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Guide to Lunar New Years Chinatown’s 2016: Year of the Monkey

2016 Year of the Monkey
2016 Year of the Monkey
Chinese New Year 
Events and Celebrations from Chinatown’s around the world.

Monkeys crave fun, activity, and stimulation. They are clever, skillful, flexible, inventive, carefree, curious, good listeners, and strong willed. They tackle complicated situations with ease, have a deep desire for knowledge, and have excellent memories. Although they have great common sense and good at making decisions, they tend to look down on others. Monkeys are accident-prone, limited self control, get distracted, and too agreeable. 

Lunar New Year:

In many parts of Asia, Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. The exact date of the festivities changes depending on the lunar calendar, which is based on phases of the moon. In 2016, Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) falls on Feb 8. Officially Celebration — 7 Days (February 7–13, 2016) It’s a public holiday for Chinese. In China, usually people have 7 consecutive days off from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day. Lunar New Year is also celebrated in Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mongolian, and Tibetan cultures.

The Chinatown Chinese New Year celebrations opens with drum performances and acrobatic shows.

Here’s a look at some Chinese New Year events and celebrations from cities around the world

San Francisco Chinatown: 

Chinatown San Francisco Entrance
San Francisco Chinatown

February 6

Basketball Jamboree  

Chinese New Year will kick off the Year of the Monkey with six exciting basketball games. The first game will begin at 10am with the last game at 3pm. There are 3 slots for each division (boys and girls), with approximately sixty participants. The players represent the greater Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco Middle Schools. This popular basketball jamboree is celebrating its 23rd year.

Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center

Mason & Washington Street, San Francisco
Saturday 10am – 4pm  
Contact: Kenny Lee 

February 13

Miss Chinatown U.S.A Pageant

The 2016 Miss Chinatown USA Pageant will take place on February 13th at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  12 Contestants from all over the US including Miss Chinatown from Hawaii, Seattle, Houston will take part. 2016 is the 59th anniversary for this event.  This year’s winners will become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the new lunar year.

Special performance this year by 石詠莉 Sukie S.

Palace of Fine Arts Theater
3301 Lyon Street @ Bay, San Francisco

February 19

Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball

Hilton San Francisco 
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
Tickets: 415 982-3071

The newly selected Miss Chinatown U.S.A and her court will be crowned at the annual Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Coronation Ball. The black tie dinner/dance, attended by many community leaders promises to be a highlight of the Lunar New Year festivities.

February 20

Chinese New Year Parade

The Lunar New Year Chinese New Year Parade was named one of the Top Ten Parades in the World by IFEA. The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is watched by more than three million every year. There are more than 100 groups participating and filling the roads with banners, flags, lanterns and drums including several floats. The biggest and most famous is the 200 foot Golden Dragon. It takes a group of more than 100 volunteers to maneuver it through the lanes of San Francisco.

Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Parade highlights include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats, and the 200+ foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”).

Fireworks, a parade, live animals, and hundreds of people helped to ring in last years Lunar New Year in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

This year, the San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps will usher in the “Year of the Monkey” with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Be sure to watch the live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast) on Saturday, February 20th, 6-8pm.

February 28

Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run 

5K/10K Run/Walk

The Chinatown YMCA will hold their 38th annual “Chinese New Year Run” on Sunday, February 28 at 8am. Presented by the SF Chinese Chamber of Commerce, this scenic route starts at Sacramento and Grant, winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, The Embarcadero and Downtown and finishes on Kearny between California and Sacramento. Registration info: You may also call (415 ) 576-9622 to request a registration form and get race details. The cost includes a T-shirt and finish line goodies for all runners as well as prizes for top winners in each age group.

The Tet Festival, the Vietnamese festivity of the New Year, happens at the U.N. square on Saturday that same weekend. Tet Nguyen Dan (also known as the Vietnamese Lunar New Year) is a traditional holiday celebrated annually by the Vietnamese to mark the beginning of both spring and the new lunar year.

Expect lion dances, performances, a firecracker show, games, and booths displaying New Year flowers or selling traditional Vietnamese foods, plus the handing out of lucky red envelopes to children

Chinese New Year 2016 — Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide

Oakland Chinatown:

Chinatown Report: Chinatown Oakland
Oakland Chinatown

February 14

15th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Join Oakland Museum of California for the 15th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Monkey and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and so much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mongolian and other Asian cultures.

Students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School will perform traditional lucky lion and dragon dances. Enjoy performances by the Red Panda Acrobats, a magic show by Dan Chan, stories from the Chinese zodiac with children’s book author Oliver Chin, and a chance to meet live farm animals with Little Explorers Petting Zoo. Mongolian dancers from Ger Youth Center, Okinawan drumming by Ruy-Q Musasaki Daiko, Vietnamese folk dances and martial arts demonstrations by Vovinam America, and Korean drumming and K-pop dance by student groups from UC Berkeley will round out the performances.

Korean American artist Youngmin Lee will demonstrate traditional Korean patchwork design bojagi and ArtChef Jimmy Zhang will demonstrate world-class fruit and vegetable carving. Families can also enjoy demonstrations of calligraphy, face painting, henna hand art, participate in art workshops led by DEAF Media and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and more! Enjoy delicious Asian-influenced menus from Off the Grid food trucks

February 27

Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s free Lunar New Years celebration will consist of an array of cultural performances by professional and amateur performers. The Chinese Lunar celebration serves as an open house for OACC where we showcase performances, demonstrations, and activities by teachers and students of classes at OACC. These include Mongolian folk dance, Chinese folk dance, Gung Fu, Qi Gong, Guzheng (zither) music, Japanese Taiko drumming, and Chinese painting and drawing. We also invite special guest performances, which have included the renowned Chhandam Youth Dance Company (classical Indian dance Kathak), lion dancing, and local Asian and Pacific Islander singer/songwriters. 

The event also includes hands-on activities facilitated by artists, visual art exhibits, and tabling opportunities for local non-profit, social service, and arts and culture organizations. Finally, the event includes a small arts and crafts marketplace and tabling opportunities for individuals and businesses.

This free event will be held at OACC, located in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza (PRP) in Oakland’s Chinatown and downtown Oakland. OACC is just 3 blocks away from the 12th St. BART station and numerous AC Transit bus stops. Parking is also available in the attached PRP garage. The event will be held Saturday, February 27th from 11a-3pm.

OACC is supported by the City of Oakland, City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the San Francisco Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and other generous foundations and individual donors.

Los Angeles Chinatown: 

Chinatown Los Angeles
LA Chinatown

February 7

Midnight Temple Ceremony

Chinatown community gathers to welcome good health, prosperity, and harmony for the “Year of the Monkey.” Thousands will gather at a local temple to make offerings to the deities, set off firecrackers to awaken the spirits, and burn incense to usher in good fortune for the new year. Participants includes lion dancers, Buddhist and Taoist monks, the heads of family associations, and many others from the Southern California Chinese community. This tradition takes place on the eve of Chinese New Year’s Day and is typically followed by several days of return visits to the temple for blessings and public celebrations.

10 PM- 12 midnight

Chuan Thien Hau Temple
750-756 N. Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

February 8

Chinese New Year’s Day

Restaurants serving Chinese New Year Specials include:

Empress Pavilion (213.617.9898)
Fortune Gourmet Kitchen (213.628.8188)
Golden City (213.253.2660)
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant (213.617.3038) 
JR Bistro (213.620.0838) 
Ocean Seafood Restaurant (213.687.3088)

February 13

Golden Dragon Parade

Over 100,000 people will gather in the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year and enjoy the Golden Dragon Parade, a tradition for over 100 years. It is second only to the Rose Bowl in attendance.

The parade commences at Hill and Ord Streets and concludes at Broadway and Cesar Chavez while showcasing floats, dancers, musicians, and city dignitaries, all dressed in festive, celebratory garb. The free outdoor festival runs throughout the day and includes live dancing and music entertainment, cultural artisan classes, vendors, and local food trucks.

Grand Marshals are TBA 
For Parade information, contact the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (213) 617-0396.

Metro: Gold Line to Chinatown Station, or walk a few more blocks from Union Station.

February 20

38th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K Run
Bike Ride: 2/20 begins at 9am
5/10K Run/Walk: 2/21 begins at 8am
Nite n’ Day: 2/20 10am-4pm & 2/21 8:15am-12pm

See website for event details and fees or call (818) 925-8434.

Benefits Need2Read, Run/Don’t Walk and non-profit community organizations include Alpine Recreation, Alpine Striders, Asian American Tutorial, Central City Action Committee, Chinese Historical Society of So. California, Chinatown Senior Citizens Service Center, Chinese Confucius School, Friends of the Chinatown Library, LA Chinatown Teen Post and Chinatown Service Center.

February 22

The Great Chinatown Hunt

Race LA’s Great Chinatown Hunt gets participants deep in the ancient traditions, buildings, shops, and courtyards of Chinatown.  Working together on a clue-solving adventure through one of the city’s most colorful and diverse neighborhoods during L.A. Chinatown’s festive New Year celebration. From temples to traditional medicine, you’ll explore crowded plazas, bustling shopping arcades and hidden lanes & alleyways. You’ll also complete two challenging Mini-Quests, a series of unique tasks for extra bonus points. 11AM

Las Vegas Chinatown: 

 Chinatown Las Vegas, Chinatown Plaza
Chinatown Plaza, Chinatown Las Vegas

February 8

Dragon and Lion Dance

A ceremonial lion dance complete with firecrackers and eye painting ceremony.  The high-energy and traditional parade of dancers and drummers dressed in authentic clothing will wind its way through the resort circling everyone to bring them good luck and prosperity for the new year.

The Venetian & The Palazzo 

The Venetian Porte Cochere and through the casino to The Palazzo 3 PM

The LINQ Promenade 

Lions, dragon and martial artists. 7 PM  February 8 – 13

February 12

Tsai Chin Concert

Tsai Chin, Chinese New Year Concert in Las Vegas

Legendary pop and folk singer Tsai Chin graces the stage at The Colosseum for one night only, “Tsai Chin: Chinese New Year Concert Vegas 2016” features a mixture of her signature Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese songs Caesars 10 PM

February 13

Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade

The Las Vegas Spring Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11am. The Parade route will start at the intersection of Fremont and 11th Street and will end at the entrance of the Downtown Container Park, on Fremont and 7th Street

Hacken Lee & Joey Yung Concert

The Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel and Casino February 13 & 14 6:00 PM 

February 21

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Asian Food Festival

The Chinatown Plaza in Chinatown Vegas will once again have the largest and most exciting New Year Celebration in all Las Vegas. The Celebration starts at 10am until 5pm. 5,000 people are  expected throughout the day. There will be the biggest mix of authentic Asian food in the whole city. Hong Kong, Canton, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, Hawaiian cuisine and more. 

Chinese New Year Celebrations @ChinatownVegas Photo by Chinatown Report
There will be Lion Dance performance, Japanese Taiko Drums, Dragon Parade, Japanese Dance, Chinese Martial Arts, Polynesian Dance, Chinese Acrobat, Vietnamese Dance, Korean Dance, Dragon Dance

Plus other entertainment like, Chinese Arts & Crafts, Calligrapher, Chinese Fortune teller in addition to over 30 different retail vendors displaying merchandise from various parts of Asia.

Admission will be $3.00 for adults and $1 for Children ages 6-12.  Children 5 and under are free.

10 Interesting Facts about Chinese New Year

 Chicago Chinatown: 

Chinatown Report: Chinatown Chicago
Chicago Chinatown

Asian American Coalition of Chicago Lunar New Year Gala

February 6

Asian American Coalition of Chicago

The Asian American Coalition of Chicago presents the 33rd Annual Lunar New Year Festival hosted by the Chinese-American Community on February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel. 

For information and to purchase tickets, go to Lunar New Year Celebration

February 8

Chinese New Year Kickoff at Chicago Cultural Center

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society kicks off the Year of the Monkey with a festive display of Chinese dance, music, and martial arts. The event will feature lion dancers, drummers and elegant traditional Chinese dancers with music performed by various local artists. 

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

February 10

Chinatown Chamber of Commerce  Lunar New Year Dinner 

104th Anniversary of Chicago’s Chinatown. Guests will enjoy a full course meal that will feature specially prepared festive New Year dishes including Peking Duck, Walnut Prawns, Steamed Sea Bass, Double Lobster Stir Fried with Ginger and Green Onion and more! Cash bar available.

Dinner tickets are available at $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten

Ming Hin Cuisine 2nd Floor

2168 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

February 13

Free Museum Tours in Mandarin Chinese

The Art Institute of Chicago is celebrating the Chinese New Year by offering a free tour in Mandarin Chinese of the museum’s best current exhibits 

Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade

A day prior to Chinatown commencing the Lunar New Year, Argyle Street kicks off the Year of the Monkey with a parade on the North side of town. The parade begins with a blast at the Argyle Red Line stop, as fireworks blast to ring in the New Year. Face painting and lantern making. Time: 1:00pm

February 14

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Hosting more than 30,000 attendees yearly, the parade will be in the heart of Chinatown, celebrating the Year of the Monkey featuring marching bands, colorful floats, traditional dragon and lion dance performances, a 100-ft paper dragon and more.

February 21

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival at Navy Pier

Presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society for the Neighborhoods of the World celebration. See the Crystal Gardens transformed into a festive Chinese marketplace filled with local vendors, craftsman, and entertainers, dance, music, and martial arts.  Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Manhattan Chinatown: 

Chinatown Manhattan
Manhattan Chinatown

February 8

New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

日期 : 2016年2月8曰 年初一(星期一) 上午 11:00時

 2016 Lunar New Year Parade and Firecracker Ceremony  

Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Grand Street between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets

February 13

Chinese New Year Family Festival

Kick off the Year of the Monkey with a free lion dance and kung fu performance in front of our new space at 100 Washington Street. Following the lion dance, join us inside China Institute for traditional food and New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, paper cutting, and an interactive telling of the Legend of the Monkey King.​ ​

Free Programming​ includes ​Lion Dance and Kung Fu Performance​, ​Traditional Chinese New Year Foods​, ​Face Painting​, ​Learn About Chinese New Year

Ticketed Events​ are: ​Dumpling Making Workshop​, ​Interactive Storytelling: The Legend of the Monkey King, ​Paper Cutting​, ​Make Your Own Paper Lantern 

11:00 AM

40 Rector St

February 14
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival 第十七屆新春愛心大遊行藝節 
Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. Approximately half a million spectators line the streets of Chinatown for this colorful pan-Asian procession, which includes Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Malaysian floats and cultural performances. The festival features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Monkey. The parade winds its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown. Over 5,000 people are expected to march in the parade. The festivities start at 1pm

Queens Chinatown: 

Chinatown Queens - Chinatown Report
Queens Chinatown

February 13

Queens Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration

Since Flushing is home to a large community of Chinese and East Asian residents, it’s no wonder its parade rivals Chinatown’s. Expect dragon dancers, steel drummers, firecrackers and crowds.

Brooklyn Chinatown:

Chinatown Brooklyn, CNY
Brooklyn Chinatown


February 13

Celebrating Lunar New Year 2016 and the Year of the Monkey

Lion Dance, Martial Arts Performance, Arts and Crafts, Raffle, Riddles, Family Games, Traditional Costume Contest, Dance and Song Entertainment

P.S. 105
1031 59th Street, Brooklyn
Time: 11:00AM – 2:30PM

Philadelphia Chinatown: 

Philadelphia Chinatown

February 6

Chinese New Year at the Reading Terminal Market

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is partnering up with the Reading Terminal Market to kick off the “Year of the Monkey”. The Reading Terminal will be decked out in style with festive decorations, activities, food and fun.  

Participating vendors include:  Demonstrations by Joseph Poon, Sang Kee, Tea Leaf, Lion Dance by the Philadelphia Suns, etc. Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m

February 7

Midnight Lion Dance Performance

The Midnight Parade will be a good way to welcome in the Year of the Horse on Chinese New Years Eve. Celebrate with firecrackers and watch the amazing lion dances featuring the Philadelphia Suns. This parade will begin at 10th and Race Streets and continue throughout Chinatown. 

10th and Race Street Time: 10:30 p.m.

February 14

The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

The festivities will continue throughout Chinatown with firecrackers, martial arts performances, the Philadelphia Suns’ lion dance, and so much more to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

Seattle Chinatown: 

Chinatown Report: Lunar New Year at Chinatown-International District
Chinatown Seattle

February 10

Chinese Lunar New Year 2016

Come celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on Feb 10th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m in the Unity Suite! We will have a brief overview of the importance of Chinese Lunar New Year, a traditional Lion Dance from the International Lion Dance team, fun interactive stations and light refreshments. This is a family friendly event.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST) 
3931 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast Seattle

February 13

Lunar New Year at Chinatown-International District

The biggest and best Lunar New Year in the Seattle area is held in the Chinatown-International District at Hing Hay Park.

This event encompasses a little bit of all Asian cultures—Chinese lion dances, dances from the Philippines, China and other countries, Taiko drumming from Japan, and even a bit of Bollywood might be in the mix. Equally as diverse is the delicious range of foods available for the tasting. Chinatown-International District restaurants usually open their doors for Lunar New Year and offer affordable tastes of some of their menu items. 

Time     Performance                                                Performing Group

11:00         Lion Dance & Martial Arts                        Mak Fai Kung Fu Club
12:00         Martial Arts Demonstration                       Wu Dang
12:30         Lion Dance & Martial Arts                        Master Leong NW Kung Fu & Fitness
12:45        Filipino Dance                                                Filipino Youth Association
1:00           Martial Arts Demonstration                        NW Wu Shu
1:30           Children’s Parade & Costume Contest   NW Asian Weekly Register Here
2:00           Taiko Drumming                                            Kaze Daiko
2:30           Chinese Cultural Dance                                Tanya Woo
3:00           Bollywood/Indian Dancing                          Rhythms of India
3:30           Taiko Drumming                                             UW Taiko

Hing Hay Park
Maynard Ave S. & S. King Street   

February 19 – 21

Seattle Asian American Film Festival

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival showcases works by northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across the country dealing with Asian American people, issues, and themes. This year the screenings take place at the Northwest Film Forum in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle.

Vancouver Chinatown:

Millennium Gate, Vancouver's Chinatown
Millennium Gate, Vancouver’s Chinatown


January 31- February 28

Opening Reception: 

Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals Celebrating the Traditional Chinese New Year 十二生肖迎新春圖片

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage

Shengxiao, literally, “birth likeness”, is known in English as the Chinese Zodiac. It uses the 12 Earth elements and 12 animals to record the birth year of everyone, and prevails in China as well as the other regions influenced by Chinese culture. The 12 zodiac signs are a key part of traditional Chinese culture and a key to opening door to Chinese history and civilization.
Henan Province is one of those most important cradles of Chinese culture and has long served as the national political, economic and cultural center. It preserves a host of cultural relics themed on the Chinese zodiac and passes down the zodiac’s culture. From clam shells with designs of dragons and tigers in the Neolithic age, to today’s folk custom of uncles sending lamb-shaped food to nephews in the six lunar month every year in Northern China, all those aspects are embodied with the charm of Chinese zodiac culture. As cultural exchange expands, the Chinese zodiac culture is attracting increasing attention in the world and gains popularity.

The year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey (also the year of Bingshen) according to the Chinese lunar calendar. As the Chinese spring festival is approaching, the Henan Provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage and the Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver hereby present this exhibition to introduce the 12 zodiac animals and display rich contents of the Chinese zodiac culture and wish everybody a happy New Year! 

Opening Reception: January 31, 2016 2:00 PM

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
555 Columbia Street Vancouver

February 13 & 14

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival – Cultural Fair

Cultural Fair will be held on both days over the weekend on February 13th and 14th. This celebrative fair will feature multicultural performances, special lion dance grand finale, martial arts demonstration and more. 

Sun Yat-Sen Plaza 

(50 East Pender Street)

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

February 14

The Chinese New Year Parade

The 43rd Chinatown Spring Festival Parade will feature over seventy entries and 3,000+ participants from local community and cultural groups. The 1.3-km long Parade starts at the Millennium Gate  up Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street) turns at Gore Street and then heads west along Keefer. The multicultural dance troupes represent the diverse segments of our Canadian cultural heritage such as the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands and various community groups. It is not surprising that the parade draws over 100,000 spectators along the route each year plus many more that will see it through TV coverage. The parade will begin at 11 am

Parade Map 

Last year’s Vancouver Chinese New Year 2015 Parade – Shaw TV

The Year of the Monkey Temple Fair 庙会

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden displays The Year of the Monkey Temple Fair, an one-day celebration.This is a community event taking into account the 4000-year-old Chinese tradition of the Spring Festival, the biggest and most important celebration of the year in Chinese culture.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese New Year Garden – Photo credit: Carol Browne Flickr

London Chinatown: 

Chinatown London
London Chinatown

February 3 – 28

Magical Lantern Festival

The Chinese Lantern festival at the  Chiswick House and Garden with a five week programme of theatre, performances, art, light installations and more. Over 50 giant hand-sculpted lanterns will be on display, including a 60 metre-long dragon stretched out across the lake. Life-sized flamingos, zebras, kangaroos and elephants will reside in the Animal Kingdom and the Enchanted Forest will boast ginormous glowing mushrooms, plants and flowers. Children’s activities, special Valentine events and opportunities to for guests to design and construct their own lanterns will also feature, with international food and drink available to buy, alongside unique gifts and treats.

5.00 PM

February 13
Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum

British East Asian heritage with workshops, performances and activities for families. It’s the perfect place to learn more about our long history of trade and cultural exchange with China.

11.00 AM-4.00 PM
National Maritime Museum

London Chinese New Year Parade
​O​ver 300,000 people will be ​taking part in the celebrations, the largest outside of Asia. The parade starts around 10am with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. At midday, the main stage in Trafalgar Square has lots of free entertainment all afternoon with many visiting artists from China. Also, look out for the lion teams dancing through Chinatown and local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls.  More than 500,000 visitors attended in 2013

Paris Chinatown:

February 8

Fireworks, dances and music, Chinese New Year is celebrated in Paris with three different costumed parades in the three main districts with large Chinese communities –

13th Arrondissement (Paris Chinatown) – More than 200,000 people will attend the parade of dancing lions, dragons and much more. Avenue d’Ivry, the Place d’Italie or the Rue de Tolbiac.

Belleville – 10.30 AM is the official openinf of the Lunar New Years spectacle – the best view is from in between the Boulevard de la Villette, the Rue de Belleville and the Rue du Faubourg du Temple.

Marais – 2.30pm from Place de la République, then winds through the Rues du Temple, Rue de Bretagne, Rue de Turbigo and Rue Beaubourg.

The parades and celebrations wind their way through various areas of Paris to celebrate Chinese New Year.