Top 10 things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year

things to do in Singapore on chinese new year Chinese New Year in Singapore is well-celebrated every year and is for sure an attention grabber event. The whole city is enlightened with lights and bright colors and people have joy and happiness on their faces. This festive time is also called Spring Festival and Lunar New Year too, which is celebrated on the 8th of February-9th of February every year. However, the celebrations last year for 15 days. This annual affair is celebrated like no other event throughout the year. The famous Chinatown in Singapore is all lit up with loads of lighting to welcome the New Year. Around the city, you shall be amazed to see beautiful decorations.

However, Singapore organizes many activities and events every year to welcome the Chinese New Year and so it has ignited the entire city with several celebration activities this year too. Hence, there are so many things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year with friends, family and loved ones. 2016 Chinese New Year is the Year of Monkey that represents Fortune and Prosperity.

10 Things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year

Apart from visiting family and friends or calling them to your place, there is a lot other things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year for approximately 15 days! Enjoying the great celebrations is the best thing to do after the stress of the entire year. Read on to know where you can go and what you can do this year:

  • Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

On the 7th of February 2016, at the famous Chinatown, indulge yourself in the grand celebration of Chinese New Year. Enjoy the live performances and the countdown celebration with artists of MediaCorp. Get mesmerized by the great performances on the festive songs, have fun while playing interactive games and laugh on the skits. As the countdown party comes to an end, you shall be overwhelmed to see the great colorful fireworks.  Having fun in the full-on festive mood here is one of the must things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year.

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Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am

Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

  • Festive Street Bazaar & Carnival

On the streets of Chinatown, a large number of different stalls are lined up, to assist you satisfy your hunger with the great taste of New Year delights. The colorful lights and décor of the stalls and shops will definitely cheer up your mood. Get hold of a broad range of New Year traditional goodies like décor items, Chinese New Year cookies, potted plants, clothings, preserved fruits and waxed duck. From 15th of January 2016 to 7th of February 2016, you can enjoy the Festive Street Bazaar and Festive Carnival from 9th of January 2016 to 7th of February 2016. Visiting this festive market is one of the preferred things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year.

Festive Street Bazaar

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

Festive Carnival

Time: 11am – 10.30pm

Venue: Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex

  • Street Light-Up

Enjoy the official light up on the streets of Chinatown. Don’t miss out this one of the amazing things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year. The streets of Chinatown has been lightened up officially on the 16th of January, which will remain beautifully intact till 8th of March 2016. You shall a number of monkeys hanging around, obviously the stuff toys and lightened up peach trees hanging with it. You shall be thrilled to see the creative art of décor here, which depicts a perfect blend of traditional and modern lighting design.

Time: 7.00pm – 6.00am (7 & 8 February 2016)

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 Walking Trail

On the 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st January, you can participate in the Chinatown Walking Trail, which is free, you only need to register for it ahead of time. Walking through this trail, you shall be amazed to explore the rich culture and heritage of Chinatown. The trail will cover Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road. You shall be able to click beautiful pictures on the beautifully decorated streets of Chinatown and add a valued memory on your timeline.

You can also buy festive stuff from the Festive Street Bazaar and Carnival and take pleasure of the night cultural shows, which are held at the Kreta Ayer Square. This is one of the fun things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year.

Time: 3.30pm – 5:00pm

Meeting Point:  Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square


  • Chinatown Wishing Tree

Making your wish come true at the auspicious beginning of New Year is one of the highly recommended and preferred things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year. From 12th January to 7th of February 2016, you can visit the Chinatown Wishing Tree. You need to write your wishes on a Make a Wish card and hang them on the banyan tree, which is actually the wishing tree. For the card you will have to pay $2. This amount is donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’s Activity Centre. All in all this activity is for a good cause and should not be missed.

Time:       11.00am – 9.00pm

Venue:    Chinatown Point

  • Nightly Stage Shows

If you love music and would love to see some exceptional nightly performances, then from 16th of January to the 7th of Febraury 2016, you can catch up the Nightly Stage Shows. The Chinese community gathers here to enjoy their rooted Chinese culture, where you shall also come across the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. The great colorful Chinese cultural performances, dance performances by locals as well as by groups from China, festive songs and a lot more stuff, will keep you entertained during the time. This is one of the must things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year, by those who have a keen interest in cultural heritage and music.

Time:       8.00pm – 10.30pm

Venue:    Kreta Ayer Square

  • Harmony Night

On 30th of January 2016, Harmony Night is organized to foster community indulgence and bonding. The residents of Potong Pasir SMC and Jalan Besar GRC gather together to celebrate Chinese New  Year. Also, religious groups, VWOs and clan associations are invited across Chinatown to welcome New Year together.

Time:       6.30pm – 10.30pm

Venue:     Hong Lim Park

  • River Hongbao

One of the most vital and fun things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year, is to visit the River Hongbao. This place is one of the prominent places, where grand celebrations are conducted to welcome the New Year, since 1986. You can visit River Hongbao from 6th of February to 14th of February 2016 to enjoy the fun-filled activities. You shall definitely have an unforgettable time of the year, which you shall cherish your entire life.

Opera performances are organized here and the largest Food Street of Singapore awaits to welcome guests with scrumptious festive delights. Explore and purchase the Chinese handcrafted lanterns, which are quite big and is usually found as a part of décor at different cultural events. You shall be overwhelmed and thrilled to see the great fireworks at the Chinese New Year Eve countdown party here.

Venue: Formula 1 Pit Building along Marina Bay

  • Chingay Parade

On the 19th of February and 20th of February 2016, Chingay Parade will be organized. One of the grandest celebration of Chinese New Year is witnessed here. At the Formula One Pit Building by the side of Marina Bay Waterfront, the highly enthusiastic, thrilling and colorful Chingay Parade will be held. People are found in the happiest festive mood here with ear to ear smile with loads of hopes for the coming year. The entertaining group of acrobats, percussionists, jugglers and dancers, steel the show and are the top attention grabbers.

Chingay Parade is the largest street parade and float parade, you have ever witnessed across Asia. Hence, attending this parade is one of the must things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year.

Venue: The Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard , Singapore 038975

  • Purchase Gifts

Among the top things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year, sharing gifts with your loved ones, family, friends and your neighbor, is the most important thing. Wear colorful dresses and buy something as a gift in Singapore for your friends, family and loved ones from the festive markets. Don’t forget to pack them in red wrappers or packets, as this color is a symbol of good fortune. However, you can also pack in money and give them to children or to your young relatives. Mandarin oranges are the most important gift items that are considered essential since ancient times to convey wishes for the New Year.

Furthermore, you can buy Chinese New Year gift hampers and flowers from a nearby store or order online. You shall find a great variety for this festive season, all packed beautifully. There are a number of Singapore based online shopping stores dealing in Chinese New Year gift hampers in Singapore and are also providing delivery to the given address. They have made the entire process quite convenient. So, you can either get the gifts delivered at your doorstep or send it as a surprise. You can also shop from the street bazaars of Chinatown for a perfect gift.

Plan your days as per the schedule and enjoy the grand celebration of Chinese New Year. You shall definitely have a great time of the year.. Hope the above discussed things to do in Singapore on Chinese New Year will be great fun and thrilling for you.

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