The first day of CNY 2022 falls on the first day of February this year. But as always, the activities and excitement have already begun. From festive museum-hopping, mall-hopping, and capturing family photos in matching outfits to collecting limited-edition red packets, taking spring staycations, and attractive prizes to be won, there’s tons of precious Year of the Tiger memories waiting to be created. How will you and the kids be ushering in the Year of the Tiger?
GO ON AUSPICIOUS FAMILY OUTINGS
Usher in a Roaring New Year in Chinatown
There may not be the CNY bazaar of yesteryear, but Chinatown is still abuzz at this time of year. After the Official Street Light-up and Opening Ceremony on 7 January, which will be streamed live online, the tiger-themed lanterns will be on display till 2 March. Other highlights include the Chinatown Wishing Tree and WWF and Temenggong Tigers display. More digital content from Chinatown Festivals’ Facebook range from culinary and handicraft video tutorials to getai concerts.
7 January – 2 March at Chinatown; more details at www.chinatownfestivals.sg
Collect Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbaos
It’s time for the annual museum-hopping, hongbao-collecting campaign again! This year, visitors can collect a set of unique red packet designs each at 35 participating museums and heritage institutions. From 22 January, you can also purchase limited-edition collector’s albums at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Each album contains two full sets of the 35 Museum Roundtable red packet designs, but with a different background colour. You can also stand a chance to win the collector’s album set via the I Love Museums Facebook page!
7 January – 4 February; more details at go.gov.sg/mrhongbao2022
Dip into Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay
Experience the dawn of Spring at Gardens by the Bay, as the popular ‘Dahlia Dreams’ returns to the Flower Dome. For the first time, a stunning River Hongbao lantern, Spring Fragrances, takes centrestage in the flower field. It features Chinese moon gates, rabbits, and larger-than-life narcissus blooms amid some 2,000 brilliant dahlias, azaleas, chrysanthemums, and cymbidiums. Adorable tiger cubs join in to usher in their special zodiac year too. On 15 January, take part in the ‘Chun’ CNY Hanging Deco Workshop by The Floral Petal.
14 January – 20 February at Gardens by the Bay; more details at www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/dahlia
Learn about Lunar New Year Celebrations with the Asian Civilisations Museum
Usher in the Year of the Tiger with an array of programmes and activities at the Asian Civilisations Museum. Learn more about celebrations associated with the Lunar New Year through online videos and onsite programmes. These include guided tours, craft activities, and more. Stay tuned for more details via ACM’s Facebook page and website.
1 February at Asian Civilisations Museum; more details at www.nhb.gov.sg/acm
Dance with Lions at the National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore ushers in CNY 2022 with a lion dance performance, and you’re invited! Learn more about the significance of the lion dance in a special presentation with a hands-on activity. Create festive mementos of coasters with Chinese knots or ceramic art of festive goodies and flowers. Find special artefacts and stand to receive a special souvenir too. A group of talented youths will also be on hand to present festive songs.
4 & 5 February at National Museum of Singapore; more details at www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum
Immerse in Chinese Culture at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2022
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay invites everyone to explore ways to cope with the pandemic through the arts at its 20th edition of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts. It will feature an exciting line-up of theatre, dance, and music both offline and online. In particular, don’t miss ‘Karung Guni Boy’, an original production for children, that teaches us to look out for others around us, and ‘The Universe According to Niu’, a digital screening of the puppetry production for kids.
11 February – 6 March at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay; more details at www.esplanade.com/huayi
(See also: Craft for Kids: CNY Lantern)
See Artworks Come to Life at Wan Qing Festival of Spring 2022
Look forward to family-friendly offerings from storytelling sessions to craft activities for the kiddos at Wan Qing Festival of Spring. There’ll also be heritage trails, festive drumming workshops, and more. Delve into the world of Nian Hua — woodblock prints used to decorate Chinese homes during CNY throughout history. You might see surprises you wouldn’t expect, from Marvel superheroes to fast-food icons! Staying home? Catch a livestream of the annual lion dance, face-changing performance, and stand to win limited-edition merchandise.
12 & 13 February at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall; more details at www.sysnmh.org.sg
FIND ABUNDANT BLESSINGS AT THE MALLS
Have a Joyous Molly Reunion at CapitaLand Malls
For the best CNY 2022 #OOTD photo ops, catch auspicious transformations of POP MART Molly installations at CapitaLand malls. Soak in the spirit of prosperity with the AR lion dance, exclusive Molly-themed eAngPow, and WhatsApp and Telegram sticker packs. Enjoy irresistible shopping deals and redeem eCapitaVouchers rewards too. It’s all happening at Aperia, Bedok Mall, Bugis Junction, Bugis+, Bugis Street, Bukit Panjang Plaza, IMM, JCube, Junction 8, Lot One, Plaza Singapura, SingPost Centre, Tampines Mall, and Westgate.
More details at www.capitaland.com
Have a Bountiful Reunion at City Square Mall
Enjoy spring in full bloom at City Square Mall. Take adorable portraits with the family and dance to the warm glow of luminous lanterns at City Green Park. At the Level 1 Atrium, check out your zodiac forecast for the year too. Shop up a storm and stand to redeem shopping vouchers, a merchant voucher pack, and special Red Packets with Plantable Seed Paper Greeting. Now you can send out eco-responsibility along with seasonal blessings!
More details at www.citysquaremall.com.sg
Enjoy Big Fortune, Bigger Rewards with Frasers Property Malls
This festive season, take part in Frasers Property Retail’s ‘Big Fortune, Bigger Rewards’ campaign. There’s over $500,000 worth of rewards to be won, across 12 malls and via the Frasers Experience (FRx) app. Redeem digital gift cards and environmentally friendly red packets made from sugarcane pulp as you shop or send eHong Bao. The more you spend, the more you receive. You even stand to in a brand new Mazda 6 in the grand lucky draw!
More details at www.frasersexperience.com
Celebrate the Blooms of Prosperity at Jurong Point
Play, shop, and dine at Jurong Point this season and enjoy the blooms of prosperity. Every $128 spent gives you the chance to purchase a specially curated Fortune Bag, each worth up to three times its retail value. New sets of Fortune Bags are launched every Thursday in January, so grab them fast. Lucky shoppers also stand to win M Malls Points and e-Vouchers. There are over $13,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in the Prosperity Lucky Draw too!
More details at www.jurongpoint.com.sg
Usher in Spring Grandeur at One Raffles Place
Herald in a prosperous Year of the Tiger at One Raffles Place in the heart of the CBD. Start the year right with extensive predictions for your zodiac animal by Yuan Zhong Siu Feng Shui Consultancy at the elaborate display showcase. Spend a minimum of $88 to redeem a $10 ORP e-Voucher and a set of lucky red packets. Download a special WhatsApp festive sticker pack, share it with friends and family, and stand to win $88 worth of shopping vouchers too!
More details at www.onerafflesplace.com.sg/shopping
MORE RAWR-SOME THINGS TO DO, SEE, BUY & WIN!
Dress Up in Style with Uniqlo
CNY is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe with essentials designed for comfort through the festive season and beyond. Check out ‘A Singaporean Lunar New Year’, a quirky UTme! Collaboration with The Woke Salaryman, exclusively available at the Orchard Central Global Flagship. Or explore the UNIQLO LifeWear range, with pieces perfect for family outfit coordination. UNIQLO app members who spend at least $88 online or in-stores can redeem a limited-edition snack tray and pack of red packets, while stocks last.
More details at www.uniqlo.com/sg
Stay Safe with Lifebuoy’s Year of the Tigger
It’s important to maintain good hand hygiene habits, especially while celebrating and feasting this CNY 2022. As if on cue, Lifebuoy collaborates with Disney’s Winnie the Pooh to help ensure you enjoy a healthy festive season. The limited-edition assortment of adorable hand sanitisers and hand washes feature, of course, the inimitable Tigger! Inject even more cheer by redeeming limited-edition Winnie the Pooh red packets and Yu Sheng plate at selected retailers.
Available from 14 January at FairPrice, FairPrice Online, Giant, Watsons, Watsons Online, Guardian, Guardian Online, PRIME, 7-Eleven, Shopee, Lazada, and RedMart
SINSTANT Gourmet Food’s Mala Chicken + Hotpot
Visit Hong Kong with your taste buds this season with the ready-to-eat Mala Chicken + Hotpot from SINSTANT Gourmet Food. It is created by Chef Ng Kong Kiu of Hong Kong’s famed Ju Xing Home. The Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant is popular with many Michelin-star restaurant chefs and Hong Kong celebrities. To enjoy the Mala Chicken + Hotpot experience, simply tear open the packaging and tuck into tender chunks of chicken in spicy broth. Then pour in water or broth to turn it into an MSG- and preservative-free hotpot base which you can use to poach fresh ingredients.
Launch promotions at Kam’s Roast and Joy Luck Teahouse outlets from 20 January; Exclusive pre-order via Singapore Home Cooks Facebook Live (8pm on 18 January)
Drop by 7-Eleven for a Festive Snack
Non-stop CNY delicacies and goodies can be too much of a good thing. For some comfort food, pop into your neighbourhood 7-Eleven and discover its new range of ready-to-eat items. Usher in the New Year Japanese-style with 7-SELECT Ozoni, featuring Japanese mochi in yuzu broth. You’ll find more choices such as Sze Chuan Style Minced Chicken Noodles and Double Boiled Chicken La Mian. Also, back by popular demand are three made-in-Japan desserts: Double Layered Custard Cream Puff, Milk Cream Roll Cake, and Vanilla Mille Crepe Cake.
Spring Staycation + High Tea in the Deep Sea at Resorts World Sentosa
Usher in the Spring Festival with a one-night stay in a deluxe room of choice at Resorts World Sentosa. The rooms stay up to two adults and two children. Then do some underwater exploration of marine wonders at S.E.A. Aquarium. The package also includes tickets to a Behind The Panel Tour for two adults. Afterward, relax at Ocean Restaurant with the auspicious edition of the popular High Tea in the Deep Sea experience. Other specially curated Spring Staycation packages are also available.
From $489++ till 28 February; more details at www.rwsentosa.com
Win a Year’s Worth of Electricity with Geneco
Leading electricity retailer Geneco has unveiled a sustainability focused CNY 2022 campaign called ‘Change Brings Prosperity’. Two lucky winners will enjoy a year’s worth of electricity with Power Eco Add-on. They also get two sets of limited-edition red packets, created in partnership with NParks’ Garden City Fund to spotlight Singapore’s native flowers. Simply take part in Geneco’s Facebook and Instagram contests to stand a chance. 50 winners will also walk away with Geneco red packets and $28 eCapitaVouchers.
Contest closes on 23 January; more details at genecochangebringsprosperity.sg
Featured image: Chinatown Festivals