There is no doubt that the festivities for Chinese New Year will be different this time around. Especially, if you were really looking forward to catching your favourite group perform the lion dance in Singapore.
But fret not, we’ve got you covered!
Even though the celebrations may be different–due to the implementation of safety measures–we’ve done the homework for you so you can still enjoy this special day with your family.
Call us sneaky or simply your best friend, but we know how much you love watching the lion dance in Singapore. And that’s why we’re ensuring that your kids get to enjoy the festivities the same way you’ve always did. So if you promised to take them to the performances, we have your back.
Here’s a list of all places you can catch the lion dance in the red dot.
3 Places You Can Catch The Lion Dance In Singapore
Image source: CapitaLand website
Instead of the usual lion dance performances around CapitaLand shopping malls, try their Virtual Lion Dance with an an augmented reality lion dance.
With just a click of your phone or tablet, you’ll be able to view the AR lion dance here. Not only that, but you can also stand a chance to win exciting rewards worth over 20 million STAR$!
Dates: 29 January – 26 February, 2021
2. ION Orchard
Image source: ION Orchard website
They are also holding an exciting contest where you can win a chance to earn 168 ION+ Points, which is worth $67 Shopping Voucher!
To participate, all you have to do is guess the number of times the lions stand on their two hind legs during the whole performance. Add your answer as a comment and tag a friend on the post.
Dates: 1 February – 15 February, 2021
3. Our Tampines Hub
Image source: Facebook / Our Tampines Hub
Don’t miss the exciting Dragon, Lion, and Pheonix Prosperity Dance held by Our Tampines Hub.
Get into the energetic festive spirit by catching the performances brought to you virtually by Tian Eng Dragon & Lion Dance Canter through Our Tampines Hub’s official Facebook LIVE.
Date: 12 February, 8pm, 2021
And in case you’re a sucker for lion installations, just like us, feast your eyes to these magnificent finds.
Can’t Watch Lion Dance in Singapore? Try Festive Chinese New Year Lion Installations
1. Dahlia Dreams
Image source: Gardens by the Bay website
A visit to the Gardens by the Bay is always a magical experience. But this Chinese New Year will even be more amazing with their festive event meant to ring in the Year of the Ox.
At Dahlia Dreams, you’ll get to see 1,400 pretty dahlias and also a lion dance display to commemorate the legend of Nian, which means “new” in Chinese.
They have also installed a towering Chinese Pavilion as well as the 12 Chinese zodiac animals.
Dates: 15 January – 21 February, 2021
2. River Hongbao
Image source: River Hongbao website
At River Hongbao 2021, you’ll get to see a specially curated selection of lion dance collections from private collectors and organisations.
With this exhibition, you will learn the importance and symbolism of the lion in Chinese culture. You may know that it highlights the various styles and components of the popular lion dance performances.
There will also be inclusions of artefacts that date way back in the 1950s.
3. Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Image source: Facebook / Wan Qing Yuan – Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 晚晴园-孙中山南洋纪念馆
These guardian lions are said to be traditionally displayed in front of imperial Chinese palaces in order to protect the building as well as its residents.
These larger than life lions are perfect for a quick photo-op with the kids.
Dates: 5 January – 28 February, 2021
4. Universal Studios Singapore
Image source: Resorts World Sentosa website
Usher in the Lunar New Year with your favourite Universal Studios characters and get a chance to experience a meet-and-greet opportunity with their Majestic Dragon.
Afterwards, you can enjoy the theme park’s other festive activities and specially made festive delights for the occasion.
Celebrating Chinese New Year at Universal Studios Singapore is surely something your family can’t miss!
Dates: 7 January-28, February, 2021