Soak in the festivities of the Lunar New Year with exciting events this February! Chinatown is bustling with a flurry of exciting activities as we welcome the year of the Goat, and we’ve rounded up some events for you join in the fun.
Chinatown Street Light-Up 2015
Not to be missed is the official street light-up along Chinatown. Organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC), the festive mood in Chinatown will spring to life as 338 goat-shaped lanterns – the most number of zodiac lanterns ever made – and 1,500 glistening gold coin lanterns take centre stage in this year’s street decorations that will light up the Chinese enclave.
The organisers manage to outdo themselves every year – and this year, you will be treated to spectacular sights along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge. This year’s light-up features a refreshing and innovative Goat-themed design, specially conceptualised by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Look out for the centerpiece of this year’s street light-up, a 10-metre high structure featuring goats perched atop a mountain at the intersection of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street.
Date: 31 January – 19 March 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 6.00am (18 & 19 Feb 2015)
7.00pm – 2.00am (Friday & Saturday)
7.00pm – 12.00mn (Sunday – Thursday)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge
Chinatown Wishing Tree
If you’re feeling lucky, head on down to Chinatown Point. Inspired by the ancient banyan tree in Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong, a lucky banyan tree will be installed at the mall. Here’s where you can write down your wishes, tie them onto mandarin oranges and throw them onto the tree – legend says, if your orange stays in the tree, your wish will come true!
Date: 27 January – 18 February 2015
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Venue: Chinatown Point
Festive Street Bazaar and Festive Carnival
What’s a celebration without shopping and good food? From now all the way till Chinese New Year’s Eve, you can indulge in mouth-watering Chinese New Year delicacies and shop for traditional goodies ranging from cookies, sweets, decorative items and preserved fruits to potted plans and clothing. With 440 stalls at the bazaar, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s a tip: make a trip down on Chinese New Year’s Eve for the best prices – but be prepared for a phenomenal crowd!
Date: 30 January – 18 February 2015
Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
Nightly Stage Shows
Get a taste of Chinese culture at the nightly stage shows, organised specially for the festive season, and be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, music and dance performances by entertainers and troupes from both Singapore and China.
Date: 31 January – 18 February 2015
Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
Chinatown Walking Trail
Date: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 February 2015
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm & 5pm – 6.30pm
Meeting Point: Information booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square
8th International Lion Dance Competition
Lion dance is yet another highlight of Chinese New Year, and the blend of martial arts, cymbals and gongs will never fails to pump up the atmosphere. This festive season, you get to see some of Asia’s finest troupes showcase their talents at the 8th International Lion Dance Competition.
Date: 7 February 2015
Time: 6.00pm - 11.00pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party
Now, for the highlight of all the Chinese New Year events – the Chinese New Year Countdown Party! Usher in the New Year with live performances, medley of festive songs, skits, interactive games as the countdown party culminates with the highly-anticipated display of fireworks and the highly anticipated, once-a-year firecrackers showcase!
Date: 18 February 2015
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street
All photos are courtesy of the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee.
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