This year, Chinese New Year 2019 falls on two weekdays – Tuesday, 5th February and Wednesday 6th February. This might seem like a bummer, but cheer up, we have a list of Chinese New Year 2019 Singapore events leading up to the day for you to have fun.
Here are the top 15 Chinese New Year 2019 events in Singapore:
1) Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in Chinatown
Chinatown gets a themed glow up during Chinese New Year 2019, and this year, the theme is “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity”. Look out for sculptures of pigs, flowers and greetings along Kreta Ayer, New Bridge Road, Sago St and Pagoda St.
You can choose to stroll slow, pop into the festival market, and admire the light-up by signing up for the free walking tours. Like to shop? Chinatown’s got you covered with a variety of shops selling mouthwatering traditional Chinese New Year delicacies such as cookies, preserved fruit and many others. If you’re more into live performances, perhaps catch the nightly performances in front of Kreta Ayer Square, and be entertained by local and overseas artists. While on the topic of shows, you cannot miss the 12th International Lion Dance Competition, which will feature local and Southeast Asian lion dance troupes that will compete against each other to be the king of kings! The entire festival kicks off during the opening ceremony on 20th January, when firecrackers would be set off, ushering in a prosperous Year of the Pig.
Chinatown happenings and festivals
Dates: 18 Jan – 13 Feb 2019
Time: Various timings depending on events
Price: Free for most activities
Like to find out more about Chinatown events? Read our post about Chinese New Year 2019: 9 Activities in Chinatown to Bask in the Festivities!
2) River Hongbao 2019
The River Hongbao is an annual event along the river, and this year’s highlights include spectacular fireworks, beautifully-lit life-sized handcrafted lanterns! This year is also the 2nd century after Raffles came to Singapore in 1819. To commemorate this, there will be a bicentennial exhibition. In addition, shops will be selling traditional Chinese New Year goodies as well as other local and international delights to fill your tummy while you’re there.
River Hongbao 2019
Date: 3rd Feb-10th Feb 2019
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay
Price: Free entry
Have a look at our post on the Top 18 Events In Singapore To Look Forward To In 2019!
3) Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2019
The Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts celebrates Chinese New Year Singapore 2019 with the community by offering ticket programmes and a spread of over 100 free performances as well as activities. Look forward to Chinese dance performance, instrumental concerts, puppetry performances, and music, with performances by famous singers such as Yudi Yap (Malaysia), and Kahlil Fong (Hong Kong). Ticketed shows include The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a modern-day reenactment of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by the Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio. There is also Painted Skin – An Opera in Concert. This is a concert by Singapore Chinese orchestra that fuses Western operatic style and Peking Opera Elements. If you’re looking for something more light-hearted, how about watching Dear John? It is an innovative production combining dance, lightning effects, technology, audience participation and sound by experimental theatre group M.O.V.E theatre.
Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2019
Date: 15-24 Feb 2019
Time: Various timings, depending on shows
Venue: Esplanade, Theatres of the Bay
Price: Free and ticketed, depending on shows
Check out some of the nearby attractions and things to do near the Esplanade in 11 Fun & Free Things To Do In Singapore!
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4) Chingay Parade Singapore 2019
The theme for Chingay Parade 2019 is ‘Dreams Funtasia-Bicentennial Edition’. The audience can look forward to its highlights, such as the first-of-its-kind 270m by 7m long painting depicting ‘Past, Present and Future’ of Singapore. This was co-created by 3 multi-disciplinary artists to commemorate Singapore Bicentennial. There will also be more exciting skilled performances by diverse groups, many of them who are first-time performers. Expect a stunning backdrop of lights lasers, pyrotechnics and fireworks to accompany elaborately decorated floats, alongside with Multi-ethnic cultural performances by local talents and international acts.
Chingay Parade Singapore 2019
Date: 15 – 16 Feb 2019
Time: 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Price: Cat 1: $50, Cat 2: $48, Cat 3: $28.50
Check out other events and festivals in our list of Top 18 Events In Singapore To Look Forward To In 2019!
5) Songs of Spring at the Gardens
Pack a picnic basket and bring your whole family to soak in the season of Spring. The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) will celebrate the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ 160th anniversary with the song of The Wandering Songstress, which will remind you of the freshness of flowers blooming during Spring.
Songs of Spring at the Gardens
Date: 12 Jan 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
Read up about other nature-themed things to do in our list of Cheap Things To Do in Singapore: 15 Activities Under $15!
6) Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar
Pop by Sentosa Boardwalk to shop for Chinese New Year goodies such as delectable cookies, preserved fruits and many more. The Boardwalk is a bridge that crosses VivoCity to Sentosa. Take a leisurely stroll, admire the views, and shop to your heart’s delight.
Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar
Date: 5 – 7 Feb 2019
Time: 10am – 11pm
Venue: Sentosa Boardway
Price: Free entry
While you’re at Sentosa, how about checking out 20 Activities at Sentosa for a Fun-filled Day With Your Loved Ones!
7) Blast ‘19
Let Singapore’s homegrown wind percussion ensemble group Reverberance usher in the new year with you in this concert of new works. The Silver Ensemble, a group of veteran senior artists will also be performing. With works such as Gong Fu, Moments Before Spring, and Suite from Miyazaki Hayao’s Animation Pictures, you’ll be listening to both new as well as locally premiered works.
Date: 13 Jan 2019
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Price: Cat 1: $25, Cat 2: $15
Fancy yourself a concert? Check out the Upcoming Music Festivals & Concerts in Singapore 2019 and 9 Concert Predictions in Singapore for 2019!
8) Istana Open House
The Istana Grounds is only open for festive days such as Chinese New Year. During the Open House, there will be a variety of shows on the grounds. Visitors can also tour selected function rooms in the Istana Main Building or go on a guided tour of the Istana building, conducted by the Preservation of Sites and Monuments (PSM) volunteers. For nature lovers, look forward to the Nature Guided Walks where they can learn more about the rich flora and fauna available in the Istana grounds.
Istana Open House
Date: 6 Feb 2019
Time: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Istana Grounds
Price: Free for Singaporean and Singapore Permanent Residents
9) Fortune Gathers at Resorts World Sentosa
Head over to Resort World Sentosa for the Chinese New Year festival line-up! Visitors can follow an auspicious dragon and meet Sesame Street characters in a Monster Lo Hei show at Universal Studios Singapore or watch a mesmerising underwater dragon performance at the S.E.A. Aquarium. If you want to know your fortunes in 2019, head to Fortune Street to get your fortune told. Other acts like Cantonese comedy and lion dance performances await.
Fortune Gathers at Resorts World Sentosa
Date: 3 January – 19 February 2019
Time: Various times according to events
Venue: Resort World Sentosa
Price: Various prices according to events
At Sentosa? Look at our list of 20 Activities at Sentosa for a Fun-filled Day With Your Loved Ones!
10) 2019 Chinese New Year Live Showcase – A-Mei, Anna & Eve Ai
Get ready for a rocking concert with the Queen of Mandopop this Chinese New Year! A-Mei will be headlining the Chinese New Year Live Showcase, along with Anna, her 18-year-old niece and the Queen of Blues, Eve Ai. Each of them are accomplished stars, with A-Mei and Eve Lai winning the Best Mandarin Female Singer in their respective years for the Golden Melody Award, while Anna gets audiences everywhere pumped up with her high-energy dance moves and infectious hits.
Chinese New Year Live Showcase
Date: 15 – 16 Feb 2019
Venue: Resort World Convention Centre, Resorts World Ballroom
Read our list of 20 Activities at Sentosa for a Fun-filled Day With Your Loved Ones!
11) Rhapsodies of Spring
Welcome Spring with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s Rhapsodies of Spring, a concert that will showcase a myriad of classic pieces. Renowned vocalist Fang Qiong, professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, will sing classic Shanghainese songs in the Symphonic Suite: Song Bird, written and arranged by Law Wai Lun. Look forward to SCO soloist performing various classic Chinese music hits with a pop twist, including Flight of Bossa Nova, Erquan in Swing, Interstellar Ambush and Hard Rock Fight.
Rhapsodies of Spring
Date: 18 – 19 Jan 2019
Venue: Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall
Price: $25 – $108
12) Gardens by the Bay
Lore nerds will delight at the stories galore available at Gardens by the Bay this Chinese New Year 2019 in Singapore. Watch how the carp, an auspicious symbol, perseveres and transforms into a powerful dragon. Or catch a performance by Ding Yi Music company, bringing to you traditional Chinese music and Singaporean festive tunes. Perhaps fill your evening with melodious Chinese New Year favourites curated by SCO Assistant Conductor Moses Gay and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Also expect breathtaking lion dance performances. Whichever way you choose, it is a surefire way to usher in the Year of the Pig.
Gardens by the Bay
Date: 2 – 10 Feb 2019
Time: Various timings depending on the event
Venue: Gardens by the Bay
Price: Free, except for Flower Dome and Cloud Forest
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13)A Bazaar to Usher in Chinese New Year 2019
Every Chinese household needs to do some shopping to prepare the house for Chinese New Year Singapore 2019. This Chinese New Year bazaar set in Viva Business Park will help you to skip the hassle of shopping at a crowded mall. Get your traditional new year cookies and clothing here, or just come here to soak in the atmosphere!
Chinese New Year Bazaar at Viva Business Park
Date: 7 – 13 Jan, 21 – 27 Jan 2019
Time: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Venue: Viva Business Park (Level 1 Business Atrium, 750 Chai Chee Rd S469000)
Price: Free entry
14) Have a fun-filled weekend at the Singapore Chinese Culture Centre
Usher in the Year of the Pig with your family at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre! Embrace family bonding time by getting your family to join in a mass hunt for the real God of Fortune (Cai Shen Ye); or get crafty in a series of Chinese New Year-themed craft and cultural workshops ranging from upcycling, bento-making and lion dancing.
Thrill your aural senses with local wind percussion ensemble Reverberance or view an exhibition by local illustrator Ah Guo – everyone from the young to the old will have something to look forward to! Make sure you take part in activities to collect a limited-edition red packet designed by local illustrator Ah Guo with an original song by composer-pianist Peng Chi Sheng, specially commissioned by SCCC for the season. Online registration is required.
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Date: 12 – 13 Jan 2019
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Venue: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)
Price: Free admission, certain activities are chargeable
15) Chinese New Year Light-Up Trail
Go on this guided tour explore the streets of Chinatown and learn about the significance of Chinese New Year to the Chinese. Your tour guide will bring you through Chinatown while sharing the history and symbolism of the festival, as well as the meaning behind the practices. Online registration is required.
Date: 9 – 30 Jan 2019 (staggered dates, check website for information) and 1st – 3rd Feb 2019
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Meeting Point: Chinatown MRT Station, outside EXIT E [Chinatown Point]
Price: S$20 (Adults), S$10 (Child, below 12 years old)
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.
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