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Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations

Do join in Chinatown from the last weekend of January onwards as there is an array of activities lining up for you and your family to enjoy the festive celebrations.


Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony

The Official Light Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and China leading performing troupes. Together with spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display, it will bring the opening ceremony to a greater height as they usher in the Year of the Dog.

  • Date: 27 January 2018
  • Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Street Light-Up

The official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be followed by 7 weeks of street light up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of dogs, flowers and greetings. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.

  • Date: 27 January – 16 March 2018
  • Time: 7.00pm – 6.00am (15 & 16 February 2018); 7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday); 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)
  • Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

Usher in the Year of the Dog with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.

  • Date: 15 February 2018
  • Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
  • Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Chingay 2018 @ Heartlands

The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted float.

  • Date: 25 February 2018
  • Time: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
  • Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

11th International Lion Dance Competition

From the rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts, there’s just something about the lion dance that evokes a sense of awe and majesty. Steeped in tradition and culture, the lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and is now an internationally recognised sport.

Calling all lion dance enthusiasts, head over to the open carpark at Banda Street to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition!

The annual event which has gone into its 11th year will see more than 10 reputable top troupes from Singapore and Asia Pacific, all vying for the grand prize and the honour of being recognised as ‘the best of the best’ as they pit against one another with skillful stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the meihuazhuang.

Ticket Sales:
Single Show ticket on 3 or 4 February 2018: S$10
Two Shows ticket on both 3 & 4 February 2018: S$15

Tickets are available for purchase at:

Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 088995
For enquiries or to book, please call (65) 6222 3597.
Enquiry & Booking Hotline: Daily from 9am to 9pm

Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street (Behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum)
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm (inclusive of Public Holidays)

  • Date: 2 & 3 February 2018
  • Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
  • Venue: Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)

Ushering “Paws-perity” @ Chinatown

Calling for all paw-rents to usher in the Year of the Dog with your fur kids in Chinatown! Spend a memorable morning with your beloved furry friends at a special dog-themed carnival where cute and edible treats will be sold especially for your best furriends to enjoy this Lunar New Year. Or show off your pet dressed in their best Lunar New Year outfit in the “Dog Costume Competition” that will be held alongside the carnival! Come dressed to impress, as cash vouchers and trophies will be awarded to the top three most festive/creative looks. Owners and their canine pets are also welcomed to soak in the festive atmosphere in Chinatown with the series of festivities planned, from the festive street stalls to stage performances.

To register for the Dog Costume Competition, please visit here

  • Date: 3 February 2018
  • Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
  • Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

Festive Street Bazaar

With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many New Year traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing.

  • Date: 26 January – 15 February 2018
  • Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily); 6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
  • Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Streetand Trengganu Street

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Besides, you can do charity to help the needy elderly. Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Each wishing card costs $2/- and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors ‘ Activity Centre. Through this meaningful community event, you can bring festive cheers to the less fortunate and reaching out to them with your helping hands.

  • Date: 26 – 15 February 2018
  • Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
  • Venue: Chinatown Point

Nightly Stage Shows

Catch nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. The popular gathering point for local Chinese communities during this time lives up to its deeply rooted affinity to Chinese culture and it is also the place where you can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and take a pit-stop from your festive shopping. Be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, songs, music and dance performances by local entertainers and troupes from China.

  • Date: 27 January – 15 February 2018
  • Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm
  • Venue: Kreta Ayer Square


Credit: image of Chinatown Festivals



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