5 family-friendly things to do at the Chinatown Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations

By Hannah   — January 06, 2017
  • 1. Official Street Light-Up and Opening Ceremony
    1 / 5 1. Official Street Light-Up and Opening Ceremony

    Featuring over 5 500 handcrafted lanterns, this year’s Street Light-Up shows the life of a Rooster and the important values it learns through life. The light-up took 5 months to design, and involved students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

    When: Jan 7 2017, 6pm-10pm
    Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

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  • 2. Festive Street Bazaar
    2 / 5 2. Festive Street Bazaar

    With 440 stalls selling a wide range of Chinese New Year goodies, decorations and more, the street bazaar is the best place to be to soak in the festive atmosphere. For the first time, you can get cooked food at the bazaar too, at a special corner called YouthEATS @ Temple Street 12.

    When: Jan 6-27 2017, 6pm-10pm daily and 6pm-1am on the eve on CNY
    Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

    Related: 12 unusual yusheng for Chinese New Year 2017 

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  • 3. 10th International Lion Dance Competition
    3 / 5 3. 10th International Lion Dance Competition

    One of the highly anticipated events each year, catch top international troupes as they fight for the title of the ’King of Lions’. This year sees the most teams competing, with teams from Vietnam, Macau and even Australia taking part in the competition. Tickets sell out fast, so make sure to get yours before it’s too late!

    When: Jan 14-15 2017,  6:30pm-10:30pm
    Where: Carpark at Banda Street
    Price: $10 for a single show or $15 for two shows (tickets available at Kreta Ayer Community Club and Chinatown Visitor Centre)

    Related: 10 things every Singaporean must do in 2017 

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  • 4. Chinatown Walking Trail
    4 / 5 4. Chinatown Walking Trail

    Learn more about Chinatown’s rich heritage and culture on this guided tour that takes you through the streets of Chinatown. Experience the liveliness of the area as you find out more about its colourful past. The tour is conducted in English, and is free on a first-come-first-serve basis. Pre-register at www.chinatownfestivals.sg.

    When: Jan 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 2017, 3:30pm-5pm
    Where: Information Booth at Kreta Ayer Square (meeting point)

    Related: 4 unusual cookies and cakes to wow your relatives for Chinese New Year 2017 

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  • 5. Chingay 2017 @ Chinatown
    5 / 5 5. Chingay 2017 @ Chinatown

    Said to be the largest street performance and float parade in Asia, Chingay Parade Singapore will make its way to Chinatown to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. With special performances by both local and overseas performers, make sure you catch this year’s Chingay parade!

    When: Feb 12 2017, 7:30pm-9:30pm
    Where: New bridge Road and Eu Ton Sen Street

    Related: What to do if your child doesn’t want to celebrate Chinese New Year 

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