Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018
January 22, 2018

The annual Chinese New Year Celebrations at Chinatown will take place from 27 January to 16 March 2018! Held in Singapore’s Chinese culture and heritage precinct, where people from all walks of life gather, this year’s festive activities will be pawsitively pawesome!

With this year’s theme, Blossoms of Happiness and Prosperity, the key highlights for the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018 include:

Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony marks the start of the annual CNY celebrations. On this night, visitors will have the opportunity to witness thousands of handmade lanterns designed in theme with the Year of the Dog light up in a spectacular display of lights. There will also be exciting live performances put up by local and overseas performers, culminating in a roaring display of firecrackers and fireworks that must not be missed!

Date: 27 January 2018
Time: 6 – 10pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Festive Street Bazaar

The Festive Street Bazaar is the one-stop place for local visitors stocking up and preparing for the most important Chinese festival on the calendar. For overseas tourists, the Festive Street Bazaar is a lively market of sounds, tastes and colours with stalls selling the widest range of Chinese New Year-themed delicacies, traditional goodies, decorative items, and more, including costumes for your furry friends in theme with the coming CNY’s Year of the Dog!

Date: 26 Jan – 15 Feb 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily), | 6.00pm – 1.00am (CNY Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Street Light-Up

One of the most anticipated highlights of the annual Chinatown CNY Celebrations, the coming CNY’s Street Light-Up will draw inspiration from Man’s best friend and the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The stunning display, comprising thousands of handcrafted lanterns, is designed in collaboration with students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Date: 27 Jan – 16 Mar 2018
Time:7.00pm – 6.00am (16 & 17 Feb) | 7.00pm – 2.00am (Fri & Sat) | 7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sun – Thu)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Nightly Stage Shows

The festive mood is particularly infectious here; immerse yourself in entertaining nightly performances of festive songs, cultural music and lively dance performances each night at Kreta Ayer Square! No CNY celebration is complete without some music and dance!

Date: 27 Jan – 15 Feb 2018
Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Spread some festive cheer to the less fortunate and the elderly while making New Year wishes for you and your family at the Chinatown Wishing Tree. Each “Make a Wish” card costs $2 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre.

Date: 23 Jan – 15 Feb 2018
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Venue: Chinatown Point

Chinatown Walking Trail

On this guided tour along the culturally-rich streets of Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road, experience the vibrancy of the Chinese enclave and learn about its colourful past while taking in the many sights and sounds of the CNY celebrations. Complimentary for both locals and overseas tourists, the Chinatown Walking Trail is conducted in English and Mandarin and limited to 10 participants per session. Pre-registration is required here, and slots are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Date: 28 Jan; 3, 4, 10, 11 Feb 2018
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Meeting Point: Information Booth at Kreta Ayer Square

11th International Lion Dance Competition

Get ready for heart-stopping moments as top international troupes pit their skills on the meihuazhuang and compete for the champion title of ‘King of the Lions’!

Date: 2 & 3 Feb 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)
For enquiries or ticket purchase: +65 6222 3597

To purchase tickets, please visit either of the following:

Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 088995
Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street
(behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum)
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, click here.

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

Flower Market

The Flower Market is a one-stop shop for all your Lunar New Year blooms, with a wide and colourful variety of festive flowers and plants such as pussy willows, tangerine shrubs, Pineapple Plant and Money Tree!

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

Join us for a rousing night of live performances and interactive games hosted by Mediacorp artistes! The heart of Chinatown will also come alive in an illuminating display of fireworks and firecrackers as we usher in the Year of the Dog!

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

Chingay 2018 @ Heartlands

The Chingay Parade, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown, ending the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations on a high note. Join us for a colourful night that also includes special performances by local and overseas performers.

Date: 25 Feb 2018
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Event Information

Starts at:

27 Jan 2018

Ends at:

16 Mar 2018



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