1.25.2013

Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations



Chinatown : Year of the snake

It is the family tradition to take at least 1 visit to Chinatown in Singapore during the Chinese New Year celebrations.



Our initial plan was actually to explore Chinatown festive street bazzar for this Chinese New Year celebration. There are more than 500 stores packed with goodies such as Chinese New Year decorations, traditional costumes, cookes, waxed dcks , fresh flowers and more. Our intention to "soak" in the atmosphere was fulfilled, it started to pour 20 minutes into our walkabout.

I guess we have to be careful what we wish for.
Festive Street Bazaar
The crowds remain strong despite the rain. Some segments of Chinatown are also partially sheltered. However the rain did cut short our excursion. In the end we targeted our favourite stall and made off with a few Chinese New Year decorations for our house.
Chinese New Year @ Chinatown

We do encourage you to take a trip down to Chinatown to get your CNY goodies and to partake in the spirit of the Lunar New Year . The best time to go for bargains will be Chinese New Year Eve, but we think the crowds will be too big to enjoy a pleasant stroll with kids.

Chinese New Year Decorations

It may be more interesting to be there in the evening as the annual street light-up in Chinatown would sure to impress the kids. There are also nightly cultural performances at the Kreta Ayer Square and an annual international lion dance competition on 26th and 27th Jan which will showcase top talents from Hong Kong , Taiwan, Malaysia, China and Philippines.


Celebration starts from 18 Jan to 11 March
Street Light
Up 19 Jan to 11 March, 7pm -12mn , Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Garden Bridge

Nightly Stage Shows
19 Jan to 09 Feb, 8pm-1030pm, Kreta Ayer Square

Festive Street Bazaar
18 Jan - 09 Feb, 6 pm -1030pm (daily) Till 1 am (CNY Eve), Pagoda St, Smith St, Sago St, Temple St, Trengganu St

6th International Lion Dance Competition
26 Jan 6pm-11pm , Open Field Banda Street

Soaring Lions Over Water
27 Jan, 6pm - 11pm, Open Field Banda Street

Chinatown Wishing Tree
15 Jan - 24 Feb, Chinatown Point

Countdown Party
09 Feb , 930 pm - 1230am , New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
For more information do visit here




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