Where to go to prepare for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Here are a list of events before and during the 15-day festival that you can go to to prepare for and celebrate the festive season

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TripleOne Somerset transforms into an arts house, with exciting arts exhibitions and events lined up during the Year of the Horse. Catch Ron Wong on January 18, where the Singapore artist will paint a horse sculpture live for all to see, or join a public colouring contest, where two winners will be chosen to be showcased in the mall itself. Giveaways and contests will also be taking place during this period of time, where you can win cash vouchers and even an iPad air, so do head down to the mall for a chance to win these prizes.

Date: January 10 to February 14, 2014
Time: 11am
Venue: Triple One Somerset, 111 Somerset
Admission: Free

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Head down to Lock+Store at Tanjong Pagar for a Chinese New Year artisan fair, where you can buy unique and lavish lo-hei platters made by ceramists Michelle Lim and Ng Seok Har, or get ornamental glass balls and needleworks. You can also do good this festive season by purchasing silk scarves and accessories for charity to help Cambodian street kids in their education and daily life as well.

Date: January 18, 2014
TIme: 12on
Venue: Lock+Store Tanjong Pagar, 37 Keppel Road
Admission: Free

Fireworks are all the hype during the festive season. Head down to the SkyPark and Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands with your family this year for the best vantage points to view the splendid fireworks display by the river.

Date: January 29 and 30, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Admission: Free

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Always wanted to celebrate Chinese New Year underwater? You can do that now – sort of! SEA Aquarium will be extending its opening hours from 9am to 9pm during Chinese New Year for all those who want to celebrate the festive season there. Performances involving festive drums, street acrobatics and stilt walkers will entertain you at the Waterfront promenade, and you can even see divers swimming around and presenting you with scroll blessings right inside the aquarium.

Date: January 31 to February 9, 2014
Time: 9am
Venue: SEA Aquarium
Admission: $38 (adults), $28 (children and senior citizens). Get your tickets here.


To showcase the energy and joyous spirit of Chinese New Year, award-winning Chinese performance art troupes will be performing every week at VivoCity’s amphitheatre. From wushu showcases to comical and cheerful opera performances and daredevil acrobatics, you can feel the festive spirit and energy at every performance leading up to Chinese New Year.

Date: January 8 to February 4, 2014
Time: 6.30pm (first show), 7.30pm (second show)
Venue: Amphitheatre, Level Three, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Admission: Free

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80 Chinese artisans will be gathering at VivoCity for one whole month to showcase traditional Chinese arts and crafts from China. The booths will include a wide range of arts, including jade carvings, flour sculptures, porcelain arts and more. If you’re looking for traditional decor to brighten up your house this Chinese New Year, these booths will give you all you need to give your apartment a traditional makeover.

Date: January 8 to February 18, 2014
Time: 11am
Venue: Central Court B and North Court, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Admission: Free

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Chinese New Year will not feel the same without lion dance performances and loud drum beats to accompany them. Usher in luck and prosperity for the New Year with impressive performances by the award-winning Stamford Dragon Lion Arts and Cultural Troupe at The Plaza at VivoCity this year.

Date: February 4, 2014
Time: 12pm
Venue: The Plaza, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Admission: Free

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Chinese New Year mascots will be making their rounds around AMK Hub this year to bless you with prosperity and good health. Get into the festive cheer with the affable Fu Lu Shou mascots and receive chocolate gold coins from them, and meet the God of Fortune as well and maybe even get the chance to dance with him! This will be a great chance for your family to bond during the Chinese New Year, so don’t miss out on it.

Date: January 11 to January 26, 2014
Time: 12pm
Venue: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Admission: Free

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We all wish for great wealth and blessings every Chinese New Year. Enjoy the generosity of the God of Fortune as he walks around in the mall and showers you with chocolate gold coins to bless you with great wealth this year. He will be carrying his signature gold ingot around with him, so keep an eye out for him to gain some prosperity and good fortune.

Date: February 3 to 9, 2014
Time: Anytime
Venue: AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3
Admission: Free

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More lion dance performances will be coming your way at AMK Hub this year, with four eye-catching and brightly coloured lions keeping you in awe with their daring acrobatic performances and smooth moves.

Date: February 7, 2014
Time: 12pm
Venue: AMK Hub, 53 Ang mo Kio Avenue 3
Admission: Free