How to enjoy Chinese New Year in Sydney

19 December 2013

Chinese New Year Festival, Sydney

Chinese New Year – Image Credit City of Sydney

Sydney is a lively cultural hub and makes for a fantastic spot to celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2014.

Ringing in the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar, Sydney will host some of the most exciting New Year events around the city to celebrate the occasion from January 24 to February 9.

Here are a few of the great events going on around the city we can definitely recommend checking out.

Twilight Parade

Last year this event drew crowds of over 100,000 people who came to see more than 3,000 performers take to the streets and put on an incredible show of colour, light and excitement. You can expect to see plenty of traditional lanterns, lights, dancers, and an abundance of dragons marching in the parade this year at the close of the festival on February 2.

Performers come from all over Sydney, Australia, and the world to participate in the parade from the Town Hall to Chinatown in order to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the vibrant and culturally diverse Sydney backdrop.

The parade will end up in stunning Darling Harbour, so be sure to follow the performers’ footsteps and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display at the end of the evening.

Chinese New Year in Sydney

Chinese New Year in Sydney – Image Credit City of Sydney

Chinatown Markets

A favourite for many in Sydney is the markets in Chinatown, and while they are worth a visit at any time of year, this collection of stalls is not to be missed during the New Year celebrations from January 24 to 26.

Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket are a cultural icon in the city, featuring a huge array of fares such as food, fashion, gifts and gadgets across 1,000 stalls. It’s easy to pass a morning, an afternoon or a full day at these markets, so be sure to plan plenty of time to make your way around the bustling stalls.

Another spot featuring some excellent market stalls will be the Chinese New Year Markets at Belmore Park, which will feature authentic Chinese foods – as well as demonstrations for how to cook them yourself – plenty of entertainment and stalls. Take the kids along and enjoy the outdoor cinema screening, martial arts show and karaoke competition!

Dragon Boat Races

On Saturday February 8 and Sunday February 9, you can see teams battle it out on the water with decorated, but fiercely fast, dragon boats from Cockle Bay Wharf.

Dragon boats play a significant role in Chinese culture, having been part of the country’s rich history for over 2,000 years.

These boats are 12 metres long, which means they can seat 20 paddlers. To make it all the more exciting, the entire race is completed to the backdrop of beating drums and cheering crowds!

Dragon Boat Races for Chinese New Year

Dragon Boat Races for Chinese New Year in Sydney – Image Credit City of Sydney

Dragon Ball

If you’re in the mood for a bit of glamour during the Chinese New Year Festival, be sure to pick up a ticket to the Dragon Ball, held at The Star on Saturday 8 February in Pyrmont.

This is no ordinary ball, as its origins hark back to a time when the Chinese social calendar revolved around this event. In 2013, this tradition was revived and enjoyed so much that it looks set to become a popular event for years to come.

There will be dancing, beautiful suits and gowns, live entertainment, cocktails and a fantastic atmosphere throughout the night – this is surely an evening not to let slip by without joining in. The event brings a touch of glamour to the festival and gives the grown-ups an exciting evening to look forward to!

Sydney Chinese New Year

Sydney Chinese New Year – Image Credit City of Sydney

Chinese New Year - Sydney Parage

Chinese New Year – Image Credit City of Sydney