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Top 5 things to do in Singapore this Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is here and it is time to paint the town red! The Chinese New Year (CNY) marks the start of the Lunar New Year, it is also referred to as the Spring Festival in Mainland China.

The best way to get into the spirit of the new year is to go around the town, meet up with friends and family and maybe learn some new skills. We are here to let you know the top 5 events that you could visit in order to make your Chinese New Year 2020 a memorable one!

The New Year Countdown!

Ring in the year of the Rat with your best friends in Singapore. What’s more…there will be fireworks as well!

The new year marks the arrival of new beginnings, welcome it by dancing the night away, grooving to music by DJ Shin and DJ Gaintzer, with happy hour 10$ on-the-house house pour drinks lasting all night. This year, Empire Sky Lounge is going to deck up as Old world Shanghai and celebrate the new year like never before. Join in the fun and reserve your table here.

The dress code is Old world Shanghai Glam and ladies in cheongsams get complementary Sour Plum Shots!

Make some CNY themed desserts

Chinese New Year is rich with symbols. Each dish that is served signifies health, wealth, happiness, prosperity, etc. And since 2020 will be the year of the rat, why not learn the art of making a delectable dessert with also has a rat as well as cherry blossoms and the gold coin symbol for prosperity!

Hosted by Sweet Dews, you will learn to make a Chinese New Year-themed 3D Jelly art, you can read more about the class here.

It will be held on 1st February 2020 and costs 168$ per pax. Sweet Dews also conducts many other 3D jelly art classes, you can check them out on Facebook!

Attend a pet-friendly party with your furry-family!

Pets are family, so why should they be left behind in all the fun?

Get up early on 8th February and head to Wildseed Cafe at The Alkaff Mansion with your furry family and gear up for a morning full of games and lucky draws. They also have group dog walks and you can enjoy your breakfast at the café.

Check out the details of the even here. The ticket prices ate at 17$ per person and 7$ per pet inclusive of a goodie bag and breakfast.

Attend a Lion Dance Show

Chinese New Year is rich in symbolism, from food to customs each aspect has its own meaning. One such tradition is the Lion Dance. Lions symbolize prosperity and superiority, and the lion dance symbolizes ushering in good fortune and luck.

Attend a Lion Dance show to get into the CNY spirit! Wan Qing Yuan – Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is hosting a series of Chinese New Year festivities, of which the lion dance will be performed on three dates: 25th Jan and 1st and 2nd February.

Check out the event here, the admission is free for all!

Fill up on the traditional feast

One of the important aspects of the Chinese New Year is the reunion feast. Each family member is expected to be at home for this meal as the Chinese believe that it increases the cohesiveness and solidarity in the family.

York Hotel, Singapore is hosting a reunion dinner. The feast would feature traditional favourites like Braised Shark’s Fin Soup, Eight treasures Chicken, Wok-fried Roast Pork with Leek and much more! You can choose from the regular table (for 4-7 people) or a Large Lo Hai table (for 8-10 people).

View the menu, pricing, and make your reservations here. Please note that to enjoy this feast, you need to make your reservations at least three days in advance.

Alternatively, you can also head over to China Town where streets are lit up and enjoy some delicious hawker fare for a laid-back celebration.

So, how are you planning to spend your Chinese New Year?

Watch our coverage of CNY preparations in West Singapore here.

Team TVM wishes everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year!

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