Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 – What to Do & Where to Eat

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is probably the most celebrated festival in Singapore. Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 promises a host of events and activities. What to Do & Where to Eat during the festive holidays are questions we ask because of the surfeit of options, not for lack of choices. You can join the crowd at River Hongbao 2018 – 首页  at The Float @ Marina Bay from 14 to 24 February 2018 (see ST Article) or go and admire the Chinatown Street light-up (from 7pm, till 16 March 2018 at Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge) featuring handmade sculptured lanterns of dogs, flowers and greetings including contemporary designs of  students of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Chinese New Year 2017

We highlight a few other things to see and do this Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 and of course where to eat during the festive season.

If you just looking for places to eat on 16 February 2018, check our post Where to eat during Chinese New Year 2018.

The Istana Open House

Grounds of The Istana
Source : Gallery of Istana Website

The grounds of The Istana, the presidential palace and office of the President,  is open to the public in celebration of Chinese New Year. There will be a variety of performances on the grounds during the Open House. For an entrance fee of $2 for Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents and $4 for others, 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.

Sign up for the Nature Guided Walk during the Istana Chinese New Year Open House. This guided walk is a collaboration between the President’s Office and the National Parks Board (NParks), which will showcase the Istana’s flora, fauna and biodiversity. The guided walk starts from 10am to 4pm, and is conducted hourly ($2.00 for each child aged 3 years & above; $4 for Singaporeans / PRs aged 13 and above; $10.00 for foreigners (aged 13 & above).

When: 17 February 2018, 8:30am – 6pm
Where: The Istana, Orchard Road, Singapore 238823
How much: Free for Singapore Citizens and PRs, $2 per person for other visitors.

Where to Eat : See Plaza Singapura – Food Paradise in Orchard Road

National Museum Of Singapore

National Museum of Singapore

Usher in the Lunar New Year at the National Museum of Singapore with an exciting lion dance performance for the whole family or learn more about the history and culture of Chinese New Year.

Public Lion Dance Performance
Date: 17 February 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 3.38pm
Venue: Outside the Singapore History Gallery, Level 1
Admission Fees: Free

A Lighter Side of History – Discovering the Myths and Wonders of Chinese New Year
Date: 24 February 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 11am – 12pm
Venue: The Salon, Level 1
Admission Fees: Free. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis at here

Where to Eat : See Food for Thought, Janice Wong, Flutes

Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Singapore Art Museum

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Singapore Art Museum! Experience SAM and the #cineramaSG artworks in new and fun ways and also enjoy lion dance performance, family-friendly art and craft activities and Chinese calligraphy demonstrations.

Lion Dance Performance
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Plaza

Create a 3D Pop-Up House
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: Hourly sessions from 11am to 6pm. (Last session starts at 5pm)
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 1, Level 2

Make Your Own Chinese New Year Shaker
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 11am to 6pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Workshop Space 2, Level 2

Chinese Calligraphy Activity and Demonstration
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 3pm to 6pm; demonstrations at 4pm – 4.15pm and 5pm – 5.15pm
Venue: SAM at 8Q, Plaza

Chinese New Year Open House at SAM at 8Q
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 10am – 7pm  (all activities take place from 11am – 6pm)
Venue: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535
Free Admission for all

Where to Eat : See Asanoya, Wah Lok, and Tanuki Raw

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens -

Join the complimentary tour of The Learning Forest, which features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest.

Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 9 am
Registration: Visitor Services, Tyersall Gate (required 15 minute before session starts)
Admission Fees: Admission to the Learning Forest as well as the tour is free.

Where to Eat : See What to Eat at Botanic Garden Restaurants

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Lunar New Year celebrations!

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2018 presents festive offerings suitable for the young and old, including energetic Lion and Dragon dance performances, auspicious calligraphy, geomancy talks, and craft bazaars for the little ones. Toss to good fortune in a mass lohei session, challenge your friends in Kampung Games, get your fortune predictions, enjoy an evening concert of contemporary and traditional performing arts, and more.

Auspicious Lion & Dragon Dance Performance
Date: 16 Feb Time: 10.00am (lion and dragon dance)
Date: 24 Feb Time: 1.30pm (lion dance); 7.30pm (LED dragon dance)
Date: 25 Feb Time: 1.30pm (dragon dance); 7.30pm (LED lion dance)

Festival of Spring Prosperity Toss
Join visitors from all walks of life in the Memorial Hall’s first-ever mass outdoor lohei, and toss to bountiful luck and prosperity for the Lunar New Year!
Date: 24 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: Lawn
Admission: Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts at 1.00pm on the Lawn.

Festival of Spring Family Telematch
Gear up for some family fun in our festive telematch! Four parent-child teams will get to compete in a series of interactive games, with plenty of prizes to be won.
Date: 25 Feb
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Lawn
Admission: Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration starts at 4.30pm on the Lawn.

Balestier Heritage & Food Trail
Uncover the history of Balestier and embark on the Balestier Heritage & Food Trail to explore heritage sites and sample delicious local delights along the way.
Date: 25 Feb
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Venue: Reception Area
Admission: $5.00 (includes bottled water and a traditional snack). Register here. Conducted in English and Mandarin.

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
12 Tai Gin Road, Singapore 327874

Date: 16 Feb 2018 – 25 Feb 2018
Time: 10:00am – 9:30pm
Free Admission (Activities are free unless otherwise stated)

Where to Eat : See 21 on Rajah and Flavours at Zhongshan Park

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Dahlia Dreams features elegant display of dahlias, camellias and bromeliads in a courtyard garden setting, intricate diorama cutouts, exquisite driftwood sculptures and ornamental topiaries in the shape of dogs can be spotted in the display. Adding to the majesty are palace lanterns and umbrella curtains that embellish the garden.

Date : 19 Jan 2018 –  4 Mar 2018
Time : 9am – 9pm
Venue : Flower Dome (Admission charge to the conservatories applies).

Spring Surprise celebration will include performances from the Ultraviolet (UV) Northen Lions and Lotus Dragons.

Date: 14 Feb 2018 – 25 Feb 2018
Venue : Supertree Grove, Flower Dome, The Canopy
(Programmes are free, Admission charge to Flower Dome applies).

Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953

Where to Eat : See Pollen Terrace, Majesictic Bay and Satay by the Bay

Asian Civilisations Museum


Saturdays@ACM is a family-friendly programme on the last Saturday of every month at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Families can spend a full day exploring the wonders of Asian art and folklore. Enjoy creative, hands-on activities, interactive performances and drama, and storytelling in the museum’s galleries. Each month features a different theme – and the theme for February 2018 is the Golden Dog.

Date: 24 February 2018
Time: 1 pm – 5pm
Venue: ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum) 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Free Admission for all

Where to Eat : See Prive and Empress

There are more ways to spend Chinese New Year in Singapore 2018 than merely playing mahjong or watching movies. So go out there with family and friends and enjoy the many events and activities during the lunar new year festive season.

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