Chinese New Year in Singapore

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Chinese New Year in Singapore: Fantastic lantern and lights displays

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to present a challenge, health and safety measures continue to adjust to the current conditions. The status of any large-scale public Lunar New Year event in Singapore may change at the last minute. Check for any updated info before you head out to any public event. At any rate, we want to wish you a harmonious, healthy and peaceful Spring Festival.

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!

This year's celebrations will of course be a little different, with many of the events going virtual. Even though we will miss the Chingay Parade, there will be many online activities and contests that can be enjoyed from the comfort of our own homes.

Colorful decorations for the Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong

Singapore Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021
Welcoming The Year Of The Ox

Chinatown Celebrations:

  • Chinese New Year Light Up - January 23 - March 12, 2021

  • Chinese New Year Countdown Party - Suspended

  • Festive Street Bazaar - Suspended

  • Lion Dance Competition - Suspended

  • Chingay Parade in Chinatown - This year Chingay 2021 has gone virtual

River Hongbao Carnival - February 10 - 16, 2021

Chingay Parade - February 20, 2021 - This year it will be a virtual event

Chinese New Year Fireworks - Midnight New Year's Eve February 11, 2021

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, lion dancers, cultural acts and lots of noisy firecrackers and fireworks. This year because of the pandemic the official Light-up and Opening Ceremony will be launched virtually.

When: January 23 - March 12, 2021

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

Chinese New Year Countdown Party

When: Suspended

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: Suspended - 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: Suspended

Where: Kreta Ayer People's Theatre

How Much: S$15, both days S$25

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

When: This year's Chingay 2021 has gone virtual

Where: N/A

Wait, there's more... lots of virtual events... 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 2021

This year, the Carnival has moved to Gardens by the Bay which provides a larger venue for a safe, socially distanced celebration! You can expect to see whole new exhibitions including the dazzling "Guardians of Good Fortune: The History of Lion Dancing in Singapore", more dazzling lanterns and performances galore by local talents and artists. There will be no live stage performances this year, but you can still catch the exciting performances which will be streamed online via River Hongbao's Facebook channel.

What's more, you'll also get to release flower lanterns on the beautiful Dragonfly Lake at Gardens by the Bay and receive blessings in return.

NO FIREWORKS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 2021.

When: February 10 - 16, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Where: Gardens by the Bay

How Much: Entry is FREE! However, due to safe distancing measures in place, there will be a limited number of visitors at the event at any given time by pre-allocating time slots of one and a half to two hours to each visitor so you must secure a ticket before attending.

More Info and tickets: www.riverhongbao.sg.

Chingay 2021 Light of Hope

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, which this year has gone virtual with many activities and contests... "Let's Build a Float", "Sing With Me", "Dance Competition"...

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay Parade in Singapore

Chingay 2021:

When: February 20, 2021

Where: This year Chingay 2021 Light of Hope has gone virtual

How Much: FREE

More Info: www.chingay.org.sg.

Singapore Chinese New Year Fireworks 2021

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Singapore

Spectacular fireworks displays lit up the Singapore skies in grand style to welcome the New Year at midnight on New Year's Eve. This year's displays have not been confirmed. If they do go ahead, they will likely be at:

  • River Hongbao Carnival at Gardens By The Bay - NO FIREWORKS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 2021

  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party at Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road - NO FIREWORKS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 2021

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Let's Celebrate!

May the New Year turn out to be a very special one for you and your family...
filling each day with peak of health...
abundance of happiness...
bountiful prosperity...
and Zen like serenity...

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

You can decorate easily with traditional or battery-operated lanterns, paper cuttings, lucky coins and banners to add a splash to the celebrations!

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