Chinese New Year in New York

Year of the Rat Celebrations 2020!

Chinese New Year Parade in New Yorks Chinatown: Fantastic Dragon Dances

New York City's Chinatown is the epicenter of the Lunar New Year celebrations with the fantastic Parade and Festival and the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony.

These two events have been for years the iconic NYC traditional celebrations for the Spring Festival.

More recently we have seen the development of a series of exciting arts and cultural events pioneered by the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in association with the U.S.-China Cultural Institute and other community organizations, which has given way to the "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China Festival", featuring a lavish fireworks display over the Hudson River as well as the New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala and many more activities for children which are now able to participate since Chinese New Year is a public school holiday in the city!

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New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

Those unmistakable sounds and smells as firecrackers explode in a flurry of confetti, sparks and bangs heralding the auspicious start of a new year as all the bad spirits are ushered away... In New York, it is celebrated in grand style, the annual New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony is a lively and colorful event, packed with well-wishers, dragons, drummers, lion dancers...

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

...And of course the main attraction, the firecrackers which kick-off at 12:00 noon...

NY Chinatown Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony

New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony 2020

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2020 - 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, Firecracker kick-off at 12:00 noon

Where: Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand & Chrystie St.)

How Much: FREE

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Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

By far the most popular winter event in Chinatown, the annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is a great family attraction with thousands of revelers coming to ring in the New Year.

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Troupes of acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, performers, marching bands, floats, and of course lion dancers and dragons weave through the jam-packed streets...

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

The parade is a fantastic time for the entire family, so bundle up and come out!

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade: A child greets the lion dancer

NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade 2020

When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. Parade kick-off at 1:00 pm

Where: Manhattan Chinatown

Parade route: Parade assembles on Mott and Hester and kicks off at 1:00 pm heading south towards Canal St. to Chatham Square, heads up to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Suggested viewing locations: East Broadway or by Grand Street / Sara Roosevelt Park.

How Much: FREE

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New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert and Gala

The New York Philharmonic ushers in the Year of the Rat with a festive concert conducted by Long Yu.

New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert 2020

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, New York, NY 10023

How Much: $45 - $110

More Info and program: New York Philharmonic

New York City Chinese New Year Fireworks

A Chinese celebration isn't a celebration without a lavish display of fireworks... and NYC rises to the occasion with a dazzling show over the Hudson River as splashes of light inundate the city and the Empire State Building beams red and gold, the auspicious colors for a lucky New Year.

NYC Chinese New Year Fireworks 2020

When: Thursday January 23, 2020 at 8:15 pm

Where: Over the Hudson River. Hudson River Pier 84, 12th Ave & 44th St

How Much: FREE

More Info: Fireworks by Grucci

Chinese New Year Spectacular Concert at Carnegie Hall

The sixth annual Chinese New Year Spectacular Concert celebrates both Chinese and American cultures through art and musical performances and the diverse melting-pot that is New York City.

This year's performance will feature new artists including Pianist Cong Bi, Soprano Megan Weston, Pianist Michael Fennelly, The Athenians, and Kunqu Performers Jiehua Shi, Min Cheng and Qinglin Cai, as well as featuring returning headliners including Soprano Quan Chen, and American violinist Deni Bonet. Chinese Opera "Kunqu" is one of the oldest genres of opera, a ritualized fusion of acting, singing and stage movement.

"This year's Spectacular VI Concert is a diverse blend of cultures and musical sounds. We're thrilled to have such a strong and energetic group of new and returning talent," said Charles W. Sullivan, Spectacular VI Concert co-producer and president of Premier Event Management, Inc.

"This one-of-a-kind concert will be unique in its history, and we are extremely honored to continue to host this tradition at Carnegie Hall for six consecutive years," said Lily Li, Spectacular VI Concert co-producer and chief executive. "Our mission and passion for this event is to showcase a multicultural blend of music and art for our multicultural audience."

When: - Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Where: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

How Much: $28+ Children under 12, seniors over 60 and active duty military members are eligible for a 25 percent discount.

More Info and tickets: or call (212) 247-7800

And of course NYC Chinatown does not have the monopoly on lively celebrations for the new year! There are hundreds of events around the city, check out Mommy Poppins handy guide for Chinese New Year family friendly events in New York.

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Let's Celebrate!

May the New Year turn out to be a very special one for you and your family...
filling each day with peak of health...
abundance of happiness...
bountiful prosperity...
and Zen like serenity...

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

You can decorate easily with traditional or battery-operated lanterns, paper cuttings, lucky coins and banners to add a splash to the celebrations!

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