River Hongbao is an annual festival that is held during the Chinese New Year in Singapore. Started in 1987, River Hongbao has become a tradition that locals look forward to every year.
This year’s River Hongbao features giant glowing lanterns scattered all around Gardens by the Bay, carnival rides and games, as well as performances by getai singers and local artistes.
Unlike last year where getting a ticket was quite a struggle, this year’s event requires no ticket. Everyone can visit the event during the event’s opening hours. There is no need to book any slot.
River Hongbao 2023 features more than 18 enchanting lanterns sets scattered all around Gardens by the Bay, nightly stage performance, street food, amusement rides, and carnival games.
On CNY Eve, there will not be fireworks, but there will be laser show at midnight at Supertree.
When and Where is River Hongbao 2023?
Date: 20 January 2023 to 28 January 2023
Time: Varies, refer to table below
Location: Gardens by the Bay outdoor garden, refer to “Map” section
Booking: Not required
|20 January 2023 (Friday)||6.30pm – 10.30pm|
|21 January 2023 (Saturday)||6.30pm – 12.15am|
|22 January 2023 (Sunday) to|
28 January 2023 (Saturday)
|2.30pm – 10.30pm|
Map of River Hongbao 2023
How to go to River Hongbao 2023
There are 3 entrances at River Hongbao 2023 event:
- Entrance 1 at Floral Clock (near Flower Dome/Shake Shack)
- Entrance 2 at Floating Baby (near Floral Fantasy)
- Entrance 3 at Garden Pod
During the admission, bag check will be conducted.
Entrance 1 at Floral clock
Entrance 2 at Floating Baby
Entrance 3 at The Meadow near Garden Pod
Take MRT to Gardens by the Bay Station (Thomson East Coast Line) then walk about 15 mins to Entrance 1 at Floral Clock (near Flower Dome/Shake Shack)
Take MRT to Bayfront Station (Circle Line/Downtown Line) then walk about 15 mins to Entrance 2 at Floating Baby (near Floral Fantasy).
It is not recommended to drive to River Hongbao because of the limited parking.
Tips / Things to Note Before Visiting
Be prepared for hot & wet weather. River Hongbao is an outdoor event with limited shelter. Do bring umbrellas or raincoats to be protected from the hot sun and rain.
Food stalls will only be open from 8.30pm on 20 Jan 2023, the Opening Night. Hence, if you usually eat early, like before 8.30pm, go have an early dinner before coming to River Hongbao on the 1st day.
There are various lanterns scattered all over the garden. Here are this year’s lanterns.
Unlike previous year where God of Fortune Lantern was located at Supertree, this year, he is located at The Meadow, near Entrance 2 and Stage. It’s quite hard to see his face if you’re standing right below the lantern statue, because his face is blocked by the fish that he’s holding.
I found a spot where you can see his full face! And that is by standing near Entrance 2.
At 7.45pm and 8.45pm, there is a 5-minute music and light show at the Supertree Grove. Specially curated for Chinese New Year, the show is titled Spring Blossoms (春暖花开). Don’t miss it during your visit!
There will also be specially curated laser show only on 21 Jan and 28 Jan!
On 21 Jan, the laser show will be at midnight.
Unlike last year’s edition where there wasn’t any food available at the festival ground, this year, there will be a dedicated Food Street section located at Supertree Grove. So, you don’t have to worry about being hungry!
As for seating, there are plenty of tables and benches around the Supertree where you can sit and enjoy your food. During peak hour, it might be tough to find a seat, though.
Amusement Rides and Carnival
What is a festival without carnival, right? In this year’s carnival, visitors may look forward to kids-friendly rides and carnival games such as the double-storey carousel, bumper boat rides and various exciting carnival games.
Nightly Festive Shows
Every night, there will be live performances at the central stage located at The Meadow. The performances include music performance, dance performance, Getai shows, as well as performances by our local artistes.
Below is the schedule of the nightly festive shows.
Seats are usually allocated on a first come, first served basis. Visitors who want to watch the show need to queue for entry. When there are available seats, visitors will be ushered to the available seats.
This year, there is only 1 fireworks show at River Hongbao. It takes place on the first day, 20 Jan 2023, during the Opening Ceremony. During CNY Eve, there won’t be any fireworks at River Hongbao, but there will be specially curated laser show during Garden Rhapsody at midnight.
While you can buy food and drinks at Food Street, it may not be convenient for people to walk from The Meadow all the way to Food Street to get a drink. Fortunately there are drink stalls scattered all around the festival ground so you don’t have to worry about being thirsty. They sell beers too!
Even though there are plenty of toilets at Gardens by the Bay, the organizer provides portable toilets as well.
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