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17 New Deals & Attractions in Singapore this January and February

New year, new things to do in Singapore this 2023!

The year’s just started and things are looking really exciting so far — Chinese New Year festivities happening around the island, streets lit with art, decor and light for Singapore Art Week!

Here’s what you can look forward to this January and February 2023:

What’s New in Singapore

1) Light to Night Festival happening at Civic District from 6 to 26 Jan 2023

Hearing Padang - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Joseph Nair, Memphis West Pictures

Light to Night Festival is back for its seventh edition at the Civic District area, with the theme of “Here and Now”.

Explore what it really means to be in the present, through light projections and large-scale installations by both local and international artists!

Ephemeral - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Joseph Nair, Memphis West Pictures

One really cool installation is Ephemeral which, sorry to burst your bubble, is meant to show how things around us are only temporary. But I guess that just makes us appreciate what we have even more 😉

On the other hand, the Hearing Padang is inspired by the nearby Old Supreme Court. Just like how people resolve disputes through hearings (heh), the installation taps on our hearing senses too by exploring how sound travels!

Festival Village - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: National Gallery Singapore

Of course, it’s not a festival without a night market with good food, activities like arts and crafts workshops, and live performances — stretching along Empress Lawn and St Andrew’s Road.

Entrance fee: Free  
Opening hours: Varies
Event period: 6 – 26 Jan 2023
Address: Civic District Singapore

2) Disney100: Experience Wonder at Jewel Changi

Disney100 - Things to do in Singapore

Celebrate Disney’s 100th anniversary at Disney100 — happening at Jewel Changi Airport from now till 9 April 2023. 

Disney100 Mickey Statue - Things to do in Singapore

Walk through a Disney100 archway, soak in the view of a 4m-tall platinum statue of Mickey Mouse, and explore exclusive Disney-themed photo-ops! 

Located in Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park, these themed installations feature some of Disney’s most iconic films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Lion King, plus films from Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars too.

Disney100 Lion King - Things to do in Singapore

Also look out for special photo spots with a local twist, like the red pandas in Singapore Zoo appearing in Turning Red.

Lightshow jewel changi Disney 100 - Things to do in Singapore Jan Feb 2023

Our favourite part of this was the Light & Sound Show at the HSBC Rain Vortex which had Disney characters come to life, accompanied by familiar tunes such as When You Wish Upon a Star and A Whole New World ✨

Entrance fee: Free (Separate entry fee for Canopy Park)
Event period: 16 Jan – 9 Apr 2023
HSBC Rain Vortex show timings: 7:30PM (Mon – Thu), 7:30PM and 9:30PM (Fri – Sun)
Address: Shiseido Forest Valley and Canopy Park, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Singapore 81966

3) Joo Choon Lin: Dance In The Destruction Dance

Dance in the Destruction Dance - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: FOGSTAND Gallery & Studio

Interested in the local art scene? Come along for the Dance in the Destruction Dance exhibition. It’s this performance space and art installation which uses artworks, video and theatrical performances to show the difference between reality and appearance!

It features unique artworks from local artist Joo Choon Lin like Glue Your Eyelids Together (2017/2023), I Only Make Friends With Money (2012/2023) and Beatific Perfume (2020/2023).

pEARs _ --- ---- ---- _ in §pring - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Joo Choon Lin

The highlight though is the two-part performance named pEARs ‘ — — — ‘ in §pring (2018/2023), which will showcase how objects can even change their shape and meaning to something entirely different.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM
Event period: 3 Jan – 16 Apr 2023
Performance dates: 13 Jan 2023 (8:30PM – 9:30PM), 25 Mar 2023 (6PM – 7PM)
Address: Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, #01-02, Singapore 089065

4) Wan Qing Festival of Spring at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Wan Qing Festival of Spring - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Hop into the festive vibes at the Wan Qing Festival of Spring at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall!

Other than the Bunny-ful Blessings installation and performances, the festival has workshops for all like the Children Festive Chinese Drums Workshop (S$10), the Lunar New Year Inspired Crafts (free), and the Floral Tea Appreciation Workshop (S$15).

Wan Qing Festival Mascot - Things to do in Singapore

Photo credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

You can also learn how Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated by taking a tour (S$20/pax) and exploring temples and the various dialect groups.

Psst, don’t forget to rub shoulders with the God of Fortune on 22 Jan for a year of good luck and great fortune — he’s giving away sweet treats for a bountiful year!

*Note: Foreign residents and tourists can enjoy free admission on 22 and 24 Jan.

Cost: Free 
Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM, closed on Mon
Event period: Until 19 Feb 2023
Address: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, Singapore 327874

5) Museum Roundtable with collectable red packets

2023 Hongbao Campaign Cover Photo - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: National Heritage Board

Here’s your chance to collect exclusive Year of the Rabbit red packets from the Museum Roundtable — an initiative by the National Heritage Board to promote a museum-going culture among locals!

From now till 3 February, visitors can collect a set of eight red packets themed respectively to 39 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries — such as the Singapore Art Museum and Eurasian Heritage Gallery.

*Note: Red packets are limited to one set per visitor, while stocks last.

Museum Roundtable Hongbao Campaign 2023 1 - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: National Heritage Board

Also look out for a limited edition collector’s album (S$88) which includes two full sets of the 39 red packet designs, as well as a special design for the National Heritage Board. For more details, head to the official website.

*Pro-tip: If you can’t get your hands on a limited edition collector’s album, try participating in the ‘I Love Museums’ giveaway from 25 to 30 January 2023!

Cost: Free 
Opening hours: Varies
Address: Varies

6) River Hongbao 2023

River hongbao - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: River Hongbao

Get ready for one of Singapore’s largest annual Chinese New Year festivals — River Hongbao! This year, it takes place at Gardens by the Bay for its third edition with 18 enchanting lantern sets. 

Look out for the star of the festival, a nearly 30m-long “Dance of Spring” floating lantern, as well as others infused with modern themes, ideas and pop-culture references.

River hongbao performance - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: River Hongbao

On top of that, there are also stage performances, an amusement park, exhibitions and a food street too — because, what’s Chinese New Year without a festive treat? 

Can’t participate this year? Join in via Virtual River Hongbao for streams of live shows and walk through an e-exhibition!

Entrance fee: Free 
Opening hours: Varies
Event period: 20 Jan – 28 Jan 2023
Address: Supertree Grove, The Meadow, and SG50 Lattice

7) Find hidden giant statues by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo at Sentosa

Giant Wooden Sculpture by Thomas Dambo - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Sentosa Development Corporation

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and this is what Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo aimed to present with four giant statues purposefully hidden around Sentosa. 

Made out of 5.5 tonnes of reclaimed wood material — such as pallets and floorboards — donated by local enterprises, Dambo’s upcycled creations encourage people to rethink the value of trash. 

Photo credit: Sentosa Development Corporation

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a hint: Seach along Palawan Beach and don’t miss out on any nooks and crannies!

Cost: Free 
Exhibition period: Until 2024
Address: Along Palawan Beach, Sentosa

8) Funan’s annual mall-wide art activation — Creative Intersections

Funan entrance Singapore Art Week - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Funan

As part of Singapore Art Week, Funan presents its third edition of mall-wide art activation, titled Creative Intersections: In the Year of the Rabbit

Lenskart Funan Creative Intersections - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Funan

Explore the mall and discover a total of 12 artworks, six of which are in collaboration with retail outlets such as The Green Capsule, Lenskart and Chokmah.

Creative Intersections Year of the Rabbit Funan - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: Funan

You can also find six vibrantly designed Funan Passion Rabbit sculptures to snap photos with — specially created to reflect the mall’s colours and passion themes of PLAY, CHIC, TASTE, FIT, TECH and CRAFT. 

Event period: Until 5 February 2023
Opening hours:
10AM – 10PM
Address: Funan, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105

9) New HomeTeamNS clubhouse opens at Bedok Reservoir

Bedok Reservoir HomeTeamNS Clubhouse building - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: HomeTeamNS

Easties rejoice! There’s now a new HomeTeamNS Clubhouse located within Bedok Reservoir Park, giving yet another reason why the east side is clearly the better side ;). 

The clubhouse is packed with a range of facilities such as a water adventure centre, an indoor obstacle playground, a cross-fit gym, and an infinity pool. 

Aqua Adventure Centre Bedok Reservoir HomeTeamNS Clubhouse - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: HomeTeamNS

The three-storey indoor water adventure centre houses Singapore’s longest indoor water slide at a whooping 114-metres long, as well as a wet obstacle-rope course and rock climbing walls!

Indoor playground Bedok Reservoir HomeTeamNS clubhouse - Things to do in Singapore January February 2023

Photo credit: HomeTeamNS

Hold fun team-bonding activities with your peers and colleagues here, or consider one of the ten well-furnished and equipped villas for your next staycation.

Cost: Varies
Opening hours: 10AM – 8PM (Mon – Thu), 9AM – 9PM (Fri – Sun)
Address: 900 Bedok North Road, Singapore 479994

10) (Tu)gether Art Exhibition at Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (Tu)gether installation - Things to do in Singapore Jan - Feb 2023

Photo credit: @singaporechineseculturalcentre via Instagram

Usher in the Lunar New Year at “兔gether or (tu)gether” — a rabbit-themed art exhibition located on the roof garden of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

Working in collaboration with local artists Fiona Koh and Warren Khong, the art installation highlights Chinese New Year practices in Singapore with a cast of characters — Tu Zai (rabbit), Ong Lai (pineapple), and Nian Mei (New Year beast in Chinese mythology). 

(Tu)gether art installation - Things to do in Singapore

Photo credit: @singaporechineseculturalcentre via Instagram

Drop by on selected Saturday nights to catch a light show featuring Tu Zai as he journeys home for celebrations with his family and friends. You’ll also have a chance for a meet-and-greet photo session too!

Entrance fee: Free
Exhibition date: Until 31 Mar 2023
Light show dates: 7, 14, 28 Jan, 25 Feb, 25 Mar 2023
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM 
Address: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Roof Garden, 1 Straits Blvd, Singapore 018906

11) The Peranakan Museum reopens mid-February 2023

The Peranakan Museum - Things to do in Singapore Jan - Feb 2023

Photo credit: The Peranakan Museum

The Peranakan Museum will reopen sometime in February this year, after almost four years of closure for renovation works! The refurbished building (former Tao Nan School) will feature new permanent galleries with a fresh new design.

Look forward to nine galleries with showcases, objects, interactive displays and programmes spanning three grand themes of the Peranakan identity — “Origins”, “Home”, and “Style”. 

During the four-year hiatus, the museum also worked closely with Peranakan communities to explore different aspects of the culture. So if you’re a Peranakan yourself, you might even find one of your family’s stories mentioned here. 

Opening date: Mid-February 2023
Address: 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941

12) Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience 

Van Gogh- The Immersive Experience - Things to do in Singapore

Photo credit: H&B, Exhibition Hub, Fever and Resorts World Sentosa

Art lovers would want to bookmark this — Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is heading to Singapore for the first time!

The 360° multi-sensorial exhibition will combine both art and virtual reality (VR) in showcasing over 300 artworks by well-known Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, such as the famed Starry Night and Sunflower.

For something a little more unique, you can even take a VR tour to sneak a peek into  “A Day in the Life of the Artist” and find out the inspirations behind his iconic works.

Entrance fee: S$24/adult (early bird tickets on sale at 4PM on 19 Jan)
Exhibition date: From 1 Mar 2023
Opening hours: Varies
Address: Sentosa Gateway, B1 Forum, Singapore 098269

Ongoing Events & Deals in Singapore

12) New Installations at ArtScience Museum’s Future World Exhibition & MBS’ Digital Light Canvas Show

Future World Sketch Flight Rainbow - December Deals

Photo credit: teamLab

ArtScience Museum’s Future World exhibition has recently unveiled three new permanent installations by teamLab — its most extensive refresh since its debut in 2016!

Autonomous Abstraction: Continuous Phenomena From The Universe To The Self  

Colourful Dots at Future World Autonomous - December Deals

Photo credit: teamLab

Inspired by the spontaneous order phenomenon, this artwork features colourful dots blinking in individual cycles and synchronising when near each other. But when touched, they disperse with a sound. 

Aerial Climbing Through A Flock Of Coloured Birds 

Hanging Bars at Future World Aerial Climbing - December Deals

Photo credit: teamLab

Step onto this 3D installation of colourful hanging bars and watch as they become brighter and emit a sound unique to their colour. The bars are all linked so as people navigate across them, it affects other people’s interaction with the artwork too. 

Sketch Flight

Future World Sketch Flight Exhibit - December Deals

Photo credit: teamLab

Lastly, Sketch Flight allows you to see the world from the perspective of a hawk, butterfly, or aeroplane (whichever you prefer). All you have to do is sketch it on paper and watch it come to life on the screen.

Cost: S$23/adult
Opening hours: 10AM – 5:30PM
Address:
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

13) Singapore’s First Children’s Museum Opens — Free Admission till 31 Mar 2023

Children Museum Singapore exhibition - Things to do in Singapore Dec 2022

Photo credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Singapore’s first-ever museum dedicated to children of ages 12 and below has opened its doors. The Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) will function as a “starter museum” for young visitors to the museum-going experience.

Children can get to learn about Singapore’s heritage and culture through the hands-on interactives at the museum.

Children Museum Singapore - Things to do in Singapore Dec 2022

Photo credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

The CMSG features a permanent exhibition — A Voyage Back in Time, which spans four galleries on the ground floor. There are also three special galleries that will be refreshed regularly.

Cost: Free, until 31 Mar 2023 (Pre-booking required)
Opening hours: 9AM – 1PM & 2PM – 6PM, Tue – Sun
Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

14) The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022

Doraemon exhibition at National Museum of Singapore - Things to do in Singapore November 2022

Sebastian Masuda, ‘Final Weapon’ (2017), THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro

Making its first global stop out of Japan, The Doraemon Exhibition is here in Singapore from 5 Nov 2022 – 5 Feb 2023!

Catch your favourite blue robot cat at the National Museum of Singapore, in the form of original manga drawings by author Fujiko F Fujio and contemporary artworks by both local and Japanese artists.

The artworks reinterpret Doraemon in our changing world and one highlight is a 2m-tall Doraemon display by artist Sebastian Masuda — decorated with items like lego bricks and cute accessories.

Doraemon cafe at National Museum of Singapore - Things to do in Singapore November 2022

Doraemon-themed Café by Toraya Confectionery, THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro

Besides the artworks, fans can also try the Doraemon-themed dorayaki (red bean pancake) at S$6.90 each, at the pop-up cafe of Toraya (a Japan-famous Toraya confectionary shop 😋).

Doraemon gifts National Museum of Singapore - Things to do in Singapore November 2022

Merchandise sold at The Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022, THE DORAEMON EXHIBITION SINGAPORE 2022 ©Fujiko-Pro

There’s also a Doraemon souvenir shop where you can bring home Doraemon-themed cups, bags, and folders!

Cost: S$30/adult
Opening hours: 10AM – 7PM
Exhibition period: Until 5 Feb 2023
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897

15) Avatar: The Experience at Gardens by the Bay

Girl Interacting With Banshee Avatar Crystal Mountain - Things to do at Gardens By The Bay Singapore

Garden by the Bay’s Cloud Forest has transformed into the world of Avatar — with five unique zones to fulfill your Pandoran wanderlust. 

Fly your own Banshee, create your own Avatar and catch Pandoran wildlife like Viperwolves as you explore interactive exhibitions and all its hyper-realistic models. Don’t miss the native Pandoran flora too like Vein Pods scattered around, to complete the true Avatar experience. 

Cost: S$35/adult
Opening hours: 9AM – 9PM, last admission at 8:30PM
Exhibition period: Until 31 Mar 2023
Address: Cloud forest, Gardens by the Bay

16) MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing — New Exhibition at ArtScience Museum

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You know that it’s okay to feel what you are feeling, right?

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing is not an exhibition about mental illness, but a representation of the uniqueness of every mental health journey. This exhibit features interactive installations that are not only educational but aesthetically pleasing and intriguing.

Mental exhibition at ArtScience Museum - Things to do in Sep Oct Singapore 2022

There are 24 interactive exhibits, art projects and large-scale installations that invoke different feelings and emotions through the familiar and surreal. MENTAL aims to celebrate the differences and complexities of everyone’s mental health journey while raising awareness of the importance of its well-being through art and science.

Cost: S$18/adult
Exhibition period: 3 Sep 2022 – 26 Feb 2023
Address: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974

17) Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected — Hyperrealistic Sculptures at ArtScience Museum

Mental exhibition at ArtScience Museum - Things to do in Sep Oct Singapore 2022-2

Enter an uncanny but friendly world of hyperrealism and hybrids.

Patricia Piccinini: We are Connected questions the possibility of a hybrid world through a nurturing lens, where humans, animals, and technology exist as one entity. The exhibition features hyperrealistic sculptures of strange beings and encourages the celebration of differences.

Patricia Piccinini We Are Connected sculpture - Things to do in Singapore August 2022

Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands

The artworks appear in the forms of mechanised animals and mutated human beings that are strange at first glance yet oddly familiar. Piccinini challenges visitors’ thoughts on what it means to exist with different kinds of life and to celebrate a world filled with wonder and difference.

Cost: S$18/adult
Event period: 5 August 2022 – 29 January 2023
Address
: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974

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