Chinatown Street Light-Up will take place between 19 January to 9 March 2024, from 7pm to 12 midnight. The streets at Chinatown are decorated with colorful lanterns and sculptures of Dragon, to mark the celebration of Lunar New Year.
Beside the street light-up and street decorations, there will also be festive fair / bazaar, weekly stage show and a countdown party 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
Main Dragon Lantern 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 is the majestic dragon with its pearl, floating above a pile of ingots, gold coins, orange trees and snapdragon flowers, symbolizing the growth and prosperity of Singapore.
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Street Decorations along New Bridge Road & Eu Tong Sen Street
Along the New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street, you will find more dragon lanterns of various sizes, complete with pearls, ingots, and various Chinese New Year ornaments.
Street Decorations along South Bridge
The South Bridge Road features red-and-gold CNY decorations and ornaments, with overhead dragon-shaped ornaments above the road, and 4-phrases greetings on the pole along the side of the road.
Unfortunately, you can only see the 4-phrases greetings if you’re facing Maxwell. You can’t see them when facing Cross Street Road.
CNY Decorations at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is decorated with red lanterns long its perimeter, as well as various cute sculptured zodiac lanterns.
Festive Fair at Chinatown Street Markets
Festive Fair and Bazaar will take place from 19 January 2024 to 9 February 2924, at Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Trengganu Street and Sago Street.
All these 5 streets are within walking distance from each other. To get there, simply take Exit A from Chinatown MRT Station, or Exit 1 from Maxwell MRT Station.
During the festive fair, there are plenty of stalls selling CNY goodies, such as bak kwa, baked goods, crackers, sweets, fruits and decorations. Some of the stalls do give out samples so that you can try before buying.
Festive Fair at People’s Park
The Festive Fair at People’s Park is a smaller-scale fair, where you can buy CNY goodies and decorations. It is located just outside Exit C of Chinatown MRT Station.
Lion Dance Competition
After many years of hiatus, the Lion Dance Competition returns this year on 27 and 28 January 2024, from 6pm, at Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre.
Lion dance troupes from across Singapore and the Asia-Pacific will compete for the title of King of the Lions.
Ticket costs S$10/pax for each day. To get the ticket, simply head to Kreta Ayer Community Club between 10am to 6pm.
At the entrance of Chinatown Point, there are twelve zodiac sculptures, surrounding a huge table filled with food.
There are also 6 poles surrounding this setting; each pole comes with a 2-sided board, and each side of the board has the prediction of each zodiac for this year.
At the atrium, there is a CNY fair selling CNY decorations, hampers and various goodies.
Weekly Stage Shows at Kreta Ayer Square
On 27 Jan, 28 Jan, 3 Feb, 4 Feb 2024, from 6pm to 9pm, there will be stage show at Kreta Ayer Square, which is the square between Buddha Tooth Relic and Chinatown Complex.
Countdown Party at Kreta Ayer Square
On 9 February 2024, the eve of Chinese New Year, there will be a Countdown Party at Kreta Ayer Square, starting from 10pm.
During the Countdown Party, there will be firecrackers featuring a diverse assortment of comets, mines and fountains.
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