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Best Things to Do in January: Your Ultimate Guide to Singapore

January in Singapore is more than just the beginning of a new year; it's a vibrant prelude to a year full of exciting events and festivities. As the city gears up for the upcoming Chinese New Year, there's a myriad of activities and places waiting to be explored. Let's dive into the top things to do in Singapore this January.

1. Chinatown - A Prelude to Lunar New Year

January sees the lively transformation of Chinatown as it prepares for the grand celebration of the Chinese New Year. While the official holiday is in February, the vibrant street decorations and festive fairs kick in right after Christmas. Chinatown becomes the heart of the Chinese New Year buzz, featuring street light-ups and captivating decorations.

Address: New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen, South Bridge Road, and Upper Cross Street.

Chinatown Singapore 
Chinatown Singapore 

2. Peranakan Museum - A Cultural Marvel

Explore the rich heritage of the Peranakan community at the Peranakan Museum, nestled in the heart of East Coast. A sister museum to the Asian Civilizations Museum, it offers a captivating glimpse into Peranakan culture. Wander through its ten galleries spread across three stories in the historic Old Tao Nan School building on Armenian Street.

Address: 39 Armenian St, Singapore 179941

Peranakan Museum (Credit Conde Nast Traveler)
Peranakan Museum (Credit Conde Nast Traveler)

3. Night Safari - A Wild Evening Adventure

If unexpected afternoon rain showers have altered your plans, turn your evening into a wild adventure at the Singapore Night Safari. As the world's first nocturnal zoo, it welcomes visitors to explore its grounds and encounter over 900 animals from over 100 species.

Address: 80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

Night Safari (Credit Klook)
Night Safari (Credit Klook)

4. Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland - Frozen Delights

Embrace the enchanting winter vibes at Asia's largest pop-up winter playground, Ice Magic: Winter Wonderland. Located at Bayfront Event Space, this magical wonderland boasts a 6-meter snow slope, a two-lane ice slide, captivating ice sculptures, family-friendly rides, and delectable winter-themed culinary delights.

Date: 9 December 2023 to 21 January 2024

Address: Bayfront Event Space

Ice Magic- Winter Wonderland 
Ice Magic- Winter Wonderland 

5. Light to Night 2024 - A Spectacle of Arts

Immerse yourself in the Light to Night 2024 festival organized by the National Gallery Singapore. With art installations, light projections, exhibitions, live performances, and a festival market, this event transforms the Civic District into a vibrant hub of creativity.

Date: 19 January 2024 to 8 February 2024

Location: Various places in Civic District

Light to Night 2024 (Credit Singapore Art Week)
Light to Night 2024 (Credit Singapore Art Week)

6. Thaipusam Festival 2024 - A Spiritual Journey

Experience the Thaipusam Festival, a Hindu celebration honoring Lord Subramaniam. Taking place on 24 and 25 January, this festival features a procession from Serangoon Road to Tank Road, showcasing vibrant ceremonies and acts of devotion. Read the detail about Thaipusam Festival here

Date: 24 & 25 January 2024

Address: From Serangoon Road to Tank Road

Thaipusam Festival (Credit The Hindu)
Thaipusam Festival (Credit The Hindu)

7. Artbox Avenue - A Creative Extravaganza

Witness Singapore's largest all-day, creative night festival, Artbox Avenue, coming to life at Singapore Expo Hall 2. From tantalizing street food to exhilarating arts, games, and live performances, this festival promises an unforgettable experience.

Date: 26-28 Jan, 2-4 Feb

Time: 12pm - 11pm

Address: Singapore Expo Hall 2

Artbox Avenu (Credit Artbox)
Artbox Avenu (Credit Artbox)


January in Singapore is a canvas painted with a diverse palette of cultural celebrations, artistic expressions, and thrilling adventures. So, gear up for an unforgettable start to the year and explore the best that Singapore has to offer!

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