Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in London

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).

Saturday 28 January – Chinese New Year at the Museum of London 

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this special family festival. Fill a tray of togetherness, try your hand at paper-cutting, fashion a zodiac-inspired mobile, listen to traditional Chinese stories, take part in a dragon dance and much more. What better way to start the new year?

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Saturday 28 January – Celebrate Chinese New Year in Regent Street

Regent Street will be hosting two celebration trees on Heddon Street and Glasshouse Street, boasting red envelopes with exclusive gifts for Regent Street shoppers.

 Giving red envelopes at Chinese New Year is a long-standing Chinese tradition, bestowing wishes for another safe and peaceful year on those receiving a gift, as the colour red represents good luck, positive energy and happiness. On Saturday Regent Street is honouring this Chinese tradition, sharing positive blessings and exciting gifts for shoppers visiting the area.

 Regent Street’s red envelopes can be found hanging from traditional Chinese trees from 10am-5pm on 28th January and will contain gifts from array of the stores, restaurants and bars on Regent Street, including Murdock London, Hawksmoor and Third Space.

Saturday 28 January – Chinese New Year Party 

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Join Aura and JnG in collaboration with Nee Hao as the veteran event organisers begin 2017 with their annual sell out Chinese New Year event.

This one will be their BIGGEST EVENT yet, with a massive 2100+ capacity venue.

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Sunday 29 January 2017 – Chinese New Year 2017 in London Event Programme 

The Chinese New Year festivities in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End.

The theme of the celebrations for this year is “China: Today & Yesterday”, celebrating Chinese cultures past and present.

The day kicks off at 10am with a colourful Chinese New Year parade that snakes its way from Charing Cross Road (just to the north of Trafalgar Square) to Shaftesbury Avenue. This lively event features six hand-crafted floats and the largest gathering of Chinese lion and dragon dance performers in the UK.

Sunday 29 January – Trafalgar Square

Events take place in Trafalgar Square from 11am, as screen shows and a thanksgiving ceremony are followed by firecrackers, speeches and the Lions’ Eye-Dotting Ceremony at 12pm.

Don’t miss the spectacular Flying Lion Dance at 12.50pm, before the Dragon Dance and a range of performances take place on the main stage. You’ll experience everything from puppetry, acrobatics and martial arts, to drumming, classical music and Chinese rock hits!

The day ends in Trafalgar Square with a grand finale featuring martial arts, traditional sounds and a stunning light show with special effects from 5.30pm.

Elsewhere in the West End, you’ll see special performances from 12pm until 5pm on two stages. Discover family shows by music and martial arts specialists on Shaftesbury Avenue’s Family Stage. Meanwhile, over on Charing Cross Road’s Hong Kong Stage, you’ll find performances celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, with lion dances, drumming and music shows.

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Wardour Street dragon, Chinatown in Soho

Sunday 29 January – Chinatown

Head to Chinatown from 12pm until 6pm, where you’ll be able to get up close to lion dances and have a chance to snap photos with Chinese Zodiac Animals and the Lucky Money God. Don’t forget to sample the special Chinese New Year menus at Chinatown’s many restaurants for special festive treats.

Chinese New Year Parade West End Stages

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