Chinese New Year Singapore 2023 – Where To Go And What To Do!

Chinese New Year in Singapore is here! There are so many ways to spend the holiday around town. From hands-on crafting workshops to delicious food markets and dragon dance performances, you’ll have many ways to celebrate this fun-filled festival!

Whether you’re looking for a place to dine or fall in love, we have the perfect places. Explore our list of restaurants and find out which is the best in town! Are you ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Get ready and wish everyone a happy new year!

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2023 in Singapore

Si Chuan Dou Hua

One of Singapore’s first fine-dining Chinese restaurants, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, is famous for the excellence and authenticity of its Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines.

Enjoy a wide selection of mouthwatering dishes made by their team of master chefs, including roast suckling pig, nourishing double-boiled soups, and exquisitely handcrafted dim sum.

Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant’s talented Tea Masters, who blend martial arts, dance, and showmanship in the age-old art of tea pouring, add a special touch to the dining experience.

Si Chuan Dou Hua at Parkroyal on Beach Road goes all out to provide a Lunar New Year extravaganza of art and food. It debuts its Abundance Treasures Yu Sheng, a dish made up of its signature La Zi Ji (Sichuan chicken), abalone, and smoked salmon.

Location: 80 Raffles Place, #60-01 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624

Min Jiang and Min Jiang at Dempsey

With the debut of Min Jiang at Dempsey, the acclaimed Min Jiang restaurant has increased its geographic reach. The Goodwood Park Hotel entirely manages this second independent restaurant, which is located amidst the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill.

The restaurant’s house specialities include authentic Beijing Duck produced following an old Chinese recipe, expertly prepared dim sum, and roast meats. It also serves modern Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine.

The Goodwood Park Hotel is the place to go if you enjoy Chinese New Year treats. This year’s festive additions include the “Nian Gao” with Black Sesame Paste from Bountiful Bunnies, the “Mao Shan Wang” Durian Kueh Lapis, and for the first time, a Flourishing Prosperity Tier with a variety of delicately handcrafted desserts. The Lucky Fortune Orange, which has a foundation of kumquat pound cake and is layered with buttercream and chunks of poached kumquat, is a standout. A plethora of chocolate ingots and coins are visible as this dessert “opens.”

Location: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant

Every foodie should make numerous excursions to the award-winning Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, one of Orchard Road’s best dining establishments.

Imagine authentic, traditional Cantonese cuisine made with the finest and freshest ingredients, a wide selection of wines, and four private dining rooms for absolute privacy and elegance.

From now through February 5th, pick from a limited selection of six- and eight-course set menus that highlight the restaurant’s famous elegance in Cantonese cuisine. Before the feast even starts, Prosperity Yu Sheng will steal the show. They come in six different variations and offer a fantastic assortment of rock lobster, Hokkaido scallops, king salmon, yellowfin tuna, and caviar. You can also choose between a light yuzu dressing or a more traditional dressing.

Enjoy a variety of fresh seafood and quality meats, including roasted Australian quail with fermented red beancurd, tea-smoked Irish roast duck, and more. Other dishes include steamed live crab with roe, wok-fried glutinous rice, and Hong Kong Chinese sausage.

Location: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel 320 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238865

Shang Palace at Shangri-la Singapore

At Shang Palace, choose from a la carte new year’s dishes or one of the eight-course dinners. The limited-edition Auspicious Rabbit Yu Sheng, presented as an adorable rabbit, is the show’s star. It will be available for dine-in orders from 9 January to 5 February 2023. 

The yusheng is served with Scottish smoked salmon, local lobster, Hokkaido scallop, and South African abalone. Happy, Prosperous, Harmonious, and Opulence are four eight-course set meals that feature dishes like Braised African Candy Heart Dried Abalone, Pan-fried Foie Gras with Roasted Suckling Pig, and Sautéed Boston Lobster with Superior Stock. There is also a festive a la carte menu offered.

If you want to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, the hotel offers a variety of gourmet dishes such as Whole Sucking Pig and Abundance Pen Cai, which contain over 18 components. Remember to add a variety of Nian Gao in both conventional and avant-garde styles to your shopping cart. There are four decadent flavours: Traditional Nian Gao with Coconut Milk and Brown Sugar; Three Layers Nian Gao; Radish Cake with Dried Scallops, Shrimp, and Preserved Meat; and New Red Date Nian Gao with Bird’s Nest.

Location: Tower Wing, Lobby Level, 22 Orange Grove Road

Crystal Jade

The new dish for the season is the Golden Harvest Sea Cucumber Yusheng, created by group executive chef Martin Foo and his colleagues. This version of the savoury “Shunde”-style yusheng impresses with frisée lettuce, cucumber, ice plant, and kaffir lime leaves, as well as additional ingredients like onions, carrots, jellyfish head, and pomelo., which is available for takeout and dining in at Crystal Jade Palace, Crystal Jade Golden Palace, and Crystal Jade Pavilion. Tender slices of Australian sea cucumber are served in place of raw fish.

We recommend ordering the Poached Wild Soon Hock in Pickled Tomato Soup and the Braised Abalone with Sea Cucumber, Fish Maw & Conpoy on Crispy Hor Fun. At Crystal Jade Palace, dine on a variety of unique dim sum dishes like Steamed Siew Mai with Abalone and Black Moss and Steamed Crab Meat and Mustard Dumplings. In the latter, flat rice noodle sheets are deep-fried into discs as a novel twist on a regional favourite. Nian Gao, presented in the shape of a lollipop, is a delicious way to finish dinner.

They offer up to 15% off CNY Festive Takeaways and Dine-in Set Menus from January 4 to February 5, 2023.

Location: #04-19, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872

What to do on Chinese New Year 2023 in Singapore

Here’s a list of fun and festive events happening around town. Hang out, listen to music, eat delicious food, and celebrate! And if that weren’t exciting enough, these festivals are packed with fun activities.

These events are open to everyone, but you must purchase your tickets online.

Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Celebration (1 Jan – 19 Feb 2023)

After two years of virtual celebrations, the streets will again be filled with revellers in 2023. For colourful dioramas with colourful rabbits, stroll down New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Cross Street, and Eu Tong Sen Street. The main character? A gigantic 10-meter centrepiece made up of several generations of rabbits.

Kreta Ayer Square will come alive on January 21 (CNY Eve) with a countdown party that will be aired on Channel 8 starting at 10.30 p.m. Additionally, you may visit the Festive Fair, held at Kreta Ayer Square throughout the month, which features 280 exhibitors with festive goods and the weekly stage performances that take place over two weekends.

Chingay Parade (3 & 4 Feb 2023)

After two years of hybrid and digital iterations, everyone’s favourite Chinese New Year event is back as a physical parade, and we’re excited. Expect a weekend filled with art, culture, and history with the theme “Embrace Tomorrow.” Along with 17 community-created tiny floats, the vibrant events will include concerts and a street-style container art project by local artist Sam Lo in collaboration with 480 youngsters. To participate in the fun, grab those tickets.

For tickets, book here: Chingay Parade 2023 Ticketing

Lunar New Year at Capitol Singapore (6 Jan – 5 Feb 2023)

To see the 5-meter-tall golden prosperity tree lit up in total gold during CNY and to win lucky gifts, visit Capitol’s Outdoor Plaza. Visit the Spring Fair from January 6 to 20 to stock up on delicious treats from neighbourhood home bakers, holiday accessories, flowers, gift baskets, and more. When the evening comes, there’ll be music and art performances on January 13 and 14 by The Shanghai Swingers and The Wushu Lab.

Location: Capitol Singapore, 13 Stamford Road, Singapore 178905

Bunny-ful Blessings (29 Dec 2022- 19 Feb 2023)

With Hong Kong illustrator and designer Chan Siu Kau, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall presents a unique outdoor project. The outdoor front yard will be a sight to behold during the Lunar New Year celebrations, featuring two 2.5-meter-tall rabbit daruma dolls that stand in for blessings, fortune, luck, and happiness.

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

Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay (13 Jan – 26 Feb 2023)

Visitors to Gardens by the Bay can look forwards to celebrating Chinese New Year with 100 rabbits as they take centre stage in the Flower Dome as part of the yearly Dahlia Dreams floral exhibit, which ushers in the Year of the Rabbit.

The centrepiece of the floral show, a famous 6-metre-tall River Hongbao lantern coupled with a towering magnolia tree shaped like the Chinese character for “rabbit” (tù), will also dazzle visitors to Dahlia Dreams. Along with well-known elements of Chinese culture like paper-cutting, the lion dance, Chinese New Year treats, and spring couplets, the flower display will also incorporate an adaptation of Aesop’s fable, “The Hare and the Tortoise.”

Location: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953

S.E.A. Aquarium’s Spring in the Sea (13 Jan – 5 Feb 2023)

The aquarium is hosting a celebration of the Year of the Water Rabbit with 100,000 marine animals. You’ll discover eight fortunate animals, including the Foxface rabbitfish and learn about their features on the Trail of Fortune. The nation’s only underwater dragon dance is also returning after a three-year break! The Underwater Tales session will also feature stories from Ru Yi, the mermaid, and you can meet and greet the Manta mascots decked out for the holidays.

Location: Resorts World Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

Wan Qing Festival of Spring (29 Dec 2022 – 19 Feb 2023)

The Wan Qing Festival of Spring provides all you need to get into the holiday spirit. Are you eager to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with your family? Visit here for workshops in lion dancing, holiday drumming, temple visits, heritage walks, craft projects, and much more. Visit the God of Fortune on January 22 from 10 am to 12 pm, watch a lion and dragon dance performance on January 22 from 10 am to 11 am, and stop by the Open House on February 4 and 5 from 10 am to 7 pm for storytelling fun, CNY crafts, and the opportunity to tour Balestier on a food trail.

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

Hop into Fun at Universal Studios Singapore (13 Jan – 5 Feb 2023)

Chinese New Year festivities at Universal Studios Singapore in 2023 will feature festive meet and greets, a night Lo Hei celebration with extended weekend hours, stunning cherry blossom trees, and the opportunity to exchange gifts.

Location: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

(Tu)gether Art Installation (18 Dec 2022 – 31 Mar 2023)

In celebration of the Year of the Rabbit, Whisky and Foxtrot LLP, a local art and design studio, has transformed the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s rooftop garden into a spectacular rabbit-themed art installation. These adorable rabbit sculptures showcase the traditional Chinese New Year practises of reuniting with family and friends.

You may anticipate a unique light show that tells the tale of Tu Zai’s journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year with loved ones if you visit in the evening. While supplies last, stop by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s reception to pick up a set of limited-edition red packets.

Their exhibit is open daily, including public holidays and free admission.

Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre roof garden, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Are you looking for fun CNY events for the year of the rabbit? The 2023 Chinese New Year is coming soon; this is the perfect time to start planning. From lion dances and parades to festivals and family activities, we hope these options will help you keep the kids entertained during this famous Chinese holiday!

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Evelyn Ng

Evelyn Ng is a Singapore-based blogger, passionate about sharing lifestyle and travel experiences in our beautiful city state. A lover of good food and exploring new hot spots. Follow her journey through the best of everything Singapore has to offer.

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