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: 7 Jan – 25 Feb 2017

Here are ten things not to be missed!

Chinatown Heritage Trail

Photo: TNAP

1. Official Light- Up and Opening Ceremony (牛车水农历新年庆祝活动开幕典礼与亮灯仪式)

Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

When: 7 Jan 2017 | 6.00pm – 10.00pm

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony marks the start of the CNY celebrations. On this night, visitors will get to admire the street decorations as handmade lanterns in theme with this year’s zodiac animal, the Rooster, light up in spectacular fashion. There will also be exciting live performances put up by performers from Singapore and China, culminating with a dazzling firecrackers and fireworks display that is not to be missed!

2. Street Light-Up (牛车水农历新年亮灯)

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

When: 7 Jan – 25 Feb 2017
7.00pm – 2.00am (Fri & Sat)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sun – Thu)
7.00pm – 6.00am (27 & 28 Jan)

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be followed by seven weeks of the Street Light-Up that each year, brings to life the festive atmosphere in Chinatown. Working with students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) for the sixth year to design the Street Light-Up, this year’s elaborate display features about 5,500 handcrafted lanterns – the most ever made in the history of the Chinatown Festivals – and draws its inspiration from the Year of the Rooster. As day turns to night and the Street Light-Up comes alive in a spectacular display of lights, visitors will be enthralled by a creative masterpiece that combines traditions with modern design.

3. Festive Street Bazaar (年货市场)

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: 6 – 27 Jan 2017
6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (CNY Eve)

The Festive Street Bazaar and Carnival is your one-stop shop for all your festive goodie shopping! With 440 stalls selling the widest range of Chinese New Year-themed delicacies, traditional goodies, decorative items, costumes and more, it’s the place to be for both local and overseas visitors wanting to soak in the bustling and festive atmosphere!

YouthEATS @ Temple Street
For the first time, cooked food will be available for sale at the Festive Street Bazaar at a specially allocated area called YouthEATS @Temple Street. 12 enterprising entrepreneurs, including youths, will set up shop offering a variety of popular and unique festive eats that will tantalise the taste buds, complementing the popular traditional food offerings at the Festive Street Bazaar.

4. YHFLEA: Come Lepark edition

Where: Lepark (1 Park Road, #6-00 Rooftop of People’s Park Complex)

When: 14 & 15 Jan 2017 | 12.00pm – 8.00pm

The YHFLEA: Come Lepark edition is a first-of-its-kind collective flea market that brings on board over 100 curated local brands and independent designers. Organised jointly by local online store Young Hungry Free, Chinatown’s own quirky hideout – Lepark, and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee, head on down for a weekend of fun during the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017 where culture meets modernity.

Showcasing three different segments, shop the Brands Only Market featuring handcrafted, locally-made items by local brands, Car Boot Sale as well as Flea Trade Zone for unique preloved offerings. There will also be local music performances and graffiti art. This promises to be a weekend like no other as shoppers bask in the festive Chinese New Year mood while scouring for the best finds at the largest flea market ever held at Lepark!

5. Chinatown Wishing Tree(牛车水许愿树)

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Where: Chinatown Point

When: 7 – 27 Jan 2017 | 11.00am – 9.00pm

Bring festive cheer to the less fortunate and the elderly while making New Year wishes for you and your loved ones at the Chinatown Wishing Tree. Each “Make a Wish” card costs $2 each, and in addition, “Rooster” five stones (set of five) specially handmade by Chinatown Social Enterprise for this year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations can be purchased at $10 each.

Tinged with nostalgia, this adorable set will take you right back to the good old days! All proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre.

6. Nightly Stage Shows (综艺晚会)

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2014 Nightly Stage Shows

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

Where: Kreta Ayer Square

When: 7 – 27 Jan 2017 | 8.00pm – 10.30pm

What’s a celebration without music and dance? Come catch entertaining nightly performances of festive songs, cultural music and lively dance performances each night at Kreta Ayer Square and immerse in the joyful mood in Chinatown!

7. Chinatown Walking Trail (牛车水农历新年文化之旅)

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: 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22 Jan 2017 | 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Dive into Chinatown’s rich heritage and culture on this guided tour along the story-filled streets of Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road. Experience the liveliness of the Chinese enclave and learn about its colourful past while taking in the many sights and sounds of the CNY celebrations.

Complimentary for all, the Heritage Walking Trail is conducted in English. Pre-registration is required at www.chinatownfestivals.sg, and slots are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

8. 10th International Lion Dance Competition (第十届牛车水新春国际狮王争霸邀请赛)

Internatinal Lion dance Competition

Where: Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)

When: 14 & 15 Jan 2017 | 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year is the International Lion Dance Competition, a highly-anticipated event that is fully sold out each year. Prepared to be wowed as top international troupes pit their skills on the meihuazhuang as they perform jaw-dropping stunts in a fight for the ultimate title of ‘King of the Lions’! This year sees the most number of teams ever, including new teams from Australia and Macau.

9. Chinatown Heritage Centre CNY Festivities

Where: Chinatown Heritage Centre, 48 Pagoda Street

When: 6 Jan – 28 Feb 2017
9am – 8pm (Daily)
9am – 5pm (27 Jan 2017)
Closed (28 Jan 2017

In tandem with the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017, a series of activities will be taking place at the Chinatown Heritage Centre (CHC). They include:

1) CHC Happy Rooster Family Album, 6 Jan-28 Feb – Calling out to those born in the Year of the Rooster to be part of the Happy Rooster Family Album, and enjoy free admission to CHC.

2) CHC Year of the Rooster Capteh Challenge, 6 Jan-28 Feb – Catch CHC’s signature moments at 1pm & 4pm daily to participate in the Capteh Challenge – keep the capteh in the air by kicking it for eight consecutive times and enjoy free admission to CHC.

3) CHC CNY Exhibition (in collaboration with Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng CCC), 11 Jan-28 Feb – Ever wondered why Roosters are painted on Rice Bowls? CHC is celebrating the Year of the Rooster with an exhibition on The Rooster Legend, and a Rooster Family Lantern Display for close-up photo moments with the Rooster lanterns decorating the streets of Chinatown this Chinese New Year.

4) CHC CNY Trishaw Tours, 29 Jan-28 Feb – Trishaw Uncle Goes to Chinatown! Enjoy a trishaw experience to visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre and view the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017 Street Light-Up. Charges apply.

Activities are free unless otherwise stated.

For more info, go to Chinatown Heritage Centre’s Facebook

10. Chingay 2017 @ Chinatown 《妆艺游行到牛车水》

Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

When: 12 Feb 2017 | 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Chingay Parade Singapore, the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown, marking the end to the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us for a vibrant night on the streets of Chinatown, coupled with special performances by local and overseas performers. Exciting details will be announced separately by the People’s Association (PA) and the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017 Organising Committee.

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