SINGAPORE – Visiting Gardens by the Bay and exploring Chinatown to immerse yourself in the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere of the local people is one of the top three must-try experiences in Singapore during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

In Singaporean culture, Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunions. During this period, the streets of Singapore shine brighter than ever with various entertaining activities. Here are some places to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival vibes in Singapore, as suggested by the STB.

Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay

Dates: September 15th to October 1st Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive

Visiting Gardens by the Bay during the Mid-Autumn Festival allows travelers to admire lantern exhibitions inspired by Chinese mythology, symbolizing the celebration of reunions and bonds among loved ones. In the Flower Dome, visitors can discover over 80 varieties of chrysanthemum flowers, including those that are exclusive to Southeast Asia. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste special mooncakes with flavors like rose and melon seeds, which are unique to this location.

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Mid-Autumn Festival decorations at the Gardens by the Bay area. Photo: STB.

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    A corner at Gardens by the Bay. Photo: STB.
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    Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere on the streets in Singapore. Photo: STB.
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    A welcoming corner at Gardens by the Bay. Photo: STB.

The Mid-Autumn Festival program at Gardens by the Bay, featuring traditional music performances and entertainment activities, is an ideal experience for the whole family.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival

Dates: September 15th to October 14th Location: 2 Banda Street

Families can soak in the festive atmosphere of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown, where the streets are adorned with dazzling lantern displays. This year’s festival theme, “A Journey of Love and Celebration,” takes place at Kreta Ayer Square.

From September 15th to October 14th, as the sun sets, New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen, South Bridge Road, and Upper Cross transform into a festival wonderland. Visitors should explore the bazaar in front of the People’s Park Complex or the culinary section on Smith Street to shop for handmade products and savor local specialties.

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Lanterns illuminating the Chinatown district. Photo: STB.

Additionally, you can visit 12 Tai Gin Road to participate in the Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival. Here, you can strike poses in front of outdoor art installations and take selfies with giant panda lanterns that are only available during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Join Lantern-Making and Mooncake-Making Classes

Locations: 120 McNair Spring (lantern-making) and 333 Kreta Ayer (mooncake-making)

Embrace the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival by crafting your own paper lanterns at Artisan Han Studio. Visitors can choose from various courses tailored to their preferences and skill levels, including lantern decoration, simple lantern assembly, and traditional lantern design.

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Mid-Autumn Festival mooncakes in Singapore. Photo: STB.

In addition, you can join classes on baking traditional mooncakes and snowskin mooncakes (also known as ice skin mooncakes), which are two traditional Singaporean treats. These classes provide detailed instructions on the basic theory, ingredients, and techniques required to make these two delectable mooncakes. If you prefer not to bake, you can visit the shopping booths at Takashimaya on Orchard Road, where more than 50 types of mooncakes, both local and international, are available for purchase. You’ll find many attractive gifts for your loved ones during this festive season.