Chinese New Year in Sydney
Year of the Rooster Celebrations 2017!

Chinese New Year in Sydney: Opera House Decked in Red

Our friends Down-Under celebrate in grand style. In fact, Chinese New Year is more than a celebration, it's a tradition that keeps getting better and better! The festivities that originally started in Chinatown have now extended to Sydney Harbour and beyond.

Sydney celebrates with over 80 events across the city as the Opera House dresses in red for the occasion and bright colorful lanterns pop up all over the land.

Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival is one of the biggest celebrations outside of China and runs for a couple of weeks with Lunar Markets, Pop Up Food Festivals, Lion Dances, and even Dragon Boat Racing on the last weekend of the Festival.

Other signature events have in the past included Sydney's Iconic Chinese New Year Twilight Parade and of course the Fireworks over the Harbour.

Sydney Chinese New Year Highlight Events 2017

As in the past, Sydney will "Paint The Town Red" when famous landmarks will be lit in auspicious red for three nights, on New Year's Day and the day before and after: January 27 - 29, 2017. It will include the iconic Sydney landmarks such as the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay Station, Sydney Town Hall and many others.

Sadly, one of the most anticipated events, Sydney's iconic Chinese New Year Twilight Parade has been cancelled due to the Light Rail construction project affecting George Street, the main thoroughfare of the Parade in years past.

But, not to fret, there's still lots going on, this Lunar New Year will be as outstanding as ever.

Events to welcome the Year of the Rooster start as early as the first week in January, here are some of the highlights:

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Chinatown Celebrations and Lion Dances

Chinese New Year Decorations in Sydney Chinatown

On a normal day, Sydney's Chinatown is a whirlwind of shops, eateries, markets and a fantastic place to walk around and soak in the atmosphere, grab a bite to eat, and get a few trinkets. Come Chinese New Year, Chinatown goes all out and a festive vibe surrounds the streets as red lanterns decorate every corner, dancing lions pop here and there and locals prepare for the most important festival in the Asian calendar.

Chinese New Year Chinatown Lion Dances

Sydney Chinatown Chinese New Year Lion Dances 2017

When: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on:
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Where: Sydney Chinatown, Dixon Street, Haymarket

How Much: FREE!

More Info, Directions, Parking, etc.: Chinatown Lion Dances

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Sydney Chinese New Year Fireworks

Sydney Chinese New Year Fireworks

A fabulous fireworks display lits the city skies on Chinese New Year's Eve to mark the start of the festivities.

Sydney Chinese New Year Fireworks 2017

When: Friday January 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Where: Darling Harbour, the fireworks will be best viewed from Circular Quay

How Much: FREE

More Info: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

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Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar Markets at Pyrmont Bay Park

Chinese New Year Lunar Markets at Pyrmont Bay Park

Food glorious food! During Chinese New Year, Pyrmont Bay Park transforms into a pop-up food festival with all sorts of fantstic Asian dishes ranging from Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Asian fusion, Thai and more all in a lively festival atmosphere with lots of entertainment and cultural performances.

Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar Markets at Pyrmont Bay Park 2017

When: January 27 - February 5, 2017
Monday - Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont

How Much: FREE!

More Info, Directions, Parking, etc.: www.sydney.lunarmarkets.com.au/

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Lunar New Year Lantern Hub

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At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50m canopy of red lanterns, food, drink, The Star Fortune Mahjong Garden and nightly DJ and entertainment. On 3 February, the hub will host a party to mark the 21st birthday of the festival in Sydney with lion dances, community dance performances, live music and an opportunity for everyone to join together in an enormous singalong with 'massaoke'.

Sydney Lunar New Year Lantern Hub 2017

When: January 27 - February 12, 2017 - Every Day, All Day
21st Birthday Celebration - Friday and Saturday February 3 - 4, 2017

Where: Martin Place, Sydney

How Much: FREE!

More Info: Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub.

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Lunar New Year Lantern Exhibition

Lunar New Year Lanterns: Zodiac Animal Horse

This is a stunning exhibition of twelve vibrant Lanterns designed by Australian Chinese artists each representing one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Some are as tall as 10 meters high and are lit up every day at dusk.

They are located in Circular Quay and make for a magnificent walk as you trail from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point.

In addition, this year the city has invited community groups, kung fu and martial arts troupes, dance and opera studios etc. to feature lively performances amongst the lantern exhibitions. Performances will take place at Customs House, Circular Quay and at the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub.

Sydney Lunar New Year Lanterns 2017

When: January 27 - February 12, 2017 - Every Day, All Day

Where: Circular Quay from the Opera House to Dawes Point. Start with this year's centerpiece, the Rooster Lantern at Sydney Opera House. You can download the Sydney Culture Walks app for a fun and easy way to navigate through all 12 of the lanterns.

How Much: FREE!

More Info and Performance Programs: Sydney Lunar Lanterns.

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Sydney Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races

CNY Dragon Boat Races in Sydney

Dragon Boat Races are exciting events and a Chinese tradition that dates from ancient times. Teams of paddlers race the long narrow boats to the beat of the drum down to the finish line on the final weekend of the festival in what is probably the largest dragon boat event in the southern hemisphere with over 3,000 paddlers participating.

Sydney Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races 2017

When: Saturday and Sunday February 11 - 12, 2017
Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sudnay 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour

How Much: FREE

More Info: Dragon Boats NSW.

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Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade

Important: The Sydney 2017 Chinese New Year Twilight Parade has been cancelled due to the Light Rail construction project affecting George Street, the main thoroughfare of the Parade.

Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade

The Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade has been one of the most anticipated events, with thousands of performers, lion dancers, drummers, marching bands, dragons, acrobats... 2016 saw the final year of the parade, which has been cancelled due to the Light Rail project now in progress affecting George Street and the CBD. Whether this is a temporary measure is not known at the moment. We are hoping they bring the parade back after completion of the project.

More Info: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

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