Chinese New Year in Sydney

Experience the lights, sounds, colours and culture of the Sydney Chinese New Year! This spectacular event is sure to enthrall visitors as they immerse themselves in Chinese culture, learn more about the customs and traditions of the Chinese people, and revel in the music and food that are uniquely Asian.

The Festival Launch

This three-week affair kicks off on 13th February and attracts many visitors to city of Sydney. Free to the public, visitors can usher in the year of the snake and bid farewell to the year of the Dragon with food, music and more. The Festival Launch is held at the Chinese New Year Markets in Belmore Park, across Eddy Avenue from Central Station. Stalls featuring Asian cuisine and live performances are just the beginning. Fireworks displays will scare away the misfortunes of the passing year.


Historical Tours

Historical Tours of Chinatown are offered throughout the Chinese New Year. Learn about the history, culture and traditions of this people. Meet at McDonald's at Entertainment Centre on Harbour Street in Haymarket to begin your tour.


Childrens Cultural & Arts Festival

Celebrate the children at the Willoughby Concert Hall on 31 Victor Street in Chatswood. Children will amaze you with their unusual talents, fabulous storytelling, original artwork and more. The entire extravaganza is free to the public.


Chinese New Year Markets

The Chinese markets feature over 50 stalls offering authentic Chinese foods, produce, gift items, crafts and more. See the cooking demonstrations to learn how to prepare these dishes yourself or attend one of the crafts workshops to learn how to make the items you see on display. Non-stop entertainment is provided at no charge.


The Twilight Parade

Illuminated floats, dancers in costume, lanterns, dragons and more participate, signalling the end of the grand festivities. Travelling from the Town Hall to Chinatown, it is free to the public.


Dragon Boat Races

Don't leave right after the parade! The annual Dragon Boat Races are a two-day, non-stop racing event. As many as 22 people per boat paddle to the beat of drums while racing to the finish line. This event is free and lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour.


More information can be found at the official website,


Accommodation during the Event

Come and go as you please during the Sydney Chinese New Year with holiday rentals. Holiday rentals are available for any size group. Couples and budget-conscious travellers can opt for an economical studio apartment, while larger families and groups can select homes with multiple bedrooms. Stay as close to the action as you desire, or choose a rental in a more private section of Sydney for an ultimate getaway.


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