Five things to do over the Chinese New Year break Feb 4-6

We know it gets a little frustrating when the island turns into a ghost town during Chinese New Year break ;) so here's what you can do over the long holiday if you are not scooting overseas! 

1. The Istana Open House

Photo courtesy: The Istana
Photo courtesy: The Istana

A few times a year, The Istana is open on certain public holidays to allow public a glimpse into where the President of Singapore lives.

A variety of performances are held on the Istana grounds during the Open House. There are also guided tours of the Istana building, conducted by volunteers. Nature lovers can participate in the Nature Guided Walks, where they can learn more about the rich flora and fauna on the Istana grounds.

When: Feb 6
Where: The Istana
Entry: Free to SGD 2

2. River Hongbao 2019

Photo courtesy: River Hongbao
Photo courtesy: River Hongbao

This iconic event is the largest and most anticipated Chinese New Year event in Singapore. The Bicentennial Edition is an 8-day extravaganza of lights, sights, and sounds to usher in the Year of the Pig.

When: Feb 4-6
Where: The Float
Entry: Free

3. i Light Singapore – Bicentennial Edition

Photo courtesy: i Light Singapore
Photo courtesy: i Light Singapore

i Light Marina Bay returns in January 2019 with a special Bicentennial Edition curated to the theme "Bridges of Time". Explore a larger festival area this year – as Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning will all be illuminated with light art installations. 

When: Feb 4-6
Where: Marina Bay, Civic District, Singapore River and Fort Canning
Entry: Free

4. Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar CNY Holiday Market 2019

Photo courtesy: Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar
Photo courtesy: Sentosa Boardwalk Bazaar

Most malls will be closed over the holiday period, but if you're itching to shop, head down to find little hidden treasures at this bazaar! Tip – come during the sunset hours to catch a magnificent view ;) 

When: Feb 5-6
Where: Sentosa Boardwalk
Entry: Free

5. Chinese New Year Open House 2019: Singapore Philatelic Museum

Photo courtesy: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Photo courtesy: Singapore Philatelic Museum

Usher in the Year of the Boar at the Singapore Philatelic Museum with a fun-filled day with activities. Enjoy Chinese musical tunes on the guzheng performed by Mr Mohamed Faizal, or join a guided tour to discover interesting facts about stamps and how they record history, significant events, heritage and cultures of countries.

Don't miss the lion and dragon dance performances as well! 

When: Feb 6
Where: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Entry: Free

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