2019 年牛车水农历新年庆祝活动 (20 January to 6 March 2019)

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019 will showcase an exciting, colourful and vibrant 7 weeks long programmes from 20 January to 6 March 2019. During the festive celebrations period, Chinatown will be soaked in festivities and beautifully adorned with colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations.

Festive Street Bazaar at Chinatown

Themed “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity, 新春大吉福满城 欣欣向荣庆丰年”, the key highlights for the Chinatown CNY Celebrations 2019 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: 20 January 2019
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 2019. 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 Pig.

Street Light-Up 牛车水农历新年亮灯

Date: 20 January to 6 March 2019
Time: 7pm – 6am (4 & 5 February 2019) | 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 6 weeks of street light up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature handmade sculptured lanterns of Pigs, 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: 4 February 2019
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Usher in the Year of the Pig 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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12th International Lion Dance Competition 第十一届牛车水新春国际狮王争霸邀请赛

Date: 26 January 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

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!

This annual event which is already into its 12th year will see numerous 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: $10/- per ticket

To purchase tickets, please visit:
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

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)





Festive Street Bazaar 年货市场

Date: 18 January to 4 February 2019
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.

Chinatown Wishing Tree 牛车水许愿树

Date: 15 January to 3 February 2019
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: 19 January to 4 February 2018
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.

Chinatown Walking Trail 牛车水农历新年文化之旅

Date: 26 & 27 January and 2 & 3 February 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Venue: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer

The walking trail is free. Registration is on first-come-first-serve basis.
Each trail is conducted in either English or Mandarin and limited to 10 participants.

With its strong heritage and character, Chinatown has become an enduring and iconic venue for locals and visitors to visit and soak in the Lunar New Year festivities and street decoration ambient during the celebration of this traditional Chinese festival. Discover Chinatown’s heritage and culture in this free walking trail that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road.

With “Celebration of Abundance and Prosperity” as this year Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations theme, participants can embrace the bountiful photo opportunities as the streets in Chinatown will be decorated with beautiful street light-up, shop for festive goodies at the bustling Festive Street Bazaar and enjoy nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square.

If you are interested to register for the Chinatown Walking Trial, please click here to register and we will contact you accordingly.

For any enquiries, please email to chinatownfestivalsg@gmail.com

Chingay 2019 @ Heartlands 牛车水2019妆艺夜间嘉年华

Date: 17 February 2019
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 includes special performances by local and overseas performers and not forgetting the 10 over beautifully decorated and lighted float.

Visit here for more information.

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


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