Chingay 2012:
The Parade of Dreams in Singapore

Singapore Travel Tip: Time your Singapore tour to co-incide with both Chingay 2012 and River Hong Bao Carnival!

Chingay Singapore - Colourful banner.

Singapore Chingay 2012 - Asia's Grandest Street and Floats Parade

Singapore F1 Grand Prix Pit Building @ Marina Bay

Free admission along Parade route. Viewing stands require tickets.

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

On this page:
[Tips for Tourists] [Chingay Photo Tour] [Booking: Flight, Hotel, Chingay Tickets]

In 2007, demand for tickets exceeded supply many times over. But this crunch will never be again. In 2008, the Parade of Dreams was moved from Orchard Road to the City Hall-Marina Bay area, partly to accommodate more paying spectators. Chingay Parade has been a roaring success at its new venue.

Tips & FAQs for Chingay 2012

  1. If the Parade is free, why pay to watch it from the stands?

    The free areas are barricaded with railings. You watch the Parade standing, and peering over shoulders. Also, the performers are human. It's difficult to sustain the same level of energy throughout the entire route. So they reserve their best for the paid areas, where the press photographers and videographers are.

  2. How much for the tickets?

Chingay 2012 tickets are as follows:

Category 1
Category 2
Category 3

Best seats

Good seats

Edge of gallery

3 Feb 12
(Parade 1)
4 Feb 12
(Parade 2)

Chingay Parade 2010 - Parade Route.

  1. What's the best way to get there?

    Take the MRT train to Promenade Station (Circle Line). There are road closures around the Parade areas during the Festival. If you must absolutely drive, park farther away and walk.

  2. Watch the Parade? That's all?

    The Singapore River Hongbao 2012 - a carnival in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations - is likely to co-incide with Chingay 2011. Over the years, River Hongbao has been held regularly at Esplanade Park, near the Chingay venue. Stay tuned here.

  3. Is there any way to get discounts for the tickets?

    If you have the Passion Card (the People's Association's membership card), you get a 20% discount on your tickets. The membership fee for Passion Card is $12 for 5 years. So the Passion Card might just come in handy for Chingay 2012 ticket discounts.

  4. Recommendations for hotels?

    See the list of recommended hotels at the bottom of this page.

Chingay 2007 Photo Tour

The following photos were taken during the last Chingay Parade to be held on Orchard Road. Chingay 2012 will be at the Singapore Grand Prix Pit Building (Marina Bay).

Chingay Singapore, Parade of Dreams - Colourful signage / banner.

There is nothing subtle about Chingay. The colours are bright, the sounds loud and rythmic.

One of the many colourful banners.

Chingay Singapore - Dancers in colourful costumes at the Parade of Dreams. And a section of the colourfully dressed dancers.
Chingay Singapore - Lady in elaborate traditional costume.

Chingay is a time to put on those outlandish costumes you don't wear on normal days.

The women obviously got into the act.

Chingay Singapore - Male dancer with feathers.
The men too. Look at this chap's feathers!
Chingay Singapore - Little girl dolled up in dainty costume.
And this darling of the crowd.
Chingay Singapore - Young dancers from the Singapore Soka Association. Many of the participants are locals like these girls from the Singapore Soka Association.
Chingay Singapore - Dancers from the Natuna Islands, Indonesia.

But Chingay Singapore has gone international for many years now, and many come from overseas to perform.

These dancers, of Sanggar Laksamana Group, are from Indonesia's Natuna Islands.

This was the most enchanting performance of the night for me. Imagine these swirling movements to the beats of the kompangs and gongs.

Chingay Singapore - A dancer invites young boy to join in the beat.

This boy got invited to join in the fun. And he loved it.

If you are taking the kids to Chingay, find creative ways to get them close to the performers.

Chingay Singapore - A life-size doll interacts with children.
Chingay performers are great fun. They are constantly trying to connect with the spectators, especially with children.
Chingay Singapore - Life-size doll poses for the camera.
This cutesy life-size doll even posed for my camera.
Chingay Singapore - Tourists amused. Children running from performers.

But sometimes, the more 'hideous-looking' ones frighten away the timid kids.

These two tourists had a good laugh, seeing a young toddler running away from the 'monsters'.

Chingay Singapore - A stilt-walker.
Stilt-walkers appeared in the first Chingay in 1973.

37 years later, they still amuse the spectators.

Here, a loving dad gives his child a headstart in the Chingay celebrations.

You might want to get a headstart with your Chingay 2010 tickets as well. I assure you, they run out quite quickly.


Chingay Flights, Hotels, Parade Tickets

Your Chingay 2012 Vacation Checklist:

Book a Cheap Flight to Singapore

Book a Hotel Near Chingay 2012 Venue

Within 10 minutes' walk - Marina Bay Luxury Hotels:

Marina Mandarin, Mandarin Oriental, The Pan Pacific, Ritz Carlton Millenia, Conrad International Centennial

More about these hotels...

Within 15 minutes' walk:

North Bridge Road Hotels

Luxury: Raffles Hotel, Fairmont Hotel, Swissotel The Stamford

Mid-range: Grand Park City Hall Hotel, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel

Esplanade Drive

Luxury: The Fullerton Hotel

Within 20 minutes' walk:

Victoria St / Queen St:

Mid-range: Allson Hotel, Hotel Royal Queens, Carlton Hotel

Affordable: Victoria Hotel

More cheap hotels near Chingay 2012 venue...

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Book Chingay 2012 Parade Tickets

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pointer Chinese New Year Fireworks

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