Chinese New Year in Singapore

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Chinese New Year in Singapore: Fantastic lantern and lights displays

Singapore is a riot of colors and lights during the Chinese New Year festivities.

You can soak it all up at the Chinatown Street Light Up where lively performances, lion dances, and bazaars complement fantastic decorations, colorful lanterns and stunning arrangements.

Besides the events held in Chinatown, Lunar New Year highlights in Singapore also include the iconic River Hongbao Carnival, the Chingay Parade and of course the Fireworks!

Celebrations run for several weeks, so if you happen to be in town around January or February, chances are you will catch some exciting event or festival. So take note, there is lots happening, here's what's on this Chinese New Year in Singapore!

Colorful decorations for the Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong

Singapore Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019
Welcoming The Year Of The Pig

Chinatown Celebrations:

  • Chinese New Year Light Up - January 20 - March 6, 2019

  • Chinese New Year Countdown Party - February 4, 2019

  • Festive Street Bazaar - January 18 - February 4, 2019

  • Lion Dance Competition - January 26, 2019

  • Chingay Parade in Chinatown - February 17, 2019

River Hongbao Carnival - February 3-10, 2019

Chingay Parade - February 15 - 16, 2019

Chinese New Year Fireworks - Midnight New Year's Eve February 4, 2019 and nightly at 10:00 pm at River Hongbao Carnival

All events are free to the public unless stated otherwise.

Decorations and plants for Chinese New Year on sale in Singapore

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Chinatown Celebrations and Chinese New Year Light Up

Lanterns illuminate Singapores Streets during the annual Chinese New Year Light Up

Thousands of handcrafted lanterns are prepared months in advance for the coming celebration.

The festival light up normally runs along New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge and it is a fantastic display of lights and a flurry of colors.

The colorful displays are inspired by the upcoming year's Chinese Zodiac animal...

...The Year of the Horse...

Lanterns illuminate Singapores Streets during the annual Chinese New Year Light Up

...The Year of the Goat...

Lanterns illuminate Singapores Streets during the annual Chinese New Year Light Up

...As well as many traditional symbols...

One of the highlights is the official Light-Up Opening Ceremony that launches the Chinatown celebrations which features performances by local and Chinese troupes of acrobats, cultural acts and lots of noisy firecrackers and fireworks.

When: January 20 - March 6, 2019

Where: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

Chinese New Year Countdown Party

When: February 4, 2019 from 9:30 pm onwards

Where: Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road

A Festive Street Bazaar opens a couple of weeks before the New Year so everyone can prepare and buy decorations, small presents, flowers and plants, red envelopes, etc.

Festive Street Bazaar Singapore Chinese New Year

When: January 18 to February 4, 2019 - 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm On New Year's Eve open throughout until 1:00 am New Year's Day

Where: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

Also prior to the kick-off celebrations is the Lion Dance Championship competition, lots of drumming, dancing, jumping and twirling action.

Lion Dance Competition Singapore Chinese New Year

When: January 26, 2019 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Kreta Ayer Square

How Much: S$10

And the Chingay Parade (see below) also makes an appearance this year in Chinatown.

When: February 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Wait, there's more... wishing trees, nightly stage shows... For this year's full line up of events in Chinatown, check the official site http://chinatownfestivals.sg/

River Hongbao Carnival

Singapore Chinese New Year River Hongbao Carnival Lights

The River Hongbao Carnival is another tradition during the Lunar New Year celebrations in Singapore. With its stunning setting in the Floating Platform at Marina Bay, this epic festival celebrates with a flood of lights and colorful lanterns...

Singapore Chinese New Year River Hongbao Carnival Lanterns

...live performances, lion dances, acrobats, cultural and folk shows...

Singapore Chinese New Year River Hongbao Carnival Lively Acts And Acrobats

...and this being Singapore, of course fantastic street food!

Singapore Chinese New Year River Hongbao Carnival Street Food

For kids, the rides, crafts and games are a great magnet!

Singapore Chinese New Year River Hongbao Carnival Lively Acts Rides

River Hongbao Carnival 2019

Highlights are the God of Fortune towering 18m high and showering the crowds with gold confetti... star-studded music festival... overseas performing groups... and several fireworks sessions every night. See times here.

When: February 3 - 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm, extended to 1:00 am on New Year's Eve

Where: The Float @ Marina Bay

How Much: FREE

More Info: www.riverhongbao.sg.

Chingay Parade 2019

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Not uniquely a "Chinese" event, the Chingay Parade embraces Singapore's iconic multicultural heritage and soul and has traditionally been held during the Lunar New Year festivities bringing together Chinese, Malays, Hindus... and the many lands that make up the country's identity.

It is a fantastic display of colorful floats, dragons, dancers and performers, clowns, acrobats... It is Asia's largest street performance and float parade.

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay 2019: Dreams Funtastia

When: February 15 - 16, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Where: F1 Pit Building next to the Singapore Flyer

How Much: S$28.50 - S$60.00 Ages 2+, infant-in-arm is discouraged

More Info, Tickets and Parade Route: www.chingay.org.sg.

Chingay 2019 in Chinatown

When: February 17, 2019 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Singapore Chinese New Year Fireworks 2019

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Singapore

Spectacular fireworks displays will lit up the Singapore skies in grand style to welcome the Year of the Pig at midnight on New Year's Eve which this year will be on February 4, 2019. Catch a fantastic show at:

  • River Hongbao Carnival at The Float @ Marina Bay

  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party at Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road

And if you missed it on New Year's Eve, River Hongbao Carnival will stage the fantastic synchronised fireworks and lasers show every night during the carnival at 10:00

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