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Chinese New Year

As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in New South Wales, Sydneysiders love celebrating Chinese New Year each year. 2020 is the year of the Rat.

Although this festival is celebrated all across the country, Sydney does it a bit different. Chinese-Australians celebrate this cultural festival with the same vigour and energy as they do in China.

Chinese New Year 2020 Sydney Festival Dates, CNY Calendar & Animal

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin at the end of January or the start of February each year and run for a week. With live music, food stalls, parades and fireworks; the Chinese New Year is a great family event to celebrate together.

Explore the exhibitions around the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay including spectacular lunar lanterns bringing to life the traditions of the Chinese New Year. Take part in a game of Mahjong at Martin Place or enjoy some traditional Chinese delicacies at the many market stalls.

There is also a traditional Dragon Boat Race which runs along Darling Harbour where over 5000 paddlers will take part in this treasured tradition. Come and watch the dragon boats as they race along the harbour; with races will run over the weekend with competitive races, as well as charity and corporate team races.

There is also a fabulous Twilight Parade featuring lion dancers, drummers, marching bands, dragons and acrobats which is held in George Street. Each night there will also be a spectacular firework display over the harbour, making a specular backdrop to the Opera House. The fireworks display will commence at approximately 8.45pm.

If you would like to take part in the Chinese New Year in Sydney, come down to the Harbour and get in amongst it all. The festival is FREE! Make sure to secure accommodation early, as it will book out quickly. Click the link below to explore the range of accommodation options in the Sydney CBD.

Event Dates

25 January 2020 to 09 February 2020

Event Times

Lunar Lanes (Haymarket street party): Saturday 25 January 2020 from 5pm - 10pm
Lunar Spectacular Show in Belmore Park: Saturday 8 February 2020 from 5pm - 10pm
Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay: Friday 31 January to Sunday 9 February

Dragon boat races
Saturday 1 February 2020: 8:30am to 5pm
Sunday 2 February 2020: 8:30am to 3pm

Chinatown Lion Dance Program
Friday 31 January 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Saturday 1 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Sunday 2 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Friday 7 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Saturday 8 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Sunday 9 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Second performance daily: 6:30pm


LED Lion and Dragon dances at Lunar Lanterns
Friday 31 January 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 1 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 8 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Sunday 9 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Venue

Various locations

Address

Around the Sydney CBD
Sydney, NSW

Contact Details

No phone number available
No email address available

Prices

Free

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What date is the Chinese New Year?
25 January 2020" to "09 February 2020
What time is the Chinese New Year?
Lunar Lanes (Haymarket street party): Saturday 25 January 2020 from 5pm - 10pm
Lunar Spectacular Show in Belmore Park: Saturday 8 February 2020 from 5pm - 10pm
Lunar Lanterns at Circular Quay: Friday 31 January to Sunday 9 February

Dragon boat races
Saturday 1 February 2020: 8:30am to 5pm
Sunday 2 February 2020: 8:30am to 3pm

Chinatown Lion Dance Program
Friday 31 January 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Saturday 1 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Sunday 2 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Friday 7 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Saturday 8 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Sunday 9 February 2020: 6pm - 6:15pm
Second performance daily: 6:30pm


LED Lion and Dragon dances at Lunar Lanterns
Friday 31 January 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 1 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday 8 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Sunday 9 February 2020: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Where is the Chinese New Year located?
Various locations
What is the Chinese New Year address?
Around the Sydney CBD, Sydney, NSW
How much are the Chinese New Year tickets?
Free
What is the Chinese New Year phone number?
No phone number available
What is the Chinese New Year email address?
No email address available