Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations (Jan – Feb)

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations (Jan – Feb)
Chinatown, Singapore
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About Chinatown Festivals

Chinatown Festivals aims to enliven the Chinatown precinct while creating an inclusive community by fostering a strong bond of togetherness among the community, new citizens, other ethnic groups and tourists. Besides being able to appreciate and preserve traditional Chinese customs and heritage, the Chinese festivals celebrations in Chinatown aim to promote the rich traditions and spread the festive cheer to all.


Chinatown Walking Trail

Date: 26 & 27 January and 2 & 3 February 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Meeting Point: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer

The walking trail is free. Registration is on first-come-first-serve basis.
Each trail is conducted in either English or Mandarin and limited to 10 participants.

With its strong heritage and character, Chinatown has become an enduring and iconic venue for locals and visitors to visit and soak in the Lunar New Year festivities and street decoration ambient during the celebration of this traditional Chinese festival. Discover Chinatown’s heritage and culture in this free walking trail that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road.

With “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity” as this year Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations theme, participants can embrace the bountiful photo opportunities as the streets in Chinatown will be decorated with beautiful street light-up, shop for festive goodies at the bustling Festive Street Bazaar and enjoy nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square.

If you are interested to register for the Chinatown Walking Trial, please click here to register and we will contact you accordingly.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and overseas leading performing troupes. Together with spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display, it will bring the opening ceremony to a greater height as we usher in the Year of the Pig.

Date: 20 January 2019
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 6 weeks of street light up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of Pigs, flowers and greetings. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.

Date: 20 January – 6 March 2019
Time: 7.00pm – 6.00am (4 & 5 February 2019)
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 Pig 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: 4 February 2019
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

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 : 19 January – 4 February 2018
Time : 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue : Kreta Ayer Square

12th 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 Kreta Ayer Square to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition!

This annual event which is already into its 12th year will see numerous reputable top lion dance 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 Price
$10/- per ticket
Tickets are available for purchase at:

Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 088995
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: 26 January 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

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: 15 January – 3 February 2019
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Venue: Chinatown Point

Chingay 2019 @ 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 us 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: 17 February 2019
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Adopt a Lantern

Chinatown Festivals Organising Committee, the official organiser for both Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations and Mid-Autumn Festival, has launched the “Adopt a Lantern” campaign since 2014. For this coming Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 where we celebrate the Year of the Pig, the Organising Committee is glad to announce that all street lanterns are available for adoption.

The public may adopt one or more lanterns they like after the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration Street light-up ends on 6 March 2019. The adoption is free but the interested party will have to submit an online application and arrange their own transport and manpower to collect their adopted lanterns upon confirmation of the application by the Organiser.

Priority will be given to the community organisation, educational institution and voluntary welfare organisation. Individual who like to adopt the lanterns to decorate their house or corporation who is interested to decorate their office or factory premises with the adopted lanterns are also welcome.

One of the main objectives for this adoption exercise is to allow the organisation, individual or corporation to share these beautiful lanterns with the people around them and continue to spread the festive cheers.

While the Organiser Recycles the lanterns, the public Reuse the lanterns to Redecorate their house and organisation premises. This is indeed a great community effort by everyone to promote recycling and being environmental friendly.

Please be informed that only successful application will be notified.

Application Start Date: 14 February 2019
Application Closing Date: 28 February 2019

In view that there is limited quantity of lanterns, the Organiser will be reviewing the application based on organisation and the purpose for adoption.

Successful applicant will be notified by early March 2019.

Lantern Collection Date: Mid-March 2019

The contractor will contact you to arrange for the collection of lanterns. Please arrange your own transport and manpower to collect the your adopted lanterns..

Join us as a Festival Ambassador

If you are 16 years old and above, passionate about community works, love volunteerism, enjoy socializing with people, a responsible team player, and the answer for all the questions asked is Yes, then we want to invite you to join us as a Festival Ambassador for our upcoming Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 and future Chinatown Festivals events.

This is a great opportunity and platform for you to learn and experience about Chinatown history and the Chinese culture, heritage and traditions. Being a Festival Ambassador, you can also make a difference by reaching out and touching the life of many people during the festive celebrations through various community events.

Join us now and be part of the Festival Ambassador’s team! Slither to greater height and bring new spark to your life!

How To Get There

North-East Line – Chinatown Station (NE4)
Downtown Line – Chinatown Station (DT19)
East-West Line – Outram Park Station (EW16/NE3)

Bus stop (05022) at Eu Tong Sen Street (People’s Park Centre): 54, 124, 145, 147,147e, 166,190, 851
Bus stop (05039) at New Bridge Road (New Bridge Centre): 2, 12, 12e, 33, 54, 63,124, 143, 147, 147e, 190, 520, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18
Bus stop (05013) at Eu Tong Sen Street (People’s Park Complex): 2, 12, 12e, 33, 61,63, 80, 143, 197, 961,961c, 970, C T8, CT18

Chinatown is conveniently located near the central business district of Singapore. Taxi services is available from the following companies:
Comfort Taxi or CityCab @ 6552 1111
SMRT taxi @ 6555 8888
Trans-Cab @ 6555 3333
Premier Taxis @ 6363 6888
Smart Taxis @ 6485 7777
Prime Taxi @ 6778 0808

As we expect Chinatown to be very crowded during this festive season, public transport is highly encouraged.

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