Get the new year off to a roaring start as the Year of the Dragon 2024 soars into Chinatown with various festive activities and events to get everyone into the celebratory spirit. The Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2024 festivities include the Official Street Light-Up and other on-site activities.
During the festive celebrations period, Chinatown will be soaked in festivities and beautifully adorned with colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations. If you’re looking to be in the thick of Chinese New Year festivities, Chinatown is the place to be.
Here are some of the programme highlights, things to see and do at Chinatown this Chinese New Year.
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One of the highlights of Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2024 is the Street Light-Up.
The lights in Chinatown will illuminate the streets from 19 January 2024 to 9 March 2024.
Then centrepiece of the light-up is the dragon lantern at New Bridge Road. We find that this year’s dragon lanterns are easier to view and enjoy compared to last year’s rabbits since they are so large and long.
View the lights and lanterns along along the New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, Upper Cross Street and South Bridge Road from 7 pm till midnight.
On the first day of Chinese New Year, the lights will remain on till 6 am.
When: 19 January 2024 to 9 March 2024, 7 pm to 12 am (till 6 am on Chinese New Year Day 1)
If you want to join in fun and countdown to Chinese New Year 2024, there will be a Countdown Party at Kreta Ayer Square. Soak in the festive atmosphere in anticipation of Chinese New Year.
When: 9 February, 10 pm
The festivities are back at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebration 2024.
Sago Street, Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Temple Street will come alive with vendors hawking their goods in a lively and bustling atmosphere! Perfect for picking up some cute angbaos or for stocking up some Chinese New Year goodies.
Take note that Temple Street will be closed to vehicles on Mondays to Thursdays, 4 pm to 11 pm and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm to 11.59 pm.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, Feb 9, 2024, it will be close from 2 pm to 1.30 am on the First Day of Chinese New Year.
This creates a pedestrian zone where shoppers can take their time to browse and enjoy the samples of different goodies.
When: 19 January to 9 February, 10 am to 10 pm
Festive Fair at People’s Park
To browse for more items to buy, pay a visit to the Festive Fair in the open space in front of OG People’s Park Complex. This is a smaller market that sells decorations and some Chinese New Year goodies.
When: 11 January to 9 February, 10 am to 10 pm
Weekend Stage Show
Head over to Kreta Ayer Square at Banda Street to enjoy stage performances. Be entertained by lively and vibrant activities and Lunar New Year songs by various artistes and performing groups.
When: 27 to 28 January 2024 and 3 to 4 February, 6 pm to 9 pm
Chinatown Lion Dance Competition
A popular activity at each year’s Chinatown Chinese New Year Celebrations is the lion dance competition. Gawk at the athleticism of the lion dancers as they bring the energy to the stage.
Day One tickets cost $10 and Day Two tickets also cost $10. A special gift will be give to those who purchase tickets for both days.
Purchase tickets to teh Chinatown Lion Dance Competition at the Kreta Ayer Community Club, open from 10 am to 6 pm. Get more details about purchasing tickets to the Chinatown Lion Dance Competition.
When: 27 to 28 January 2024, 6 pm, Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre
Lanterns at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
We think the zodiac animal lanterns at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are worth a stop too, especially the two moving dragon lanterns.
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