Published On: September 16, 2023- Last Updated: November 25, 2023- 11 min read-

The Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival 2023: A Guide to Celebration

The Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival, also referred to as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a cherished traditional celebration deeply rooted in Chinese culture with a history of over 3,000 years, is a meaningful occasion for both locals and visitors to come together.

As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, families reunite to strengthen their bonds gathering under the night sky to admire the radiant full moon, savour delectable mooncakes, and partake in a variety of cherished customs, including lantern gazing, spirited lion dances and mesmerizing dragon performances.

In the spirit of celebration, prepare to illuminate lanterns, relish mooncakes and relish the sweet taste of pomelo. Mark your calendar for September 29, 2023, and join us in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore!

Here’s your comprehensive guide on what you need to know

Activities scheduled for the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2023

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2023

There’s no place quite like Chinatown to revel in the Mid-Autumn Festival festivities! From 15 September to 15 October 2023, Chinatown will be transformed into a magical wonderland for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with iconic light installations, exciting activities, and delicious food. Why not also try and sample the best mooncakes and other traditional delicacies

Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival

Source: Chinatown Festival via Facebook

The festival kicks off on 15 September across multiple locations (New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road, and Upper Cross Street.) across Chinatown with the Official Light-Up & Opening Ceremony at Kreta Ayer Square.

There will be a lantern painting competition on 10 September at Chinatown Point while the food fair will be held at Smith Street from 15th September to 29th September.

So come and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown! It’s the perfect place to enjoy the festivities and soak up the culture.

Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
Date: 15 September 2023
Address: Kreta Ayer Square, 21 Banda St, S050005
Time: 7pm

Street Light-Up
Date: 15 September – 14 October 2023
Address: New Bridge Road / Eu Tong Sen / South Bridge Road / Upper Cross Street
Time: 7pm – 12am

Festival Fair
Date: 15 September – 14 October 2023
Address: Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, S059108
Time: 10am – 10pm

Weekly Stage Shows
Date: 17 Sep 2023
Address: Kreta Ayer Square, 21 Banda St, S050005
Time: 7pm – 9pm

For a full line up of what’s taking place visit the official website to make the most of this cherished festival!

Gardens by the Bay – Gardens of Bloom

Experience the charm of a meticulously curated light display, featuring a total of 9 thoughtfully crafted installations with each carrying profound significance in honour of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The magical backdrop is perfect for a memorable evening with your loved ones. Not only that, you’ll also find a host of captivating shows and workshops. Many of them are free of charge, so you can enjoy them without breaking the bank.

Gardens by the Bay

Source: Sing Studio via Shutterstock

Whether you’re inclined to try your hand at lantern crafting, indulge in the melodic enchantment of a Guzheng instrumental performance, or even embark on the journey of learning its basics, the festival offers a diverse range of choices.

Immerse yourself in captivating dance performances or witness the rhythmic spectacle presented by the drumming group, ZingO.

Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebration promises an abundance of offerings this year, catering to a wide range of interests and preferences and you’ll be sure to find something here for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t forget to read out out our latest article ‘Guide to all the happenings at Gardens by the Bay: Garden of Blooms

Date: 15th September – 1st October 2023
Address: Gardens by the Bay 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Opening Time (for Gardens of Bloom): 6pm – 10pm
Admission: Free

Lights by the Lake 2023 @ Jurong Lake Gardens

Returning once more to Jurong Lake Gardens, “Lights by the Lake” has elevated its offerings for the 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival, featuring an enchanting array of lantern displays, painstakingly crafted by talented artists hailing from China, whilst transforming Jurong Lake into a canvas adorned with their exquisite designs.

Jurong Lake

Source: National Parks

One highlight will be, local artists gracing the stage with captivating performances every Friday and Saturday throughout the festival’s duration.

And what’s a festival without the magic of music? September 23rd, from 6pm to 7pm, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra will take centre stage, showcasing the rich heritage of Chinese musical traditions. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

For the full scope on what is on offer, do check out their official website as there is even more music and activities to explore!

Date: 16th September – 1st October 2023
Address: Jurong Lake Gardens, 104 Yuan Ching Road S 618665
Opening Times: 7pm – 11pm
Admission: Free

Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2023

Hosted at Singapore’s Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, The Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival, is a lively celebration of Chinese arts, culture, and heritage.

Visitors can enjoy exciting activities, giant panda lantern installation, mooncake tastings, cultural performances, and engaging arts and crafts activities.

 

Mid Autumn

Source: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

While the main lawn installation offers free admission, certain activities may have associated fees.

A standout feature is the ‘Paw-trait lantern’, a colossal panda creation in partnership with 52TOYS and WWF-Singapore, embodying the Memorial Hall’s desire for a “panda-stic” Mid-Autumn gathering.

Showcasing a variety of brands, cultural performances like traditional Chinese dances, music, and opera enrich the experience, while families can partake in lantern making and other interactive activities.

Date: 29 Aug 2023 – 01 Oct 2023
Address: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, 12 Tai Gin Rd, S327874
Time: 10am – 9pm
Admission: Free admission with paid activities

Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Festival Fever 2023

The Mid-Autumn Family FUN, a three-day extravaganza jointly organized by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, promises a diverse range of free activities.

These include lantern crafting, captivating cultural performances, guided lantern strolls, mesmerizing stargazing sessions, and captivating concerts featuring the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra.

Complimentary beverages and snacks will be available while supplies last, and for every purchase of four tickets for any additional event, you can claim an exclusive limited-edition tote bag.

So, come and relish delectable bites from food trucks, put your intellect to the test with riddles and puzzles, all while immersing yourself in the variety of attractions this festival has in store.

Friday, September 29, 2023 (1 day only) from 1 pm onwards:

  • Complimentary coffee and tea served with traditional Mid-Autumn piglet baskets (available for the first 200 redemptions).
  • Free lanterns for the first 200 attendees.

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, from 1 pm onwards:

  • Enjoy complimentary ice-cream, kachang puteh, popcorn, candy floss, cookies, and biscuits (while supplies last).

Date: 29th September – 1st October
Address: SCCC and Singapore Conference Hall, 7 Shenton Way, S068810
Time: 10am onwards
Admission: Free

Head this way for the full line up of the family FUN Festival Calendar!

Mooncake Madness: Discovering the Finest Traditional and Snowskin Flavors

The Mid-Autumn festivities wouldn’t be complete without the ever-present Mooncake extravaganza.

This year’s we’re seeing timeless classics, modern twists, and unique flavours being to adventurous durian and boozy varieties with their stunning packaging adding the allure of these delectable treats.

With so many more places in Singapore selling mooncakes, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some of our favourites for the 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival:

Andaz Singapore

Andaz Mooncakes

Source: Andaz Singapore

This year, Andaz are raising the bar yet again with two tantalizing new flavours that are set to delight your taste buds.

Citrus Surprise, inspired by Kampong Glam’s vibrancy, and Gula Galore, a delightful fusion of lotus paste and palm sugar.For the traditionalists, there’s the Signature Tea Blend and the Silver Lotus++, both made with premium ingredients and traditional flavors.
For those of us who love the classics, 5 on 25 Andaz Singapore has you covered.

Their Signature Tea Blend mooncake is a fragrant masterpiece, combining the delicate floral notes of osmanthus, oolong, and pu’er tea, offering a harmonious symphony of flavours that pays homage to the art of tea. Not forgetting their irresistible Silver Lotus++ mooncake.

This classic creation features a luscious white lotus paste with not one, but two golden egg yolks, all elegantly encased in a golden-baked crust. It’s a nod to tradition with a touch of luxury.
You don’t want to be missing out on the mooncake magic they’re serving up – head this way to place your order!

Goodwood Park Hotel Mooncakes

Goodwood Park Hotel has consistently been a top contender as a top choice for mooncakes. While it may lean towards the higher end of the price spectrum, the impeccable quality of their mooncakes remains unmatched.

Crafted by skilled Hong Kong chefs, these mooncakes are devoid of preservatives in turn offers a diverse range of flavours. From the classic variety featuring the traditional outer skin, lotus filling and a generous portion of salted egg yolk to more adventurous options like this year’s pineapple with custard mooncake,

Good news, you can also shop for their mooncakes at the following shopping malls:

  • Takashimaya B2 Square (24 Aug – 29 Sep) – All discounts are not applicable at this stall
  • VivoCity (31 Aug – 29 Sep)
  • CIMB Plaza (4 – 9 Sep, Mon – Fri)
  • NEX (8 – 29 Sep)
  • Jurong Point (11 – 29 Sep)
  • Junction 8 (18 – 29 Sep)
  • Tampines Mall (20 – 29 Sep)

Yellow Ribbon Bakery

Yellow ribbon bakery mooncake

 

Yellow Ribbon Bakery’s 2023 mooncake collection is more than just a delicious treat, it’s a story of redemption and skill development. These Halal pastries are handcrafted by inmates at Changi Prison, who are learning valuable skills which will support them to find jobs after they are released.

One of the most popular flavours is the Honey Purple Potato Mooncake with Coconut and Yam. A delicious and unique twist on the traditional mooncake, with a mildly sweet filling that is sure to please. Other flavours include Baked White Lotus Mooncake with Melon Seeds and various yolk-filled options.

You can choose from sets like the Second Chance Sampler Box or the Yellow Ribbon Premium Box. Each set beautifully presented and comes with a thoughtful gift, such as wooden cutlery and Dilmah Tea sachets.

The box’s design, inspired by an inmate-artist’s painting, is a symbol of hope and transformation. So why not support a good cause this Mid-Autumn Festival and order your mooncakes from Yellow Ribbon Bakery? You’ll be glad you did.

Ding Bakery

Ding Mooncake are famous for crafting exceptional, artisanal mooncakes baked without any additives or preservatives. Available in both traditional and snow skin varieties all packed beautifully in reusable boxes, making them an ideal choice to give to friends, family, or business associates

You may to indulge in the delicious flavours of Ding Mooncake’s Signature White Lotus Mooncake and Traditional Pandan Mooncake, both of which are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Their unique snow skin mooncakes, available in five tempting flavours, is sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

InterContinental Singapore

InterContinental Hotel’s Blossom and Brew mooncakes are a blend of floral elegance and tea-infused flavours.

Indulge in choices like Honeysuckle Flower with Chrysanthemum, Violet Flower with Black Tea, Magnolia Flower with Osmanthus Honey, and Rose Flower with Chamomile Tea, each with a luscious chocolate truffle centre.

Singapore Mid-Autumn Festival

Don’t miss the limited edition InterContinental Negroni Lychee Chocolate Truffle Snow Skin Mooncake. Baked mooncake enthusiasts can savour the Premium Assorted Baked Mooncakes with Golden Imperial Pearl Tea, featuring four delightful options.

All mooncakes are elegantly presented in a red leatherette box with intricate prints and gold accents, exuding timeless charm. For orders and details, visit InterContinental Singapore

Imperial Patisserie

Imperial Patisserie‘s new collection of Hong Kong-style lava custard mooncakes are out of this world! These luxurious treats are crafted by two renowned chefs, including a Michelin-starred expert. The Lava Custard Mooncake is famous for its ooey-gooey filling that oozes out when you gently heat it up. It’s like a little taste of heaven in your mouth.

If you’re looking for something a little different, try the Sesame Lava Mooncake, made with premium sesame seeds and a rich custard filling that’s to die for.

Both flavours are available in a bundle of 8 pieces (4 pieces per flavor), beautifully presented in a classic bi-level leatherette box.
Just the perfect gift for the mooncake lover in your life, or a delicious way to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival with family and friends.
Order yours today and experience the magic of Imperial Patisserie’s mooncakes

Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Holiday Inn mooncake

Source: Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Singapore presents an enticing array of mooncakes for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, featuring unique and delectable options such as New York Cheesecake and Dirty Matcha Latte.
The Cheesecake Mooncake combines smooth white lotus paste with a luxurious cream cheese praline, while the Dirty Matcha Latte Mini Snowskin Mooncake boasts silky matcha lotus seed paste paired with a café latte praline.

More crowd-pleasing flavours include the Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake with Double Yolk, Peranakan Durian Mini Snowskin Mooncake, Teochew Yam Paste with Single Yolk Mooncake, and Mini Baked Egg Custard with Yolk.

Whether you opt for a box of six mooncakes or an assortment of mini snowskin mooncakes to savour all the delightful flavours, Holiday Inn Singapore has your Mid-Autumn celebration covered. Mooncakes are available online or pop into Holiday Singapore Atrium

You have everything you need to know about Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore to enjoy celebrating with your family and loved ones.

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