Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony

Date: 16 January 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

The Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony continues to awe visitors with entertaining performances by both local and China leading performing troupes. There will be a daring display of acrobatics as the performers emulate the dexterity of monkeys by climbing poles and hanging off them with incredible balancing skills. Both spectacular firecrackers and fireworks display will push the opening ceremony to a greater height and it officially launch the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebration to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

Street Light-Up

Date: 16 January – 8 March 2016
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

The official light up and opening ceremony will be followed by 52 continuous days of street light up along the streets of Chinatown. The light-up will feature rows of peach trees lining up the street of Chinatown and decorated with lovely monkeys hanging around. Combining traditions with modern design, visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up design.

Festive Street Bazaar and Festive Carnival

Festive Street Bazaar

Date: 15 January – 7 February 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (Daily)
6.00pm – 1.00am (Chinese New Year’s Eve)
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street,
Temple Streetand Trengganu Street

Festive Carnival

Date: 9 January – 7 February 2016
Time: 11am – 10.30pm
Venue: Open Space in front of People’s Park Complex

With a variety of stalls lining up the streets of Chinatown, visitors can feast on mouth-watering New Year delicacies, enjoy the brilliant lights and decorations of the stalls and shop for the many New Year traditional goodies from cookies, decorative items, waxed duck and preserved fruits to potted plants and clothing.

Chinatown Walking Trail

Meeting Point: Information Booth in front of the stage at Kreta Ayer Square
Date: 23, 24, 30 & 31 January 2016
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

The walking trail is free.
Registration is on first-come-first-serve basis.
Each trail is conducted in English and limited to 10 participants.

With its strong heritage and character, Chinatown has become an enduring and iconic venue for locals and visitors to visit and soak in the Lunar New Year festivities and street decoration ambient during the celebration of this traditional Chinese festival. Discover Chinatown’s heritage and culture in this free walking trail that covers Kreta Ayer Road, Sago Street, Pagoda Street and New Bridge Road.

With “Year of Prosperity & Success” as the festival’s theme, participants can embrace the bountiful photo opportunities as the streets in Chinatown will be decorated for the Festive Street Light-Up. They can also shop for festive goodies at the bustling Festive Street Bazaar and Carnival and enjoy nightly cultural shows at Kreta Ayer Square.

If you are interested to register for the Chinatown Walking Trial, please click here to register and we will contact you accordingly.

Chinatown Wishing Tree

Date: 12 January – 7 February 2016
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Venue: Chinatown Point

Make your New Year wishes come true at the Chinatown Wishing Tree! Besides, you can do charity to help the needy elderly. Write wishes for yourself and your loved ones on the “Make a Wish” card and hang them on the banyan tree. Each wishing card costs $2/- and all proceeds will be donated to the Kreta Ayer Seniors ‘ Activity Centre.

Through this meaningful community event, you can bring festive cheers to the less fortunate and reaching out to them with your helping hands.

Nightly Stage Shows

Date: 16 January – 7 February 2016
Time: 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square

Catch nightly performances at Kreta Ayer Square during the Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations. The popular gathering point for local Chinese communities during this time lives up to its deeply rooted affinity to Chinese culture and it is also the place where you can find the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and take a pit-stop from your festive shopping. Be entertained by lively and vibrant Chinese cultural performances, festive songs, songs, music and dance performances by local entertainers and troupes from China.

9th International Lion Dance Competition

Date: 23 & 24 January 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Hong Lim Park

From the rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts, there’s just something about the lion dance that evokes a sense of awe and majesty. Steeped in tradition and culture, the lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and is now an internationally recognised sport.

Calling all lion dance enthusiasts, head over to Hong Lim Park to witness the power and strength of the ‘King of the Lions’ over an intense competition!

The annual event which has gone into its 9th year will see 16 reputable top troupes from Singapore and Asia Pacific, all vying for the grand prize and the honour of being recognised as ‘the best of the best’ as they pit against one another with skillful stunts and intricate manoeuvres on the meihuazhuang.

Ticket Sales
Single Show ticket on 23 OR 24 January 2016: S$10/-
Two Shows ticket on both 23 & 24 January 2016: S$15/-

Tickets are available for purchase at:

Kreta Ayer Community Club
Blk 5 Banda Street #03-68
Singapore 050005
For enquiries or to book, please call (65) 6222 3597.

Chinatown Visitor Centre @ Kreta Ayer Square
2 Banda Street (Behind Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum)

Everyday from 9am to 9pm (inclusive of public holidays)

Harmony Night

Date: 30 January 2016
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Hong Lim Park

To promote community engagement and bonding, residents of Jalan Besar GRC and Potong Pasir SMC will come together as one to celebrate Lunar New Year. The event will also be inviting the clan associations, religious groups and VWOs around the Chinatown precinct to join in the celebrations.

Mass Reunion Dinner

Date: 31 January 2016
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Hong Lim Park

About a thousand over underprivileged families and needy elderly residing in Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng constituency will be off to a healthy and joyous start in the Year of the Monkey. The Mass Reunion Dinner, a community initiative organized by Kreta Ayer – Kim Seng Citizens Consultative Committee will enable the guests to enjoy a warm and healthy dinner and celebrate the Lunar New Year festivities as one big family in the community.

Chinatown Chinese New Year Countdown Party

Date: 7 February 2016
Time: 9.30pm – 12.30am
Venue: New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street

Usher in the Year of the Monkey with live performances and a rousing countdown celebration with MediaCorp artistes in the heart of Chinatown. Be entertained by the lively performances from a medley of festive songs, skits to interactive games as the countdown party culminates with rousing firecrackers and a spectacular display of fireworks.

About Us

Chinatown Festivals, mainly Chinese New Year Celebrations and Mid-Autumn Festivals, are organised by Kreta Ayer - Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee.

Contact Info


Kreta Ayer Community Club
28A Kreta Ayer Road
Singapore 088995
Tel: 6222 3597
Fax: 6222 3762