ION Orchard ushers in Chinese New Year with a ‘Stream of Abundance’ from now to 19 February 2019. Open throughout the season, including the first and second days of the Lunar New Year (5 and 6 February 2019), the mall will be decked out in vibrant colours and patterns inspired by the Koi, a fish that represents good fortune, prosperity, longevity and success in the Chinese culture. Visitors will stroll through a festive Chinese garden on Level 3, enjoy high octane lion dance performances, marvel at the calligraphy skills of a local artist and savour an array of traditional Chinese New Year goodies. Additionally, ION+ Rewards Members and ION PRIVI ELITE Members can redeem exclusive sets of complimentary traditional red packets intricately designed with two Koi.
Festive Entertainment In between shopping for the season’s latest collection, visitors can take a break and wander through a vibrant and beautifully designed Chinese Garden at ION Orchard’s Level 3 from 8 January onwards. On display is a splendid arrangement of oriental panels decorated with swimming Koi, floating lily blossoms, as well as an animated fish pond, adding to the garden’s festive allure.
Horoscope fans and interested shoppers can learn more about their Chinese Zodiac sign and predictions for the New Year at curated displays, which make a perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for that mandatory festive Instagram shot!
Adding to the festive celebrations, visitors to the mall can take home a complimentary seasonal greeting penned by renowned Chinese calligraphy artist, Shen Guang Han, on selected dates during Chinese New Year at ION Orchard. These scrolls will feature delicate hand letterings of auspicious and meaningful words. A living icon in the local art industry, Shen is well versed in Chinese palaeography and has years of experience writing, teaching and demonstrating various Chinese scripts. He has not only held a solo calligraphy exhibition at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce with former Member of Parliament, Dr Ho Kah Leong, as his guest of honour, but also published a book titled ‘The Evolution of Chinese Cursive Writing’, where he shares his views of cursive writing and explains its historic origins.
No Chinese New Year celebrations will be complete without lion dance performances and scrumptious treats and you can find both and more at ION Orchard. Visitors and shoppers can catch energetic lion dance performances at the Level 1 Atrium. Look out for the God of Fortune too, as he will be roving around the mall and handing out delicious sweets and festive treats.
Shoppers can also catch a special Chinese New Year multimedia projection show at ION Sky from 21 January to 19 February. In line with the festive theme of Koi, visitors will see digital versions of Koi swim with grace through a stream of abundance amid a cherry blossom forest.
Festive Happenings Beyond the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, ION Orchard will be hosting an exciting line-up of exhibitions. These include the Richard Orlinski Exhibition by Galeries Bartoux featuring contemporary sculptures from now to 3 February, Michael Khoo’s Solo Exhibition titled ’80 Years Dance with the Art’ from 15 to 19 February. In addition, a special showcase, REUNITE 2019, will take visitors on a walk down memory lane, highlighting the works of past years’ winners of the Young Talent Programme (YTP), in collaboration with ION Art and the Affordable Art Fair. Happening from 18 to 27 January, REUNITE 2019 is part of Singapore Art Week 2019.
Prosperity Rewards ION+ Rewards Members or American Express® Card members will receive an exclusive set of stylish red packets adorned with Koi as well as a mandarin orange carrier with a minimum spend of $80. In addition, ION PRIVI ELITE Members will receive either a special red or gold patterned red packet set as well as a mandarin orange carrier.
Chinese New Year Exclusives and ION Holideals
Chinese New Year brings a golden opportunity to purchase new outfits, home furnishings and party essentials and ION Orchard has lined up exclusive Holideals with offers across various fashion and luxury brands. Shoppers simply have to visit ION Orchard’s Facebook and Instagram pages to redeem exclusive deals such as complimentary gifts worth up to $500* at the Leica Store, as well as receive a free styling appointment at Suitsupply.
Several brands have created special Chinese New Year collections this festive season too. Italian designer womenswear brand PINKO will usher in the New Year with a special festive collection featuring a funky porci motif emblazoned on some of their garments. Furthermore, shoppers who purchase any of the brand’s LOVE bags will receive a bag cover as a gift, which comes in three versions: clear, pink and yellow. Swiss watchmaker Swatch will be releasing a new watch specially designed for Chinese New Year featuring a cuddly-looking pig icon. Meanwhile, Korean beauty brand HERA has jumped on the Lunar New Year bandwagon and unveiled a limited edition 2019 Golden Pig Collection, with popular items dressed in striking red packaging.
For foodies, head to the newly-opened JUMBO Seafood outlet that will be serving sumptuous Reunion Set Menus (exclusively on 4 February) and Celebration Set Menus featuring festive seafood delicacies, starting from $248 for four. Other Chinese New Year specialties will also be available for a limited time from 14 January to 19 February. For a sweet treat, try GODIVA’s Chinese New Year Collection that includes ganache pieces with elegant koi motifs that pair fruits such as apricot, lemon and passion fruit with chocolate couvertures.
Whisky lovers can head to The Grande Whisky Collection, which houses a massive collection of unique whiskys collected from all over the world, and opt for a special rare whisky experience at a promotional price of $79. Visitors can also take a tour of the store’s own ‘whisky museum’, try rare whisky at a whisky tasting session or even take home a free limited edition souvenir.
• Exclusive Set of Red Packets and a Mandarin Orange Carrier ION+ Rewards Members or American Express Card Members^ with $80* spend.
• Earn 38 ION+ Bonus Points# (equivalent to $15 shopping vouchers) when you shop at B1 – B4 First 1,000 ION+ Rewards Members with $200* spend. American Express Card Members^ will receive additional 5 ION+ Points.
Earn 75 ION+ Bonus Points# (equivalent to $30 shopping voucher) when you shop at B1 – B4 and L1 – L5/L55 First 80 ION+ Rewards Members daily with $450* spend. American Express Card Members^ will receive additional 5 ION+ Points.
• Earn 250 ION+ Bonus Points# (equivalent to $100 shopping voucher) when you shop at B1 – B4 and L1 – L5/L55 ION+ Rewards Exclusive: First 80 members weekly with $1,500* spend.
• $10 Starbucks Gift Card American Express Card Members^ with $180 minimum spend in a single transaction. Limited to first 800 redemptions. Redeem at ION Orchard B3 Concierge.
^For spend offers, payment must be made by American Express Card issued by American Express International Inc. in Singapore including American Express Corporate Card and American Express Cards issued by DBS Bank Limited, United Overseas Bank Limited, and Citibank Singapore Limited. *A maximum of four same-day receipts accepted. Other terms and conditions apply. Check with Concierge or visit ionorchard.com for more details. #Shoppers must present at least one basement floor receipt (B1 – B4) and one upper floor receipt (L1 – L5/L55).
FESTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND FRINGE ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
Dates Name of activity Venue Time
3 January – 3 February
Richard Orlinski Exhibition by Galeries Bartoux
L1 Atrium 10am – 10pm
8 January – 19 February
Unravelling Your Zodiac L3 10am – 10pm
10 – 12 January
An Abundance of Fortune and Prosperity with Putien
B4 ION Station 10am – 10pm
14 – 20 January Triumph Festive Pop-up B4 ION Station 10am – 10pm
18 – 27 January REUNITE 2019 ION Art gallery 10am – 10pm
19, 20, 26, 27 January; 5 & 6 February
Greeting for New Beginnings L3 12pm – 2pm
21 January – 19 February
Stream of Abundance ION Sky 10am – 10pm
24 January – 3 February
Homecoming 2019: Chubby Chubby X Seek
B4 ION Station 10am – 10pm
1 – 10 February
Singapore Art Society Annual Exhibition (in celebration of Lunar New Year 2019)
ION Art gallery 10am – 10pm
5, 6, 9, 10, 16 & 17 February
Lion Dance Performance L1 Atrium 3.08pm
5 – 6 February God of Fortune Roving 1.30pm
15 – 19 February
Michael Khoo – 80 Years Dance with the Art
ION Art gallery 10am – 10pm