Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012

A one-stop guide to celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012...

On 23 January 2012, the Chinese around the world usher in the Year of the Dragon. Here are a few exciting events to look out for if you are celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012...

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[Chinatown Events] [River Hongbao @ Marina Bay] [Sentosa Flowers]
[Chingay Parade] [FAQs]

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chinatown

Chinatown Street Light Up

When: 31 Dec 2011 to 21 Feb 2012, 7pm till late.

Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, South Bridge Road, Garden Bridge and side-streets near Chinatown MRT station.

Switch your camera to Night Mode for those over-street fairy lights and over-sized lanterns. Nightly.

The Chinese New Year Street Light Up was officially launched on 1 Jan 2012. In addition to dragon-themed light-ups, expect the shops to spruce themselves up for the Best Decoration & Light Up Competition this year.

Chinese New Year Carnival

Now till 22 Jan 2012, 11am till late.

Chinatown Complex & Open field beside Banda Street.

Buskers. Street performers. Balloon sculptors. And more. Add good fun to your festive shopping.

Chinese New Year Shopping @ the Festive Night Market

Now till 22 Jan 2012; 6pm till late night.

500+ stalls along Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Sago Street and Trengganu Street.

Getting here:
Take MRT to Chinatown Station. Take the Pagoda Street exit.

Acrobat during Chinese New Year performance.

Take a break as you browse the night market and look out for the nightly stage performances at Kreta Ayer Square (beside Chinatown Complex; nightly 7.30pm-10.30pm, 1-22 Jan 2012).

In the years past, these have included lion dance competitions, acrobatics, and some enchanting Chinese dances. You can expect the same this year.

After dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve (22 Jan 2012), the vendors at the night market give hefty discounts on their wares - because nobody would buy them the next day. This might be a good time to snag some nice souvenirs or tidbits.

Thereafter, join the crowds near the MRT station for the Chinese New Year 2012 Countdown Concert (9.30pm-12.30am), which is likely to culminate with fireworks at midnight.

See some photos of the shopping frenzy and performances during Chinese New Year in Singapore (past years).

Celebrations at Marina Bay:
The River Hong Bao 2012 Carnival

When: 21-29 Jan 2012.

The Floating Platform @ Marina Bay.

Getting here:
Take MRT to Esplanade or Promenade Stations and follow the directions to Esplanade Theatres. Thereafter, just follow the crowds.

Chinese New Year lantern - Tiger.Photo: Dragon lantern. Usher in the Year of the Dragon at River Hong Bao 2012.

There's always a great atmosphere at the River Hong Bao.

Watch a demonstration of Chinese cooking, or Chinese papercraft. Then join in the fun.

Watch the acrobats contort on stage. And the enchanting dancers in their beautiful costumes.

Then walk among the super-sized lanterns: animals of the Chinese zodiac, the god of fortune and other mythical beings. Photo opportunity.

And be sure to watch the fireworks displays (see schedule above).

See some photos of past River Hong Bao events.

Celebrations on Sentosa Island: Sentosa Flowers

The much-loved Sentosa Flowers Festival is on again in 2012. On display were very enchanting light displays, including the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and the specially-lit Merlion.

This was a nice way to round up a day during Chinese New Year in Singapore 2010.

When : 22-29 Jan 2012, 10am-10pm.

Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa Island

Getting here:
Take the MRT to Harbourfront Station, followed by the Sentosa Express (monorail) from Vivo City Level 3 to Imbiah Station. Sentosa Flowers 2012 is free but admission to Sentosa Island applies.

Chingay Parade 2012 - A Great Street Parade Must See!

Chingay Parade in Singapore - a stilt walker.
A stilt-walker during the Chingay Parade.

Singapore F1 Grand Prix Pit Building @ Marina Bay

Friday, 3 Feb 2012, 8.30pm
Saturday, 4 Feb 2012, 8.30pm

It started off in the 1970s as a street parade to 'raise the volume' during Chinese New Year.

Today it has become Asia's grandest street parade. Participants for Chingay 2012 come from almost every continent.

You can watch Chingay 2012 for free along the parade route. But the best views are from the ticketed seats.

Don't miss this if you plan on celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012!

Chinese New Year in Singapore - FAQ!

Q. Does everything shut down during Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012?

A. Most shops do close on the first 2 days of Chinese New Year (23 & 24 Jan in 2012). You might want to avoid Chinatown on these 2 days.

But if you go to Little India or Kampong Glam Malay-Arab Quarter during these 2 days, it's business as usual.

Also, the major attractions such as the Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Sentosa are all open.

So there's still a lot to see and do.

Enjoy a great Chinese New Year in Singapore 2012.

See also...

Chinese New Year Celebrations in the Heartlands.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performances.

Past fireworks during Chinese New Year in Singapore.


Page author: Gabriel Tan. All rights reserved.
Page created 3 January 2010. Updated 2 Feb 2011.

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(near the Light Up)

Furama City Centre Hotel Singapore - Double room.
Furama Hotel City Centre

Hotel Re Singapore - Good hotel in Singapore Chinatown.
Hotel Re Singapore

The Scarlet Hotel Singapore - Good boutique hotel in Singapore Chinatown.
Scarlet Hotel Singapore


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