Top 10 Festive Treats This Chinese New Year 2018

By Darren Seow – February 09, 2018

It’s the time of the year again when we will be saying ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ to one another; donning on new outfits, spotting new haircuts, visiting relatives and friends, and glurping down all the bak kuas and snacks. Travelling all around Singapore, we would be sure to see plenty of activities and events going on in Singapore. While soaking in the festive atmosphere, if you find yourself with a bit of spare time, you can head down to these hot spots and continue the celebration with these special festive treats.

1. Fireworks

Image Credit: www.china-family-adventure.com

If you are the one that always anticipates the fireworks during Chinese New Year when you’re young, you’re not alone! As a child, we always look forward to getting a glimpse of the firecrackers shooting up into the moonlit night sky. This should be the very first thing in everyone’s bucket list and it is not uncommon to spot the performance as the whole nation indulges in the festive mood.

Event: River Hongbao 2018
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Date: 14 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018
Time:     9.00pm daily
12.00mn (15 Feb)

Event: Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018
Location: Chinatown
Date: 15 Feb 2018
Time: 12.00mn

 

2. Street Light-Up

Image Credit: www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Another eye-feasting display of lights and more lights, the official opening of Light-Up on 27 January will be followed by 7 weeks of street lighting features along the streets of Chinatown. The combination of traditions and modern design will make visitors be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design with features such as handmade sculptured lanterns of dogs, flowers and greetings.

Image Credit: The Straits Times

Location: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge
Date: 7.00pm – 6.00am (15 & 16 Feb 2018)
7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)

 

3. River Hongbao 2018

Image Credit: www.riverhongbao.sg

River Hongbao is an annual Chinese New Year celebratory event since 1987. Every year, there will be a wholesome of activities such as the spectacular displays of fireworks, lanterns, performances, music festivals and a large “statue” of the God of Fortune as the main highlight.

Image Credit: www.riverhongbao.sg

This year, it will be an 11-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds to usher in the Year of the Dog. The theme is “An Endearing Home for One and All”. No doubt, RHB 2018 will a fun-filled carnival with fireworks, cultural performances from local and abroad, food street, interactive fringe activities and more than 60 pieces of dazzling lantern displays.

Location: The Float @ Marina Bay
Date: 14 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018
Time:   2.00pm – 11.00pm daily
2.00pm – 1.00am (15 Feb)
Admission: Free
More info: See here for all programmes highlights.

 

4. Chingay Parade 2018

Image Credit: www.gov.sg

This national event is the largest street performance and float parade in Asia. Travelling from the main parade site to the heartlands, the vibrant floats include dancing dragons, prancing lions, stilt walkers, wushu masters, performers of different races in their traditional costumes and many others. On the same nights, the Chingay parade will join hands with RHB 2018 to put up a cultural spectacular for the audience as we celebrate together as one during Chinese New Year.

Location: F1 Pit Building
Date: 23 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018
Time: 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Admission: See here for ticketing.

 

5. Indulging in Delicacies

Image Credit: www.cityweekend.com.cn

Yes, feasting is something not to be missed during Chinese New Year. Finding a restaurant can be tricky as most places would be closed during the festival period. Nevertheless, some of our favourite Chinese Cuisine restaurants would still be operating to satisfy our gourmet cravings.

Din Tai Feng @ The Shoppes MBS

Location 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-63, S018972
Date: 15 Feb 2018 – 17 Feb 2017
CNY Opening Hours:
11.00am – 9.00pm
10.00am – 9.00pm (17 Feb)
*18 Feb 2018 (Sunday) onwards, all restaurants will resume regular operating hours.
More info: Call 6634 9969 or visit www.dintaifung.com.sg

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club

Location: 10 Bukit Chermin Rd, M Level, S109918
Date: 15 Feb 2018 – 17 Feb 2018
CNY Opening Hours: 11.00am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 8.00pm – 10.30pm
* Only Chinese New Year menus are available.
More info: Call 6276 9138 or visit www.peonyjade.com

Man Fu Yuan @ InterContinental Singapore

Location: 80 Middle Rd, Level 2, S188966
Date: 1 Feb 2018 – 2 Mar 2018
CNY Opening Hours:
11.45am – 3.00pm (weekday lunch)
11.30am – 3.15pm (weekend lunch)
6.30pm – 10.30pm (dinner daily)
More info: Call 6825 1008

Yàn @ National Gallery Singapore

Location: 1 Saint Andrew's Road, #05-02, S178957
Date: 1 Feb 2018 – 2 Mar 2018
CNY Opening Hours:
11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch)
2.30pm – 10.00pm (dinner)
More info: Call 6384 5585 or visit www.yan.com.sg

* The above information is as accurate as the posting date of this article and may subject to changes.

 

6. Istana Open House

Image Credit: The Straits Times

The Istana Grounds is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year every year. There will be a variety of performances during the open house, and for a small fee, visitors could tour selected function rooms in the Istana building and view a special display of gifts presented to the President and the Prime Minister.

Location: Orchard Road, S238823
Date: 17 Feb 2018
Time: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Admission: See here for ticketing.

 

7. Spring Surprise 2018 @ Gardens by the Bay

Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Usher in the Year of the Dog with Spring Surprise 2018 at Gardens by the Bay. The entire event is guaranteed to offer an array of festive performances and fun for the entire family, from special performances of belly dancers by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra to contortionists, a refreshing morning yoga session with your furry-pawed doggie buddy to a thrilling performance of lion dance on poles (Mei Hua Zhuang), and don’t miss the spectacular debut of ultraviolet (UV) light performances with the UV Lotus Dragon and UV Northern Lions.

Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Image Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, S018953
Date: 14 Feb 2018 – 25 Feb 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 8.30pm (selected timings)
More info: See here for more details.

 

8. SCCC Lunar New Year Carnival & Concert

Image Credit: www.singaporeccc.org.sg

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) will be organising its first Lunar New Year Carnival & Concert over the festive weekend this February. There will be more than 20 wonderful activities, including experiencing traditional art forms such as Chinese paper cuttings and wushu showcases, indulging in festive delicacies, and many others.
A closing concert hosted by popular celebrities Marcus Chin, Xu Qiongfang and Lin Ruping held on the last day featuring talents performing Chinese New Year classics and familiar tunes.

Event: SCCC Lunar New Year Carnival
Date: 24 Feb 2018 – 25 Feb 2018
Time: 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Event: SCCC Lunar New Year Concert
Date: 25 Feb 2018
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Location: 1 Straits Boulevard, Concourse Level 1, S018906
Admission: Free
More info: See here for more details.

 

9. Spring in the City 2018

Image Credit: www.zaobao.com.sg

A showcase of fine Chinese arts and culture started in 1994 to revive the festive atmosphere of Chinese New Year in Singapore. Today, it has become one of the most iconic annual events and is celebrating its 25th edition this year. Over the years, 104 performing and cultural groups from 24 provinces in China, and almost 1,000 master craftsmen and artists have participated in it.

Image Credit: www.zaobao.com.sg

The event is extremely meaningful to the local Chinese society, as many of the age-old art forms it features are little known or even unknown to many here. Many locals and tourists alike, have been drawn by its sights and sounds, and the number of these visitors to the show has grown tremendously over the years.

Location: Various locations.
Date: 8 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018
Time: Various timings.
More info: Call 6323 2321 or see here for more details.

 

10. Watch a Movie

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Running out of things to do? Well, there is one more you could do – watch a movie. Apparently, movie theatres are still in operation during Chinese New Year. So, grab your family and friends along and head to the nearest cinema for some latest blockbusters. Here are some upcoming movies you might want to check out:

1) Monster Hunt 2

Release Date: 16 Feb 2018
Language: Mandarin (Sub: English, Chinese)

2) Wonderful! Liang Xi Mei The Movie

Release Date: 15 Feb 2018
Language: Mandarin (Sub: English, Chinese)

3) The Monkey King 3

Release Date: 15 Feb 2018
Language: Mandarin (Sub: English, Chinese)

4) Game Night

Release Date: 22 Feb 2018
Language: English (Sub: Chinese)


How will you celebrate your Chinese New Year and where are the places will you be going? Let us know by commenting in the section below and don’t forget to share this with your family and friends so no one will miss out!

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