Whether you’re shopping for Lunar New Year goodies, traditional clothing or just soaking up the festive atmosphere, Chinatown has always been a Chinese New Year hotspot. But do you know about the exciting activities that will be held there this year? Unique and super interactive, these picks are perfect for anybody looking for some festive fun.
Grab pics for the ‘gram
Date: February 27 to March 16, 2018
Venue: All around Chinatown
As we usher in the Year of the Dog, the stunning annual Street Light-Up this year obviously features man’s best friend, the dog. Proudly designed by the talented students and faculty of SUTD (Singapore University of Technology and Design), the 2,188 handcrafted lanterns depict festive plants, auspicious symbols and adorable dogs in scenes that illustrate the four seasons.
With 3D dog-themed photo installations at nine photo spots spread around the area and a massive centerpiece of a loving family of dogs between Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Road, the heritage precinct has never looked more dazzling.
Image: Zoe Zeng
Look out for fresh blooms
Date: February 5 to 15, 2018
Venue: Carpark at Banda Street (off Sago Lane)
If you’re a lover of flowers and plants, you won’t want to miss this spectacular one-stop shop for all your floral needs. The highly-anticipated Flower Market finally makes its return to Chinatown after 10 years, bearing a huge array of Lunar New Year blooms. Everything from pussy willows and money trees to pineapple plants and tangerine shrubs will be available for purchase, but even if you’re not buying anything, you can still appreciate the visual spectacle.
Witness the fiercest lion dance battles
Date: February 2 and 3, 2018
Venue: Carpark at Banda Street (Off Sago Lane)
Who doesn’t love an exciting lion dance performance to lift the spirits of all onlookers? Expect nothing less than thrills and heart-stopping moments at the 11th International Lion Dance Competition, where top international troupes battle it out on Plum Blossom Poles. Keep your eyes peeled for 14 teams from eight countries, including China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Myanmar who will give it their all for the ultimate title of ‘King of the Lions’!
Image: Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee
Pamper your pooch
Date: February 3, 2018
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square
The first-ever dog-themed carnival to be organised in Chinatown, Ushering “Paws-perity” @ Chinatown will see dog owners and their adorable fur babies come together to join in the festivities. Treats, games, and apparel will be available, as well as a dog costume competition, where owners can dress their dogs to the nines in festive outfits and win prizes! Bring your furry friend down for a day of fun – they’re sure to have a barking good time.
Register your dog for the Dog Costume Competition here: http://bit.ly/2Ak7Evn.
Shop 'till you drop
Date: January 26 to February 15, 2018
Venue: Pagoda Street, Smith Street, Sago Street, Temple Street and Trengganu Street
With a total of 420 stalls, the Festive Street Bazaar is a lively market offering all sorts of Lunar New Year-themed snacks, decorative items and goodies. If you’re looking to dress up your furry friends this festive season, you’ll be able to find pet costumes here as well. Keep a lookout for YouthEATS @ Temple Street, where up-and-coming entrepreneurs, including youth, will set up stalls selling cooked food. The variety of popular and unique snacks here are sure to delight your taste buds and complement the traditional food offerings from the rest of the Bazaar.
Image: Chinatown Singapore Facebook