5 family-friendly things to do at the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

By Felicia Wong   — September 28, 2017
  • Celebrations of our Traditions
    1 / 6 Celebrations of our Traditions

    The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival invites visitors to immerse themselves in well-loved traditions of the annual festival. The festival is organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board.

    It is an annual highlight that draws local and overseas visitors to Chinatown each year.

    Check out these five family-friendly activities from the festival.

    Related: Best mooncakes to buy in Singapore for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

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  • 1. Street Light-Up
    2 / 6 1. Street Light-Up

    This year’s Street Light-Up will bring back the traditional cellophane lanterns, while emphasizing family togetherness.

    Each evening, over 1,000 beautiful, handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown in a grand display of lights and colours.

    Featuring a spectacular showcase reminiscent of Singapore’s traditional lanterns popular in the 60s to 80s. As well as a towering 12-metre tall centrepiece, designed in collaboration with students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

    When: Sept 23 – Oct 19
    Time: 7pm – 2am (Fri & Sat), 7pm – 12am (Sun – Thurs)
    Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road

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  • 2. Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown
    3 / 6 2. Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown

    A new highlight for this year’s celebration, the Family Fest features traditional festive activities that are suitable for all ages.

    Participants can try their hand at mooncake-making, calligraphy writing, tea appreciation, and lantern painting.

    Admission is free for the Tea Appreciation & Calligraphy Workshop.

    Tickets for Mooncake-making and Lantern painting are $5 per person. Purchase your tickets from the Kreta Ayer Community Centre office!

    When: Sept 24
    Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
    Where: Kreta Ayer Community Club, Level 2 Multi-Purpose Hall

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  • 3. Festive Street Bazaar
    4 / 6 3. Festive Street Bazaar

    The streets of Chinatown will be abuzz with almost 230 stalls selling a wide array of festive items.

    From mooncakes to decorative ornaments, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival!

    When: Sept 20 – Oct 4
    Time: 10.30am – 10.30pm
    Where: Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Street, Smith Street, and the open space in front of People’s Park Complex

    Related: Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2016: family-friendly things to see and do

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  • 4. Nightly Stage Shows
    5 / 6 4. Nightly Stage Shows

    The celebratory mood will be lifted each night for two weeks by stage shows.

    Visitors can look forward to lively traditional Chinese cultural performances by top-notch troupes and entertainers.

    When: Sept 23 – Oct 4
    Time: 8pm – 10.30pm
    Where: Kreta Ayer Square

    Related: 6 reasons to visit the Gardens by the Bay’s dazzling Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

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  • 5. Mass Lantern Walk
    6 / 6 5. Mass Lantern Walk

    Soak in the festive atmosphere at the annual Mass Lantern Walk.

    Come together and take a leisurely stroll through Chinatown while carrying lanterns of all shapes and sizes.

    The celebrations end with a big bang, featuring entertaining performances by dragon dance troupes and other performing groups.

    Admission is free; register at Kreta Ayer Square. The walk ends at the main stage at New Bridge Road.

    When: Oct 1
    Time: 7pm – 10pm
    Where: From Kreta Ayer Square to Main Stage at New Bridge Road

    For more information, visit www.chinatownfestivals.sg

    (Photos: The Straits Times and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee)

    Related: Chinatown Heritage Centre: Singapore history for kids

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