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It’s That Time of Year: Ultimate Guide to Singapore’s National Day Parade: Including Events, Activities and Current Special Promotions!

It’s That Time of Year: Ultimate Guide to Singapore’s National Day Parade: Including Events, Activities and Current Special Promotions!

Singapore’s National Day is on August 9th, and is also the day of Singapore’s founding and independence!

This year (2021) Singapore will celebrate its 56th National Day with its annual parade. How are you planning to celebrate Singapore’s National Day? 

If you’re not too sure, here’s a handy list for you, and here’s what’s on the list!:

  1. Things to Do during Singapore’s National Day Parade
  2. Singapore National Day Offers and Promotions

PS: Due to recent lockdown restrictions, the National Day Parade will take place on 21 August 2021 instead.

Where to go for Singapore’s National Day?

Lets Play!

1. Universal Studios, two golf courses, beachfront resorts and more! Sentosa 

This little isle is known for its gorgeous beaches and nature-inspired scenery, decadent dining options and luxurious boutiques. It’s utterly ideal for a romantic date night/weekend or even a family-bonding one with tons of activities and attractions to check out. 


What’s the deal: 

Photo by @sentosa_island on Instagram

Whether you’re three years old, or 60, Sentosa has something that all ages can enjoy – and the same goes for this year’s parade’s specials…

  • For the 56th National Day, Sentosa has a few promos running for attractions and activities, offering a special ‘56% off Fun Sentosa Pass’ or save on other things to do. Get 10% off Hydrodash admission tickets and kids enter free, or check out other savings at teh Trick Eye Museum, Madame Tussauds, headrock VR, iFly, and much more! See website for other promos!

Photos: @elisse.u, @jojo_lai, @kate_is_the_winner on Instagram

Address: Sentosa

Contact: NA


2. Unlimited rides on the Singapore Cable Car: Mount Faber Peak  

Apart from the dense forest trail which leads to the summit of Faber Peak, many locals and tourists alike head to this peak because there’s a cable car which you can ride from the top of this hill all the way down to the Harbourfront Centre, and across waters to Sentosa island! Plus, it was the world’s first ever aerial tramway system across harbours built back in 1974 and it’s iconic! 


What’s the deal: 

Photos by @mralvinyap on Instagram

With a few romantic dining options, it’s a popular spot for date night, and to take the cable car to and from Sentosa. For this year’s celebrations, purchase just one ticket which gets you unlimited rides on the cable car on the  Mount Faber Line and the Sentosa Line. enjoy both day and night views of Sentosa from above! For more details, visit their website.

Address: 109 Mount Faber Rd, Mount Faber Peak, Singapore 099203

Contact: +65 6377 9688


3. No need to travel to Sentosa for those “holiday feels”: Downtown East

Managed by the NTUC Club (NTUC Club is the leisure and entertainment department of the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC)), Downtown East (DTE) was established in 1986 with an aim to provide high-quality and inexpensive resort facilities for the everyday folk of Singapore. 

Photos: @engrmad, @swashed on Instagram

It’s become a popular destination for “easties” to have a day-trip or one night’s vacay (nature inspired resort, D’Resort, is here), plus Wild Wild Wet water park, E!Avenue, E!Hub, and Market Square with its numerous retail, dining and entertainment options. 

What’s the deal: 

  • DTE launched the National Day “Eat + Play + Shop Bundle” for just $56. The set includes 2 Wild Wild Wet Day Passes, a $20 DTE voucher and 1 free parking ticket. In addition, users can also exchange 300 Welcome LinkPoints for a free Plus! card. 
  • This deal is only available on the Downtown East website, and only the first 2,000 people can purchase. You can buy here.

Address: Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599


4. Come meet the ‘real-life’ dinosaurs Prince, Twinky and Apollonia: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Always dreamt of what it must have been like to see a real-life dinosaur all those thousands of years ago? What is actually South East Asia’s first-ever Natural History Museum now also hosts three real dinosaur skeletons that were discovered between 2007 and 2010 in Wyoming, USA. 

Photos: @aroundtheworldwithmyeyes, @joshtruly on Instagram

Apart from the dinos, there are many levels here that exhibit other incredible facets of our Natural World. Since opening in 1849, it has preserved 560,000 animal and plant specimens!

What’s the deal: 

  • Receive a 20% discount on museum tickets! 
  • Each coupon is applicable to purchase up to 5 admission tickets and this offer is not applicable to other promotions, discounts and coupons, and cannot be exchanged or refunded for cash/ items. This promo is valid until December 31, 2021.

Address: 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377

Contact: +65 6601 3333


5. Housing more than 9000 artworks from across Southeast Asia: National Gallery Singapore

As home to the largest collection of artworks from across SEA and Asia on display, it’s not just artworks from around the continent from the 19th century and today that you’ll spot on exhibit, but there are also a bunch of modernised and interactive exhibitions on display. There are permanent features here, as well as artists that showcase their work every few months. 

There are also a bunch of dining options around to check out and other activities. 

What’s the deal: 

Photo by National Gallery Singapore

  • Free admission to Something New Must Turn Up (an exhibition of six Singaporean artists who appeared after 1965)
  • Free admission is limited to Singapore citizens and PRs only and the exhibition ends August 22 2021. Online bookings are essential.

Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957 (Map)

Contact: +65 6271 7000

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 7pm


6. For all the nostalgic feels of a classic carnival: Timezone 

Want to have an arcade experience like they were made way back in the day? Or perhaps even straight out of an American movie…There’s a selection of over 200 beloved childhood arcade games here. 

Photos: @actstitude, @lifestinymiracles on Instagram

Aptly zoned into different areas, discover the arcade themed section or have a go at racing retro style in the racers department. There’s also a bowling alley and bumper cars!  

What’s the deal: 

  • Buy $30 gaming tokens and receive $30 gaming tokens free too! So you’re basically getting into two rounds for the price of one!

Address: There are 13 branches in Singapore, see website for all locations.

Contact: +65 6251 0798(Vivo City店)


7. Discount movie night!: EagleWings Cinematics 

This cinema is a bit different from the rest…They not only showcase the latest blockbusters, but they also screen a selection of Independent Films, specifically those that are “spiritually-enriching”. 

Photos: @ahde89, @eaglewingscinematics, @kirsklaire on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • For this year’s National Parade, you’ll receive a 20% discount when you buy two or more movie tickets!

Address: 9 King Albert Park, #01-58, Singapore 598332

Contact: +65 9848 7777



8. Always wanted to stay at the iconic hotel? Room specials here: Mandarin Oriental

Photos: @baozzy @jessieljs on Instagram

Designed to be shaped like the oriental fan, this luxury hotel fuses Asian and contemporary design stunningly. 

Spend a lazy afternoon around the rooftop pool or treat yourself to a luxurious wellness package at their spa which actually offers tailor-made treatments, plus there’s a sauna. If you’re after a hotel in the heart of the city Marina Bay is closeby, as well as Gardens by the Bay, the Esplanade, shopping destinations like Raffles City and Orchard Road and more. 

Photos: @weeting.c @jessieljs on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • They’re offering a Room Special from now until October 31, 2021 where you can book one of their luxury rooms for $309/night (weekdays, weekends are $369). 
  • Check in and enjoy lunch for 2 people, plus there’s an early check-in of 12pm and late check-out until 6pm (services are subject to availability).

Address: 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797 (Map)

Contact: +65 6338 0066


9. Sofitel Singapore City Centre

The name is iconic is the hotel industry known for building and presenting luxury hotels, and each of the ones in Singapore aref inspired by the French art de vivre. Located in the Central Business District, it’s a 4-minute walk to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station and a 12-minute walk to Chinatown. The hotel has a stylish French restaurant, an exquisite tea/cocktail bar, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool with city views.

Photos: @dancingconfetti @haileytupham @linyushui on Instagarm

What’s the deal: 

  • Sofitel Hotel has launched 2 sets of staycation holiday packages, specially designed for couples and families. 
  • From July 19 to August 15, 2021, you can book either the National Day “Stay for Good” special or opt for their “Do Good with The Family” package. You can also use the Rediscover Singapore voucher for this deal.

Address: 9 Wallich St, Singapore 078885

Contact: +65 6428 5000


10. “Slay, Stay & Play”: Hotel G

Built with modern design and a funky mindset, this hotel has tried to replicate the youthful feels of the people of Singapore and this urban city. Some facilities include a French restaurant and wine bar, Ginett, American burger & liquor bar, 25 Degrees, a fitness centre, and more.  

What’s the deal: 

Photo by @singaporetravelholic on Instagram

This Staycation Package is ultra luxe and the hotel has teamed up with numerous local brands to increase your experience! 

  • Indulge your skin with Sigi Skin products, awaken your taste buds with Jewel Coffee, relax your mind and body with PlayNation games, and taste authentic Singaporean flavours with 25 Degrees’ new satay burger and cendol milkshake. 
  • This package is applicable to their Double Room and goes for SGD $156++~ 
  • From July 26 to the end of August, you can book directly on their website. Remember to use the promo code STAYLOCAL.

Address: 200 Middle Road, Singapore, 188980

Contact: +65 68097988


Beauty & Maintenance

11. A multiple award-winning spa: Nail Palace

They believe in a holistic approach when it comes to looking after your nails, and with 150 dedicated professional nail technicians at their branches around Singapore, you can rest assured that your hands and feet are in good hands, whether it’s a manicure or pedicure that you’re after. 

Photos by @nailpalace.sg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • The Manicure+Pedicure National Day Discount Package is only $56 (discounted from $188.35!)
  • This special is applicable to new customers only and runs until 31 October 2021.

Address: There are 23 outlets across the island. Visit their website for a full listing

Contact: +65 8811252


12. Especially designed for Asian beauty skin-types: Shakura

Hailing all the way from Japan (yup, the original branch is from here too) and now in Singapore, this beauty centre focuses specifically on pigmentation and whitening treatments for those looking to get of darker spots, or brighten up your complexion. 

What’s the deal: 

Photos: Shakura Pigmentation Beauty and @ehyphenlin on Instagram

They’re offering a 10% off special on one their whitening packages. Get to experience the Shakura Miroku™ Whitening Treatment (for 90 minutes) which is known for helping to reduce pigmentation problems, and brightens dull skin for a luminous glow.  

Photos by @ehyphenlin on Instagram 

* You can visit here for more details.

Address: 68 Orchard Rd, #03-28, Singapore 238839 (Map). (There are six branches in total around the city, see website for full listing)

Contact: +65 6312 1212


Time to feast!

13. Specialty Hong Kong Dim sum: Tim Ho Wan

First opening up in Hong Kong in 2009, two already renowned chefs joined forces creating an intimate dim sum dining experience, but whilst keeping their prices affordable. Soon after they were awarded a one Michelin Star, and from there, branches around the world began opening their doors. 

Photos by @timhowan_sg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

To celebrate the country’s independence, they’re offering a 56th AnniversaryNational Day Dim Sum Set.  

  • The set serves four and includes 10 signature dim sums, like shrimp dumplings, carrot cake, century egg and pork congee, pork ribs and rice, etc, as well as four drinks for just $56! 
  • In addition, anyone who is vaccinated will also receive some snack discounts!

Address: #01-139, 1 Kim Seng Promenade Great World City, Singapore 237994 (There are 10 locations across the city in total, visit website for full listing)

Contact: +65 6483 2000


14. Western cuisine that’s been elevated: COLLIN’S 

Usually when you’re after something naughty to eat, we usually think of western foods, like french fries, waffles, burgers, etc and we don’t usually associate these foods with fine-dining. Turning things on their heads, COLLIN’S focuses on showcasing wholesome foods, just slightly more refined. 

Photos by @collinsgrille.sg on Instagram

They also offer a veggie menu, The Vegetarian Butcher, and in recent months they’ve added more health-conscious dishes.

Photo by @collinsgrille.sg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

They’re offering two 56th National Day specials: 

  • Order either one of their signature dishes and receive 56% off the original price! These dishes include the Grilled Chicken Chop with tender Lamb Chops or the Crispy Fish fillet with tempura calamari. 
  • The second special is their Premium Grill Platter which is going for just $56! 
  • These limited-time promotions can be used for self-pickup and take-out. 
  • Take-out can be ordered through delivery platforms like GrabFood, FoodPanda and Deliveroo.

Address: 930 Yishun Ave 2, #01-113/114 Singapore 769098 (There are 10 locations across the city in total, visit website for full listing)

Contact: +65 6481 9036


15. “Sawadee ka”…Choose from an array of Thai-style Bento boxes!: Blue Jasmine 

When your plate arrives, one of the first things you’ll notice at this Thai restaurant (located inside the pretty Park Hotel) is that all of their food really pops with colour, from the blue rice to the freshly pickled spirals of veg…

Photo by @bluejasmine on Instagram

Using flavours and ingredients that are mostly inspired by Southern street food, expect tons of seafood and spicy, fragrant curries and their menu is completely free from pork and lard! 

Photo by @mightyfoodie on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • From 1-31 August, they’re offering a National Day Set for 4 people for just $56! 
  • Some of the dishes include Prawn Salad, Thai Coconut Chicken Curry, Sea Bass served with red and white coconut milk Dumplings. 
  • The dishes on the set menu are mainly red and white, which is very Singaporean! Blue Jasmine also has a lot of classic Thai dishes and snacks, all of which can be delivered or ordered for self-collection.

Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road Level 5, Park Hotel, Farrer Park, 217564

Contact: +65 6824 8851


16. One for the foodies: Holiday Inn Orchard Centre 

This four-star hotel mixes classic and contemporary design, fully equipped with all the facilities, from the gym to outdoor swimming pool, cocktail bar and spa. It’s just a 5-minute walk from Somerset MRT station, and Gardens by the Bay is just minutes around the corner. 

Photos: @365days2play, @orchardcityctr, @wtharttz on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • Buy 1-get-1-free for Window on the Park’s lunch and dinner buffet
  • Buy 1-get-1-free for Window on the Park’s Afternoon Tea 
  • Coupons can only be redeemed once only and promotion is valid until 30 November 2021. Call +65 6733 8333 or email wop.hisinorchard@ihg.com for more info.

Address: 11 Cavenagh Rd, Singapore 229616 (Map)

Contact: +65 6733 8333


17. Because sometimes nothing beats takeout pizza: Domino Pizza

This is one brand that needn’t much explanation and what began as a humble pizzeria in Michigan, USA circa 1960 is now officially the world’s largest global pizza brand as of 2018! 

Photos: @mosmos88 @foodielove.singapore @ziyeats on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

Photos by @mosmos88 on Instagram

  • Order the National Day Single Pizza Set for only $5.60! (This consists of your pizza of choice, plus mini onion rings and drink.) 
  • This promo can be used for both dine-in and self-pickup options and is valid until  December 31, 2021. It’s applicable at any one of 36 Domino stores islandwide.

Address: There are 35 outlets across the island. Visit their website for a full listing.

Contact: +65 6222 6333


18. Working with a bunch of restaurants this year on their app to bring your great savings!: Foodpanda

We’ve heard, love and rely on one of Singapore’s leading professional online food delivery apps. Choose from a wide selection of restaurants, across cuisines, and with high-quality delivery services.

Photo by @foodpandasg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

The following are applicable to all three; Restaurant takeaways, Pandamart and foodpanda shops.  

  • Restaurant takeaway orders over $20 receive a discount of $12 (promotion code NDPFP12)
  • Pandamart orders over $20, receive a discount of $12 (promotion code NDPMART12)
  • Orders over $20 at foodpanda shops, receive a $12 discount (promotion code NDPSHOP12)
  • For pick-up orders over $12, receive a discount of $4 (promotion code NDPPU4)

19. Calling all mega-durian lovers, we’ve got a treat for you: Four Seasons Durian   

This shop began with humble beginnings back in the early 70s when it first popped up as a fruit stand with the exact same name as it still has today. In 2002 it underwent new ownership, and still today Mr Victor Chan has kept his well-loved druian shop a local favourite. 

Photos by @william82sg on Instagram

Apart from just selling fresh durians, he also uses the fruit in other delicious ways, developing many durian-infused products like durian puffs, durian pancakes, durian mochi, and even Musang King Durian ice cream!

Photo by @william82sg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • Half price Durian MoonCakes that’s what’s up! Two deals offering 50% off:
  • Buy Musang King Durian mooncakes for $69 (originally $138), and Sultan King Durian mooncakes for just $44 (originally $88) 
  • This promo is until 19/09/21. 
  • Each customer can buy up to two ‘Box of Mooncake’ vouchers that can be redeemed at AMK Hub, NEX Serangoon and Jewel Changi Four Seasons after purchasing.

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore 569933

Contact: +65 6484 2285



20. If you wear glasses you’ll know great saving: Lenskart 

This eyewear store sells both glasses and sunglasses that are on-trend ith the latest styles and that are also loved by the young hipsters.   

They also sell contact lenses, and you can also just buy frames or a lens from them. 

Photos by @lenskartsg on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • They’re offering a buy-1-get-1free deal on frames! 
  • Plus, you can sign up for a free Gold Membership card when you buy two pairs of frames and lenses. 
  • This discount is redeemable at any Lenskart store in Singapore, or you can use the code NDP30 when paying online.

Address: 9 Bishan Pl, #02-22/23, Singapore 579837 (There are 6 outlets across the island. Visit their website for a full listing.)

Contact: +65 6908 1839


21. Japanese eyewear brand: Owndays 

The first shape that comes to mind when thinking of Japanese eyewear is the classic (and super cool) rounded glass. Shop the style, and other fashionable, simple and affordable styles. 

Photos: @owndays_sg @owndays on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • From National Day until 31 November 2021, Owndays has a $30 discount on their entire line of Anti-blue Light Lenses and progressive lenses, and 
  • Plus, if you buy five Clear Vision Daily contact lenses, you get one free.

Address: 83 Punggol Central, #01 – 58 / 59 / 60, Singapore 828761 (There are 31 outlets across the island. Visit their website for a full listing.)

Contact: +65 6222 0588


22. Started in 1980, they must be doing something right: OSIM 

If you believe in pampering yourself regularly, and are on the hunt for a new spoil, OSIM specialises in electric massage chairs, as well as other wellness products, satisfying customers for over three decades!

Photos by @osim on Instagram

What’s the deal: 

  • Receive 5.3% off selected products (Promo valid until 30/09/2021) 
  • Partake in the National Day Carousel Lucky Draw 
  • Check out their National Day discount special for when you spend between $20 – $56, or even bigger savings for sales between $56 – $800! 
  • Both the National Day draw and discount is valid until 15 August 2021 only.

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #03-05, Singapore 556083 (Map) Visit website for other outlets.

Contact: +65 6634 2561


Ready, set, it’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re taking part in the parade virtually at home or by taking advantage of one of the awesome specials, there’s plenty of magic surrounding this annual special occasion.


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