9 Places To Visit During Chinese New Year Holiday in Singapore

Just two more days before Chinese New Year. Xin Nian Kuai Le 新年快乐 to all.
Starting today to 27 Feb is long holiday for many who are not celebrating the traditional Chinese New Year.

Other than visit friends and relatives, where else can you go during this holiday?

1. Sentosa Flowers Show 2009
Celebrate the season of Spring and usher in the Year of the Ox with a kaleidoscope of fresh blooms at the annual floral extravaganza. Visitors will be able to capture the beauty of Springtime at many photography points throughout the festival. Other interesting features, including; Giant Sculpture Display, participate in the Digital Photography Competition, Schools’ Gardening and Sculpture Display Competition, and many more.

Date: 24 Jan to 1 Feb 2009
Time: 9am to 10pm daily
Where: Imbiah & Palawan
Free admission to event ground (Sentosa island admission apply)
Website: Sentosa Flowers,or view Sentosa Flowers 2009 site map.

2. Singapore River Hongbao 2009
Come to experience the large-scale displays of popular Chinese mythical characters such as the God of Fortune, the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals and other colourful decorations. Adding to the mood will be decorative lights on land, a daily line-up of traditional and contemporary song and dance performances, and boisterous firecrackers.

Date: 24 Jan to 01 Feb 2009
Where: Marina Bay Floating Platform
Free admission to the River Hongbao. Checkout the website for details.

3. Have a Ox-picious time at the Zoo
Meet An An and Le Le, two very special calves and take a photograph with them to mark the beginning of a prosperous year. Also, have chances to Mingle with the God of Fortune, enjoy Twin Lion and Big Head Doll Performance.

Date: 24 Jan to 9 Feb 2009
Where: Rainforest Kidzworld, Singapore Zoo
For more info, check out the Singapore Zoo website.

4. Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2009
Never miss the highlight event in Singapore, the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2009 is themed “Hope and Happiness” (牛转乾坤、幸福万岁). Key events includes, the Chinatown International Lion Dance Competition, Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2009 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony, Street Light-Up, Festive Street Bazaar, Nightly Stage Shows, Chinatown Chinese New Year Eve Countdown event and Chinatown Yuan Xiao Jie.

Date: 3 Jan to 15 Feb 2009
Check-out the details at official webiste.

5. Lunar New Year celebrations at the Racecourse
Join in the festivities and celebrations at the Singapore Racecourse. Those born in the Year of the Ox ((1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 and 1997) will enjoy free admission to the air-conditioned Upper Grandstand (air-conditioned), while the first 3,888 racegoers to the racecourse on 26 January and 8,888 racegoers on 27 January will receive an ‘Ang Pow’ with $2 betting vouchers.

Other activities includes:

  • Renowned Master Tan Khoon Yong from Way OnNet Group Pte Ltd will be sharing his predictions for 2009 at the Lotus Room.
  • Lion and Dragon dance performances
  • Mingle with the God of Fortune

Date and Time: 27 Jan 2009, from 11:30am.
Click here for highlights of programme.

6. Chinese New Year Open House at Singapore Philatelic Museum
Unravel hidden facets about this often stereotyped animal which has been indispensable to mankind since ancient times. Also, discover why the ox is the second animal in the Chinese zodiac and the traits of those born under this zodiac sign. You will get to admire exquisite ox stamps, including zodiac stamps from all over the world. Have fun browsing through our interactive exhibits and colourful displays.

Date & Time: 27 Jan 2009 from 9am to 7pm
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Free Admission

7. Celebrate Year of Cow with Sea Cow at Underwater World
Join in the celebration and get up close and personal with the adorable “sea cow” or better known as Dugong. Also, win a chance to Interact-with-the-Dugong! or Dive with the Dugong.

Date: 13 January – 31 March 2009
Please visit official website for opening hours, admission fees.

8. Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2009
The festival is set to showcase the works of Chinese performing arts – homegrown and international, traditional or contemporary, mainstream or cutting-edge – in the bustle of the Chinese New Year festive.

Besides celebrations by the local Chinese community, audiences are treated to a wide range of dance, theatre and visual arts, done indoor and outdoor.
Date: 30 Jan to 08 Feb 2009
Where: Esplanade -Theatres on the Bay
Website: www.huayifestival.com

9. A chirpy New Year at the Jurong Birdpark
Celebrate the arrival of Chinese New Year at Jurong BirdPark, and activities that you and your kids will love, including Lion Dance, acrobatics show and interact with the birds.

Date: 24 Jan to 01 Feb 2009
Where: Jurong Birdpark
Admission: $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for children between 3-12 years.
Website: Jurong BirdPark.

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