Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney

Prepare for parades, food, laughter and an incredible fun-filled two weeks as Sydney prepares to enter the Year of the Rooster.

By Benjamen Judd

The preparations to celebrate the Year of the Rooster are underway and soon Sydney will into a celebration of colour and culture. 

Starting on January 27 and wrapping up on February 12, the Chinese New Year celebrations are a wonderful explosion of food, music, art and dance.

There is the Night Market. Held on Saturday, January 28 at Carriageworks in Redfern, the Night Market is by the streets of Harajuku, Hongdae, and AnFu Lu. Curated by award-winning chef Kylie Kwong, this is a treat for anyone who wants to try some new flavours. 

For art lovers, there is the Lunar Lantern festival in Circular Quay where 12 sculptures in the form of the Chinese Zodiac animals will illuminate the night. 

And of course, there is the parade. Held on January 27, the Lion Dance is a Chinese tradition stretching back over 1,000 years and has featured in our Lunar New Year Festival since it began 21 years ago. It is an integral part of City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year Festival. 

There is no shortage of entertainment or wondrous experiences on offer at this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. For a complete look at events and locations taking part, check out the official website. 

The Chinese New Year celebrations will start on January 27 and wrap up on February 12. 

City of Sydney


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