Heading to Chinatown this Chinese New Year? Here are our recommended top 5 things to do there!

January 25 2019

From going on a heritage walking trail to partaking in the countdown party, there are endless things to do as we usher in the Year of the Pig.

By Gojalanjalan Singapore

Soak in the festivity with the colourful street light up at Chinatown. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.

Every year, our historic Chinatown district will come alive as Singaporeans far and wide throng the vibrant enclave for their annual Lunar New Year shopping.

If you are among the few who enjoy soaking in the festivity at Chinatown, then you are in for a treat!

Here is a quick guide on some of the fun things that your entire family can enjoy this festive season:

#1: Festive Street Bazaar
Date: 18 January – 4 February 2019
Time: 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm (Daily)
6.00 pm – 1.00 am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street

The street bazaar comes alive at Chinatown as crowds throng the area. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.

Exploring Chinatown is not complete without taking part in the annual Festive Street Bazaar. From decorative items to pussy willows, you can get them all under one roof at the street bazaar that offers a wide variety of stalls across the above-mentioned streets. Be sure to come ready to haggle for the best price and to jostle among the maddening crowd.

#2: Chinatown Walking Trail
Date: 26 & 27 January and 2 & 3 February 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
Meeting Point: Information booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer

Explore the rich history of Chinatown at this complimentary guided tour. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.

Get out of your classroom or office and brush up on your history by taking part in this walking trail! Conducted by the Kreta Ayer Community Club, get to know Chinatown’s rich heritage and culture that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road. Visit the various clan houses that are still around today and the activities that are on offer. The walking trail is free. Do note that registration is on the first-come-first-serve basis and is limited to 10 participants. Each trail is conducted in either English or Mandarin. For more information, do contact the organisers via email: chinatownfestivalsg@gmail.com

#3: Street light up
Date: 20 January – 6 March 2019
Time: 7.00 pm – 6.00 am (4 & 5 February 2019)
7.00 pm – 2.00 am (Friday & Saturday)
7.00 pm – 12.00 midnight (Sunday – Thursday)
Venue: Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge

A visitor taking photos of the colourful lanterns at South Bridge Road. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.
If you missed the official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony on 20 January, fret not! The street light up will continue for the following six weeks up to 6 March along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Garden Bridge. Featuring handmade sculptured lanterns of pigs, flowers and festive greetings, the organisers have taken great measure to combine the traditions of yesteryears with modern designs. Whether you are a photography buff or looking to update those Instagram-worthy #OOTD posts, the street light up promises to have something for everyone!

#4: Nightly stage shows
Date: 19 January – 4 February 2018
Time: 8.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

The nightly shows are very popular among both the young and old. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.
Tired from all that shopping and haggling? Then, kick back, relax and get ready to be entertained with nightly cultural performances held at the open space within the Kreta Ayer Heights housing estate. Featuring Lunar New Year songs and dance performances by local and overseas artistes and performing groups, this annual outdoor stage performance attracts a strong crowd among both the young and old. This cultural treat promises to be a spectacular assault on your senses!

#5: Chinatown Wishing Tree
Date: 15 January – 3 February 2019
Time: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Venue: Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Singapore 059413

Make a wish at the Wishing Tree while donating for a good cause. Photo: Khalil Adis Consultancy.

While we are busy preparing for the big day, let us not forget to do something meaningful for the less fortunate. At the Chinatown Wishing Tree, you can do your part by helping the elderly fulfil their wishes. Simply head to the Wishing Tree at Chinatown Point, write your wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Each wishing card costs S$2. All proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors’ Activity Centre. So come on down and do something good today!

Gojalanjalan Singapore provides private bus charter from point to point for your Chinese New Year shopping! Hourly bus bookings are also available. For more information, contact us at 5mins@gojalanjalan.com.sg or +65 8838 6444.

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