Chinese New Year is a big event in Singapore and although it
falls on the 27th of January, the festivities go on before and after
this date. They hold events throughout January to celebrate the
coming of the New Year.
Chinatown is a wonderful place to visit during this time, with the Chinatown Wishing Tree, nightly stage shows in Kreta Ayer Square, the annual Lion Dance Competition in the carpark at Banda Street, the whole place is a sensory overload in sight, smell and sounds to evoke the festive spirit.
When it comes to celebrating Chinese New Year, Singapore goes all
out on the festivities.
Head to Chinatown and feast on some traditional food and drinks, enjoy the illuminated narrow streets packed with vendors, venture to New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street for live performances and the fabulous countdown with firecrackers and fireworks.
There is also a wonderful annual event held at the floating platform at Marina Bay on the River Hongbao, stunning giant lanterns illuminate the sky, including the renowned 18 meter high God of Fortune that dominates the sky line of this event. There is on stage entertainment including musicians and more traditional artists, funfair rides and delicious street food will be on offer. This all culminates in the countdown to the new year with a fantastic firework display!
Although it’s held after the Chinese New Year, do not miss the massive Chingay Parade starting on the 10th February, starting at the F1 Pit Building by the Marina Bay Waterfront, which features huge and intricately designed floats, a huge collection of local entertainment, dancing dragons, music, aerial acts and if that’s not enough to wow the senses, then the grand finale with thousands of participants lighting sky lanterns and fireworks will really be a sight to behold.
Restaurants will be busy at CNY and sometimes a lot more expensive depending on where you end up dining, try out one of these restaurants during your stay:
The Curry Culture
Peach Blossoms (Marina Mandarin)
The National Kitchen by Violet Oon at the National Gallery
No useful live webcams at present, but I will update as soon as I find one!
Singapore is a gem of a city to visit and gets mighty busy for
Chinese New Year, book your room in advance:
Raffles Hotel Singapore
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
AMOY by Far East Hospitality
Hotel Vagabond, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
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