Published On: January 20, 2024- Last Updated: March 5, 2024- 9 min read-

Celebrate in Style: The Ultimate 2024 Guide to Singapore’s Chinese New Year Fests & Food

Brace yourselves, folks! The Year of the Dragon is dawning, and Singapore is gearing up to usher it in with a plethora of spectacular events. The city will be illuminated with vibrant street light-ups, bustling festive fairs will offer a smorgasbord of delectable foods, and riveting stage shows will keep you entertained. There’s something to captivate everyone!

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The Lunar New Year, a jubilant celebration marking the first day of the lunar calendar, commences on the evening of February 9, leading up to New Year’s Day on February 10, Saturday.

From February 9 to 24, Singapore will be alive with festive cheer, culminating in the traditional Lantern Festival. This festival, held on the fifteenth day of the New Year, is a time for community bonding and merriment. While the initial days of the New Year are typically spent with family, the Lantern Festival sees people from all walks of life taking to the streets, embracing the spirit of camaraderie and freedom.

Indulge in Chinese New Year Delicacies

Guide to Singapore CNY

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Get set, foodies! Big reunion dinners often star steaming hotpot, a symbol of families coming together again. Expect spreads bursting with exotic meats, seafood and vegetables that tantalize the senses. You might want to try the hotpot at Imperial Treasure, known for showcasing some of the best Chinese food in the region.

For treasure pot pen cai, a luxurious one-pot wonder that simmers premium ingredients like abalone, broccoli, and crab meat in an intense broth, head to Canton Paradise for their Abundance Pot with premium seafood and meats simmering in a rich broth. Alternatively, try sampling it at The Curry Wok, which offers a tantalizing collection of dishes suitable for family gatherings.

Another must-have is yu sheng. Folks gather round restaurants like Crystal Jade to toss this rainbow-hued raw fish salad, uttering auspicious wishes for prosperity and progress as they do. The higher the toss, the bigger your dreams and aspirations!

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No CNY celebration would be complete without the perennial favourite, bak kwa (barbecued pork jerky). The unmistakable aroma beckons from sleek office buildings, as Salted Egg flavors join the mix this year for a uniquely modern twist. Sample both the original and salted egg flavours sizzling at hot spots like Lim Chee Guan along Chinatown, and Dian Xiao Er is a great place to try this delicacy.

Round off your feast with a pineapple tart, shaped like a golden ingot for sweet tidings, offering vegan or low-sugar options for your health-conscious friends. With branches located across Singapore, Xi De Li offers a stellar classic version. For a wide variety of options, consider The Dim Sum Place, centrally located for the ease of inclusive family gatherings. Embrace the local tradition of enjoying mandarin oranges and the charm of radish rice cakes from stalls in the Chinatown wet market that add festive flair.

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So, what are you waiting for? Head out into the festive streets of Singapore and let your nose lead the way to indulge in these Chinese New Year delicacies!

Chinatown Chinese New Year 2024 Street Light-Up and Celebrations

With your tastebuds satiated, take a stroll down the streets of Chinatown, adorned with red and gold hanging lanterns that paint a picture straight out of a postcard. The official Street Light-up & Opening Ceremony on January 19 at 6pm at Kreta Ayer Square is a sight to behold, with live dance performances and commercial buildings lit up in an auspicious red.

The Street Light-up will brighten New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, South Bridge Road, and Upper Cross Street every night from 7pm to 12am, starting January 19 and ending March 9, 2024.

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Festive Fair @ People’s Park

Get ready for the Festive Fair at People’s Park, a highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore 2024! January 19 to February 9,10am-10pm, the open space in front of People’s Park Complex will be buzzing with festive activities. Don’t miss this opportunity to soak in the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the festivities!

Chinatown’s Festive Fair & Weekly Shows

From January 19 to February 9, 10am – 10pm the streets of Sago, Smith, Temple, Trengganu, and Pagoda transform into bustling festive fairs filled with food and trinket stands. Shop till you drop and continue to savour traditional Chinese New Year dishes and snacks as you explore the stalls. Look out for gold-hued pineapple tarts, buttery and rich Chinese almond cookies, as well as decorative candy boxes with chocolate coins.

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Weekend Stage Shows

Mark your calendars for the weekend stage shows on January 27-28 and February 3-4, 6-9pm in Kreta Ayer Square. From 6 pm to 9 pm, enjoy lively cultural song and dance acts while sampling Chinese sausages, radish cakes and other tasty treats from roaming street food carts.

Lion Dance Competition

The Lion Dance Competition at Kreta Ayer People’s Theatre on January 27-28, 6pm brings together colourful, energetic dance troupes vying for the crown. Watch in awe as performers mimic lion movements in bright, ornate costumes set to the beat of deafening drums.

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Countdown Party

Experience the thrill of the Chinese New Year 2024 Countdown Party on February 9, starting at 10pm, Kreta Ayer Square will transform into a vibrant celebration hub. The festive atmosphere, the anticipation of the Year of the Dragon, and the joy of the countdown will create unforgettable moments

Dahlia Dreams 2024: Legend of the Dragon Gate

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 From 19th January to 25th February 2024, Gardens By the Bay will be hosting its annual Chinese New Year (CNY) extravaganza, “Dahlia Dreams 2024: Legend of the Dragon Gate”, in the Flower Dome. This year, a majestic dragon will take center stage, towering at nearly 7m high and stretching over 15m long amidst a sea of blooms.

The dragon’s intricately hand-arranged scales, adorned with preserved flowers in vibrant hues of yellow and red, add to its grandeur. Complementing this spectacle are four dragon lantern sets, each symbolizing the elements of water, fire, earth, and metal, along with a dragon sculpture crafted from hardwood and recycled steel. This mesmerizing display promises to be a highlight of your visit to the Flower Dome.

But the celebration doesn’t stop there! Gardens By the Bay is also offering enriching workshops like Chinese calligraphy on 20th and 21st January.

This annual CNY floral display is more than just a visual feast – it’s a unique blend of nature and culture that promises an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to sign up and immerse yourself in this vibrant cultural celebration!

Chingay Parade 2024: 23 & 24 February 2024

Guide to Singapore CNY

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One of Singapore’s most extravagant street festivals, Chingay celebrates the multi-ethnic culture of the country.  Get ready for a blossoming good time at this year’s Parade on February 23 and 24 ushering in the Year of the Dragon! Hundreds of performers put on carnivalesque acts across the F1 Pit arena at Marina Bay Street Circuit, 1 Republic Boulevard – think fiery dragons, hypnotic lights, gravity-defying stunts paying tribute to Singaporean culture.

Between acts, bring the kids to the Instagrammable PAssionArts Street filled with vibrant, hands-on recycled art installations made by talented students. Fuel up on local eats from the food trucks, then secure your seats for the two-hour extravaganza featuring world-class lion dances, stilt walkers and more. Click here to purchase tickets.

After being cooped up for years, it’s time to bloom again with a night of homegrown talent at Marina Bay. Don’t miss the livestream on the event website and Facebook to catch all the action if you can’t make it out! This kicks off Chinese New Year with a bang!

River Hongbao

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Get ready to be swept off your feet by the annual Chinese New Year extravaganza, River Hongbao is returning to Gardens by the Bay from February 8-17! With its radiant lantern displays, engaging programmes, fun-filled carnival activities, and innovative digital experiences, it’s no surprise that it’s a crowd favourite. As we usher in the Year of the Dragon, prepare to be dazzled by picture-perfect spots and a thrilling firecracker performance. It’s clear to see why River Hongbao is hailed as one of Singapore’s grandest Chinese New Year celebrations! Get the full scoop on this year’s River Hongbao  here.

 Wan Qing Festival: 16 January – 25 February 2024

Festival of Spring

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Embrace the festive spirit at the Wan Qing Festival of Spring! Eager to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with family-friendly activities? Join in at the annual Open House on 17 and 18 February and discover special installations at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Feast your eyes on the pair of 4m-tall dragons, resplendent in red and orange.

These are creative interpretations of local artist Ziqi’s beloved character, Dino, brought to life in collaboration with Japanese artist Yasu. Remember, double dragons symbolize double fortune in 2024, so don’t miss your photo opportunity!

Rhapsodies of Spring 2024

Rhapsodies of Spring 2024

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Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with “Rhapsodies of Spring 2024”, the annual Chinese New Year concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Taking place on 26th and 27th January at the SCO Concert Hall, this 1.5-hour event promises a festive treat. Enjoy popular tunes like “Spring Festival Overture” and “Celebrating the New Year”, and experience an energetic drum performance in collaboration with Drum Feng. The highlight of the evening is the mesmerizing Dragon Dance. Purchase your tickets here and be there at 7.30pm at 7 Shenton Way, Singapore 068810, for an unforgettable start to the New Year!

Each of these events offers a unique blend of food, drinks, music, art, culture, and performances. So, why wait? Dive into the festivities and make the most of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore.

So, get ready to unleash the dragon along with your appetite! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Keen to see what other attractions and events are landing up in Singapore this year? Dive into our blog for a sneak peek here.

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