6 February 2018
Sydney hosts some of the best Chinese New Year 2018 celebrations every year, and this year will be no different. Join in on one of many great Lunar New Year events across Sydney as we celebrate the year of the dog in 2018. Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Head to Centenary Square in Parramatta for some fantastic Lunar New Year festivities. Expect to enjoy beautiful traditional and contemporary cultural performances from China, Vietnam and South Korea, interactive activities and workshops in Lunar Land (including calligraphy, lantern making and cooking classes), dragon & lion dances and of course, many delicious food stalls. Relax at the family friendly Lunar Lounge and get a snap at the Lantern Garden installation too, before a fireworks finale at 9pm.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Nurragingy Reserve. Bring along your friends and family for an evening filled with live cultural entertainment, food market stalls, lion dances and a traditional blessing ceremony. For the kids there will be a jumping castle, free craft-lantern making, fan decorating, calligraphy workshops and a show by the Paw Patrol Kids.The event kicks off at 5pm and ends at 9pm with a spectacular fireworks display.
Sydney’s world-famous amusement park attraction, Luna Park, will host its very own special Chinese New Year celebrations. In addition to all the usual fun rides and entertainment, there will be lion dances, firecracker shows and a range of special eats. Everyone who purchases a Yellow Unlimited Rides Pass online will also receive a $5 voucher to spend in the park during Chinese New Year. For more information about purchasing tickets, please refer to Luna Park’s website.
Lunar Lanterns is a contemporary take on the traditional Chinese New Year lantern parade. Each light sculpture has been exclusively designed by Australian artists and curated by the brilliant Claudia Chan Shaw. To catch a glimpse of the magic, simply take a stroll around Circular Quay to discover 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac. Whether your Chinese zodiac is a ‘rooster’ or a ‘rabbit’, be sure to check them all out!
Experience the rare opportunity of seeing Sydney Fish Market after dark. From 4pm until 10pm, see the destination transform into a bright, multi-coloured Night Market, complete with illuminating red hanging lanterns. Taste as much delicious Chinese inspired food as you want, while watching the sun go down on the boardwalk. Pick from Yum Cha, Chinese cuisine at licensed restaurants, and of course, fresh & cooked seafood from retailers onsite (then bring some home for later too). Fortune cookies and red envelopes will be handed out to bestow happiness and good prosperity to visitors.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by joining in on an uniquely Australian pastime—a day at the races. Racegoers at Royal Randwick Racecourse can enjoy reduced prices on all retail food and beverage, free on-course parking, complimentary shuttle buses from Central Station, and free Wi-Fi. For those who wish to indulge a little, treat yourself at the Chinese Festival Official Luncheon, which includes a premium food and beverage package. Book tickets for admission into the races and the official luncheon here.
For lovers of theatre and performance, be sure to grab a seat to the unique Treasures of a Nation concert by the prestigious Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre. Witness an extraordinary blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese styles, all within the walls of Sydney Opera House. Treasures of a Nation is promised to be a truly transcendent experience and not one to miss during Chinese New Year. For more information or to book tickets, click here.
Head to Sydney’s Darling Harbour and be part of the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Watch over 30,000 dragon-headed vessels, each measuring an impressive 12 metres in length, battle it out to the beat of a drum in the waters of Cockle Bay Wharf. The event is part of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, inspired by traditional Dragon Boat racing, which dates back 2,000 years and has since become an international sport.