chinese New Year is right around the corner! If you’re looking for ways to celebrate besides sitting at home and indulging in your bak kwa and pineapple tarts (not that we disapprove), we’ve got some tiger-rific ideas on things to do and where to go to soak up all that festive spirit.
From gorgeous floral displays, Dahlia Dreams, at Gardens By The Bay to an Auspicious Edition High Tea at the S.E.A Aquarium and Tang Yuan Workshop at Universal Studios Singapore, there are so many ways to enjoy and take part in the celebrations. Here are our top picks!
1. Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Garden by the Bay’s festive floral display, Dahlia Dreams, is a breathtaking sight to behold. Step into the Flower Dome and you will be greeted by over 2,000 dazzling dahlias, azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums. Think auspicious colours, cute tiger characters and other CNY-themed decor that will surely put you in the festive mood!
Beautiful flowers aside, River Hongbao lantern ‘Spring Fragrances’, will also be making an appearance in the flower field for the very first time. The Spring Fragrances centrepiece features three Chinese moon gates and a pair of rabbits amidst narcissus blooms, providing a marvellous photo op to remember your visit by.
Once you’re done with the Dahlia Dreams display at the Flower Dome, hop over to Cloud Forest to see the magnificent orchid collection, Flight of the Moth Orchid. The glorious, cascading display features over a whopping 800 Phalaenopsis orchids and are arranged to look like a moth in flight. Get up close and personal to these vibrant blooms and marvel at the various hybrids and varieties—a trip to this floral wonderland is the perfect way to usher in spring this new year.
When: 14 Jan to 20 Feb 2022
2. Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore is also decked out in all things Chinese New Year, from cherry blossom tree-lined streets to delectable tiger-themed food and drinks at the various restaurants around the theme park.
Meet & Greets are also CNY-themed, and you’ll get to see your favourite characters such as the Sesame Street pals, Despicable Me Minions, Kungfu Panda and Tigress, and even Woody and Winnie dressed in colourful CNY costumes. Make sure not to miss out on a photo with them, and don’t forget to give your best pose too!
You can also welcome the new year on a sweet (and tasty!) note at the Sweet Bonding Tang Yuan Workshop at Starbot Café. Led by Instructor Samantha Mantou, this one-hour workshop will teach you how to craft adorably cute Instagram-worthy tang yuan from scratch, which you can enjoy with delicious sweet ginger soup at the end!
When: 1 to 6 Feb & 10 to 13 Feb 2022
And if you think that’s all, you’re wrong! Check out Universal Studios Singapore’s latest premium programme, IT’S SHOWTIME!, which just proves that the fun and entertainment never stops while you’re here.
After you’ve spent the day exploring the theme park, spot Master Tigress and Po from Kungfu Panda dressed in their CNY best and join them as they toss lo hei before sitting back and enjoying exclusive performances and tucking into delicious eats from a special menu. End the night with a bang as you head out to the streets of New York to spectate the grand finale: a bedazzling dragon dance and an appearance by the God of Fortune himself—it’s a fantastic way to usher in a prosperous new year for sure!
Note: This experience is for ages 18 and above
When: 23 Jan, 30 Jan, 6 Feb, 13 Feb, 5.30pm to 9pm
3. S.E.A Aquarium
Let prosperity flow and the good times roll at Resorts World Sentosa S.E.A Aquarium! Celebrate the Lunar New Year and manifest ‘Nian Nian You Yu’ with over 1,000 species in more than 45 diverse habitats to discover at their Spring in the Sea event.
You’ll get to say hello to creatures of all shapes and sizes when you embark on the Trail of Fortune to seek out the auspicious animals of 2022! This year’s five auspicious animals are the giant Sand Tiger Shark, Red Lionfish, Weedy Sea Dragon, Tiger Crowie and Alligator Gar. Spot them all and learn how their characteristics make them living symbols of prosperity and fortune. Complete the trail task by taking a picture of yourself with all five of these animals or the CNY decor at their respective habitats and you’ll get to redeem an auspicious prize!
When: 15 Jan to 15 Feb 2022
If you’re looking for a special once-in-a-lifetime reunion meal with your family, Feng Shui Inn at Equarius Hotel offers an exclusive pop-up dinner event, A Bountiful Reunion Dinner package that will surely impress the older folks in your fam. Choose from Fortune, Prosperity or Happiness Set Menu and indulge in traditional festive favourites like Chef Li’s signature Yu Sheng, Crispy Suckling Pig, Roast Goose and more.
For an unforgettable meet and greet, opt to add on Behind the Panel passes along with your admission ticket, which takes you on an exclusive back-of-house tour to meet dolphins and manta rays! The package also includes an Auspicious Afternoon High Tea at Ocean Restaurant—tasty nibbles and delightful new fishy friends. What could be better than that?
4. Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration
Searching for the best #OOTD spots to show off your new CNY outfits? Look no further than Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration at Suntec City. This exclusive pop-up event is only running till March 2022, and features beloved Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends in seven super ‘gram-worthy experiential rooms.
There will be photo ops galore! You won’t be able to decide on what pictures to post when you’re done, so why not just post all of them? You can thank us later. Besides the photo ops, there’s also fun Mickey trivia (yes, with prizes to be won!). This is through a QR-code activated Pop-Up Disney! Trivia at the exhibition. Score at least 3 correct answers and you’ll win a special gift! Don’t forget to pop by the Mickey Mart where you can snag some exclusive goodies too. Now, how’s that for a CNY haul ;)
Where: Suntec City
When: Now till 20 March 2022
5. Go On a Staycation
No better way to escape nosy relatives and unwelcome questions than with a nice, relaxing staycation. Whether you go with your girlfriend or boyfriend (real or imaginary), family or even just yourself, a relaxing stay during the long weekend is always a welcome recharge of batteries. Bonus: Bring your own love letters, shrimp roll snacks or bak kwa to munch on while you’re there.
For those who can’t get enough of Mickey Mouse, you can opt to go on a Andaz Singapore staycation that pairs your Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration outing with a 1 or 2-night staycation at Andaz Singapore! This Klook Exclusive bundle also comes with a slew of Disney Merchandise for you to tote home after your stay.
- Disney's Sorcerer Mickey Mouse + Minnie Mouse Ear Headbands
- Mickey & Friends Plushies from the Comfy & Cozy Collection
- Mickey & Minnie Trinket Dishes
- Disney Cushion
- Disney Peranakan Rug
- Mickey Loves SG – Peranakan Diatomite Coasters set
*items may be subjected to changes
For fuss-free travel between Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration and Andaz Singapore, this staycation bundle also includes a complimentary one-way shuttle from your hotel to Suntec City. Don’t forget to bring your Disney's Sorcerer Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Ear Headbands with you to Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration—they will make your CNY #OOTD even cuter!
Stay dates: Now till 20 March 2022
Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration and Andaz Singapore staycation bundle aside, we also have other CNY deals for hotels including 1-1 staycays at The Capitol Kempinski Singapore (2 rooms for the price of 1 per night) and So Sofitel City Centre (2 nights for the price of 1). Other awesome new year promo stays include free F&B dining credits and up to 22% off room prices at hotels like Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore and The Warehouse Hotel. Pick your fave and book a stay! P/S: Don’t forget to add on promo codes for extra savings.
6. Singapore Zoo & River Wonders
What’s a good way to teach your kids about the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Tiger? By bringing them to the Singapore Zoo of course! Head over to Tiger Trek to have a peek at the amazing White Tigers and see if you can spot other animals along the way (dragons not included, sorry!).
Spend the day catching the different animal shows available, and don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the animal feeding sessions! For a token fee, you’ll get up close and personal to animals like elephants or giraffes and hand-feed them some yummy treats. It makes for a great photo op with them too.
Since you’re at the zoo, how can you not pop by River Wonders to pay our beary cute pandas a visit? Kai Kai, Jia Jia and little (or maybe not so little anymore) baby cub Le Le await at the Giant Panda Forest. The public can sneak a peek of Le Le through the glass front of the nursery. Viewing sessions for Le Le’s appearance are at 10.30am and 3.30pm daily and last for 20-30 minutes, so time your visit then if you want to spot him!
7. Tuck into a festive feast
We can’t deny that stuffing our faces silly is one of the best ways to celebrate Chinese New Year. From yu sheng platters to lip-smacking pen cai and more, there’s a dish, snack and goodie for everyone.
Toss, toss, toss and tuck into the cutest tiger-themed CNY Yusheng from Crowne Plaza Changi Airport that’s sure to delight both the young and old. Choose from two flavours: Fortune Abalone Yusheng, which comes with premium baby abalone and crispy fish skin crackers or Harmony Salmon Yusheng, which comes with Norwegian salmon and crispy crackers. Platters can serve up to 5 pax comfortably.
If you find your tummy growling in between lunch and dinner, Window on the Park at Holiday Inn® Singapore Orchard City Centre even has a CNY-themed Festive High Tea Set with all the scrummy trimmings, from freshly-baked scones to Tamago with Smoked Salmon & Wasabi Mayo as well as Bak Kwa sandwiches. If you are taking the kids with you, they have a Kids Afternoon Tea set menu too!
But what’s better than tasty food is getting it at an awesome price, and that’s why we are also having F&B deals on hotel buffets for your reunion lunches and dinners, as well as exclusive discounts on takeaway CNY goodies.
8. Chingay 2022
CNY means that it’s Chingay season! Colourful street parade with music, lion and dragon dancers and extravagant floats…can you believe that we are celebrating 50 years of Chingay already? This year’s theme is ‘Ignite Our Dreams’, and in commemoration of its 50-year anniversary, we can all tune into the festivities from the comfort of our own homes…with CNY snacks in hand of course.
Chingay is unapologetic when it comes to giving everyone a good show, with various themed performances, traditional costume displays and more. It is ostentatiously glamorous and bound to imbue a festive spirit in you no matter where you are. It’ll be a golden celebration like no other!
Where: Streamed Online
When: 12 Feb 2022, 8pm
9. River Hongbao
River Hongbao is an annual CNY Event that’s synonymous with lots of festive cheer, thanks to the massive vibrant lanterns and colourful fireworks. This year’s lantern displays features themed zones, such as Prosperity, Love and Fortune, with each piece more unique and different than the last.
While the past few years have seen a more toned down version of the event, you can still expect plenty of fun things to see and do at this year’s festival, including carnival rides, an inflatable playground, live performances and Ge Tai shows, and even a Tik Tok Fortune Dance Challenge (stand to win $188 worth of shopping vouchers!).
Do note that visitors do need to register for a time slot before heading down. More information can be found on the FAQ on their website.
Where: Gardens by the Bay
When: 30 Jan to 6 Feb 2022
10. Chinatown Street Light Up
Last but not least, what is a CNY celebration without going to Chinatown to marvel at the splendid and dazzling festive lanterns as well as vibrantly-coloured lights? 2022 is the year of the Tiger, so you can expect plenty of tiger lanterns among other themed-decor like gold coins, ingots and couplets.
Don’t miss out on the stunning centrepiece between New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street that features a family of tigers to signify reunion, harmony and prosperity. Fun Fact: This year’s lanterns are designed by students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design!
Besides the brightly lit streets, Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebrations include a myriad of other festive activities such as Tiger Origami workshop and virtual classes like goodies making and pen cai cooking demonstrations. You can learn more about the activities here.
Where: Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road
When: 7pm to 12am Daily
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