Last year's Mid-Autumn Festival display at Gardens by the Bay was such a huge hit that it is back this time around, accompanied by humongous floating lanterns on water.
Compared to last year, this year's edition is spread over a smaller area. This can be attributed to the Singapore Garden Festival held at The Meadow last month. As such, that area could not be used for the lanterns due to the limited turnaround time.
But that isn't to say that this year's lanterns are less colourful or vibrant. Still billed as Singapore's largest lantern carnival, Mid-Autmn Festival at Gardens by the Bay is filled with magical lantern light-ups and dazzling displays, complete with various cultural performances and activities throughout the festival!
Since this year's lantern display is more compact, the entire walking distance feels more walkable and should be a breeze for parents who are intending to bring along the kids. In fact, I have labelled a recommended walking route for everyone who intends to catch all of the lanterns on show, together with some of the more interesting lantern displays.
You can either choose to start at the Visitor Centre, or at the Supertree Grove where the performing stage is. Do click on the map above for a larger version.
Separated into various thematic areas this year, one of the tallest lanterns this year has got to be the towering peacock at the Golden Garden (near the Visitor Centre).
Keeping on with the birds theme, the Birds of Paradise one was probably one of the most colourful ones around.
The monkies though were attracted to the zodiac animals, as they scrambled to locate their individual zodiac animal.
Thematic characters - ranging from dancers, musicians, dragon dance troupers and even SEA Games athletes - dotted the lake walkway next.
But the lanterns that had the monkies (and SengkangBabies) vying to identify were those that depicted global landmarks.
Moving on, the final set of lantern displays were that of Racial Harmony in Singapore.
Along the way, do keep your eyes peeled for the majestic water lantern displays on Dragonfly Lake too. These lanterns feature Chinese themes - such as the Ancient Chinese Palace, The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea and the Treasure Voyages of Cheng Ho.
Feeling hungry after all the walking? Stop by the Asian Food Street at Palm Court near the Planet Baby sculpture and be treated to an assortment of cuisines from China, Taiwan and Singapore.
Do indulge in the nightly performances by artistes from Chongqing Song & Dance Troupe and Guangdong Arts Troupe (Zhanjiang Song & Dance Ensemble & Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe) right under the mesmerizing Supertree Grove too!
If you are a looking for a fun time to spend the night with the family this Mid-Autumn, the lanterns at Garden by the Bay will more than suffice. Best of all, it is all FREE!
*PSSST, there will be FIREWORKS on 13 Sep 2014 from 7.30pm too! To be safe, be there by 7pm. :)
And while you are taking in the breathtaking nightscape of Gardens by the Bay and enjoying a myriad of lighted displays at the Gardens, why not take part in the 'Garden Moments Monthly Instagram Contest' too? Share your best night shot with the hashtag #GBnight by 15 October and 3 winners will walk away with prizes worth $180 each, including 4 tickets to the 2 Cooled Conservatories and a Gardens by the Bay retail hamper!
Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2014
Date: 4 - 14 Sep 2014
Time: 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 3pm – 11pm (Sat & Sun)
Location: Gardens by the Bay
*More details HERE.