2018 年牛车水农历新年庆祝活动 (27 Jan – 16 Mar 2018)

Come 2018, have a pawsitively pawsome Chinese New Year(CNY) at Chinatown!

Held annually in Singapore’s chinese cultural and heritage precinct where people from all walks of life gather to soak in the warm and fuzzy atmosphere, take part in the many festive activities specially planned for everyone!

The celebrations will take place from 27 January to 16 March 2018.

Festive Street Bazaar at Chinatown

Themed “Blossoms of Happiness & Prosperity, 四季花开牛车水,灵犬接福迎旺”, the key highlights for the Chinatown CNY Celebrations 2018 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: 27 January 2018
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 2018. The event continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and China 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 Dog.

Street Light-Up 牛车水农历新年亮灯

Date: 27 January to 16 March 2018
Time: 7pm – 6am (15 & 16 February 2018) | 7pm – 2am (Friday & Saturday) | 7pm – 12am (Sunday – Thursday)
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 dogs, flowers and greetings. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.

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

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

Usher in the Year of the Dog 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.

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Chingay 2018 @ Heartlands 牛车水2018 妆艺夜间嘉年华

Date: 25 February 2018
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 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted float.

11th International Lion Dance Competition 第十一届牛车水新春国际狮王争霸邀请赛

Date: 2 & 3 February 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)

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 the open carpark at Banda Street to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition!

The annual event which has gone into its 11th year will see more than 10 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.

To purchase tickets, please visit:
Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road Singapore 088995
For enquiries or ticket purchase, please call (65) 6222 3597.
Enquiry & Booking Hotline: Daily from 9am to 9pm

Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street (Behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum)
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm (inclusive of Public Holidays)

Ticket prices
Single Show ticket on 3 OR 4 February 2018: S$10
Two Shows ticket on both 3 & 4 February 2018: S$15




Ushering “Paws-perity” @ Chinatown

Date: 3 February 2018
Time: 9am – 1pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

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, please visit here.

cute dog photoPhoto credit: Pixabay

Festive Street Bazaar年货市场

Date: 26 January to 15 February 2018
Time: 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | 6pm – 1am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Streetand 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, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing.

Chinatown Wishing Tree 牛车水许愿树

Date: 26 to 15 February 2018
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.

Wishing tree at chinatown point

Nightly Stage Shows 综艺晚会

Date: 27 January to 15 February 2018
Time: 8pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

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.

Chinatown Walking Trail 牛车水农历新年文化之旅

Date: 28 January; 3, 4, 10, 11 February 2018
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Venue: Information Booth at KretaAyer Square (Meeting Point)

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.

For more information, please visit: here




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