Things to do in January

6 Things To Do In Singapore This January 2024


Syahirah Mazlan •  Jan 01, 2024

Happy New Year! ✨ Have you made some resolutions for the year yet? If one of them is to go out more and enjoy some time for yourself and your loved ones, we have just the article for you! There are plenty of long weekends to look forward to this new year. One that’s coming up soon is the long CNY holiday! So whether you’re looking for things to do in Singapore this January 2024, or something to do for the long weekend, here are some ideas.

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1. Immerse yourself in street art at Aliwal Urban Art Festival (AUAF)

Grafffight X

Credit: Arts House Limited (AHL)

Looking for something unique and fun to do in January 2024? Head down to the Aliwal Urban Art Festival (AUAF) to immerse yourself in the local urban scene in Singapore! Held on 27 January 2024, you can head down to Aliwal Arts Centre and take part in free programmes such as GRAFFIGHT X (12pm - 5pm), a competition showcasing top graffiti writers from Batam and Singapore. See creativity bounce off the walls and clash during this final battle event! Catch Urban Sounds (6pm - 8.40pm), with music performances that highlight Singapore’s rising young stars in the local hip hop scene with their fresh, cool beats. Groove and move your body to the music! Art can be done through many mediums and graffiti is certainly a mesmerising art to watch live. If you’re hanging around till the end of the festival (which you should!), don’t miss Re:Union Party (9pm - 10pm) which brings the whole festival together and celebrates Singapore’s vibrant and exciting street culture.

There’s more to see and do and you can check out the festival’s full lineup of performances, exhibitions, workshops and more right here! It’s definitely an event not to be missed.

P.S: If you’re hungry, Tipo’s Pasta Bar is at Aliwal Arts Centre itself as well, so you need not travel so far for food!

Admission: Free

Opening hours: Saturday (27 January 2024) 12PM till late

Address: Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal St, Singapore 199918

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2. Explore the city at Singapore Art Week 2024

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Subash Thebe Limbu, Ladhamba Tayem; Future Continuous (2023). Still image. Provided by Hyundai Motor Group VH AWARD

Art Takes Over during Singapore's annual Art Week with over 150 art exhibition programmes and 400 artists taking part this year. Happening from 19 to 28 January 2024, explore the best of Singapore and Southeast Asian art as you walk around galleries or whole art installations around the city. Drop by the National Gallery and see Frida Kahlo's art in real life or drop by Gillman Barracks after dark!

3. Take part in Chingay events

With the Chinese New Year coming soon, you know what to look forward to - Chingay 2024! With the theme being "Blossom" this year, expect some vibrant art installations and a colourful parade this year! Although the parade is set to happen in February (book your tickets here!), you can still get excited for what's to come! There will be a 230m Interactive Floor Projection during the parade that visitors can play around with as it lights up the beautiful Chingay Garden. Around the main building of the parade, there will be blossom-themed art installations made by primary and secondary school students. These aren't only limited to teh F! Pit Building, there are also other art installations and Instagrammable spots all around the area too!

Chingay 2023 (Main Parade)Date: Fri-Sat (23 & 24 February 2024)

Location: F1 Pit Building

Book your tickets here!

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4. Stay up to catch the Light To Night Festival 2024

Light to Night 2024

Light to Night 2024. Image courtesy of National Gallery Singapore

If you’re a night owl, you most likely have been looking forward to Singapore’s annual Light to Night, best known for its stunning illumination of key cultural institutions in the Civic District. Happening from 19 January to 8 February 2024, Light to Night returns with the theme of "Reimagine" where art is challenged and conventions are overturned. The exhibitions are more interactive and go against the taboo of touching them! From playing unconventional ping-pong to projections of light onto the National Art Gallery and more, there is a lot to see and do at Light to Night 2024!

Date: 19 January to 8 February 2024

Location: Civic District, Singapore

Entry price: FREE (Ticketed attractions can be purchased here)


5. Attend the Singapore Palestinian Film Festival

There's no better time than now to immerse yourself in Palestinian culture and learn about their history! The Palestinian narrative will be the highlight of this event and it will definitely be an eye-opening experience. There will be 5 film pairings for you to choose from and the best part is that all the proceeds will be going towards the relief efforts for Gaza. The charity is under Singapore Red Cross's Gaza Response which is working with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Egyptian Red Crescent. Find out more on their Instagram page where they will release the films you can watch! Get your tickets here now!

Date: 12 - 21 January 2024

Location: Golden Village x The Projector at Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd, Singapore 239695

Entry price: $30 (Inclusive of 1 feature film and 1 short film). Buy here now!


6. Have fun at ARTBOX AVENUE


ARTBOX returns with more action and fun in January. Spanning over two weekends, you'll be treated to over 100 F&B stalls and 140 retail outlets. It boasts to be bigger than ever before and it certainly seems to be the case as there will be two new zones: Central Avenue and Open Plaza! Central Avenue will be an amazing sight with a three-storey display of neon lights and signs all held by shipping containers, giving it an industrial feel. Open Plaza will be holding a variety of activities and exhibitions that you can stroll through and take part in. There will even be Nintendo Switch games for you to unwind and relax.

Date: 26 - 28 January 2024 | 2 - 4 February 2024

Location: Singapore Expo Hall 2, 1 Expo Drive, Singapore 486150

Entry price: $6 (Until 25 January)

EXTRA: Singapore Airshow 2024

This year's Singapore Airshow is returning with over 1000 companies from over 50 countries who will be showcasing efforts in sustainability in the aviation industry. One of the most anticipated events is the Weekend@Airshow where you can bring your friends and family down to watch the local and visiting aerobatic flying teams perform nail-biting stuns. There are also a ton of other family-friendly activities that will surely excite your kids! Book your tickets here now!

Date: 24 - 25 February 2024

Location: Changi Exhibition Centre, 9 Aviation Park Rd, Singapore 498760

Entry price: from $17. Book your tickets here!

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We hope these events will help you start the new year on a high-note! If you don’t like staying in during long holiday weekends, make sure you SAVE this article so you can make plans with your family and loved ones to spend a fun-filled day out and about.