Usher in this year’s Lunar New Year come January 22, 2023! Little Steps has uncovered the best family-friendly events to celebrate Chinese New Year in Singapore. More events are going physical this year, so there’s so much for you to see and do as we look forward to spending time with friends and family. Bring on the Year of the Rabbit!
Want More? Check out our other CNY guides for 2023 right here!
Stride into the Lunar New Year with the Chingay Parade Singapore at the F1 Pit! Chingay Parade 2023 is themed “Embrace Tomorrow”, and calls on Singaporeans to treasure the present and embrace tomorrow together as a community with hope, dream, and confidence as we commit to a brighter Singapore. Indulge in the colourful and vibrant Chingay Parade brought to you by the diverse talents and multi-ethnic community this Chinese New Year. Tickets start from SG$20 excluding booking fee. PAssion card members enjoy 20% discount.
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's Roof Garden comes alive with a spectacular rabbit-themed art installation exhibition to welcome the Year of the Rabbit. Entitled 兔gether / (Tu)gether, the art installations are created by local art and design studio Whisky and Foxtrot LLP, presenting an adorable cast of characters from the Chinese New Year mythology. These characters will showcase local Chinese New Year practices enjoyed together with family and friends. Special light shows with narration of the story of Tu Zai’s journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family and friends happens on selected Saturday evenings (January 7, 14, 28, February 25, and March 25 at 7.30pm to 8.30pm). Visitors may also redeem a set of these limited-edition red packets at Level 1 from now until February 5, while stocks last. Admission to both the exhibition and light shows are free.
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Blvd, Singapore 018906, https://singaporeccc.org.sg/events/tugether/
Ushering in the Year of the Rabbit, the official Chinatown Chinese New Year street light-up will take place at Kreta Ayer Square on January 3, and the lights will be switched on nightly until February 19 in New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and, for the first time, Upper Cross Street.
Chinatown various locations, https://www.facebook.com/events/855614799010410/?ref=newsfeed
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall with Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2023! An exciting line-up of programmes and activities, suitable for all ages have been planned for the festival. Titled “Bunny-ful Blessings”, the beautiful lawn installation is a collaboration between the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and artist Chan Siu Kau, a Hong Kong illustrator and designer, and represents the memorial hall’s wish for a year of good luck and fortune for Singapore.
During the festival, families can enjoy activities such as lion dance, festive drumming and festive Tangyuan workshops, temple tours and heritage food trails, storytelling, craft activities for the little ones, and more!
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874, https://www.sysnmh.org.sg/en/whats-on/events/wan-qing-festival-of-spring-2023
Soak up the Chinese New Year festivities with Garden By The Bay’s in-house grown Dahlias. Look out for prolific rabbits, known as the luckiest of the Chinese zodiac animals, frolicking in a verdant landscape populated by auspicious and vibrant dahlias, springtime blooms, as well as a majestic magnolia tree.
Gardens By The Bay, Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953, https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/things-to-do/calendar-of-events/dahlia-dreams-2023.html
Delve into a bountiful Year of the Water Rabbit with 100,000 marine animals at the S.E.A Aquarium! Discover the eight auspicious stars’ symbolisms along the Trail of Fortune like the fox face rabbitfish and learn about their amazing traits. Taking centrestage would be Singapore’s one and only underwater dragon dance. Join Ru Yi the Mermaid as she shares how we can conserve the seas’ pristine treasures, and meet adorable manta mascots to complete the celebration.
S.E.A Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/en/promotions/attractions/spring-in-the-sea
Stay and Lo Hei with The Stars over three Chinese New Year weekends – January 21 - 24, January 27 - 29, and February 3 - 5, 2023. Join Elmo, Oscar, Abby and Cookie Monster at the New York Public Library, as they add ingredients and blessings to the yusheng dish for extra wealth and prosperity, and toss to a year of abundant luck. The Dance of the Dragon lights up the night in majestic fashion with a neon dragon, colourful new dragon poi, as well as dancers and drummers wearing brilliant LED lights.
Guests can look forward to giveaways and goodies in the park, while stocks lasts.
Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/en/promotions/attractions/uss-cny
Have a hopping good time at Mandai Wildlife Reserve this Lunar New Year. Watch the resident bunnies gather and enjoy an auspicious “lo-hay” platter at the Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Kidzworld, and interact with these gentle animals and their keepers at the Buddy Barn. Learn more about caring for rabbits through interesting games and activities at the Animal Playground, which was designed as an area in the Singapore Zoo for animals to explore enrichment devices and new environments. During the animal presentations, receive prosperous greetings from our Capybara at River Wonders’ Once Upon a River, as well as our boisterous Sea Lion, Coatimundi and everyone’s favourite canines from Splash Safari, Rainforest Fights Back, and Animal Friends!
Mandai Wildlife Reserve, 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826, www.mandai.com/en/things-to-do/whats-on/events/wild-cny.html
i12 Katong welcomes the Lunar New Year with a First-of-its-kind Art Exhibition featuring Chinese Zodiac Animals made from up cycled flip-flops. It was commissioned and handcrafted by six talented Kenyan artists from OCEAN Sole Africa, a non-profit and social enterprise with a mission to clean polluted beaches and provide careers to artisans in high-impact communities. The mall will also host exciting performances and activities every weekend for the month of January, including Kids Chinese New Year Craft Workshops and Lion Dance Performances. Lots of other promotions and rewards are up for grabs, find out more in the link below!
i12 Katong, 112 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428802, https://i12katong.com.sg/events/225
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