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CNY 2023 at Chinatown: Street Light Up, Rabbit Lanterns, Festive Fair, Stage Show, Countdown

CNY 2023 at Chinatown: Street Light Up, Rabbit Lanterns, Festive Fair, Stage Show, Countdown

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From 3 January to 19 February 2023, the streets at Chinatown are decorated with colorful lanterns and sculptures of Rabbit, to mark the celebration of Lunar New Year. The light-up will take place from 7pm to 12 midnight.

Beside the street light-up and street decorations, there will also be festive fair / bazaar, weekly stage show and a countdown on Chinese New Year’s Eve!

If you’re looking to soak in the festive atmosphere, here are the places to visit at Chinatown during this year’s Chinese New Year season.

Read also: Chinese New Year Events in Singapore


Rabbit Family Lanterns at Junction of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road

At the junction of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road, stood the centerpiece lantern which consists of a family of 8 rabbits.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration

I went to Chinatown on a couple of occasion, so I have the late afternoon version and evening version of the rabbit family. Here they are!

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration

Street Decorations along New Bridge Road & Eu Tong Sen Street

Along the New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, you will find sculptured rabbit lanterns of various sizes, from kitten to adult rabbit.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration

Street Decorations along South Bridge

The South Bridge Road features colorful CNY decorations and ornaments. BUT, I really think last year’s decoration was more well-executed.

This year, you can only see the decorations if you’re facing Maxwell. Otherwise, if you’re facing Cross Street Road, there’s nothing to see =(

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration at South Bridge Road
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration at South Bridge Road
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration at South Bridge Road
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Street Light Up and Decoration at South Bridge Road

Street Decorations along Upper Cross Street

For the first time, the Upper Cross Street is also decorated with CNY ornaments.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Upper Cross Street
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Upper Cross Street
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Upper Cross Street

CNY Decorations at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is decorated with red lanterns long its perimeter, as well as various parade-float-lookalike with cute sculptured tiger lanterns.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Buddha Tooth Relic

Festive Fair at Chinatown Street Markets

Festive Fair and Bazaar are making a comeback after 2-year hiatus! There are plenty of stalls selling CNY goodies. Some of the stalls do give out samples so that you can try before buying.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Festive Fair and Food Bazaar

Chinatown Point

At the entrance of Chinatown Point, there are twelve mahjong cardboards, each with a zodiac animal printed on it.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Chinatown Point

At the atrium, there is a CNY fair selling CNY decorations, hampers and various goodies.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Chinatown Point

Weekly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square

On 7, 8, 14, 15 January 2023, there will be stage show at Kreta Ayer Square, which is the square between Buddha Tooth Relic and Chinatown Complex.

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Stage Show at Kreata Ayer Square
Chinatown Chinese New Year 2023 - Stage Show at Kreata Ayer Square

Countdown at Kreta Ayer Square

On 21 January 2023, the eve of Chinese New Year, there will be a countdown event at Kreta Ayer Square, starting from 10.30pm.

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