The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Chinese culture. It’s the time for families to gather, enjoy a box of mooncakes with some tea, and watch beautiful lanterns fill the night sky. If you’re looking for a place to bring everyone together—look no further than this much-anticipated occasion!
Aside from the traditional moon-viewing and lantern-lit nights, these six destinations give you more ways to raise the bar for the celebration this year.
Forget staying in and join some street fun with Chinatown’s month-long Mid-Autumn Festival celebration. Watch spectators gather around to see cultural performances, traditional dragon dance performances, and a magnificent fireworks display that will set the celebration on fire.
For the whole month of September, Chinatown’s streets will be adorned with vibrant, colourful lanterns that make for a perfect backdrop for some family snaps. This year’s street light-up will also highlight Singapore’s story in the last 200 years, so make sure your kids don’t miss it for some educational experience. Of course, no celebration will be complete without some food. Join the Heritage + Food Trail to treat everyone to a gastronomic experience featuring popular local dishes and Hawker food.
Another kid-friendly celebration is being offered by VivoCity—step into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland filled with illuminated lamps, lanterns, characters, and fairy lights. Watch VivoCity’s rooftop transform into a whole new world. All you have to do is to first journey through the rabbit hole and immerse yourself in different zones, including the Mad Tea Party, the Tunnel of Soldiers, Pool of Cards, and The Queen’s Castle, each with unique activities for the young and young-at-heart. The fun doesn’t stop there as you can also win shopping vouchers when you join the Augmented Reality (AR) Hunt.
Date: Until 22 September 2019
Time: 10am to 10pm
Location: Sky Park, Level 3, VivoCity
Celebrate the festival with more productive activities lined up for you by Esplanade. Start with the Nostalgic Lantern-Making Workshop designed for parents and kids—so you can bring your own lantern when you join their Lantern Walkabout. For those who like ringing in the occasion with some beats and music, the Nam Hwa Teochew Music Ensemble will treat everyone to the jubilant sound of traditional Teochew gong and drum music.
Want to immerse the kids to more cultural activities? Check out Esplanade’s “Silvery Moonlight, Swaying Shadows,” a dance showcase of Chinese ethnic dances and join their Fun with Chinese Riddles activity to learn winning techniques from lantern riddle masters.
Gardens By The Bay
For a spectacular Mid-Autumn Festival, head to Gardens By The Bay. Adorned with lanterns that will leave you in awe, Gardens By The Bay takes its lantern showcase a notch higher this year with its over 120-metre floating lantern. That’s probably the tallest and widest you’ll ever see! Not only that, you can join the Mass Lantern Walk happening on 14 September with your very own LED Dragon! Free LED fabric lanterns, which will be provided to the participants.
Aside from the lantern showcase, there’s a wide array of activities the whole family can choose from, including “Illuminations of Joy,” featuring lanterns hand painted by Seniors; “Lantern Riddles,” a traditional game that will teach you more about the Chinese language and culture; and cultural performances with the stunning Supertree Grove as the backdrop.
Want a celebration with a twist? Jurong Point’s Sanrio-themed Mid-Autumn Festival activities are a must for kids and parents looking to have fun (and win some Sanrio prizes!). Get a chance to meet well-loved Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, Gudetama, and Kerokerokeroppi and take snaps at their giant inflatables.
If you think it’s all just kiddie stuff, Jurong Point also lined up mooncake-tasting activities and cultural performances and a stroll under the full moon with no less than Hello Kitty herself on 13 September. Now that’s some unique celebration worth looking back on.
Date: Until 15 September 2019
Time: 10am to 10pm
Location: Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Jurong West Central 2 and Jurong West St 64
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall introduces its Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival, a weekend filled with fun activities for any age. You get to go around heritage trails, taste mooncakes, and learn how to create your own sky lantern and mooncake box. Also, don’t miss out on the lantern installation under the stars coined “Moonflowers of Mid-Autumn,” an outdoor art installation produced by local artist and sculptor Lee Yun Qin. It features over 200 stalks of glow-in-the-dark flower sculptures and solar-powered LED bulbs, turning the lawn into a stunning flower garden.
Date: 7 to 8 September 2019
Time: 10am to 9pm / Check the timings for various events here
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall