Step into the radiant heart of Singapore's Chinatown, where the Lunar New Year celebration unfolds in a spectacular blaze of lights and festivities.
The Chinatown annual Lights Up is not just an event; it's a mesmerizing affair that brings together tradition, innovation, and the warm spirit of the lunar new year.
Join us as we explore the dazzling lights and delightful events that illuminate the streets of Chinatown in 2024.
#1 Chinatown Main Dragon Lantern
At the junction of Upper Cross Street and New Bridge Road, be captivated by the centerpiece of Chinatown's lights – the majestic dragon lantern.
This symbol of prosperity hovers above a treasure trove of ingots, gold coins, orange trees, and snapdragon flowers, embodying the growth and wealth of Singapore.
Did you know that the annual design project of Chinatown lights up is skillfully crafted by talented SUTD students? Despite some online criticism, we, as proud SUTD alumni, applaud our juniors for their creativity and dedication.
When: 19 January to 9 March 2024, 7pm – 12am
Where: New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road and Upper Cross Street
#2 Festive Fairs and Workshops
The lights aren't the only stars of Chinatown's festive season. The annual festive fairs are back! Dive into a festive extravaganza with workshops where you and your kiddos can craft adorable pineapple plushies, symbolizing luck and wealth. Street performances add an extra dash of joy, creating an unforgettable atmosphere for families and friends.
Festive Fair @ People’s Park:
When: 11 Jan – 9 Feb 2024, 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Open space before Peoples’ Park, 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108
Pineapple Plush Making Workshop:
When: Saturday, 27 January – register here.
Where: Chinatown Visitor Centre, 2 Banda Street, Singapore 059962
Lion Dance Competition:
When: 27 – 28 January, 6pm
Where: Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre, 30A Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 088997
When: 9 February, 10pm
Where: Kreta Ayer Square, 21 Banda St, Singapore 050005
#3 New Year Snack Shopping:
What's a Lunar New Year celebration without the joy of New Year snack shopping? Chinatown invites you to prepare your decorations, deck your houses, and shop till you drop for the finest festive offerings.
Embrace the season, revel in the vibrant streets, and take advantage of last-minute offers to ensure your Lunar New Year of the Dragon is filled with joy, abundance, and delectable delights.
As we bask in the radiant glow of Chinatown's lights, let's celebrate the richness of tradition, the creativity of our youth, and the spirit of togetherness that defines the lunar new year.
Chinatown's annual Lights Up isn't just an event – it's a radiant symphony of culture, lights, and community, inviting you to join in the festivities and create cherished memories. Wishing you a luminous and joyous Year of the Dragon!
Check out our favourite activities for the family this Lunar New Year here.