The first Singapore Sky Lantern Festival is happening this February 21 at Sentosa’s Palawan Green. Just like the event in Taiwan, you can pen your wishes on paper lanterns, light them up, and send them soaring into the night sky. Get your camera ready to capture the tapestry of glowing orbs overhead.

There is a caveat, though. Unlike most sky lantern festivals that let lanterns fly freely, the Singapore Sky Lantern Festival has lanterns tethered to the ground via 60m-long strings. This is per Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) guidelines which state that “the free release of sky lanterns is not allowed in Singapore” and “tethered sky lanterns can only be released between 7pm to 7am the next day” on weekdays.

As such, the lanterns (which are biodegradable and made of oiled paper) will remain tethered to the ground and float in the sky for five to 10 minutes until the candles in them extinguish. Thereafter, the lanterns will be brought back to the ground by attendees. There will be five batches of lanterns to be released. 

The event will run from 3pm to 12am, with the lantern release happening at 7.30pm. Tickets to the inaugural Singapore Sky Lantern Festival cost S$50, excluding booking fees, and can be purchased at Eventbrite. Students can score the tickets at just S$25.

The Sky Lantern Festival will also have an afternoon music festival with cultural performances, DJ sets and food stalls. End your night at the afterparty happening from 10pm to midnight.  

Date: 21 February 2024
Time: 3pm – 12am
Venue: Palawan Green, Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island

Sky Lantern Festival Ticket Price: SGD50

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