Soak in the festive mood of Chinese New Year at Chinatown, where the traditional Chinese enclave springs to life with non-stop revelry for two months. With an array of exciting events and breathtaking street décor reflecting the zodiac of the year, Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee will fill the air with sights, sounds and scents of Chinese New Year!

When: 16 January to 8 March 2016

Here are eight things not to be missed!

Chinatown Heritage Trail

Photo: TNAP

1. Official Light- Up and Opening Ceremony

Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

When: 16 Jan 2016 |6.00pm – 10.00pm

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony kicks off the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2016 celebrations. Against a dynamic and hi-tech stage backdrop, be entertained by the awe-inspiring staging visual effects and spectacular live performances by talented performers from Singapore and China performing troupes.

2. Street Light-Up

Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

When: 16 Jan 2016 – 8 Mar 2016
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 – Tue, 8 Mar 2016
7.00pm – 6.00am (7 & 8 Feb 2016)
7.00pm – 2.00am (Fri & Sat)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sun – Thu)

The official light up and opening ceremony will be followed by more than a month of beautiful street light-up along Chinatown. Be enthralled by the infusion of both traditional and contemporary décor all around Chinatown. The light-up features a refreshing and innovative Monkey themed design conceptualised by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

3. Festive Street Bazaar

Chinatown night market during Chinese New Year

Chinatown street bazaar chinese new year

Photo: TNAP

Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

When: 15 January – 7 February 2016
6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)

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

4. Festive Carnival

Where: Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex

When: 9 January – 7 February 2016
11am – 10.30pm

5. Chinatown Wishing Tree

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Where: Chinatown Point

When: 12 January – 7 February 2016
11.00am – 9.00pm

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.

6. Nightly Stage Shows

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2014 Nightly Stage Shows

Photo courtesy of Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee

Where: Kreta Ayer Square

When: 16 January – 7 February 2016 | 8.00pm – 10.30pm

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.

7. Chinatown Walking Trail

Chinatown Walking Trail Chinese New Year

Photo courtesy of Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee

Where: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square

When: 23, 24, 30 & 31 January 2016
3.30pm – 5pm

Discover Chinatown’s heritage and culture in this free walking trail that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road. Immerse in the Chinese New Year festivities and street ambience as you stroll through Chinatown during this festive season.

Each trail is conducted in English and limited to 10 participants per session.

Participation is free. Registration is required on first-come-first-serve basis. Please register via here.

8. 9th International Lion Dance Competition

Internatinal Lion dance Competition

Where: Hong Lim Park

When: 23 & 24 January 2016 | 6.00pm – 11.00pm

The annual event which has gone into its 9th year will see 16 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 23 OR 24 January 2016: S$10/-
Two Shows ticket on both 23 & 24 January 2016: S$15/-

Tickets are available for purchase at:

Kreta Ayer Community Club
Blk 5 Banda Street #03-68
Singapore 050005
For enquiries or to book, please call (65) 6222 3597.

Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street (Behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum)

Everyday from 9am to 9pm (inclusive of public holidays)

Come on down and be part of the exciting celebrations in the culturally vibrant precinct of Chinatown!