Mid-Autumn Lanterns and Mooncakes
With lanterns and mooncakes everywhere, it’s not hard to see why the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Lantern or Mooncake festival.
Lanterns of all shapes and sizes – from the traditional round, to the modern cartoon-inspired – are carried by excited young children. Their giant-sized counterparts are a sight to behold, displayed outside homes, stores and restaurants.
While much smaller than the lanterns, Mooncakes also take over the city during the Mid-Autumn Festival. A decorative cake made of thick pastry and filled with anything from egg yolk to chocolate, mooncakes come in various shapes, colours, flavours and sizes and are given to friends, family and colleagues as a display of gratitude.
No visit to the Mid-Autumn Festival is complete without a nibble or one or two of these – for a true taste of Singapore, get adventurous and see how many weird and wonderful fillings you can find.
Light Up Singapore
The Mid-Autumn Festival Singapore Light Up Ceremony kicks off festivities with a medley of performances, lanterns, fireworks and more.
Join the celebrations on Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, located a short walk from PARKROYAL on Pickering, your most convenient Mid-Autumn Festival hotel.
The centre of the action
Singapore's Chinatown is the best place to go to get close to the action and observe the customs and traditions surrounding the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Each night throughout the festival, the area literally buzzes with stage shows, dances, puppetry and opera to enthral even the most well-travelled visitors.
As far as the eye can see, there are mooncakes with every filling imaginable, as well as beautiful lanterns of various hues and sizes lighting up the narrow laneways, all the way from Chinatown through to Club Street and Ann Siang Hill.
Take home a truly unique souvenir by giving your creativity a workout and taking part in one of the many lantern-making and painting competitions in Chinatown throughout the festival.