2020 年牛车水农历新年庆祝活动 (4 January to 22 February 2020)

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020 will kick start from 4th January 2020 till 22 February 2020. There will be an array of activities lining up for the young and old to enjoy the festive celebrations. Themed “Ushering in a Great Year” the Rat is the first animal of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, thus, the Year of the Rat signifies a new cycle and a new beginning. We welcome you to Chinatown to immerse yourself in the festive celebrations and to experience the beauty of the Chinese culture and traditions.

Related Read: Chinese Zodiac Forecast 2020

chinese new year celebrations at chinatown

Themed “Ushering in a Great Year 金鼠当先迎新春 万象更新福满城”, the key highlights for the Chinatown CNY Celebrations 2020 include:

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

Date: 4 January 2020
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

The Official Light Up and Opening Ceremony marks the opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and overseas leading performing troupes. Together with spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display, it will bring the opening ceremony to a greater height as we usher in the Year of the Rat.

year of rat decorations at chinatown chinese new year

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Street Light-Up 牛车水农历新年亮灯

Date: 4 January to 22 February 2020
Time: 7pm – 12mn (Daily) | 7pm – 6am (Chinese New Year Eve)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

The official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony will be followed by 7 weeks of street light-up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of the Rat and other 11 Chinese Zodiac Animals, gold coins, flowers and greetings, etc. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.

chinatown chinese new year street light up

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Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party 牛车水农历新年除夕夜派对

Date: 24 January 2020
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Usher in the Year of the Rat with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.

chinatown chinese new year

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13th International Lion Dance Competition 第十三届牛车水新春国际狮王争霸邀请赛

Date: 11 & 12 January 2020
Time: 6pm till late
Venue: Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre

From the rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts, there’s just something about the lion dance that evokes a sense of awe and majesty. Steeped in tradition and culture, the lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and is now an internationally recognised sport.

Calling all lion dance enthusiasts, head over to Chinatown to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition!

This annual event which is already into its 13th year will see more than 10 reputable top lion dance 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 Price:
Single Show ticket on 11 OR 12 January 2020: S$15/-
Two Shows ticket on BOTH 11 & 12 January 2020: S$25/-

Tickets are available for purchase at:
Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 088995

For enquiries or to book, please call (65) 6222 3597.
Enquiry & Booking Hotline: Daily from 9am to 9pm

As this is the first time that the lion dance competition will be held at the Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre, please purchase your ticket early to secure better seat. This annual lion dance competition event is highly recommended and not to be missed!

Purchase Ticket online

Step 1: You can purchase ticket online by visiting www.onepa.sg and use your SingPass to complete the transaction. You will get to enjoy a 10% discount off the published rates.

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Festive Street Bazaar 年货市场

Date: 3 to 24 January 2020
Time: 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | 6pm – 1am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

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

Festive Street Bazaar at Chinatown

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Chinatown Wishing Tree 牛车水许愿树

Date: 3 to 24 January 2020
Time: 11am – 9pm
Venue: Chinatown Point

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.

Chinatown Wishing Tree

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Nightly Stage Shows 综艺晚会

Date: 4 to 24 January 2020
Time: 8pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

Catch nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. Be entertained by lively and vibrant stage performances, Lunar New Year songs and dance performances by local and overseas artistes and performing groups.

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Heritage & Food Trail (Cantonese Chapter) 文化与美食之旅(广东篇)

Date: 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 January 2020
Time: 2.30pm – 5pm
Venue: Chinatown

Join this historical and cultural expedition that will take participants on a guided tour through Chinatown to learn more about this historical precinct and bask in the Chinese New Year festivities. Participants also got to savour authentic Cantonese cuisines at the famous and historical Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

Ticket at $15/- per pax can be purchased at Kreta Ayer Community Club, 28A Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 088995. For enquiry, Tel: 6222 3597.

Enjoy 10% discount if you purchase the ticket online



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Chingay 2020 @ Chinatown 牛车水2020妆艺夜间嘉年华

Date: 2 February 2020
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

The Chingay parade, the annual largest street performance and float parade in Asia, will make an appearance in Chinatown this year to bring the celebrations to a great height but also marking the end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. Join us with your family and friends for a vibrant night that include special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the nine (9) beautifully decorated and lighted float.

Visit Chingay @ Heartlands 2020 for more information.

For more information about Chinatown CNY Actvities, visit here.

Photos credit: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee


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