This Year’s River Hongbao Will Be at Gardens by the Bay from 30 Jan to 6 Feb


Chinese New Year music, decorations and large mascots that we all clamour to take photos with.

Sounds familiar? River Hongbao, an annual Chinese New Year programme in Singapore, is back in full force this year, and we’re ready.

With various activities held both in-person and online, it’s as festive as Chinese New Year gets. The in-person activities will be held at Gardens by The Bay, and the festival will run from 30 January to 06 February this year.

In-Person Activities

One of the most Instagrammable and unforgettable parts of River Hongbao every year is the Lantern Displays, and this year is no different. With 30 dazzling, life-size lanterns embodying different themes such as prosperity, love, fortune and harmony, be prepared to be wowed by the vibrant colours and lively designs.

Other than the iconic Lantern Displays and Amusement Rides to keep the kids entertained, the Nightly Live Shows are back as well after going fully virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The shows comprise getai shows, martial arts displays as well as performances by local artistes such as Zoe Tay and Marcus Chin.

Though these may seem interesting only to the older generation, the vibes and energy you get to soak up during the shows is something you can’t beat for sure.

With the myriad of activities, there’s bound to be something for everyone, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t come down along with your family!

However, if you can’t attend the shows live, there’s nothing to worry about as they will be broadcast live on River Hongbao’s Facebook page as well.

Additionally, for the youngsters, there’s also a TikTok challenge that gives you the chance to walk away with $188 worth of shopping vouchers. Pretty good for a minute-long video, eh?

Virtual Activities

If you’re going to be at home engaged in your intense mahjong game, yet you don’t want to miss out, River Hongbao’s got you covered as well.

Apart from the live show broadcasts mentioned earlier, virtual activities also include Instagram filters, an e-exhibition, virtual yusheng game and Instagram treasure hunt!

With $388 worth of vouchers to be won, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled and check the official River Hongbao website for more information in the days to come.

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Booking Information

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, you’ll have to register for the events first and book a time slot in order to chope a spot if you’re heading down. If not, you might find yourself only able to stare at the displays from a far, far distance away.

Registration starts on 19 January, and more information can be found here.

Now, even with the existing COVID-19 restrictions, everyone can definitely have a very happy and festive Chinese New Year. Don’t forget to stay safe and socially responsible as you participate in the activities!

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