A popular observance in many Asian countries, including Singapore, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Friday, 29 September 2023. As the full moon graces the night sky, savour mooncakes from restaurants and 5 star hotels in Singapore.

Glowing lanterns illuminating the night sky, an abundance of delicious feasts shared with loved ones, and the delicate sweetness of mooncakes – these are the hallmarks of the beloved Mid-Autumn Festival. 

Every year, the city transforms into a dazzling showcase of cultural splendour featuring larger-than-life lantern displays, captivating live performances, and a fusion of traditions that capture the spirit of this joyous occasion. As the moon rises over the magnificent Marina Bay, be prepared to be charmed by an experience like no other, blending the allure of the festival with the modern marvels of Singapore's skyline. 

Origin & History of the Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese tea paired with mooncake and a coaster of Chang Er' for Mid-Autumn Festival

With its history dating back over a thousand years, the Mid-Autumn Festival – also known as the Mooncake Festival – has entrenched itself as one of Singapore's most cherished cultural celebrations. Rooted in Chinese traditions, this auspicious occasion is observed on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month when the full moon graces the sky in all its luminous glory.

At the heart of the festivities lie fascinating myths and legends passed down through generations. These include the tale of Chang Er, a woman who becomes the moon goodness after drinking an immortality elixir, and the Jade Rabbit who was bestowed eternal life for his sacrifice to the Jade Emperor. These narratives add a touch of mystique to the celebration, infusing it with wonder and reverence.

While the festival's Chinese roots are evident, it also holds great importance for other Asian communities. This joyous occasion serves as a bridge that connects people of different backgrounds, strengthening the communal fabric through shared customs and festivities.

As the celebrations draws near, Singapore transforms into a radiant wonderland of lights and laughter. Lantern displays of all shapes and sizes adorn the streets, casting a magical glow upon the city. Prepare to be enchanted by street displays that paint the urban landscape in vibrant hues, capturing the spirit of unity and merriment.

Chinese lanterns lit up to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore

Radiance & Tradition: Singapore's Annual Mid-Autumn Festival Celebrations

Family gathering around and enjoying mooncakes during Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore

A time of family reunions and togetherness

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for lively celebrations, family reunions, and the spirit of togetherness. As the day approaches, families eagerly anticipate a joyous reunion over a sumptuous dinner. Generations intertwine, passing down stories and traditions that strengthen the bonds of kinship.

A feast for unity

Mid-Autumn Festival dinner preparation is a meticulous process with each dish representing a specific symbol. The dinner table is adorned with an array of culinary delights, often featuring auspicious foods that carry special meanings. Tenderly roasted duck and succulent chicken imply unity and completeness in the family, while steamed fish takes a prominent spot at the feast, signifying the desire for abundance and prosperity.

Lanterns decorations at Chinatown to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore

Lanterns everywhere

As the sun sets, the streets come alive with glowing lanterns. Excited children carrying their uniquely crafted lanterns contribute to the festive atmosphere. Some may participate in the ancient tradition of moon gazing, searching for the ideal location under the night sky to admire the moon's radiance. This act symbolises harmony, unity, and the beauty of nature's cyclical patterns, bringing a sense of tranquillity and awe to the celebrations.

Captivating Lighting Displays

As the night deepens, the cityscape of Singapore transforms into a breathtaking canvas of lights and colours. Iconic locations like Chinatown and Gardens by the Bay shine with captivating displays, creating a perfect backdrop for families and friends to revel in the spirit of togetherness and celebration.

Sweet delights and heartfelt gifts

The act of giving mooncakes is a cherished tradition during the festival season, as families and friends exchange these sweet treats as a sign of affection and gratitude. These circular surprises slice open to reveal an ensemble of tempting fillings. Common flavours include lotus seed paste, red bean, mixed nuts, and salted egg yolk, though contemporary mooncakes may feature fresh fruit, champagne, pralines, and chocolate. Of course, a uniquely Singaporean mooncake and a crowd-favourite is the sweet yet savoury Durian mooncake.

Getting your mooncake in Singapore


For the best mooncakes to gift and savour, Marina Bay Sands presents exquisitely crafted mooncakes in an assortment of delicious flavors. Displayed in an intricately designed box, these legendary delicacies are perfect for sharing with loved ones and as gifts. Discover mooncakes in Singapore from 5 star hotel and local brands like BreadTalk, Old Seng Choong, Toast Box and Starbucks.

4 traditional baked mooncakes from 5 star hotel in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

From traditional baked mooncakes to the much loved snowskin mooncake, relish in a range of meticulously handcrafted mooncakes that will captivate your taste buds. Place an order for a box of baked mooncakes, which consists of the classic lotus paste with single yolk and fillings infused with Macallan whisky - a perfect balance of classic and innovative flavours. For those who prefer a chewy and smooth texture, opt for the snowskin mooncakes. Crafted using only the finest ingredients, enjoy mooncakes with bird's nest filling and more.


Assortment of traditional baked mooncakes to get in Singapore, from Imperial Treasure

Imperial Treasure

Handmade with the freshest ingredients without preservatives, indulge in traditional baked mooncakes from Imperial Treasure. Choose from a selection of yolk (single, double or quadruple) or pure lotus paste. Immerse yourself in true culinary delight with the Mixed Nuts Mooncake or Teochew Single Yolk Yam Pastry. Made to satisfy every palate, try the Mini Golden Custard Mooncake, filled with velvety custard infused with salted egg yolk. Pre-order your mooncakes from Imperial Treasure now.


4 snowskin mooncakes from award-winning Chinese restaurant, Mott 32 Singapore

Mott 32 Singapore

An award-winning Chinese restaurant in Singapore, delight in exclusive baked mooncakes from Mott 32. Beautifully packed in a box of 4, savour matcha-infused mooncake complemented by yuzu and chrysanthemum filling paired with red dates.


Teochew style mooncake in Singapore with yolk and pastry crust at PUTIEN, Marina Bay Sands


Savour traditional Teochew-style mooncakes from PUTIEN. Handmade and filled with delectable flavors like taro and sweet potato, these mooncakes are a secret recipe from PUTIEN's longest serving staff. Also a healthier alternative, order your mooncake from any PUTIEN restaurants in Singapore.


Box of 6 traditional mooncake from Ralph's Coffee in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands

Ralph's Coffee

Immerse yourself in the Mid-Autumn festive spirit with Ralph's Coffee. After establishing its first cafe store in Singapore, at Marina Bay Sands, Ralph's Coffee has launched Egg Custard Lava and Coffee Lava Mooncakes. Available in a box of 6 with each bite a harmonious blend of flavours, pre-order your mooncakes from Ralph's Coffee in stores now.


Tea and mooncakes in Singapore, from TWG Tea at Marina Bay Sands


Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore with TWG Tea's tea-infused traditional and snowskin mooncakes. Enjoy the perfect golden crust filled with lotus paste infused with Singapore Breakfast Tea or Grand Wedding Tea. Alternatively, opt for the snowskin mooncakes, a pleasant reinterpretation of classic TWG Tea flavours like the fragrant Grand Miracle Tea. Pre-order your mooncakes from TWG Tea in Singapore now.


Illuminating Joy: Things to do this Mid-Autumn Festival


This year, discover the best places to celebrate the occasion and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Culinary delights: indulging in Chinese restaurants

Marina Bay Sands is a culinary paradise, home to some of the most esteemed Chinese restaurants in the world. Savour Chinese cuisine with a contemporary spin at Mott 32, where the Apple-Wood Roasted Peking Duck stands as a testament to their extensive preparation process and dedication to perfection. For an elegant atmosphere with the flavours of Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine, a lavish feast awaits at BLOSSOM. Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine offers private dining rooms with a spectacular view of Marina Bay – the ideal setting for exploring their expertly crafted menu filled with Cantonese delights.

Embrace the rich flavours of the season with Mid-Autumn Festival dining specials. Gather with loved ones and mark the occasion with delectable traditional dishes such as Peking duck, dim sum, and mooncakes, all meticulously crafted to honour the essence of the festival.

Roast duck at Mott 32, a perfect dish to share with family during Mid Autumn Festival in Singapore
Woman at the SkyPark Observation Deck, perfect to celebrate any occasion

SkyPark Observation Deck: Selfies with a Breathtaking Backdrop

For a picture-perfect celebration, head to the SkyPark Observation Deck at Marina Bay Sands. You can take stunning selfies against the backdrop of Singapore's iconic skyline, adorned with the full moon and shimmering city lights. This 57-storey-high rooftop offers countless photoshoot spots, making it an ideal destination to share the spirit of the festival with the world. While you're here, discover some of the most instagrammable places in Singapore.

Catch the light and water show with Marina Bay Sands as a backdrop

Spectra at Marina Bay Sands: A Captivating Show

As the night unfolds, treat yourself to the mesmerising Spectra at Marina Bay Sands for a spectacular finale. This dazzling water and light extravaganza illuminates the bay with a captivating display of art and technology. Witness a symphony of fountain jets, visual projections and lasers set to a grand orchestral soundtrack. Read on for some of the best places to watch the Spectra show.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Singapore lantern light ups at Gardens by the Bay

Photo credit: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay: A luminous wonderland

Head to Gardens by the Bay, one of Singapore's iconic attractions, where the 2023 Mid-Autumn Festival takes centre stage with a dazzling showcase of lantern displays. While walking through the enchanting garden, you will be fascinated by the intricate lanterns that add an ethereal glow to the night sky. Experience cultural performances, workshops, and activities that celebrate the festival's rich heritage, and immerse yourself in the joyful atmosphere of the Gardens by the Bay.

Lantern decorations at Chinatown with traditional buildings for Mid-Autumn Festival 2023 Singapore

Cultural Extravaganza: Exploring Chinatown's Traditions

No celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore is complete without a visit to Chinatown. Filled with colourful decorations, this vibrant neighbourhood is a must-visit for those who would like an immersive experience of Chinese culture. Indulge in local delicacies, such as delicious mooncakes and traditional dishes, while exploring the lively streets. Don't forget to capture insta-worthy moments with the captivating backdrops this culturally rich area has to offer.

Luxurious retail therapy: Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Celebrate the joyous occasion with an adventure through a retail paradise. Home to over 170 premium labels and luxury boutiques, head down to one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore – The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. From exquisite mooncakes and delightful souvenirs to luxury jewellery brands, discover the perfect gifts for family and friends.

The Shoppes, a shopping centre in Singapore you can visit during Mid Autumn Festival
Living area of the Sands Signature Suite that you can book a stay in this Mid-Autumn Festival

Unforgettable Stay at Marina Bay Sands

Elevate your Mid-Autumn Festival celebration with a stay at Marina Bay Sands. With world-class amenities and breathtaking views of the city, the 5 star hotel in Singapore is the perfect place to unwind after indulging in the festivities.

Whether you're looking to explore the city or recharge with a well-deserved family staycation over the weekend, Marina Bay Sands has everything you need for a truly unforgettable experience. Make your celebration one to remember at the world's leading integrated resort.