Synopsis
Chinese New Year in Singapore is an exciting, noisy celebration, filled with all sorts of Chinese New Year goodies and cultural performances.

How much time you will need: Chinese New Year is on 26 and 27 January 2009. The celebrations in Chinatown start from 3 January to 15 February 2009, whilst the River Hongbao celebrations are on from 24 January to 1 February 2009. The climax will be on Chinese New Year eve on 25 January 2009. The Chingay Parade will held on 30 and 31 January 2009.

What we thought of it: We love the noisy celebratory mood around Chinatown and Marina Bay.
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Event Venues: Chinatown, Marina Bay for River Hongbao and City Hall/Raffles Avenue for the Chingay Parade.

Tel: (65) 6736 2000
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Review
Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is also known as Spring Festival. Lasting 15 days, Chinese New Year is celebrated in a grand manner in Singapore.
In Chinatown, where it is already busy on a normal occasion, the streets are decorated, lighted up and becomes all the busier with streets closed to traffic to make way for the street stalls. We love going to Chinatown during this time of the year for the festive atmosphere and would make it a point to take a walk through the streets at least once.
The street stalls are filled with plenty of Chinese New Year goodies ranging from mandarins and pomelos to waxed sausages and waxed ducks; and bright beautiful chinese clothes.
Chinese New Year is also celebrated at the Marina Bay area with the River Hongbao showcasing local and international cultural performances and food stalls. Not to be missed is the nightly fireworks display, especially on new year's eve. The kids especially enjoy the fireworks and the acrobatic performances.
Another highlight during Chinese New Year is the Chingay Parade, a street parade which is held over two days, with colourful floats and dance troupes.
Something also to look out for during the Chinese New Year season are the lion or dragon dance troupes making their rounds through commercial areas including offices, shops, restaurants and food courts. They would perform a short dance routine in front of the shops and food stalls as it is supposed to bring good luck and fortune to the business.

Tips
Enjoy the festive crowds at Chinatown! Try out the festive food (especially the sweets). If you can and love crowds, go late on new year's eve - the stall-holders will be selling their goods at rock bottom prices to clear their stock before the new year.

Go see the fireworks at Marina Bay - it is a quite a sight to behold.

Do catch the Chingay Parade too!

Things to Bring
An umbrella in case of rain.

Camera to capture the beautiful decoration and lights.

Drinking water.

Opening Times
Opening times:
Chinatown
See the lights: Sun to Thurs - 7 pm to 12 midnight, Fri & Sat - 7 pm to 2 am, 25 and 26 January - 7 pm to 6 am

Visit festive street stalls: Sun to Thurs - 11 am to 11 pm, Fri, Sat & Public Holiday - 11 am to 1 am

Watch the nightly performances:
3 to 25 January - 8 pm to 10:30 pm

River Hongbao
24 January to 1 February (except 25 January) - 6 pm to 12 midnight
25 January - 6 pm to 12:30 am

Watch the firecracker and pyrotechnic display:
24 January to 1 February (except 25 January) - 8 pm daily
25 January - 12 midnight

Chingay Parade
30 January - 8:30 pm, 31 January - 8 pm

Best time to go: Any time but if you want to catch the firecracker and pyrotechnic display at River Hongbao, go around the time of the display.

Admission Fees
It's free to walk through the streets of Chinatown and Marina Bay.

How to Get There
By Taxi - The easiest way to get to Chinatown.

By MRT - Alight at Chinatown MRT Station on the North-East Line and head towards Pagoda Street.

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