Festivals and events in Singapore
Chinese New Year is finally right at our doorsteps and it’s the perfect opportunity for those who aren’t celebrating to have a blast this weekend, sans the usual crowd – relive your childhood at Hasbro’s first-ever carnival in Asia, stock up on interesting snacks from the World Snack Fair, and catch the glittery i Light installations!
1. i Light Singapore: Bicentennial Edition
Whip out your cameras and get snapping away at i Light Singapore’s 7th and largest edition yet! Consisting of 33 sustainable light art installations and 5 exciting programmes, this year’s festival will stretch past the usual Marina Bay and span across the entire Civic District, Singapore River, as well as Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning.
Themed “Bridges of Time” to commemorate the founding of modern Singapore, shutterbugs can look forward to mesmerising light displays such as The Time Vortex, where the Helix bridge gets a makeover with moving lights “whizzing through space”, The Rainbow Connection, a rainbow kaleidoscopic projection of the fantasy realm, and Why Green?, an ethereal passage of glowing white flowers.
Watch a tiny chef cook up a magical storm for you! Source:@ladder0622
Mass yoga workouts, pop-up cinemas along Marina Bay, a Silent Disco at the ArtScience Museum, and the Singaporean debut of the immersive 3D dining experience Le Petit Chef are also among some of the events to look out for!
Refer to the festival map here.
Address: Marina Bay, Civic District, Singapore River & Fort Canning
Date & Time: 28th January – 24th February | Sun – Thurs: 7.30PM – 11PM, Fri & Sat: 7.30PM – 12AM
2. TOYBOX by Hasbro
Source:Toybox by Hasbro
For all you young-at-heart folks out there, head down to TOYBOX Carnival, Hasbro’s first-ever carnival in Asia with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime race cars, life-sized Monopoly, a Cluedo-themed escape room, and more.
Featuring brands like My Little Pony, NERF, Transformers, Monopoly, Cluedo, Play-Doh, and Baby Alive, there are 8 attractions in total to explore. Highlights include a giant claw machine where you get to become the claw itself, NERF blaster galleries to battle it out with your friends, and a My Little Pony makeover complete with hair extensions and your very own cutie mark!
Food and drinks will also be available at the Chill Out zone, and those who wish to bring home a souvenir can browse from a curated range of Hasbro toys at their exclusive pop-up store. Better yet, admission is completely free-of-charge – just make sure to purchase play credits online or on-site to enjoy the activities and snacks.
Address: Palawan Green, Sentosa Island
Date & Time: 1st – 17th Feb | 10AM – 10PM
3. World Snack Fair 2019
If you didn’t get the chance to stock up your pantry at the last World Snack Fair in January, fret not because it’s making a surprise comeback! Featuring 3000 international brands from up to 30 different countries, there are an estimated 15,000 types of snacks to browse from. In other words, it’s a snack paradise.
It’s also a golden opportunity to discover new favourites that aren’t usually found in Singapore’s supermarkets, and these include Crab Roe Flavoured Broad Beans, Chilli Crab Flavoured Calbee Potato Chips, Butterfly Pea Flower Tea, and even our old-school favourite Cui Mei Si Tomato Biscuit Sticks!
Address: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Level 3, 1 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039593
Date & Time: 1st – 3rd February | 11AM – 9PM
4. Dark Lake Interactive Horror Experience Singapore
Horror fans, this one’s for you – Dark Lake is a one-of-a-kind immersive horror experience that’s happening at a secret location on Sentosa Island. Similar to a haunted house trail but on a much larger scale, Dark Lake is by Hunted Interactive, a popular interactive horror theatrical performance that hails from the UK and Down Under.
This is the first time its here in Singapore, and for approximately 45 minutes, audience members will become characters in this performance. Make choices, solve puzzles, and navigate your way through this living nightmare in small groups – this is to ensure that every one of you gets the maximum scare effect!
P.S. This show is for those age 15 and above because of how scary it is, so sign up only if you’re not fainthearted. The exact location will be made known to you once you purchase your tickets here.
Address: Sentosa Island
Date & Time: 25th & 26th Jan, 1st & 2nd Feb | 7PM – 10PM
Ticket Pricing: $49.90
5. Far Ocean CNY Warehouse Sales 2019
Skip the crowded restaurants and their exorbitant prices this Chinese New Year Eve by staying in and whipping up a hearty homecooked meal instead! Far Ocean, a global seafood company that specialises in harvesting wild-caught, sashimi-grade fishes, is holding its annual Far Ocean CNY Warehouse Sales once again and has up to a whopping 70% off steamboat and reunion dinner essentials.
This includes a ‘Mix & Match’ promotion on selected items, whereby shoppers can purchase 1 product for just $15, 2 products for $12 each, 3 products for $10 each, and 10 products for $10 with 1 extra FOC.
With a simple fish dish alone in most eateries capable of setting you back by up to $40, think of how much money you can save when you purchase shabu-shabu meat cuts and fresh seafood at discounted wholesale prices instead.
Note: For more CNY warehouse sales that include $0.40 Coca-Cola, $2 bird’s nest, $3 abalone, and old-school CNY snacks at half price, read our article here.
Address: Far Ocean, 15 Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619735
Date & Time: 19th – 22nd January, 26th – 27th January, 2nd – 3rd February | 9AM – 5PM
6. Japanese Film Festival
Source:Japanese Film Festival SG
Whether it’s spine-chilling horror flicks or saccharine sweet rom-coms, Japan has always been known for their film industry, and film buffs can now catch a specially curated series of acclaimed works by established directors at the Japanese Film Festival 2019.
One Cut of the Dead starts with a non-stop one-take 37-minute shot. Source:Singapore Film Society
These include award-winning horror comedy ‘One Cut of the Dead’, one of the biggest Japanese indie hits of 2018 that puts a cheeky spin on the usual zombie flicks, ‘Before We Vanish’, a thought-provoking piece on an alien invasion that leaves humans devoid of any feelings and memories, making them unrecognisable to family, and ‘Yakiniku Dragon’, a heartwarming melodrama on the Zainichi Korean culture in Japan.
Source:Singapore Film Society
Those interested to know more about Japanese films can also participate in masterclasses and post-screening Q&A sessions with notable directors Shinichirou Ueda, the man behind ‘One Cut of the Dead’ and Wishing Chong, the prolific playwright and screenwriter who produced ‘Yakiniku Dragon’.
Check here for movie timings.
Address: Shaw Theatres Lido, 350 Orchard Road Shaw House Level 5/6, Singapore 238868
Date & Time: 18th January – 10th February
7. Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Singapore’s largest funfair is back for its 2nd edition! Occupying the Bayfront Event Space once more, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival features plenty of photo-worthy street food, up to 50 different types of plushies to bag home, and more than 40 rides and games, which consists of both crowd-favourites and new additions.
Some of the popular attractions include the 35m-tall Star Flyer, heart-stopping Mach 5, and the Das Fun Schiff Viking ship, and the brand new centrepiece of this round’s carnival is the Wave Swinger, a giant carousel swing!
Admission to the carnival is completely free-of-charge so you can pop in and snap away with the many photo ops, but do take note that you’ll have to pay for the rides.
Source: Prudential Marina Bay Carnival
Note: Opening hours are extended till 2AM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Address: Bayfront Event Space, 12A Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018970
Date & Time: 22nd December 2018 – 24th March 2019 | 4PM – 11PM Daily
8. One Piece Puzzle Hunt
The puzzle hunt map and collectible cards! Source:One Piece Puzzle Hunt
One Piece fans, Singapore’s first-ever One Piece exhibition might be over, but the augmented reality One Piece Puzzle Hunt is still taking place across the entire Sentosa Island. With an accompanying storyline that starts with you being shipwrecked, players will have to track down the stations via an app (iOS and Android) or a Supplement Board located at every checkpoint, and then solve their puzzles to move on to the next location.
On top of that, all players will receive an exclusive set of Straw Hat Pirate cards as a souvenir. The game will take approximately 2 hours or more to complete, and registration can be made in front of iFly at Beach Station.
Purchase your tickets here!
Address: Sentosa Island
Date & Time: 14th December 2018 – 13th February 2019 | 10AM – 7PM (Last registration at 5PM)
Ticket Pricing: $30
9. A Wizarding World Holiday at Changi
Potterheads, it’s your last chance to visit the stunning Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Changi Airport! Complete with life-sized mock-ups of the iconic Hogsmeade Village, Diagon Alley, Whomping Willow, and Newt’s Menagerie, some of these setups even have daily snow and light shows, and avid fans can try on Hogwarts robes and take GIFs in front of a Magical Photo-Taking Mirror.
There are games for you to try your hand at too, such as the Wand Challenge where you’ll learn spell-casting movements, the Quaffle Toss, where you can challenge your friends to a game of Quidditch, and the Niffler Challenge Game, where you’re supposed to stack as many coins as possible atop a giant Niffler replica!
As an added bonus, fans can bag home exclusive Harry Potter merchandise as well, which include Wizarding World-inspired plush toys, scarves, and travel pillows. The best part of all? Admission is free.
Address: Terminal 3, Departure Hall, Public Area
Date & Time: 16th November 2018 – mid-February 2019