Every year, Hong Kong throws one of the biggest parties to welcome the New Year.
Preparations start way ahead the big day at the colorful Flower markets throughout the city, then
two of the city's signature events take place: the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade on New Year's Day and
the Chinese New Year Fireworks over Victoria Harbour on the second day of the New Year.
During this time, the city goes all out to deck itself in the traditional red and gold that heralds the oncoming celebrations, red lanterns decorate every corner of the territory as lion dances pop up noisily everywhere you go. It is certainly a fantastic time for kids and adults to visit the city with so much going on!
And of course, the celebrations continue for at least a couple of weeks after the New Year and culminate with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar calendar.
Besides these mega events, if you are travelling with kids, you will want to head to Disneyland and Ocean Park, as both places put together some really exceptional celebrations.
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020
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Hong Kong Chinese New Year Flower Markets
In anticipation of Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Flower Markets are buzzing with a frenzy of activity in the weeks leading to this most loved event as households prepare decorations as well as gifts for their loved ones.
Traditionally, you came to the markets for all sorts of decorations and lucky plants for the new year, but nowadays, you can find all sorts of merchandise, including toys, gadgets, clothing, and anything that would make a good present. Kids really enjoy browsing around all the offerings.
One of the most popular markets sets up at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Island, but be ready to battle the crowds, specially at night.
The markets normally start a couple of weeks before the New Year and run until the early hours of New Year's Day. This year will run from January 19 - 25, 2020.
Here's more on this year's flower markets.
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade
On New Year's Day, a troupe of colorful floats, marching bands, acrobats, lively dragons, traditional Chinese and international dancers, drummers, Chinese lions... will make their way through the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on a fantastic parade that has become one of the signature events of the celebrations. Definitely one you don't want to miss!
UPDATE: The 2020 Chinese New Year Parade has been cancelled, instead a 4-day carnival will take place in a yet to be announced location.
More info, spectator stands (paid), times and parade route
Hong Kong Chinese New Year Fireworks
Fireworks and firecrackers are an essential part of the celebrations and in Hong Kong the New Year is greeted with an extraordinary production which can be seen from both sides of the Harbour.
This has to be one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world... and one of our favorite vantage points is from the water in the middle of Victoria Harbour aboard a Fireworks Cruise.
A Golden Chinese New Year at Hong Kong Disneyland
During Chinese New Year, Disneyland Hong Kong transforms once again after the rush of the Christmas season. This time instead of fluffy snow and holiday wreaths, it is lanterns, red envelopes, mandarin oranges, chinese lions, drums and gongs...
Mickey and Minnie will be all in red and gold ready to wish you Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Heading to Disneyland? Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
HK Disneyland Discount Tickets Adult
HK639 HKD560 Children HK471 HKD431
More info on this year's Golden Chinese New Year Celebrations at HK Disney
Lunar New Year Celebrations at Ocean Park
Ocean Park celebrates with leaping lions at the Waterfront, dazzling dragon dances at the Summit, incredible Kung Fu shows,
lucky red packets at the God of Fortune Palace, roaring dances at the Waterfront Plaza, Kung Fu troupes galore and more.
Heading to Ocean Park? Remember you can buy discount tickets online at Klook.com:
Ocean Park Discount Tickets Adult
HK498 HKD418 Children HK249 HKD235
More info on this year's Ocean Park Lucky Lunar Fiesta
And there's more! Lion Dances, firecrackers, lantern displays, horse races... Here's what's going on in Hong Kong for the Year of the Rat!
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