Chinese New Year in Sydney

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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2022

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to present a challenge, health and safety measures continue to adjust to the current conditions. The status of any large-scale public Lunar New Year event in Sydney may change at the last minute. Check for any updated info before you head out to any public event. At any rate, we want to wish you a harmonious, healthy and peaceful Spring Festival.

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 and the Harbour Bridge dress 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 2022

For the Lunar New Year, Sydney typically "Paints The Town Red" when famous landmarks are lit in auspicious red.

Normally included are 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 new year start as early as the last week in January, here are some of the highlights:

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Lunar Lanes - Haymarket Street Party

Chinese New Year Cultural Performances

This event transforms the bustling laneways of Haymarket into an exciting street party with real community spirit in anticipation of Lunar New Year.

The streets of Chinatown will buzz with live entertainment, roving performers, face painting, kids craft activities, classic carnival games and whirling lion dancers weaving in and out of the crowds to thunderous drumming.

When: January 29, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Chinatown, Dixon Street, Haymarket

How Much: FREE!

More Info: Lunar Lanes Haymarket Street Party

Lunar New Year Lantern Exhibition

Lunar New Year Lanterns: Zodiac Animal Rooster

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 The Rocks.

Sydney Lunar New Year Lanterns 2022

When: January 29 - February 13, 2022

Where: Circular Quay from the Opera House to The Rocks

How Much: FREE!

More Info and Performance Programs: Sydney Lunar Lanterns.

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. This is a full day of activities with Lion Dances, Drumming Performances and God Of Wealth appearances throughout both days.

Sydney Chinese New Year Dragon Boat Races 2022

When: Saturday and Sunday February 5 - 6, 2022

Where: Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour

How Much: FREE

More Info: City of Sydney.

Sydney Chinese New Year Twilight Parade

Important: The Sydney 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.

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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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