4 Things To Do this Chinese New Year Weekend

Chinese New Year at Chinatown

If you’re celebrating Chinese New Year (CNY), you may be wondering what else is there to do other than feasting till you suffer a food coma, or dodging pushy relatives’ questions about why you’re still single.

Or perhaps you don’t celebrate CNY, and you’re just wondering what to do this long weekend – other than watching bad TV on your couch.

Here are some suggestions:

#1: Chinese New Year Countdown

Date:  January 27, 2017
Time:   9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue:  New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Usher in the Year of the Rooster with live performances and a countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown.

Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.

#2: River Hongbao Carnival (RHB)

Date: Jan 26 to Feb 4, 2017
Time: 2pm to 11pm daily
Venue: The Float at Marina Bay

This annual iconic event has remained an integral part of Singapore’s Lunar New Year celebrations since 1987.

RHB 2017 has lined up 10 days of fun-filled extravaganza of lights, sights, sounds to celebrate this festivity.

RHB 2017 will have modern, futuristic elements and a strong local flavor. Larger-than-life lantern displays will make it colourful and fun, with interesting play on the Chinese word for Rooster. With nightly fireworks and laser displays, intricate handicrafts and crowd-pleasing performances featuring local and exotic programmes from the region, be prepared to treat your senses this coming spring. There will be more than 40 varieties of local food, and a myriad of fringe activities ranging from amusemenet rides to carnival games.

Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games

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Occupying over 40 hectares of land, the Istana is an iconic and important part of Singapore’s heritage.

#3: Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay

Date: Jan 20, 2017  to Feb 19, 2017
Time: 9am to 9pm
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Spend your Chinese New Year with friends at Gardens by the Bay’s first floral display of 2017.

Be greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias and Begonias  as you step into the crisp climate of the Flower Dome.

Take in the beautiful sights while strolling through the Chinese garden inspired landscape, complete with a three-tier pagoda, a pavilion, moon gates, and sculptures to welcome the Year of the Rooster.

Adding an innovative twist to tradition is the projection mapping depicting scenes of Lunar New Year celebrations – a first for the floral displays at Gardens by the Bay!

Be greeted by the auspicious, gilded hues of yellow, orange and red Dahlias and Begonias

The Istana
The Istana

The Istana is open for the public during select public holidays

#4: Visit the Istana

Date: Sunday, June 29
Time: 8:30am to 6pm
Venue: The Istana, Orchard Road

Not many people know this – but the Istana is open for the public during select public holidays, and Chinese New Year is one of them.

The Istana grounds are open to the public annually in celebration of the following occasions: Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, Labour Day and National Day. Opening hours are usually from 8.30am to 6pm.

Occupying over 40 hectares of land, the Istana is an iconic and important part of Singapore’s heritage.

Take a tour of the Istana grounds, and learn about the history of the building completed in 1869.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we wish you a Happy Chinese New Year!

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