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Chinese New Year Activities for Families 2021 : Indoors and Outdoors


This year CNY will be celebrated differently in Singapore.

Instead of the usual Chinese New Year Bazaars, you see in Chinatown or across the neighbourhood. It will be a much more muted affair. 

Nonetheless, there are still experiences that you can enjoy to soak in the atmosphere. One word of caution, with the recent spate of community cases for COVID19, do avoid crowds when possible.  There are certain events that will also allow you to join in the festivities in the comforts of your home too.

Chinatown Street Lightup

23 Jan to 12 March
Along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road

This year, Chinatown will not have their annual street bazaars. However, the Street Lights will still be there. This year's Light up will feature 888 lantern pieces and towering 10-metre tall oxen next to a riverbank and water wheel that represents flow of wealth and fortune. We recommend either a visit during weekdays or a drive through the lights instead.

Dahlia Dream

Jan 15 to Feb 21
Flower Dome

Gardens by the Bay will have its annual CNY display Dhalia Dreams at the Flower Dome. The Dahlias are all homegrown in preparation for this event. Check out the 200 lanterns globe as well as a static display of Lion Dancers there.


River Hongbao 2021

10-16 Feb
Gardens By the Bay

This year River Hongbao will be heading to Gardens By the Bay. Due to Covid19, there will be limited capacity with assigned time slots.

Programmes include lantern displays and a Lion Dance Exhibition that focus on Lion Dance. There will be no fireworks, live stage performances and amusement park for this year's edition.

Event is free, but ticketed for Crowd Control. Time slots will be released from Feb 3, 11 am. Up to 4 people can be registered per booking

Book your tickets here.

Wang Qing Festival of Spring 2021

5 Jan 2021-28 Feb 2021
Free Admission

User in the Year of the Ox at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial's Hall Lunar New Year Celebration. This will be family-friendly activities such as lion dance and festive drum workshops, craft activities and heritage walking trails. The annual thematic installation, Double Prosperity makes it a good spot for instagramable photos.

Full line up at this link

Wild about 牛 year

12 -26 Feb 2021
Singapore Zoo, River Safari , Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari

Celebrate with real Ox at the zoo. See the Gaur, Ankole Cattle and even the Sea Cow (Manatee) . There are 牛 Year New Friend Trails, new shows and festive specials at the shops. Local residents can enjoy up to 30% off admission tickets. Use your SingapRediscovers vouchers for Park Admission.

More details here

Usher in the Fun

7 Jan-28 Feb

Universal Studios Singapore

Meet the Majestic Dragon, Po from Dreamworks, Minions, Sesame Street friends, Optimus Prime and more at USS CNY Special event. Characters will be decked out in CNY gears to welcome you.

Spring in the Sea

9 Jan -2 March
SEA Aquarium

User in the New Year with 100,000 marine animals. Follow the hidden gold ingots trail to win a prize. meet fascinating sea life like the scrawled cowfish, case coral and more along the way. 

More details here

Online Activities

Chinatown 360 Virtual Tour and Heritage 

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Street Light up or go on a Heritage Tour about culture and heritage of Chinatown to learn about the culture and heritage of Chinatown


River Hongbao Nightly Performances

10 Feb - 16 Feb

Due to Covid19, there will be no live stage performances this year, you can still catch exciting performances that will be streamed online via River Hongboas, FaceBook Channel.

The schedule as follows

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