Every year, families gather to indulge in mooncakes, and enjoy dazzling lighting displays and lantern processions in celebration of Mid-Autumn festival.
In appreciation of the lunar moon, celebrations go into full swing once the sun sets. Thinking about where to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn festival? We’ve round up the best places to visit with your date that’s bound to set your heart aflutter. Enjoy the full moon, savour mooncakes, and soak in the sights and sounds!
1. Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations 2016
This year, the street light-up features lantern displays telling the legendary story of Chang’Er and Hou Yi. Book your date and head to Chinatown to view the gorgeous yearly Mid-Autumn light up. The light up will be displayed till 30 September.
After viewing the massive light displays, join in the festive fun with live nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square. With performances by local entertainers and troupes from China, you’ll be entertained by animated and dynamic Chinese cultural acts, folk songs and music and dances.
During the festival, walk along the bustling street and shop through the night. The streets will be bustling with stalls selling traditional and modern mooncakes, decorative ornaments, preserved fruits, potted plants, clothing and many more!
Date: 2 to 15 September 2016
Time: 7pm till late
Mass Lantern Walk
Date & Time: 11 September, 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Starting point: Kreta Ayer Square
2. Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
Happening from now till 18 September, experience Gardens by the Bay in a whole new light. You can expect dazzling displays of handcrafted lantern sets to multimedia installations and nightly performances located at the Gardens.
Bring your lanterns and join in for a stroll along the Gardens! Nothing else will set your heart aflutter like strolling among beautiful light displays.
Date: 3 to 18 September 2016
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Location: Gardens by the Bay
3. Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
Relive your childhood memories at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall as life-sized lantern installations resembling old playgrounds will be displayed.
Head down this weekend on 10 and 11 September as there are free programmes for everyone – Lantern Making Workshop, Shadow Puppetry, Xin Yao Live Band, and more!
You can also wind down and relax to popular ’90s music performances or listen to storytelling featuring Mid-Autumn tales. Sounds like a great idea for an awesome date!
Date: 9 to 18 September 2016
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
4. Moonfest 2016 Esplanade
Join in the celebrations at the Esplanade with its annual Chinese traditional arts festival.
There are workshops available such as DIY Snowskin Mooncakes, as well as a Lantern-Making Workshop. No better time to impress your date with your handicraft skills!
Both ticketed and free programmes are available, check out the detailed listings here.
Date: 9 to 11 September 2016
Time: Various timings
5. Chinese Garden Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
The Chinese Gardens is one place you must not miss out during Mid-Autumn Festival. With spectacular displays of large-scale lanterns and props, this tranquil garden will be transformed into an epic date-worthy place.
Location: Chinese Gardens
With so many events happening this Mid-Autumn festival, take some time off and spend it with your date, friends or family. Indulge in those delicious mooncakes and stroll along the parks and gardens with your lanterns.
Though the Mid-Autumn festival is largely celebrated by the Chinese community, everyone from all walks of life and races are always welcomed to join in the fun!
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