Usher in this year’s Lunar New Year come February 12, 2021! Little Steps has uncovered the best family-friendly events to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore. While some events and activities have gone digital this year, there’s still lots to see and do as we look forward to spending time with friends and family. Bring on the Year of the Ox!
Year after year, restaurant chefs pride themselves in creating their Yu Sheng masterpiece - this year is certainly no exception. Incorporating this year's Chinese zodiac sign, the Ox, into the 'Lo Hei', hotels and restaurants alike are in full gear for this annual gastronomical affair and family tradition that is always a hit with the kids. Little Steps has scouted the top picks for 'Lo Hei' to usher in the year of the Ox - Huat ah!
Ring in the year of the Metal Ox and bask in prosperity and good fortune at Dahlia Dreams! Featuring auspicious elements and symbols, this ever-popular floral display ushers in new beginnings filled with good luck and positivity. Stroll through a field of about 1,400 pretty dahlias of mixed varieties, all grown in-house for the very first time by our own horticulturists alongside a host of Lunar New Year floral favorites such as azaleas, chrysanthemums, and cymbidiums.
Dhalia Dreams 2021 @ Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, Website
This year's Chinatown events have been downscaled and most have gone virtual in adherence to crowd control and safety management measures. The street light-up features sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, golden ingots, flowers, and greetings that combine traditions with modern design. Enjoy three specially produced short films featuring renowned Chinatown Merchants such as Bee Cheng Hiang, Kele, and Spring Court on the Chinatown Festivals Facebook and Instagram Pages. There will also be online activities plus a Chinatown 360 Virtual Tour.
Chinatown Festivities, Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street, Terengganu Street, and Online, Website
Chingay 2021 will take a different stance this year as it goes fully digital come February 20, 2021. Welcome an array of vibrant floats, dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes, and many, many more, right in the comfort of your home! Themed 'Light of Hope', this year's first digital Chingay festival will see more than 2,000 performers and 150 organizations taking part in this refreshed digital program. The main highlight has got to be the 100-lion dance performance involving local and overseas troupes from more than 10 different cities that will include the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI)! You can also pick up souvenirs to commemorate Chingay 2021 at the online Chingay Mama Shop.
Chingay Parade 2021 Digital Edition, Television, Online, and Social Media Platforms, Website
Usher in the Year of the Ox at Universal Studios Singapore! Meet the Majestic Dragon as well as Po from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me, Sesame Street friends, Optimus Prime and Megatron, and more! Plus, a trip to the park isn’t complete without letting loose on your favorite rides. What’s more, your taste buds have reason to celebrate too, as you tuck into sumptuous Chinese New Year-themed treats.
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, Website
Bring on the New Year with 100,000 marine animals, and see the spectacle of life flourish before your very eyes at the S.E.A Aquarium! Follow the trail of hidden gold ingots to win a prize, and meet fascinating sea life like the scrawled cowfish, vase coral, and more along the way. You’ll also learn how each is a living symbol of good fortune. Live out your dragon-dance dreams with our wonderful installations for some cool shareable pictures, and join in the fun by helping us complete our auspicious dragon mural! Discover the above at the enhanced aquarium, with new soundscape experiences, exciting zones, a Discovery Pool, and more.
S.E.A Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, Website
During these challenging times, Esplanade remains committed to supporting and working with Singapore artists and has commissioned six new works to be presented in Huayi 2021. These include Toy Factory Productions’ All the World is One’s Stage featuring four Singapore theatre veterans; Nanyin concert Fantasia presented in celebration of Siong Leng Musical Association’s 80th anniversary; Reflections by contemporary Chinese music group MUSA The Collective; puppetry theatre production The Universe According to Niu by Paper Monkey Theatre; immersive installation work Interspace by Ricky Sim, as well as a dance film Dance en Scene – Rooms by Cinemovement on Singapore contemporary dancer Albert Tiong. Audiences can also look forward to new collaborations between artists in Singapore and overseas. For more information on program line-up, please visit the Esplanade website. Tickets for each individual event are available through SISTIC.
Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2021, The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, Website
Usher in the Year of the Ox at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations! Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2021 presents an exciting line-up of family-friendly offerings such as lion dance and festive drum workshops, heritage walking trails, and craft activities for the little ones. The memorial hall’s annual thematic installation, Double Prosperity, also promises to make for great photo moments with friends and family this festive season. Online programs will also be available on the memorial hall’s Facebook page. You can learn hacks on how to huat their homes to usher in the new year, the dos and don’ts when it comes to watching a lion dance performance, as well as a step by step demonstration on how to make fried nian gao, a sweet rice cake made from glutinous rice flour. Children can find out more about the story of the Ox as well as characteristics of the zodiac.
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874, +65 6256 7377, Website
A must-see annual art and cultural event, River Hongbao 2021 has yet to be confirmed and more information will be provided soon. In the meantime, visit their Facebook page for a roundup of the fortune readings for the first 4 of the 12 zodiac signs in 2021.
River Hongbao 2021, To Be Confirmed, Website